Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. My best friend Morgan was in town so we had a blast catching up and going out in Miami Beach. It was so humid, though! I thought I would be okay getting used to this heat again but I am struggling hardcore. I’m going to NYC next week though (hopefully!) so I’m excited to wear fall clothes without feeling like I’m dying of a heat stroke.
I wanted to share this outfit that has quickly become one of my favorite combos! You know how I am with blush, so when I got these Sam Edelman heels, I was so excited. The heels are block heels so they are comfy to walk in and super flattering, too. They come in a bunch of colors but I couldn’t resist pink! I added a pop of leopard with this thin belt that I recently picked up at Nordstrom. I’m shocked that I didn’t already own a leopard belt and now that I do, I’m so happy! It instantly adds life to any basic outfit, which is something I always like to do. Whenever I don’t really know how to make an outfit stand out, I add a pop of leopard or color with either my shoes or accessories.
This cardigan is a super cozy, oversized cardigan and I love the tortoise details on the buttons! I would size down, though, because it does run big! I’m wearing a small but wish that I would have gotten an extra small instead. It is really comfortable, though! I’m really picky with sweaters being itchy and this one is not at all. This specific Topshop tank is old from last season but I am absolutely loving this one. It comes in so many colors so I might pick one up and let you guys know how I like it!
Anyways, moving on from the outfit. I wanted to share something a bit more on the personal side with you guys, since this is something that I’ve been silently struggling with for about two years now. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years back, my doctor told me that there would be a chance that I would gain weight. Being that I was always skinny, I didn’t really think this would ever happen to me. Fast forward 2 years and I’ve gained about 30 pounds and feel the worst I’ve ever felt when it comes to how I look. Sometimes, I even dread taking blog photos because I know I’ll look at the photos with embarrassment at how I look. I never thought that I would be one of those people who would gain weight or feel uncomfortable in her own skin, but yep. That’s me. I’m sharing this with you guys just because today I’m promising myself to make the best of it. I’m going to start going to the gym regularly, I’m going to eat much healthier and I’m going to take care of myself. I know that it’s a lot of weight to lose but I’m confident that I can do it if I dedicate myself to it and have you guys on my side pushing me to go to the gym and eat healthy! Having fibromyalgia has definitely not been easy, especially considering that my whole system is out of wack, my levels are not normal and I have this insane hunger now because of my levels being abnormal that all I ever want to do is eat. I’m also always tired and it’s exhausting (lol).
I know that this is just a minor setback and I will look like I did 2-3 years ago again. I’m even looking at these photos from this blog post and am just wondering how I let myself get to this. Like, why? But it’s fine. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade… right?! I might share this journey with you guys just because I want to be able to help anyone who maybe has gained weight for any other reasons or maybe someone who also suffers from fibromyalgia. It’s not going to be easy and I’m going to want to give up because I do not like the gym, but I’m going to do it. If I find any fun healthy recipes, I’ll share them with you guys! And, every Monday, I will hold myself accountable by updating you guys on how everything is going. Thank you guys for always being the best followers and friends. So much love for each and every one of you!
Have an amazing Monday!
“I’m not losing weight, I’m getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again.” – wanted to share that since it made me laugh! xx! Photos by Ali Mac Photography