Month: July 2012

Shut the Front Door! Watermelon?

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I have consistently been on the path of discovery with my foods and ways they can help me live and keep up a healthier lifestyle, while losing some much-needed weight. I am pretty sure, I have blogged about my love for watermelon. I mean, it’s just so good, especially cold. I went grocery shopping last night, and forgot my avocados, but did get a watermelon.

I am going to slice her open today. She is massive. My husband is not a watermelon fan, but my daughter and I are. My husband is 6’o feet tall, and can’t gain more than his 180 pounds, regardless of how much he eats. So, he is doing just fine. He is so lucky.

Well today, I wanted to know more about my wonderful fruit and found that

  • watermelon juice can have a significant impact on artery-clogging plaque  deposition by modifying blood lipids and lowering dangerous belly fat  accumulation. Heart disease takes the lives of millions of unsuspecting  individuals each year, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), leading  to a heart attack, is the most common form of the disease (Phillip 2011).

Shut the front door! I didn’t know that. I have eaten many belly fat burning foods, and didn’t know it. I suppose I am proud of myself, huh? Strawberries are another one, and we love them, also. So, I will stop beating myself up about where my weight comes off, and just celebrate that it is coming off. I am not as bad off as I had assumed.

In addition to the belly fat burning, watermelon also aids in heart disease, which is one of the chronic illnesses caused by obesity. So, I am killing, metaphorically speaking, two birds with one stone!

References:

Phillip, John (2011). Watermelons lower abdominal fat accumulation and reduce heart-clogging arterial plaque. Natural News. Retrieved from  http://www.naturalnews.com/034140_watermelons_abdominal_fat.html#ixzz20nuVxP91

What? No Shrinkage? Hmph!

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There is one part of my body, I would love to see decrease, and FAST! Needless to say, it isn’t happening anytime soon. I know I am losing weight, but why not there? I am talking about my waistline. Why is it so difficult? And to top it off, the muffin top has gotten larger since I had my baby.

I did some research to find out how am I losing weight, but not inches. Apparently, it’s because I am losing fat in other places, equally. I guess, I can’t control this process either. Who said weight loss is a peaceful event?

This all explains why I am losing weight from head to toe. I can now see the difference, but still look like the smaller versus of the bigger Vette. LOL However, I did read that in time, my body will begin to take the shape I want. First thing first, melt the fat away, regardless of its location, then I can begin a more focused approach for problem areas. I got a feeling its going to be my muffin top.

I looked up foods that will help lose belly fat, and found that avocados are a great aid. I like eating someone else’s, I’ve never tried to make any. I’ll let you all know how it goes. There were other foods, such as a small quantity of peanut butter, some beans, spinach, etc.

This is going to be interesting, but I am committed, and what a great game of discovery.

References:

Donner, Ed (2011). Why Am I Losing Weight But Not Inches? LiveStrong. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/386794-why-am-i-losing-weight-but-not-inches/#ixzz20hU5YIVg

Quick & Simple (2012). Eat this and Lose Belly Fat! Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.quickandsimple.com/diet-weight-loss/tips-calculator/belly-fat-foods

A death leads to Emotional Eating, right?

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Today, I lost someone very dear too me. I went out and bought a 20 oz Coke Cola, and a bag of Chips Ahoy. I can’t fix what has happened, so I just kinda want to wallow in my sorrow a bit.

I post this here, because it holds me accountable, regardless of my reason. This may keep me from eating them, maybe?

I may just pray tonight and ask for sleep, peace, and thank Him for the time he gave me with the woman that helped save my life.  😦

Ain’t everyday, a girl can say her panties have become bloomers!

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For the past couple of weeks, I have been under the weather. I was also taking an antibiotic. I do not know if it caused the swelling, but I had a lot swelling in my hands, legs, and feet. It was harsh looking at my scale. But, I knew that I had to keep going, and not get discouraged. I am finally off of the medication. I got on the scale today, and I have not only hit my short-term goal of 20 pounds lost, but I have exceeded it by 1.8 additional pounds. Holy guacamole! I have now successfully gotten off 32.8 pounds, and how wonderful it feels.

I knew going in, with the decision to lose weight, as I actually lived, was not easy, and an extremely slow process. I am in the same situation that many Americans are, unemployed, living on very little income. I can’t afford the gym, organic foods, or the fancier boost. I am losing weight through the use of everyday activities that I have to do around the house, with a boost of music, such as chasing behind my 18 month old, dancing while washing dishes and vacuuming, grocery shopping (which I extend to about an hour), and 15 minute walks with my little one, most days of the week. I figure I just need to move, and it doesn’t matter where or how often, as long as I am doing it.

Everyday activities are often not thought about as exercise, but it is. If I turn on Maroon 5, and Move Like Jagger, everyday activities can become a full-blown workout! I love that song, and who can possibly sit down and not get your boogie on when that creation of art is playing? Also, my baby is learning to jump, so I’ve come up with a game where we jump, shake, and dance!  She can’t do it, unless I am, right?

Food is becoming less of a prison for me. I wanted to go through this process eating what I wanted, and could afford, with some changes. If I want fried chicken, I cook, and eat it. However, I take the skin off. It has made a huge difference, in my weight loss journey. Thankfully, I am not a huge fried chicken girl, I prefer it baked or boiled, which I still take the skin off. Smaller portion sizes have been a nice weapon also. I am never hunger, because of fillers, my fruits and vegetables, which are not very costly.

I am losing weight on a tight to none existing budget, and I am over the moon that my panties are becoming bloomers! I am losing weight from head to toe, and I feel fantastic!!!!!! Where there is a will, there is a way!

Oh and my BMI has dropped an entire point! I am going to say it, even though I prefer not to curse in my blogs, but HOT DAMN!!!

Tracking my food

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I feel a need to go back to the basics. My energy level is down, and I need a boost. I am sure it is coming from my illness that lasted longer than I like. I started out tracking my food. I tracked everything, using the point system of Weight Watchers. It has been about 6 weeks, since I last did it consistently. I found success, but I feel like I am in a plateau, and I need to move past where I am now. I have a Nook, fantastic creation, and I was able to buy an APP for only $3 that works the same as the one online. If something else pops up in my life, managing them both, becomes more difficult. With the tracking (time management), I am consciously thinking about everything that I put in my body.

It worked marvelously for me, in the beginning. When I am more conscious about my food, I make sure that I am eating enough fruits and vegetables, and not absolutely feeding myself to get rid of the hunger. If I am not thinking ahead, about my food, it becomes too easy to reach in the cupboard and pull out the easiest food to prepare, rather than the healthiest.

My late hours have knocked me off of my sleep patterns, where I was making sure I got at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. I corrected that last night. Sleeping helps me feel better, and gives me a really nice boast for the rest of the day. I will dust off my Zumba Wii game today. My daughter likes to dance alone with me. We had not been walking, until a couple of days ago, and she had her first face plant, on the sidewalk, which messed up her nose and lips. We haven’t been out since.

So today, I start all over again, with more activities, but indoors!

There’s nothing wrong with starting over, either. Perfect is not my solution, losing weight, safely and lasting is.

Today, I ate like a fat girl!

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My apologies first. I have been under the weather, fighting a summer cold, and an infection. I am beginning to feel better, but I have other things I need to play catch up on. One, being my school work.

I have had a lot of swelling, in the past two weeks, which has been not very appealing on the scale. I have gained 5 pounds, and have now lost 4 of those. I am still within 1 pound of my short-term goal. Being sick, left me a bit unmotivated, but I was still mindful, because I DO NOT want all of my hard work going down the tubes. That’s not very cute.

Well, today, I wanted a burger with all the fixings and trimmings. My husband said that it was okay, since I haven’t had one in about 4 months. Someone had posted about a place called Whataburger. I have heard of them, but never eaten there. However, when I found that it was a 40 minute drive for me, it simply wasn’t worth it. I am not willing to spend more in gas to get food, so I settle on Wendy’s. And I got a large root beer. The mayor of New York would have been very disappointed in me, because today, I ate like a fat girl!

This is where I am in my life both, professionally and personally!

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Comfort Zone

I love this song, and it reminds me that it’s okay to come out of my comfort zone. It’s okay to be challenged, and allow even the most intimidating person to know me. I am stumbling forward, but at least I am moving, again! I have been stagnant for a few years now, and it has been long past time for me to reintroduce myself to the world. I have dreams, professionally that I want to see come to fruition. So, now I will move out of my way, and allow God to challenge me, while coming out into my destiny.