Wednesday, March 05, 2014
So I was going through my old external hard drive the other day. This drive is primarily dedicated to photos (I'm kind of the family "historian" so I accumulate A LOT of photos, I also found out that I'm a bit of a... dare I say it...selfie junkie (I prefer that over "camera whore"). I found a pic of me when I first moved to OK. I knew I had gotten a little "extra sexy" during that time...I attributed it to stress of the move and being so far away from home in a new environment, but looking back I was even more "sexy" than I remembered.
These were just pics I took to show my sis the new dresses I had found for the low-low so pay no attention to the state of my hair, lol. I only paid $1 for the gray one! I thought it was fab at the time.
Then I came across an even older picture shortly after I cut my hair (the 2nd time). Brace yourselve's...
Yep, that's me in all my pimply plump shiny-faced glory.
Funny thing is, I sent this photo to my mom & sisters and my mom's reply? "Is that your new pup?" lol. We're so much alike in that we only see people & not weight changes/fluctuations. I couldn't tell you if you looked fat or slim or more muscular unless I had an old pic of you and you in front of me to reference. Once I get to know a person it's like I can't see them for seeing them...My whole perception of how a person "looks" can completely change once I get to know them. I guess we're just weird like that. But I digress...
Along with the pics, I logged into my old myfitnesspal account to keep me accountable with my tracking on the go. I updated my info and learned that I had lost a little over 13 pounds since the last time I logged in . I had no idea! Not bad for a 2 year absence, right. That really got me motivated to continue and go harder than ever with my goals. Thinking about where I've come from and the changes that I have adopted as part of a continuously improving lifestyle I am so thankful for this journey, thankful for all of you who keep me inspired and accountable and for everyone I've encountered (yes, my ex too) who has contributed to influencing the healthy habits I have now. THANK YOU!!!
Anywho here are some more recent pictures (I told yall I was a selfie junkie )
I'm not exactly where I want to be, but I'm a lot closer than I used to be.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
March has rolled around once again & I am welcoming the advent of National Nutrition Month.
This month I'm challenging myself to track everything I eat! Maybe not on here, but at least in my "notepad" or noom app (although I am not too fond of it at present). Along with that I will be posting a pic of at least one meal each day.
Here's yesterday's pic
This was mardi gras inspired (purple, green & gold). A slice of red (purple) cabbage, asparagus, & baked chicken drumsticks. I know the lemon was a stretch, but it served the purpose for color, lol.
Today's first pic:
Collard greens, couscous & chicken (roughly chopped and stir fried in coconut oil, lemon pepper, cinnamon & prickly pear juice).
Today's 2nd pic:
Eating out can be healthy too! This salad was SO delicious! Just a heads up the brussels sprouts are served cold, but well seasoned. They must have used baby kale, I really didn't taste any kale, but I was enjoying the rest of the ingredients so much I forgot to take note. It was only 400 calories (more if you add chicken, shrimp, or salmon). I opted for just the veggies (& fruits & nuts) and was completely satisfied.
Hope your March is off to a great start!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Okay, now that I've finally written the "breakup blog" I get to post about FITNESS!!! WOOHOO!
This year is off to a phenomenal start! Since January I have been doing weekly weigh-ins, measurements, body fat and body water analysis (as accurate my old scale is which I doubt sometimes) and progress pictures! I must say that this has really kept me on track. Even without the logging of everything I eat and every exercise I do. I am making awesome progress and can't wait until this summer to show off the body that winter built!
ABS: I am so in love with how my abs are shaping up. Who knew all I had to do was stop being a sugar mama (eating all kinds of sugary crap, cookies, cakes, pies), cut WAY back on the dairy and drink a ton of water. This is amazeballs! I'm warning you now, I may turn into a selfie queen come summer taking bikini shots (after I work on building a better booty).
Body fat: Ok, I know it's only February and my goal was to drop 2% body fat by March, but according to my scale I have done it already!!! Woohoo! With my regular weigh-ins I've expected to increase up to 3 pounds of body water on the first day of my TOM, but this time I was down in pounds, AND up in body water! So when I resumed my regularly scheduled body composition I was at 25% body fat! Go ME!!!
Areas of improvement:
Upper legs: hips, sides of thighs, back of thighs
I've been looking into more exercises to target these areas, also been looking into running techniques and form to better work these areas in what I already do (might as well run "right" to hit the hot spots since I'm running anyway).
Anyway I'll be posting progress pics at the end of the month! Gotta go for now! Toodles!!!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Just 2 weeks and a day shy of its 2 year anniversary, the relationship that started with so much quirky, nerdy, geeky, healthy promise came to a sudden close.
Actually "sudden" is a bit misleading. Decay had begun to creep in long before, but we, not wanting to spoil the daydream of the couple we "could be" chose to ignore it, leaving it unaddressed and free to spread its dry black mouldy spores all over the place ultimately consuming the flame that we thought would never die. Die it did.
Though I've been perpetually cycling through the stages of grief I've realized some important things.
1. If you're not really ready to commit, then you probably shouldn't try to be in a serious relationship. Neither of us were really ready to commit, but we saw each other as people we could be committed to...eventually. This isn't an issue of being unfaithful, just of the need to be selfish for a bit before sacrificing yourself for someone else and having them do the same for you. We both were trying to be selfish and be in a relationship at the same time, no bueno.
2. Communication is key, and not just the simple act of communicating but understanding how your significant other interprets the way you communicate (words, actions, gestures) and how they intend for their actions words and gestures to be understood. We were from two different worlds (we always said that I was from Jupiter...one of Jupiter's moons actually, and he was from Mars), had two very different upbringings, and two very different life experiences, so we definitely should have worked on communicating more and more effectively.
3. Long distance is probably not a good idea at the beginning of a relationship. I think we were both so excited about each other that we didn't want to lose what we thought we had found so when he had to move (after us only knowing each other for a few months) we didn't want to risk losing out. I had always sworn off long distance relationships, so I really had no idea what I was in for. I thought I was up for the challenge, but without a plan, and with how busy our lives got and how we each were going in different directions, the distance just got the best of us.
4. Life goes on. I'm always reminded of the quote, "...but did you die?" Stuff happens, but as long as we didn't die I think the experience teaches us to be better people and more equipped to handle stuff that's gonna happen in the future.
I think the best and hardest part of the whole thing is knowing that I'll find someone who's better for me, but also knowing that he'll find someone who's better for him too. I guess that's that selfish part.
So for the sum of the relationship I can say that I'm sorry that we couldn't make it work, but not sorry that we tried.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I've got that Outkast song in my head today, and I've been resisting the urge to "shake it like a polaroid picture..." all day. You're welcome, strangers, for sparing everyone the awkwardness of witnessing my attempts at "dancing." LOL
What's Good Sparkfam?!?
It's been SO LOOOONG. I've missed you guys again!
Since my last entry I've had one run, Runtober and I have another looming around the corner on Saturday! I'm really excited about this one because I think I may finally break the 2 hour mark for my half marathon. Last time I was pretty close, but I didn't have official timing nor proper preparedness (showed up 50 Shades Of Late, lol. I had a long run yesterday because I was out of town this past weekend (in Lafayette!!! Woohoo, I'll tell you abt that in a bit) and didn't really have the time to sneak in any extended fitness minutes.
I did 10 miles yesterday at an average pace of 9'25" per mile. That was running/jogging interspersed with walking/speedwalking.
At that pace I could finish in just over 2 hours (2 hours and about 6 minutes). SO, all I have to do is increase my running intervals and speed up my walking to jogging pace and I should be able to reach my goal, right? I think so!
Can I just say that running in the cold is SO much better than running in the heat? Personal preference, I know, but the cold air just feels so good traveling through my airways and filling up my lungs. I really believe I can breathe more deeply in the cold.
Okay now back to Lafayette! My college friend from UL got married this weekend, YAY *hums the wedding march* So I flew to Houston on Friday so my bf could drive us to Lafayette. We got in late Friday/early Saturday (didn't really look at the time). Woke up the next morning and drove to Prejeans to have breakfast. I am happy to announce that I only ate one sweet potato biscuit (he got extra to go, lol). I swear the only time he eats poorly is when we're in Louisiana, which is terrible considering I'm abt to be a registered dietitian, lol. It was his first time in Lafayette, so I had to allow him to experience all of the goodness of Lafayette cuisine. After breakfast we took a driving tour of UL, I wanted to get out and walk so I could show him the bayou and different things around the campus (which has changed a bit since I was last there), but we decided against it for lack of time, he did, however get to see my favorite tree in all the whole world Yep, the one that used to be my background pic. I'll have to find it and add it to my gallery.
The wedding was in Opelousas. The ceremony and reception were beautiful. The reception started out on a shaky note because one of the guests at the table where we were sitting had apparently gotten an early start on the alcohol and inadvertantly sprayed my bf and I with whatever he was drinking while laughing at a joke I must have missed . Soooo, we moved to a different table on the completely opposite side of the room and were incident-free for the remainder of the reception. The cake was from Gambino's so, of course it was delicious! It was great to see her my friend again on such a joyous occasion, she was absolutely radiating beauty. I'm so happy for her
My bf also had Raising Cane's for the first time ever this trip, which is surprising because I'm sure they have them in Houston, right? Plus they're popping up all over the place in Oklahoma City (I can think of four locations within a 5-25 minute drive from where I am now). He was perplexed by the abundance of drive-thru daiquiri places, lol. Sunday we went to New Iberia for the gumbo festival! I tried a "green gumbo" with cabbage greens, collard greens, okra, etc.; it was AWESOME! I also tried a gluten free gumbo made from a corn and sorghum based roux, it was pretty good as well. I almost missed out on seafood, because I was being picky, lol. I tried a filet mignon and lobster gumbo as well, but didn't like it because the beef was too overpowering and made it taste more like a beef stew than a gumbo.
After a wild goose chase in Scott, attempting to locate Best Stop, we headed back to Houston. It was a great weekend. I enjoyed myself, didn't overindulge too much and got to show my bf another little bud in the rosebush from which I bloomed.
I know this blog is getting really long, but who knows when I'll next have time to sit and update you guys, so let's continue.
I am one of the new Ambassadors for Black Girls Run! Oklahoma!!! Yay! I'm so excited, we have not made a formal announcement as of yet (there are three of us newbies, and we're still working out some details). I am SO excited about this, I just can't even explain right now. I have a conference call a little later and we'll be discussing everything then. I will surely keep you guys up to date on this as everything unfolds, so until next time...and hopefully it will be sooner than a month from now...wish me luck and pray for the success of this venture and that it will positively impact the health of women in Oklahoma.
Love you all & will probably be posting, commenting, liking, and giving goodies today while I have the chance!
Hugs & Smooches
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