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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...

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...

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...

Working Through Those Dark Days

It is inevitable we will all go through challenges in life. We will all come across those days of doubt, days of darkness, days of nothing going right. We can either give in or we can look past the darkness towards the small sliver of light trying to break through the darkness to help give us a hand so we are able to make it through what we may be...

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...

Reflections Of The Past

My journey for becoming healthier continues to move forward with great success! I continue to clear my mind of ‘clutter’ built up from decades of self-doubt, feeling inadequate, feeling alone, etc. Yes, I grew up in a large family and I love them dearly! While in my younger years it was my love of family, my love of church, my love of...

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...

Now Cycling As One Of My Exercises

I decided a while ago it was time to get back on the bike to get the heart pumping, the legs moving as a means of working out the body a few times of week! I’ve been wanting to start riding a again since I started eating clean and losing weight. I believe riding a bike in my youth was one of the ways I kept myself in such great shape as I...

I Cried The Other Day…

I Cried The Other Day… They were not tears of discomfort. Nor tears of shame. Nor tear of sadness, fear or pain. I cried tears of Joy. Of Happiness. Of Success. Of Achievement. The day was May 28, 2015 It’s Thursday morning, I awoke once again at about 5 AM, no alarm needed. Now lying in bed fully awake I try to remember the dreams I...

Our Journey’s Crossroads

There are times when we travel on our life’s journey where we reach a crossroad, or a fork in the road. On September 2, 2014 I reached such a place. I could either go towards the light and ‘choose life’ or go into the darkness and see what life will continue being had I not made the choice to start eating clean.  As I continue on...

I Am Doing It!

I am definitely doing it – I am eating healthy by eating clean, I am exercising by walking and I am losing the extra weight I’ve put on over the last 20 years. Today is day 176 for eating clean! I tend to lose count when ask as this is a new way of life. I’m personally not counting, I only want to move forward and continue...

Seeing and Feeling a Difference

The minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months! Today is day 143 and I am making progress. People are able to see I am making progress on my goal in becoming healthier and to lose weight. As I stated in my earlier post ‘Getting So Much More Than Expected‘ only after I starting making...

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...

Day 100

It’s been 25 days since I wrote on this blog – what can I say – I’ve been busy! I started writing a few times only to get pulled away. So now I sit ‘glued’ to my chair till I finish this and publish this post for all to read! Even in the times of being busy and being pulled in many different directions (well if...

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 Twenty Sixth Day

The day is now day 56 of eating clean, meaning I’ve had: 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 am very proud of myself for doing this and sticking to it. So I will come out and say that since I started this 56 days ago...

The Twenty Forth & Twenty Fifth Days

It is now day 55, Sunday evening  so I need to write about Saturday and Sunday. Both days went very well and both days ended up being busy. Saturday was busy with work and errands. Sunday with church things and meetings. The most important things about these two days were I was able to eat clean, do my mediation, walk and workout on Saturday...

The Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty First Days

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were quite busy days for me. I tried to make the time to write something on the posts I just didn’t find the time to do so. So now I write Thursday morning to bring you up today on those days. Monday Day 49: It was an extremely busy day, I did at one point tell myself towards the end of day to just breathe. I...

The Fifth Day – Sailing With a Purpose

The Fifth day of the second month into the challenge to become healthy. Where do I begin this post? Let’s backup a few days ago, Friday of last week, this would be October 3, 2014. This day seemed to be a usual day – looking back at it now, this was by far a usual day. I started doing things that I had no idea I was doing. I’ve...

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-Nine – Life Struggles

One more day to reach Day 30 as I now embark on Day 29 today. I’ve already gotten my morning walk in and it’s now time to start working to make a living. Well, today was again another busy day. I was able to make it through and keep true to my ‘eat clean’ challenge. After 29 days eating clean is so much easier now to me...

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 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...

Day Six – Sunday

Today is Sunday. For me it’s a day of worship (going to church) and relaxing. I would normally fast (go without water or food for two meals) as today being the beginning of the month, hence the first Sunday, is what we call Fast Sunday and I personally feel I should continue doing what I’ve been doing the last 5 days as my body...

Into the Weekend Part II – Day Five

Yes, I did it! I made it through the day fulfilling my ‘eat clean’ challenge. Was there a temptation to go get and eat junk food or fast food? Yes on then junk food and no to fast food! While sitting and watching the UCLA vs Memphis College Football game I found myself thinking of munching on sweets and junk food – I quickly...

Into the Weekend

This is were I have the hardest time of all. Going to work in the morning I usually stop somewhere to pickup breakfast – I tell myself “it cannot be all that bad, its breakfast!” But still its from a Fast Food chain, so none of that during my eat clean challenge for September (or ever after this month is over)! So this morning I...

Day Four is a Triumph

Now that day 4 is coming to a close and I just got back from my exercise I can now report that Day 4 is a Triumph! Work had no treats today so I didn’t need to use my will power to re-frame myself from stealing a bite… I really must say I like the fact that I am now being open about my eat clean challenge and I am able to write about...

The Day Before the Weekend

I will be strong today! I will also tell myself, “I Don’t Eat That!” if there are any sweets, junk food, donuts, brownies, etc. at the place of business today. I will be strong today! One day at a time, one meal at a time as I start day 4. At work I’ve got my grapes, apples, almonds for stacks; my Evolution Fresh drinks for...

Day Three Completed

Day Three completed! I did it, I make it through the day with all my challenges. The best thing is, I am starting to feel the difference – it’s an awesome feeling! So bring the challenges on – I am ready! I read an article* this morning about how to stop cravings: So to help me with my challenge I simply need to tell myself...

Day Two Completed

Another day has gone by where I was able to follow the challenge and complete day two. I drank all the water I needed to drink, ate all good foods and I walked for 25 minutes and I am feeling great (tired right now) today! I know the first few days are the easiest days to get things done – it’s the week after were the body starts to...

Day One

Day one coming to a close. Soon I will go walking to complete my exercise for the day (and report back once done). I wanted to say that thus far it’s been a great day with ‘eat clean’ and it wasn’t so hard. One day at time, one meal at a time… Thanks to those who commented on my ‘Drinking Water‘ post. I...