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My Last Day- No More Fast Food

1 Apr

Please take a moment with me to say goodbye to the worst relationship I have ever had and that is with fast food restaurants like Popeyes, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Five Guys, Taco Bell…..just to name a few.  We had a great run but you’ve been nothing but trouble for me.  Your addictive over-processed and harldy nutritional food has been such a major obstacle for me!  I can be the biggest gym junkie in the world (literally and figuratively)  but still see no real results because of your unfortunately deceptive easiness.  

 

So here is my goodbye to you all.  Trust me, this is as hard for me as it is for you but I’ve gota let you go! You’re holding me back from the body I really want.  Some of you we can’t talk ever again…..some of you…..we’ll just be occasional acquaintances(like Chik-fil-a for those blessed milk shakes. Good thing is the closest one is an hour away so I won’t be having many of those either).  My kitchen has become my new best friend and I won’t leave you again. Sorry it took so long for me to come back to you…..and no this isn’t an April Fools joke.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN???? Back in the swing of things!

18 Mar

Okay….okay….so I have to apologize for my extremely horrible blogging pattern.  I have a pretty good excuse I think….I was getting ready for one of the most important days of my life….GRADUATION!!! I am proud to say I am officially an alumnus of the University of Florida and I will forever bleed orange and blue!

Now back to this blogging business, so the issue is now I am living an in area where major companies like Comcast and AT&T  do not provide wireless internet….I’d have to get dial up.  So the only access I have to the internet world is the public library or my cell phone and blogging from a cell phone ain’t gona cut it.   NO

In regards to all things fitness, it is safe to say I fell off big time.  Two days after graduation I moved back to my hometown in Arkansas and a few weeks later I started working.  I did go to the gym consistently initially but awful winter weather kept me locked in the house with plenty of good ole country cooking.  Needless to say, I quickly got out of the swing of things and I noticed my body changing almost immediately.  The tight abs and toned arms were getting softer.  Every day I’d say “tomorrow I’ll go” or “it’s too cold”.   All I had was a bunch of excuses.     Then at the end of February, I lost my Papa LC and I turned to food for comfort.   Sweets and fast food became my best friend( I’m pretty sure I was having some serious emotional eating going on).  It is a daily struggle but I am slowly coming out of it.

Today will be my first day in almost six weeks back in the gym so of course I’m going to hate myself with every rep and every step I take during this run tonight.

It’s going to be challenging these next few weeks but I had to remind myself why I wanted to be healthy in the first place!  At the end of the day the core issue is making time for what’s important….even if that means sacrificing an hour of sleep to get in a workout.  Not only that, I’ve got to get back in the habit of cooking everyday and buying more fruits and veggies to have on hand to snack on.   THANK GOD I didn’t put on any weight but I’m certainly not as toned or in shape as I was but hey, I’ve got a good eight weeks before summer starts.  Let’s get it!  Back on track and loving every minute of it.  Y’all won’t be ready for this summer body!!!! I’m getting fit and staying that way!

 

Having a healthier diet(Part 1): Fiber

20 Apr

Alrighty so, I’ve been doing some research about weight loss and all that good stuff because like most people I want to have a super sexy toned core. The problem is, I love to eat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it I LOVE TO EAT! I come from a family of fabulous cooks….and when I say fabulous I mean NONE CAN COMPARE TO HOW WONDERFULLY EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN MY FAMILY CAN PREPARE DELICIOUS MEALS THAT ARE EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY FOR YOU!….Sorry for shouting….ehem anyway, my grandmother makes pound cakes like nobodies business and anything else she makes is heavenly. From that wonderful turkey dressing, mac and cheese, greens, sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving to the white rice, bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and biscuits for breakfast.

OK……enough of all that my mouth is starting to water. But seriously, I really want to get a really tight core and if you haven’t heard it said before, abs are made in the kitchen but sometimes you just want to fill up on the fried greasy american foods we all know and love. So whats the best way to eat better? Or at least feel full longer so you won’t eat too much of that greasy garbage we call food? Well there is this great thing called FIBER!Image

That’s right ladies and gentleman fiber will help you feel full longer without concern for gaining unnecessary weight. What’s even better is, according to the internet, fiber is a great way to lose weight because of that fabulous way eat keeps you feeling full longer. Some other benefits of fiber is to help you stay regular…..aka have easier bowel movements. Let’s be mature about this y’all. We all do it and some of y’all probably really struggle….pause…..with that in mind fiber and lots of water will be helpful for all of that irregularity.

Now here is my moment of honesty, I absolutely suck at eating healthy. I mean don’t get me wrong I am much better than I used to be. I eat more fruits and veggies and I’ve cut back substantially in the fried food department. However, I do not get enough rest( the life of a college student) and sometimes my idea of a meal is a muffin and slice of turkey all day resulting in ravenous hunger once I finally get home for dinner….resulting in a spread of anything I can dig my claws into. So that’s where I am in life trying to figure out how to eat better on the go. I’ve recently discovered this great thing called meal prep that I plan to put in full swing this summer. Enough about that though, I’ll write about that another time. Now back to the fiber.

The type of fiber I have been referring to in this post is dietary fiber which is found mostly in fruits and veggies. I have never used any of the marketed fiber supplements but hey whatever floats your boat right? Here are some foods that are pretty common that are high in fiber: pears, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, carrots, greens etc. If you want more foods you can just google high fiber foods for a list of different fruits and veggies to try. Next post will focus on consumption of too much sugar. Want to start losing belly fat cut out all the sugary drinks and processed fruit juices. Fresh squeezed is the way to go(you can also use a juicer if you’re into that kind of thing) and the best part about fresh squeezed fruit juices is the increased fiber! Yay fiber!

Stay Sweet,
KL

Where to Begin…..

9 Apr

Alrighty, so I am giving this blog thing another go….this is my first time on wordpress.  I used to use blog spot but I didn’t really have something I was passionate enough about to write consistently.  This time around I’m blogging about something that I am extremely passionate about and that’s being healthy.  The good thing for me is I can make this blog extremely broad or extremely narrow.  I’m going to include things like awesome recipes(that I will try of course).  New work outs/exercises and even just general health info I find online. Oh and I’ll even post videos and of course I’m going to talk about my family….alot 🙂  

I guess to kind of explain why I am starting this is mainly because of the women in my family.  The majority of the women in my family are less than 5’6″ and are morbidly obese.  I call it the Hancock curse( my grandmothers maiden name).  Aside from being petrified of the idea of not being able to walk up a flight of stairs without needing an oxygen tank, my Granny Fae-Fae and my mother are the other inspirations for me trying to develop a healthier lifestyle.  

First lets talk about Granny Fae. Image So about four years ago, Granny was diagnosed with breast cancer. She started treatments, had surgery and was BREAST cancer free.  Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to her lungs and bones which called for more chemotherapy and radiation.  She is a fighter and is still going strong and her struggles motivate me to want to treat my body the best that I can so I will have a stronger immune system etc.  Yes I know, diet and exercise won’t exactly prevent cancer per se but I know being an overall healthy person can give me a fighting chance if something like that were to ever come up!

Like most folk, my mama is also my inspiration. Image She’s my inspiration because she is what I don’t want to be.  Don’t get me wrong I love my mama to death and if I could I would give her the world, but my mom is like most other Americans….lazy and addicted to processed foods and sugary drinks and sweets.  Grant it, I love my sweets but I have been training myself to have those things in moderation because as a black woman I have an increased risk for diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease just to name a few.  My mom used to be a superstar on her highschool basketball team, worked out consistently and tried to eat healthy but she got lazy and fell off.  She didn’t and doesn’t see her health as being important so she pushed it aside and slowly she is starting to experience the consequences for it.  Sooooo the point I’m trying to make is, I don’t want to allow myself an excuses for why I can’t work out or be healthier.  If I can’t get to a gym I can try to go for a run.  If I can’t get any exercise in that particular day, I can at least make sure the food I’m eating is top noch and offers the nutrients I need.

Well I think this is enough for now! Let me know what you guys think.

Stay Sweet,

KL

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