Friday, December 31, 2010

It's Time for a Resolution AGAIN.....

Out with the old in the with new..

Ever year on December 31, we all vow to break some habit or start something new and usually by week 3 that resolution is thrown out window. I know I am guilty of it at the start of the new yea I am at the store purchasing new fitness DVDS and other fitness related items because I know this year will be different from the last. One year, I bought an elliptical which was eventually donated to charity and was rarely used. Last year, I bought 3 Biggest Loser DVDS and at least two of them haven't been open. So instead of saying.. I am going to lose weight and start working out more in 2011, I am just going to continue on the path of being the best person I can be. So no resolution for me this but a commitment to enjoy life more than I did in 2010...

Blogging from 40,000 feet in the sky!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


I will be changing the blog up a little at the beginning of the year.. I will be doing some video blogs as well as recording some events in my life! So be on the look out!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I'm Back!!!!!

I know it has been a while since my last post and wow what a summer it has been. On June 18, 2010, I finished my first year of teaching and after only a year, I can say that I have found my calling. Throughout my first year of teaching, I learned so much about myself and my craft (more about that later). On June 22, I left Baltimore for North Chicago in order to work for the Shawn "The Matrix" Marion Basketball Camp. This year was the best thus far, the kids learned so much and walked away prepared for the school year with school supplies to get them started for the 2010-2011 school year. After Chicago, I journeyed home to Las Vegas where I helped with the 1st Annual Shawn Marion Celebrity Poker Tournament. I meet a ton of great people but more than anything I spent time with the people who mean the most to me, my nieces and family!

You are probably wondering if I lost any weight or got in fitness in and the answer is................SOME!! This summer was one of learning experiences... my eating was not on point and my fitness was low. However, I enjoyed the time with my family bonding over food, fun, and relaxation. In about an hour, I will be boarding a plan for Baltimore. My second year of teaching is going to be busy but I am prepared. I look forward to getting back on the right path to being FIT because I already know I am FABULOUS! I will link some pictures.

Family Fun-
Poker Tournament-
Basketball Camp-

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fear Prevents Celebration

Can you remember a moment when you let fear stand in your way of accomplishing or doing something? I know I can... on more than one occasion. When fear sets in, you are closed off from doings that should happen because you might be afraid of failing or rejection. In order for real life to happen or success, we must overcome fear to the do the impossible. Whether it is running a marathon, or walking a 5k, or just find the courage to tell your crush you like. I charge you to do something bold and different that fear has prevented you from doing before. I walked my own personal 5K today and it was the best feeling ever. This week I am trying something I have feared before to have my own personal celebration!

Down 2 pounds this week! Rejoicing in PROGRESS!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Since I Been Gone....

My has the weeks flown by!! I have been slacking on my pimping and spending way to much time stress and over indulging in sweets, Five Guys, Taco Bell, KFC, Chicken Boxes, and much more.. Yes my eating has been erratic and the workout non-existence. So have cleaned up the clutter in my life and is refocused. One more thing, my weight went up!! The Weighty Rollercoaster Continues!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Weighty Rollercoaster

For over three years, I have been in a "relationship"... Never fully committed... Leaving and then two months later coming back... Our longest separation was over nine months but I eventually came back... Yes, I have some type of commitment issue but not with a man but with Weight Watchers... Now that I am a pound away from my original starting weight at Weight Watchers (279.6), I can't help but wonder what makes this time different...What about me is different this time around?

My weight tracker on Weight Watchers looks like a Six Flags Rollercoaster... Full of lows but it steadily climbed up.. Sharps ups and slow downs. I am excited to see the decline in the chart... But that will not happen if I don't tracking my meals, working out, and getting rid of toxic associates..

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Junior Prom Pictures

May 1st, 2010... I had the opportunity to attend the junior prom aside from the was a great event!

Everything must go down!!

Last week wasn't the best week ever... There is absolutely no excuse or explantation beside poor planning and lack of physical activity to explain my weight gain... Yes, even though I was sick, I could have made better decisions. So instead of crying and having a pity party about my weight gain.. I am going to rejoice in the fact that it is time for me to ownership for the bad decisions I make when I don't workout or effectively plan my meals! Until next week, have a wonderful week... I will be posting some new pictures and recipes by the end of the week!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Week Later...

Good Evening Fam,

It has been an interesting week to say the least... I lost 1.6 pounds for the week! The best part of the week was the ability to eat out and make smart decisions. I had Chik-Fil-A, Five Guys, and Applebees... The grilled chicken salad from Chik-Fil-A was great. Instead of order the regular bacon cheeseburger, I had a little one!! Applebee's have a fantastic 550 calorie meal as well Weight Watcher. Although I was sick, I still ate decent and worked out without the intensity due to my bronchitis.. This week is shaping up to be just as great!! Looking forward to my walk/jog after the bout with bronchitis!

Slow and steady wins the race!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I have to share this.... it took 40 minutes for me to walk/jog 2 miles... Today it only took 35 minutes to do two miles!! Small Steps!

Take a Minute

We live in a society, where everything is fast. We drive to work or class and never really taking a moment to be one with our surroundings. Let us not forget it is also allergy season and the last place you want to be is outside with fresh cut grass and pollen. Today I sat on my stoop in front of my apartment and was still for a moment in time and amazed by the beauty and simplicity around. In nature everything has a purpose, a time, and a season to grace us with its natural beauty. After my walk with a little mix of a jog, I was able to be one and at peace with this journey. Taking a minute to focus on a larger purpose is an amazing thing. So stop twittering, facebooking, and everything in between and take a moment to be still and admire your surroundings.

Monday, April 19, 2010

One Day at a Time

In any journey, you must take one step at a time in order to reach your intended goal or place... You may have setbacks in life but you must continue on no matter what. This weekend I purchased a bag of those Reese miniatures and last night I demolished the whole bag... I am upset at myself... Of course not.. but now I know that purchasing those things are the devil and I had to find a snack to replace that chocolate and peanut butter goodness. I found one and those Fiber One Chocolate Peanut Butter bars are heavenly and they are only 1 Weight Watcher point... I will post a picture and show the comparison in points between these two treats. I was active today and my food choices were great.. More importantly, my students were thoroughly engaged in creating their PowerPoint presentations for Wednesday! Just take one small step at a time and you will slowly but surely reach that intended place!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I had such an empowered weekend but most importantly week...My eating was on point and I had some much needed rest and relaxation!

I lost 5.4 pounds this week! I made a plan and stuck to it! Worked out five days a week, avoided fast food and talked to some family members! Week 1 done and I am slowly taking my life back!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Today was a great day....I am physically and mentally drained but no stress!! Taking a workout break on Friday and Saturday! But hey who knows, I may get bored and turn the work out up!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Set-Up

Yesterday I had a setback, but it turned into a set-up for greatness for the today. It took 45 minutes for me to consume 11 Weight Watcher Points and it took the same amount of time to pack and track my meals and snacks for today. Even though there was a baby shower at work today, I stayed clear of the food and enjoyed the celebration. Setting myself up for success gave me the strength to stay away from the cookies, cakes, and meatballs they was trying to call my name and try something new by playing tennis! I also said NO to someone today and it was actually easier than I thought!! Until next time, Goodnight!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

For Whom the Bell Toll....

For those who do not know, I am a first year teacher at the high school level and BELLS are a major part of my job. From the ringing of the first one at 7:15 until the last one at 2:00, everything in between is pretty much a blur. Oh and please don't be an advisory day because then my day is really in for a whirlwind.

Being a teacher is all about the right amount of preparation., making sure every component of the lesson is in place. We plan for weeks and even months in advance in order to prepare our students for victory and success on a standardized test or success in general . If everything is not in place for one day, we are in a hurry to put something together really quickly.

Today was one of those crazy food days, I neglected to eat my snack during third period planning and by the time I went to teach my next class (4th period) I was hungry and at the end of that was over... I ran to my office and grabbed a bag of hot cheetos to eat on my way to 5th period. Since that didn't help, I sent my student to grab the candy jar ... In a matter of 45 minutes I consumed about 400 calories- which is a meal. I had hot cheetos, 6 laffy taffys, and 3 Hershey miniatures that had absolutely no nutritional value. I am hard on myself eating those things no but I did learn that it is imperative that I have the mid-morning snack prior to teaching my 4th period class. Those 5-6 small meals really do make a difference!

Lesson for Today... Just like I plan my units to teach, I must plan my meals. When the bell rings for me to move to the next class, I must make sure to eat during 3rd period planning.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Great Day!!

Even though, I had a late start this morning... I still had a great day... Stuck to my meal plan and even walked a little over two miles(VICTORY!!!). I had the Jerk Chicken Breast for lunch today along with cabbage and yellow rice and for dinner I had salad (romaine, grape tomatoes, 1/8 cup of reduced fat cheese, 2 teaspoons of bacon bits,and cucumber) tossed with a Caesar Vingarette topped of with about 3/4 cups of steamed shrimp (TASTY)! Today was a great day!

I'm a Survivor!

On April 12, 2008, a goal I set for myself was finally achieved. It was something, I wanted more than anything else in this world. For so long it was unattainable, I was rejected twice but I continued on no matter. On April 12, 2008, I was initiated into the best sorority ever, DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INCORPORATED. It was a long ride but I have finally made it.

The tenacity and drive I had to achieve membership into Delta, I must have the same if not higher tenacity in order to complete this journey. I may have setbacks that are beyond my control but no matter what I must see the light at the end of the tunnel which is healthier, fit, and fabulous ME.

So when I am hard on myself and have a setback... I will remember that... I'm a SURVIVOR... I'm not gon give up.....I'm not gon stop.....I'm gon work harder....I'm a survivor......I'm gonna make.....I will survive...... Keep on survivin.... But most importantly, I have 115 other SISTERS OF SURVIVAL!! I love you 116 and DST!


Jerk Chicken Breast with Veggies

1 cup(s) mushroom(s)
4 serving(s) jerk marinade
1 1/8 pound(s) cooked chicken fillet
2 item(s) bell pepper(s)
2 Tbsp jerk seasoning
2 tsp Bertolli Extra virgin olive oil

Rinse chicken and cut off excess fat and skin. If using larger chicken breast, cut in smaller portions.
Add chicken and jerk seasoning to a gallon sized bag and shake. Then add half of the oil and six tablespoons of the marinage. ( You are saving the remainder to coat the veggies) Marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Chop the bell peppers and the red onion into chunks and combine with the mushrooms.
Coat the all the veggies with the remainder of the marinade and oil.
Bake for 30-45 minutes.
Enjoy with cabbage or yellow rice!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

When Saying "Yes" is all to Easy!

The word "support" has nineteen different meanings and can be used as verb, adjective, or a noun. As I read each definition, I think of someone or something that I have supported throughout my 26 years of life.

Since I can remember, I have always been a giver. I have given so much of myself to others and not have anything left over for myself. I am guilty of putting causes, people, friends, family, nieces, school and everything else ahead of myself physically, financially, and mentally. Over the years, it has been so easy to say...."YES" to everything and everyone. "Yes" is an easy word. With that one word, you can avoid confrontation and become fully engulfed with everything and everyone except yourself. I have no regrets for the thousands of "Yes" I have said throughout my life because it is all apart of the growth. However, it is a word that I must choose to use sparingly and wisely from now.

I am thankful for each one of my supporters, cheerleaders, and teammates! Thank you for supporting me even when I wavered so many times before.

My foundation or support system is set.. and I can only take it one day at a time...

Giving of myself to causes and people were easy but taking control of my life and myself will be the hardest thing I do... Now is my time to learn to say NO!

The support that I received today was overwhelming... Thank you all for your words of encouragement.

A Beginning of a Journey...

Since I can remember, I have always struggled with my weight. Yes, I am confident, outspoken and driven in all aspects of my life except when it comes to making myself a priority. When I am out with my friends, I am the overweight friend. My closest friends have never judged me or made a big deal about my weight. What I have noticed the most is they have always supported no matter what. They have encouraged and spoke out vehemently whenever I called myself FAT!

I can literally say that I have spent thousands of dollars on weight loss programs and have even researched weight loss surgery. Temporary fixes that doesn't get to the root of the issue. I will be focus for weeks and then something will happen and I turn to food.. When I stressed... I eat... When I am lonely... I eat... When I bored... I eat... When I am overwhelmed... I eat... When I watch TV... I eat... When I celebrate... I eat... Instead of calling a friend or a family member, I have always turned to food. So when you think about it, food is my best friend. Food has been my comfort or safe place for way to long.

So now the true journey begins, the ability to truly put myself above anyone and anything. If I hurt your feelings, so what... I will no longer sacrifice myself in order to please other people. For so long I have let fear prevent me for conquering the world. So here I am 288.2 pounds, ready to face the unknown and to walk into my destiny. A destiny that is more about me then what I weight. Instead of cheering from the sidelines, I am ready to participate in the game and shoot the winning shot!!


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