Saturday, July 30, 2016

Finding My Roots

So I've decided to do the DNA test to see what parts of Africa I'm connected to. Although I'm curious of the other parts of me, the Motherland is most important because I want to learn more of my dominant culture and one day visit.  I was skeptical at first because I was thinking, "I ain't giving nobody my DNA to plant at a crime scene!" Yes I trust mostly no one. Lol, but then I remembered they already have it, I was in the military. So in a few months I will go forth with my inquiry. I'm excited! I just need to decide if I'm using Ancestry DNA or another company.  #FindingMyRoots stay tuned.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weight Loss Journey // It's Been A Long Time

OMG y'all its been forever since I've posted a video and I apologize. Thank you all for sticking with me.

Let's get down to the nitty gritty. For the month of June I gained a total of 5.1 pounds. WTF is right. I have not been dedicated to the process and now I'm paying for it more than ever. I got up to my highest weight in life, 196.2. What's scary is all the weight is packing on to my midsection putting me at greater risk for stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. I'm too young to die. I need to start treating my body like I want to live.

I'm just disappointed that everyday feels like I'm starting over. I'm not giving up though. I quit so much that I need to learn to keep going on something and living life seems the best goal to not quit on.

I started a push up challenge that I didn't complete. I will start and finish that challenge. Veteran suicide is a cause I need to support being a victim of PTSD, so today I will begin the 22Kill Challenge once more.

I feel lost. I will find my way though. If I've learned anything from documenting this journey, I learned what I've been doing wrong. I haven't been pushing myself to my full potential. I know I can do better. I will.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Four Day No Meat Detox

If you know me, you know I hate to diet but something has to change y'all. Over the past month, even with as much walking and running I've been doing, 226 miles to be exact, I've managed to still gain weight. Yes, I know there is such a thing as building muscle and the muscle outweighing the fat but I know without a doubt I'm gaining fat too.  My increased inches are a testimony to this.

I'm baffled with my food because I don't eat much when I do eat. If I snack, my caloric intake is still well within in range and like I said, I've been burning calories like a mofo. There must be something medically out of whack. Oh wait, I have been eating out...a lot! So food wise, I'm going to do something considered drastic for me. I'm putting myself on a vegetarian meal plan for the next four days. Yes that's what I will call it, a meal plan over saying it's a diet.

Let me tell you, I love me a nice t-bone steak and turkey bacon. Ooh wee. My mouth is watering thinking of it. I'm not a big fan of chicken but I realize I eat it more often than not. My fish has been so limited due to all this modified food our farmers and government are doing but if I could I would eat a lot of fish. Not shellfish but catfish, salmon, tuna, and mackerel; love those!  No more of any of these for the next four days.

My plan is to focus on fruits and veggies. I was researching a lot of vegetarian plans and almost all includes dairy and eggs. That's strange to me since that comes from animals (meat) but helps make this detox a lot easier to handle.

I also found a three day fruit and veggie detox review online. Fruit Flush Diet. This review is saying the cons outweigh the good. The good, expect to lose up to nine pounds in three days. That is drastic as fuck to me so I don't know if this is actually a good thing. My average weight loss goal is one pound a week. I think slow and steady is the healthiest. My issue is I haven't been able to consistently lose one pound and my purpose is really to flush my system naturally and not focus on pounds loss. Other ways to do this would be to simply increase fiber and fresh fruits/veggies in my current meal plan but I want to do a body shock. Who knows I may like being a vegetarian.

The bad, they say, is the lack of calcium, vitamin D, omega 3, and vitamin B. Their plan states to drink protein shakes to supplement the protein. I honestly don't see how I would lack any of these things with my vegetarian style plan. I still have my dairy and eggs so that hits on all four of those things. Plus I am going to start snacking on almonds and walnuts too. Protein shakes, not happening. I'm not one to drink my food, which is, if you're asking, why I"m not juicing. Also their plan says no exercise. Are they crazy? At least 30 minutes a day for this chick over here. Ehh, the overall goal of this plan is to detox and this review is one persons opinion. I will try my best to document it all and give my opinion.

I currently weight.....drum roll please....196.2 lbs. That's 14.02 stone or 89.08 kg. Yes, I gained over the weekend too. That's a lot of heavy for a 5ft tall woman. Most of that is carried around my midsection as you can see in the earlier pics. While I know you can't target your body areas with exercise for loss, yes you can tone certain areas but you can't target a specific area for loss, you can eat certain foods that will help shed body fat in the midsection. Those foods are nutrient rich fruit and veggies. Which is why the vegetarian plan seems to be my best bet.

I also have a problem with making a weekly meal plan. Unfortunately due to that issue, I can't tell you what I am going to eat for the next four days. All I could think of was soup at the time I decided to do this. So far this morning, I've eaten yogurt with a crushed up Oreo on top (Oreos are vegetarian...true story) and drunk a cup of water. I hope to keep my water intake at a gallon a day. I read somewhere that whatever your weight is divide that in half and the answer is the ounces of water you should drink daily to aid in weight loss. The gallon rule is a general guideline, I'm struggling with that number so 98.1 ounces is far from reach. I love the motivational jugs to help you remember to drink, so I'm going to create my own.


This is the plan for today:  This is sucky, there aren't many fruits and veggies in my day today, but tomorrow will be better, I promise myself.

Breakfast  (I had planned on eating more but got lazy and didn't want to cook, started blogging and realized it was nearing lunch time)



Popcorn, small bag (I'm going to the movies, no butter no salt)
Walnuts, pistachios, cashews or almonds 

A big meatless salad usually consist of spring mix lettuce, cheese, onion, red pepper, croutons, imitation bacon bits, cranberries, and sweet onion dressing

Tomato Soup with grilled cheese

Water: 64 ounces (8 cups) 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

June Update: No Pavement just Pounds and Pains

Did not race at all.  Let me tell you, we've walked so much in the past two days at this conference my pains have pains. I don't think it would have been wise to run when I'm already hurting. Luckily the race only cost $35 so I didnt lose a lot.  Right now we're in our hotel waiting on checkout before moving to another hotel. So far my stay has been lovely.

June update: I gained 5.1 pounds for the month of June.    I took my measurements before I left.  I didn't enter the comparisons but I know I added inches as well.  Once I return home I start my week of vegetarian eating for my natural cleanse.  Well actually it's 4 days because I'm heading to Chicago next weekend, another anime conference, and my favorite restaurant is there and I'm not skipping that delight to my taste buds.

That's me in the elevator,  all 5ft and 196 pounds of me. I look thinner than 196. Legs, arms and thighs all muscle.  Belly, neck and face all fat.   That's the scary part, where I carry my weight puts me at great risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. I have to get my nutrition and exercise balanced.