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What Have You Been Eating – 2013?

As 2013 has begun, what have your eating habits been like?  Will 2013 be a healthy eating year or have you chosen to eat fast food?  Most experts says that people break their New Year resolution by the 18th of January.

Leave a comment and tell us how you are doing and how you plan to improve your health this year.









My Health Journey #11: The Non-Depravity Diet

(This is what I looked like before I started with my Trainer and started eating better.)

Well, I have lost 30 lbs since I officially re-began my journey on August 9, 2012.

In the past, I thought that the only way for me to lose weight was to join an established program and pay a lot of money. I relied on those programs (Lindora and Weight Watchers) to help MAKE me lose weight.  Unfortunately, I was not consciously learning what tools worked for me and why.  In hindsight, I realized that I was unconsciously learning the tools that I need to lose weight.  During these past 12 weeks, I have eaten what I wanted, but I would not allow myself to eat a large quantity.

I am calling this portion of my healthy eating journey the NON DEPRAVITY plan.  It’s my own personal plan because I know that I would be resentful of the weight-loss journey if I kept denying myself of something that my body told me that it was craving. In the past few weeks, if I wanted a cookie I would have one.  While eating the cookie, I was consciously thinking about what I liked about the cookie and why I wanted it.  Each time I ate cookies, I realized that they were too sweet, they lacked the correct flavor balance, they were too dry, etc.  Thinking about what I was eating really helped me.

I am the type of person who thinks about everything.  In the past, I would turn off my brain and not think when I ate, thus causing me to eat too much of the wrong foods.  This time, things were different. I was different! When I thought about what I was eating, I realized that the cookies were not satisfying to me. Then I logically deduced, if this cookie is not satisfying to me, then why am I eating it?  The next time, I had a desire for cookies, I was able to remind myself of how disappointed I was the last time that I ate the cookie.  Wow!  I did it and it was much easier than I thought.

So it’s true, I learned that if I change the way I think about the sugary foods that I used to like, then I can remove the desire to eat those foods.

Health/Weight Journey – Food Aversion

I lost 20 lbs within 6 weeks.  People started to notice and ask me what I have been doing.  I told them about my Trainer (Ellen Como) and her wonderful innovative work-out equipment called the Balacore.  People said, “Wow, you look good!”  For me that struck one of my hot-button issues.  I hate when people feel that they know me or that they can tell the kind of person that I am based on what I look like.  For years, I have intentionally kept weight on to keep superficial and people who have a thwarted view of what’s important in life AWAY from me.  I know this must sound weird, but as a child, I have witnessed so many women who were emotionally, mentally, and physically abused by men.  As a little girl, I remember thinking that these men chose these women because they were beautiful, but it was almost as if those men made it their mission to tear down those women.   I noticed that women who were once beautiful and vibrant became withdrawn and suffered from very low self-esteem. I vowed that I would never let anyone abuse me that way.  As I moved into college, I noticed that many young girls were throwing themselves at guys to gain attention on campus.  Again, I vowed that would never be me, so I threw myself into my studies and began to neglect my physical body.  After all, I believed that my soul, and how I treated others was so much more important than what I looked like on the outside.

Anyway, sorry I went off on a tangent, but I guess I needed to get that out.  Getting back to recent events, after people told me that I looked better,  I picked up a box of delicious pop tarts from Trader Joes and began to eat them.  Usually, when I am compulsively wanting a food, I eat until it makes me ill and then I don’t want it anymore.  I thought I would try this same tactic with these pop tarts, but it didn’t work.  I think I have been eating them for a week straight.  Of course, these pop tarts have halted my weight loss, but at least I know why my progress has been halted and how to change it.  I have not gained weight, but I have not been losing either.  No, I am not eating an entire box in one sitting, but I find myself drawn to the box as if it helps me to directly oppose the compliments that people have been giving me about my appearance.  Weird, but true!

So, from today forward, based on Ellen’s advice, I will only have a pop tart on Saturday.  Saturday will be my cheat day.  I can do this because my body is a temple and God wants my temple to be healthy in order to do His work.  I have to get over how my smaller image makes other people react, but this part of my emotional/psychological weight loss journey may take a while.

Pressing on. ……and on………and on…………………

My Health Journey #10 : Lifestyle Changes

Judith Laughing As Usual

My health journey is still underway.  For the past month, I have cut out gluten by 50%.  I have been eating more fruits and vegetables, eating smaller quantities, I have greatly reduced bread by replacing it with whole grains, and I do not eat after 6:30 p.m.  When my trainer (Ellen) first presented me with this “lifestyle-eating plan” I was not eager to try another plan.  In fact, I was tired of trying eating plans that do not seem to work for me.

Well, after 4 weeks, I am proud to report that I lost 17 pounds on this plan.  Well, that was the amount that I lost the last time I weighed-in, about two weeks ago. I am not a person who is bound by the number on the scale, but I am addicted to feeling healthy and having enough energy to do all of the tasks that I need to fulfill within a day.

Lastly, my Trainer also has me on a rigorous training program that is non-straining on my back.  After her workouts I am sore for days, but I always feel better as a whole (i.e. mind and body).  My goal is to be at a healthy weight by the time I turn 40 years old in January.  Yes, I know that I only have four months, but this time, I feel confident that my body transformation will be long-lasting because I have a found a motivation worth fighting for.

Leave a comment and share your struggles or triumphs with healthy eating.  Also, please send me healthy snack recipes that do not include nuts, peanuts, or nuts of any kind.


My Health Journey #9: Continuing the Course

Hey Everyone!

I am happy to report that I am continuing my health journey. I was forced to stop working-out last year as I had a few health issues that had me confined to bed. I am now feeling much better and I am excited about the future.

I am happy to report that I do walk and lift weights three (3) times a week. I am hoping to return to my trainer at some point, but right now my schedule does not allow it.

Oh yea, I have applied for a few programs/competitions. If chosen, I would be given a trainer, a dietitian, and all of the tools that I need to lose weight and improve my overall health. I am praying that I will hear from this program soon.

My goal is to lose 30 lbs by April 2012. I have lost 30 lbs before, so I know that I can reach the goal. I will be adding new video blogs to the blog series and eventually podcasting so that you all can join me in this journey to hear and see my struggle via video blogging or vlogging.

Does anyone care to join me on my weight-loss journey? If so, leave a comment and we can keep one another accountable.

My Health Journey #7

I have not written in my personal health diary here online in a while. I have been discouraged about my weight loss efforts. Due to recent uncontrollable events, I have not been able to purchase the support items that I use for weight-loss. This mere fact alone, sent me into an ugly discouragement that I recently emerged from.

“I feel like I am in the fight of my life!”

I am in an “all out” fight with my body to make it conform and align with the healthy habits that I am cognitively aware of, but I have found that I absolutely need my support items to do that. When I was a kid, my parents did not focus on outer beauty but inner beauty was an absolute MUST. When I was a kid and my Mommy saw me in the mirror too long, she would say, “We are not vain.” This one statement became a prominent thought and ideology in my belief system, but almost to my own detriment.

As an adult, I have learned things that I was not aware of as a child. I learned that in order to house my beautiful spirit (internal self), I need to take good care of my body (external self). In the Bible, I Corinthians 6:19 says, “…don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God, and you are not your own?” I studied this scripture many times as a child, but I just had not made the connection that taking care of your body meant eating right, exercising, reducing and relieving stress, loving, caring, and sharing. Who knew? As an adult, I sometimes feel as if I have been born again, because I have a better understanding of childhood lessons. Some of you have asked me about why I refer to scriptures in my blog writings. The answer is simple, this blog is a reflection of me and my experiences. In my experience, I am a 3-4 or even farther back generation Christian. My Daddy was a preacher and my Mommy a missionary so the church was a regular part of my daily life, not just a place I went to on Sunday. So, if when you read my blog sometimes you feel preached to, please believe that I am speaking to you from my own experience only.

I am continuing to fight this weight-loss battle with the best weaponry that I have at my disposal right now. Leave a comment if you have a goal that you are trying to reach, but you are growing weary, perhaps we can encourage one another.

Are You Addicted to MSG?

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a sodium salt of the non-essential amino glutamic acid.  It is used as a food additive and it is commonly marketed as a flavor enhancer.  MSG raises the insulin levels by exciting the neurons in our brains to death, causing us to be addicted to the foods with MSG in them like chips and other junk foods.  Have you ever felt like you cannot live without having a certain brand of chips or your favorite unhealthy snack?  If so, you may want to read the ingredients to find out if the product is made with MSG.  I think that you will be surprised by how many of the foods sold in grocery stores today contain MSG.

 A few food items that are infused with MSG are: potato chips, cookies, chicken strips, etc.

Here’s a company that sells chips and other snack items without MSG and these products taste great.  This product can be purchased at health food stores.  Check out

My Health Journey #3


Great news!  I have been on my no flour no sugar lifestyle change for nearly four (4) weeks and I have lost six pounds.  I must admit that I feel much better with my new eating plan.  Since we last spoke, I attended a CEA (Compulsive Overeaters Anonymous) How Meeting to see if their method could help me in my goal of permanent weight loss.  I must say I really enjoyed the meeting and I would recommend the program to anyone who wants to deal with the emotional issues that cause one to overeat.  Also, CEA How is a free weightloss program.  The only requirement in order to join the group is to have a willingness to change old eating habits and complete compliance with your “new lifestyle eating plan.”  If you are interested I will post the link below and on the cite.

I have also been working out at least 2-3 times a week. Now that the hot summer is over I intend on finding a worthy tennis opponent so that I can get back to the business of “winning.”  Lol!

Does anyone have any great tasting recipes that involve meat and vegetables?  These days that’s all I am eating, I’m not complaining, I just want a little variety (big smile). 

Let’s keep one another motivated, please comment and let me know how your health journey is going.


My Health Journey #2…………….


My health journey continues…..  Right now, I am working on reducing my Mercury levels.  It’s a long story but I will reveal more once I have completed some of the items that my doctor has suggested.  I will reveal one thing though, if you have any Mercury fillings in your mouth, please have them removed immediately as they can be detrimental to your health.  I have also changed my diet once again to exclude flour and sugar.  I will reveal more on this too in the coming weeks, so subscribe today so that you do not miss it.

I hope that you all continue to be proactive in your health journey.  Remember symptoms are usually a manifestation of a problem more deeply rooted.  Try to cure yourself and not just remove or cover up a symptom.  Of course, this is just my humble opinion.  Lol!

As always, leave a comment about your health journey, I am always interested in hearing other people’s journey to achieving “true health.”

Charged Water


I have received several emails from people around the United States and the world in regard to my previous posting about drinking alkaline water.  Thank you!  Some people have asked me where they can purchase the alkaline water. At first, I had a hard time finding a source where the water can be purchased as I only knew of places to purchase the water in California.  At your request, I did a little research and found a place where you all can purchase the water online and have it shipped to you.  I do not know if the company ships overseas but they do ship within the U.S.  If you would like to read more on the benefits of drinking alkaline water, feel free to read my previous posting.

You can purchase alkaline water from:

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