healthy-living

Day 6 of DHEMM

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Well, it’s been hard. Harder than expected. Cutting out white foods are not the problem, it’s those dang squats. I have never pushed my body this much, except when I broke my leg. I lost about 15 lbs just trying to get off my bed and use the bedroom. I broke all three bones that connects my foot to my lower leg, including my fibula. To repair it, a plate and eight screws added for stability. Two of the screws were drilled through my fibula into my tibia. I had started working with a trainer, about 6 months afterwards, which caused me to break one of the screws. Needless to say, I had to have a second surgery to remove the two long screws. There will always be a piece of the screw embedded in my tibia. The second surgery allowed me the ability to move and use my leg the way it is meant. The only problem I have now is that I can feel it, when I apply pressure on that leg, i.e. squats. It doesn’t hurt, but I am well aware of the metal presence.

What i do know is that I am not a workout girl. So, whether I had the injury or not, this would still be difficult. Trying to get your big body to do what it needs is not an easy task. I do know that I am starting to lose inches again. I don’t measure. I snap pictures, which I haven’t done in a while. I may do some today. I am also aware that my clothes are looser. I’ve increased my protein intake, to help continue build my muscles. I think the squats are going to really help me with my Color Vibe run coming up. So, I am absolutely committed to completing this challenge, although it is not perfect. I don’t think perfect is the intent anyways; it’s the effort.

I went to my endocrinologist on Friday to check my Vitamin D levels. My levels should have increased for sure. I’ll find out this week what my numbers are. I also went to see a dermatologist, for my itchy skin. I have assumed that I have a food allergy, but I think it’s my detergent. I changed up everything I use externally, such as soap, lotion, detergent, and moisturizers. The itching had gotten better immediately, after washing my clothes and bedding, which is why I am almost certain it’s my detergent. We shall continue to see.

Day 6 following DHEMM challenge was my best day, although I ate like a trash compactor (I had white everything). Not only did I take my daughter to a day trip to Carolina Beach, NC, where I soaked up as much Vitamin D possible, I came home and did all of my exercises:  55 squats, 30 crunches, and 15 sit ups. I had an exceptional Fitbit day as well. check out my numbers:

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As you all can see, I am still absolutely committed to changing my life. My process is slow. You are not going to come here and see me posting 5-10 lbs lose in a three-week period. This is truly me making an honest effort to change the way I think and live my newfound healthy life. If I gave perfect, then you should know I am lying. These are things I want to continue, for the rest of my life. I am not interested in temporary or fast fixes, which is how JJ Smith teaches anyways.

Detoxing Sunday

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Today has been all about detoxification. I started my day with JJ’s defined body brushing. I don’t know about the cellulite, but I can attest for some seriously soft skin! Oh my lord, I have brand new baby skin. I do it exactly as she describes, in the video below. I try to do this, once a day. It’s simple, easy, and if nothing else, I have the softest skin.

I also did my Yogi Detox tea as well. I like to add a nice chunk of fresh lemon. It’s just takes it to a brand new level. I sweeten with honey. A delicious way I get my day started, every morning.

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I am going to finish the night with a castor oil heating, for about 45 minutes, while watching a movie, and then the detox foot pads to sleep in for the night!

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This will be my first time using the Castor Oil Pack Kit. So, I don’t have any feedback to give. I can tell you what my other Green Smooth Crew says, and they love it. So, here goes my new!

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

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!!!