I just love reading Bitch Cakes' blog! I always come away feeling better about myself with a new found inner-strength and determination. I also found myself quoting BC often in my own blog and writing down many of the things she had said that meant a great deal to me so I could look back on them when I needed to.

It felt as though BC was writing to ME and helping me learn how to cope with my own journey so I decided to create this page in her honour. I feel privileged to be able to share her journey and I love looking at all of her photos.
It is underneath these photos you will find the experience and insight of a woman called *Bitch Cakes*

With permission from Bitch Cakes, I would like to share some of my favourite photos that I have found on her blog.

* Bitch Cakes *

* Bitch Cakes *
The gorgeous lady in question
I couldn't help putting this next photo up - I just love it!!

There is an innocence about it and it is just a completely beautiful photo.

BC before her journey began

BC before her journey began
204 pounds (92.5 kgs)
BC has an awesome bike that she loves - it's a pink Hello Kitty Cruiser and she participates in many bike tours through New York on her cruiser while wearing her very unique biking outfits, which I love. Here are a few photos :

Hello Kitty Cruiser

Hello Kitty Cruiser

BC at 159 pounds (72kgs)

BC at 159 pounds (72kgs)
Amazing weight loss of 22kg (48.5lbs) so far!!!

I absolutely love BC's biking outfits

I absolutely love BC's biking outfits

Another awesome outfit!

Another awesome outfit!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Best Motivation!

Dear Sheryl,

I love you!!  I think you are amazing!  Out of all the blogs I read, I always, always come back to yours as my number 1 go-to site for inspiration.

I love how you know what it's like to be overweight and that you get how hard this whole journey can be.  You completely understand what it takes to achieve your goals and the set backs you have to overcome to get there.

You have taught me so much and I am forever grateful to you.  You really have made an impact in my life, more than you will ever know.  Thank you xxx

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Staying motivated has always been difficult for me due mostly to the self-doubt I have for myself.  It is something that I am slowly conquering and with the help of my favourite blogs it is starting to get easier for me.

Today while reading one of my most treasured blogs I came across a gold mine of motivation.  First there was the 10k Down and Dirty Mud Run in the Bronx then the NYC Tunnel to Towers 5k 2011 and then a post on motivation - what more could a girl ask for!

"I remind myself why I want this. You have to figure out why you want it. That's your motivation"

"I was motivated by the progress I made at the gym, or when I saw I could try something new, not be great at it, and do it anyway, the best way I could. I was motivated by how much better I felt - I breathed better, walked better, felt better when I moved or sat or crossed my legs. I was motivated when I realized oh my goodness - I really am enjoying my life now! How awesome is this and why didn't I do this sooner?!"

"Here's the tricky part: You just have to keep your motivations in mind when you're making decisions every day"

It really is an awesome post and one that I will refer back to often.  As always Sheryl has come to my rescue.  It's as though she knows what to write about just as I need it the most.  My motivation has seriously been lacking over the past 5-6 weeks, but now, it's back.  Thank you so much Sheryl, you are my hero!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back in May, Sheryl did something amazing - she ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon! This is such an achievement that words really can't describe it, congratulations Sheryl, you are a champion.

The thing that makes me laugh about this post is what Sheryl did just after she had finished her run -

"After crossing the finish line, I didn't cry, surprisingly. I just pulled over to stop all my devices & tweet my status."

I would have been a mess and I think I would have broken down in tears and embarrassed myself in front of everyone, but what does Sheryl do, she tweets!  This really made me laugh.

After the post-race celebrations, Sheryl went home to sleep - as if - she went bike riding! -

"By the time I got home, I had biked nearly 20 miles total. To tell you the truth, I had a hard time forcing myself to go home and put my bike away because it was still nice out, I was in a great mood and I really wanted to bike more."

I can not express how much I admire Ms Bitch Cakes, she is a true legend in my book. Sheryl is a brilliant role model for anyone.  Not just for someone wanting to lose weight, but for anyone who needs to learn how to believe in their own abilities.  Sheryl is living proof that dreams do come true.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why is something as easy as writing down a list so difficult? Tracking what I eat is the hardest part of weight loss for me and I don't know why, but thanks to the fabulous Ms Bitch Cakes and her post on tracking I think I understand myself a little better now.

Here are some parts of Sheryl's post that really made me look at myself and admit to myself the reason why I am so bad at tracking. It is good to know that I am not the only one who really struggles with this part of the journey.

"When I'm not tracking, I'm really not taking care of myself. I'm not putting myself first. I'm not making my health a priority. And I'm not being good to myself......Not tracking for me means not monitoring my behaviors and not facing and being accountable for my choices."

".....I'll be off to a great start, having tracked my breakfast, snacks and lunch but then do something crazy like eat 22 PointsPlus worth of what I call "vegan junk food".... not track them and then get home and not track dinner. Or whatever else I eat from that point forward."

- Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this woman. I love her experience with weight loss and I love her courage to admit to herself (and followers) how she is feeling and what she is going through. Most of all though, I love that Sheryl is willing to share her blog and insight with anyone who chooses to listen, well read, like me and I love how I always learn something from it that will help me succeed on my journey.

More from BC,

"How is *not* tracking helping me? It's simply not. It's just keeping me in denial and often subtly encouraging me to do it again. And that's where one not-so-great choice can lead to another and another and another until actual weight gain occurs."

"........Writing down everything I choose to ingest. They're my choices, the least I can do is be accountable for them in eTools."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bitch Cakes recently ran in her 4th qualifier for her 2012 NYC Marathon. It was the Colon Cancer challenge 4 mile Run in Central Park.

I just love the positive nature of BC's blog. She always tries to keep it as positive as possible, (even if her run/day wasn't as good as she had planned), which is something I am endeavouring to do as well. I know we all have bad days and I know that sometimes it shows on our blogs, but I just love the optimistic tone of Bitch Cakes' blogs and posts.

At the end of her post Sheryl wrote a list of lessons she had learned from this particular run. The title of the list in itself is great - "Lessons learned from this run? (Remember, it's FEEDBACK, not failure!)" This is something I have to remember more - feedback NOT failure! It is something I can really relate to - I need to be kinder to myself and import some more positive feedback into my life.

Out of the 8 points on the list, the last one just really resembles Bitch Cakes affirmative and encouraging behaviours - I love it!
  • "And yes, keep the promise to myself that I will never, ever give up. Just keep going. No matter how long it takes or what obstacles I encounter!"
These are the sort of promises I need to make with myself and KEEP them. Thanks again Sheryl. Even though we have never met in person and probably never will, I just want to thank you sooooo much for sharing your amazing life with me (and everyone else). I really do feel privileged to be able to read along and follow your successes.

Monday, February 28, 2011

BC wrote this about what inspires and motivates her to continue on her journey!

"......I think the most important things to remember are:
  1. This is for life. Your life. Literally. Not just this meal/this week/today - but forever. You have to eat and move till your dying day - why not choose more healthfully so you will feel better, be healthier and look better?"