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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.

My Health Journey #6: Oh Dear I’ve Plateaud!

I am a bit bummed because my body has plateaud at the same weight for about three months. I lost five pounds about three months ago but as my doctor works to balance my underactive thyroid my body seems to want to remain in the same place. Geez Louise! Although I am a little upset by this, I take joy in the fact that I have not gained any weight which is a good sign that I am on the right track.

I would be remiss if I wrote this blog and caused you to believe that I have been eating great because I have not. I am a full-time graduate student and I was laid off from my job about nine months ago so my diet has not been the greatest due to these factors. In fact, I had a complete sugar relapse. For 2-3 months I cut out sugar, flour, and dairy. I must admit that I did feel better but when stress came knocking at my door I answered again like a fool. Sugar is not my friend! Today, I am once again taking the reins of my life and slamming the door on sugar. This is difficult for me, but I am determined. For those of you who think that cutting sugar out of your diet is easy, think again. Sugar is in just about everything we eat and drink that is already processed. Eating fresh is difficult when you are out of work. I usually shop at organic stores but right now, not so much. Every time I cut out sugar my diet becomes very very limited. I don’t drink sodas because of the high fructose corn syrup that is worse than sugar. Soda is one of the main reasons that diabetes cases are increasing in America and in the world. Anyway, I have to break this sugar cycle and addiction so I am going to seek any and all free help that I can find.

In regard to exercising, I workout a minimum of three times per week. I now wear an exercise vest when I walk and I love it. I figured I should add a little resistance to my workout as this may help break my plateau once I get off the sugar kick. God help me!! It usually takes 72 hours to get sugar out of my system, so I will let you know when I have reached this goal.

If you have a personal health struggle or goal, please feel free to share. Let’s encourage one another! Please feel free to leave a comment.

My Health Journey #5: New Weighted Exercise Vest

As I am still on my journey to natural and long-lasting weight loss, I have added a new addition to my arsenal. ….. a weighted exercise vest.  Last week, I walked around the park with it and I immediately began to sweat heavily.  It really improved the intensity of my work-out.  The jacket itself was very light-weight but when I added the weights the jacket became pretty heavy.  As it was my first time wearing the vest, I started out with about 2-3 pounds. As time progresses, I intend to gradually increase my weights.  I hope that this addition to my weightloss arsenal works.  I’ll be sure to let you all know how things work out for me.

Hey JWJ Readers! Do any of you use a weighted exercise vest when working out?  If so, let me know how you like it and please give me any suggestions that you may have for its use.

Continuing the Journey

I have been enjoying my exercise journey so immensely. I don’t waste time doing things that I do not absolutely enjoy.  I am not eating just because I am bored, angry, or stressed out (emotional eating), but I am eating because I am hungry and I am eating to live.  I’m in a great place.  I intend to continue my exercise or weight loss journey…… my way. 

Leave a comment if you too have made a decision to be healthy and live one day at a time.

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.




I went to my trainer again and needless to say it was intense.  Within 10 minutes of the workout I thought I would pass out.  I made it through but weight training with my Trainer is an experience of its own.  Thanks Ellen!!!

“Brain Laps”


Have you ever had a conversation with someone that does not seem to ever keep up with a conversation?  Have you ever met someone who just seems to be three or four steps behind the topic in a conversation and it is clear that they do not even realize it?  Have you ever wondered why these people are slow in their comprehension?  Perhaps they could be mentally ill or maybe their brain is metaphorically sitting on the couch eating chili cheese fries, soda, cupcakes, and ice cream.  Catch my drift?  Lol!  They may be a part of the lazy brain bunch.

How important is it to exercise your brain?  Brain exercise is very important.  If we do not live a life of examining, reading, and studying then our brains can experience “atrophy”.  Websters dictionary defines atrophy as  a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage.  Yes, the brain is an organ.  Lol!  Atrophy is also  the degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse.

In my opinion, the brain is the most creative, fascinating, inventive, intelligent, and powerful creation ever made by God.  High speed internet, computer systems, and computer software do not hold a candle to how fast and how quickly our brains can respond to commands, problems, solution finding, etc……but the key is, we have to use our mind and train it how to think.

I want to encourage everyone reading to exercise your mind.  You don’t have to go to school to learn, you can go to the library and make a committment to read a book a month, then two books a month, then three books a month.  After you have started to discover the wonders of your mind again, please drop me a line and tell me how you think and feel about yourself.    You’ll be surprised I’m sure!

iKeep Moving


I have been working out with my Trainer. The session usually lasts about an hours.  Whew! It’s a long and laborious process but I feel better each time I go.   I hope you all are joining me on my journey toward healthy living because I could use the support.  Lol!!!

Salt Intake & High Blood Pressure: I Beat Them!

In a previous blog I shared my personal story in regard to my struggle with chronic diseases like asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Chronic diseases negatively impacted the quality of my life. Chronic degenerative diseases, especially heart disease and cancer, are now the leading causes of death in the United States (Schneider, 2006). 

Like I shared before, I did not have a “revelation” about my poor quality of health until I was in class for my Masters of Public Health, when my professor started to name risk factors.  I had all of the risk factors that she mentioned and that night as I sat in that class I had already been diagnosed with asthma (since birth), high blood pressure, and I was pre-diabetic.  That night in class changed my life and I vowed that I would not only pursue a healthy life for myself, but I vowed to attempt to help other people understand their health better too.

After leaving that class, I started on my first journey which was to lose weight. I joined Lindora, a weight loss program, and lost 50 pounds. Next, I counted the months that I had been on blood-pressure medication. It had been a year.  I started to read about the ways that I could reduce my blood pressure.  After my studying, I started to use Morton’s Lite Salt (it has potassium in it which helps the body relieve excess water), but I mostly used spices to season my food.  I stopped eating foods that were not cooked in olive oil (2 tbsps) which meant that I prepared most meals for myself.  I realized that eating out was a bad choice for me because I could not control how the meal was prepared and it was a little aggravating asking the waiter to please bring me chicken cooked in olive oil, with no salt, spices only, with a dash of lemon on top.  Lol!   I learned that people with high blood pressure need to read all labels as most processed or already prepared foods have a ton of salt in it.  Learning this information meant that I gave up most canned foods, most frozen foods, potato chips, crackers, anything and I mean anything that had already been pre-salted.  This one change made a huge difference for me.  It really worked!!!  I also started to exercise 2-3 times a week, no matter what.  I drank a gallon of alkaline water or more per day.  After about a year, I no longer had the symptoms of high blood pressure.  In terms of the diabetes, I was only pre-diabetic so after changing my lifestyle I was no longer in the danger zone.

I learned, in order to fight chronic disease I had to have a plan or goal.  For me, my first goal to combat each chronic disease was to change my lifestyle so that I would not need to take the prescription drugs for those diseases.  I sat down and added up all of the money I was spending each month and each year to purchase these drugs.  After I added up how much money I was throwing away I became angry because I realized that I could have been putting that money into an IRA for my retirement (Lol!  I know I was 34 years old back then but a woman always has to be prepared).  After watching two very sick parents struggle with illness all of my life, I learned that prescription drugs can help to lengthen life but they have negative long-term health effects.  Currently, I have one last chronic disease and one health risk to slay and I am working diligently to conquer both of them.

Anyway, I decided to share my story again because I want people to understand why this blog exists.  It exists to help myself by providing a cathartic medium to discuss my journey and it exists to possibly help others in case they feel that there is no hope for their lives or health issues.  I am living proof that there is always hope, no matter how bleak the diagnosis.  I have included before and after shots to evidence my story. Lol!


He,J., et al.(1999). Dietary Sodium Intake and Subsequent Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Overweight Adults. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 292(20), 2027-2034. Retrieved July 13, 2010 from the web site:

Schneider, M.J. (2006). Introduction to public health (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

I’m Still Hurting, But I See Results!


I worked out again this week with my trainer.  I have one word, “Yikes!”  She increased my weights this week and I was sore for 4 days.  I already see the results but the workout seems to be the most intense workout that I have ever done.  The weird part is, I play tennis and go to the gym regularly, but nothing has given me the incredible results that my trainer, weight training, and Ellen’s new exercise equipment has done in such a short time.  Pain is gain, right?  Lol!

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