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Still hanging in there Week 10

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Good Morning lovely people,

Oh, I must say, it’s been a long time since I blogged. But, fortunately, I haven’t been off raiding donut shops or binge-eating on pizza and ice cream. I have actually been working out like I’m supposed to and I’m still eating right. My weigh-in for February shows that I’ve lost a total of 14.2 pounds, and yes I’m going to count that 0.2 pounds. So, that’s great. I’m looking at the weight loss as “I remember what I was doing or what year it was when I was that weight”. So I haven’t been this weight in 8-10 months. So, over this year, hopefully I can turn back the hands of time and get back to the weight I was in 2000 when I was 140 and I thought I was fat then, lol. Really at 140 and size 8, I thought I was fat, such a shame, and now I would kill or seriously maim someone to be that size again. I will have to admit that I broke my rule of monthly weigh-ins, and I had been weighing myself every week in February and that backfired on me. One week I lost 3 pounds and then last week I only lost 1.4 pounds, and I had a little meltdown. I was so upset, because I wanted to know so badly what I had done wrong that week. I mean I was flipping out asking myself, “What did I eat that made me not lose as much weight?”, “Did I not workout hard enough?”. Yeah, I was inconsolable, my poor daughter tried to talk me off the ledge (sorry Ess) but I wasn’t having it. I was so frustrated.

Well I got over it soon enough and had to tell myself, that at least I lost weight and didn’t gain any. I had to remember that I’m not on “Biggest Loser”. I do have a job and kids and a life and I can’t workout 8-10 hours a day, so I can’t expect to lose 6-10 pounds a week. So get over it, Valencia. At least I didn’t completely freak out and run to a donut shop or go through a whole bag of Chips Ahoy, lol. I recovered and I’m still eating healthy, I’m still working out, and I didn’t give up. And that folks, is a major accomplishment on my part. So I remain steadfast and diligent about my “Lifestyle Change 2014”.
“Never give up, never surrender.”- Galaxy Quest.

I have also started running again, last week was my first week to use the app on my IPhone, 5K Runner. I’ll try to become a runner, and when I say try, I mean do it grudgingly because I hate distance running. I might have the wrong attitude, but bear with me. I broke my leg a couple of years ago and I didn’t just break it, I shattered it like a chicken bone. I have a plate and 8 screws in my leg and ankle and I was told by my physical therapist that I would never run again, HA! Yes, it took me awhile but I’m running a little on the treadmill. I had attempted to run over the summer outside on pavement but that didn’t go so well. My ankle was swollen for days. But, I can definitely run on a treadmill, granted with my ankle wrapped, but it’s all good. It still hurts most of the time after I run, but I think I can work through the pain. I’m determined to work it out. I would like to do a 5k in April, so we’ll see how this training goes.

I’ve been working on my “Lifestyle Change 2014” for 10 weeks now and here’s a little recap. I have lost 14.2 pounds and my blood pressure is now 117/69. I’m off of all sleeping pills and anti-depressants. I workout 3 times a week. I’m down to one blood pressure med. I eat mostly all fruits and vegetables and I cut out fried foods. I eat a low cholesterol, low sodium, low-fat (keeping the good fat) diet. I read all my food labels and cut out all processed sugars. I cut out all caffeine, no soda at all, and I drink only water and the juice that I make from my juicer, no sugar added. And yes I still have cravings every once in awhile, so I’ll drink a glass of organic soy milk with a little Hershey’s chocolate syrup, that is my one indulgence, but I think one glass once a week is not that bad. I’m not falling off the wagon.

And so it continues, the journey of my life to a better, healthier, happier me.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

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Calling All Dreamers

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Good morning lovely people,

I’m coming to you live from Indianapolis, here on the Westside, at my job, at my desk…Yep, it’s as boring as it sounds, lol. Such a shame that I’m here in the middle of my work day, daydreaming about what I want to be when I grow up. Yes, never mind the fact that I’m 41 years old, I have two almost adult children, I’ve been married and divorced, and I work a full-time job as a pharmacy technician. But that’s not my dream job, I mean it pays the bills, barely, but I have a dream of being my own boss one day. Seriously, I know that sounds like most Americans, but really folks, I think I deserve it after all of these years. I mean considering that I didn’t finish college and I’ve been a single mom for years before I got married. I have worked hard all my adult life starting at 14 and I’ve been in so many different lines of work I can’t even count all of the jobs I’ve had. I mean I could try but it would be hilarious and a bit embarrassing. Too bad I couldn’t get college credit for every different job I’ve had. I’ve worked as a waitress, in clothing stores, in hospitals, in drugstores, in the manufacturing field (making airplane engines and the automobile industry believe or not). I mean, I’m not flighty or unable to hold down a job, but I’m a jack-of-all-trades, really, if you teach me something once, I’ll pick it up quickly and I’ll be the best at it. But, with being a single mom for so many years, I went wherever the best paying job with the best health insurance would have me.

So with that being said, I’ve learned over the years, that I’m very creative and I can learn just about anything. I would like to take that gift and use it to my own advantage. I love baking, sewing, and quilting, and I would love to own my own rustic little shop where I can do all of these things all day and get paid for it. Sounds great!!! One day, I’ll make it happen. Don’t mind me, just rambling on, hoping and wishing, and dreaming.

You all have a great day,

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9, 10 ESV)

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God is able! Gym Daze 11-14!!!

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Good afternoon lovely people,

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve reported in. Never fear, I have still been working out and sticking to my healthy eating. I have T-minus 6 days for my first weigh-in. I don’t know what to hope for but I know that since I’ve been working out I feel much better. I’m hoping that my blood pressure has went down and I would like to see the percentage of body fat go down as well. I’ve worked up to 30 minutes on the elliptical, which I’m sure most of you don’t think that’s much, but I’m going much faster and I totally feel the burn. I wear one of those sweat bands around my tummy and a sweatshirt every workout. Yes, I’m convinced the tummy band works, but if it doesn’t, eh, what’s it gonna hurt, right? So, I’m going full force on my cardio and I left weights after every workout. I workout with the mindset that, what if I don’t workout tomorrow, so I go as hard as I can. I’m also trying to move up my workouts to 4 days a week, instead of 3, so I’m going today and tomorrow as well. I believe yesterday would have been my 14th gym day. Whew, I had to go through myfitnesspal app to double check I was right on that count. Yep, it’s been that long since I wrote.

I don’t have too much to update you on, here at “Lifestyle Change 2014” headquarters. I am a geek though and I did order a t-shirt and a bumper sticker with my motto for the year #GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow, yep, I’m that serious. I hope they turn out like I designed them, because I’ll be sporting that shirt at the gym for motivation. I’ve been keeping up with my Bible reading, eating healthy, paying bills (a little), and keeping my mind on greater things. So, all’s well.

Have a blessed one,

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (Galatians 5:16, 17 ESV)

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God willing, gym day 6

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Good morning lovely people,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years!!! I mentioned that me and my daughter went to the casino NYE, it wasn’t too bad. After we got lost getting there (totally my fault), we made it there by 11:50pm so we got a few turns on the slots before the countdown. We went to Indiana Casino Live in Shelbyville and it was PACKED!! My daughter is 22 and she’s never been before and she thought it would be neat to go on NYE. So, I took her straight to the penny slots, so she could get a feel of what they were like. A few of the machines I had to make her get away from because she just started pushing buttons, ie. MAX BET, lol. Well, at any rate, all’s well that ends well, we both broke even. No loss, no gain, no big deal.

Since my mission in 2014 is a “Lifestyle Change” I wanted to share a few of the ideas I’ve picked up from Pinterest, @Mankofit, @dashmalove, @stacie_thetrainer (all from Instagram) and of course my daughter and some googling here and there. I follow them on their blogs or through Instagram for their exercise, eating healthy habits, and motivational advice.

I think one of the hardest obstacles for me and most of us slackers out here is eating healthy. Most suggest eating 5-6 small meals a day and that is the hardest for me. Last year and numerous years of depression and sickness I had just figured that in order for me to loose weight I’ll just skip meals and not eat as much and my body got used to that. WRONG!!! I have been on several diets and yes I have even starved myself more times than I care to admit. Seriously I’m willing to share the good and the bad, so that maybe I can, not only grow from sharing my experience and maybe let someone see that they are not alone in all of the incorrect thinking that some of us do from time-to-time. I mean I’ve tried cleanses, diet pills, fasting (starving not the correct fasting), cutting out this or that from my diet, and it was all wrong. And the bad part about it, is that I knew all of it was wrong, but I figured that “ok, I’ll just do this for a short period of time and then I’ll start doing it the correct way after I see IMMEDIATE results.”
SOOO WRONG!! I know how stupid it sounds, but when you’re depressed and desperate, you think that you’re thinking logically and rationally, when you know deep down that it’s just plain destructive. Not only have I dieted a million times but I’ve also been on several different anti-depressants as well. I mean I’ve suffered from depression, migraines, anxiety, PTS, insomnia, sleep-apnea, and anything else that comes along with depression and obesity. I have high blood pressure and the ever increasing “belly fat” that us, ahem “older/middle-aged” women suffer from. But, it’s all good, because “Lifestyle Change 2014” is going to change all of that J. NO JOKE.

Yeah, that sounds like such a lofty idea, you say, just think you’re going to change and it’s going to magically happen overnight…No, I don’t think it’s going to magically happen overnight, because all of this fat and total mind destruction, that’s been going on for years, didn’t just happen overnight, not even just last year. I mean this has been going for decades (NO LIE). I’ve been fighting this battle for YEARSSSSSS! I’m getting teary-eyed thinking of all those years wasted being unhappy and putting on a brave, happy face for my kids, when deep down inside I’ve been dragging around this ball-and-chain just in the background. BLAHHHH, it makes me angry even thinking about it. I can tell you, that the ball-and-chain has reeked havoc in my life, many lost relationships and many lost opportunities. I’m going to use this little mental image of me just sweeping the old crap out of my mind and out of the door, instead of under the rug, for me to stumble over later on.

Moving on, back to a few eating tidbits. I started taking a multivitamin every morning. I bought ONE-A-DAY Energy, that has caffeine added. I will tell you that most things I’m going to recommend will be because they’re a trusted brand or because I caught it on sale, lol. I am a penny-pincher for sure and I probably won’t buy it if I don’t have a coupon or if it’s not on sale. Remember, I’m trying to save money and pay off debt this year as well. The ONE-A-DAY does make me a little jittery though, but I’m hoping I get used to it. I’ll start my morning with either a smoothie that I made the night before or protein/nutrition bar. And to make sure I get all of the 64 ounces of water a day, that is recommended to drink, I drink water between every bite that I eat, nerdy, but it works. I pack a my lunch bag with several snacks that I eat on all through the day. I like Yoplait’s Greek yogurt, blueberry is my fav. I’ve tried the Dannon’s Greek low-fat, and bleccckkkkk, it’s way too sweet for my liking. And it has aspartame in it, and I avoid that and any other “fake sweetener” because I’m one of those people that thinks they cause cancer. Please don’t take anything I say as the gospel truth because I won’t quote you some scientifically proven fact, just my opinion. I also keep my desk drawer packed with the protein/nutrition bars in case I don’t like what they’re serving upstairs in the cafeteria. I’m currently eating Simple Truth Peanut Butter Extreme and it’s very good, if you like peanut butter, and you guessed it, they were on sale at Kroger for 89 cents apiece. Anywho, I also eat, Planter’s NutTrition energy mix with my yogurt, because I love the combo, it tastes like a parfait and “Everybody loves parfait”-Donkey from Shrek, hahahaha. Gotta love it. I also pack fruit, Brownberry sandwich thins (wholegrain), and Natural Jiff peanut butter. From what the experts recommend, I read labels and I’m looking for low-fat, low-sodium, high fiber, high protein, low calorie per serving, and good carbs. But, don’t quote me, because you can’t believe everything you read on the internet and definitely not in this blog, lol.

I’m going to go workout today when I get off of work and get my cardio and strength training in. I’m going to strive for 4 workouts a week, Monday & Tuesday, and Thursday & Friday, I mean why not, I don’t have a social life so I can go to the gym whenever I want practically. So, there you have it, just a little more explanation on my goals for this blog this year and my “LIFESTYLE CHANGE 2014”. Every time you read that I want you to hear it in a ‘movie announcer’s’ voice and imagine the little minions saying “DUN…DUN…DUN!!!” afterwards, hahahahaha. That will make me laugh every time.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFolow

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalms 27:1 KJV)

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Thank God! Gym day 5

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Good evening lovely people and Happy New Year to you all on the other side of the world!!

I can even say Happy Year of the Horse to those of you in China, yeah, I saw that on the news at work today. Yep, today was my first day back to work after being off for a whole week. Which it wasn’t too bad since I’m off again tomorrow, YaY, the New Year!!!
I did really well on eating healthy, some mandarin oranges, some yogurt, and some of this fabulous granola from Planter’s called ‘Nut-Trition Sustaining Energy Mix, that I eat with my yogurt. LOVE IT!! I also started my morning off with some of the Blueberry Banana Smoothie that I made last night, still YuM!! So, yeah, I tried to get in my necessary calories, but I’m used to missing meals. So, I’ll try harder. I even went to the gym on that empty tummy, and wasn’t surprised that I was dragging on the elliptical and treadmill today. But I worked it out and made it through 15 minutes on the elliptical and a mile walking/jogging on the treadmill. Then finished the workout with a lot of ab work. So not a bad day at the gym!!

We had dinner at one of my daughter’s favorites, McAlister’s and I was very good and had the Savannah Chopped salad, with no Gorgonzola cheese and their light vinaigrette. Delisioso!!! And water, none of their wonderful tea😫

Right now I’m off to the casino with my daughter because she’s never been and, hey, I would love to win a New Year’s treat for us!! Yeah, I know, I’m a bad influence at times 😋

So everyone have a Maaahhhvalous New Year’s!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t drink and drive. If anyone out there that knows me and needs a ride, CALL ME!!! I’ll be back home safe and sound long before the party’s start, hey because that’s how I roll, lol. Old lady status.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalms 27:14 KJV)

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God is Good!!! Gym day 4

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Good evening lovely people,

Me and my chicka Essence went to Planet fitness today on my last day of my wonderful week off from work. Oh how sweet it was (the week off, lol). We have worked out 4 out of the seven days that I was off and I’m PUMPED!!! I know it’s just been a week, but I love the feeling of going hard at the gym and the hot shower afterwards. I swear I feel like the shower is my treat for the hard work. Yeah, it’s the simple things that make me happy. We did 15 minutes on the elliptical and 1 mile on the treadmill. Then we did the 30-minute circuit training. Boy, do I give my daughter a hard time, but it’s such a blessing to know that she cares enough to keep me motivated. (Because sista girl is always wanting to give up, lol) I can admit that I’m at that stage that if I don’t have someone encouraging me to go to the gym and stick to the hard crap, I’ll have every excuse in the book not to go. LAZY!!!
I will say that I’m not quite where I’m supposed to be on eating correctly, because I have all of the right foods, but I just don’t eat enough. I know I’ll have to learn to eat 5-6 small meals a day, and I’m getting to that I promise. I came home and fixed me and my other kiddo, Brooklyn, a smoothie. It had 2 bananas
1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1/4 cup of Simple Truth Organic plain low fat yogurt
1/2 cup of Simple Truth Organic 2% milk
2 handfuls of spinach
Ice
Let me tell ya, it was delish!!!

Anywho, I’m already sleepy, which is awesome, because I usually have problems falling asleep. So, another benefit of working out, YAY!

So I shall bid you all a goodnight (in my Mary Poppins voice)

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

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I’m baaaaaacccckkkkk!

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Well, well, well…Good afternoon lovely people,

Did I miss anything? I’m sure I missed a ton of wonderfulness from the blogosphere. But, I can tell you I’ve been a little busy myself, with none other than stress, work, stress, life, stress, health out of control, and depression. Sounds like fun right?!?!? Well not too much. I’m still working my 9 to 5, nothing new there but another corporate take over. I swear I’ve been there over 5 years and we’ve changed hands every year, smh. And I’m just there sitting at my desk going along for the ride. My motto, in this economy, ‘Riding Til the Wheels Fall Off’. My only options are waiting for a buyout, opening my own bakery/country antique shop, or hitting the lottery. Or a combination of the three would be fabulous!!!!

Anyway, my main concern that’s occupying most of my head space is my current transition stage. I’m currently staying with my parents with the bright idea that I’ll be able to pay off bills, save money, and find a cheaper place than where I had been living at the past 4 years. Well, that process is going slower than planned. I’ve been with my parents for the past 3 months now and I haven’t been able to save a dime yet. I keep telling myself that 2014 will be better and I truly believe that (seriously). So, everything I own is packed up and in storage, so I can’t sew, bake, or do anything creative and that’s like telling a cat they can’t meow!!!!! Ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s killing me slowly inside.

Meanwhile, I’ve been gaining weight. So, I took the last week of December off to start on my “Always New Year’s Resolutions” but this year I’m calling it “Lifestyle Change 2014”!!!! I got a membership to Planet Fitness, I paid for some boxing lessons (training-no sparring) at Title boxing Club, and I’m getting some inspiration at home from my daughters, from Instagram @MankoFit and @LauraSykora, to eat clean, stay active, and try some yoga as well. Oh, and let’s not forget the ever emcompassing Pinterest (LOVE). I’m pretty excited!!!! So much excitement that I had to get back to blogging! Yes, you, whomever you are, if you’ll bear with me. Join me on my journey, a journey of a lifetime, where I’m determined, motivated, encouraged, and excited to change my mind, my body, and my outlook on life. I started at the gym, but I’m going to incorporate daily scripture for motivation and wisdom, eating healthier, and loving those around me more, you know showing others the love of Christ. So bear with me, I’ll be posting some pretty graphic and ugly stuff (all my work-in-progress photos, lol) and as much motivational stuff I can find to get me to my goal, which is; growing in Christ (first and foremost), weight loss (60 lbs in a year), no more meds (depression/HBP/pain/migraine/diet pills), eating healthy, and becoming financially stable.

Who’s with me?!?!?

WE CAN DO IT!!!!

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

‘but Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26