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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...

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...

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...

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...

Reaching and Obtaining a Goal

This month week I reached a goal – I should say it’s not ‘a’ goal but a pretty big goal. I now officially lost just over 100 lbs. since I was at my heaviest just over 2 years ago. Since starting eating clean I am now almost 80 lbs. lighter. I am feeling much better now – mentally, physically and spiritually. I...

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...

Was It Just a Dream?

I was lying in bed unable to go back to sleep. It was only 4:18 AM, I had another 57 minutes of sleep time till 5:15 AM, the time I had set my alarm to wake-up to get ready for the 5K walk at Dodge Stadium that would be taking place. The date was March 14, 2015. It was November 7, 2014 at about 7:31 PM when I registered to participate in the LA...

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...

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...

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 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 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 Second Day – Anything Is Possible

The second day going into my new challenge ‘The Body Reboot’ I am happy to report that both the first and second day were a great success! I must admit that this really hasn’t felt like a challenge much yet! Why you ask? These are all things I want to be doing so I can lose the weight I need to lose to become healthy. These are...

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-Six

Today has been yet another very busy Saturday with work, meetings, etc. so I will not be writing all that much today. I will say that I did indeed keep true to my ‘eat clean’ challenge (Day 26) and I also walked 3 times today (morning, afternoon – I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get my evening walk in with all that was...

Day Twenty-Five

Today now comes to a close of day 25 and I am very happy to say that I am able to add yet another good star to the chart that is still not made for completing the day with my ‘eat clean’ challenge. I also drank lots of water so I am good with fulfillment.  I was also able to get both my morning and evening walk in (no I didn’t go...

Day Twenty-Three – Battle in the Mind

Welcome to day 23 of my ‘eat clean’ challenge. Moving along, one day at a time, to complete my challenge for ‘eat clean’. Today was a busy day for me, which is a good thing, keeps me out of trouble! I got my morning walk in – it was much later in the day than normal, 10:30 AM, at least I was able to get it in and not...

Day Twenty-Two

Today was a beautiful morning to go walking. Clear blue sky with the sun shining just over the houses where I was walking. I know I had to take a picture to share it with you all today. I love living in Southern California. Today is day 21 and it is now the end of the day. It was a very good and busy day! I was able to day true to my ‘eat...

Day Sixteen – Motivation

Day 15 report! Another gold star for the chart for staying true to the ‘eat clean’ challenge! As for working out – I did my walking in the early morning as I said I would, when lunch time came it was about 104 degrees outside so I figured I would be safe and not tempt going out, even for a small 5 minute walk – I went...

Day Fifteen – Being Good to Yourself

Report of day 14 – I should start saying something different! I feel like I am repeating myself, but, I did made it through the day with my ‘eat clean’ challenge! I went walking for my lunch break, only 5 minutes since it was so hot outside! I drank tons of water! I went walking for 25 minutes and pushed myself to go (a bit)...

Day Twelve – Being True to Yourself

Today I start the weekend, the second weekend! Last week I was able to make it through so I plan to make it through the day today too. Before I get too much further I will need to report on Day 11, “I did it!” I must tell you that I almost didn’t go walking last night! I was so tired that I fell asleep. I woke up because one of...

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 Seven – Coming to a Close

As day 7 comes to a close I am very proud and happy to say, I did it! I made it through another day in keeping to my ‘eat clean’ challenge. No soda, no fast food, no artificial sugar, no junk food, no refined grains and no processed meat. I drank lots of water. Had oatmeal for breakfast, juiced for lunch, ate some almonds and grapes as...

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...

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...

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...