Category: Living Well Written by Darralynn Hutson
Imagine that your on the operating table in a life-or-death situation. Your family gathers in the waiting room waiting for the doctor to come through the doors with good news.
When they finally arrive, your family doesn't want to hear about how hard the team worked or that they "gave it all they had." At this moment, trying doesn't really matter. You simply need results. Today marks 21 days that I've been on the 99-day challenge, and time is flying. The amount of time it takes to erase a bad habit that is.
In the past when I haven't delivered, especially on diets or lifestyle changes, I'd try to justify my results with excuses like "My big family eats all the time!" or "Do you know how hard it is to work out with my daughter?"
Yes, effort generally does produce results, but effort and results are absolutely not the same.
What gets measured gets improved ... right?. In the 21 days since I've only consumed fruits and veggies, in liquid, blended and stewed, I've gone down one solid pants size, possibly two. My face is noticeably shrunken in. I can see my cheekbone structure. My pants are gliding up my hips instead of me pulling and adjusting them on, they fit with ease - eight inches under my breasts, four inches off my waist and abdomen and two inches off my hips and thighs. Results!
I still haven't experienced that burst of energy that some people on a fast have claimed to expereince, but I'm sleeping well and I believe my body needs it. When I have to get up to urinate it usually takes me a long time to go back to sleep, but now I fall asleep with ease. I don't' even remember dreaming anymore because I'm sleeping so well.
Let's commit to staying focused on the scoreboard while plotting out a successful life plan. I've posted my calendar and measurements on my bedroom door – marking everyday that I commit to this challenge with an X. I write little notes in each box, about how my knees felt or when someone told me I looked smaller. The goal of course is to make it a habit. Although I haven't weighed myself since last week, I am measuring myself every few days and have taken to trying on tight clothes that were hiding in the back of my closet.
I believe that when facing challenges this week, I must have laser-like focus on delivering tangible results in my fast. 'Working hard' to repair my colon, ensure my daughter's childhood health, or deliver critical body fat changes just doesn't carry it folks. It's time for all us to shift our energy from trying to doing. When do we move from planning it to getting it done?
So, I got my ass in the gym this week and slowly started to build up my endurance for the long haul. Last Thursday, April 11, I remembered what it felt like to enjoy the elliptical without pain in my knees. I just let the driving tech beat take me away. My efforts are paying off.
An unprecedented effort just won't cut it. OK, so this week, I'm committed to delivering real, tangible results.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 17:06
Category: Living Well Written by Darralyn Hutson
A weight loss plan is considered user-friendly if it is simple and fairly painless to follow. Youtube is full of experimenters that study and test all kinds of products, plans and philosophies to ensure that your experience is fairly friendly. Infomercials and weight loss system commercials alike all attest to the fact that their plans work best with your personal lifestyle. The simple fact is trying to loss weight and detox damn hard.
Richard Simmons is back on the scene, selling his Project Hope system of getting back in the best shape of your life. Think about it, 20 yrs ago, this whole concept of user-friendly plans was an afterthought. Back then, it was “No Pain, No Gain.” There was no such thing as a user-friendly diet – you had to severely restrict your eating, exercise till you sweat profusely, you couldn’t eat after a certain time and don’t forget that water.
Don’t get it twisted. All those dancing people that have lost the weight on TV, showing the before and after pictures, seldom talk about the impact that weight loss makes on your life.
Well this week has been hard; so hard that I eat Friday, Saturday and Sunday; salad, chicken AND fast food. Yes I broke the fast. I won’t give excuses, nor share the circumstances, just say that I’m re-committed to this challenge. This true and hard as hell challenge.
Today as I write, I’m still challenged with getting back on that horse; 9:51am. Got the morning juice in and sipping on water. One minute at a time. Grab another water bottle.
My instincts suggested that I remain warm-and-fuzzy about this whole 99-day challenge process thinking that it might hurt the bottom line. In fact, admitting my downfalls and understanding what drives my eating triggers than really redirecting that energy is as user friendly as I can be. In my brain, I get the most out of myself if I’m energized with something new instead of focusing on destructive thoughts. Each layer of difficulty of this 99-day challenge has an inverse effect on those around me, especially Nya, my daughter. The best plans today are accessible, open-minded and supportive. So here’s the formula for stimulating successful fasting. Include a breakdown. This morning, I weighed myself, up 3 lbs. damn! Then I poured my juice and got started with my day. Here we go again.
But it wasn’t all bad. I attracted some pretty great people including Dr. Ian, early Thursday morning in Royal Oak at Barnes and Noble. He, too, told me that I should just move on with being responsible for what goes in my mouth. Take one day, one decision at a time. I thought it was a good sign.
The same holds true in my personal life’s fight back from the brink; like Detroit, a city where elected officials portray the user-friendliness of a furious pit bull. But I dygress, I truly believe that making every decision is the biggest challenge. When I’m guided by my thoughts of food, I’m not making a good decision. That is a challenge for me; making the best decision for me.
My body rebelled again my mind in several ways. I’ve thrown up twice at work yesterday and enduring crippling stomach crapes over the weekend. But, don’t turn away. Don’t judge me. Give yourself a thorough examination and quickly rectify the jagged edges to improve your own performance before judging me.
My challenge needed some wiggle room. I’m down more than 20 pounds, still. I finally got a scale from my aunt. The glass creeps me out so I don’t step on it daily. I do look at it every day though and it drives me crazy. We’ll talk about that next week.
User-friendly detoxing. Not back to square one but a few steps back.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 16:55
Category: Living Well Written by Roz Edward
Do you hookah? This increasingly popular recreational activity among contemporary club goers - an exotic experience which offers participants a virtual night in Tunisia - may not be the paradise like proviso you thought. Hookah bars have been popping up from D.C. to Detroit with a quickness. But remember it's not dope, it's tobacco (depending on your perspective or preference), but the question we have to ask now is "Is smoking from a hookah really safe?"
For those unfamiliar, a hookah is a pipe that vaporizes flavored tobacco for the purpose of smoking it. Although smoking a hookah is often viewed as safe, it can have deadly consequences, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
First of all there is the obvious, STDs are transmitted orally, so with a number of known and unknow partners smoking from the same pipe, smoking a hookah is comparable to sharing a needle. You must know your partners intimately.
In addition, Hookah smokers are at risk for the same kinds of diseases that any smoker is subject to, including oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, reduced lung function and decreased fertility.
And in case you didn't know a typical hour-long hookah smoking session involves inhaling 100–200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.
The charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah produces high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Want to keep going?
Hookah smoking contributes to low birth weight in infants, much like cigarette smoking puts preganant women and their precious cargo in jeopardy, leading to a slew of maladies for unborn children.
And finally there is that whole controversy about second hand smoke. You can't contain the malicious effects of smoking on non-smokers in the vicinity of the hookah.
Now that you're armed with the information that you may or may not have had or even wanted to know, proceed with caution and enjoy your virtual night in Tunisia.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 07:39
Category: Living Well Written by News One
Keke Onpoint was interested in getting a bigger derriere. So the Detroit native signed up for “The Black Market” treatment at a hotel on April 5th, paying $1,100 for a butt injection from a stranger. Big mistake.
Rather than receiving a larger behind, Onpoint received septic shock, ending up in the hospital and nearly dying. It turns out the silicone Onpoint was injected with is the type not meant for human bodies, according to MyFoxDetroit.
“I was just fascinated about today’s fashion and the look of having a larger backside. It’s so popular and it’s such a phenomenon here.”
Watch a news report about Keke’s infection:
Onpoint was just another victim of back door butt injections, typically life-threatening and illegal. But the practice has...
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 15:16
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