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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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

The One Week Syndrome

After failing to stick to a commitment I had made recently I had a long introspection which lead to a shocking revelation about myself!Well Maybe it wasn’t really shocking as I had suspected this before but still the truth is often hard to hear especially when you’re telling it to yourself!!!

I suffer from a serious case of the “One Week Syndrome”!!

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For those of you not familiar with this it is a condition in which an individual has great difficulty following through with any commitment for more than one week at a time. From exercise, to bible study to Photoshop training, to after effects training, to locks grooming and skin care and … the list goes on and on and on!

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The list now haunts me… All the things on that list have at one time or the other been my latest commitment and one by one I failed at the all because I did not get past one week. Sigh!

I’ve heard that the first step in solving any problem is acknowledging that you have a problem so here we are. I have a problem and I need to get past it.

Somebody Help Me Please!

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Sherjei

One-Sixty-Six

Have you ever learnt a word and then suddenly it appears in the book you’re reading, on a website you happen to scroll across, in a random conversation… and pretty much everywhere?

Well until recently my most memorable example of that happening to me was when I learnt the word “ubiquitous”. Maybe is was because the word actually means “Present, appearing, or found everywhere” but from the moment Professor Aggrey Brown used it in a lecture while I was in the first year of  University, the word showed up literally EVERYWHERE!

Its a word that will forever be etched in my mind but it has now been relegated to 2nd place as most memorable as a new word has snatched the coveted 1st place spot from under it. One-Sixty-Six!

Yup, you read correctly. As simple as it sounds, One-Sixty-Six is now the proud holder of first place. Now you can unknit your brows because I’m going to explain exactly how it all happened.

Here’s a look at One-Sixty-Six’s journey to prominence…

(*aside* if this was a movie there would be a cool effect over the following scene so it looks like an old film or at least a product of someone’s mind :))

So…Work has been getting increasingly demanding and frustrating over the past few months. I watched as all the calm and patience I spent years honing and fine tuning just slowly crash and burn and I got more tired and more easily irritated with each passing day.

Then came the day I just flipped, someone was calling my name on something I knew nothing about and I went Ballistic. When I eventually calmed down I went to the HR assistant, inquired as to whether I could take a week’s vacation and quickly filled out the form. Luckily for me this was the last day of the work week and my supervisor (being one of the persons I had flipped on) was in a “I can do this by myself” mood so he quickly signed off.

With the necessary papers signed I packed up my desk and left work. The weekend flew by but I wasn’t concerned as I could sleep in late on Monday. I was on VACATION baby :D!!

The week off was awesome! I started learning how to drive, I went to the beach, I went to visit my mother, I had an amazing birthday and got very thoughtful gifts… Overall I got a chance to relax and unwind with some of the persons that are nearest and dearest to my heart. I enjoyed myself with not a care in the world.

And then the week was over. Its Saturday morning and while I know jolly riding had come to an end I’m trying to hang on to the positive feeling and the thousand teeth smile that the Amazing week has left me with.

Jokingly I say out loud to no one in particular “I wonder how much weight I gained this week” and hopped onto the scale. A decision I would soon regret!

The Scale screamed at me; “One-Sixty-Six”!!!

I gasped, jumped off and sat to catch my breath! That must be wrong! One-Sixty-Six! Nope!

For the second time I stepped on the scale trying to convince myself that my eyes had played a cruel cruel joke on me earlier. Sadly the scale said the same thing it had before. One-Sixty-Six.

I felt a sharp pain in my stomach, a thousand things ran through my mind. I remembered how I had freaked out when I first realized that I weighed 155 pounds, I remembered how I fell in love with myself and my figure when I got to 160 and all my curves were saying howdydoo to everyone I pass… But now… now that I’m at 166 I don’t know how to feel, I don’t know what to do, All I know is that this is not good.

All I know is that 166 will forever be etched in my mind and in the days to come I would see that number in and on everything that my eyes come across…

One-Sixty-Six

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TO BE CONTINUED!

Toodles,

Sherjei

Down and Dejected

With all my “self confidence” you’d think a conversation about my weight would not bring me to tears, right?

Naa… wrong. I just walked into the lunchroom at work to deliver a message to someone and low and behold my weight gain became the subject of conversation.

“Shermaine put on nuff weight eee,” commented one person with a big smile on her face.

“Yes, she jus a fat up so,” chimed in someone else. “She neva look so when she jus come here”.

I faked a chuckle and turned and left the room. Went back to my desk and closed my eyes. Its all I could do not to cry. I wonder if nobody thinks I have a mirror… hmmm. Yes! I’m convinced. Clearly they don’t believe that I have the means by which to ascertain that I have indeed gained weight (a lot of it) so they find it necessary to point it out at every available opportunity…

The sad part is that I had/have tried to lose it. I even joined a gym and was making some progress but then came the moment when monthly membership was to be renewed and there was no  money in the purse to do so…

That left me demotivated and the plans to go jogging never materialized…

 

Down and dejected…

Sherjei

Reality Check

You know that moment when you realize that everything that you believe is not true? …I had that moment today!
I went to the doctor to get a new prescription for the eczema that was threatening to ruin my face and got news I was not prepared to hear.
I weigh 10 pounds more than I did when I visited the doctor six months ago. 10 as in TEN 10! Oh jeez! *woosah* *woooooosaaaah*

Now this wouldn’t have been so bad had I not been under the impression that I had lost some weight… Where did I get that from I don’t know but my mind has played a dirty trick on me 😦 hmmm…

As if the TEN pounds hadn’t put a big enough hole in my heart (and self esteem/confidence) the doctor found it necessary to inform me that I had inched out of the “normal” BMI bracket. Normal BMI is 21-25 and based on my current height and weight my BMI is 25.5.

I’m overweight! *cringes*
Overwei… I can’t say it twice in one minute. I swear I’m freaking out.

I guess its safe to say this is the result of exercising two days n then forgetting about it after… This is the result of ‘making’ the most of the chinese when its an option for lunch at work… This is the result of me letting myself go while convincing myself that all is well…

When I look in the mirror now I can see the tires hanging over my pants waist (I swear they weren’t there this morning, at least they weren’t so Huge!)

I’ve accepted that I have a problem and I can’t keep living like this…
Today I decided that I need to lose 20 pounds and I’m going to do it (before my next check up).

So Mr Exercise and Madam portion control you are my new best friends.

Day 1… I weigh 153 lbs.

Sherjei