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4 Years Ago A Journey Began!

Today, September 2, 2018 marks 4 years from the day I started eating clean; the day my life changed! True it has been a while since I wrote and so much has happened this year. Life is full of so many surprises, especially ones we never thought or even imagined would ever happen! This last year I’ve grown so very much, but there are those...

Create A Masterpiece Each Day!

We are all unique! Trust in yourself! Be yourself! Love yourself! Each start of day we all begin with a blank canvas were upon we create our day! If an unwanted mark shows up on the canvas while creating your day don’t look at it as a blemish, but create from it a beautiful work of art, embrace it, work with it and flow your day around it! Learn...

Personal Battles

It has been some time now since I started approaching my original goal weight of being 225 pounds. When I reached 250 pounds, I realized this was now much too simple of a goal so I made a new goal to lose a total of 220 pounds. Weighing 200 pounds sounded like a good number since my top weight was 420 pounds. When I first started my journey I...

It’s Been Two Years Since I Started My Journey!

September 2 marks two years since I started my journey to become healthier by eating clean, exercising and clearing my mind. It hasn’t been easy, especially towards the beginning part of my journey – but it has been well worth the dedication and determination to move forward. Yes, I am still human! Yes, I still have those days I want...

Living Life As a Warrior

I started a new venture this week! CrossFit! I am now a member of Mission CrossFit in Mission Viejo, CA. After two days of working out in the gym I am sore! Sure I’ve been going to the gym to lift weights, I go walking, jogging and running, but CrossFit is a whole new arena that focuses on strength by improving fitness and health by working...

Creating & Living Our Dreams

Where do I begin? I use to dream of what it would be like living a life where I was 225 lbs. again! I would think about what people would say seeing me a normal weight! I use to think what girls would think of me being a normal weight, would they like to go out with me then? As I look back 10 years ago I saw myself as this overweight person who...

Target Weight Acquired – A New Goal Set

When I set out on my journey to become healthier back on September 2, 2014 I set my goal weight of being 200 lbs. Once reached I would then adjust and set new goals accordingly. It has happened! On April 22, 2016 I reached my goal weight of 200 lbs.! Actually, I ended up being below my goal weight weighing in at 199.00 lbs. The day I reached my...

Moving Towards My Goal Weight!

In the past I made challenges for myself only to find myself breaking them after an hour or after a day or two, or even after a week! I knew I needed to eat better to lose weight but eating better was so hard, I didn’t have time to prepare food, it was easier getting food already made! I also knew I need to exercise, but that too was hard as...

Anything is Possible – We Only Need To Believe!

I would see the articles and pictures of those who were overweight now enjoying life since they lost 100, 200, 300 plus pounds over the years. I would then dream that would be me someday, maybe! Back in the days when I dreamed I would be able to lose weight there would be this ever so small little voice in my head saying, “You can dream all...

One Year & Beyond

On September 2, 2014 I started eating clean to do one thing, become healthier by losing weight. 1 day turned into 2 days. 1 week turned into 2 weeks. At about week 3 of eating clean I realized it became more than just eating clean as I started to get more clarity in my mind about how I had been thinking and acting in life. So becoming healthier...

Taking More Steps Throughout the Day – How to Improve on It –

Step counters. Do they really motivate people to get more exercise? To be more active throughout the day? To compete with others? If you are me, then the answer to these questions is yes. At the beginning of April when my order for a step counter finally arrived. I took it out of the package and got it all setup and started using it to count my...

Time to Start Down a New Path

Starting on September 2, 2014 I started eating clean. Along with eating clean I started walking 20 – 30 a day for 6 days. About 4 months ago I make a goal and registered to walk in the LA Big 5K March 14, 2015. I completed this goal by walking the 5K in 1 hour 4 minutes 53 seconds on March 14, 2015. It is now time to up my challenge and...

The Fire Burns Within

As I am continue with eating clean I’ve been preparing for the 5K walk coming up this Saturday, March 14, 2015. Along with eating clean I also get up early in the mornings and go walking for 30 plus minutes. I usually do about 1 – 2 miles but I wanted to walk the 5K (3.1 miles) before officially walking it the day of. I started...

Getting So Much More Than Expected

Some of you are asking, “How do you feel now you’ve been eating clean for over 100 days?” or “What is it you are getting out of doing this?” so I will try to answer as best I am able to. To start off, back when I started out on this journey I was only thinking about losing weight to become healthier. I had reached...

Jan. 1, 2015 – A Look Back At 2014

Happy New Year to all! Today is the first day of the 2015 and day 122 for eating clean. If there is one thing you plan to do this year let it be eating clean… I can honestly tell you from experience for eating clean the last 4 months you get so much more than just eating healthier! (New post coming soon with all the benefits I’ve...

The Twenty Seventh Day – It Gets Easier!

The twenty seventh day of the second month or day 57 is what today is. In the office today was the beginning of ‘holiday sweets’ coming into the office. Pictured above are cookies with a big peace of chocolate on the top it with crushed candy canes sprinkled around the top. All I did was look and admired the sweets in front of me...

The Seventeenth Day – Going Onward

I awake from a dream – not able to remember what it was about already but that it was not a good dream. The time is now 4:53 AM. It’s dark in the room. I’m now wide awake! I get up, turn on the lights and drink some water. Now I am fully wide awake if I was not just moments ago! I head to my computer and check emails –...

The Sixteenth Day – Friday Morning to Evening

The morning sun raises in the east, its rays now shining on the tops of the roofs brighten the day. Some of the sun’s rays find their way into my bedroom and gently urge me to wake up. Laying there in bed awake I now ponder the dreams still fresh in my mind. As they start to fade away I become more aware of the day I have ahead of me, it’s...

The Eighth Day – Creating a Great Masterpiece Daily

Tonight it is the eighth day of the second month. I kept and did my ‘The Body Reboot’ challenge but it was just one of those days that was just there. Nothing exciting to say or report. I really didn’t feel like walking tonight but I got out there and walked. Instead of doing 30 minutes of walking I did 25 minutes of walking and...

The Seventh Day – Our Amazing Planet

We now come to the close of the seventh day of the second month for eating clean and doing ‘The Body Reboot’ Challenge. Today was a good day. I ate clean and did all my exercising, especially walking. Tonight for my walking time I walked for 35 minutes and went 1.43 miles. Walking is becoming easier day after day as I continue on. I...

The Sixth Day

Welcome to the sixth day of the second month, day 36 of eating clean. Today was a good day for eating clean and drinking water. When the time came to go on my nightly walk I really didn’t feel like going at first but once I was out there and walking for first few minutes I was able to continue going and I even pushed myself to go another 5...

The Journey Continues on a New Path

Today I start down a new path I found and unlock yesterday! Today I start my next challenge and journey in life. For the next thirty days I will do the following: no soda no fast food no artificial sugar or sugar no junk food no refined grains including white flour no processed meat no fat-free or low-fat products I will walk for 30 minutes 6...

Day Twenty-Eight – Being Strong

Monday Day 28 – I must say I am really impressed with myself for going this far thus far. I know I can do it and continue on! I can do it! Well today I got up and did my morning walking then went to work and had a very busy day working (did not go walking for lunch but I did stretch throughout the day). Later that evening I went walking from...

Day Twenty-One – The Clearing After the Rain

Today is day 21 is now coming to a close! I am especially proud to say that I stuck with the ‘eat clean’ challenge for September even though work had (from what it looked like through the plastic lid) mini M&M’s. I merely looked to see what was on the table – at one glance I backed away and didn’t even think twice...

Day Nineteen – Unassuming ‘Things’

To tell you the truth I didn’t really know how day 18 was going to go since I was going to be driving for a good distance as I was going out of town for the weekend. I can report it was a great success. I even went out to eat at a restaurant for the first time since starting this challenge. I must say I did a really good job with staying on...

Day Seventeen – Life & The Living World

I cannot really believe myself this is day 17! Someone please wake me up from this dream I am having! Report for day 16: I got up at 6:13 AM and by 6:20 I was outside walking! It was already warm and the sun was still down below the horizon. I walked for 15 minutes. I continued on throughout the day but I did not walk again during my lunch break...

Day Eleven – Making a Choice

Day 10 report – I made it through the day with ease! This really is getting easier to follow and to be more self-conscious of what I eat, how much water I drink and avoid thinking of things where I need to tell myself, “I don’t eat that!” I thought I would’ve had more thoughts of wanting chocolate, sweets, junk food...

Day Nine – The Adventures’ of Life

NOTE: Now it’s been over a week I will write and post my thoughts once a day going forward. Last Night’s Adventure Day 8 recap – The day’s work is now done and it is time to pack up to head home for a nice relaxing evening. Maybe continue reading a good book, The Eye of The World. Start writing down thoughts of things I can...

Day Eight – One Week Accomplished

Today begins a new day and a new week! Onward and forward into Day 8! As I continue on with the challenge I set forth to ‘eat clean’ for myself into week 2 I am finding that eating and keeping on track with ‘eat clean’ is becoming easier. I also must say, that writing about this experience is helping me make it through each...

Day Seven – Can This be True?

Onward and forward I go into day 7! I personally cannot believe it’s now been 7 days into the ‘eat clean’ challenge – but I can tell you it is true for the following reasons: I am feeling much better than I did when I first started – both mentally and physically I am really putting myself out there – more so...

Day Six – Just a Few Hours to Midnight

The day come upon us as we woke this morning. We set out to do what we normally do on a Sunday. We played, we talked, we listened, we smiled (I am sure even if you don’t think you smiled you did – even in you needed to turn your face upside-down), we sat still doing nothing, we worked and some of us even took a nap! Now the sun has...