The last time we won a NCAA Championship – 1986
Bring it on home boys!
I know this is my blog and the internet… and we share a little or a lot depending on who we are, but allow me a moment, if you’d like to read a bit, to introduce myself and this #WeightLoss journey.
Starting Weight: 376 (and that’s when I actually started stepping on the scale because I HAD to) It took A LOT for me to even want to share that # with anyone other than my doctor and the poor scale I stand on. That is not only a crazy high number that is what I’ve allowed myself to become. So, please, do with the knowledge what you will, but be mindful that I was not going to share that portion of #MyJourney.
I started my weight loss journey over the summer (2013) but really decided to give it my all and started setting goals at the end of September. In the month of October I challenged myself, to walk a minimum of 1mi every day, no excuses. I also decided that I want to lose 100 pounds in 1 year. Fast forward to today, I have lost a total of 33lbs, around 5″ off of my waist and what I was doing for my entire workout (1mi) is barely a warm-up for me now. I continued with walking and eventually jogging and due to the cold months I *finally* joined a gym in December. I am slowly, but surely, adjusting my life, my view on food(s), preparation, getting out of ‘good/bad’ mentality and trying to learn and grow throughout this entire process. It was not, is not and will not be easy, but this is a MANDATORY lifestyle change for me.
I am 26 years old, I work full time (recovering workaholic), volunteer, try to be active in mentoring with my youth, co-facilitate a girl’s group at a local high school and have my own event coordination business that I finally launched in 2013. I’m a full time Daughter, Sister, Auntie, Mentor, Friend and I recently started foster parenting classes. I proudly wear any title and any given moment and have a lot of love to give, but I really never took time to focus on myself and love ME just as much as I love others. I believe that is was brought me to 376+.
I have struggled with weight my ENTIRE life. In the past I’ve lost 20lbs here or there but gained 40 back. I’ve seen dieticians, nutritionists, started the process for bariatric surgery more than once. I’ve yo-yo dieted, “cleansed”, Zumba’d, and just about any other ‘fad’ you can think of. Contrary to popular misconception – weight isn’t simply calories in/calories out. To over simplify and disregard ones feelings when it comes to weight is not only ignorant, it is down-right insensitive. I keep this in mind when I talk to myself and to others that have similar struggles.
I decided to share my weight loss journey publicly primarily to hold myself accountable. I decided if others are inspired by what I’ve done, that would be a result of my primary goal: accountability. I have since launched a YouTube channel where I Vlog (video-log) about my journey, my life and more. (( YouTube: SmplyAnita619: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcgTfjmkf2KoFDecfTuGJlQ )) The amount of love, encouragement and support I’ve received is simply overwhelming. There have been negative people, whether they have came out and said, “you will fail” or thought it, they are there. Some are very close to me, some don’t know my last name. This is okay because this journey is not for them, it is for ME. So, think what you will, say what you may, but know that although it DOES hurt and sometimes discourage, it will not defeat me.
Some of my goals for this year include:
*100lbs lost by 10.31.14
<<>> *Out of 300s by my Birthday – Reward: my annual birthday bash – That is 44lbs by June
<<>> *1st 5k – I’m looking at the Color Run in June & Breast Cancer in October.
<<>> *Hosting one of many FREE community workout sessions
*Stay Connected – I’d love to stay connected to those I love and care about me MORE in this coming year.
*Continuing this path of rediscovering ME 🙂
What about you?? What’s your story??
Thank you for reading ❤
Every year in lieu of Halloween my church hosts an alternative, much like the rest of the churches in America. What sets us apart in years past and to come, I believe, is the organization and planning that goes into the entire event beforehand. While I’ve helped in years passed, this year my dear friend requested my assistance with the entire event planning process and we have been brainstorming ever since.
Much like any other Fall Harvest themed event we’ll have your food, games and activities, but we’re doing something new this year and incorporating a Chili Cook-Off. We’re also bringing in some carnival themed games like balloon pop and ring toss in the mix. Prayers are going up for warm/nice weather as most of this is planned to take place outside, block party style to invite the surrounding community.
More to come on this event in the works, for now here are some flyers I’ve created! 🙂
Fabulous & Frugal Foot Bath
Listerine & Vinegar
Thanks Tom Joyner Morning Show for the inspiration. During the Memorial Day Holiday Tom & the crew were on vacation the temporary hosts were talking about, well I’m not sure what they were talking about I have a short commute to work. I did, however, catch the part about a home remedy – Listerine & vinegar for a foot bath to help with dead skin. Oh, now I remember – ashy feet! LOL, that’s what they were talking about.
So, I said to myself, “self”, self said, “hmm?!” – “you should try that”!
Now, I’m a couponer, so I was sure I had Listerine somewhere among my mouthwash freebies/next to freebies, but vinegar, I needed vinegar. My Pinterest cleaning projects had used just about all the vinegar I had. Off to Walmart…
I have no idea why my feet look so red…I’m not a Martian.
Now, I must be honest…I’m not a fan of vinegar (or bleach for that matter, but that’s another story) and I wasn’t so quick to try this after I got the idea that I’d have to SMELL it for 10-20 minutes as suggested here –
But I figured I’d give it a go all the same. The claims are that dead skin just “wipes off” and while that’s not necessarily true, more on that in a moment. I’ve gathered my ingredients, now time to relax and soak…That task was easier said than done, that’s for sure. As you’ll see in my photo grid my furry children weren’t sure what to think, I attempted to play Pandora and had a countdown going all the same. It wasn’t very relaxing.
I didn’t measure anything, because let’s be honest, I don’t measure when cooking so I surely won’t when I’m soaking my feet. So, a good portion of Listerine, not so much of the vinegar (already discussed I don’t like the smell) and hot water in a tub and 20 minutes later I had blue feet and a somewhat numb leg. I sat in my bathroom, I didn’t see the need to drag the tub of hot water to the living room and back.
I rubbed my heels together and nothing. Okay, fine enough it didn’t rub away… I decided to use my pumice stone…Aha!!! Like butter this “dead skin” began coming off. And then I didn’t mind the blue feet because I could see where I needed to scrub a bit more… While it wasn’t as “magical” as some of the blogs I found claimed it to be, it was certainly efficient. Any time you can soak your feet, be it Epsom salt or just some aroma therapy it can help dry, ashy feet. However, adding Listerine (and even that funky) vinegar can help you alleviate the dead skin rather easily with minimal effort with a pumice stone after the soak. I took it a step further and used my razor pedicure thingy (what’s the name for that anyway) to grab a few “pesky” spots that I gave up on scrubbing away. And just like that, some 30 minutes later I have fresh feet…Now, when I go see my favorite lady for a pedicure she won’t have to work so hard.
Two thumbs up and certainly budget friendly! I got a rather large bottle of vinegar for .97 at Walmart and found the Listerine on sale (but of course I had a coupon) for $3. A $4 fabulous foot bath works for me…
Future Foot Baths: I may add a little more vinegar/Listerine and not dilute as much with water.
Til next time…be blessed!
Promising to Self, Sister and My Community to be the best me I can be
Phenomenal Woman – Phenomenally Me
This is a logo I created this weekend for a lovely group of young women… Over a decade of history and as a result, many changed lives have gone through this group based at Atherton High School here in Louisville. I’m just blessed to be a small part. I’m looking forward to bigger and brighter things to come…
The last time we won a NCAA Championship – 1986
Bring it on home boys!
Well… I have been saying I wanted to switch my schedule to 4 10’s and low & behold the department that NEVER changes schedules around not only gave me the 4 10’s I wanted but on better days that I was even asking for to begin with. You can’t tell me HE doesn’t know what you need before you even need it…
Quote taken from me on Facebook.
Schedule change means “New Beginnings”…
Last year, around this time I finally got the opportunity to move from 2nd shift to 1st. I wasn’t able to start this new, much-needed schedule until mid-May, but the promise of 1st shift was all I needed. This is coming from someone who did 2nd shift for 3 years with this company, and the ones prior as well as 3rd. I needed a change, something new and something “normal”.
Well, it’s been a year and I’ve been grateful for the “normal” in my life as a result. For those who have always worked 1st shift, M-F you’d never be able to relate, but for my 2nd/3rd shift’ers, weekend crews and so on, you can understand my plight.
Now it’s time for something “new” again. I’ll be transitioning into a 4 10-hour shift schedule. Originally, I had asked for Wed-Saturday OR Sun-Wed, but the reality is those would pose problems all the way around. Not only did they give me the 4 10’s (still on 1st shift) but I’ll have Sundays (for church) and Thursday/Fridays off as well.
It’s funny, because while I was asking for something else, I feel He already knew what I needed before I even asked.
This is just a quick, “thank you” post, as I’m trying to figure out what SmplyAnita’s Corner will include… Snippets of me, and my life and others…
Blessings & Love!
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It has been suggested, on more than one occasion to start a blog. I create facebook posts throughout the day about savings, store sales, organization and decoration tips, etc. just as I think of them or discover them on the lovely Pinterest boards. Well, I finally took my friend’s suggestions and here we are… SmplyAnita’s […]