Saturday, February 12, 2011
Greetings to my supportive SP Family & Friends.
First of all, let me apologize for taking so long to update you on what's been going on (and not to make excuses, but it's just been one thing after the other; or so it seems).
So where do I begin without turning this n2 my lifes story? Okay, I got it.
Last year around this time; I started having pains throughout the lower lumbar section of my back. After months of doctor visits; we were finally able to find out what the problem is. It was found that I have a bone degenerative disease (allegedly, a slight case). The cartilage in my L5 vertibrae has desentergrated. However, no matter how slight it is; it's still pretty painful @ times. Somedays, I can't even walk or stand too long without experiencing sharp spasms.
Nonetheless, they have me going to physical therapy a few days out of the week. On top of that, this weight hasn't budged much and that also plays a major role in this whole scenerio.
That being said, I'm trying to find a simple yet effective routine that I can do focusing on my core, back fat and thighs. Nothing too rigorous; like I said .... simple yet effective. The KEY here is to LOSE & TONE!
I've decided to set short term realistic goals for myself. Something like 10 lbs in 3 weeks.
Do you think that's realistic enough? This way I'm not putting too much pressure on myself and hopefully I can stick to it more.
Furthermore, I still haven't gotten a pc or laptop yet (keep your fingers crossed for this week). But once I do, I will be more diligent with blogs and video updates.
Please feel free to give me your insight on how you think I should tackle this; whether it be exercise tips, how many days, exercise equipment, work outs from home, realistic goals, the best time to exercise etc ....
I truly value your opinions and guidance and thank you in advance.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hi to all of my SP family and friends. I realize it's been awhile since I've been online; my laptop has crashed yet again and the internet on my phone is a bit iffy.
In the recent months, I haven't been as diligent as I like; however, I have managed to adopt the organic lifestyle ..... talk about expensive!! But to be honest, I feel alot better in terms of motivation. My health started to decline. I recently found out that I have HBP; something I thought would never happen to me. But the good news is, I finally have a new job which is definitely a step in the right direction. Can you believe I was unemployed for over a year ... and not by choice either. That had alot to do with my inconsistency. I almost gave up y'all, but by Gods grace, I'm still here.
Going forward, I hope to get back in the routine of things. Sitting at home with nothing to do definitely contributed to me putting on the weight. Eating out of boredom was a disaster waiting to happen. So now, I try to only eat when I'm hungry and eat healthier when I'm out. I'm addicted to Chipotle Chicken Bowls .... which I'm contemplating having for lunch today. I usually have it with onions and peppers, black beans, corn salsa, a dollop of sour cream, lettuce and guacamole on the side.
Probably not one of my best choices, but hey; I can have a cheat day as long as I'm able to get back on track.
Please feel free to send/offer up any advise that you may have to help me on my journey to healthy living. It's all greatly appreciated.
Take care of yourselves and one another and have a wonderfully blessed holiday season.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Lately, I've been going through alot in my personal life; and I'm not sure about any of you, but when I have relationship problems .... it can drain me mentally as well as emotionally. It tends to take away from everything else and I lose sight of what's really important. I become consumed with doing whatever I can to keep things together (even if it means accepting the blame when it isn't my fault); yet, I'm slowly slipping into a silent depression. I start second guessing myself worth and asking "Why Me? What is it this time?"
But I'm here to tell you that at some point in our lives, we must face the hurt and pain and eliminate it. They say the first step to change is acceptance (but for many; they walk around in denial) However, in my own defense, I've acknowledged this long ago ... so I guess I have no one to place the blame (if there's anyone to really blame at all). Sometimes things just aren't meant to be.
I say all of that to say that I need your prayers because at times this can be a bit overwhelming, but we must keep moving forward. For the past week, I've been completely off track, but it's time to pull up my boot straps and get back in the race.
I got on the scale yesterday and it read 255.2 lbs. I guess all isn't lost because losing weight or adopting a healthier lifestyle takes time. It's a gradual process. If we rush to finish the race, we will lose the weight fast, but gain it all back. Slow and steady will give you weightloss that will last for the rest of your life.
That being said .... I made the decision to post this blog because there are times when many of us have just plain given up. We become so overwhelmed with the everyday routine/stress/commitment that we lose sight of "US".
We must stay strong and keep pressing forward no matter what because truth be told; if we continue to give everything to everyone else ... at the end of the day; we'll be left empty and have nothing left for ourselves. When we do that, we're no good for ourselves or others.
I wish you all much success and prosperity during your journey; whether it be to lose 5 lbs or 500. Keep moving forward ... you'll love yourself more in the end.
Thanks for allowing me to vent.
Peace & Blessings,
Monday, August 23, 2010
Ok, so today is Aug. 23rd and I did a weigh in this morning simply because I know that I cheated on Sunday big time and wanted to see what the numbers were looking like.
So I get on the scale and I'm still at 257.4, but I'm not even upset because I seem to be loosing inches. I never took the time to measure myself; which I probably should've done, but sometimes, that's just the way it is. I will however be sure to get a measuring tape today.
But all isn't lost. I may not be losing the weight as fast as I thought; but hey, fast doesn't always mean good. I'd rather loose the weight slowly if it means keeping it off forever.
What I have seen or realized though is that although I'm not losing an obseen amount of weight; I am losing inches.
I have these capri jeans that I wasn't able to get up past my thighs for the past 2 years.
I have been awaiting the day that I could get them to come past my thunder thighs. And OMG .... two days ago,not only was I able to get them past my thighs, but zip them up too and wear them comfortably. I also had a pair of linen pants that I'd brought 2 years ago that I could not get past my thighs as well; and YES!!! I was able to wear them and by the end of the day; they were loose in the front.
My neighbor told me this morning that my thighs are getting smaller as well. So I'm glad to say that my efforts have not been in vein.
Thank you all for your support; it's so appreciated ..... you have no idea.
Peace & Blessings,
Friday, August 20, 2010
Good Morning SPF,
I am a 40 year old woman who maybe overweight, but by Gods' grace; I don't have any of the major health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc ....
However, for the past day or so, I've woken up feeling dizzy (before even sitting up) and with a headache. I'm wondering what this is all about. It's not a bad headache, but still one nonetheless. Could it be my new lifestyle change? Here's what I had to eat yesterday:
Multigrain Oatmeal w/wheat germ and apple cinnamon bran which I blended like a smoothie. I added fresh blueberries, a tsp of whey protein, frozen mango, organic coconut milk (not the kind in the can .... so delicious coconut milk from whole foods) w/flaxseed oil.
Romaine Lettuce Salad w/cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, goat cheese, avocado, and cesaer vinaigrette w/deli turkey slices and 1 blackbean veggie patty on the side. 2 glasses of water w/pomergranate drinking vinegar.
Spaghetti w/ground turkey and lamb mixed (wonderful combo by the way) with fresh garlic cloves, red/green peppers, pom diced tomatoes (salt free) over wheat penne pasta and 2 slices of double fiber bread w/smart balance butter (yeah I know I could've omitted it) 1 glass of water w/pomergranate drinking vinegar and unsalted trail mix w/sunflower, cashew, almond and raisins.
Going forward ... I woke up to this dizzy feeling and headache and decided to have:
Egg White Omlette w/sauteed mushrooms and peppers/1 slice of plain double fiber toast and 2 tbsp salsa w/1 glass water w/pomergranate drinking vinegar.
It is now 10:20 and I still feel the same dizzy feeling and headache. And before you ask .... pregnancy is not a possibility!!! LOL
If this continues, I think I may need to walk on over to the ER ..... Perhaps I'm doing too much.
Go figure .....
Thanks for listening
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