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Working your Butt off and scale not cooperating

Whats going on with my body?

I was about ready to throw in the towel a few days ago!!  Have you ever been there or done that?  As I stated in past writings on my health journal I have tried many attempts to lose weight and when one wouldn’t work I’d go to another and so forth and so on!  Does this sound familiar ?  well It seems to have been my pattern for the past 40 years!!  MAN!!  How can a person diet all their life and be at peace with their self?

 

Let me tell you Its not been easy!  The past month I have bumped my work outs up harder and longer for 6-8 days straight and watched what I was eating, or so I thought.

I jumped on the scale at my weight meetings and ANOTHER GAIN!!!  How can this be I was instantly in tears full blown ;like I’m done what’s the use, why I’m I here and what’s the damn point!!! Yup that’s right ME!!  The one that writes about how to succeed and cheering you all on!  I felt like a complete failure and so so tired mentally and physically that day.  With in a few minutes after facing the dreaded scale MY  Leader noticed my distress and came to the rescue; We talked ,cried, and embraced while coming up with a plan of action.  You see I thought I was doing everything right, tracking my food I ate and doing my workouts and tracking my steps etc,  well their were a few little things that contributed to my 1.2 gain of this week and the gain the week before and the stand stills.

So the Plan is to track everything that goes into my mouth!  weigh my food, and that includes what I drink.  So this all got me thinking more I’m I really doing the program right??  Honestly??  NO. I was not measuring the butter, weighing the meat, drinking enough water, drinking more pop!  Did you notice the RED Light come on??  Yup. Me too!

Drink half of what you weigh in water!!  A DAY! that’s 80-90 oz for me!!  ok I can do that plus I’ll get more steps back and forth to the bathroom! Yeah me!

 

I know now the best way to be successful is to be honest with yourself and the plan, and I thought I was doing alright, but was taking too many short cuts which lead to the gains and stand stills!!  We shall see next Wednesday.

I (we) have to remember their are other victories besides the scale(numbers)  and believe me that’s hard to swallow!! My cloths getting looser, tummy going down, more energy and little things like that are also victories .  We all get use to seeing the numbers game and then its  hard to recognize the other!

Spring is coming!  Hold your head up and keep fighting the fight!!  ( I’m telling myself this also). This page is for my success as much is it written to help you all succeed!!

WE are all in this journey together and will succeed with help of each other, family, friends or who ever leads you guides and walks beside you!

We can do this y’all

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The day has finally come

Months of chicken mothering

Today finally paid off!

After months of caring for little chicks day and night, feeding , watering, cleaning vents, cages and the endless supplies and food today was the day it all paid off with this “One Little Egg”

Sitting there all by its self in the nesting box wanting to be celebrated!!

So yes chicken Moma it all was worth it! I have bonded with all nine of them and even the Two Roosters!!

My first time raising urban chickens and I love every minute of it .

So stay tuned for further adventures at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead .

Ps. What come first the chicken or the egg???So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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I Love Me!

Do you value yourself?

So how would you describe your self-esteem right now?  Low? High? Or somewhere in between?!!

What is Self- Esteem?  It is how a person describes themselves a belief that he or she deserves to be happy and can handle everyday life.  TO LOVE THEMSELVES!

Does it have anything to do with the number on the scale?? NO!  BUT I will tell you we sometimes believe that our self-worth and our weight go hand in hand,  I DID!!

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WE have to value our self-worth no matter what our weight!  and I know that’s tough for I fought it all my life and the prejudices of other people.    We have to separate weight and self-esteem and I know it can be hard for some but we have to have this super woman or man esteem to get through this health journey and our life plans or we will become stagnant and give up and I won’t have that!!  It will keep us going during the hard challenges we face and make us more likely to pursue our goals.

I don’t know about you but it gave me the self-confidence to keep going to keep fighting the fat bulge  and not worry about what others thought or worse to compare myself with others!   Think about it when we are feeling healthy and confident in our skin we treat ourselves better, we are happier, we make better choices.  We have a better body image of ourselves which will boost us to work harder and lose more weight!  I have been there done that!    How do you feel when you made a bad choice? doomed, down, want to give up, give in?  You start to think you’re not worth it right?   Do you see how the cycle goes??  It can be vicious!!  We must stop it right now right here and at that very moment! Don’t give up,  ok you made a bad choice, deal with it!  Tomorrow is another day and a new beginning.  Hey were all human and  snickers happen man!!

Being healthy and on a weight loss journey is not punishment!  Its taking control of your life, your choices along with your thoughts and beliefs !

When I was younger with four kids at home and being a stay at home mom while hubby worked It seemed like all I got done was change diapers, clean, and COOK!!  What’s the big deal you say?  Well with a family of six back in the day we ate a lot of carbs, we couldn’t afford all the healthy food, only if the garden produced well and on occasions.   So the weight keep piling on  c-section after c-section (4) to be exact! The old fashion way too!  You know mommies can get stressed too and what did I do?  Comfort eating!! Yup stress/food, sad/food, lonely/food, angry/food,  See the pattern their!  Another cycle started which lead to more weight, low self-esteem and low self-worth.  You know as I sit here now writing this out I’m thinking why didn’t I see this then???   Did I miss the boat? Or what!!    Its simple take away the self judgement and criticism and replace it with kindness and compassion!  Boost that Self-Esteem  see yourself as a friend or a relative would, with appreciation, love and acceptance.

Do you have a person or relative that really cares about you?  I’m sure you do.

Well think about that person for a minute,  What do they look like?  what color are their eyes, Whats their personality?

What makes that person special to you?  How does it feel thinking about them?  Are they happy, loving, what does their voice sound like?

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Now imagine that YOUR THAT PERSON!   See yourself through their eyes,  What do they notice about yourself?  Now shift your perspective.  Now those thoughts and feelings are things you like about yourself!!  Write it down if it helps,  keep it for a booster!!   Take one day a week and do this excercise and practice seeing yourself through a loved one’s eyes.

Self – Esteem is not about changing what you look like or what you do, It’s about changing your attitude about yourself and your worth!

Example:

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I can’t really feel happy till I lose this weight.

POSITIVE THINKING

I can feel happy no matter my weight, yes I’d like to lose and get healthy, but my weight does not define me,  I like who I am.

  Stinking Thinking : Theirs no way I am going to stand up and give a talk at school

Positive Thinking:    I love to entertain and speak to people,  the scale shouldn’t hold me back,  Everyone will be watching me and admiring my voice and humor.

You get the point?  We as humans can be so hard on us and beat ourselves down constantly!  I did it for years!  It’s time for a reality check man!!  Do you not love your relative any less or best friend if they don’t live a healthy life style?  Of course not!  I had a fluffy Grandma and never thought nothing of it, she was loving, my role model and full of spunk and confidence.

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Be an Inspiration to others and to your selves!  Being a part of a health group where we all are working on our healthy life style,  I have never seen a bunch of loving, caring, supportive men and women helping each other plus never looking down on each other!  Only love and support.  It made me think about how I felt about myself, my worth and my confidence!  I sat in the back corner for months watching and listening to praises, support, ideas, clapping and cheering each other on and suddenly I felt different!  I felt comfortable in my skin, I felt a part of something, something BIG!!  SOMETHING MEANT FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!  Confidence, Love of  Self, Acceptance and ready to meet a challenge !!  I had new confidence in myself and my ability to be a healthier me!! I was ready to take on the more active life, make more healthy choices and except a slip up now and then and pick myself up and keep on trucking on!!

I FINALLY BELEIVED  IAM WORTH IT!!! ME  YOU!!  WE CAN DO THIS !!

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Healthy Recipes

Two Ingredient Pizza Crust

                             Healthy Pizza that taste good!!

 

2 ingredient dough: (6 sp total)
1/2 C self rising flour
Slightly less than 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt

Mix together (will be crumbly-keep working with it). Roll into a ball and then place on greased pizza pan and flatten or roll out(I used parchment paper instead of cooking spray because I don’t like my pizza pan sprayed).
I sprinkled Italian herbs on the crust before the sauce.

I used:
1/4C pizza sauce (1 sp)
1/2 C low fat mozzarella cheese (4sp)
Mushrooms
Green pepper
Onions
I would’ve added chicken if I’d have had some. I added Turkey Pepperoni.

Bake in oven at 375 for 23-25 min

11 points for entire pizza. So filling!

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Healthy Living At Least Trying

HEALTHY LIVING AND WORKING AT IT

♥ I WON’T LIE THIS HEALTHY LIVING HAS BEEN ONE OF MY HARDEST IF NOT THE HARDEST JOURNEY I HAVE BEEN ON AND PROBABLY THE REST OF MY LIFE!   ISN’T THAT THE POINT TO PROLONG OUR LIVES MAN SOMETIMES IS NO FUN!  BUT WE MUST, I MUST !!

A LITTLE HEALTH HISTORY

HAVING BEEN OVER WEIGHT MOST ALL MY ADULT LIFE!!  4 C-SECTIONS ( OLD FASHION WAY) THEN BIRTH CONTROL PILLS, RAISING A FAMILY OF 6 BEING A STAY AT HOME MOM, WELL YOU KNOW WE EAT ALOT OF CARBS!!!  ITS CHEAP RIGHT? RIGHT….  BUT NOT IN THE LONG RUN .   I HAVE BEEN PAYING FOR IT SINCE THE LAST CHILD AND STILL PAYING FOR IT!!  TO LOSE IT THAT IS!! LOL. THIS IS NOT HEALTHY LIVING!!

 LOSE, GAIN, LOSE KEEP IT OFF A YEAR MAYBE IF I WAS LUCKY!! AND THUS THE CYCLE BEGAN!!!  

AND STOPING AND STARTING  OF WW’S TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT!!   TOPS, ATKINS, PALEO

THINGS CAN CHANGE!

WELL SOMETHING CHANGED IN ME MARCH 2018  NOT SURE BUT I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY LIFE STYLE AND START HEALTHY LIVING AND  DID A HIGH PROTEIN DIET FOR 3 MONTHS AND BEGAN LOSING, BUT ALSO WAS TIRING OF THE SAME OLD FOOD, THEN WITH SOME FAMILY PROMPTING I WENT BACK I SAY BACK!! TO WW AND JOINED WITH A DETERMINED ATTIDUDE TO FINALLY ONCE AND FOR ALL TO GET RID OF THIS FAT THAT WAS KILLING ME, MAKING ME HIDE IN MY HOUSE, NOT WANTING TO SOCIALIZE, SHOP, BE SEEN AND HATED MYSELF AND THE BAGGY CLOTHS THAT NOT TO MENTION WERE NONE TO STYLISH!!

“THIS IS THE  BEFORE GETTING HEALTHIER!”

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I ALSO BEGAN GOING TO A GYM TO WORKOUT ON TREADMILL  AN WEIGHT MACHINES 4-6 DAYS A WEEK AND BEGAN LOVING IT!!  I FELT STRONGER, MORE ENERGY, LESS HUNGRY,AND. AND,  WAS LOSING WEIGHT!! ME!!! LOSING WEIGHT!  DID YOU HEAR ME MAN!!   WELL I LOOKED INTO A WELLNESS COMPANY AND BEGAN USING THEIR NATURAL MINERALS AND VITAMINS AND DRINK TO CURB APPETITE  AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR, EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T HAVE DIABETE

NEW NUMBER AND SIZES!

THIS IS NOVEMBER 2018 AND TO THIS DAY I HAVE LOST 51 POUNDS! AND 4-5 SIZES!!

 FEELING  LIKE A DIFFERENT WOMAN WITH CONFIDENCE, STRENGTH, NOT SCARED OR TO EMBARRASSED BE IN PUBLIC AND… NEW CLOTHS THAT ARE IN STYLE MODESTLY!

AND THE  MOST RECENT NOV 2018. AND I STILL HAVE 35 LBS TO GO!!!   ITS BEEN THE TOUGHEST!!  BUT I GOT THIS!!!   WE GOT THIS!!!♥

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YOU MAY WONDER WHY I’M ADDING THIS TO MY BLOG, BUT I’M SO EXCITED AND WANT TO SHARE AND GIVE COURAGE AND HOPE TO ALL THAT HAVE BEEN WHERE I WAS AND HOPING AS WE GO FORWARD TOGETHER WE CAN SHARE AND GROW  ON THIS ROAD THAT NEVER SEEMED POSSIBLE!!!   

STAY TUNED I WILL BE ADDING SOME COOL HEALTHY TIPS, RECIPES TOO!  STICK AROUND LETS SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!  HECK IT TOOK ME 30 YEARS TO WAKE UP!  WITH FAITH AND GOD WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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AND BOTTOM PIC IS MOST RECENT NOV 2018. AND I STILL HAVE 35 LBS TO GO!!!   ITS BEEN THE TOUGHEST!!  BUT I GOT THIS!!!   WE GOT THIS!!!♥

Healthy TidBits

Have you ever been shopping for Healthy Food to find Its so expensive to eat healthy!!??  DID ANYONE TELL US HEALTHY LIVING IS EXPENSIVE!   Happens all the time and it shouldn’t be that way so I decided to try and make alot of my snacks and meals using healthy ingredients and tweaking some abit!  Remember we need all the food basics and the Good Carbs with fiber, easy on the oils and I use Olive Oil and real Butter sparingly cuz I love it so!!

Going  to a big grocery store that carries a lot of variety and seems to have more healthy choices is a great idea!

  Myself I tend to stay away from breads unless their high in fiber and low in gluten.  I also Love Love the Flat-out oblong tortilla like wraps that I can use for a sandwich, a wrap, tacos, breakfast wrap and they don’t have alot of points or bad in ingredients in them and come in a variety of flavors!!!  Also those Petridrige Farm multigrain bun type sandwich thins are good to for sandwich making, toast etc. They are  in the bread section at stores!

 Oh and don’t forget the Flat Out Artisan Pizza Crust!  Their a life saver when hubby wants Pizza!!  And only 5 points for whole thing!  Can’t beat that.


Well the Holidays are over and I survived!  BUT.. I’m sure I gained a couple pounds;   Tried to be  good with the main meal, but the cookies!  well that’s another story!  must of had at least 6-7 within a week period!  SO I’m owning up and facing the scale this week!

Hey we can’t quit now just buck up and start a new day!!!  

We got this! 

Back to the gym tomorrow!   I missed Friday and Monday!!  Thank goodness I have my Gizzel  sp

Thats one thing I cannot quit is my workouts; AND NEITHER CAN YOU! If WE’RE  NOT  doing them I fear WE won’t keep the inches off that WE WANT TO  LOSE AND and KEEP LOSING

Myself down  5 Sizes man!!!   Never felt so good and had fun wearing different cloths!   But mainly I feel good about me and like me!! haven’t  felt that in many many years!

Hey anytime you want to share to talk just give me a yell here!

********REMEMBER WE’RE NOT ALONE IN THIS

HEALTHY LIVING JOURNEY******

YOU GOT THIS!♥♥

 

 

Hello All!!

Well I faced the scale today at my workshop today and I gained a half pound during the Holidays and I will own it!!

How did you all do over the Holidays??

Not going to beat myself up over it and start a new day! I pumped up my workout routine🏋️‍♀️ added more water to my diet and prayed for more strength 🙏😉.

These days will happen and just don’t give up! Hey we’re only Human right?? Right!!

Going to try some more healthy recipes so stay tuned and stay strong!!

Healthy Living

Getting over the Hurdles

It’s been a little over a year now since I have been on this healthy Living journey and it’s been an exciting and no so exciting times !

After losing 40+ lbs it was like my body was yelling enough is enough! And it seemed like no matter what I did I just could budge so I re-evaluated my situation and decided ok this is it! I can’t quit now and I made some changes such as increase my water intake change up my work out routine like increased the weights and duration plus added a few new machines ! I know I must not be the only one who has hit a wall! Right?? So this past weekly weigh in I was finally down 1.5 lbs. not a lot but no gain or scale freeze! I’ll take it man! I keep looking at all the non-scale victory’s and you might wonder what these are or like me just think of the scales victory’s but it’s more than that!!

Like… crossing your legs, tying your shoes, smaller cloths, more energy, compliments, more stamina, more oxygen, no cravings, smaller notched belt, watch, loose jewelry and hey what about getting off medications!

Less or no more joint pain. Think about it if you have been here or here right now you are truly Blessed!! You can do it so don’t give up! It took a while to get unhealthy and it takes a while to get back to healthy!

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Never Ever Give Up!!!✌️