AEGISHOT's SparkPeople Blog AEGISHOT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blogging It is unbelievable that it's almost a year since I last blogged. I remember my early days on sparkpeople, I blogged so well and it worked for me. Right now I have added weight, kudos to some medical procedure. My mind is made up to start documenting again. <BR> <BR> Tracking my meals <BR> Tracking my exercises <BR> Tracking my body measurements <BR> Tracking miles and much more <BR> <BR> I will start doing this using the spark blog then I will continue with my personal blog. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:37:32 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 21 STAYING ON COURSE <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection  <BR> <BR> “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'” ~ Isaiah 30:21 NIV <BR> <BR> “You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.” ~ Les Brown <BR> <BR> Do you know when you’re on the right track? How do you know that this time it’s going to work? Morning devotion time; maintaining a food journal; bringing your lunch to work; grocery shop... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 00:43:45 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 20 <BR> MAKING YOU A PRIORITY <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection <BR> <BR> “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little … Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.” ~ Haggai 1:9 NIV <BR> <BR> “Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.” ~ Thomas Aquinas <BR> <BR> What do you think is the No. 1 reason people give for not exercising? If you said ‘time,’ you are 100 percent correct. And it may also be your No. 1 reason for not exercising ... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:11:43 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 19 <BR> PARTNERSHIPS <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection  <BR> <BR> “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” ~ Proverbs 13:20 NASB <BR> <BR> “Accountability breeds response-ability.” ~ Stephen Covey  <BR> <BR> Weight loss challenges tend to be a very isolating and lonely stronghold. No one wants their friends, family, and loved ones to know how much they’re struggling, so people tend to isolate themselves and try to solve their problems on their own... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 05:23:27 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 18 <BR> HOW TO STAY FOCUSED <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection <BR> <BR> “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” ~ Luke 2:49 NIV <BR> <BR> “When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.” ~ Charles Stanley <BR> <BR> It’s so easy for us to get distracted, emotional, discouraged, or just plain tired. How do we maintain our focus when we don’t feel like it? It’s so easy to lose our focus. We live in a society where we have so many... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 05:10:02 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 17 STAY SELF-CONTROLLED <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection <BR> <BR> “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8 NLT <BR> <BR> “I have learned that I really do have discipline, self-control, and patience. But they were given to me as a seed, and it’s up to me to choose to develop them.” ~ Joyce Meyer  <BR> <BR> On top of the unconscious patterns that can sabotage us, we also engage in many conscious p... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:30:43 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 16 ARE YOU A GIANT OR A GRASSHOPPER? ... POOR SELF-IMAGE <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection <BR> <BR> “We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers …!” ~ Numbers 13:33 NLT <BR> <BR> “See yourself as God sees you.” <BR> <BR> How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror? Do you focus on your strengths? Or, do your eyes hone in on all the flaws? If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us focus on all that’s wrong with us rather than on what’s righ... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 03:36:30 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 15 <BR> OVERCOMING EMOTIONAL EATING <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection  <BR> <BR> “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” ~ Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV <BR> <BR> “Feel your feelings, don’t feed them.” <BR> <BR> Another destructive behavior that will always sabotage your weight loss program is emotional eating. Experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is caused by emotions. Emotional eating is when we eat in response... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:26:37 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 14 AVOIDING PROCRASTINATION <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection  <BR> <BR> “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you?” ~ Joshua 18:3 NLT <BR> <BR> “Procrastination may relieve short-term pressure. But it often impedes long-term progress.” ~ John Maxwell <BR> <BR> Procrastination is another serious barrier that stops us from reaching our goals. It is a lot more complex than just putting things off. A well-kn... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:23:37 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 13 THE BLAME GAME <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection  <BR> <BR> “It was the woman who you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” ~ Genesis 3:12 NLT <BR> <BR> “I’m only going to stand before God and give an account for my life, not for somebody else’s life. If I have a bad attitude, then I need to say there’s no point in me blaming you for what’s wrong in my life.” ~ Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> A close friend to excuse-making is the blame game. In this game, you lose no matter how well you play.... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:23:42 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 12 <BR> REASONS OR RESULTS:  EXCUSE MAKING <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection <BR> <BR> “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” ~ John 5:7 NIV <BR> <BR> “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ~ Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> I can’t lose weight because I don’t have the time … I can’t afford it … I can’t afford a gym membership right now … My kids need me. Do any of these sou... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:46:54 EST Weight Loss God's Way: Day 11 WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? <BR> <BR> Scripture Reflection <BR> <BR> “They continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came.” ~ 2 Kings 17:33 NLT <BR> <BR> “Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.” ~ John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> We all have things that we believe about ourselv... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:20:25 EST Weight Loss God's Way I have been going through a weight loss meditation and plan for the past 10 days and it is a YouVersion Bible App Plan. I love having to do devotional plans on this app and when I got this Weight Loss God's Way, I thought it right to give it a trial, but the past ten days had been of little of no effect (reasons I cannot pin down) but this morning after reading the devotionals, I feel sharing it with the public will give me some level of commitment and help someone else out there. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:01:29 EST Well, Hi sparkies, <BR> <BR> I hadn't logged in a while but I am doing well and "my head is still in the game".(meaning, I am still actively in the journey to weight loss) <BR> <BR> I have been eating healthy but I am plateau on the scale as at last night. <BR> <BR> A little unstable hormonally but I know it's TOM and I will soon be out. I really need all the encouragement I can get right now to get back into working out consistently. I typically wake up late these days because of unexplained in... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:41:31 EST Hunger, Desire and Cravings I did write a post about this topic on my blog sometimes back. <BR> <BR> Now, because I do intermittent fasting I am able to differentiate between when I am hungry, desiring a food or craving. <BR> <BR> Craving - l don't normally crave foods, maybe I crave carbs during some times within my cycle. I am not sure if what happens to me fits into the correct definition of craving. Because all I want is to keep eating carbs and immediately I am okay, I go back to eating normally. <BR> <BR> Desir... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:54:52 EST Happy New Week I am just relaxed on my bed posting this. I have so much on my plate that the only way not worry about it all is to relax, do nothing, listening to some good music and post on sparkpeople, haha. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was busy for me and the reward was a clean and organized house. I did the better part of the house even if not all. <BR> <BR> I am optimistic about this week that all will be well. I hope to workout early in the morning after my devotion throughout this week and eat clean too. <... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:38:00 EST Out of Mind There is this English saying that OUT OF SIGHT IS OUT OF MIND, the meaning being that when you don't see that food trigger, it's unlikely you are tempted to chow it. Out of sight could come in two ways: <BR> <BR> 1. Not stocking the food at all; <BR> <BR> 2. Stocking because of others around you but keeping it out of sight. <BR> <BR> Number 2 is where we find ourselves most times because of others around us who are not interested in eating like us. <BR> <BR> We tend to hide the triggers a... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:11:12 EST ME time While reading through some articles today, I realized that I had been missing out on me time for months on end and it's reflecting on my overall health. <BR> <BR> This week had been great and I am reaping the dividends too. I started with sleeping early to exercising twice daily to watching movies for relaxation and finally deciding not to worry or stress myself about any issue that is beyond me. <BR> <BR> I went back for my vitals today and I can satisfactorily say that the "ME time" is w... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:43:06 EST Diet Coach I need a diet coach, that is what challenge required of me today. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople and some other free sites had been there for me since 2010. <BR> <BR> Through them I had lost over 25lbs, it may look small in such a long period but I am eternally grateful to them for making me not only healthy conscious but stay healthy. <BR> <BR> When I started this journey, I desired just to be healthy for myself and my family. I wasn't looking to lose weight but along the way the number on the sca... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:35:17 EST 10+ I decided to do it today <em>590</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I over slept this morning but I exercised after a long break. I walked in place just like a newbie for 10 minutes today and 2 minutes stretching. So funny I had to find myself here, I think that is what happens when you are gone for too long from a healthy habit. <BR> <BR> I laid all my workout gears down last night but the alarm didn't sound at 5am, somehow I was 44 minutes late. But nonetheless, I still wore my workout clo... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:05:31 EST Health Sunday In church today all we had was an intensive lecture on THE HEART. A doctor member was quite meticulous with the teaching today too. <BR> <BR> I gained a lot and much more I think the information was specifically for me. I had been experiencing irregular heartbeats for some time now and I promised to check my vitals at the next opportunity but I had been just too busy. After today I went straight to check with the GP and I am not sure the numbers are very good. He said there's no cause for al... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:05:01 EST Saturday in Nigeria Hi Sparkies, don't mind the heading. I can only speak for my location within that country. Well I woke up today (late though) to a sunny day and I had to go see my mom. I did not wake up thinking about food and that is a bonus for me. I satisfied myself yesterday and I am not guilty about it. <BR> <BR> I am having a nice day today and I feel really lazy too. I thought I should wake up to exercise this morning but trust I couldn't bring myself to it yet (I had not exercised in months). I am s... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 07:28:15 EST Fasting Day Good morning sparkles, I do intermittent fasting as a matter of lifestyle and I enjoy every bit of the lifestyle. The fact that I am not eating always without check is good for me. If you are in this path like me, I love the way of 16:8. It's easy for me and I am able to plan for the rest meal of the day without stress. I love this lifestyle. Today is my absolute fasting day but I am not, because I don't have the urge to. Just as I pointed out earlier,.I am not stressing out anything in th... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:45:06 EST Diets Beware of diets, and if you decide to embrace any, always know that no one size fits all. Because it works for me and I am enjoying it doesn't make it right for everyone. <BR> <BR> I know a grand-dad who is restricted to a diet for health reasons and whenever anybody around him eats freely, he calls it 'poison'. I don't do that as a matter of policy. I don't condemn people for the things they allow, the only advice I give is for everyone to be ready to bear the consequences of their choices.... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:23:19 EST Today We speak of yesterday to make amends today. We speak of tomorrow to plan today. Today is what we have and the only template to work with. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not bad at all but could be better. However, yesterday's errors is the guide for today's plan. I have been trying to do low carbs for a while but I desire to just allow it to flow naturally into my lifestyle without forcing it or starting with a mindset of punishment as most diet seems to me. So I saw a plan called 1:1 eating plan i... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:05:25 EST Blogging Again I want to start blogging on sparkpeople again. While I was consistent about it way back, it was working for me and I think it will work again. Of course now I am much lighter than then but I have not gotten to my goal weight still. <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of blogging in a long while and I feel a warmth. <BR> <BR> I will try to do this every morning or night as time permits just to keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> I intend to be as healthy as I can be today and I have some good foo... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:35:02 EST It is Possible This picture had inspired me and I wish to share it on my blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The funny part is that I still feel I am more like the "before" pics. I almost did not recognize it's me in that "after". Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:50:50 EST First Post on Sparkpeople The image below is the screen shot of my first post on sparkpeople 5 years ago. Is it not wonderful that I am progressing. Little progress is still progress <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530693 </link> <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that I am still on sparkpeople and I had been helped both by spark friends, articles, trackers, coaches ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 05:44:02 EST Don't Give Up I started this weight loss journey some 6 years back and I did to get healthier. I wanted the numbers to be better on the medical records. I literally saw the number on the scale as plus for me. <BR> <BR> I cannot give up on this journey now because I have had a lot of benefits from embarking on this journey. <BR> <BR> I lost weight (187 - 167) <BR> <BR> I feel better about myself <BR> <BR> I got a new family in Sparkpeople <BR> <BR> I feel stronger <BR> <BR> I exercise better. <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 10:35:40 EST BLC32 - Biggest Loser Challenge - Registering Now! We are the BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE in our 32nd Round...More fondly referred to as the BLC32! <BR> <BR> We will Supply you the Tools to Help Keep Your FOCUS and Working toward Your Goals of Better Health and Wellness. <BR> <BR> This is a 15 Week Challenge Comprised of about 16 TEAMS, made up of approximately 20 Challengers per TEAM. <BR> <BR> Results of ALL Challengers will be posted Every Week so you can Track your Own Progress and that of your TEAM. <BR> <BR> You can Expect to make F... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 16:19:59 EST Coincidence? I was on weekly weigh in streak last year which I did stopped at Week 26. <BR> <BR> However, at week 22 I was at a particular weight where I found out now I am at that same weight this year at that same period of the streak. Check the links below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007853 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-22-weigh-in-new-exercise-plan.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:30:01 EST Month of July I am done with the month of July 2016 forever. <BR> <BR> Workout was a sham, but food was on point. I just became a little more mindful than the past and it is working for me. I weighed in at 162.8lbs as against 166.6lbs last month, that is a 3.8lbs loss for the month and approximately 0.9lbs per week. <BR> <BR> I look forward to more mindfulness and a workout-filled August. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing you the best in your plans sparkies. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:34:33 EST Month of June Unlike the month of May, June was empty and with less fitness activity. I however did well on the diet front as I kept learning more about eating, hunger and cravings and I think I am growing stronger and getting better. All I want to do this month of July is just to move my butts more and do everything I love and not boring to get my fitness minutes in at 50 minutes a day which gives me a 250-300 minutes a week as the case maybe. <BR> <BR> I get bored easily and I am planning to switch up ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 03:24:42 EST Month of May <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is what the month of May looks like tracking my workouts for the months of May. I wish to be much better in June. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:29:18 EST Week 10 Weigh-in: NSVs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-10-weigh-in-nsv.html </link> Thu, 19 May 2016 06:11:56 EST GET BUSY THIS SUMMER The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 15 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 9+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. During the busy summer months, we have a Summer Camp round which runs for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some c... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:47:28 EST BLC (BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE) IS REGISTERING NOW! The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 15 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 9+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. During the busy summer months, we have a Summer Camp round which runs for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some c... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:58:35 EST Weeklies I am tweaking my plans this week to a weekly and not monthly plans. I think the monthly challenges bore me out so easily. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:34:09 EST Infused Water I posted a blog about infused water and I am reaping so much benefits from this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>used-water.html </link> <BR> <BR> I now take my water with fruits in it. It is a more refreshing way to drink your water and to stylishly avoid soda and other unhealthy drinks. It is highly dehydrating and filling too. I think you will love to do this. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you have tried this before or you will try it. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 04:42:30 EST Fitness Intentions 2016 I refused to call it New Year's Resolution. <BR> <BR> The below are what I intended doing before 2016 runs out. <BR> <BR> - Get to my goal weight and maybe more before 12/25/2016 <BR> -Wake up by 5am every morning to workout <BR> - Do a monthly fitness challenge <BR> - Write in my fitness journal everyday <BR> - Do at least 10 minutes of exercise 6 days of the week <BR> - 5:2 Diet Fast till maintenance <BR> - Read the book "the Beck Diet Solution, train your brain to think like a thin perso... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:15:22 EST BLC is here again Hurry and register for this 15 weeks challenge program. It will keep you on your toes and help you achieve your weight loss goals this year. <BR> <BR> Find the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lc </link> <BR> <BR> Do you need some hugs, some push and better tracking and challenges. <BR> <BR> Join any team of choice and receive maximum support Thu, 7 Jan 2016 02:32:07 EST Week Twenty-Six (Light Bulb Moment) Today is week 26 of my streak. What makes the streak is at least 3 days workout within a week, I am not increasing it yet but I had been struggling for more than 6 weeks now and I keep blogging about my struggles. I am doing this because I don't want to give up on myself and I won't. <BR> <BR> Wednesday weigh in was 171.3lbs <em>24</em> that was a number I did not imagine ever seeing again, I actually promised myself I will never come to that again but I was disappointed after all. Howev... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:46:30 EST Week Twenty-Four Week 24: 10/9 to 10/15, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 168.3lbs (I made a mistake with the past week weight, it was 168.8lbs) <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Still tracking and there is clear evidence that I am overeating. I was able to write a personal blog on my struggles. <BR> <BR> Fitness: FM = 223 minutes <BR> <BR> Calories burned through workouts: 1213 cals <BR> <BR> NSV: The scale is not acting nicely but my clothes are loose. <BR> <BR> Challenges: Still Overeating <BR> <BR> Close t... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:43:12 EST Week Twenty-Three (Motivating Goals That Result in Weight Loss) Week 23: 10/2 to 10/8, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 166.8lbs <BR> <BR> Nutrition: I am proud to say that I tracked every meal/anything that goes into my mouth for 2 weeks and 5 days today. <em>224</em> . I have been overeating though, considering my journal and I hope to either work on getting a deficit this week or upping my exercise. I am trying my best <BR> <BR> Fitness: FM = 111minutes. <BR> <BR> Calories burned through workouts: I could not calculate the calories because i... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:38:22 EST Week Twenty-Two (Food Tracker) Week 22: 9/25 to 10/1, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 166.8lbs <BR> <BR> Challenges: I still had some challenges to overcome during this week but I think I am having some breathing spaces right now and the week 23 starting today will be a full and filled week for me. I did some batch cooking yesterday which should take care of my meals for the week and I will be clearing the exercising room tonight to create space for a sweat-dripping week. <em>198</em> . <BR> My tracking has been... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:35:30 EST Week Twenty (Stressed) Week 20: 9/11 to 9/17, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 167.5lbs <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Challenges: I am quite stressed right now and I think it is getting me really discouraged about the weight loss journey and other issues too. <BR> <BR> I know this is what I want (become healthier and lose weight), no doubt about that, but how do I get it done right and well. So many things happening in my life right now, that keeps getting in my way. <BR> <BR> After the day's work, all I feel ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:06:28 EST Week Eighteen Week 18: 8/28 to 9/4, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 165.5lbs (+3.1lbs from the last lowest <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> Nutrition:I have not been faithful to tracking my meals in the past few weeks but because workout has taken a new shape now, I am starting tracking in my journal and in preparation for Round 29 of the BLC. <BR> <BR> Fitness: Workout has taken a new shape now with Insanity Max 30. Hard and sweaty workout and I believe it will work. (124 fitness minutes) <BR> <BR> <i... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 03:30:32 EST Week Sixteen I am starting something new tomorrow and I need a good mind/bodily rest. The week had been without any intentional fitness minutes except cleaning and walking to keep active and sane. I will take my statistics tomorrow and probably a starting photo just to keep records. I am not weighing till the start of BLC 29, all things being equal. I will continue with my NSVs though. <BR> <BR> Read the rest of the story here... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-friday.html </l... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:50:29 EST BLC 29 is herrrreeeeeeeeee <link> </link> <BR> <BR> With just one click and you are there to meeting your goals this season. It's all about chatting, accountability about your fitness/diet and getting to meet your weight loss goals while making friends along the way. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:38:38 EST Week Fifteen Week 15: 8/7 to 8/13, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 164.2lbs (+0.4lbs) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry that I am not writing out the remaining updates this week. I want to start a fresh workout regimen/routine and I don't want it to be more than 4 weeks at a time. I need suggestions from sparkfriends on what to do now. <BR> <BR> Please let me have your suggestions on what is working for you and with that I should be able to draw a conclusion on what to do. <BR> <BR> Tools at hand <BR> 1. Du... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:08:22 EST