• But first, let me take a selfie! And, let's talk about that selfie.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 9.25.59 AMOk so, I started writing this post a few weeks ago, when I realized that not only did I get tons of props for taking awesome selfies, but everyone always wanted to know my tips. And I wrote this post, and I thought, this is going to be a hilarious post about selfies… THEN, Ashley posted this on FB (the post on the left) and I really started thinking (even though at the bottom of the post I had said, that no matter how improved the selfies are that you are perfect just the way you are) about how seriously, we do EVERYTHING to try to make our photos look better, and for what?? If we don’t look like that in real life, why do we feel the need to post fake photos of ourselves? Yes, do I think that a good selfie might make you feel better, might make you see something you’ve never noticed before… and yes, do I think that for me, personally, the improved selfie game has made ME feel like the “fake” photo I’m seeing in my enhanced selfies might not be the real me, but it makes me feel better about myself.. HOW WEIRD IS THAT… how weird is it that something that’s fixed and changed and enhanced could make us feel better about ourselves? It’s weird, and it’s not right, because the person in the “fixed” selfies isn’t who we see in real life, because the person we see in real life is actually better than the fake one. But we are OBSESSED with trying to make photos look better of ourselves, because that’s what’s out there, those are the memories we have for life, and those photos will be there forever. But they should be of US, not of the enhanced version of ourselves.

    dont-let-the-bullshit-of-today-convince-you-that-are-not-beautiful10 years ago, ok maybe hmmm, 15 years ago, there wasn’t as much pressure to be who we should be instead of who we are, there wasn’t social media, and there wasn’t 2 cameras on our phones (one is OBVIOUSLY the selfie camera), there weren’t selfie sticks and surprisingly we were OK with who we are…. And we need to keep it that way! If we are HEALTHY and HAPPY and working on loving ourselves then we don’t need to enhance our selfies… So, as much as they might make us feel better about ourselves, we need to remember how awesome we are just the way we are.

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    Anyways, that’s my rant – but I’m still going to post the tricks of the trade for improving your selfie game, but at the end of all of this, just never ever forget, you are just perfect in your own skin! But before we get into the tips – here’s my SELFIE. The picture of me, without any filters, angels, nothing… just literally woke up and took a selfie. And BAM that’s me. (and as embarrassing as it is, as you go through these photos, you’ll see how “enhanced” I clearly am…) Just love me for me, and not my good selfie game.. ok!?!?!

     

    Silly posts are fun, so, without further ado… 10 TIPS TO MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’VE GOT A BANGING SELFIE GAME!

    1. really big sunglasses and or glasses – at any point in the day you’ll not only find me with my giant warby parker glasses, but you’ll also find me with about 10 pairs of sunglasses that are bigger than my head. we don’t want any small sun glasses here, the big ones make my face look smaller! haha

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    2. this is more of a photo tip in general, but if you are worried about group photos and where to stand to make you look the best, haha, the MIDDLE! Always the middle! For me, it’s the place where I look the best! Step aside ladies, I gotta get in that middle! Andrea sandwich!!!

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    3. blush – i can’t tell you how much I love me some blush – accentuate those cheek bones and call it a day – I’m telling you, your selfie will thank you! haha

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    4. ok so you’ll notice in pretty much all my selfies, I open my mouth like the “oh emmm gee I’m so surprised” face… when in actuality I’m opening the jaw line to make my face look skinnier hahaha – the fish face is bad, and this is just as bad! but…. it works. (the picture on the left is us practicing the OMG face haha)

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    5. up high angle, but make it SEEEEEEM like you are at a normal angle!! the higher the phone, the better your face looks lol – you would never guess but my camera in this picture is basically up in the ceiling hahahaha

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    6. the long arm. the longer, the better – whoever told you long arms weren’t awesome was WRONG… don’t you know that the long arm makes for seriously the best selifies EVER!!! I mean, literally everytime I take pictures with my friends they are like, Andrea, you do it, you’ve got the longest arms!

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    7. FILTERS, filters and more filters. Chrome is your new best friend. They instantly get rid of blemishes and make you look tan! hahahahha

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    8. accessories. I know, it sounds weird, but hats, hoods, glasses, sunglasses, headbands, etc. stuff always adds to a good selfie!!! even in this picture I am looking like a lunatic, but hey, the hood makes it look like I’ve got some awesome hair going on under there!!!!!

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    9. always pick your good side… especially with friends. i don’t know how many times i take one freaking picture before it’s just right – sometimes your good side doesn’t work, but most of the time, it works for everyone!

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    10. and last but not least, the bigger the hair, the better… see, I was even having stellar selfie game back in the day, circa 1989! the bigger the hair, the better the picture… hahaha I’m pretty sure not only is my hair just as big these days, but so are my eyebrows!!!!!!!!! (and man oh man, those puffy shoulders are making a comeback!)

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    Ok so that was fun, but always remember that no matter how improved the selfies are that your face is perfect just the way it is…. so never forget that!!!!!! 

  • Customer of the Month! Kelli!

    We are going to start highlighting some of our awesome customers, because YOU guys are why we are here and successful… and your stories, no matter what they are, are important, and they should be shared with all of you because maybe they are going through something that relates to you!!!

    SO THIS FIRST MONTH, our amazing customer Kelli, here’s her story!!!!

    unnamed (7)I began my journey actually last March 20, 2014. I’m 5’4 and I was 255lbs. This Friday will make 1 year. Initially I began running, I did couch to 5k, and eating healthy/counting calories. I ran in my first 5k race, without any walking, June 7th. The first 4 months of my lifestyle change I lost 47lbs. I’m a nursing student, graduating this May, so last fall life got busy again and I maintained that weigh til this past January. January 5-February 14th of this year I completed a 6 week weight loss challenge and lost 21.2lbs in 6 weeks (this is where the picture is from). Last week I joined crossfit and I love it so much already. I’m excited to take my fitness to the next level and I know it’ll help me get to my goal. My goal weight is 170 and I’m now roughly 186-187lbs and I’m determined to be 185 this Friday because I want to be able to say I’ve lost 70lbs. I owe so much to my friends and family for all the support. I also am grateful for nursing school because it showed me exactly how important health is. It helped me learn to save others while saving me at the same time. I’ve never seen myself as a healthy fit person but that view is quickly changing. I got called skinny twice yesterday, which is mind boggling. I love your company and I gladly wear your tanks all the time!

  • Andrea's Favorite Things!!! MARCH!

    FullSizeRender (9)Alright ladies!!!!! Now, I am no where close to being OPRAH, but if she can have her list of favorite things and give them away, so can I….. well, minus the fact that when I googled Oprah’s favorite things, the first thing that popped up was a $700 pair of gold beats by dre… sorry, love you guys, but that’s too rich for my blood! hahaha..

    SO each month, I am going to let you guys know about a cool thing that I love, and then one of YOU will win one!!! So, for our month of March, my favorite thing is…… VEGGETTI!!!!! (omg the name, I mean really, couldn’t they have came up with a better, non-vag-like name?!?!! hahaha)

    Yes, so, I was told about this badass thing when my cousin, Sam, got it and made spaghetti and meat balls for her husband… she said it was amazing and we had to try… so what did I do? TRY. I should probably make a video of me trying, because I am hilarious when it comes to cooking, as in, I’m horrible at it haha) but really all you have to do is throw in anything you want to turn into a noodle-like shape, and saute it, and BAM – done and done – (a little hint, don’t boil like noodles, it doesn’t turn out well hahaha). This is really the only way I will eat squash!!!!!

    SO YES, one lucky person is going to win one!!!!!!!! And check out our pinterest board for some fun recipes to make with the Veggetti!!! LETS GET COOKING!

    Follow From Thick to Thin’s board ANDREA’S FAVORITE THINGS – giveaways! on Pinterest.

  • 17 days, 10 at the gym, 5 burgers, (1 donut), 8 beers… But getting there.

    This is me, happy to workout haha

    This is me, happy to workout haha

    It’s been about 17 days since I posted about my pants not fitting… well, they still don’t fit, but that’s besides the point. What has happened in these last 17 days? Well, a whole hell of a lot, that’s what. Number 1, for 12 of those days well, more like 16 of those days and a few cheat meals, I’ve actually ate pretty clean. I would say 12 strict days, and 5 with a cheat meal or two… like burgers and fries cheat meals and a donut… oh a donut, have you guys ever had colossal donuts from Shoppers in VA? Probably not, and that’s a good thing hahaha these things are donut heaven in your mouth (ok I need to shut up or after this blog post I’m going to go get a donut).. I know, it’s bad, but hey, it happens. I’ve had about 8 beers, 2 of which were Tuesday… (how can you NOT celebrate the irish?!?!) but overall, I’m feeling much better, and what’s the common denominator for all of this? I’M BACK IN THE GYM. Yes, that’s right… back. Back at a box, ehhh still with a broken back, but working on it.

    It’s crazy to me how much better I feel when I workout everyday. BUT THE FEELING OF FEELING STRONG IS MY DRUG, and I LOVE THAT DRUG!. You wouldn’t think that it would matter, but it really REALLY does. And it proves to me that athletic depression actually is a “thing”. I wasn’t working out, I wasn’t letting out my endorphins, and I was MISERABLE. Now, I’m working out, I’m releasing those bad boys, and I’m a lot less stressed and much happier. Who knew that one little hour of my life would drastically change my mood? Sure, am I going through a lot of life stuff right now, yes, but am I still making it to the gym all the time? YES. And is that improving how I’m handling all the shitting things in my life right now? Yes…..

    this is me after every workout with my back!

    this is me after every workout with my back!

    Crazy how that happens. I was never the girl who wanted to workout, I was never the girl who ENJOYED working out, but it’s funny how much I’ve changed over the last 2 years. My aunt said to me the other night, “Andrea, I wish I really ENJOYED working out like you do, it would make things so much easier” and she’s right. When I was off for the 6 months and doing nothing, I didn’t even think about swimming, and it was because I didn’t enjoy it. But with CrossFit, even broken still, I enjoy it, and that’s 90% of the battle!
     
     
     

    So here’s a few things that start happening when you start working out, and in turn, it’s going to make you become OBSESSED!

    1. Once you’ve gone to the gym for a while, your ability to carry lots of bags of groceries at once drastically increases.

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    2. Your level of new found energy knows no boundaries

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    3. Your CLOTHES don’t fit anymore (well in my case, they clearly still do, and some of them still are too small hahaha)

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    4. You actually LIKE eating healthy food, in fact, you might even crave it.

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    And on cheat days, you don’t feel as guilty because you know you’ll make it up hard core at the gym.

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    5. For some reason, you get smarter. Either that, or you just feel like you know every single bit of gym/health related knowledge, even if you really don’t HAHA.
    “Listen guys, if you lift weights you’re going to lose more weight because your metabolic resting heart rate increases making it so that you burn more calories when you’re resting” See, I seemed smart, doubt that’s 100% right, but in my mind, it is, and I’m a genius.

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    6. Every time you see a little bit of muscle definition you FREAK OUT, point it out, and show EVERYBODY.

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    7. Clothes?!?! Who needs clothes anymore, you feel super comfortable in little to nothing, (even us big girls, hey I’ve got abs under this keg!!!) and you don’t care who sees!!!

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    8. Your ability to walk up the stairs without getting winded, NAILED IT!

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    9. Did someone say, I’m a morning person now??!?!

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    10. Finally, a light bulb will go off in your head and you’ll be like, holy shit, I LOVE working out, it’s not a chore anymore, when’s the next class, sign me up… And from there on out, you’re done. You’re hooked, you’re like a kid in the candy store…. mmmm candy, did someone say candy?!?!?

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  • Houston we have a problem, I don't fit in my jeans.

    IMG_0628Well, the final straw has landed on the camels back. Something happened yesterday when I was getting ready for an event. I had just taken a shower and I was getting ready to dry my hair, and I was looking in the mirror and my arms hurt, and my body didn’t feel good…. and what I was looking at was the body I wasn’t happy with 30-40lbs ago. I was happy then, and I was an athlete, and I was excited to eat healthy and go to the gym everyday and most of all, I felt AMAZING…..

    Now…. now what… this is what. I have to get off my ass and get moving again… Healthy Strong ME. Healthy Strong Andrea needs to get back. Sure, I’m still broken, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t start working towards getting strong again. I like to make the excuse that so much shit is going on in my life and that’s why I cant stay on track but guess what Andrea, there will ALWAYS be shit going on in your life, it’s just how you choose to deal with sed shit!! When I was looking at myself in the mirror, my arms, my strong happy arms were gone… If you’ve followed me for a while you know my arms are my biggest problem, I often talk about how much I hate my chicken wings (obviously now, I am working towards not putting my body down, but LET’S FACE IT, I have damn chicken wings).. And they are back. They were gone, and now they are back. And let’s not forget about these jeans. My jeans. My happy, I’m healthy jeans, don’t fit anymore, and that sucks because they are just so damn cute haha.

    I miss my strong quads that can lift 230+ lbs on squat days, and I miss the soreness I felt and knowing I really am making myself better. SO, this is my intervention on myself. WHAT good am I if I’m not healthy… Courtney, my good friend was the first person I needed to complain to, and guess what, she’s right.. What are you going to do about it…

    I’m going to STOP complaining, STOP making excuses, and GET myself healthy… Stop making excuses for not putting clean healthy food in my mouth, and stop making excuses for not making it to the pool to work on cardio. SURE, I used to be happy in a bathing suit and now I hate the way I look, but OH WELL, hating the way I look in a piece of athletic wear isn’t going to stop me anymore from bettering myself…

    SO it’s time. It’s time to get back to being the best I can be.. And yes, I feel like CrossFit is amazing and maybe it’s just because the community at my box has kind of dissipated and it’s made me UN-motivated, but I don’t care anymore, that’s just another excuse. I used to blog all the time and share my story about how much it sucked and how hard it was getting back in shape, and I’m going to do that again, because it’s held me accountable. I need that again, I need you guys, I need to feel like I’m not alone! So, for whatever consolation it is, I’m back with you guys, and I want to help you as much as you guys can help me, so let’s make a pledge to get HEALTHY and say, see ya later excuses!!! Woot woot, it’s time for SHORTS me to be back!!!!! HEALTHY HAPPY ANDREA IS GETTING OFF HER HIGH HORSE AND GETTING HER SHIT TOGETHER!!!

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    Me when I was happy wearing shorts… I have a few months to get there, but I will 🙂

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