Posted in Uncategorized, tagged daniels fast, prayer on February 27, 2009 |
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So Today I am happy to report I lost 6 pounds on the fast!! Its pretty exciting and I hope to keep having mini mile stones through the process. Each day gets just a little easier and I find myself enjoying the process.
Its been a very good week and I am thankful for all the lessons I learn in life. Today I asked God to take away all the hurt In my heart. I realized that I have a BIG problem with wishing people that have hurt me well. Its not my place to judge them or wish there life to be doomed forever. I don’t want to hold on to the negativity because it keeps me from receiving my blessings. God knows my heart and sometimes I don’t always have the purest of thoughts. I will work on that.
Today I had my usual oatmeal for breakfast with raisins and tangelos. For lunch I am going to have a veggie burger on whole wheat tortillas. I am so glad its Friday because weekends are surprisingly the easy days during the fast because you have more time on your hands to prepare your own meal or go out for dinner.
For those of you still on the fence about the fast I say just give it a shot. Once you get started you will always want to stay on the path to being healthy!
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On day 4 I slipped off the wagon, by eating a bucket of popcorn with butter but today is day 6 and I am happy to report I am back on the wagon and feeling much better. I must say the morning after felt kinda like having unprotected sex with your SO and no form of birth control, you wake up feelin like shat. I was so sick when I woke up and my stomach didn’t like me to well yesterday. But I drank plenty water and ate lots of veggies n fruits. Today I feel 100% again!
In other news, me and “s” been having a bit of a hard time. The man is out of work, without a car, in the final semester of school before spring break, and without a home. I know I shouldn’t be so heartless but yesterday I went off on him kinda. He pushed me to my limit when he told me he didn’t want me asking when his car was going to be fixed. Granted I know I asked you 2 days ago but what was wrong me thinking there was a slight possibility that SOMETHING may have happened in those to days. In the past 3 months I have been very supportive and understanding, but right now I am all OUT of relationship fuel.
I really can’t imagine what a man feels like not being able to be the provider, but the point is im not a man so I will never really understand it. All I do know is that my needs weren’t being met and I had to make him aware of that. I am not exactly sure what is going to happen in the next few weeks but I do know I will be giving him some much needed space. Hopefully things will fall back into place, and hopefully by then I will be sexier than I was before!!
yup I ain’t trippin, I got it all under control. (I think)
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Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2009 |
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So I went to the movies to see Medea goes to jail, can’t say I liked it much but whats more important is what I did when I was there!
So I remember on the food list on the daniels fast it said I could eat popcorn, and you can’t see a movie without popcorn right? Well I got home and went back to check the list because somethin felt not too right. So I click on the link and there it was NO BUTTER opps! I had PLENTY butter on my popcorn lol.
So what now?? Tomorrow is a new day and I will remember that lol.
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Its only been 4 days and I can finally start reporting things I have been noticing happening to my body.
1. More bowl movements – Thats right I shat every day now. I know your thinkin well thats what you are suppose to do anyways right? Yes but when you eat a lot of fast food, processed food, sugars ect…. that stuff keeps your body from cleansing itself properly. Before now I was only using the bathroom maybe once or twice a week. Now that I go every day naturally it makes me want to always keep healthy food in my body. It feels exactly like a detox.
2. More Energy – Ok so I still been late for work lol, but its not because I am to tired to wake up. Since I started the fast I feel tons more rested. I don’t fall asleep right after a meal anymore, and I can go through a whole day without needing any power naps or extra pick me ups. I even have enough energy to exercise late at night and early in the morning.
3. Control Over what I eat – When I first read about the plan, it said something about what to do when you feel hunger pains. They went on to explain that its just your body workin off the fat and it doesn’t always mean your hungry. When I would feel my hunger pains (they come often the first few days) I would drink water or eat some of my nut mix. After a while the hunger pains didn’t come so often because I ate more healthy stacks and drank more water. Now when I eat its not because I am starving, which would always cause me to over eat. This helps especially when you are on the go and you need something fast, I no longer look to mcdonalds to bail me out which feels really good.
4. I still eat fast food – Not fries n burgers, more like ready to go stuff. Like the fresh salads from wendy’s only have lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers in them, I add my own dressing and fruits to it. I have been buying these 3 at a time as of late, and can always have one for lunch and not worry about what im gonna eat. I always have a fast healthy snack on hand so I don’t have to worry about busing the fast because im starved. The key that I have learned is helping me is to buy only what I know I will eat for a fact. I don’t want to be wasteful nor do I wanna force myself to eat something that I really don’t want. So I didn’t buy a lot of stuff on the list of foods, I stuck to a few items that I knew would always satisfy me when I needed it quickly.
I don’t look any different as of right now but I certainly feel good. I drink lots of water, and eat fruit throughout the day.
Today I had 1 tangelo for breakfast and water. For lunch I brought a side salad from wendys. I put raisins, mixed nuts, and strawberries in it. The only dressing I have been using is the organic balsamic vinegar that Holly has recommended. It doesn’t taste all that good but with all the fruit and nuts in the salad you don’t really taste it.
This morning I also finished the first workout session on bob’s tape! that was exciting because even though its “low cardio” it took me 3 days to make it to the end without stopping (only 20 minutes).
So far I am enjoying the fast and my prayer is that I learn how to take care of my body better through out this process. Its certainly changed my habits. Prayerfully I can make it though the 21 days and beyond.
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Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2009 |
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I started on Thursday and Today is Saturday and I am happy to report I am doing very well. Yesterday was kind of an interesting day because after I left work I had a lot of running around to do. Amazingly I wasn’t tired nor hungry, I kept my water by myside and that was that. I got home at around 9:30. Tried to work out some more and I think I added an additional 5 minutes, so im up to 20 minutes with bob! I may end up sticking with the low cardio sessions until I can master them (couple weeks?) maybe.
Right now I am at work and I had a tangelo for breakfast. Usually im starving in the morning but I haven’t had that issue as of late either. I feel pretty energized and good about my 3 days. Just don’t bring any real food around me lol.
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Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 |
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Yesterday I completed my first full day of the Daniel’s Fast. I ended the day being frustrated with tryin to peal a tangelo, so I gave up n threw it away (wasteful I know). Lucky for me I wasn’t really hungry, it was an extremly busy day with work, then driving to GR to see Dave live which was a very cool experience.
When I got home a little after 10:30 I went to the grocery store to buy more fruit and some organic balsamic vinegar for my salads. I also purchased a work out tape. I had been doing some online research about Jilians dvd’s for the biggest loser but when I finally saw the tape at the store I discovered her plan wouldn’t be the best for me just starting out. So I picked up bobs dvd instead.
I worked out a little when I got home, the dvd is pretty cool and works great for all beginners. The goal is to get my heart rate up and burn calories at the same time. Needless to say ya girl didn’t even make it through the first 25 minutes lol BUT keep in mind it was 1am so give me a break!
I was actually amazed I was even attempting to work out anything at 1am!! I mean I was tired but I know I shoulda been sleep. I didn’t finally fall asleep til somethin past 2am.
So here I am Friday morning doing good, got good rest and im gonna have some fruit for breakfast! I still haven’t found my bible and I’m still lookin!
see ya tomorrow!
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Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2009 |
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This special chapter of The Veronica Chronicles comes for a special guest author by the name of Akua she is a great writer as well and its important to highlight TRUE writers up in blog world. She has graced this chapter with creativity and pure excitement so I hope you all enjoy!!!
As she turned to greet the morning sunshine that was creeping through her window the fainest smell of freshly brewed coffee and blue berries. “Good Morning V.” Chris said as he brought a tray full of freshly made blueberry pancakes, turkey sausage, and coffee with a little cream just how she liked it.
“You didn’t have to do all of this Christopher, this is too much.” “I wanted to do this, I know things were awkward between us last night and I didn’t want you to think that I was here just to sleep with you or to try to ease my way back into your world.” Veronica smiled, thanked him for breakfast and kissed him on the cheek. She had a lot of running around to do and she was happy he was there for some strange reason.
They ate in silence mostly, exchanging a few flirtatious glances back and forth. Veronica thought to herself ‘He really looks good with no shirt on.’ Eyeing the new tattoo on his back she asked him about it. “It’s Phillipians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ..” “Wow, I didn’t know you were very religious Chris.” “There are alot of things i never told you about me V.” Full of pancakes and appreciation she grabbed her blackberry, kissed her ex love on his forehead and sauntered into the bathroom to shower.
The hardwood floors were cold under her feet. Each step was slow and deliberate, hoping that he would grab her around her waist and throw her back onto the bed. She missed the way he touched her, the way his mouth felt against hers. Last nights kiss was an all but too solem reminder of what they had once shared. Passion that ignited fireworks with their bodies met. Once inside the bathroom Veronica sits down on the edge of her Jacuzzi, and texts Chrystal.
“Girl omg, u wll nvr blve who styed
the nte @ my hse” “who?” “Chris” “STFUWTBS, did u ?” “No bt I wnt 2.” “fllw yr hrt.” “he mde me brkfast in bd, I nvr evn knew he could cook!” “girl ht me in a few u know there’s a photo shoot for the magazine today.” “Ok l8tr”
As the jet streams of water massaged her back the sounds of Adele’s chasing pavements soothed her spirit. Music blaring and water running she never heard the bathroom door open. “Do you need any help washing your back, love?” Chris said as he stepped into the shower behind her. “Sure I would like that.”
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged work it out again on February 17, 2009 |
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I think I have given myself more 30 day challenges over the past year than I have
changed underwear called off work. But THIS time is gonna be different (I promise). I am going to do what ever it takes to stay focused on the task at hand for 30 days. That day doesn’t start March 1, it starts TODAY ek!!
Yep today I am going to start a fitness 30 day challenge. Yesterday I was having a convo with my SO and we discussed how weight loss works. The one thing we all know about weight loss is that it requires diet AND exercise. Ok so I have never been a big fan of working out or eating less but to my surprise I found out I don’t actually have to eat less! I can eat a little better but not less. See the key is actually incorporating exercise into your every day routine that makes the difference. So a little work out every day increases your metabolism causing more fat to be burned and over time allows you to shed the pounds. Its not rocket science I know, but I always thought I had to starve myself to death to lose weight and this is sooo not the case!
Today I am gonna start adding at least 30 minutes of jogging to my daily routine for 30 days. I would like to see how eating the same but working out, changes my body. I don’t know if this actually works but its worth a shot!
Next month will be a different challenge assuming my A.D.D doesn’t kick in on day 2 lol.
I will keep you posted!
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Today comeback girl has inspired me to write about a few situations I have been dealing with over the past couple weeks. A lot has happen that has caused me to think about how honest of a person I am. Now I gotta admit i haven’t always been a saint (Still not) but I do have a conscious and every time I have thought about wronging someone, it has bothered me. Let me explain
A few weeks ago my tenant moved out of my house in Detroit. I had to go there and clean up and have the lights put back on in my name. I decided to take a day off work to get a few things completed. I called the lock smith, the gas and light company, and a painter. I had scheduled a busy day but it was the only day i had to get as much as i could done. So things are going as planned and me and the painter are talking, mean while the electric company arrives. I saw him, he waved from a far and said he didn’t need to come in and he could fix everything from the back of the house. Since I was preoccupied I waved and bid him goodbye. I DIDN’T check the lights to see if they worked correctly. So moments later after he leaves im flipping switches and NOTHING is working. So I called the company back and they explain to me that they can’t help me.
I am in a panic and can’t figure out what could be wrong. So the next day I get a hold of a friend of a friend. He comes out and fixes the lights but doesn’t give me a receipt. Said he would give it to that other friend for me. I pay him and let him go. Turns out the electric company didn’t hook the lines up correctly, so i call them back and explain to them how I had to pay someone to fix a mistake THEY made. The CSR informs me i would need to fill out a claim form to get my money back. So the forms come in the mail and it says to attach the receipt that I still don’t have. So i call up mr friend of a friend and ask him what happen, he then goes on to ask me did i tell the CSR how much I paid him? I was like umm no…. He says GOOD im going to put on this receipt that you paid X amount of dollars (lying) and then we can split the profits. Sounds good right??
So after I got off the phone I couldn’t help but think how wrong it would be to cheat someone. Hell even if it is a large electric company who makes billions, its still not right. So I couldn’t go through with it and from that point on I vowed not to lie.
Moral of this story is that even if you think you can make a fast dollar doesn’t make it ok to cheat people. I will venture to say this carries over into your relationships as well. When we lie,cheat and steal it keeps us from being truly blessed and THAT I can attest to.
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As many of you have already heard, Dave Ramsey will be doing a live show in Grand Rapids next week and guess who brought tickets!!
I have been a fan of Dave Ramsey since the beginning of 2008. I think it might be hard for a few folks that know me to believe I didn’t like dave at one point. I thought he was this bald old guy just tryin to get over on folks with these stupid unfunny talk shows he came up with. I remember one day riding in the car with my mom while she was listing to some tapes of his she had purchased. I remember the exact words I spoke that summery day in 07 “he isn’t even sayin anything important” I was 24 at the time and pretty much thought I knew it all, so DAVE had nothin to say to me.
Well shortly after my 25th birthday I had a serious emotional break down and was on the verge of contemplating ending my life. I remember going to therapy sessions, I remember not going to work and almost being fired, I remember my house being broken into and my car being crashed. I couldn’t remember a time in my life where I had felt so low and defeated. My spirit had been ripped to pieces and I couldn’t see a way out of the mess I had created.
Then there was Dave. My mom called me up a few short days after I had returned to work (from being off for months). I was literally dragging myself to work, depressed at beat down but I knew If I didn’t want my house to be foreclosed on I had to go. She called me up and told me that his financial class was being offered in all these different churches and advised me to see if there was one in my area.
At the time I felt I had no choice, I was ready to file bankruptcy and I figured was was the harm in going to see bout this money class. I few days later I had attended my first day, and that first day changed and saved my life.
A lot of people around me make fun and tease (some jokingly some not) about my passion for Dave Ramseys teachings. I have seen blogs comment sections span from 2005 and counting about how they don’t agree with much of what he says.
I have come to learn that its not my place to defend every argument about Dave. There are even a few things I don’t agree with, but I understand the general principle he attempts to teach. So if anyone ask me why im such a hard core ride or die for Dave is because his program and a many of prayers from my mother and her friends saved my life. I will forever be grateful for all that I have learned and I intend to share with those who want to listen to my story.
So Dave thank you for all you do and I will see you next week in Grand Rapids Mi.
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