How I Lost 7lbs in Two Weeks

When I decided at the beginning of June that I would change my life (again) weight-loss was definitely very close to the top of the list of things I had to work on immediately. So I set out on documenting my food and after 21 consecutive days of doing so I visited a nutritionist for some advice on how to move forward.

His recommendation was that I go through a 2 week detox programme that would cleanse me and get me ready to transform my body. The detox consisted of 5 juices  per day and all the fruits and jelly coconut water I could afford. It sounded easy enough but the price was very high. I decided none the less to the push forward and signed up.

The nutritionist makes all the juices fresh each day so it is understandable that payment had to be made upfront and in cash. My pocket cried but I needed this and I was committed.

The first day was very hard for me. I’m used to eating my three fried eggs with three slices of bread and a large cup of tea for breakfast, fried chicken for lunch and maybe some more fried chicken for dinner.

So I put on my big girl pants and tried to not think of the 70 juices to come. And oh what an experience it was!! 

Each day the juices came numbered but not labelled so each juice was a whole new experience and sometimes a not so pleasant surprise. I bought fruits as often as I could and tried to eat between the juices to ensure I didn’t get hungry.

The programme would’ve been very easy if I was doing it at home but adding in the complexities of my job as an event planner gave me mini heart attacks on some days.

In the end I completed the two weeks 7 lbs lighter than I had started and with two less inches off my waste. 

Learning to Forgive

I am learning to accept that apology that was never offered… Learning to let go of things I cannot control… Learning to allow people to fix their own mistakes… Learning that hatred locks me in a prison from which only I can free myself… Learning that I am more than my past and I am destined for greatness… Learning to let go and let God… 
I am Learning to Forgive!
~Shermaine

UWI does this…

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DURING MY GRADUATION AT UWI IN 2011

During my time at the University of the West Indies I accompanied a friend of mine to the Writer’s Club on campus. She’s an excellent poet so she was right at home from the beginning…me, not so much. It just wasn’t my scene so after a few weeks I never went back.

I’ve often been told that everything we come in contact with impacts on our lives whether we realize or not and I do believe that to be true. Sitting here this morning reflecting on my years at university I think back to my first day at the Writers Club. Prezzi (as the leader was affectionately called) led the group in a chain poem entitled “UWI does this…” I was both amazed and amused at different people’s perception of the institution and the various struggles one had to face while being there. Most people had something bad to say but there was this one guy who tried to interject ever so often to remind everyone of the good the UWI does.

I don’t recall what UWI had done to all those people but I’ll never forget what UWI did for me and to me.

Being the last of my parents’ 5 children and the first one to go to university, UWI for me was an honour. It was as much for me as it was for my parents. It was also my shot at a better life than they could’ve imagines possible… UWI was my door to the rest of the world…

UWI was a place where I met so many people from so many different backgrounds and learnt more about culture in a single classroom at Carimac than I had studying Caribbean history in high school…

UWI was the place where old friendships blossomed and some died while simultaneously new ones were formed and lifetime connections were made.

UWI was the place where I met my future husband, the man who charmed me then, held my hand through my struggles since and has believes in and motivates me to this day.

Oh and yes… UWI is the place that gave me a degree Bachelors of Arts Degree in Media and Communication with a specialization in television broadcasting from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (Carimac)

Everyone has their own ideas of the noble institution that is UWI, but for me UWI will always hold a special place in my heart. UWI played a significant role in making me the woman that I am today.

Sincerely,
Shermaine Grant B.A. (Aspiring PMP)

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

Hello 2017…

 

I am walking into 2017 knowing that whatever the year brings me will be as a result of a combination of choices, chances and changes.

Much of life is unpredictable but I have learnt that it is my choice of reaction to changes along the way that has ultimately brought me the successes (and failures) that I have had so far and for that I am choosing to focus on the positives for 2017!

I have dubbed 2017 my year of Awesome and while I expect numerous challenges along the way I am prepared to overcome and rise above all.

If i must be honest I am a little apprehensive about sharing my new year resolutions with the world but I believe that sharing them might help to keep me accountable so here goes…

For 2017 I resolve to;

  1. Focus on friendships… develop existing ones and mend those that have been neglected.
  2. Focus on family… (it may be about time I start to focus on my own)
  3.  Improve my health… (shifting focus from weight loss to holistic health improvement)
  4. Improve savings and build a real emergency fund
  5. Travel (in and out of Jamaica)

In essence for 2017 my plans are for improved health, wealth, friendships and adventures.

Cheers to my year of awesome!

Let’s do this…

Shermaine

Sister Sister…You Inspire Me

Dear Sister,

Today you celebrate your 33rd birthday and as you thank God for another year and the gift of life, I thank God for YOU.

Yes You!

I know you don’t realize how inspiring you are but I urge you to pause for a second and appreciate all you have done, all you have become and all you have achieved.

I encourage you to look at your life through the eyes of your little sister who has had the privilege of watching you overcome every hurdle you have ever faced and then stand stronger for it. 

See through my eyes the admiration for a woman who has known the pain of various illnesses and has smiled (and sometimes cried) through the pain but never gave up. 

It is inspiring to watch you grow and blossom into an amazing Mother… to add to the compassionate daughter, sister, aunt and friend that you already were.

I am excited to see what God has in store for you over the next few years knowing that it will be nothing short of Awesome!

So Step into your 34th year of existence with pride and purpose knowing that you can achieve all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Happy Birthday!

With Love,

Shermaine.

My 2016 Vacations…

Earlier this year I took what I consider my very first vacation. Having been a part of the “working world” for the past 5 years I have at times taken time off from work for a week or so at a time but it was not until this year that I finally understood what a vacation really meant.

Usually I take a week, stay home, clean the house, wash my hair and so forth… but this time had to be different. This time I had to make a memory and get to ticking items off the bucket list.

I took the first week of May off so I could celebrate the birthday while on Vacay and it was AMAZING! Partly because of what I did but more because of who I did it with.

Devaro and I stayed at Kaz Kreole Beach Lodge. This is a nice hotel that is not very expensive and I would definitely stay there again. They also have an awesome beach by the way!!

And for the memory making, bucket list checking activities we went to Cranbrook Rainforest Gardens and to Mystic Mountains for some quality time and adventure wrapped up into one :). I particularly enjoyed the bobsled (because he drove) and despite all the screaming while zip lining I will be doing it all again.

After the first vacation turned out to be such a success I was fortunate enough to get another week off in November and vacay it was again! This one was even more exciting than the last as I got to tick a few more things off the bucket list.

We stayed at the newly “upgraded” Deja Resort  in Montego Bay and then at Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in Runaway Bay. Both were great for a girl on a budget but I prefer Decameron… more food and liquor for my enjoyment. Again lots of quality time and Doctor’s Cave Beach and Green Grotto Caves ticked off the bucket list.

For my 2017 vacation I want to travel to another country… preferable one I have not yet visited.

Hint Hint Devaro… get ready!

~ Shermaine

Sweet December…

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December is traditionally a time of reflections and projections for me (and most of the rest of the world) and with the year I have had this one is no different. I’ve been taking the time to look back on some struggles that threatened to break me this year and how God came through for me over and over again.

In January I set some goals I wanted to achieve and I can honestly say that I didn’t do too bad with those at all. For the rest of the year I will be sharing some moments this year that were significant for me and how they have helped to shape the positive attitude with which I intend to enter 2017.

So as I prepare to close out this awesome and sometimes draining year I look back with gratitude and look forward with renewed hope.

I am ready for 2017 and all the blessings that are in store for me. I am ready for all the opportunities that await me and all the struggles that I will overcome.

So 2017… be prepared to be good to me. I’m ready!

Sincerely,
Shermaine

Is it Still Day 1 If You’re Starting Over For The 100th Time?

After weeks of making excuses I finally got off my ass and went to the gym last night. I have been delaying this for a while as it marks Day 1 of my newest attempt to lose weight. I actually don’t know if I am allowed to refer to it as Day 1 as I have started this process at least 100 times in the past few years.

This is a scary process for me as every time I have tried and failed I end up 10 pounds heavier than I was before and slightly depressed, then I go through a phase of self loathing.

See… I have never lacked the will to start working out or to start eating right… Starting is easy for me! What I have always failed at is the discipline to see it through. I start, I get excited, I go hard and then two weeks later a miss a day and a day turns into a week and a week into a month and the rest, as they say, is history.

As I undertake this journey my long term goal is to be a healthier version of myself and also 40 lbs lighter version of myself. I have not set a timeline on when I would like to achieve this just yet but my current plan is to take it all one day at a time, one week at a time, one achievement at a time.

Last night I went to the gym for the first time in over two months. I had a good workout but I struggled with things that should’ve been easier for me. It was a bit disheartening but if I must be real I couldn’t have expected anything different.

So as I struggled through the basic exercises that Miss J gave me to do I kept thinking that I tomorrow I will be better, tomorrow I will do more, tomorrow I will definitely be better.

At the end of the session I asked for some advice on dietary changes that I will need to start making and here is Miss J’s advice.

Foods to avoid:

  1. Rice (easy for me as I don’t particularly like Rice)
  2. Flour (no more fried dumplings in the mornings)
  3. Patty (this one will be hard)
  4. Sugar (replace drinks with water, lessen the amount I use in tea)
  5. Alcohol (good thing I finished that bottle of wine last weekend :))

This time I want real results, this time I want to see this through. I would love your feedback, advice and encouragement along the way.

Here are my starting stats… Let’s see what these will be when I make an update on stats in two weeks!

Day 1… (for the 100th time) 

  • Weight: 182 lbs
  • Height: 5ft 5in
  • Bust: 44in
  • Waist: 37in
  • Hip: 45in
  • Emotion: Cautiously hopeful
  • Current Goal: Workout at least 4 days this week.

~ Shermaine