A little good news, a little bad news

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Hey guys, I just wanted to check in and give a quick update… I did not win my Diet Bet. I’m really sad about it, but it is what it is. Your actions have consequences, and clearly my weekend in Omaha was too much damage for me to overcome in one week. My friend won her bet and pocketed $40! That’s awesome!

I’m disappointed, but happy to be still losing weight. I have lots to share, but you’ll have to wait 2-3 weeks. I have a test today that I’m studying for as well as a book I need to read and write a report on by Thursday night. And I have to get ready for my next trip. This Friday I’ll be headed to Beijing and then Shanghai, China! I’m so excited and still have lots to do, so please excuse my short post.

My goal while in China is not to gain even one ounce! I gained 2-3 pounds in Omaha and I am focused on not doing the same this time around! I’ll weigh myself Thursday and keep it ready for comparison when I come back. And I also plan to do another Diet Bet some time after I get back from my trip, hopefully with better results this time!

Also I have to share all the healthy foods I have been cooking this past week as well as pictures from my hiking trip this past Saturday! I love incorporating exercise into hanging out with my friends!

Last tidbit before I go and tackle my to do list… I accomplished my goal of averaging 1.6 hours of exercise a day! And now

Back to school work. Talk to you soon! Have a great Easter, but don’t eat too much candy!

Dietbet

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About a month ago, I got an email from a friend that asked if I was interested in participating in a dit bet. I looked it up and thought this really seemed right up my alley.

I love the tagline on the Dietbet app… “Lose weight with your friends while taking their money.”

The premise of this website is to encourage people to lose weight through betting their own money on their success. My particular game lasts for one month and you are required to lose 4%  of your body weight for a $25 bet. Y’all know I’m unemployed now so I NEED to win my money back!

I’m doing a “Kickstarter” which is 4% in 4 weeks. The other type of bet is the “Transformer” which is 10% in 6 months. If you enter and don’t meet your goal, you lose your money. But if you meet your goal, you win the pot minus the fee Dietbet charges. The fee that Dietbet charges for my particular game is about 10% percent of the total pot, but they guarantee you will at least get the amount you put in for a bet back. (They will adjust their fees so you won’t lose money if the payout ends up being less than what was paid to get in the game.)

People can create their own games or join one of the many open games that are started by Jillian Michaels, Chris Powell, bloggers and regular people. I thought it seemed pretty legit and was anxious to try and win some money.

My game has 707 players and a pot of $17,700, and the Dietbet fee is 1770, so that leaves a pot of $15930 to be divided amongst the winners. If 75% of people (531 people) then my take would be $30. Nothing to get excited about, but that’ll be $5 profit, which is about 20% return on my investment, not to mention the benefit of improved health that comes with dropping almost 11 pounds. So if only half of the people registered meet their goals then my share would be $50! Doubling my investment is definitely something to get excited about. So I’m going to have to hope that at least half of the people don’t meet their goal… I know that’s horrible of me isn’t it?

On March 5th I weighed in at 271.2 and in order to win the bet, had to weigh 260.2 by this Sunday. This morning I weighed in at 262.4, I think that’s a little too close for comfort. But I really let my weekend really derailed me and left me farther from my goal than I’d like. my trainer seems to believe that it’s possible, and I know my weight fluctuates almost daily so I just have to hope that when I weigh in the scale is being kind! 2.2 pounds in two days may sound far fetched, but I weighed 265.4 yesterday morning.

Are you nervous for me? I am. I thought oh I can lose 10.8 pounds in a month, no problem. But the problem comes with all of the fluctuations. FRUSTRATING! So hopefully on April 4th I’ll be having a “light day” or I lose so much weight that my little 1-3 pound fluctuations won’t even negatively affect my goal.

I’ll definitely let you know the results either way, I’m hoping for the best!

Traveling and weight loss

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This past week I was traveling and didn’t exactly get 8 workouts I was aiming for, so I decided to go back to the drawing board. Instead of requiring a certain amount of workouts per week, I will set a goal of how many hours I’d like to exercise per week. This week I am trying to meet a weight goal that I set so I want to exercise at least 10% of my waking hours. So I calculated I need to exercise 11.2 hours this week (assuming 8 hours of sleep per day). To keep it simple I’ll aim for 11.5 hours this week.

While traveling, I found the most important thing was preparation. My flight departed at 10 am and wouldn’t arrive in Nebraska until 4pm. I could either trust myself to eat well in the airport or I can pack a lunch. And guess what I did? I packed fruit, wraps and 100 calorie pack snacks so that I could avoid temptation. And thankfully it worked.   But the problem was I did not come up with a plan for the rest of the week. So my day of preparation was no match from my weekend of careless eating and heavy drinking.

160 calories fruit and cheese pack

180 calories fruit and cheese pack

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Walmart’s turkey pinwheels. 440 calories

So I weighed in at 263.4 on March 30th, but weighed in at a whopping 267 pounds on March 30th (after my trip). I’m not blaming the total 3.4 pounds on margaritas and red wine, but it surely didn’t help. I’m glad to report I weighed in at 263.6 this morning. For my next trip, I have to plan MUCH better. Not only for the airport, but for my whole stay. When I come up with my brilliant plan, I’ll make sure to let you in on my secret. I do not trust myself to make good decisions when temptation is in my face.

That’s the goal and I’m slowly working on it, but honestly, I’m not there yet so preparation is my weapon. Here’s some pictures from the most amazing trip I ever had. Not only did I get to meet Warren Buffet, tour three of his companies, have lunch and chat with him, BUT I got to meet Tom Arnold as well. It’s refreshing to be surrounded by so many professionals with different backgrounds and experiences to share. I am definitely getting a lot of this program.

Here’s some pictures from the most amazing trip I’ve ever had (even if it lead to weight gain)

Adventures in Carnishaland

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I realize that I’ve been vague about several things in the past month or two, but in my defense, even people who know me well know I’m pretty vague all the time. Mostly if you want specifics from me you generally have to flat out ask. In an effort to share my life, struggles and triumphs I decided it was time to fill you all in on what’s been going on.

I’ve mentioned in several posts about wanting to take risks, live life more freely, pursue my dreams, etc. Notice a theme??? I’ve been behind the scenes planning and scheming on how to make all those things become a reality instead of just writing about them.

I took what some may call a big leap of faith and others may think as plain stupid decision, but I resigned from my job of five and a half years. Please forgive me for not sharing this sooner, but I’m sure you understand that I needed to make sure my employer was aware of my decision and I also had to make sure I was completely at peace with my decision.

Many people aren’t able to make such a huge leap with nothing much more than the hopes of being able to find a job when I become ready for employment again or when the money runs out lol. But seriously, I felt this was the best decision for me and I have faced many people that don’t understand or agree. Surprisingly, an overwhelming amount of my friends and family understand and support my decision. They understand I am strong willed and determined; but most of all I am not a person that is a stranger to hard work, so if I find myself in need of money or a job I trust that I’ll make that my number one priority and put everything into the hunt.

Is this a risk? Absolutely. Am I certain it will be worth it? I hope so. Do I still have a mortgage and bills to pay? Yes sir/ ma’am. I feel it is in my best interest emotionally, spiritually, physically and academically to take 3-6 months off from work. It’s crazy that I LOVE the adrenaline rush that being unemployed has given me. I know there are (and have been) times when I think I’ve lost my mind and made a huge mistake, but more than that are times when I am overly excited, tremendously happy and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.

If you’re the praying type, I’d appreciate your prayers for guidance, strength and to stay motivated.

Now that I’ve spilled the beans, let me tell you what I’ve been up to for the last week and a half or so…

Health is a big thing for me right now. I’ve been working out and eating well. I have no excuse not to eat healthy and work out at least 5 times a week. But I’ll talk about that more in an upcoming post. I’m so excited there’s so much to share!

I haven’t been laying on the couch all day and watching the boob tube. Unfortunately, in the nearly two weeks of unemployment, I’ve only slept in once! Unbelievable! And that was actually a Sunday. My days have been super busy preparing for upcoming trips and finalizing other details that come with an unforeseen period of unemployment.

Did I mention travel as one of the things I plan to do while on this “Sabbatical”? It’s no secret, traveling is one of my new-found loves and I’m so delighted to have the chance to do more of it. I’m typing this post right now as a courtesy of the wifi at the Baton Rouge Regional airport. I’m awaiting my departure for a flight to Omaha, Nebraska which is where I’ll be able to meet Mr. Warren Buffett tomorrow with a group of students from LSU’s Finance and MBA programs. Am I excited? HELL YEAH! Please excuse my rambles today as I try to update you with what’s going on in Carnishaland. It’s a pretty wild and crazy place, but it definitely doesn’t get too boring here! I’m doing a weight loss bet that I plan on sharing with y’all next week. And hopefully I’ll also share some tips on exercising and eating well while traveling! Wish me luck! And I’ll say hi to Warren for y’all!

 

Clean eating

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This week I practiced clean eating. If you’ve been here for awhile you know there have been many occasions when I’ve omitted processed foods from my diet on a short term basis as a way to try to shock my metabolism into cooperation. This week, I’m really proud to say I did stuck to the plan and had no processed foods and no meats from Sunday- Thursday. And I squeezed three great workouts in!

CONFESSION: I made some killer roasted cabbage and sprinkled bacon bits on them. Sorry. But the funny thing is the best part of the cabbage was actually the garlic and not the bacon bits. I could have just left them off and had a perfectly delicious dish.

My Farmer's Market Bounty (about $35)

My Farmer’s Market Bounty

Everything pictured above was less than $35. I did forget to get a couple potatoes, so I ran to Walmart and purchased some lentils (high protein beans), eggs, and two large potatoes. And that’s pretty much all I’ve been eating this week. If you’re super strict on clean eating you would probably want to go organic to minimize toxins in your food, but I hardly ever buy organic.

The good thing about doing this is it makes me focus on the wide variety of vegetable dishes that I enjoy and don’t prepare nearly enough of. Now I have a fridge full of veggies because all I really wanted to eat this week was broccoli.

I ended up dropping a couple pounds, but not as much as I expected. This morning I weighed in at 266.8. Last post I shared that I was sick and dropped down to 269.2 pounds. I stepped on the scale Tuesday and it was 270 and some change. My weight is going all over the place, but as long as the trend is overall downward, I’m happy. I know I’m putting in the work in the gym and making progress with my nutrition so I’m pretty stoked.

This weekend I will try my best not to overload my body with liquid calories and not overdo it as I plan to eat out several times this weekend. Changing your life simply starts with making better decisions than you did the day before. So have a drink or two for St. Patty’s Day, but let’s skip the dessert and appetizers. No matter how small, a step in the right direction is still called PROGRESS. Have an awesome weekend guys, because I definitely plan on doing so!

Not so Fat Tuesday

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No Mardi Gras for me.

Photo Credit: New Orleans CVB via soulofamerica.com

Life has a funny way of changing your plans. I had my weekend all planned out with everything I wanted to do, the places I wanted to visit and the workouts I planned to get in. But my body said you will do none of this!
I was sick for about a good week. I felt like a prisoner inside of my home. Earlier last week I did want a “sick day” or two, but boy you should be careful what you ask for. Last Tuesday is when I started feeling like something was wrong and it just progressed Wednesday. And by Thursday I wasn’t able to move around much at all. I spent Thursday until Monday literally on my couch with a few friends and family bringing me food and to the doctor for checkups.
You may wonder what was the culprit? Staph infection! Staph infection can be anywhere from a mild nuisance to life threatening. In my case, it wasn’t life threatening at all but did require medical treatment due to the area and size of the infection. This is something I’ve dealt with before, but just not at this magnitude. Walking, getting up and not to mention getting in and out of a car were all extremely painful Thursday- Sunday. Thankfully Monday- Tuesday I was in recovery mode and fully off my hydrocodone by Tuesday.
I say all this because my excessive weight puts me at a higher risk factor for these type of cysts. It is my belief that is why this one was way worse than any others I’d ever had. I weigh more than I ever have.
Crazy enough there was a silver lining to my illness… I weighed 273.8 on Wednesday 2/26/14 and then I randomly hopped on the scale when I started feeling better (Wed 3/5/14) and weighed 269.2. That’s just crazy to drop that much weight without any effort. That’s 4.6 pounds in a week with no exercise and eating whatever friends and family brought me.
My coworkers said I looked so happy to be at work on Wednesday, I said if you’d been stuck on your couch for 6 days you’d be happy to be out too, regardless of the venue. I’m so glad to be back up and at it and now I can make a conscious effort to add to that weight loss.

That Fat Girl

Some words hurt and others have a way of rolling right off your skin. Being called a fat girl started to become just who I was and not even sting the way many people thought it should. That’s what and who I am. I am that fat girl.

I weighed myself yesterday and wasn’t at all shocked by the number on the scale. If I’m being honest, I actually thought it would have been a little higher. The scale read 273.8, which means my BMI is 48, which is in the extremely obese category. Just to for a frame of reference, a healthy BMI is between 19-24. (You can check your BMI using this WebMd calculator.)

I have to decide not to identify as that fat girl anymore. I don’t want to do things that are stereotyped for that type of person. It’s pretty similar to a decision I had to make a long time ago not to be that black girl. I hate labeling myself because I don’t think there’s just one box that I fit into. I am a beautiful collection of bits and pieces from all different categories. I am that girly girl, that tomboy, that religious girl, that ourdoorsy girl, that loving girl, that nerdy girl, that quiet girl, the list goes on and on but it does include that fat girl. At least, for now. But I won’t let you single me out into any one of those categories because it doesn’t define me. I am a unique combination of so many things and I want to embrace them all. Sometimes I’m incredibly timid and other times I may seem like the life of the party. Now I am a fat girl, but I will not be that girl forever.

There’s no point in dreaming if you aren’t willing to get up and put the work in to make it reality. A hard lesson to learn, but when you learn it whole heartedly, it will change your life forever. I am such a dreamer, but now I know that you have to wake up in order to make your dreams become reality.

So day by day I will continue to prove to myself what’s important in my life. I’m so excited, scared and nervous about these changes, but I realize it’s necessary. I will put my money where my mouth is so to say and prove to me and everyone else that I am willing and able to wake up and stop dreaming. It’s time for action.

I sincerely hope that you all start or continue making strides to conquer your dreams. There’s a long road ahead but the longer you wait, the farther away it becomes. SO what are you waiting for?