After so many questions about my weight loss on the F-Factor Diet, I’m sharing details on my personal eating and workout habits. This is my lifestyle not a temporary change in my life. Yes I still use the F-Factor app to log what I’m eating and reference carbs/fiber based on serving sizes. Highly recommend downloading the app. I recommend buying the book because the details and recipes are imperative to your success. The book explains how this lifestyle change works and this mindset is ideal. Here are specific details on diet, workout, recipe and everything else you all have asked.
After my trip to Costa Rica & LA in January, I realized I was out of shape and overweight. I’ve completed so many diet challenges and fads over the years including Whole 30 & the 22 Day Plant Based Diet, anything other than a complete pivot in eating habits wasn’t going to work. I’m turning 30 years old in January and I want to enter my 30’s not only fit financially but physically. So I made the decision to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. Via Instagram, I came across The F-Factor Diet on Instagram.
I know you want the details and here they go…
It’s 2017, I’m 28, still in debt and stressed. So I start looking for a financial therapist. I found a therapist but I needed a financial coach. I also needed this to be cheap or better yet, free. I’m already in debt and didn’t want to add more. So after much googling I come across this non-profit program called Project Money. This is a state program that provides you a financial coach for the FREE. Mind blown! Of course you have to qualify for it which I barely did. After much discussion I was in and I was ready….
When I speak about being irresponsible with my money, I specifically mean I wasn’t saving enough and I was accumulating debt. Yes, I’ve always contributed to a 401K. Yes, my bills are paid on time 100% of the time. That was never my issue. Like so many I found it hard to save yet easy to spend. My credit debt utilization was insane in 2016. I couldn’t figure out how I got there. So let’s back track…READ MORE
I love money and I love shopping. It can be for clothes, furniture or even groceries, i don’t care I love to buy. When I turned 27 I took a long look at where I was in life, then decided I needed to make a change. Since graduating from college I have spent thousands of dollars but have nothing to show for them. Sure I’ve had experiences, I’ve looked amazing, I’ve eaten at great restaurants and made many memories, but I don’t really know where all of my money went. So two years ago, at 27 years old, I set out to get rid of my debt. I thought the journey would be much shorter. Little did I know I hadn’t really begun… READ MORE
For the last several years I’ve tried all types of diets, I’ve worked out nonstop and ran around doing so many things mindlessly. I’ve killed the 22 Days Nutrition Plant Based challenge, I’ve completed the Whole 30 Challenge at least twice, attempted Keto, boxed, ran, lifted weights, exhausted myself at the gym, kept up eyebrows, nails, toes and spent HOURS at the hair salon. Through my dieting, excessive bouts of working out and personal upkeep routines, I’ve been nothing but in a hurry. My dieting never allows me to see lasting results, over exercising burns me out and my to do list never allows me to be in the moment. It was upon realizing this that I decided to shift my life and create better habits.I never wait for the new year to begin doing something different. It’s a waste of time waiting to change when you can change in the moment. Every choice you make is the chance to be better. So my journey to be mindful in my health began last fall.
In September, I decided to purchase a monthly 10 class pack from my favorite workout studio in Chicago, ProWorks Pilates. Over the course of those months I struggled consistently working out and showing up. As I got better and better, I realized I would like to work out just a little more. So in December, I purchased an unlimited workout pass and began working out 4 days a week. It’s been extremely challenging getting up at 6 am in -11 degree weather to workout but I’ve never regretted it. Not every workout is my best workout, but showing up and trying has been my best change. I haven’t reached my ideal weight and I’m pretty sure my thighs are bigger than before (haha) but I feel better in my clothes and even more secure in my fitness journey.
Early 2017 I completed the Whole 30 Challenge lost 11 pounds and gained them right back. The extremeness of the diet was too much for me to maintain. In the fall I tried Keto for a week and lost 5 pounds, yet again the extreme change wasn’t sustainable. I’m a foodie. So in December, the worst month of the year, I set out to create healthy eating habits and exercise discipline in my food choices. I’ve noticed many people who live healthy lives don’t do it extremely. They just make one choice at a time. My dieting and limiting were too extreme. My relationship with food has been a struggle my entire life. I know you’re probably thinking relationship with food is a bunch of BS but it’s real. So to repair my relationship with food, I beganto be mindful about my food choices. When do I eat unhealthy foods? Why do I eat unhealthy foods? Am I full? Am I eating just to eat? Do I really want this italian beef? What is my body yearning for at this moment? I use to eat one bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and give up on eating healthy the entire day. Changing this one habit has changed my balance. I may have one not-so-good-for-you food but then later instead of falling further down that rabbit hole, I keep moving forward with selecting healthy choices. This has been one of the biggest changes I’ve made. Yes I need to change my eating habits, but that doesn’t mean I need to give up everything I enjoy. In December I purchased 3 new cookbooks, started taking vitamins and took Pinnertest’s Intolerance Blood Test. I’m excited to say I’m less bloated, my waist is much more snatched (my pilates instructor pointed this out) and I’m excited to cook delicious food every day. This is a goal in progress.
Nothing annoys me more than the self care talk. Whenever I hear people say “self care is important,” I respond, “DUH.” I spend a lot of time on my wardrobe, my hair, my skin and myself. I love being alone. Silence and peace are priceless to me, yet I find myself not being in the moment. Relaxing and enjoying the moment isn’t something do well. My lack of mindfulness causes me to miss moments. Bringing mindfulness to my eating habits, workouts, hair appointments, mani pedis, skin care routine and work have allowed me to be much more present, aware, happy and peaceful. I’m not where I want to be but I’m definitely not where I use to be. For that I’m grateful.
I’ve been unhappy with my closet this year, annoyed with everyone looking the same and just overall, over fashion. I love to look to other bloggers and just people on the streets for inspiration but with the hustle and bustle of life that’s become a challenge. For a lifestyle blogger and fashion lover this is quite the debacle. Lacking motivation in this area really affects everyone of my endeavors. To you this may sound dramatic but if you’ve ever read this blog, you know I believe looking good makes you feel good and feeling good improves every other area of your life. For a while I haven’t felt my best because I haven’t dressed my best. I love looking chic, hence the name Chic In Chocolate, so I knew I had to make a change.READ MORE
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I’ve been making more and more efforts to eat healthy but that’s not always easy. I don’t always have time to cook after work or meal prep for a whole week on Sundays. Fortunately for me there are convenient and healthy alternatives with Coca-Cola™ & Jewel Osco! READ MORE
In the last two weeks, summer has hit Chicago in the way I’ve been waiting for and I’ve been eating pretty indulgently. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in food festivals, happy hours, rooftop shenanigans and outright day drinking. After this holiday weekend I plan on getting back to eating healthy by trying the Mediterranean Diet through Pangea Nutrition. Although I’m waiting until after the holidays but I wanted to take the opportunity to share this experience with one of my readers. Pangea Nutrition, and I, are giving away a week of lunch and dinner delivered via Amazon Fresh to one of you. Here’s everything you need to know…READ MORE
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In March my friend Latrice began telling me about her Whole 30 Experience. After many conversations, I reluctantly decided to try it. I didn’t want to but I needed a major change. TMI: I was insanely bloated, constipated, and beyond gassy. I of course wanted to drop a few pounds but more than anything I wanted to change my mindset around food. So I set out to find out the things I could eat and it wasn’t much.READ MORE