28/10/2011 at 7:00 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
Tags: Detox Diet, Dieting, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Master Cleanse
I recently decided to perform a Master Cleanse. I hadn’t contemplated doing it before I saw a Facebook posting from a friend. She termed it the “Beyonce Diet”. At any rate, it caught my attention. As I began to read the postings of women who listed their reasons for participating, I decided that I would join in as well. I had heard of the Master Cleanse years ago, and know of people who have began, but never completed the program. I quickly went to Google to do some research.
What is a Master Cleanse?
The Master Cleanse is a Detox Diet. It is a simple program. First, squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice, then add Grade B Rich Maple Syrup, and Cayenne Pepper into Pure Water. Drink a minimum of six to twelve glasses throughout the day whenever one is hungry. Take a laxative, morning and evening; or instead of the morning laxative, you can do the Salt Water Flush. According to the information I read, every day of The Master Cleanse that you overcome the psychological need to eat, you feel a growing sense of control that motivates you to complete the process.
Honestly, for the last 8 months I have been “getting ready to get ready” to make healthier eating choices and to consistently engage in physical activity, but I kept falling short. My excuses where bigger than my desire to start and complete any program. However, the day I tried on 5 outfits and none of them fit like the last time I had worn them was a major blow to my self esteem. It was like a cloud that followed me everywhere I went. The feeling of being overweight again and physically out of energy was beginning to really get to me.
What is My Truth?
What I know to be true for me when it comes to gaining and losing weight is this: weight gain is a symptom of greater issues going on behind the scenes in my life. Weight loss is an indication that I am taking better care of myself, eating healthier and exercising. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercise regimen is a sign of my commitment to living and working at optimal performance. I have to choose to eat wisely and not allow my emotions to fuel my drive toward food.
The group of women whom I have chosen to join in the Master Cleanse pursuit are from all walks of life and geography. There’s a lot of funny stories and encouragement being delivered and it makes me feel good to know that I have support and to feel the collective positive energy. My goal is to complete 10 days of the Master Cleanse. That’s 3 days longer than the group has decided. I know I can do it because I am a post-op gastric bypass patient – February 3, 2003. After my surgery, I was on liquids for about 4 weeks before I transitioned to soft foods like yogurt and egg salad. Another benefit of this cleanse is that it will reset my pouch, and return my control over cravings. The gastric bypass surgery worked really well for me because I worked “it” I changed my eating habits and exercised consistently. That dedication yielded me a 140 pound loss.
After losing 140 pounds and regaining 40, I have been reminded of the consequences of making poor eating choices combined with a sedentary lifestyle, which also included unhealthy relationships with people. I am reminded of the promise I made to God while on the operating table that if I lived through the surgery, I wouldn’t allow myself to return to that state of living again. And, I won’t!
As I move through Day 1 of this cleanse, I thank God for allowing me yet another opportunity to honor my temple. I have severed a few unhealthy relationships and this is the next step in living healthier. And as I experience the cravings and desires for food, I will lean in that much closer to Jesus. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
13/10/2011 at 12:04 AM (Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
It has been a few months since my last Blog. I have had a wonderful summer and I wanted to share my experiences and life lessons. Wow! Where do I begin. I will rewind my mental tape. For me, summertime doesn’t begin with the “official” beginning of summer. It begins with the “feeling” of summer time for me. I am a warm weather lover. I have always loved the rays of the sun and it’s effect on my body. Mentally, I feel better, more energetic and I absolutely love the heat. I love the golden brown tone that my body takes on from basking in the sun from driving with the sunroof open or sunbathing at the pool, which I did quite a bit of this year. I love lying out at the pool, looking at the beautiful blue water and floating on my back as I soak in the sun’s rays. Yes, I use sunscreen, however, I am in love with the sun’s ability to toast the skin.
I think back to when I was about 9 or 10 years old, lying in my backyard, looking up at the clouds as I allowed the sun to bake my young body. I was the fairest child of 3 siblings who were a bit darker than me. And, my best friend at the time was the same complexion as me. She and I would lie in my back yard, bath our bodies in Johnson’s baby oil and sunbake. We would look at the clouds and make out images of animals and people. Soaking in the sun and allowing our imaginations to take us to places that were beyond our current circumstances. We would discuss the colleges we would attend, the life we would have and all of things we would accomplish. Childhood dreams, right?
Well, it has been over 30 years since then and I still imagine the lifestyle that I want. The difference between then and now is that I have been using the knowledge and resources that I have acquired, as well as my tenacity to bring many of those dreams to fruition. I have since learned that the difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. I have met many of my goals. And, I still have dreams that are yet to be realized.
I am more alive in the warmer months when the sun is shining. The winter months are more of a challenge for me. Cleveland isn’t the easiest city for which to reside during the fall and winter months because of the low cloud ceiling, the cold temperatures, and the snow. I have to plug into my dreams and goals in a deeper way during those months because of my dependence on the sun. I have to dig deeper, be prayerful and push myself beyond my comfort zone in order to drive harder toward my goals and dreams to have them blossom, regardless of the season.
One realization for me over this last year has been that as I help others to realize their own dreams and goals, it brings me closer to my own. Last November at a spa party that I co-hosted, I asked everyone to write 5 things down on a sheet of paper then place it in a self-addressed envelop and then to return them to me. I handed them over to Carlean, my party co-host. She mailed the letter to each person 8 months later. I received my in June. Honestly, I had forgotten exactly what I placed on that sheet of paper. When I reviewed my list, I had only accomplished 1 out of 5 items. Since then, I have accomplished 1 additional item and I am in the process of completing one more. Each accomplishment was met because I have helped someone else to accomplish their goals. It’s amazing how the process works.
The most pivotal point of the last 6 to 8 months had to be when I passed a series of financial tests by applying what I have learned from my Life Coach Lynn Richardson, the author of Living Beyond Check to Monday: A Spiritual Path to Wealth and Prosperity. Her guidance and coaching helped me to overcome a history of financial mismanagement and rewarded me with financial maturity and security.
As the summer began to wind down, I enjoyed more time with my family and friends. I also enjoyed my experience as a Christian Group Counselor during a teen spiritual camping trip. I also applied for an entrepreneurial accelerator, but was not chosen. It was disappointing, but going through the process has positioned me to move farther along in my business. I sum up the Summer of 2011 as one of my best! Now that I am in the 4th quarter of the year, I am set to finish out the year with a BANG! I am currently in coach training school, have recommitted myself to my health and wellness goals, and look forward to my trip to Nashville on October 20-23 where I will love on, and get love from my Compass sisters and brothers. Life is definitely worth LIVING and I can say that I truly PLAYED FULL OUT over the summer! Now, I am ready and set to go through the last few months of 2011.
06/07/2011 at 1:31 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
Tags: affirmations, gratitude, love, positive thinking
Well, it’s been a little while since I sat down to blog and I’m really feeling the need to share. I am feeling so grateful right now. I’m truly living in the present and it feels so good! This type of living requires you to be plugged in spiritually. And, I mean fully plugged into The Energy Source. When I am “plugged in” the rush of energy that I receive from the Most High is incredible, I have more clarity, I have more humility, and I am most useful to others. I am Present. I can reflect on my past, pray for guidance in creating my future, and walk more confidently by faith.
When you cease playing the procrastination game your world opens up to you – it expands. 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV “For we live by faith, not by sight.” I am committed to staying in forward motion, refusing to believe what the circumstances may suggest. I am a witness that miracles and blessings are intertwined and still occur in everyday life, regardless of what your eyes are showing you. Even if the circumstances have been self-inflicted, God loves us so much that He can and will still bring you through any situation. I can think of many instances where I had inflicted negativity upon myself. Being somewhere I shouldn’t have been, having negative energy in my circle and doing nothing about it but complaining, making decisions that I knew would reap a negative outcome. I could go on and on, but my point is this… I am here, stand corrected and continue to move forward.
“Thought is cause: experience is effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.” – Marianne Williamson. How powerful is that saying? It’s very real, too. Changing my thinking has definitely changed the effects in my life. And, if and when I resort back to my old habits and thinking, guess what? The same negative effects manifest in my life. I’d rather not live that way any longer so I purge my thoughts of negativity daily, heck, some times hourly!
I remember as a young girl searching for and living for my Destiny! I have since realized that the journey is far more exciting, empowering and worth the effort than the arrival of your destiny. I believe that being present in the moment while enjoying the journey is my destiny. I am here, in the now, and that is truly a blessing! I am learning to enjoy being a better servant to the Universe. It’s not always easy, fun and immediately rewarded, but the return of the energy flow is always a constant and always a blessing. I pray that whoever reads this posting will stop and think about where you are in your journey. Are you enjoying the journey… right where you are?
25/03/2011 at 1:57 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Self Reflections)
Okay, so it’s been a little while since I posted about my Health/Fitness journey. And, there is a very good reason for the delay. Would you like to read about it? Well, here it is…….
I am challenged with maintaining multiple balls in the air, consistently. That’s always been true for me. However, I am always working on and looking for ways to improve myself. If my heart is devoted to one or two areas in my life, I’m all in, but some of my other loves may be neglected. As is the case with my health/fitness journey. I didn’t fall completely off the wagon, but it had taken a back seat. I was experiencing some unhappiness in other areas of my life and I began consoling myself with my favorite drug — food. Then there were the holidays, the after the holiday treats, the “snowstorm oh well I’ll hibernate” eating… ugh! Can I say that I have an intense dislike for the winter months in Ohio as well?
As is typical for me, I am now beginning to feel the budding of spring time and there is a stirring in my belly. Couple that with a more flexible schedule since I am finally full-time self-employed and I feel excited by the possibilities. Needless to say I am a warm weather baby, although I was born in November. I have never fully embraced the winter season because I feel like I am somehow imprisoned. I know that this is a state of mind, but still… When it’s cold outside, but sunny, mentally I feel better. However, when it’s cold, gray and 12″ of snow waiting for me outside my door AND I have to drive to work in those conditions, I feel imprisoned and a bit depressed.
Well, I have decided not to fret, but to act. I am taking steps each day to add one more healthy act to my regimen. Just one, not two. This way I won’t feel overwhelmed. Drink that additional 16oz. of water, choose whipped cauliflower over whipped potatoes, use no sweetener at all, etc. And, when we finally have warmer temperatures, I will begin biking again, walking outdoors and naturally eating less because that’s what I always do. It’s nice to fine tune my behaviors while recognizing and promoting my positive health/fitness patterns. I don’t have to overhaul everything I do at once, just fine tune some areas.
Above all, the single most important thing I will continue to do without fail is — Love Myself No Matter What! I am so grateful that I am able to love myself more today than when I was 20. So many years of self loathing really could have done a job on my future, but I refuse to allow my past to dictate my future.
A friend of mine said to me yesterday and I concur, the confidence that one experiences from personal development is the Ultimate Sexy! Loving yourself from the inside out will allow others to be attracted to the authentically Sexy You!
26/02/2011 at 7:05 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Relationships, Self Reflections, Words of Wisdom)
Tags: Acts of Faith, affirmations, confidence, empower, empowerment, In The Meantime, inspiration, Iyanla Vanzant, Life coach, life coaching course, motivation, motivational speaker, personal development, personal growth, personal power, self discovery, self help, self-esteem, spiritual strength, spirituality, transformation, truth
I am my single most important investment. It has taken me years to completely embrace this idea. I spent many years investing in my outward appearance. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that it isn’t important to be presentable and dress nicely. After all, your first impression is what people see. What I am saying, however, is that it is as important, dare if I say more important to invest in yourself as it relates to your authentic self, and nurturing your spiritual and personal growth. As I pondered my thoughts while writing this, I had to consider what I deemed important at different stages of my life. A nice purse, a sexy pair of shoes, my nails and hair immaculate, of course. Whether I could afford the “real” thing or not, it would “look” as if I could. Let’s consider these next few items…
This could easily be an investment of $349 for this Coach purse.
This investment is approximately $870 – Louis Vuitton Marbella shoes.
A decent Mani/Pedi is about $70.
Weaves, well they can cost upwards of $1,000 or more!
Investing in yourself is P•R•I•C•E•L•E•S•S!
How do you invest in yourself? Well, I invest in myself by purchasing books that expand my base of knowledge, challenge me and enlighten me. I attend conferences and seminars that will enrich my life experience, my business or my skill set. I have more recently invested in a monthly coaching program. I also invest in myself by making sure I have the kind of people I respect, admire and can learn from are in my inner AND outer circle. Another way to invest in yourself is by listening more and talking less. This is a freebie! Lastly, I invest in my spiritual development. I have a spiritual family that includes my church family as well as those friends who are pursuing their spirituality in other forms. I participate in spiritual activities and surround myself with spiritual people whenever I can.
When you begin to invest as much money and time IN yourself as you spend ON yourself you are well on your way to becoming a total package. What is it worth to you to invest in yourself?
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10/02/2011 at 10:12 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
On Monday, I decided not to wear any makeup to work. I have never done this in my entire life. Well, that’s not exactly true. I didn’t wear makeup when I was a young girl. But, I was always fascinated with cosmetics. Eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipliners, lipsticks, gloss, foundation, blush, highlighters, etc. A menagerie of products that would make you over. Fabulous, right? I still remember the day that I decided to “arch” my eyebrows. I believe I was 11 years old. I reached in to the medicine cabinet and picked up my father’s razor. I proceeded to shave off my right eyebrow in its entirety. As soon as I realized what I had done, my mother walked in to the bathroom. She was mortified! I can still remember the look on her face! For the next month my nickname was “scotched eyebrows”. Yes, she used the name scotched as a noun, but that is besides the point.
I have worn some form of makeup since I was 16 and I’m 44 years old. If I didn’t have on full makeup, at the very least I would have eyeliner and lipstick in the 80s and 90s. I started to wean myself from eyeliner in 2000. It was a major process, too. I felt so weird without it. I had to get to know myself again without it. The color around my eyes began to lighten soon after I stopped wearing it and I began to look fresh-eyed. I would wear eyeliner every now and then, but I never fell in love with it again. I would go through these phases where I would wear makeup everyday and then wean myself from it because I felt like a slave to it. It wouldn’t be fun anymore. It was like I HAD to have it. It was a Must Have everyday. I can’t go to the store without makeup. I can’t sweat while working out because my makeup will melt. Wait, don’t kiss me, my lipstick will come off. Geez! That sounds so silly now, but I did say those things.
I admit that as I’ve matured and fallen more in love with myself, I have let go lots of hang-ups that used to run my life. Although, I had come to a place where I could go outside without lipstick and just wear lip balm, I hadn’t come to the place where I would allow anyone to see me without my eyebrows filled in. You see, my eyebrows never quite grew back after my first arching. They were never full like Brooke Shields’. Each and every day I would rise and fill them in before leaving the house.
Monday, I decided to wash my face, put on my moisturizer, spritz and dry my hair, put on some lip balm and walk out the door. I had a slight panic attack when I pulled into the parking lot at work, but I took a deep breath and kept it moving. I needed to follow through on my decision. My reasoning for this act was to prove to myself that I am good enough, beautiful enough to go anywhere without any makeup, completely natural. When I walked into the building and arrived at my office I went about my day as usual. My supervisor and I talked as though nothing was different. I did, however, point out to her that I didn’t have on any makeup, which she acknowledged, but it wasn’t a big deal to her. We discussed it, laughed about it and went on with our day. On Tuesday, I decided to try it again. Again, no big deal. I did have a little anxiety once or twice but it quickly went away. I began to realize that people treat you like you treat yourself. If you act “as if” it’s a problem to be natural, then that’s the vibe you will receive. The first 48 hours went so well that I decided to repeat it on Wednesday. Again, no big deal. I feel that I accomplished my goal and overcame a private fear this week. Today, I tweezed the extra hairs from my eyebrows, pulled out my eyebrow filler and began to shape them. I added a little bronzer to my forehead and cheeks. I finished my look with a little clear lip gloss.
I looked in the mirror and smiled. You see, with or without makeup I am beautiful. Beautiful faces are those that wear whole-soul honesty there!
27/01/2011 at 3:51 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Words of Wisdom)
Tags: confidence, motivational speaker, personal power
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06/11/2010 at 10:38 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
I CAN BE FAT & HAPPY, RIGHT?!?!?
Let me stop right here and explain why I use the word Fat in my blogs. This word triggers all sorts of feelings for me. It brings back memories and not all of them are warm and fuzzy. I use the word because it is how I defined myself at different weight points in my life. I thought I was fat when I was 60 pounds, I was fat at 130 pounds, I was fat at 289 pounds (although doctors considered me morbidly obese), and to be quite truthful, I feel fat today. I consider fat a state of mind. How can one person be fat at all of these different weights. Truly it isn’t possible. So when I use the term fat I am not only speaking of my weight, but my state of mind. After climbing to 289 pounds and then dropping 140+ pounds do you think I should have considered myself fat when I pulled on a size 4 pair of slacks? NOPE! But I did (at least that’s what I told myself).
I have had a love-hate relationship with my weight for a very long time. I am happy that I can look back at my journey over the years and see how far I have come. I only have a “love me” relationship now because I choose to love myself at any weight. It is truly mind-over-fat. There I go again! But remember, it is a state of mind. So, it’s mind-over-mind for me.
It has taken me years to understand that the battle with my weight is won in my mind. Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t “think” myself thin. On the contrary, I made a “decision” to have Gastric Bypass Surgery on February 3, 2003. That was my “rebirth” date. On that operating table, I was given a tool that was as mighty as having a hammer to construct a house. It was with that decision that I began to understand that fat was a state of mind. The above picture depicts how I can see myself when I look into the mirror if I am not aware of my thinking and if I don’t ask myself if it is true for me today. I won’t discuss the image of the man… that would require an entirely different post *smile*
Losing the weight revealed more than I had anticipated when I set out on my weight-loss journey. I realized that I could no longer hide behind the curves. I had to begin the process of finding out how I had come to that place before discovering how not to return. Almost with each pound lost came the reality that I had some major work to do outside of the gym. It has been almost 8 years since my rebirth and I have managed to keep off roughly 110 pounds of the 145 pounds that I lost. Not bad, I tell myself some days. On other days…….
31/10/2010 at 2:01 PM (Affirmations, Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
WTH!?!? I was NOT a fat child! Really! My parents didn’t allow us to eat junk food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My mother prepared balanced meals and there was hardly ever any soda, salty snacks or candy in our house. When we visited Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar it was a like a holiday to us! I didn’t taste Burger King for years! And, as for other fast foods that we may have consumed, the only other options for us was KFC or Churches Chicken. Do you remember Churches Chicken? Why were the pieces of chicken so darn large? That’s another blog…. Any way, as far as I can remember, I was not a product of the fast food demon that many children in America wrestle with today.
So what happened? How did I end up as an adult woman at the age of 33 weighing 298 pounds?!?! How did I transition from a healthy, active, bike riding, tree-climbing, roller-skate loving young girl into that woman?
It didn’t begin with me opening my mouth I can assure you. It started with me keeping my mouth closed. I was definitely one of those little girls who always compared herself to everyone around her. I never measured up to the standards of beauty that I saw in the magazines. Does this story sound familiar? Are you tired of hearing about it? Well, if you are, you will just have to suck it up because this is a thread that is woven through out many little girls’ lives. The thread of not feeling good enough, pretty enough or thin enough. These feelings didn’t come from my family. They never made me feel less than. But, somewhere inside me a seed of doubt, disgust and despair had been planted and I watered and nurtured it for years.
Eventually, food became the main ingredient along with all of the taunts, fat jokes and fat comments that made up a toxic soup that I called my life.
But, get this… on the outside all appeared to be just fine. That was my first collection of social masks that I would begin to wear in public. Many more would follow. As the tug-of-war with my weight began, I felt more and more defeated after each 1 pound weight gain. 1 pound here, 1 pound there… and before you know it I had gain 5 pounds. Big Fat Failure!!! I had branded myself as the “Big Fat Failure”. Ugh!! What a cross to carry.
Now, to put this into perspective, I was an 80’s teenager. Oh, how I loved the 80’s! You could do anything, dress like you wanted and it was all so Neuvo and Cool! Prince, Madonna, WHAM, The Cosbys…. I loved that era! Jackets had the large shoulder pads and were cut larger, pants where looser, I wore lots of necklaces that camouflaged my big breasts. Oprah was secretly fighting her own fat war and I began to love my fat 🙂 I began to tell myself that I,too, could be Fat and Happy! Heck, it was the 80’s and you could do anything and be anything you wanted, right? After all, I wasn’t as large as her, or even her — remember I always carried a measuring stick with me. If I couldn’t win the fat war, I should just love myself and be happy. That was really a great idea and I should have cultivated it, but somewhere along the way, I refused to be fat and happy. I refused to love myself no matter what size I was. Can anyone relate?
So what happened next?…..
31/10/2010 at 7:45 AM (Healthly Living, Inspirational, Self Reflections)
Underneath the size 12 slacks, size Large blouses and 36DDD bras, is a woman who still has her size 24 jeans and 2XL trench coat in the closet. Why? Because I am still very much the same girl who filled those jeans out in 2002.
Recently, I caught a glimpse of that girl through the eyes of several different women. It was truly an out-of-body, while in-my-body experience.
I was reminded of what it was like to feel uncomfortable in your skin because you were well above average in weight. I was also reminded of the embarrassment that I felt by standing in a buffet line thinking to myself, “I should have enough fat to tide me over for a meal or two, so why am I in this line for food?” I was reminded of how I would be the first to make a comment or joke about my weight “before” anyone else would – I guess to let them off the hook because I knew that’s what they were thinking anyway, right???
Well, the reminders were very emotional for me because it’s only been about 7 1/2 years since I have lived the “fat girl” lifestyle, yet it felt like, and some days it still feels like only yesterday.
I have decided to embark upon educating, advocating for and empowering women who are on their journey to weight-loss and life-management. Yes, I added life-management because that is a critical key for long-term weight loss success.
Now, before I get too preachy, let me lay out how the next series of blogs will flow. The title of this one should be your precursor. I am definitely going to open my big fat mouth and share with you all the things that I have gone through and continue to endure in order to managed the battle with weight. I didn’t say WIN the battle because it is a battle that is fought on the front lines everyday. However, I have learned how to make daily defeats worthwhile.
DISCLAIMER: This will not be politically correct at all times. I am all about keeping it real and being authentic by expressing what others might not dare say in public in order to connect with the heart-strings of those who are fighting this battle in their own lives every day. Those who have been there will truly understand. Those who are still there will realize that there is a way out.
This is my PASSION and there is NOTHING you can do about it. Well, you could decide NOT to subscribe to my blog, and that will be just fine. But, please, I ask that you pass this information on to one of your overweight friends and/or family members because they might benefit from what I will share.
Okay, enough of the introduction. I have to go back to sleep since it’s 3:45am. I just needed to put this plan into action since I was awakened with the idea. I will return with my first blog in short order – title yet unknown, but I have tons of content so stick around.