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August 27, 2011

For The Love Of Cocoa…….. (via sourdoughtheangrybaker)


I just happened to be blog surfing and stumbled upon this post which displayed the cocoa flower / pod in the stage before it is cultivated. What a beautiful, odd, intriguing plant it is. Reminds me of me; hence the name Cocoa Flower 🙂 Any way, the recipe for the cookies looks great although it definitely would not help in me losing weight. And, the pictures are very pretty. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. I’ll be trying out the recipe on a cheat day far away in the future.

For The Love Of Cocoa........ "Dam-nit, they did it again" cried Olive into the stifling air of the oven room. "I leave the room for one minute, and all the chocolate cupcakes are gone!" "All 12!" The room cleared from the scorn in her voice, Olive not one to usually cause a scene. Looking to soothe her cocoa-deprived soul, I thought to offer my newest team member some Cocoa Puffs cereal, but mentally withdrew the offer before it sprang from my lips. I didn't want to insult h … Read More

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August 22, 2011

Chopsticks and a Fortune…


Is it wrong to have the chinese restaurant programmed into your phone? I find that in my plan to lose weight I must be very organized and calculated. If I don’t plan on the things that I will eat for the day or the activities / exercises that I plan to do, then I am totally thrown off. I guess that’s what I have the Weight Tracker journal for; so that I can be more organized with my weight loss. Being more organized will prevent moments like this; moments when I am dialing North Peking for my regular combination special.

August 21, 2011

Ding, Ding, Ding…



And the match is on! In the right corner, we have our underdog weighing in at 169.4 lbs. In the left corner, we have our contender, slight obesity. Our two opponents have fought in the past with wins on both sides, but this hopefully will be the fight to end all fights.

I woke up this morning and decided to do my weigh in. It’s time to step it up a notch. It’s time to face what has taunted me for the longest; my actual weight. Although I carry it well, I know that I am still too heavy for my 4 ft. 11 in. frame. I’m naturally curvy, so I know that I’ll never look like a stick figure; but I also know that the amount of weight that I’m carrying around daily can have some serious ramifications. I’m not sure how long this match will last, but I am certain that it will be the last. The ups and downs of weight loss can be very draining and dangerous. My risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or even heart disease has greatly increased now. Not to mention, the extra weight plays such a key role in affecting my self-image. I heard on the radio that a study was done which claims four out of five black women are over weight or obese. Isn’t that ridiculous? To make matters worse; I have to admit that I’m one of the four. It’s time that I do my part to win the battle against obesity.

Some people may talk about the stars that have lost weight and say it’s too much or that they look totally different with the weight off. But think about it; when you’re used to seeing someone at a heavy weight, of course they’ll look a little different. When I tell my family and friends how much weight I’d like to lose, they say that it will be too much and that I’ll be too skinny. But, I know what my ideal weight should be. I say, as long as you’re losing the weight in a healthy way; stick to it. I posted pictures in the past of Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, and Raven Symone to show their weight loss and how inspiring it is. Here are some more, because there’s nothing wrong with finding inspiration where ever it may lie. If you have before and after pics that you would like to share along with your weight loss triumph, feel free to send them to me. I welcome hearing from anyone who feels that their contribution can serve as an inspiration to others.

Jill Scott Before Weight Loss


Jill Scott - Reportedly 63 lbs Lighter


Raven Symone Before Weight Loss


Raven Symone Reportedly 70 lbs Lighter


Marsha Ambrosius (Right) Before Weight Loss


Marsha Ambrosius After Weight Loss


J. Hudson Reportedly a Size 0

August 17, 2011

Miss… slowly back away from the cookies.



Out of all the things to form a semi addiction to, it would be cookies. But not just any cookie. No, my drug of choice is Chips’Ahoy chewy chocolate chip cookies. A couple of those little things with a shot of milk and I’m good to go. When I buy a pack, it doesn’t last more than two to three days tops. So what I’ve had to do is just avoid the cookie isle at all cost. But in my avoidance looms the thoughts of those soft, sweet, tasty little cookies. It’s so bad that I can’t even say that I can treat myself to a few of them once a week and not over do it. I’ve got to go cold turkey 🙂 What’s a girl to do?

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August 10, 2011

Jennifer Hudson…size 0?


Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson. (MIKE SEGAR - REUTERS)

Jennifer Hudson (Huffington Post)

I was listening to V103 this morning, and the host stated in his celebrity report that Jennifer Hudson is now a size 0. A size 0? Wow! The last time I read up on her weight loss, she stated she was a size 6. I thought she was tiny then; so can you imagine how small she must be now? I hope it looks good on her. Either way, it’s obvious that Weight Watchers is working for her. He mentioned that she was somewhat unaware that she had become that small. It sounded as if it wasn’t until a sales woman offered to get her an item in a size zero that she became aware of the fact. Joy Behar, one of the hosts on The View was the first to speak about the incident. She told the audience that while speaking to JH, she discussed how it was still a little weird to see herself being so small. The same thing happened to one of my friends who swore up and down that she was a size 9. We actually had to go to a clothing store where she tried on women’s items and not items from the junior’s section. She was blissfully in awe to learn that she was actually a size 4. For my friend as well as many others who lose weight, she still saw the person that she once was; not the person she had become. I wonder; could that be the reason I tend to slack off once I begin to see an image that I like in the mirror. Am I so used to seeing the heavier me that when the smaller one emerges I shy away. Or, could it be that deep down I may feel as though I shouldn’t be the size that I desire. As I wrote in an earlier post; I’ve got to figure it out so that I no longer backslide into a weight that I’ve become grudgingly comfortable with. Here’s to self-awareness.

August 6, 2011

Testing the smoothie waters


Today I tried a new smoothie combination. It was pretty good except for the strong taste of Kiwi. I probably should have added only half a kiwi rather than a whole kiwi.

Today’s ingredients included:

1 cup chopped pineapple
1 1/2 cup sliced peaches
1 cup dark sweet cherries
1 whole Kiwi (Try half a kiwi as the taste can be too strong)
1 cup chopped broccoli
2 large leaves of lettuce

I want to incorporate more vegetables into my smoothie combinations, but still preserve the sweet taste that I enjoy. Maybe next time I’ll add some tomatoes, cucumber, and carrots to the mixture. Stay tuned.

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