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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

For as long as I can remember, my weight has been something I have had an unhealthy relationship with. Growing up, I was always on some kind of diet. I have even tried all those “fad” diets without much success.

When I moved to the United States in 2006, my weight started to balloon. I had never lived on my own, so I was depressed and homesick all the time and I turned to food for comfort. Now the first few months, I was jobless and broke so you can imagine the kind of foods I was eating (butter noodles, ramen packets, sugary cereals, etc.). And of course, the infamous America portion sizes did not help.

After having Gavin in 2012, my weight REALLY got out of control.

I was so tired all the time, and so stressed all the time, that comfort eating took control of my life. I remember eating french toast 2-3 times a day!

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Now don’t let these photos deceive you. Behind that smile was a miserable person who was constantly in search of happiness and just never seemed to find it. I was a nervous wreck that would over think every single situation. I felt like people were judging me all time time, even when they weren’t.

With such an unhealthy body, came an unhealthy mind.

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In December of 2014, something inside me snapped. I was tired of being unhealthy. I was tired of being unhappy. I could not even chase my then 2 year old around the house without losing my breath and getting dizzy.

I looked around for a diet that I felt like I could stick to and that is when I stumbled upon Weight Watchers. It was the perfect fit for me because it did not feel like a diet. It was a lifestyle.

It taught me that I can eat more, IF I ate the good foods. However, it also let me eat pizza, and burgers, and pasta. Any diet that has its own pizza point calculator is the one for me!

The first few pounds shed almost instantly. The first month, I lost 11 pounds.. 6 months later, I was down almost 40 pounds JUST by being on Weight Watchers.

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After losing the initial 40 pounds, I decided it was time to join a gym. I was feeling better mentally and physically, but something was missing. I started with simple cardio.. walking on a treadmill, the elliptical machine, and light weights.

Wow! What a difference that made to my state of mind. I was more confident, I was more happy, and I was full of energy!

Fast forward to today, I have lost 60 pounds. I enjoy Zumba and I love lifting heavy weights. I love pushing my body to see how much I can achieve and I surprise myself every time because I end up being able to do it.

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I am not done yet, I have more to achieve… but I am so proud of myself for how far I have come along.

This journey has made me a better person, a happier person, a stronger person, but most importantly, it has made me a better mom.

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A Little More About Me

Hello there!

Before I start blogging about all of my favorite makeup and lifestyle topics, I figured I would tell you a bit more about myself.

I’m Nerina, a 30-something semi-recent single mom who works full time as a Middle School English Teacher as well. I love my co-workers, my job, and most of all, my students. Every single day is filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Being a teacher has taught me so much about passion, and kindness, and empathy. It has taught me the ability to push someone to reach their highest potential. It has taught me that some days, its not about the learning, but about the love and compassion that these kids sometimes go without.

Teaching has made me a better person. My students have made me a better person. I am forever changed for having been blessed to be a teacher.

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I am also a mom to a vibrant, amazing, creative, rambunctious little boy named Gavin (who is growing up wayyy too fast for my liking). He is the light of my life and the kindest person I know. He will always offer to share, he will always kiss my owwie’s away, and will lay his head on my shoulder and tell me he loves me about 30 times a day.

He is a ray of sunshine! Full of sass and humor, and is always telling jokes!

I am also blessed to have a good relationship with his dad that makes parenting easy and stress free.

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I am also a baker. I love baking and decorating cookies. For a while there, I thought this would make an amazing career for me. I love it and luckily, I am really good at it.

After the divorce, juggling a full time job and being a single mom really took its toll on me and I have not been able to take orders since.

Nonetheless, here are some pictures of some of the cookies I made.

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I also love all things make-up, fitness, lifestyle, fashion, and home decorating. I seriously cannot wait to share with you all of my favorite things!

Until Next Time,

Nerina