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January 4, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

It’s the Call of the Wild


I bought these jeans over the summer when they could fit. Yes; the fit may have been a little snug, but never the less, they could fit. I wouldn’t dare try to squeeze myself into them now. The results could lead to a minor case of depression, and I would rather not take on self-loathing for the beginning of the new year. I realize that I have to do something about this current state of mine. But, I’d rather not say I’ll make a resolution to lose weight; I’d like to say that this is a life change to be healthier. Why you might ask? Well, because for me, resolutions are rarely resolved. But my leopard prints keep calling me. Every time I enter my closet, I hear the gentle purr beckoning me to wear them with some killer heels and a sexy top, or to go preppy by pairing them with some cool flats and a sweater over a button down shirt. Oh, I can see it now. I must answer the call of the wild. I must wear these jeans, soon.

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October 11, 2011

Salad, Salad and Away…


I’ve been feeling like Supergirl lately after all the salad that I’ve been eating. After just two weeks of substituting either my lunch or dinner for a salad, away goes the pounds. I’ve managed to drop 4.8 lbs to be exact. It was so exhilarating to see my waistline shrink a bit and to feel the extra room in my clothing. So now I’m enthusiastic about finding more salad ideas to incorporate into my diet.

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September 18, 2011

Yummy in my Tummy

As my adorable nephew always says as he enjoys a treat to his liking; “Yummy in my tummy,” with his cute little voice that’s like music to my ears. Well, I found myself saying the same thing as I delighted in making a few healthy meals for myself this past week. Earlier in the week I had a wonderful idea to make an antipasto pasta salad. It was my first attempt in making one, but I figured it couldn’t be too difficult. The major challenge for me would be to acquire the taste that I desired. Luckily my recipe turned out well, and my salad was very enjoyable.

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September 13, 2011

Spinach and Pasta Delight

Today I stepped out of the box and actually cooked for myself. I’ve decided that I’m going to put forth as much effort as possible to not eat out, or get my dinner from fast-food restaurants. I made a delicious salad tonight that I must say was appealing to both my senses of sight and taste. I’m sure that I’m not the first to combine the following ingredients together, however, it was an original recipe for me; and one that I can say I’m very proud of.

My spinach and pasta delight:


1 1/2 to 2 cups of Garden Rotini Pasta
1/2 cup of whole black olives
2 cups of spinach leaves
1 tomato
1/2 cup of Italian dressing
1 tsp. parmesan cheese

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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 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.


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