Letter to My 280Lb Self

This was one of the most interesting and difficult columns I’ve ever written for Organize Yoursef Skinny.

You see, I view my weight loss journey as a life-changing, incredibly positive experience that has given me a life I couldn’t have even imagined before I started. 

But it started in a very dark place. A place where I was unhappy with myself, stressed, depressed and desperately unhealthy. So as you can imagine, it’s a place I don’t like to revisit that often.

But I have gone back there this week to show myself how far I’ve come, and also to show others that yes, it can be done. I’m living proof.

I’d love to hear your feedback when you’re done reading “Letter to My 280Lb Self.”

xoxo, Alexis

Dim Sum Adventures in Chinatown!

So I usually keep my posts weight loss-related, but I think it’s also important to share the moments that make us PROUD and I was very proud of myself for doing something that intimidated me this week: venturing into Chinatown in Boston for dim sum.
I’ve always wanted to try a true dim sum experience but the idea of trying new foods, having a language barrier and being by myself just made the idea seem crazy to me. I grew up in a tiny hamlet (not even big enough to be a village, y’all) and sometimes that makes me a ‘fraidy cat. True story.

But I was staying a block from Chinatown and I had an hour for lunch so I summoned my big girl panties and off I went!

Hei La Moon Restaurant looked big, but the front counter help were happy to help accommodate me “First time???” and I got the impression they didn’t get a lot of first-time diners wandering in by themselves.

They brought me tea and gave me 5 minutes to get adjusted. This place is HUGE and the lunchtime crowd is loud! I was not the only American, but I was the only one dining solo.

And now I know why! Their dim sum was several pieces of each item, which works when you are sharing family-style, but might be less desirable when you want to try lots of stuff.

I started with spare ribs, pork rolls and… chicken feet! The lady serving them giggled at me when I asked her how to eat them, but she told me to eat the skin and leave the actual feet.

Pork rolls were good – though I have no idea where they though a veggie was in them? Maybe the cabbage wrapper?

The spare ribs were yummy, though you had to really work to get the meat separated from the cartilidge. 

The chicken feet… well, those were gross. No way to sugarcoat it – they were lukewarm and gelatinous and altogether not my thing.

After that I tried these shrimp fried with wonton wrapper and the red pepper paste. Yummy, and my sinuses are 100% clear! LOL

By now the staff have realized I am just trying one or two of each basket and I’m trying to get a full dim sum experience, so they bring me fish, shumai and dumplings. 

The fish was so yummy I forgot to take a picture. The shumai, or shrimp dumplings, were pretty bland but the other shrimp and pork dumplings were out of sight. So yummy!

They brought me my bill ($24) and a fortune cookie with the most appropriate fortune ever:

My thanks to the staff and managers, who really did such a great job making sure I tried everything and liked everything and for making an intimidating experience a true pleasure.

So I’ve crossed another adventure off my foodie bucket list and I’m ready for the next. What are your weird, unique or out-of-the-box food adventures? Tell me about them in the comments below!

8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Weight Loss This Fall

I love the Fall. I love scarves and boots and the changing of the seasons. And as much as New Year’s Eve marks the beginning of a new year, Fall has always represented a time of starting anew for me. And after the summer I’ve had, fluctuating up and down the same ten pounds, I can really use a reset to get me back to losing weight.

Check out my weekly column for Organize Yourself Skinny for 8 ways you can Jumpstart your weight loss right now! 

Win a Pair of SweetFlexx Leggings (and a $25 Off Coupon)!

I am so excited to share SweetFlexx leggings with you! 

SweetFlexx leggings are fashionable leggings that allow you to “Wear Your Workout!” These “calorie burning leggings” have resistance bands actually woven into the leggings, so you can burn an extra 30-40 calories per hour just by wearing them while doing your errands, shopping or exercises.

SweetFlexx reached out a few months ago and was kind enough to share a pair of these leggings with me to test. First, I was impressed with the adorable packaging: 

These leggings are a little challenging to get into, but once you get them up to your knees it’s smooth sailing! They fee a little like shapewear on your legs, and I have to tell you, they made my booty look goooooood! 😉

I chose to wear them to see if they would enhance my workouts, and my mom (isn’t she cute?) wore them to see how she felt about “wearing her workout” to work!

Momma Shelley wore them for twelve hours and here’s what she had to say:

“Wow, I can really feel the resistance and I definitely felt muscle fatigue I would not have gotten with traditional leggings!”

I chose to wear them for my workouts:

Wearing them to bike or elliptical is like adding an extra couple clicks of intensity. Rather than running on level 7, you’re on 9. Rather than biking at the 3rd gear, you’re in 4th or 5th. I really felt it in my legs, but also in my core muscles, which were held in place and felt more engaged. I definitely enjoyed the boost to my workouts!

So the gang at SweetFlexx have kindly gifted the Trading Cardio for Cosmos community with two pairs of their 3/4 length leggings for us to give away, and even though their sizes run through Size 16 they are willing to make a custom size for the winners – so this contest is open to anyone in the continental US. 

Wanna win yours? Head on over to our Facebook and Instagram to enter to win now through September 27, 2016 at midnight!

If you can’t wait to find out if you won OR just have to try them for yourself, you can get $25 off your purchase by using the promo code “TCFC25” when you check out. How cool is that?!

Disclaimer: TCFC was provided with a pair of leggings to try, but my mom won’t give them back so we derive no financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. 

10 Things No One Tells You About Losing 100+ Lbs!

I started my weight loss journey in November of 2014, and I’ve kept my 100+ pound weight loss off for more than one year.

Throughout this journey there have been so many tremendously proud, powerful, sad, funny, discouraging and downright shocking moments. As prepared as I tried to make myself, there are some things I wish I had known before they happened.

Check out my weekly column for Organize Yourself Skinny HERE for my “10 things nobody told me before starting my 100lb weight loss journey!”