Cammo Style Love: January 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 2 Nutrisystem Recap: Uniquely You #spon

Week two of my Nutrisystem program is over and I'm staring my third week right in the face. I decided I was going to lay off the scale because for me that's a brick wall. I get obsessed with the numbers I'm seeing, while not appreciating all the things that may or may not be happening with my body. How do my clothes feel, how do I feel inside...those are things that are important. The foundation for what I'm trying to do is what's important. A lifestyle change, and a different way of looking at what I'm eating. The fact that I can immediately notice a difference in my eating and how I feel is really the goal that I'm trying to reach.

The first full week off the Turbo Takeoff week is an entirely different world. I'm not hungry, I'm not cranky and it's amazing! I'm fueling my body with food that I'm also choosing, which is empowering to me. My favorite fueling food has been hard-boiled eggs and bananas. But so many options are available to me like yogurt, cottage cheese and peppers.

One of the best things about being on the Uniquely You program, which I mentioned last week, was the ability to choose and create my own meals. I think this is such a valuable part of the Nutrisystem program. Learning how to translate the Nutrisystem meals into my ow meals is a motivator. I was able to meet my friend for lunch at Chick-Fil-A, and with Nutrisystem's Eating Out Guide choose food that fit in the program and satisfied me. There's something on the other side of this. What I found is that I was simply not eating enough food to fuel my body, and despite what one might think, eating nothing isn't a great way to lose weight. I was also drinking my calories. Transitioning away from sugar completely was way easier than I thought it would be. The cravings for it have all but completely gone. I know there will be struggles, but the little victories are what get us through.

For anyone that is trying to make a change, don't let yourself be thrown off course by the little roadblocks that come up. It's just life. And that's okay. It's okay to not be perfect, or thin, or to loose the 1.5lbs a weeks. Everyone is different. It's how you feel, your body and yourself that matters. If you get wrapped up in these you won't succeed. At least, that has always been a problem for me. Getting caught up in the fact that I haven't accomplished exactly what others have in exactly the same way as others.

But I will win!!!!!!

how do you get through the tough times?!
what keeps you motivated?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Week One Nutrisystem Recap ~ Turbo Takeoff

Well, I finished my first week of Nutrisystem, and if you follow me on Instagram Stories or Snapchat (RheChristinr) you know it was a doozy of a week. As someone who has previously followed other plans I can say there are definite differences, but also some similarities. One thing that I love about this program is that provide almost everything for you. And what they don't provide for you they help you a ton to make sure you get what you need. One of the greatest things about this program is that it truly is designed to help you achieve a new way of life. I know for some people, having to still shop while also paying for a program might be an annoying aspect of it. But truly it is for the best. With the tools they slowly introduce to you in the program, you will surely succeed outside of the program.

The down and dirty of the program is that the first week was hard! Like, really really hard. It reminded me of when I did the Paleo program. Any abrupt change to your diet can have that affect, so stay strong and get through it. Know that it is truly worth it on the other side.

Favorite things - the shakes! So yummy! I get kind of worried when you are making a shake from water only. I worry that its going to be super watery. Not the case. The food! Despite the fact that I was adjusting to the calorie drop and the sugar crash, the food was amazing. Probably one of my favorite things was the loaded mashed potatoes. Yummy. I can't wait to fully dive into my full program! I even made a dedicated area for all my food!

Change is hard. It really is. But sometimes change is the best thing for you. So make sure you follow me along my journey with Nutrisystem. Click the link on my sidebar for more details on the program. Also, feel free to catch me gabbing about it on instagram stories and snapchat and leave me a comment! If you're a success story I wanna hear!!!!

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**This blog post is brought to in part by the Nutrisystem Blogger Program. I am being provided food in order to complete my review, but am not being compensated in any other way. As you may or may not know, I strive for honest and real content. My views and opinions are my own, take them or leave them.**

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Heart is in Washington, DC

We've lived here for almost six years now! It's really crazy if you think about it. Time has passed slow at times and yet here I am and my baby (who was months old when we came here) is now five and will enter kindergarten this year. We've built a lovely life here and after five years of basically rebuilding and re-branding myself I feel like I've almost hit my stride. We are completely involved in our church, I have amazing friends, the children have build beautiful friendships and their school is amazing. We've been so lucky and I'm grateful. Focusing on another positive aspect of my life is what is going to make 2017 great!

This past week I went to yet another amazing event with some of my new blogging pals in DC! These ladies are some of the most amazing people that I haven't met. I was also excited to bring Samantha who is a fellow milspouse and an amazing life & style blogger who just moved to DC! To find a group of people that are outside my normal go to circle has been such a amazing thing. They've taught me so much, and just broadened who I am. I've had so much fun with them and am always grateful that they've welcomed me into their group. The Bubbles and Bloggers group met up at Sax Lounge in DC and it was the coolest. I'm already planning my birthday there!

you gotta have a DC driving in an Uber picture....right?!

If you're looking for some amazing blogs, check out these ladies!!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Life-Changing Body Positive Journey #NSNation #spon

Late last year I received an email that I'd been waiting for. I was going to be able to be a part of the Nutrisystem Blogger Nation! You don't know how thrilled I was to discover the news. Very rarely do you get the opportunity to get amazing assistance and a program tailored to you to help you on your journey. I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity and frankly, blessing, that has been placed before me.

High School me struggled with my body. At the time I was a dancer and I loved it. It was my passion, but my body didn't fit the passion. Balanchine had created this image of these tiny, flat-chested dancers and that was the very opposite of me. No matter what I did I was never going to be that. Being constantly told that my arms and hands were beautiful, and that I had the poise of a ballerina didn't help. My feet were perfect but my body wasn't. I found myself not getting anywhere, knowing that I would never be a ballerina in a company no matter what my skills were. That was devastating. Something that helped ease the pain, and eventually helped me become more confident was my choreography skills. I found my way through by helping others dance, winning awards and being acknowledged for my choreography up and down the west coast. It healed my broken heart and gave me confidence. Of course my life as a military life has taken me slightly off course, making it more difficult for me to get employment as an instructor or choreographer. Having to rebuild my name after so much time has passed, who is going to give me the chance to show who I am. But that's another post entirely. This one is about me and my body.

Having "struggled" so to speak with my weight wasn't really a thing until later in college and when I got married. Not dancing as much as I once did really changed things. Whoa!! I knew that I would always have to work harder but it was manageable. Then, I had kids. This is a story that I'm sure many woman can attest to. I didn't gain a ton of weight when I was pregnant because I already wasn't skinny. I gained anywhere from 10-15lbs. But the problem is that no matter what that weight wouldn't come off. So the lie of "don't worry, breastfeeding will help that weight come off" is just that, a lie. There's so much more to that then simply breastfeeding = weightloss. There are so many things that mess with women's heads. Sizes keep changing, we are continually assaulted (yes, I said assaulted) with images on TV, magazines and movies that show what men and women want to see. Or what the 'Industry' thinks we want to see. We blame it on oversexualization or men not respecting women. But yo, women of the can say no! If we all stood up and said no at the same time we would see a change!! Have normal sizes in stores people!! And of all the same clothes! don't give me different styles or clothing or segregate me off in another section! What makes you think I want to wear something different than someone who is a size 4? Most of the time I don't.

So here I am a, a grown woman of 33 and I still struggle with how I look. I obsess about what I'm eating, and how much I should be working out. When I hurt my ankle I couldn't walk and the I gained almost 10 lbs in a month or so, simply because I wasn't moving. Our bodies are crazy and there's so much involved in our weight gain and loss. Stress and our hormones kill us continually! Thankfully, I know I am loved and my husband worships me. If he didn't I'd be worse off I know. I've finally gotten to the point where I can identify health vs simply trying to get skinny, something I know I'll never be. So I'm thankfully for this opportunity to try Nutrisystem...but to also get a valuable education on eating and what is good for my body. That is what I love about this program. I've already learn so much and that is the point. They don't want you to be on it forever! They want you to learn how to do this for yourself, and that I can get behind.

So join me on my journey! Follow me on Instagram Stories (@Rhechristine) and on Snapchat (@Rhechristinr <--- notice the r at the end instead of the e) to see how I do and to cheer me on. I need some good cheerleaders!!!

here's the before pics folks!!!! I'm being me, BRAVELY!!

*This is a sponsored post brought you by Nutrisytem. I have been given product in exchange for this post. But as always, my commitment is to honest, real and true stories on this blog. My opinions are my own*

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Disney's 2017 Movie Slate Might Blow Your Mind!!

I just saw Disney's line-up of 2017 movies and I'm giddy with excitement!!  I feel like we've had a serious lack of good movies lately and it's a major bummer. Every year I feel like there's maybe one or two movies that really just knock it out of the park, but over all I'm kind of bummed out when I want to go see a movie and nothing really tickles my fancy. I'm hoping this is a sign of good things to come for the year!!!!

One of the movies that isn't a sequel that we don't know anything about is a movie called Coco, and it looks absolutely adorable! Here's a little first look I saw for ya'll!

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas in California

It's been almost six years since we moved to the Washington, DC area. Six whole years! I feel like time is flying by. But the one thing I missed more than anything was Christmas with my family. So we were blessed and lucky enough to be able to go! We were off to spend two weeks with family and friends. Going home for Christmas was so special. All of the traditions I have been doing with my kids, passing them down to a new generation, I got to do with my mom, dad and sister. The cousins spent time together, giving them the chance to develop relationships that will continue to deepen as they get older. I flew out with the kids first by myself {yup, I did that and I'm officially calling myself a pro now!} and the hubbs joined up a week later. I wanted to share just a little bit of this special time with you all. Stay tuned for some traveling with kids tips and tricks!


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