Archive for July, 2011

July 27, 2011

Inspired…


Jill Scott Before and After

Raven-Symone Before and After

Raven-Symone after weight loss

Jordyn Sparks Before and After

Jennifer Hudson Before and After

Are you inspired, because I am. I look at these photos of Jill Scott, Raven-Symone, Jordyn Sparks, and Jennifer Hudson; and I know that I can do it if they can. Granted, when you’re a star, you have more options for help. But, as I read their stories, I know that it’s possible for me as well. I think it all boils down to just really wanting to lose the weight and then being mindful of how you’re going to do it, and then sticking with it. Whether it’s portion control and exercise, or an eating program, it doesn’t matter how the weight loss is achieved as long as it’s done in a healthy way. I read that Jennifer Hudson has said she had to get used to being so small. Maybe that’s why so many people, including myself, have lost weight and then put it right back on. If you’re used to seeing yourself a certain way for so long, then it can be difficult to mentally adjust. This time, as I endeavor to reach my weight loss goal, I will definitely make sure to work on all the other aspects that go along with it. Since I mentioned a few days ago that I’m going to use my weight loss journal that I purchased from GNC, I figured I would add photos of it for anyone who might be interested.

July 25, 2011

My fitness quote for the day


He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

Thomas Carlyle

This is my fitness quote for the day. I really agree with this quote. When you have good health, you are able to do so much. When you work out regularly, it makes you feel better about yourself. And, when you feel better about yourself, it makes you want to do more. If a person wants to do more, then whats to stop them from feeling like they can achieve anything they want out of life? Hey, it’s just my thought for the day.

July 23, 2011

The chocolate glazed doughnut


After professing my intentions to lose weight and establish healthier eating habits, I went and did it. I could have resisted, but I didn’t. It was right there in my face, and since I was too lazy to make myself a healthy breakfast, I opted for the doughnut. I have to admit it was good though. I’ve decided not to be so hard on myself. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? I realize that when I write down the things that I eat, and when I journal the exercises that I do for the day, I tend to make better choices. There is a fitness journal that is sold at GNC for anyone who really wants to be serious about tracking calories, different types of exercises, and measurements. There is also a site that I found called fitwatch.com. They have online fitness trackers (journals) that you can print out to record your daily progress. Since I already have the journal from GNC, I’ll use that. Hopefully I’ll be tracking more veggies and fruits rather than cakes and doughnuts. :>)

July 21, 2011

Continuous…no stopping


I guess today is as good a day as any to begin my plan of losing weight and becoming more healthy. I looked in the mirror earlier and was not too happy with what I saw. My stomach is so large. I look like I’m expecting, and I’m not. So my plan is to start an exercise program along with a new diet to get rid of this extra-ness I’ve got going on. And, when I say diet, I really mean that I want to change the things that I eat. I want to implement some healthier eating habits, cut down on the sweets, and drink more water. I want this to be a lifelong way of doing things, no more temporary fixes. I’ve read a few books in the past that I would like to revisit so that I can get my mind in gear for this journey that I am about to take. This time my goals need to be met. It’s very frustrating for me to begin something and then stop half way through. I’m not sure of why I tend to do this, but I’m determined to figure it out so that it wont continue to happen.

July 18, 2011

It takes more energy to try to be something you’re not…


I’m sure you’ve heard the term, to thine own self be true. This catchy little phrase stems from the popular writings of William Shakespeare. So, my question is, why is something so simple as being true to your self, so difficult at times? Is it easier to be something we’re not in order to please others? How many faces do we put on in a day so that we will fit in at work, at home, at church, at the gym, etc. Yes, this may seem to be just a random thought, but it came to me today as I contemplated cutting my hair. I’ve wanted to cut my hair for a few years now, but I wouldn’t do it because my hair has been natural for a while and I didn’t want to get a perm again. I didn’t feel like answering the questions of why are cutting your hair and why are you perming your hair when it’s so soft. However, cutting my hair to the length that I would like requires I perm because the style wouldn’t hold; especially since I like to work out off and on. Today something clicked in me. I decided I’m doing it. I’m going to cut my hair and perm it. And, I don’t care what anyone thinks. I’m doing it for me. My friend said she wanted some of my confidence to rub off on her. I simply said to her with a sigh of relief; It takes more energy to try to be something you’re not, rather than to just let your self be. Now sometimes just being yourself may not be so great, if your say, psychotic (seek help). But, when it comes to the little things like your appearance, or the quirky music you like to listen to, why fight it.

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