I Tried Juicing for the First Time!!

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I have found my new obsession…. JUICING!! And to be honest, it is not even about the weight loss that can come from doing it. But juicing for me is more about the health benefits! I have just been adding a small glass of freshly made juice to my breakfast every morning.

There are only a handful of vegetables that I actually like and I don’t eat as many servings of veggies as I should each day. Juicing allows me to get a good amount of veggies into my body, first thing in the morning. I am actually trying beets for the first time this week, and I am excited (before juicing I would have never tried them lol).

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I’ve done a lot of research about juicing and there are always pros and cons to anything. The number one con I found for juicing is the lack of fiber. But this con is not a problem if you are not juicing full time. I am still able to get all of the fiber I need because I am only juicing once a day!

I don’t really follow any recipes for my juices, I just throw in some veggies that I think will work together. The first juice I made was with carrots, celery, pineapples, and ginger! IT WAS SOOO GOOD!! That was my first time trying ginger as well, and it was delicious. I will probably start using fresh ginger to cook with from now on because it not only tasted good, but it smelled great as well!!

Have you ever tried juicing? If so, what are your favorite fruits and veggies to use? (I need some new ideas!!)

How I Recover from a Binge

I hate to admit it but I. AM. A. BINGER!

I’m not really sure when it started but just know that one day a long time ago I ate in secret for the first time and it kinda followed me into adulthood. Since beginning my weight loss journey, I have far less binging moments but every now and again the binge spirit takes over me and I eat enough for 5 grown men.

If you missed my last post about my health journey, click here

After a day (or weekend) of binging, I try my best to hop back on the healthy train as quickly as possible. I hold out and not eat until my first snack time or longer if I can manage. I drink water until I am stuffed and can barely fit any food my belly (this may not be safe. Don’t try this and talk to your doctor!) and I eat light for the next few days.

My method hasn’t been tested but, for me, it works. My weight usually stabilizes and my body feels pre-binge in no time!

I seriously hate that I sometimes binge and I wish I could stop.

Do you have any tips to help me BEFORE I take the plunge? I hope to hear from you!

Rugged Maniac 2019

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So I did something waaayy outside of my comfort zone! I signed up for an obstacle race.

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My coworkers talked me into doing it with them! Our team name is Mighty Microbes (we are microbiologists lol). When I first saw the text message of them asking who wanted to do it, my initial reaction was HECKS NO!! I was dead set on not doing it, but as I kept thinking about it, I knew that my NO was out of fear! My word for this year is FEARLESS, so I am consciously doing things that scare me! SOO I releuctantly said YES and signed up for the Rugged Maniac Race! It is taking place in August, so it will be here before I know it!

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Hopefully this isn’t me lol!

The Obstacle Race is referred to as the Playground. “It is a 3-mile course packed with 20+ epic obstacles designed to both challenge and thrill maniacs of all fitness levels, from couch potatoes to marathoners.”

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I’m definitely not a couch potato, but I am far from a marathoner!! Don’t really know how to prepare for this race. I am going just to challenge myself and try something new! It will definitely prepare me for the race I am doing in October called the Spartan Race! I can’t believe I signed up for that one either lol! But I am excited and nervous all at the same time.

 

Have you ever ran an obstacle race? Do you have any tips to help me prepare?

 

Malisa: January 2019 Results

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I started off the year at a horrible 231.6 pounds! I can’t say that I was really surprised because I had been eating more than enough for the holidays but I hadn’t been on the scale in forever so I didn’t know what the scale would say. I stepped on my trainer’s scale on January 1st and when it read 231.6 I just kind of shrugged and knew what I had to do.

I already know how to lose the weight, now it was time to put my knowledge the test. I had to stop overeating, eat nutritious rich foods and workout at least 4 days a week. I am proud to say that I have stayed the course. I have been very cautious about my food choices, going to the gym five days a week and drinking water instead of going back for seconds.

It has all paid off! I have lost 10 pounds this month alone and I am so excited to see how much I will lose in the months to come. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will know that I have been struggling in the weight reduction department. The second half of 2018, I gained and lost the same 30 pounds!

My current goal is to be 199 by April 1st!

I know that my goal is a bit extreme but I need extreme goals in order to keep me on track. I lost almost half of the weight in the first month! Now I know it won’t be this easy as I continue to lose weight but I will keep my goal and work to meet it!

January has come and gone and I am happy with where my weight is today! I look forward to continuing my weight loss journey. I will be at my first major goal weight (again) in no time!

Jasmine:1/23/19

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Starting weight: 189
Current weight: 180.8
DOWN 8.2 LBS!!!

January has been a great month so far!! I have been sticking to my plan and the weight is finally coming off again. My goal for the month of January is to be at least 179 lbs. by February 1st! I have a little over a week to accomplish this goal, and as long as I stick to my meal plan, I will accomplish it!

The weight has been coming off because I have been pretty strict with my diet this month. My Church started our yearly fast of no sugar or processed foods. And then my trainer decided to start having monthly challenges. This month he said no fast food, junk food, and at least 80 oz. of water per day. So if I didn’t lose weight this month, something was wrong lol. This reminds me of the challenge I gave myself called Just Say No (read it here). I did that challenge back in December 2017 and it was the most weight I lost in a month because I said NO to all of my cravings! It was really hard, but it showed me that I could actually stick to something for a whole month!!

My goal for February is to lose 8 lbs!! I pray this is possible because the rumor is that the closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it is to lose the weight! So we will see if it is true, because I will be knocking on the door of 160 lbs. pretty soon!

As always thanks for reading!! Have a great day!

Malisa – Quarter 1 Goals

This year I have decided to break my year into quarters. It should be much easier for my brain to focus on 3 months rather than the entire year and this way I can alter my goals as needed. For quarter 1 of the year (January – March), I have given myself a hefty goal of losing 30 pounds! Even typing it seems overwhelming!

I know that this is a large goal but I am determined to lose the 30 pounds that I gained over 2018. If you recall, I finally hit my first major weight loss goal around March/April, only to regain 30 pounds throughout the rest of the year. My mental health suffered tremendously throughout this time and the cycle of continuously gaining and losing the same weight was exhausting and too much for me to tackle at the time. I decided to get serious about my mental health in November/December of 2018 and January 1, I finally felt strong enough to set a weight loss goal for myself!

Since January 1, 2019, I have lost 7 pounds! I am thrilled. I know that the weight will come off slower as I continue but I am going to enjoy losing these pounds quickly right now! I listed the following attributes to help me achieve my Q1 goal of 30 pounds:

  • Drink at least 80 ounces of water per day
  • Take multivitamin and vitamin D daily
  • Workout at least 4 days per week
  • Sleep at least 7 hours per night

For the most part, I have been able to keep my daily goals and my waistline is paying off! I will be sure to keep you all updated on how I do throughout these 3 months with my weight loss goals. I am hoping to report that I am 199 on April 1st. I believe that if I stay focused for the next three months, I will surprise myself and exceed my goals!

Did you make any goals for the first of the year? How do you plan on staying on track?

Jasmine: Goals for 2019

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   A new year has started, so of course it is time to write down some new goals and a plan that will help me accomplish those goals!! My major goal for 2019 is to lose 30 lbs!! But since I am probably going to accomplish this goal by the halfway point of 2019, my other weight loss goal is to maintain my weight loss and tone up. So here is my plan that will help to ensure I accomplish my goals!

1.) Workout 4 X’s a week
This has been something I have wanted to do since I started my journey, but it just never seemed it happen lol. I always came up with an excuse to not get to the gym that 4th day. This year will be a little different though because instead of working out with my trainer 3 X’s a week, I will only go twice a week. So that means I will have to workout on my own the other two times a week. I HATE working out by myself lol. But I will just have to get used to it. I will probably get to a cycling class at least once a week if I can.

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2.) Drink at least 80 oz. per day
I really let my water intake go down by the wayside last year. To be honest, drinking water feels like a second job lol. But this year I will make more of an effort to get all the water I need.

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3.) Send all of my meals to my trainer
Ok, so one of the rules my trainer has is that we must send him a picture of all of our meals that we eat each day. I hate doing it. And to be honest a lot of times I did not send him everything because I know I shouldn’t be eating it, and I hate feeling like I am getting judged for it lol. But I know why he wants us to do it, and it really does help because a lot of times I won’t eat something I shouldn’t because I don’t want to send him a picture lol. So this year I am committing to sending my trainer a picture of everything I eat; the good and the bad!

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4.) Run a 10 min. mile
I am pretty close to achieving this! Just last week, I ran a mile in 11 minutes and 30 seconds!! I’m not sure how to keep shaving time off of my run, but I will continue to push it each time I get on that treadmill.

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By sticking to this plan, I should see these pounds fall off in no time!

 

Other goals I have for this year that have nothing to do with weight loss are:
-Reading my Bible daily!
-Paying off my student loans by the end of this year! (I am so excited about this, I will be sharing my progress with my student loan debt in a future post).
-Start saving for a home! (after student loans are done).

What are some goals you have for the new year, and how do you plan on accomplishing them?

Worry-Free 2019

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Each new year, I pick a word and focus on growing in that area. For 2017, my word was consistency. Even though I have fallen off the bandwagon many times, I have been consistent with working out with my trainer for at least two days a week. In 2018, my word was boundaries (I later added balance) and I made it my business to create certain boundaries with people in my life. Truthfully, I am still working on balance but I am doing much better than I was this time last year!

For 2019, I will focus on being worry-free! This past year worry has consumed almost my every thought. I have worried more about things I have no control over and as a follower of Christ, it goes against everything I say that I believe in. As the saying goes, “If you’re going to worry, don’t pray and if you’re going to pray, don’t worry!” It’s just a fancy way of reminding Christians that God handles everything for us and when we worry, we are really saying that we do not trust God. Ouch! Typing that hurt.

I profess that God fights my battles almost daily but secretly my heart is filled with complete grief and worry. I will NOT bring my negative thinking into 2019. Worry will no longer consume my thoughts and I will allow God to take the driver’s seat in my life. He can handle my life much better than I can!

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I will meditate on Matthew 6:24-34. In this passage, Jesus teaches his followers to not worry about the day to day things of this world, such as what they will eat, drink or wear. He gave an example about how the flowers of the field do not worry about how they look and yet God dressed them beautifully!If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? – Matthew 6:30. He closes the passage by telling the people to first seek the kingdom AND his righteousness, and all these things will be given to them. He then commands them not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself and each day has enough trouble of its own! – Matthew 6:33-34

The last few scriptures are a mouth full! Basically, Jesus is telling me as His follower that I have little faith because I continue to worry and I am worrying so much because I am not seeking the kingdom first. Yeah…that stung. But that was the old me. This new, older,  wiser, more vibrant, full of faith, 2019 Malisa will lean on God more and worry less.

So cheers to 2019! It will be worry-free for me!

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What goals and aspirations are you working on for the new year?

Jasmine: End of Year Review

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  Can’t believe 2018 is coming to a close. This year has literally flown by! But before I am totally done with 2018, I wanted to look back on some gains and losses that I have encountered this year.

1.) I completed my first 5k!

  The Great Inflatable Race was a great introduction to the world of 5K races! I look forward to running in one that is more competitive in 2019.
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2.) I got down to 175 lbs!

3.) I am now back up to 188!

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  Yea I know, that sucks a lot! I should have tapped in to more self-control, but the holidays, vacation and me just liking to eat got in the way lol. To be honest, I have finally come to terms with my weight gain and I am ready for a fresh start in the new year. I know I will see my goal weight of 160 by the halfway mark of 2019. 

4.) I ran a mile in under 12 minutes!

 
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  This is probably what I am most proud of this year! When I first started working out with my trainer, it took me almost 20 minutes to get a mile done! A major goal of mine is to run a 10 minute mile. I am well on my way to accomplishing that!
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5.) Bought my first size 12 dress!

   This picture definitely makes me look waay smaller than I actually am, but  when I went to try on this dress I went for a size 14 first, I noticed that it was a little loose, so I said hey why not try a size 12. I was pretty surprised when the zipper slid up oh so smoothly lol.
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6.) Vacationed in Dubai!

   Visiting Dubai would have definitely been in my highlight reel of 2018. Malisa and I had such a good time there! We are still planning on sharing a post of our trip in Dubai, to give some tips and tricks!
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   Looking back, I know I could have done a lot better with my weight loss this year, but the past is behind me and I am looking forward to 2019. I am feeling more determined than ever to get these last 30 pounds off. I know it will happen, I just need to maintain self-control when it comes to my eating, and maintain discipline when it comes to working out! All in all, I had more gains than losses this year and for that I am grateful!

Happy New Year!

Overall Health

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2018 has been very interesting for me. There have been many, many good times – promotion, Dubai (maybe we will write a post on this soon), new car, met many great people, etc. But it has also been a year of STRUGGLE regarding my overall health.

I hit my first major goal weight towards the beginning of the year (if you missed it, read here) and ever since, I gained some weight back and have been bouncing between 210 – 230 pounds. I would lose a lot and then gain a little or just gain and “not really care”. My fitness journey for 2018 has been rough and up until a few months ago, I just didn’t understand why.

I realized that I had let my mental health go by the wayside. I was constantly on the go and wasn’t taking the time I needed to mentally heal after disappointments, stress or just the day-to-days of life. I secretly started to hate working out, seeing my trainer’s face (hopefully he never reads this), healthy foods and ultimately myself for the repetitive cycle of losing and gaining the same weight. I started to become ungrateful for things I once enjoyed, like my job, and with the holidays approaching it was only getting worse. I have this disgusting habit of allowing the holidays to get me down. Instead of being grateful for family, friends and life, I self-sabotaged my joy by focusing on what I don’t have and believed I “deserved” by the end of the year.

After my last breakdown at my trainer’s house a few weeks ago, I knew seeing a therapist/counselor was no longer an option. I made the call with the support of Jasmine and made an appointment. The first appointment was strange to me, but it was good to speak with someone who didn’t know me and could give me insight on what I was going through and tools to overcome it. I had my second appointment this week and I feel “light” if that makes sense. The stresses of my mind have calmed down and I even enjoyed working out and making healthy food choices yesterday! I feel as if I am back in control of my mental and I know that everything (but my weight) can only go up from here!

I have to decided to continue seeing the counselor almost monthly to maintain my mental health. I encourage anyone who feels as if life has been overwhelming to seek help before it becomes too late and you’re so far down the hole that you don’t know how you will escape. After only two visits, I feel much better and I am excited about what my future holds. I believe that once your mental is in order, everything else will follow!

It’s also important to take your vitamins, get enough rest, workout, eat right and laugh to maintain your overall health. Be sure to add all of those things to your list of to-dos and let’s commit to being our overall best selves!!!

I Still Hate Working Out

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I hate to admit it, but I hate working out! I know that is weird to say considering we created a faith and fitness blog, but it’s the truth. I don’t look forward to an hour of exercising every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday! The best part of the workout for me is when it’s over lol. So hopefully I have proven my point, that I hate working out lol. But one thing that this weight loss journey has taught me is that discipline outweighs motivation. On rare occasions I can muster up the motivation and get pumped for my workout, but most of the time I am banking on my discipline to get me through it. I am committed to this lifestyle now, and that will carry me on when motivation is nowhere to be found.

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DISCIPLINE: A way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders.

This reminds me of my favorite scripture that I have meditated on throughout this journey. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening- it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way (Hebrews 12:11). As I shared in the Journey is Beautiful blog post, that the journey to lose this weight is hard and gruesome at times, but the journey to get there will always be beautiful! I can relate with this scripture in more ways than one! Like having discipline is not pleasant; sometimes (OK most of the time lol) I want to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. But I know that my discipline now will only get me closer to my goals; with each NO I give to unhealthy food I am saying YES to a healthy body! So for anyone out there that hasn’t jumped on this train of living a healthier lifestyle because you don’t enjoy working out, hopefully this post proves that it just isn’t a good enough excuse anymore! Yea I hate working out now, but I’m pretty sure that I will grow to love it (hopefully sooner than later) because I will have to do it for the rest of my life.

 

UPDATE: I actually wrote this blog post almost a year ago and I never posted it! I actually look forward to working out now! Never thought I would see that day, but I don’t hate working out (as much) anymore!!

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As always we would love to hear from you! How do you push yourself to go work out when you just don’t  feel like it?!! 

Our First 5K

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In April, Jasmine had the bright idea of us participating in our very first 5K… I was a tad bit nervous because I wasn’t as fit then but we both agreed that we would be ready by the time the race came around…

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Well it came around in November and to be honest, I didn’t feel any more prepared than the day that I was forced to sign up. We participated in “The Great Inflatable Race” which was perfect because it was filled with just enough fun to keep me going! At the beginning of the race, there was a massive inflatable slide. To get to the top you had to climb high and by the looks of everyone that went before us, it didn’t look easy! It was a wet/muddy day because it rained the day before but we didn’t allow the mud to stop our fun! Jasmine, her co-workers and myself thankfully got up the slide and back down without any problems.

 

 

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The object of the “race” is to run in between each inflatable and there were a total of approximately 10. Each inflatable came with its own challenges and they were a workout all on their own. I remember inflatables on the course very vividly – one because as I was trying to keep my balance, I fell and a kid yelled out “Hurry Up!” as I struggled to get up again. The other is memorable because Jasmine literally KICKED ME IN THE FACE! It was horrible in the moment, and I will probably never allow her to live it down, but after we scrubbed the muddy shoeprint off of my face, we continued with the course. Notice the shoe print on my left eye in the photo below:

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The course ended with a slide that was taller than the first and since my legs felt like Jello, it was much harder than the first but we all got through it!

Jasmine is currently preparing for the Rugged Maniac Race. She is very ambitious and I am super proud of her. I told her that I might be there to cheer her on but I refuse to volunteer to crawl through mud… It’s just not how I roll.

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Do you have any first 5K stories or care to share any of your race tips? We would love to hear from you!

Non-Food Rewards

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  Since I am only 20 pounds away from goal weight, I have been thinking about how I will reward myself. I was supposed to reward myself once I got to 199 lbs. but I’m not sure why I never made it happen. But I will definitely be rewarding myself once I see 160 lbs!! Before I got serious on this weight loss journey, I use to reward myself with food anytime I would lose like 10 lbs (I know ridiculous lol)!!! Unfortunately, that reward would usually lead me to binge eating junk food for a whole week and gain back the weight I was rewarding myself for losing lol!! So instead of rewarding myself with food, I will reward myself with activities that I have always wanted to try or items that I want. Here is a list of my ideas that would make great non-food rewards:

1.) Horseback Riding

2.) Fashion Nova jeans

3.) Go on a Shopping Spree

4.) Buy a new workout outfit

5.) Buy a more expensive sports bra

6.) Buy a new pair of workout shoes

7.) Get a massage

8.) Book a Professional Photoshoot

9.) Buy that new electronic gadget, you have been eyeing!

Now of course I will not be rewarding myself with everything on this list, but just wanted to give some ideas for whenever you guys start thinking about rewards for yourself. As for me, I think I will reward myself with a shopping spree which includes the Fashion Nova Jeans because I really haven’t bought any new clothes since I have lost the 60 lbs. I will also possibly go horseback riding!!

What do you reward yourself with when you reach goals??

Last 100 Days

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I cannot believe that we are less than 100 days away from 2019!

Am I the only one that is still having a hard time accepting that it is currently 2018 and now I have to prepare for the next year? I feel as if I just turned 16 yesterday and I am wondering why each year keeps passing me by so quickly.

To summarize my feelings about the end of the year again, I would say that I AM NOT READY! There are still many goals that I want to achieve before the year is out and I have decided that now with less than 100 days left, it is the perfect time to start them.

My first remaining goal of 2018 is to get back to my first major goal weight of 199. I have been in an all out battle with myself to lose and keep off these 15/20 pounds for the past 6 months! I have gotten down to 207 and then creep back to 215. To be honest it is exhausting and with less than 100 days left, it is time for me to tackle this goal for the last time. I CANNOT start 2019 off weighing more than 200 pounds! I need to come up with some type of plan that I can stick with in order to shed the weight. If I lose at least 2 pounds per week, I will hit my goal weight very soon. But with Halloween candy, Thanksgiving cakes, pies and macaroni, Christmas red velvet cake and the Salted Caramel lattes from Starbucks this won’t be an easy task!

I also want to start cooking again. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know that with the job I have, we eat with our clients at the hotel restaurant almost every day for lunch. I used to be very disciplined and only eat salad everyday but as of lately salads have been the last thing on my mind. I have decided that since I no longer have any discipline that I need to cook my meals each day for lunch and dinner.  I am hoping that this will help me get back to my weight loss goal as well.

Matters

My last goal for 2018 is getting rid of all unnecessary debt: credit card, braces and cell phone.  A few months ago, my credit card balance was over $2,000. I was disgusted by how I allowed my balance to creep back up in the thousands but because I wasn’t budgeting, I didn’t know how much money was coming in versus how much money I was tossing out the window. I downloaded the “Every Dollar” app and have been trying my best to budget for the last few months. Even though budgeting can be annoying, it definitely has its advantages. I was able to see that I actually spend $200 each month on gas for my car instead of $100 and I noticed that I was spending money on things that were not necessities. I cleaned up my frivolous spending and started tackling my credit card. I am happy to say that I only have approximately $250 left to pay as of today and my braces and cell phone can be paid off by my next check!

Setting end of the year goals are important to ensure that we finish the end of the year well. It is time to get focused!

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What are you do with your last 100 days of this year?

JASMINE: 9/26/18

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Highest weight: 237

Current weight: 187/178.4

Total Weight Lost: 58.6 lbs!!!

Measurements

R arm: 15//13.5//12.5

Waist: 37//35//32

BMI: 39.3//33.1//31.1

Body Fat: 41.6//36//33.2

It has taken me majority of this year to get out of the 180’s, but it finally happened! My goal weight for right now is 160-165 lbs. and I am soo close!! Not only am I happy about my weight going down, but look at those inches!! I am finally starting to notice a difference in my arms and my stomach!! I can’t wait to see how my body looks by the end of the year! These last 10 pounds that I have lost since my last weigh-in was really a struggle. I have not been on this journey mentally, but once I did that 2 week challenge and I finally started to lose some weight, it put the fire back in me to get it done! I was becoming too relaxed in what I was allowing myself to eat! But once I started to tell myself NO to certain foods, the weight started to drop!

Now lets talk about this before and after picture!! When I put those pics side by side I could have literally cried! When I look in the mirror I think I still see how I looked in my before picture! It boggles my mind that I have lost this much weight! At one point this was only a dream, like at one point I could only see who I am today when I closed my eyes! But now it is my reality and I am feeling truly blessed! I’m not done yet, but I am just grateful for where I am right now! This journey has shown me how to lean on God more than ever! It has taught me how to fight my flesh in more ways than one! What I have done and what I am doing now will impact my bloodline for generations to come! The system I was so used to being apart of when it came to my health has been changed forever! The cycle that I have lived in for years have been broken and it definitely was not because of me alone. God will continuously get the glory out of not only this journey, but my life!!

GOALS for October:

  • I would like to be 170 at the end of the month! I am going to try my hardest to get there, but my birthday falls in this month as well as my vacation!
  • I am going to try and eat only my home cooked meals for the month except for my birthday and my vacation at the end of the month!

Avocado Scramble

This week Malisa is sharing one of her new recipes that she made for herself a few months ago. It is pretty easy to make and tastes better than she thought! See the quick recipe below:

Ingredients:

3 Large Avocados

Onion

Red, orange and green bell peppers

4 Eggs

Cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut 1/2 of an onion and 1/2 of all of the bell peppers

Scramble eggs and season to taste

Cut avocados in half and scoop out some of the filling

Stuff avocados with onions, bell peppers, eggs and cheese

Place in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes depending on how fast your oven cooks

Allow to cool and eat!

How you ever made a version of this dish? What toppings did you put in the avocados?

I Don’t Count Calories Anymore!

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  I had to stop counting calories, it was stressing me out. I know it probably sounds crazy, but if I saw that I had 200 calories to eat for the rest of the day, I would become slightly depressed lol. I felt like it just took up too much time to put in EVERY SINGLE THING that I ate in a day!  And besides, I knew that I did not want to count calories for the rest of my life, so it was just inevitable that I would discontinue my relationship with MyFitness Pal (calorie counting app). Now don’t get me wrong, I think counting calories is imperative in your weight loss journey, especially at the beginning!! I had no idea how many calories I was eating in a day, or how many calories were in my favorite foods. And once I started using MyFitness Pal, I could finally start to see exactly why I was overweight! Counting calories have helped me to gain a better understanding of the calories I was eating and how much I should eat to lose weight. But since I gained that understanding, it has been easy to get rid of all my calorie counting apps and just eat, without putting as much thought into it.

  I no longer suffer as much from guilt that came from going over my recommended calories for a certain meal. One thing the app did was whenever you exercised it would add those calories you burned by working out to the calories you could eat. So for example, If I had 300 calories left to eat for the day and then I just burned 200 calories on the treadmill, once I added that workout to the app, I could now eat 500 calories for the rest of the day. And you guessed it, instead of having the caloric deficit I would happily eat those 200 extra calories lol. So now instead of eating those calories, I maintain my caloric deficit leading to more weight loss. I don’t ignore my hunger cues anymore; when I used to count calories I would be hungry, but choose not to eat because I didn’t have enough calories for it, which lead me to overeating whenever I did eat because I was starving at that point.

  Not counting calories has helped me to look at my diet as a whole; instead of just focusing on calories, I can now focus on the nutrients I should be getting from my food because a balanced diet is key! I am happy to say that I lost these last 50 lbs. by not counting a single calorie!!! So instead of counting calories, my trainer has me send him a picture of all of my meals. I believe this has helped me the most! The fact that someone is seeing what I eat, holds me accountable to eating healthy MAJORITY of the time lol. I still look at the nutrition label to check and see how many calories are in the foods I eat because that is still important, I just took away the negative feeling that came along with it whenever I tracked everything! I say all of this to say, do what works for you! There are a lot of people who lose weight by calorie tracking their entire journey and there are some that choose not to! It’s best to figure out what is best for your lifestyle and stick with it! Because at the end of the day, whatever you can be consistent with will get you the furthest on this journey!

  Now when or if I hit a plateau trying to lose these last 20-30 lbs. I will go back to counting calories just to see if I need to make any changes to how I am eating, but until then I will enjoy this freedom lol.

 

Is counting calories a part of your journey? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not?

Lose to Gain More at SunTrust Park

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Last Friday, the Lose to Gain More sisters attended their first Braves game in the new SunTrust stadium. We live in Atlanta and watched the stadium being built so we were excited to finally attend (we do realize that it has been open for a while and that we were late).

 

We associate all sporting events with food so naturally we wanted hot dogs, nachos, burgers and cheese fries.  BUT NOT THIS TIME. Since we are both still trying to lose weight, we agreed that we would eat a snack before we got there and get a healthy meal after the game.

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To be honest, it was rough not ordering food at the game because we were both extremely hungry. The smell of buttered popcorn and hot dogs hit us as soon as we entered the stadium. They even had Dippin’ Dots in little baseball caps (it was so cute) but I am happy to say that we stuck with the plan! We didn’t even buy water during the game and went to one of my favorite restaurants called Yard House afterwards.

Jasmine ordered a chipotle chicken, baja fish, and baja shrimp taco and instead of the tortilla shells she got lettuce boats! She definitely could have gotten away with getting just two, but they were very delicious and spicy!! Probably not the healthiest but she thought she was doing something with those lettuce boats lol!! 

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And I reluctantly ordered a chicken caesar salad (If you have ever been to this place, you know why I really wanted a burger – they are nothing short of amazing!). This was my first time ordering a salad from here and I will do it again. I have absolutely no complaints.

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Overall, we had such a good time! I had no idea that I enjoyed baseball so much! I will definitely go to a Braves game again and visit Battery Park (the area around the Braves stadium) many more times. The food was good, the vibe was nice and since they had a DJ, we danced before heading home.

 

It was an inexpensive activity. We purchased the $21 tickets on the third level, parking was $20 in a nearby lot (we had two walk two or three long blocks to and from the stadium) and the average price for food at the restaurant was approximately $15. So in total we spent about $40 a piece to watch a professional game and enjoy a meal (try doing that at the new Mercedes-Benz stadium where the Atlanta Falcons play). Oh and spending time with your sister is absolutely PRICELESS! Our only complaint is that you can’t ride the MARTA train all the way to the game. It would have been nice to not worry about driving AND we would have saved money on gas and parking.

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So if you live in the Atlanta area or will be visiting soon during baseball season, add SunTrust Park to one of your places to visit. You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

Week 2 – We Made It!

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Ahhh. The 2-Week Challenge is FINALLY OVER! But before Malisa runs to Chick-fil-A for #1 with a lemonade, let’s discuss how we wrapped up the rest of the challenge!

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This challenge definitely turned out to be harder than what I expected! But it was definitely the push I needed to get me closer to my goals! For the first half of the year, I was at a standstill when it came to weight loss. I basically have remained the same weight for the past 3-4 months. I would lose a pound or two and when the weekend would get here, I would throw all of that progress in the trash! So this 2 week challenge forced me to eat well on the weekends so I could maintain the loss I made during the week!! Weekends are like my kryptonite… weekends and good food just go hand in hand lol. So this past weekend was no different! Friday I was off from work, and I was out running errands all day and forgot to eat breakfast! Wendy’s 4 for $4 definitely crossed my mind lol! But instead I went into Walmart and bought me some pineapple and a rotisserie chicken and ate it in the car! That was definitely a victory for me because I decided to use self-control and tell myself NO instead of just giving in to the craving as usual!

Then on Sunday after church, Malisa and I decided to do a little shopping for our trip coming up in October! Probably wasn’t the best idea because we were STARVING! The mall and hunger shouldn’t be put together because it usually doesn’t end well! But thankfully this one did, we decided to just eat at home instead of eating out! We were definitely proud of ourselves for doing that not just because of this challenge, but also because we saved some money too!! When the option of fast food is taken off of the table, it causes us to prepare in advance for the times we are starving and have no regard for eating healthy.

The water only part of the challenge was probably the easiest for me this week even though on Sunday I did forget and had a sip of lemonade. But I remembered the challenge as soon as I took the sip lol. All in all, this challenge was a success for me and definitely needed to get this weight going down again!!

Malisa

You all have no idea how excited I am now that the two-week challenge is over… I mean, that was seriously the longest two weeks of my life! Not only, did I want to eat at EVERY fast food restaurant that I passed (even McDonald’s looked appetizing and I haven’t eaten there in years) but it seemed as if water wasn’t available. Everywhere I went, there was only juice and to be honest, I forgot a few times but it was after only a sip. Luckily, I was able to work out three times last week and I pushed myself to go a tad bit harder during each workout. During my dance class, I pushed myself to get back up and keep going when I fell down on the ground while learning how to do a turn. I pushed myself to complete a mile on the elliptical in under 9 minutes, which I achieved with about one minute to spare AND I didn’t even sneak a french fry!

Now even though I kept the rules of the challenges, I did notice that I could have eaten better meals and snacks. My sweet tooth was extra aggressive last week and I gave in a few times. My salt cravings were more frequent than normal and I do remember eating a few bags of chips. So this week, I am doing a personal challenge to not eat chips and limit my sweets. I am sure that the cravings will try and take over but this is something that I need to do in order to break the hold that sweets currently have over me.

Overall, even though I struggled during the first week, I am really glad that Jasmine came up with the challenge and that I pushed through to the end. I am learning that when it comes to weight loss, if I am knocked down I cannot stay there too long and I must get back up and finish the race!

We hope that this challenge has inspired you to get moving and change some of your eating habits for the better. Thank you to everyone who joined us! We hope that you noticed at least one health benefit and will continue to incorporate at least one aspect from the challenge with you forever!

If you missed how we did during Week 1 of the challenge, click here.

Week 1 Check-In: How Did We Do?

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We are currently in week 2 of the 2-Week Challenge and it’s time to check in and let you all know how well (or not) that we did during the first week. If you have stumbled along the way, it is perfectly okay. Just pick yourself back up and finish strong!

Malisa

One word to describe my week 1 of the challenge is – FAIL

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I cannot believe that I struggled so much because I thought that the challenge would be somewhat easy for me! I normally only drink water. I have been working out at least three times a week for almost a year and I should be able to avoid fast food for at least two weeks. I should be writing about how well I did and encouraging you all to keep pushing but I believe that my transparency will benefit you more.

To start, I had a rough week. Now, I am not looking for a pass but it was stressful around the office. By Friday, I was ready to escape the workplace and have a good time while drinking wine with my friends. Well I did just that on Friday and Sunday and didn’t remember the challenge until I was over halfway finished with both glasses!

I missed my Monday workout because my body would not get out of bed for dance class. I have scheduled workouts with my trainer every Tuesday and Thursday and I made those but I failed to get another real workout in during the week. My plan was to workout on Wednesday but I just didn’t make it.

If we don’t count the three fries that I ate from my work bestie’s Chick-fil-A bag, then this is the only part of the challenge that I stuck with! It is quite pathetic that I couldn’t completely keep the challenge. I was sad about it on Sunday but decided that I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED during week 2! It is a few days into week 2 and I am right on track! I have already worked out twice and have another personal training session scheduled for Thursday. I am also planning to work out tomorrow to make up for that day I missed last week! No matter how intense things get this week, I am sticking with my water and I am currently blind to all of the fast food restaurants that I pass on the daily.

Pray for me as I finish strong!

Jasmine

The first week of the challenge went pretty well!! I stuck to all of the guidelines, so I didn’t eat any fast food, I only drunk water, and I worked out 3 times last week! The hardest part for me was definitely drinking only water! I have really been craving a Gatorade, but I was able to not give in to those cravings!!

This week is going by pretty fast! I can’t believe it is Wednesday already! I have already gotten 2 workouts in, so only one more to go!! This challenge is definitely something that I needed to keep me progressing on this journey! I have been at a standstill with my weight for a minute now, so I’m glad to see the scale FINALLY moving again!!

Now tell us, How did you do during week 1? What part of the challenge was the hardest for you? We hope to hear from you and that you complete the challenge. Remember, if you stumble, just pick yourself back up again and KEEP GOING!

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How To Recover/Avoid Caffeine Withdrawal

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 I hate to admit it, but when I drink coffee it must taste like candy lol! So now, I absolutely CANNOT drink coffee or I would not lose any weight because it has to have mounds of sugar and cream in order for me to even think about sipping it! Coffee and Coke can cause you to become dependent on caffeine. I know many people who can’t get their day started without a Coke. Before I became committed to this journey, I believed I could not eat dinner without a Coke and we all know how much sugar is added to that! If you are on this two week challenge with us and you are experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms or you just want to stop your dependence on caffeine, here are a few tips!!200

How to recover from Caffeine Withdrawals:

The most common symptoms of caffeine withdrawal are headaches, fatigue, irritability, drowsiness.

  • Take pain relievers (if you are trying to stop caffeine cold turkey avoid pain relievers such as Excedrin because it includes caffeine).
  • Get enough sleep (combats fatigue and grogginess).
  • Drink Water (helps to relieve headaches)
  • Workout (naturally gives a boost of energy first thing in the morning)

If you are just trying to stop your dependence on caffeine, but not stopping caffeine altogether, the best thing to stop caffeine withdrawal symptoms is to get more caffeine!! I know that’s crazy right! 

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  How To avoid Caffeine Withdrawals:

If you noticed that you are dependent on caffeine and you want to avoid caffeine withdrawal symptoms all together, the best thing to do is slowly decrease your caffeine intake. This ensures that your body gets used to not having caffeine instead of just stopping cold turkey! So for example, if you are used to drinking 3 cups of coffee per day, drop it down to 2 cups per day and then eventually no coffee! You could also try reducing the caffeine content by switching to half caf, then to tea and then finally switching to decaf coffee!!

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Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think drinking coffee or coke is just awful. I just hate being dependent on ANYTHING (except God of course)! And if you are on this weight loss journey with us, it can definitely hinder your progress; not due to the coffee in general, but definitely because of what is added to it (sugar, creamer). But if you can do without sugar or creamer in your coffee, black coffee has many health benefits!

2 Week Challenge

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Our next challenge starts on Monday, August 13th (HOW EXCITING)!

We have been planning to begin another challenge for over a month now and we are happy to say that it is finally here and we really do appreciate everyone who has asked about the details!

Challenge Rules

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You probably noticed that we didn’t put a lot of restrictions on what type of food you can eat but we encourage you to cook as much food as possible and not to eat anything from a package (i.e. chips, cooks, etc.). We are going grocery shopping this weekend to prepare for Monday and we thought it would be helpful to share our grocery list and some possible meal ideas for the next two weeks!

Grocery List
Chicken breasts
Rotisserie chicken
Lettuce
Bananas
Apples
Grapefruit
Squash
Zucchini
Onions
Bell peppers
Tuna
Shrimp
Salmon
Chickpeas
Broccoli
Green Beans
Eggs
Protein Powder
Grapes
Strawberries
Frozen Fruit
Avocados
Turkey bacon
Oats

Breakfast
Overnight oats  – Click here for our recipe
Scrambled eggs with turkey bacon
Avocado and eggs
Egg whites
Egg muffins

Lunch & Dinner
Salad with chicken breast
Chicken and Vegetable medley
Tuna
Chicken salad
Protein shake
Salmon and broccoli
Rotisserie Chicken with vegetables

Snack
Apples with peanut butter
Yogurt
Hummus with vegetables
Fruit Salad
Bananas

Please be mindful of your own restrictions. Certain health issues, may hinder you from following everything but we challenge you to make healthy decisions for the next two weeks.

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We hope that it helps and that you join us!
Let us know if you have any questions!

A Quick Guide to a Healthy & Happy 4th of July

Workout if You Can

This morning Jasmine and I were able to get a good workout in before Jasmine heads off to work and I begin cooking for the holiday. If your trainer is not as amazing as ours or if your gym is not open, try to get in a run/walk before the day’s festivities begin!

Play with the Children

Hopefully you have a few children (or adults who act like children) who you can play with today. Children will have you working out without you even realizing it and it’s a great way to keep yourself young!

Choose One Carb

Now this is hard for me and I am not 100% sure if I will stick with it BUT I will give it a try and you should too. For me, carbs (specifically sweets) are my weakness. If you can, choose to eat your favorite carb instead of everything at the cookout. For example, if you eat mac and cheese, skip the dessert. If you rather have the dessert, skip the dinner roll. It’s all about balance which I am still learning!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Today in Geogia it is HOT! Almost 90 degrees. It is important for us to hydrate so that our bodies do not overheat and filling up on water will help you feel full and eat less.

We hope that you enjoy your day and wake up tomorrow with no health journey regrets!

30 Things I Have Learned in 30 Years

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NEXT WEEK I WILL CELEBRATE MY 31st BIRTHDAY!!!

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MY Birthday is a really big, super, huge, enormous deal to me. I plan an event/outing with my closest girlfriends each year and I do little things to celebrate throughout the entire month of July. Oh… and I usually act like this (HeHe):

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Since it’s my birthday and I have a few years of life experience, I decided to share 30 things that I have learned within my 30 years.

Happy Reading!

  1. God is always good
  2. Consistency TRULY is key
  3. You only get 1 Mama treat her right
  4. Siblings are the best gift you’ll ever receive from you parents
  5. Trouble don’t last always
  6. Education does not equal intelligence
  7. God speaks to me, and if I listen for His voice, I will hear him
  8. I am exactly where God wants me to be
  9. Life gets better with age
  10. Mistakes are inevitable
  11. Pity parties should last no more than 10 minutes
  12. PMS is real
  13. Not everyone living a fabulous social media life is happy
  14. Waiting until marriage for sex was the best decision of my life
  15. I must cultivate relationships. If I am not intentional and leave them on autopilot they will die
  16. Shea butter is not lotion
  17. Feelings are temporary
  18. I don’t have to have the last word
  19. I must stay in my own lane and mind my business!
  20. Love is an action
  21. There is absolutely nothing wrong with therapy
  22. God is with me wherever you go
  23. I wasn’t married by 30 and I am still alive
  24. It is mandatory that I celebrate other people’s successes. My time is coming soon!
  25. My body is over 30…treat it as such!
  26. Daily vitamins are a necessity
  27. It is okay to accept help from others
  28. I can learn from anyone – no matter their age
  29. My purpose is to be a light in a dark place
  30. Don’t wait for a certain life event to start living. God wants me to live now!!!
Bonus – MY life is MY journey and I must live it MY way with God’s guidance.

What helpful tips have you learned along your way?

30 Day Challenge Complete

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I am super happy to say that I made it on the other side of the challenge!! And to be honest, I didn’t stay on track as much as I wanted to because of I guess life lol! But all in all, I think I accomplished what I wanted to! This was a great kick start to getting these 30 pounds off! This challenge got me used to meal prepping again and just preparing in general! If you guys remember from my last post, I went to the Pinky Promise Conference this past week and I tried to prepare as much as possible for it, but the fact that I wasn’t home and the sessions lasted all day made it pretty hard to stay on track eating wise. But I still tried to make healthier decisions when I could, except for the stop at Gus’ Fried Chicken (please no judgement here lol, I mean that is where the group decided to go, what was I supposed to do lol?!!)

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Pinky Promise Conference 2018

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These past two weeks I have been pretty busy and I just didn’t have time to meal prep all of my meals so there were a lot of protein smoothies, chicken salads and fruit!

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Grilled Chicken Salad
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Smoothie bowl w/ strawberries, granola and chia seeds

As always, thanks for reading guys!!

Gaining Faith

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Faith is one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp as a disciple of Christ. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have faith in everything that I CAN see but I have to muster up my faith for those things that “feel” like miracles. It is always easy for me to believe when I have seen God do something for me before. For example, I recently received a promotion. I had faith (it may have been somewhat shaky at times) but I KNEW that God would take care of me in that situation because He had done it before. Now this does not mean that God just gave me what I wanted in previous situations. In fact, He did the exact opposite of what my heart truly desired. I wanted a promotion at my previous job and instead of giving me that promotion, He sent me to my current organization a few months later that paid me $8,000 more than the promotion would have given me and I got an increase of $13,000 overall.

Now when it came to my recent promotion, I put in the work and practiced interview questions, bought a new interview dress and “ate my Wheaties” that morning but left everything in God’s hands. I prayed and said that I ultimately wanted what God wanted for me because I knew that His plans were greater than mine! Because God’s ways are greater than mine and I did not receive the promotion at my previous job, my salary has increased by almost $30,000 in less than 3 years. AND the person who received the job at my previous organization was looking for employment because his position was dissolved right before Christmas. This is not the first time that God shielded me from a layoff but for the sake of this post, I will stop there. I serve a Good Good Father!

Now time for a little transparency. When it comes to a loving relationship that leads to marriage my faith is not so strong. I have to pray and ask God to increase my faith in this area because even though I believe that God told me that I will be a wife and a mother, the enemy loves to have a field day with my mind! Years ago, the enemy would set me up for daily disappointments by making me think that every man that I saw without a ring would be my husband. Obviously, that is not the way this whole marriage thing works. The enemy would also fill my imagination with dates and intimate moments with men that I have never even said hello to (No judgement please). 

It got to the point where I had to say that enough was enough and wholeheartedly bring God into my non-existent relationship status. I have to hold onto God’s promises and when I feel my faith dwindling, pray and ask Him to restore me! When it comes to things that we have yet to see, all we have are God’s promises. Even though I am single and do not see a potential in sight, I have to trust what God told me and remember how faith is described in His word: “Now faith is the thing hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)

I NEED faith for what I cannot see!

As I move through life, I must continue to build my faith by drawing near to the Lord. He is the only one who can sustain me, fill me and give me the desires of my heart! I must remember that ” But without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) and pleasing God is all I really want to do!

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30 Day Challenge: 2 Week Recap

 

I can’t believe the challenge is halfway over!! Just wanted to update you guys on how it has been going so far and what I have been eating!!

 

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Week 1 Meal Plan:

Breakfast: eggs w/ avocado; overnight oats
Lunch: Taco salad w/ ground turkey
Dinner: Shrimp and broccoli
Snacks: apples w/peanut butter; clementines; bananas

 

 

Week 2 Meal Plan:

Breakfast: eggs w/ avocado; overnight oats
Lunch: Chicken Salad
Dinner: Honey Garlic Salmon and green beans
Snacks: Grapefruit; smart popcorn; bananas; apples

 

 

So this challenge has been going pretty good; I have not been on plan 100%, but I will grade myself with a 96% for these two weeks, which is awesome coming from how I was eating before I started this challenge! I am going to a conference later on this week called Pinky Promise, it is my second year going. Last year I was not on my weight loss journey when I went to this 3 day conference, so there was A LOT of eating out that took place!! But this year, I plan on doing things a lot differently. I already have my meals planned out for those three days and I am praying that I will stick to it!! I am at the halfway point and I am excited to see my final weight after these 30 days are complete!

 

Did you miss my last post? Click here to catch up!! And if you haven’t followed our Instagram page yet, we would love for you to join the Lose To Gain More family over there as well!

 

Malisa: Where Have I Been?

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I wish that I had a long, drawn out response to why I have not been active on Lose to Gain More but the truth is that I have been working and eating (A LOT). I have a job that consists of many extreme highs and lows in regards to work load. For example, I just completed a two-week program that I have been working on since January 8th and as the work began to pile on, so did the pounds!

We feed our guests each day, so there is always food around tempting everyone in the office. To be fair, I am not being forced to eat unhealthy. We offer many healthy alternatives but when my stress is high, I crave nothing but sugar and run from the sight of lettuce. During my recent programs, my diet consisted of brownies, cookies, pizza, burgers, fries, chips, ice cream and Oreos (for the sake of the post, I will stop there but trust me there was more!)

My large program has been over for two weeks and it has taken me this much time to get my mind in the right space and decide that enough is enough. As you may recall in a post I wrote not along ago (read it here), I had finally fought my way out of a plateau and to my first major goal weight and vowed to never be in the 200’s again. I busted through 200 a long time ago and I am now determined to lose these additional 13 pounds!

Even though I have continued to work out at least 3 days a week (thank God for my trainer), I still ate WAY more calories than necessary. I don’t even want to imagine my life if I had stopped working out altogether!

So here I am! Standing in all 213 pounds of my glory, ready to shred this weight (again) and lose it for good. As you may have read last week, Jasmine has started a Clean Eating Challenge (read it here if you missed it) but I am not participating. I am starting over from scratch – the beginning. I am going to focus on making myself eat foods that are healthy even though my body does not want it. Also, my job was kind enough to purchase me a standing desk, so I am challenging myself to stand at least 4 hours out of my workday. I am hoping that this will help burn additional calories.

Cheers to Day 2! I hope to lose these regained pounds by my birthday in early July. With Jasmine watching my every meal (She really does this. It is annoying yet appreciated), I am sure that I will meet my goal.

Have you ever fallen off the healthy train? What did you do to get back up again? I hope to hear you encouraging words.

It’s not too late to join Jasmine’s 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge! Click here for more details!

30 Day Challenge: Clean Eating

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Soooo I need a restart, I’m calling for a do over because these past two months have not been the best eating wise. Since I have been consistent with my workouts, I haven’t really gained weight, but if I keep heading down the same road, I am pretty sure it will happen. Like I just lost 50 pounds and I have already forgotten how I did it lol! I know that sound crazy, but in my mind I just can’t seem to fathom how I went 6 whole months eating healthy and one whole month as a raw vegan (don’t ask, I would not like to be reminded of it lol). At this point I can’t even go 2 days without eating some junk food and I think I have forgotten how a salad tastes lol!

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I’ve been in this valley long enough, so I think it’s about time I start climbing again, and I thought a 30 Day Challenge would help to propel me back up this weight loss mountain! And sharing it gives me accountability and helps me to stay consistent with it. My 30 day challenge starts today 5/19/18 and ends on 6/17/18! Here are the rules of the challenge:

  • Meal prep every Sunday
  • Water only
  • Workout out at least 3 times a week
  • Bring snacks and meals everywhere I go so that I am not tempted to eat anything unhealthy.
  • Meat, veggies, fruit and healthy carbs is what I will be eating these next 30 days.

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After the 30 Day challenge is over, I will share my results! But if you would like to keep up with how I am doing during the challenge, just follow our Instagram page! If you would like to join me, please do! The more the merrier! All prayers would be greatly appreciated because I will need them lol!!

Have you ever done a 30 day challenge? If so, did you complete the full 30 days? Did you think it was helpful for your weight loss journey?

Losing Excuses

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As a woman, my hair is very important to me and I like for it to look nice! I used to feel like it was impossible for me to work out as much as I do and have my hair look presentable throughout the week! Some hairstyles that I use to wear before starting this journey, are just not feasible now that I work out at least three times a week. I just wanted to share some of the hairstyles that have been getting us through our weight loss journeys and helps us to lose the excuse of “I could work out, but I don’t want to mess up my hair.”

Halo Braids/Twists

I consider my Halo Braids/Twist to be my lazy style! I can just wash my hair and twist it in 15 minutes. I probably wear this style the most because it’s quick and lasts the entire week, despite me sweating like a pig during my workouts!!

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Crochet Braids

Crochet braids have definitely been Malisa’s go-to hairstyle throughout her weight loss journey! Crochet braids last about a month and it gives a very defined twist-out look!

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Box Braids

I only get Box braids maybe once a year and they last about 2-3 months! The biggest pro to this hairstyle is that I don’t have to worry about my hair for a full two months! One con to box braids is that the fake hair added in, adds 1.5 lbs to my weight and that is definitely not something you want to see when you are on a weight loss journey lol!

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Wigs

Malisa has the wig game down pack and she rocks them well!! So well that you would never guess she looks like Cleo from Set It Off under there (LOOLL!!). But all jokes aside, wigs are perfect if your head sweats a lot during workouts. Just rock the Cleo braids under a hat while working out and when it’s time to go to work you put on a wig and you look like a new woman! Another PRO to wigs are that if you have to wash your hair multiple times during the week because of the sweat, you don’t have to worry about styling your own hair each time, just braid it back up and you are good to go!!

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Twist-outs

Twist-outs are my absolute favorite hairstyle, but it hasn’t been the best to wear while working out multiple times a week! If I don’t work out, my twist-out can last for a whole week, but when I workout it can last two days max! So don’t do this hairstyle much if you plan on exercising multiple times a week!

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Buns/Headwraps

For the past couple of months, buns and head wraps have been my go to!! It only takes about 15 minutes to put my hair in a bun after washing it, so it is definitely a quick and easy style!

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What has been your go-to hairstyle throughout your weight loss journey? We would love to hear from you!