The 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge App

It’s easy to lose interest in putting in the work necessary to lose weight especially after the honeymoon phase is over and I can attest to that.

So I decided to start another weight loss challenge, something to get my spark back. This time I’m using an app for guidance and I’m anxiously excited about it.

The app is called “Lose Weight in 30 Days” and while it makes no promises on how much weight you will lose in the 30 days I’m setting a goal for myself for 5lbs in 30 days.

The app gives workouts and a meal plan so I’ll try to stay as close to it as possible.

So… Hello new challenge the next 5lbs depends on you!!

Wish me luck!!

~Shermaine

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My Compound Effect Project

Day 22…

It takes 21 days to create a habit, they say… Today I am at DAY 22!!

On June 1st I started my journey to a healthier life for the one millionth time. 

If you’ve been following my blog over the years you may be rolling your eyes now and thinking here we go again and understandably so, but bear with me because this time will be different.

Yes… I know I’ve also said that before and you have no faith in my words anymore but I’m asking for a little trust here… Trust that this time my approach is different, trust that this time I’m more committed than ever before, trust that this time it’s more than just about losing the pounds but a move to literally change and possibly save my life.

When I turned 27 on April 30th this year I decided that the next year of my life would be life changing. I had already set the ground work over the past year for some bold moves to come and I am ready to move full seed ahead. I detailed my goals and my next steps in my little notebook and immediately started to figure out how I’d be achieving them.

One such goal is to learn as much as possible from some of the greatest minds in the world. From this goal my Journey to 300 books was born (a quest to read 300 books that will ultimately make me the best version of myself). I opted to start with books about life lessons and Book3of300 is what gave me the nudge I needed to restart my journey to a healthier me.

Book3of300 is Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect which I listened to free of charge on mixcloud.com. The principle the book teaches is very simple but really profound and I plan to listen to it a few more times over the next few months.

In his book Hardy posits that if you make small changes, and commit to them over time the results will be compounded and inevitably yield amazing results. This resonated with me because every time I have embarked on my weight-loss or healthy lifestyle journey in the past I literally ran into it trying to change everything all at once and of course I would always lose steam after a week or two.

I listened as Hardy advised that in order to create new and healthy habits I would first need to become acutely aware of my bad habits. I would have to understand what caused these habits and what contributes to their success and eventually it would be easier to break them. There is no magic formula, there is no overnight sustainable fix… this would  take time and I will have to commit.

Before I even got to wondering how I would be able to achieve my desired results Hardy provided the answer. TRACKING!! Choose one thing you want to change and spend 21 days tracking every detail relating to it, he said, and so my food tracking began.

I bought a small notebook that goes everywhere I do and everything that goes to my mouth gets recorded. I’ve only forgotten to make the recording for two days over that period while I was working and quickly moved to rectify that.

I must confess that after 21 days I am surprised at how my eating has changed. By week two I had started to rethink some things I would normally eat because I started to feel a little cute about the possibility of using a second page for one day. And for week three I had started to plan from the night before what I wanted to eat for the following day and moved to pack a lunch kit to take to work with healthier snack options.

On Day 21 I decided to visit a nutritionist for a consultation. The cost burnt a hole in my pocket and his recommendation of a two week juice only detox programme along with exercise has hurt my heart but I’m busy figuring out how to fund it all because afterall, I only have one body and would love to be able to fit into my clothes again and would love to enjoy it for many years to come!

PS… I was craving a slice of Oreo cheesecake to celebrate my 22 DAY 22 milestone but then I’d have to write that down in my little notebook and that wouldn’t look too good with all the progress I’ve made… So I’ll just smile as I eat this Oikos Black Cherry Yogurt and prepare for my upcoming 14 day juice only detox programme…

Stay with me on my journey, I have a feeling it’s going to be an exciting ride.

I’ll keep you posted!

~Shermaine

Facing the problem

Argument after argument after argument… It’s frustrating, it’s tiring, it’s depressing and all you want to do is escape.

Tempers are high, tension is rife, somebody is tired of always trying to make peace and somebody just wants to be right for once… Nobody seems to be able to calm down and think.

Think about what the real issue is. Why is it a problem that the phone rang, why is there an argument about the colour of the sky, why are you chastising him because he tried to help… why?

Nobody stops to think that maybe the one million little things are making a giant arrow which points to a much larger issue. Nine times out of ten, an argument about every little thing is an indication that there is something that needs to be discussed but both parties have been dancing around the issue.

Now, humour me for a moment and let us imagine that you are deadly afraid of dogs.

Its Friday evening you’ve had a pretty rough week and you just want to go home. You rush out of work early and as fate would have it there is a bus just ready to leave as soon as you get to the buS park. You start thinking of your weekend to come and you cant help but smile, some well needed rest and relaxation awaits you.

You smile sweetly as you disembark the bus and start walking towards your home. In 5 minutes the stressful week will officially be over and you can relax. All is right with the world… until you notice that there is a huge dog in the road up ahead. You walk this route everyday and you’ve never seen it before.

Fear kicks in and you freeze on the spot. What will you do?

You have three choices; you can turn back, you can remain as you are or you can continue and past the dog.

Choice number one and two doesn’t help you at all cause you don’t get to your desired destination. Choice number three is your only hope of getting home to that peaceful and relaxing place yet there are many things that will pass through your mind; will this dog attack you, can you outrun it if it comes down to that… all in all it is a risk you have to take.

Getting to that place of comfort will involve great risk.

That issue, that problem, that concern that you’re avoiding, it will only get worse if you don’t face it. And like that dog in the road its going nowhere until you do something about it.

Talk it through, find a solution… it might not be the solution you want it to be but it might be what is best for you in the long run.

Toodles,
Sherjei

Walk by faith and not by sight…

I was going through some old draft posts and decided I would share this one from 5 years ago rather than deleting it…

“The woman who left home without enough money to get back but came back with change in her purse… My mother.

I recently graduated from the University of the West Indies Mona and is now staring down over a million dollars of debt to be repaid over a 7 year period as my students’ loan has a ridiculous interest rate. Of course I knew this going into Uni but I went ahead and signed all the papers knowing that it was my only chance to get that first degree in short order. What i didn’t know then was that the thought of repaying $1.2 million would be so stressful. Mark you I have not started repaying just yet so for now its merely the thought that is causing my beautiful black hair to become lightly decorated with a colour I didn’t choose to add to it.

Now I do have a job (if you can call it that) but at the amount I will have to pay per month I wouldn’t have enough left to get back to work the next month so of course I start worrying. But my mother has insisted that I don’t stress myself with it as everything will be just fine.

I’ve never been able to understand the level of faith by which my mother lives as she has smiled in the face of one adversity after the other.

In my short lifetime I’ve cried, shied away from challenges and sold myself short because for some reason I believed that there’s no way I could make it through.

But I’ve come to realize over time that my mother is right.

I rushed into a job that pays me very little and has no benefits partly because I thought I may not get lucky in the short term and I couldn’t afford to not work as the bills have to be paid.

I’ve always said I only want half the heart my mother has because I honestly believe her kindness would be her demise. But as times passed I came to realize that it is the blessings that she has accumulated through said kindness that have allowed her to survive all she has been through.

I still think I’ll be lucky to have half the heart that my mother has but having a heart just like hers wouldn’t hurt either.

Here are a few bible verses that gives me comfort…

  • 2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we live by faith, not by sight.
  • Romans 8:24 – For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?
  • 1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

5 years later… I have cleared the student loan debt, her faith has not wavered and I am still praying to have a heart like hers.

Sincerely,
Shermaine

The Cure for World Hunger

If you came here to find the cure for world hunger then let me apologize now for having misled you as I have very recently learnt that I do not have the cure. I have however some advise for those who may be struggling on a weight loss journey as I am.

I have spent years, many many years, forcing myself to eat all the food on my plate because I was so concerned that I was wasting food while there were starving children in Africa (or downtown Kingston for that matter). But the more I think about this the more I realize that I have been absolutely crazy!!

How exactly is my over-indulgence going to assist anyone else? While I eat to the point of discomfort, these persons are still very much hungry and whether I chose to toss what I really should not force myself to chug down or to leave it for later these people will not even know.

There are several ways to assist those persons across the world who may indeed be dying of hunger but trust me when I say overeating is not one of them. All overeating does is

So I’m learning… learning that it is ok to not eat everything on the plate. My waistline may actually thank me for it.

On November 15, 2016 I started my weight loss journey again and today, 61 days later, I am trying to adjust my mindset as I have no progress to show for the two months that have passed. To be honest my workouts have not been frequent enough and my eating habits still need some work.

But this is a journey. A journey that does not promise to be easy but on I will take one day at a time as I kick one negative habit at a time.

Negative habit number one that must go is the feeling that I must eat everything I have on my plate… I must learn to manage my portions.

After all I’m not curing world hunger!

Toodles,
Shermaine

Positive Habits

Positive Habits

by Ralph Marston

Here’s your assignment for the day. Find a habit or long-held assumption that’s holding you back and replace it with a habit that empowers you.

Is there something you do just because it’s comfortable and familiar, that’s not beneficial, or is even harmful? Challenge yourself to think of a more positive replacement.

As you go through the activities of this day, ask yourself about each one. Is it adding richness to your life or is it wasting your precious time?

There is plenty of time available for you to do amazing things. With positive habits, you can train yourself to make the best use of each moment.

There’s no need to be judgmental or regretful about what you’ve been doing. Just pick one thing at a time that hasn’t been serving you, and insert a positive replacement.

Make the choice to program yourself for expanding success in everything you do. Give your life some fresh positive habits, and enjoy the great richness they bring.

Reblogged From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170104.html

You Are Exactly Where You Need To Be

We spend so much time each day trying to escape from where we are that we often miss the beauty of this life as it passes us by.

We get so caught up in what isn’t and what should’ve and could’ve been that we fail to see what IS.

It is natural for us to look back on our life and wonder how different it would have been if we had made a different decision in high school or college or at any random juncture, but these thoughts can sometimes do more harm than good.

The reality is there is no way to change the past (unless that time machine has been invented and someone is hiding it from us). So while we reminisce we must avoid getting caught up in the “if only’s” and focus instead on using all the lessons learnt from the past to assist in being more engaged in the present and ultimately chart the course we want for the future.

It is also natural for us to compare ourselves to others and wonder how they are “so far ahead” while we seem to be struggling by. Remember though that everyone has their own journey and no two lives are exactly the same.

Develop the habit of celebrating your own successes, regardless of how small you may think they are and be genuinely happy for the success of others and you will find that this is far more rewarding for you than the comparisons.

Today I challenge you as I am challenging myself, be present in THIS moment in your life! Appreciate the ability to dream about new adventures and experiences while knowing that today is just as miraculous as your dreams. Know within yourself that you can make a difference not just in your life but in the lives of those around you by choosing to focus on the positives that exists.

When you examine your life you may find that you may not have ended up where you wanted to go but trust that in this moment you are right where you need to be.

~ Shermaine

Sigma 2014 – My very first 5K

Initially I planned to write a very long and detailed post about my very first 5k but I’ve still not been able to find the time so… Here’s the short version.

I had a lot of fun, and I definitely intend to do it again! 🙂

Balloons!!!! ... its go time

Balloons!!!! … its go time

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Bestie trying to take our pic and the man behind us shouts “Selfie” lol

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I wasn’t ready for the pic cause there was a rasta man passing and his locks are really neat …#dontjudgeme

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Pic isn’t too clear but my sexy sister excited to go walking

I love this pic cause it looks like I'm really power-walking but I was just fixing my shirt :D lol

I love this pic cause it looks like I’m really power-walking but I was just fixing my shirt 😀 lol

Toodles!
Sherjei

I’m so Glad that, Jesus Knows

You know those days when you go to pray and you can’t quite find the right words to express how you’re feeling? On those days I usually end up saying something along the lines of “Jesus, you see and you know” and believe it or not it kinda sorta calms me… most times.

The past week has been pretty rough for me and now that I want to pray I find that all I can do is sing this song. I need to ask God something but I can’t find the words… Sweet baby Jesus… When it rains, it POURS. You see and you know!

There are times I, get discouraged,
Trying to carry, its hard
Some times this heavy load.
But I decided, to keep on toiling,
I’m so glad that, Jesus knows.

When it rains, it pours!
Storm cloud rise, billows roll.
Just seek Jesus, He’ll bring sunshine,
I’m so glad that, Jesus knows.

There are times we all are, faulty accuse
All because, of what, some thing,
Someone has told.
They won’t believe in you in you side,
No matter what you try to do,
I’m so glad that, Jesus knows.

When it rains, it pours!
Storm cloud rise and billows roll!
(Thank you Jesus!)
Just seek Jesus, He’ll bring sunshine!
I’m so glad that, Jesus knows.

When there are troubles, in your home,
When deep down in your heart,
you know for Yourself, you’ve done no wrong.
Get on your keens and
Give it to Jesus, Hell take control!
Just be glad that, he knows!

When it rains, it pours!
Storm cloud rise, and sometimes,
Billows roll! Just seek Jesus!
He’ll bring sunshine! Yes,
I’m so glad that Jesus knows!

(Let’s say it one more time!)
When it rains, it pours!
Storm cloud rise, thank you Jesus, billows roll!
Just seek Jesus, (Thank you Jesus!)
He’ll bring sunshine! Yes,
I’m so glad that, Jesus knows

I’m Dreaming of Control

One of my greatest challenges for 2013 was not being able to control a lot of things that affected me directly or indirectly. I spent much of my time focusing on the problems I was having and very little time creating ways to solve them. Its no wonder I was often so sad or depressed.

I had it all wrong and I needed a change!! So as 2013 was taking its final breaths the reviews of its performance started pouring in I vowed to stop waiting for things to happen and to start making them happen.

I decided to start planning. The more I planned the more inspired I was to keep planning. Sounds corny but its absolutely true!!

So now I’m dreaming of control. Control of my life, control of my emotions, control of my finances, control of my body.

PS… I’m starting Yoga this month. How long til I can do this?

I wanna do this...

I wanna do this…

Toodles,

Sherjei