Thursday, July 26, 2007

I lost 5 pounds in one week

I slacked off for a minute but this past week I really stepped up my workout and eating healthy game. I did a lot of reading and came up with something that works. My problem was not eating and then when I realized it, I would binge which wasn't healthy at all. Here are the key things that got me results.
1) Water- I drink at least half my body weight in water usually more
2) 5-6 meals a day
3) Split workouts- low impact cardio in the am like walking, weights, and high impact cardio like turbo jam in the pm
4) Eating in moderation. I have a crazy sweet tooth and know I couldn't quit cold turkey so I eat at least one small cheat a day and if I do, do some extra cardio.
5) Supplements- I take lean system 7 which doesn't give you the shakes or side affects like other supplements, I drink meal replacements shakes, eat healthy fiber bars, take a multivitamin, and fiber and alfalfa capsules.
6) Write it down- I write down everything because it helps me to stay on track and to fine tune as needed.

Here is a typical day for me:
5:30am- have 2 cups of water, vitamin, fiber, alfalfa, and Lean system 7
6:00 am- workout for 45mins to an hour. Usually I do ttapp's Basic Workout Plus followed by walking.
8:00 am- I hate eating breakfast so I usually have a shake and piece of fruit with 2 cups of water.
10:30 or 11:30 am- I have a fiber bar, fruit, and 2 cups of water
Lunch time- If I don't have another shake, or bring food I cooked, I eat a lean cuisine type meal, alfalfa, with 2 cups of water.
5:00 pm- I have a melaleuca Access bar and 2 cups of water. It tastes like a snickers and it helps you have energy and burn fat while you workout.
5:30 pm- I do my weight workout followed by cardio. Water during workout. The length varies depending on where I am at in my schedule. I also mix it up which prevents me from being bored.
6:60- Lean system 7 pills and water
7:00 pm - I eat a protein like salmon or chicken breast, some steamed veggies or a big salad with regular salad dressing, and 2 cups of water. I only use 1 tablespoon and shake like heck. I can't stand the fat free stuff. If I am craving a sweet, I will eat a piece of fruit or if I am really craving, I will eat a small amount of ice cream.
Bedtime- I have tea, water, take my fiber, alfalfa, and vitamin.

I am mad I didn't take measurements because I already see the difference. One of my church members noticed too. I think I finally found something that will work. I am working out, eating right, but enjoying treats in moderation. From now on, I am going to take pictures every 2 weeks and track my measurements.

I will be going on vacation for 2 weeks and I plan on taking my workout videos with me in order to keep improving. I am determined to get my body back. Q

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Fun times

As many of you know, I am apart of several message boards. There is a main one which has allowed me to meet some wonderful people who I now consider friends. My husband thinks they are all serial killers posing as women, :lol: Anyway, I received a message from a member stating she would be in New Mexico and wanted some info on places to shop. I gave her my number in hopes we could meet up. We were finally able to connect last night and fun times were had by all.

She brought along someone she had met at the training she was attending and we decided to go to Chili's just to eat and talk. There names are Natalie and Chelsea. I forgot to bring my camera but they had theirs and I will update with pics when they email them to me. It was great to meet with 2 beautiful, smart, women who are doing the darn thing. Chelsea is a teacher and she is attending Howard University to get her master's degree. Natalie has her master's, she is also a teacher and, she is currently teaching in Brazil.

Who says fabulous women can't have a good time without drama? Humph!!! Q

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The love I lost

I purchased the cd in the pic above about 2 weeks ago. I didn't get a chance to really listen to it until this week and last week. Yesterday as I was driving home, I took the time to really listen to this one song named "Your Joy". It is a song she, Chrisette Michele wrote about her dad. It is a loving and touching song and it had me boo hoo crying as I drove home yesterday.

It reminded of the love I lost. My parents were never married and although my dad was here and there, I don't have those kinds of thoughts and emotions she has in this song for her dad. I titled this "The love I lost" because deep down inside, I have to believe that love she speaks of was there at one time. At one time I was on my way to feeling the way she feels. My dad and I are close now but those moments that I wanted and needed as a little girl... Those moments that probably would have made me love myself more when I was younger... Those moments that should have shown me how it feels to be loved by a man, the first man, except for GOD.... Those moments I don't have.

I cried not only for myself but for all the little girls and boys who wished they could feel like that for their dad. I cried because I was happy to hear someone else have those memories. I cried because I know my daughters will have those memories. They have an awesome father. It still amazes me how GOD confirms the very thing you are thinking about. Later last night, Kaliyah came to the living room complaining of a stomach ache. I was ready to dismiss it as her trying to put off going to bed. Her dad asked her about her stomach, talked to her, and then said "come here so we can pray for you". Then right there he laid his hand on her and I put my hand on her head and Thomas began to pray for her. It was something he often does but this time, I made my heart cry with joy. I know just like Chrisette is to her dad, my girls are a joy to their father and they have the love I lost. Q

Monday, July 09, 2007

9 Years and counting.

Happy Anniversary to us!!! Q