Gallery: Body Wrap Before and After Example Photos

Gallery: Body Wrap Before and After Example Photos

As I may have mentioned a time or two, I am absolutely in love with ItWorks products. Not only did they help me lose 100 pounds (and counting) but they make me look and feel amazing in other ways.

Learn more or get your ItWorks body wraps and other supplies right here.

Still, I was a huge skeptic before I personally tried them. And since I didn’t get a chance to see body wrap before and after photos myself before I tried them, it seemed like a sensible idea to share some here.

Body Wrap Before and After Photos

Today, I’m showing you some examples of body wraps and how they work. Some are of me and some are of other ladies I know. Enjoy!

Have you tried ItWorks Body Wraps or other products before? Do you love them as much as I do? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below!

Gallery: Body Wrap Before and After Example Photos

Rachael Ray Show Diets: The Fast Diet (Video)

fast dietI happened to catch an episode of Rachael Ray earlier that features something called The Fast Diet. I didn’t realize it, but Rachael often features different diets–so we may make this a regular feature here at Project Blissful.

While there are several specifics to consider, the bottom line is that you eat your normal diet five days a week, and you fast (by eating 500 calories or less) two non-consecutive days per week.

I don’t do this exactly, but I do a modified version. I eat healthy most days, but if I have a day where I overindulge, I will often find myself restricting my calories a bit for the next day or so–but I eat more than 500 calories. I tend to stick within the 800 to 1200 calorie range.

Then again, I eat healthy foods about 80 percent of the time–and when I do indulge in sweets or heavy foods, I tend to only have a small amount because I don’t restrict myself from having any food, ever.

I just don’t eat anything I don’t want–and only exactly what I do. While this practice can be annoying to my husband (love you, honey!), I find that it works perfectly for me–I never feel deprived. And I rarely overdo it.

(Pssst…and when I do overdo it, I don’t beat myself up, not one bit! I just get right back on track. That’s one of my secrets of success!)

Anyway, I’m sharing the video and show info below and I’d love to know your thoughts about it, if you’ve got a chance to watch! Here you go. ūüôā

Rachael Ray Show Diets: The Fast Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley (Video)

Could you speed up your weight loss by eating whatever you want five days a week? Dr. Michael Mosley, the author of The Fast Diet reveals his secret behind the new weight-loss craze that helped him drop from 28 percent body fat down to 20 percent. “Essentially,” he explains, “what you do is eat what you normally would five days a week, and for two days a week you cut down to about a quarter of the calories.” Watch the video above to hear more about the “Fast Diet” from Dr. Mosley, and check out how one of Rachael’s viewers did when she tried it!

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of The Fast Diet!

Would you try The Fast Diet? Have you already tried it? What do you think about it? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below!

Gallery: Body Wrap Before and After Example Photos

It Works Whether You Like It or Not: The Law of Attraction for Skeptics

“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” ~Henry Ford¬†

Skeptics will tell you that the law of attraction is just a bunch of hocus-pocus.

Some will even claim to have tested the law, and they’ll tell you that it just doesn’t work–even though many quantum physicists, philosophers and teachers say otherwise.

Law of Attraction for Skeptics : The Case of Ben

Consider the case of Ben, the 32 year old single man who claims that he desperately wants to get married.

He says he’s always looking for Miss Right, and that every time he thinks he’s found her, something prevents the relationship from continuing–one or the other finds a reason it can’t work.

Ben believes that if the law of attraction worked, he’d already be married with a couple of mini-Bens running around. So, he figures it’s all a lie–he’s not getting what he wants.

Law of Attraction for Skeptics: What’s Not Working For Ben

The law of attraction is neutral–it knows no good or bad. It just IS. You don’t get what you WANT–you get what you FOCUS on–what you believe, think about and speak about.

So, when you focus on any particular thing–good or bad–that’s what you attract.

Our skeptic (who claims to want to get married but who focuses on the fact that every relationship he gets involved in fails) is in fact using the law of attraction successfully.

What? He’s using it successfully? Really?

Take a minute to think about this. Ben’s attracting what he focuses on–what he thinks about and says and believes to be true. After all, the vibration he’s sending out into the Universe is “I am a failure in my relationships with women. Every woman I find is wrong for me in some way.”¬†

So, Ben’s getting exactly what he thinks he’ll get–a long line of missed opportunities and unsuccessful relationships.

Law of Attraction for Skeptics: What Ben Should Do Differently

If Ben wants to find Miss Right, he needs to focus on using the law of attraction to his advantage. First things first, he needs to lose all the negativity about his previous relationships. He should take the time to be grateful for the gifts and experiences he received from each one, and forgive himself and his former girlfriends for any negativity that may have occurred during those relationships.

Next, he needs to understand exactly what he’s looking for in a woman. This may seem very obvious, but often times, we don’t really KNOW what we’re looking for. So in Ben’s case, maybe he could write a detailed list of the qualities that his ideal Miss Right would have to help him figure it out. In any case, he needs to ask for what he wants, very specifically.

Ben needs to BELIEVE that he will find his Miss Right. He needs to FEEL the feelings of having the woman of his dreams, and he needs to be grateful for her BEFORE he meets her–because he needs to recognize that she IS out there, just waiting for him to find her.

And then, he just needs to be open to receiving her, and to take inspired action as appropriate.With a simple change in perspective and minor adjustments to his thoughts and words, Ben can use the law of attraction to his advantage.

How About You?

Do you ever find yourself wishing things in your life were different? Thinking that no matter what you do, you can’t get ahead? We’ve all been there–but here’s the good news. Just like Ben, you can change your life by simply changing your mind.

Bliss Mission: Law of Attraction for Skeptics

My challenge to you today is to identify a negative perception that is holding you back, and to change it. So, for example, if you’d like to have more money in your life, quit focusing on being broke–and start being grateful for the abundant flow of cash that’s coming toward you right now. Really BELIEVE that you’re getting what you want. Remember the old saying–as within, so without. What you think, say and believe truly is is what you’ll receive.

What do you think? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section, below!

Gallery: Body Wrap Before and After Example Photos

Willpower: The Dirty Liarmouth

through_the_beautiful_image_of_the_03_vector_156403“I’m going to do it this time. I really am! I’m going to stick to it no matter what. I’m so sick of being overweight and I’ve had it! This is “it” for me!”

I think we’ve all said something similar to ourselves at one time or another when we started the next “diet” we were going to try.

I would wake up that Monday morning with so much adrenaline pumping in my veins that it almost hurt. I would be so positive, so confidant, so excited.

I’d have willpower pouring out my ears. I’d even have a little extra spring in my step. “This is the first day of the rest of my life” I’d chirp as I ate my rice cake for breakfast and left for work.

And it worked…for a little while. I would have the willpower to say no to the donuts that somebody brought for breakfast that day.

“Nope, I’m on a diet. Thanks though” and the smile never left my face.

I would have the willpower not to have a tall frozen yummy chocolate coffee drink with about 10,000 calories per serving (with extra whipped cream of course!).

“No thanks! I’ll have one bottle of water please.” I’d sing to the pimple faced teen behind the counter.

get rid xtra weight no dietWillpower would allow me to say “no thanks” to the pizza everybody ordered for lunch as I munched away happily on my salad and carrot sticks.

Willpower was all I needed to get through those tough and trying situations.
And then something strange and unexpected happened…willpower stabbed me in the back quicker than I could say “double bacon cheeseburger, extra bacon, extra cheese, add mayo and hold any sort of vegetable you may lay on it.”

Willpower is the dirty little secret that nobody warns you about.

If willpower were a person I’d call it a dirty liarmouth to its face.

And if anything, people lie to you about it’s abilities. It’ll fool ya all right.

Willpower sounds all great in the beginning. It makes you think you’re prepared to face the real world. It builds you up, makes you feel ready, gives you a pep talk, a slap on the back and then shoves you out there in the world, naked and exposed, to only slam the door behind you and click the lock so all the world see you standing on your porch in your birthday suit.

Then willpower watches from the window and giggles as you look for a leaf big enough to cover your ‘bare’ essentials.

It’s when you have that willpower, that super attitude that YOU CAN DO IT… that’s when dieting or lifestyle changes are easy.

Willpower makes it simple to embrace your life change and say “no” to the things you know aren’t healthy for you. Easy Peasy.

It’s what happens after the willpower diminishes that you really need to prepare yourself for.

We all know that feeling of empowerment that willpower brings fades out like a pair of stonewashed jeans (tight rolled of course, I am a child of the 80’s after all).

Sometimes it can last a few days… sometimes even a few weeks… but if you’re relying on willpower to take you through to the end, to get you across that finish line… then you are going into battle armed with nothing but a Nerf ball and some¬†duct tape, both of which are fun and handy to have around, but neither of which will help you much in your weight loss endeavors.

I’ve had to mentally and physically prepare myself for when willpower packs it’s stuff and gets the hell out. It still comes back every once and a while to make an appearance but I’m no fool.

I know it will leave just as quickly as it came and right now there is no tree with leaves big enough to cover my “assets” out on that porch.

So here’s some things I’ve done to prepare myself for when willpower fails me.

  • I don’t keep¬†“not the best choice of¬†foods” in my house. Things like nutella, ice cream and baked goods, which are all my weaknesses, are best left at the store. If I must have nutella in the house, it’s kept in the cupboard that I do not get into on a regular basis.¬†I once had a box of chocolates here that I just knew I had willpower enough to say “no” to. After eating about 10 of them (in about as many minutes) and then crying to my husband that I ate 10 chocolates, he threw them in the trash. I’ve not (successfully) had a box of chocolates in the house since. I have recognized this and know it’s a problem so I won’t try to kid myself that I can do it. It’s okay to be human and have faults.
  • I plan ahead for situations that tend to make me overeat, like parties. I know what I am going to do when I walk in. I know where to focus my attention¬†and I know where to try to position myself in regards to food.
  • I have actually practiced dialogues to use when I’m in a “food pusher” situation to get me out of taking or eating food that I don’t need or want. We all have Auntie Meanswell, who knows you love _____ (insert food you are now trying to eat only on special occasions) and insists you have the second and third helping. Having a plan ahead of time has spared me fumbling for the rights words or worse yet, conceding to their pushing to save hurt feelings. *tip* ask Auntie Meanswell if she can pack some up “to-go” after you’ve had your first, regular portion. This means saving her feelings from being hurt, and you have the choice, away from her, as to what to do with the extra food.
  • When I don’t have the right frame of mind and come to a bump in my road I look back through the book¬†that got me on this path, Dr. Phil’s “The Ultimate Weight Solutions”, and re-read the passages that I’ve highlighted.¬†I re-read the things I have written while at Novarum, the center where I went for help regarding my food and weight issues. I refocus my attention on those small things that worked for me in the beginning because, low and behold, they will work for me now. I find the things that have proven to work for me and make sure they are still part of my¬†daily¬†routine. I¬†allow myself to take things one day at a time, not feel rushed to lose weight, and to be human and make mistakes. I don’t need willpower for that…I can be powerless but still have a will.

And I definitely have a will.

Gallery: Body Wrap Before and After Example Photos

Fit Mission: Tone Up Flabby Arms

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As you can see, my arms are getting slimmer, but they still need work! This is what inspired today’s Fit Mission. Can you relate?

Since I’ve been losing weight, I’ve been feeling a lot better about the way my body looks and feels, but as my journey is a continuing one, I still have certain areas that I’m working on improving.

One of those is my upper arms. While I agree that they look tremendously better than they once did (see photo to the right), they are still a little plump and a little flabbier than I’d like.

So, for my personal Love Yourself Challenge, I’m adding a new goal: to tone up my flabby arms. And while we all know how important diet is when it comes to getting rid of flab, we should also remember how much shapelier (and healthier) it is to have a little lean muscle in there.

Today’s Fit Mission: Tone Up Flabby Arms With Exercise

Whether you’re doing it to be healthier or you’re doing it to be hotter (or both, like me), I invite you to join me in adding in a special daily workout (just a few minutes a day will do!) designed to tone up flabby arms.

And since I’m a cheapskate Since I’m frugal, I’ve collected a few free workout videos, each of which features exercises to tone up flabby arms.

Pick one (or more) and give it a shot! Then, let me know what you think, in the comments section, below!

Optional Bonus Fit Mission: Tone Up Flabby Arms With Body Wraps

I love the It Works body wraps–they have even drastically improved the look of my flabby “c-section belly.” (See photo below–that’s the same pair of jeans in each one!)

What a difference a few months can make! This is/was me!

What a difference a few months can make! This is/was me!

With that being said, in addition to my exercise and diet efforts, I’ll be adding It Works body wraps to my arm regimen. I’ll keep you posted!

One more thing: what are your favorite ways to get and keep your upper arms toned? Share your thoughts, videos, links and experiences in the comments section.

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