Monday, November 30, 2015

Day {three} && counting...

Today is day three.

&& let me tell you - dieting is not easy. I've been reading the old version of the Atkins diet Revolution - or shall I say the REAL version. The book that is actually written by Dr. Atkins himself. There is a ton of information in the book to get you really understanding what carbs do to your system.

They really have no healthy impact. They just cause your body harm. I actually believe this. It's the only thing keeping me going - oh, and the prospect of losing over 100 pounds.

The first day was the easiest, you know how it is. You set your mind to something and you really go after it. You will succeed && then day two hits. Day two was rough. I couldn't find anything that I wanted to eat. I was dying. I just wanted ONE slice of pizza. I actually tried making low-carb pizza. It pretty much ended up being a cheese omelette, with pizza on top. It was DISGUSTING! There are a few other recipes out there, I will try them in due time.

I'm just such a picky eater. I don't really like meat. It's weird. I also really love ketchup and BBQ sauce. I can eat low sugar ketchup - but it tastes weird.

I am still in this, but I craved sweets today. Well, anything really. My food wasn't that great today at work. However, now that I think about it - so what? I know that I ate well, and I actually feel pretty good right now. 

Oh - && I lost two pounds in the last two days. Heck Yes! I'm hoping to see another pound on the scale tomorrow. That would be awesome. Let's just get all the water weight off quickly. I know it will slow down after that - but this first phase will jumpstart me into sticking to it. I do also think my tastes will change. I have just grown up with too much bad food.

Today's Menu:
Breakfast - Atkins Milk Chocolate Shake
Snack - Cheddar Cheese and Hard Salami
Lunch - Deviled Eggs and Sliced Cucumber
Snack - Cheese Stick
Dinner - Shrimp in Butter Sauce and a Salad with Italian Dressing
Dessert - A couple spoons of Whip Cream

Keep in mind - I am SUPPOSED to be induction, which means - some of these foods are not acceptable. The Whip Cream, most likely not. But Hey - I just had to.

For me, this isn't about being perfect every day, it's about making a difference in my eating style.

Until Next time - Be Kind, Show Love, && Enjoy Life.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sunday Love; Linky Party...

I have been inspired by Dorkface blog && her idea of the hashtag #girlgang. For full details of #girlgang check out her blog. In short, she's creating a community of bloggers all about love. We are trying to avoid all the negativity of the blogosphere, and really just enjoy each other. I love the idea && I'm not the only one! She has had more than 200 bloggers sign up!

Anyways - my idea stems off of her idea. She has inspired me to share love in the best way that I know how. As a blogger, I know how it feels to receive a comment. Not just a, "Hey, great blog -here's my link." comment. But a genuine comment. It feels amazing to know that someone has read what I have written and has something to say about it. It makes me feel loved each and every time.

I have figured out a way to share this feeling. Share this love. Each Sunday, I will be posting a linky party. Pretty much, it's a place for you to leave your links. However, you must ones easy, simple rule before adding your link. Just make sure to share love.

There is only ONE rule...
Comment on at least FIVE blogs. 
Make sure you leave a real, genuine comment. Once you have commented {at least} five times, add your link below. New viewers will see your link and stop by to leave a comment! Come back throughout the week to find more blogs to leave LOVE.

Let's give it a try.
p.s. If you have any questions, please ask in a comment below!

Since this is new, it may take some sharing! Please share on Twitter, use hashtag #sundaylove! :)

{Let's Be Twitter Friends}

Friday, November 27, 2015

I don't want to be Anonymous...

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Okay... it's only been a week && I can't stand being anonymous.

I just want to be me, regardless of who sees this and judges me {maybe I need to trust people more}.

I wish I was one of the many plus size girls I see who are comfortable with their weight && share their pictures everywhere. I just can't. I am not comfortable in my own skin. Although I am sharing who I am, and a picture of myself - I'm not expecting to share full body photos for awhile. I don't share full body pictures anywhere. My photos are only of my face, I have become a veteran at cropping photos to make myself look thin.

Luckily, I don't gain too much weight in my face - so you can't tell I'm overweight. BUT I am. I am very much overweight.

Here's a little bit more about me...

My name is Josephine Nychole. I am 27 years old. I am happily married to a wonderful man, who loves me no matter what. When we met, I weighed 140 - Now I weigh 252. I have pets, many, two dogs {Grodi && Bailey} and four cats {Cullen, Bear, Dallas, and Liza}. I am a second grade teacher. I used to have a beauty blog, back in 2011. I started as MyManeBlog, then Nykki-talks-Beauty, and ended as Josephine Nychole. I feel as though I was very successful in my blog, but it became too much for me. I put way too much on my plate, and fell out of love with it. My goal for this blog is to keep it casual. I don't want to try to make it bigger than it is.

 It's just a diary of a girl, who refuses to be hungry.

I'm starting my journey on this blog, and hope to continue and share my successes, my mishaps, and my challenges. I am starting the Induction phase of Atkins tomorrow.

I will be posting a weekly progress post every Friday. It will include a link up, for others who want to share their progress as well. I'd love to find some weight loss buddies along the way. We can do it together, cheer each other on!

I'm on FitBit, Let me know if you want to be friends!

For now, I'll leave it here.

Oh && I joined #girlgang today on Twitter! :)
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Friday Progess...


We all know that Friday is the best day of the week, so let's celebrate our progress on this day too! :)  
If you blog about weight loss, let's do this together && root each other on!

Once a Week, post about your progress && leave the link here. 
Leave your link in the links below && I promise to stop by to leave a comment.

Once you linkup, please share on social media - the more of us the better! 
Pounds Journal:
11.27.15 - 252.5

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Approved Foods List...

Okay, plan made. I will be starting Phase 1 of the Atkins Diet on Monday.

Phase 1, or Induction - as it is sometimes called - is supposed to "Jump Start" my weight loss. According to the diet program, this phase is not mandatory. However, I have a lot to lose and expect that it will give me the "jump" I need at the beginning of any diet.

"up to 20 pounds in the first two weeks" - says the book.

I know this is unrealistic. I know that I will not lose that much, but I would be happy with five to ten pounds. This is realistic. If I stick to the diet.

Anyways - this post is about the foods that I can eat. Well, the foods that I will eat (that are on the list of acceptable foods). What I am trying to say is: I am a very picky eater and wouldn't even touch most of the foods on the list. These will be the foods on the list, that I will eat.

Either way, there is plenty of food to choose from - and I can guarantee:
I will not be hungry during this diet. 

Fish // Seafood 
Tuna, Shrimp

Fowl // Birds
Chicken, Duck, Turkey

Meat // Eggs 
Bacon, Beef, Ham, Pork, Venison, Eggs

*No added sugar

Fats // Oils // Dressings 
Butter, Mayo, Olive Oil, Vegetable Oils, Sour Cream, Ranch, Caesar, Bleu Cheese

Beverages // Liquids 
Diet Soda, Water, Ice Tea, Almond Milk, Cream, Broth, Coffee

Cheese // Any
In moderation - 4 ounces per day.

Vegetables // Greens 
Lettuce, Mushrooms, Artichoke, Pickles, Broccoli, Sauerkraut, Avocado, Cucumber, Aspargus, Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Garlic

These will be the foods I eat for at least two weeks. I may stay in this phase longer, depending on my progress. We will see how it goes. Atkins is very flexible, which I like a LOT.

I can also eat out in a hurry, if needed. I just have to stick to the foods above. I can do this. I will be shopping on Sunday for next week & of course checking in to let you know how I do.

My weekly weigh-in post will go up on Sundays!

Wish Me Luck,

Remember: True happiness isn't about what you look like - it's about how you feel.

xo -
Losing pounds, not starving