Sunday, October 30, 2016

I've become the Queen of Inches Lost

The Queen of Inches Lost, why does that sound like a bad Disney movie like the ghost of Christmas Past?  Le sigh. For the last three months I have lost ONE freaking pound. ONE. Who in holy fitness name does that. True I haven't been giving my all but I have been giving more than nothing.

On average I complete four out of the six scheduled workouts. I've been drinking at least 64 oz of water. And I haven't been going overboard with calories. Yet the pounds just won't move.

On the bright side, if there is such a thing, I'm shedding inches like crazy. Yep I can see my hour glass shape coming in and damn I look sexy. Overall since August 1st, I've dropped 12.5 inches total from my body. I am down two pants sizes, bra size down from a 38GG to just one G, and two dress sizes off this sexy frame of mine. My walk time has improved from 20.16 min per min to 16.52 mpm, my run time 15.11 min per mile to 14.49 (Aug and Sept I did not run at all).

That all sounds good and not to take away from it, it is actually pretty damned good but the weight just won't go away. Pretty soon I'm going to be a skinny 195 pound woman. From August 1st until December 29th, my goal was to lose 30 pounds, that's it. Thirty!!!!  I've lost, let me be exact, I've lost .7 pounds that sums up to 11 ounces. 16 ounces is a pound, in case you're wondering.

Something has to change. I know exactly what it is. My eating habits. I used to log every single thing and my goodness that gets tiring and tedious but at this point is so very necessary. I am a potato whore. I have to cut back on my starches and find suitable substitutes. And must I admit, I can not eat an entire pizza again. The fact that it's whole wheat  or whole grain thin crust with fruit and veggies as the topping mean nothing if I eat the whole thing. Moderation is key.

It's all fine and dandy to be the Queen of Inches Lost but I want other wins under my crown as well. The only thing on me heavy I want are my gems of life I gain on this journey not my weight.

Check out my YouTube channel My Twisted Life for daily updates.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

100 Days of Vlogs #26 // Girl on the Train (wreck) Movie Review

Heading to see the movie adaption of Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train. Paula should be mad as hell at the way they portrayed her novel. I understand novels have to be adapted some in order to make a movie but it almost seems like a re-write over an adaption.

The casting was horrible. None of the characters match the description of the book. One thing Paula Hawkins was good at was describing things. You have a clear visual of who these characters were and the movie doesn't even get close.

As I say in the video, I wanted to hop on the train and ride back to the book just so the girl could push me off. The movie was that bad. If I had not of read the book and wanted to see how it would play out on screen, I would've walked out the theater. I need to take a few days and soak in what my eyes just watched before I put it down on paper.

I do not recommend going to see this movie, however I still highly recommend the book. A more detailed review will follow after I've calmed down about how bad this movie was. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Twisted Travel Vlogs

I have traveled so many places and have never recorded my time there. I have plenty pictures but no video. These are some of my first videos beginning 2016. Here you'll get to see my travels from this point on. I'm not good with the camera yet but I'm learning. Hope you'll stick around, join me in my ventures and maybe I will see you on the other side of the world.

I haven't got the travel on a budget thing down. I don't think I should have to slum it all the time in order to see the world but there will be times that I will take the more economic road. 

Upcoming trips: 
Atlanta,GA                                                                  Oct 2016
Dallas, TX                                                                   Nov 2016
Tokyo, Japan                                                               Dec-Jan 2017
Shenghai, China                                                          Jan 2017
London, England                                                         Feb 2017
Los Angeles (again)                                                    July 2017
Honduras,Belize,Costa Maya,Cozumel (cruise)         July 2017 
Nashville, TN (Bootcamp Platoon Reunion)              July 2017
Samara, Costa Rica (possibly moving there)              Aug 2017

Wish list:
Africa (AncestryDNA will decide the country)
Australia & New Zealand
Geechee Islands, SC
Abu Dabi
Rosewell, NM

Previous Travels: I may put photos in video format
Toronto, CN
Niagra Falls, CN
St. Johns, Antigua
Georgetown, Barbados
St. James, Trinidad
Montego Bay, Jamaica
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Jose, Costa Rica
Mogadishu, Somalia
Tiajuana, Mexico
Busan, Korea
Fujihara, Japan
Okinawa, Japan
Windsor, CN
Indianapolis, IN
Chicago, IL
Kansas City, KS
Miami, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Orlando, FL
Newport, Virginia
Washington, DC
Raleigh, NC
Atlanta, GA
New Orleans, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
Cherry Hill, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Santa Rosa, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Laughlin, NV
Phoenix, AZ
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Oceanside, CA
Dallas, TX
San Antonio, TX
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI

I think there's more but I can think of them right now.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Queen of Katwe (Movie Review)

#QueenofKatwe was a beautifully told story of love, sacrifice, strength, and determination. The music,  the culture, the people, the pride...Africa. I felt connected to a stolen culture. This was a family. This was life in its most beautiful turmoil.

I saw many mothers I know in Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o), doing the best she could to keep a roof over her children's head, food on the table, while teaching them about hard work and pride. It explores the feeling of not knowing you are without until you've been shown more and the emotions connected to striving to get and be more than you've ever have.

From Brian (Martin Kabanza) and Phiona's (Madina Nalwanga) finger clicking to the clicking of teeth right down to the noise of celebration with sounds over words.It reminded me of things I used to do as I child and some even now. I never questioned where the habits came from. In some ways, I guess, a little piece of Africa had been passed down to me.

I found myself dancing in my seat in the theater to every rhythm as if the soundtrack told my being to move on cue and being the only black person in the theater it dawned many a stare. I heard one lady say,  "she must be African." I smiled inwardly and continued my journey through the movie saying each time I felt more connected, "Yep,  African. What else could I be." It was more of a statement than a question. Whether I was born on African soil or as an African-American, I am African.

Phiona with the help of her coach, Robert Kintende (David Oyelowo), discovered lessons of life and the strength she had within her through the game of chess. Kintende showed her how the pieces of the game were merely representations of pieces of a board called life. Chess was a game where the Queen ruled the board. Phiona was the Queen of Katwe.

In theaters now. I highly recommend going to see this movie.