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524 Part 2

Screenshot_20180416-055051.jpgSo this morning I hopped on the scale for my last weigh in before I leave this week and I was exactly the same as last week. Initially, I was a little upset about it from the standpoint that I want to be going down every single week but sometimes that’s just not going to happen. The wonderful thing is I didn’t gain any weight and it’s Monday so I get another week to keep pushing and striving for better! All we can ever ask for in this life is a chance and that’s what Monday represents to me! It’s going to be a great day and a fantastic week because we are all blessed and worthy! Let’s get it!

 

Normally I don’t hit the gym on Sunday but because of the trip, I went in twice yesterday to get some cardio and also some lifting done. Today I have a lot of packing and sorting things out and I may need to take today off and get a really intense workout Tuesday and then call it good till I leave. My body feels great after yesterdays chest workout and all things considered I’m very proud of myself for finding ways to keep my routine up while getting all this stuff ready to go. There will always be reasons why we can’t do something if we let it but if that true than the opposite is also true, that is that there is always a way to GET things done if we make it a priority! My health goals are certainly number 1 on the list and that’s why I intend to keep going even when I’m traveling around this week. I’m going to incorporate my resistance bands on this trip so I can get some resistance training if the gym at the hotel doesn’t have much! There’s always a way, right?

 

My diet has been wonderful this week with tons of variety and delicious macro friendly foods that are still very much Keto. Today I will break my 36 hours of fasting with some baked chicken and either a green smoothie or a side of veggies I haven’t totally decided yet, but I do know there will be coffee for sure! Tonight I’m thinking about some steak or lamb for dinner with the family but again I can’t seem to make up my mind what I want. This week I have focused on keeping my carbs under 50 and also drinking a ton more water. It seems like when I get one thing down pat then something else I’m doing slacks a little and I have to continue to get better and better because again I realize my goals are out of this world and somewhat unrealistic by conventional standards. My whole way of eating has changed and not only am I eating primarily whole foods but I’m loving all of the variety in my diet. Laziness is the only reason why this way of eating could get boring because sometimes I don’t want to cook and want to simply toss something in the microwave. That perfectly fine every now and then but I want to continue to take my eating and my relationship with food seriously and I can’t do that if I don’t work at it.

 

I try to always be honest when I’m blogging which is not one of my strong suits.lol. 524 is just too big to be safe for me. I’m not knocking anyone else who is my size and content with it but I am not. The truth is I do get upset and pissed about working hard and not always getting the desired effects that’s just real. Just because I know common sense doesn’t mean I don’t get disappointed when things don’t work out the way in which I planned them. I understand I have been stressing about getting ready for this trip, I also know that thinking too much and overanalyzing things can cause Cortisol levels to rise in my body and stall fat loss. Then there’s the fact that weight fluctuates all the time and for that very reason some people have an unhealthy relationship with the scale, it becomes a toxic relationship and I know all that as well. I’m allowed to be disappointed from time to time and still remember what the end game is. I’m blessed beyond measure and I have been given far too many things from god above in this lifetime that I did not deserve! Just simply by grace and I always fall back on this truth when I’m hurt or upset. I am thankful that the diet of my life has not killed me already and that greater men than me have not lived past 44 with all this type of weight and belly fat.lol.

No matter how long or how many ups and downs I go thru I have made a commitment to myself to live a more healthy life and I aim to keep that commitment. Every day won’t be easy but every one I see will be a blessing! I absolutely love my life and while it’s not perfect it’s perfect for me. This year of my life is shaping up to be one of the most important most impactful years of my life and I am overwhelmed with humility and thankfulness!

My promise to those of you who read my blog is to be available and helpful in any way I can to help you achieve your goals! I will never give up on myself, my family and loved ones and I will always try to both inspire and praise those around me! I love you all very much and I wish you a happy and healthy Monday morning yall!

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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Love Your Damn Self Homie!

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Well, good morning and happy Friday to everyone! it’s the last day of the work week and all of you have been pushing yourselves very hard and doing all you can! I for one am very proud of you for all that you have been doing. Lately, I have been realizing that all the things people do that I will never see are so important and I know you don’t always get the credit for your greatness so this is me saying: YOU ARE APPRECIATED FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

 

Today is the last day for me in the gym this week as far as lifting goes. I have been working my butt off this week and I feel like I can honestly say I found a great schedule for myself. It feels amazing to be in a rhythm with my body and my workouts! I’m doing my back/biceps today and then I’ll be doing some stretching to help with my weak flexibility.lol. There is no doubt what so ever that I will be doing a fasted workout today, they just feel better to me and the mental game is the most important. If I think it’s working then I will push harder and be more involved and that’s the win-win! The gym has really been amazing for me these last few months and I’m very thankful to have a place that I go that is just for me. The idea that I am going somewhere that will make me better physically and push myself to get better really makes me feel great about myself and that’s all that really matters. The only way to be of service and to help others is to be in love with yourself so that you can share that love with others!

 

The diet has been going great and my macros have been very good this week! I just wanted to talk about something that has really changed my life. If I have learned anything it’s that the diet and how I eat really makes the whole thing possible. The truth of all of this is in today’s society we all workout more now than we did generations before and yet obesity is more rampant than ever before. The answer is in the foods we eat and the way we treat ourselves away from the gym! Don’t leave your training in the gym or at the park because the bulk of the change comes in the diet! Now I realize this isn’t revolutionary stuff I am writing but if you sit on that for a minute it really will make you change your perspective! There has never been a workout created that will do more for you than rest, nutrition and the study of your own body! You really have to fall in love with learning about your body and what makes it perform at it’s best. If you have problems truly loving yourselves the best place to start is not a relationship or a drink. You can prove to yourself how much you love you by how well you spend time feeding your body positive thoughts and proper nutrition.

 

Notice I didn’t say give your body the right nutrients, I said the proper nutrients for you! The best way for you to eat and treat your body is all up to you and what works best for what you are trying to achieve. It’s funny that we will go to a job and work our butts off for someone else’s dream then go home and give all we have to our kids only to treat ourselves as if we don’t have things we need to achieve for ourselves. It’s absolutely your responsibility to make the decision to achieve as much for your health as you possibly can. I’m not saying you have to be a world-class Olympian or anything, all I’m trying to say is if you have a direction you want your body to go in then damn it go! Spend some time and love the machine you spend all your life in and learn to give it what it needs to be who and what you want to be. Then you have a love that no one can take away from you because they didn’t give it to you, you did, you feel me?

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Please be kind to yourself this weekend and do something fun that you enjoy and bring that beautiful smile with you. You have something others around you need and that’s your presence! Be there, give a damn and appreciate your damn self and that’snot a request.lol.20180305_143527.jpg

The picture of the plants like I promised! My poor plants some are doing great but as you can see I had the light too far from them and a few got leggy but I still saved a few.lol.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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540

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Good morning and Happy Monday to all of you who are up and about today! You guys know I’m big on Mondays! We get a fresh start and a new day to try and get things the way we want them to be this week! What happened last week is old business and all that matters is what lies ahead this week! You can change everything for the better this week or if you’re doing really well you can continue your dominance! I believe this week will be your best week ever and I know you can do it!

 

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I gotta start off by saying I am very happy to announce that I am down 5 pounds from last week! The work and the time I put in was crazy but I have a goal in mind and I am going to do all I can to accomplish it! It felt great to hear my scale say 540! As long as it’s going in the right direction I know I’m making progress and this area of my life has really been under construction so I’m grateful for gods blessing because with him all things are possible! This week I just have to keep trying to get better and better and propel myself to new heights because I know the areas that I could stand to improve this week and moving forward!

 

Yesterday was Sunday and a day off from weights but I did a little floor work and I also did some squats with just my body weight. At my size squats are a great workout even without weights because let’s face it that’s a lot of weight my legs are lifting.lol. With the floor work, I just tried to do some leg lifts and a few movements to get my legs ready for future work. I certainly worked up a sweat and that’s very important because I was able to get my heart rate up and get my step goal in on a day I would have normally just relaxed around the house! Today even though we had some snow move in overnight I will be back to lifting weights! Today, we go up in weight so this workout may require me to rest a little more between sets but it’s worth it! It’s chest day which is my favorite to work so I should be able to really push myself safely. Right now I’m trying to decide if I should add another exercise to my program. I typically do 4 chest lifts and 3 lifts for my triceps and I’m thinking I should either add another triceps exercise or something. Since I’m moving up in weight today I was gonna wait on that but I will just see how my body feels and take it from there.

 

I looked back in my planner and I noticed that I did I.F 18 hours every single day last week and I think that helped with my weight loss so I am going to try to do that this week and lower my carbs a few. Currently, my goal is to not go more than 50g a day with carbs and I only went over last week like twice and only by a few. The carbs I did consume came from my green smoothies and some of the carbs from certain sausage and veggies I ate during the week. The one thing I did do this week is counted all my carbs without subtracting fiber and I think that also helped because for my body doesn’t feel as good when I eat higher carbs even if they are high in fiber content. Today I am planning to break my fast with keto meal coffee and leftover chili or bacon and then have baked chicken and veggies tonight for dinner! It looks like 2500 calories are o.k for me since I’m losing weight at a good clip. Keep playing around with your diet guys until you find your sweet spot because your body will let you know what is and isn’t working.

 

I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it, I can not do any of this if I don’t have you guys supporting me! When I try to do it myself and don’t listen to you all I get in trouble and tend to fall off but if I lean on all the wonderful friends and everyone here as well as Facebook and Instagram I feel like anything is possible. As I continue along this journey I am continually humbled by the love and time that I receive from so many awesome people! You are all appreciated and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

 

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Now go out and win today and the rest of the week, just like you are here for me I will always be here for you and if you need anything then I will do whatever I can to help, it’s only fair right? Take care fam!

 

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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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V-Day

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Good morning everyone it’s Wednesday and I would like to say happy valentines day to all who follow the tradition! I hope this morning finds you getting spoiled with all sorts of flowers and candy or other things that put a smile on your face! I myself am not big on valentines day but I will say this, any opportunity I get to do something awesome for my girl I try to take advantage of for sure! If you didn’t get anything special today or don’t have anyone to celebrate with than I wish you a big box of candy and your favorite stuffed animal today.lol.

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I took yesterday off from working out but it wasn’t a scheduled day off. I just wasn’t feeling the gym yesterday so I shut it down and counted it as a day off. I will be attending both workout sessions today both lifting and swimming! I had to catch up on sleep yesterday and it seemed no matter how much I rested I still needed more sleep! I took 2 naps and I still could have slept more, damn I’m getting old haha! For some reason when we go swimming late at night I have trouble going to sleep. I find it weird because my body is absolutely ready for rest but my mind and soul are wide awake and I lay there just gazing into darkness! This doesn’t seem to bother my fiance’ at all because as soon as her head hits the pillow from the pool it’s a wrap! Then again she could sleep during an airshow with no earplugs while on her jammies were on fire for real! Anyway, I’ll figure this out and try to get more rest after the water workouts!

 

I’ve noticed a trend that since I have been tracking my calories I have been eating a little more. I’m not eating bad foods at all but I seem to be consuming bigger portions of late. The fact that I am working out more may play a part in it but it seems like I am extra hungry lately! I’ve been concentrating on getting in my healthy fats more often which usually makes me less hungry so I’m puzzled as to why I’m closer to my calories than normal. Usually, I end the week with a substantial calorie deficit but this week so far it’s fairly small. Oh well, I guess this means I just have to keep playing around with it and see what works for me.

 

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I have to tell you all that the scale bug has caught me! Since I have gotten this thing I went from weighing in once a month to weighing once a week to wanting to weigh every day! The way I see it as long as I remember that weight fluctuations happen all the time than I should be good. typically I don’t have a weight goal I am shooting for just want to lose a certain amount of fat a month! Like about 20 pounds a month would be great! I’m an obese guy and I could have this whole weight thing under control by this time next year.lol. The cool thing is I kinda like seeing how my body reacts to certain things that I have been doing. Did you all know that when someone says that you will be heavier because your lifting weights it’s actually not true? According to several studies I’ve been researching even though muscle weighs more than fat it also burns fat! Since the amount of time for the exchange is slow acting there is little evidence that supports the scale being higher because of your lifting. I was blown away because I was told by trainers that you will gain several pounds on the scale once you start lifting weights, then it will start burning the fat and the scale will go down. I just thought that was very interesting research!

 

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Like I wrote before I really feel like I am becoming obsessed with getting healthier. Not to the point that I’m allowing unrealistic expectation onto myself but obsessed indeed. It’s fun finding out that I have this hunger inside me that doesn’t just need cheeseburgers to fuel it. In my core, I can feel myself listening and understanding my body more than ever before! I’ve vowed to treat it better and love it more and more each day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Master Of Your Damn Self!!

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Well hello there world it’s Tuesday and I’m hoping you all hit it out the park yesterday to start off the week! If you didn’t don’t trip about it at all, today is a new dawn, a new day and you will get it right today! It’s time to get back to your masterpiece, the greatest creation you will ever be apart of and no it’s not your kids it’s you! You are the most amazing thing you have ever done or contributed to this earth. God gave you life in my opinion but since you become an adult you took over sculpting this magnificent person you see in the mirror! The best thing you ever did was to love and care about yourself because then and only then can you truly help and love others.Trust me when I say that all of you are helping and touching the lives of all that come into contact with you so with this amazing gift you owe it to those around you to take care of you and appreciate what you bring to the table! I for one am grateful you were born and that you are reading this! Let’s get it…..

 

Yesterday was pretty damn impressive if I do say so myself.lol! I doubled up the workouts with a healthy and glorious strength training session in the early afternoon followed by a hard-fought water workout in the pool at around 10:30 at night! Believe me when I tell you it was a fight because my legs were screaming for real! Sometimes you just have to push thru the soreness and go out and get that workout done and it felt good to get it done. The pool was actually kinda busy last night, I mean I’m usually by myself after 9 but last night there were several people swimming around and enjoying the buoyancy! It’s funny how in my head I start thinking that I own that time in the pool.lol. Like how dare they come to the gym whenever they want to and workout in the pool that they pay good money for? Don’t they know this is my time?lol. Dumb shit I know and that’s why I never care if it’s busy or not as long as I have room to get my stuff done it’s all good. The only problem that I have noticed about going back to the gym at night I have time to talk myself out of going back. It’s so dumb but I have this dialogue with myself before every workout that consists of me figuring out how not to go. I usually go because it just needs to happen but it’s dumb to talk yourself about not wanting to do stuff that you planned. I mean I’m a grown ass man and it’s not like someone made me make these goals! I did this to myself so why do I still have to have these talks in my head about why I should or shouldn’t go? lmao! Again dumbshit on my part, I truly hope there comes a day I don’t have to talk myself into going, that it just becomes automatic ya know?

 

Diet news is great again thank goodness! I had a mondo salad with a homemade french dressing that was so keto and super delicious! I’m not really sure what I was on for dinner last night but I fried some tortillas in olive oil and made a weird taco tortilla thing.lol. All I can say was it was really good and had too many damn carbs but those were the only carbs for the day except for like 4 in my red leaf salad! I had plain black coffee yesterday because I had it while I was fasting and I didn’t want to break my fast too early. I can’t get used to just plain black coffee but I can at least stand it while I’m fasting so that’s something right?

My goals for this week are as follows:

4 days weightlifting

4 days water workouts

16:8 I.F daily

2 24 hour fasts

1 all vegetarian day(I’m trying yall!)

2 no carb days

 

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Looks pretty crazy I know but hey I need to step up my game if I want to get to my goals. Remember I told you guys if your goals don’t scare you then maybe you should boost them higher, well this list scares the hell out of your boi especially those no carb days and the all veggie days! It’s gonna be rough but it’s supposed to be right? For a lot of you some of these are easy but for me, a few are very difficult and I love that! I gotta win and so do you so add some scare to your goals homies!lol.

You all are worthy of today and all its glorious blessing and I wish you all treat yourselves like the King and Queens I know you all are! Go love yourselves today!

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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I Wasn’t Ready!!!

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Man, I was not ready! First off, happy Tuesday morning yall and I hope today becomes one of the best days you have ever had. As for me, I am feeling sore as hell from my workout yesterday but I learned so much about my life and where I am on this journey. So relax, kick back and let me give you all the 411 on what happened yesterday!

 

Like I said ya boi just wasn’t ready last night! My first workout at the gym was really great, I did chest and triceps and I also added a few more reps to my overall routine. The whole thing took about 30 to 35 minutes. The gym parking lot was very empty when I pulled in so I thought to myself that this might be the time I should come in all the time. It was so funny because even though the gym wasn’t as busy as normal, the only places that were busy happened to be, you guessed it, all the things I was working on. There was like this mini huddle of like 5 men who seem to all be doing chest day and we just looked crazy waiting for each other to get from one machine to the next. Now I have my music playing but I could feel that everyone felt like me, wtf! ” All this damn equipment and we all standing right around each other waiting damn near in line. Again I’m trying out new times to workout so I just took a mental note that I’m the odd man who doesn’t belong to the normal rotation.lol. Oh well, I’ll just keep changing it up till I find my lane!

 

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Back to why I wasn’t ready! So you know how things look so simple and easy when you write them on paper? Well in my little fitness journal( don’t laugh at me!lol.) I wrote that I would do 3 nights of swimming along with my now customary 4 strength training workouts. I figured since I’m no longer going to the gym in the wee hours of the morning anymore I would split up my cardio and do it at a separate time. For a big guy, the water has always seemed like a rational choice. It’s easy on your joints and knees and it is a complete body workout depending on what you’re doing.My plan was simple, I was just going to play around in the pool and get used to it, you know let the buoyancy carry a brother to a nice relaxing place. Well, sometimes things just don’t work out as planned because I made the mistake of watching a few youtube videos on water workouts! Hmmm, they looked simple enough, using the water resistance and getting the heart rate up was exactly what I needed. The problem was it had been 10 years since I had even gotten into a pool so of course, I went into full metal gear solid mode. I was wonderful! Y’all would’ve been so proud, I was doing all kinds of legwork and swimming to and fro. I got in some laps of breaststroke and did some backstroke too. I felt like I was the obese version of Michael Phelps! I could have won the recreational gold medal award for Etown fitness I was feeling great! What I wasn’t ready for was getting out! As soon as I got to carry my own weight out of the pool my body betrayed me.lol. I felt like I had another man my size on my back carrying him to the locker room. I carried his big ass to the sauna and he hung around till I got home! My legs were absolutely screaming at me yall!! I promise you all that I stretched before and after the workout and it really didn’t matter, my ass was whipped! We won’t even get into how the whole family had to help a brother out of bed this morning! Let’s just say it was a damn comedy skit and leave it at that!

 

We did great on the diet front yesterday! I broke my fast with the most amazing green smoothie ever! I loaded that puppy up, it had a whole avocado, chia seeds, roman lettuce, MCT oil, peanut butter and cinnamon and I threw in a little stevia and topped it with sugar-free whip cream! It was so bomb! As you could guess it was a meal in itself with over 500 calories but I loved every single green slurp!lol. Because my smoothie was so gigantic I only had one other meal yesterday and it was a bowl of Crackslaw! I had some low carb pudding for dessert as well so I was very satisfied and my macros were great!

 

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I can’t front, yesterday was hard. I mean I put my body to the test and I got my ass kicked! The cool thing is I love it! I can honestly say that I pushed myself and I was completely uncomfortable and that’s what I needed. I’m comfortable being uncomfortable now if that makes any sense. In my heart, I want to know that I have truly done everything I could to be healthier than I am. I do want to make something clear, my life is fantastic! I don’t know why it bothers me, but it really does, when people say that they were miserable until they lost weight. I don’t wish anyone to feel miserable but if your miserable overweight, I just feel like once you lose weight you’re just miserable in shape! How I feel about myself personally is very important and for me, it’s a choice. Not everyone gets the chance to choose to be happy, they may have a debilitating disease or come from a situation that caused damage that can’t be ignored. That, however, is not the case with me, I just want to be a better version of me in this particular area of my life, that’s it!

Have a wonderful day everyone, I’m pulling for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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552.2

 

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So the number from the title is what I officially weight based on my new scale I got from Amazon this afternoon! Honestly, I’m not sure how to feel, I’m not surprised by how big I am but I’m a little nervous because I can no longer turn a blind eye to the weight! It’s just not healthy for a brother my age to be this big unless he is the worlds biggest damn catfish in his spare time.lol. This past year has given me a new outlook on my relationship with food. The tools I have developed have truly helped me battle my abnormal size. I am by no means trying to put anyone who is my size down at all. There are plenty of people my size, who really love the size that they are and I think that’s fantastic for them! It’s just not o.k with me and after I have gotten to a reasonable size for me, I will be getting rid of this damn thing.lol The reason I am sharing this with everyone is that I am very disappointed in this part of my life!

 

I’m too blessed and loved to be treating myself worse than anyone around me would! When I see people who have lost an amazing amount of weight they often talk about how horrible life was before they lost the weight. They speak of how they are a better person because they weight less and all of those things. I could say it, but it would be a bunch of bullshit in my case. Throughout my life, I have been extremely blessed with amazing occurrences and events that have given me treasures beyond measure! I’m far from monetary rich but I more than make up for that in life blessings. So for me, weightloss is just one aspect of my life that needs to be altered! Right now, I am upset with myself because if I develop any complications from my weight, then I would have thrown away more than many people walking this earth ever come in possession of. People don’t just have to love me and the fact that I have people who do and show me love all the time is a gift I can no longer put in jeopardy! I don’t want to be anyone else but a better and more healthy me. That’s what all of these journal posts are about. They are about finding my way to accomplishing this goal and reaching as many people I can to come along with me because we all struggle with something!

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Now, more than any other time in my entire life I know exactly what to do and how to do it. I have identified my addictions and hopefully, I will be able to overcome each and every one of them! I will not stop trying to be better and better because my family and friends deserve the best me that I can give them! Having said all of that, I wanted you all to know my business and that I don’t want people to hear from me after I have accomplished my weight loss goals! It is my intent that you get to share in the ups and downs that are certain to be apart of my weight loss journey. That when I say that I understand what you are going thru because I am facing it as we speak you can trust that! I’m not an expert because I’m going to find a way to lose the weight I want to lose, I’m family because I want all of you to truly claim victory over whatever it is that you may not like about yourself! Just because I don’t like my size doesn’t mean I don’t like me, that’s just not close to true. If I didn’t love the hell out of myself I wouldn’t be about to lose close to 300 pounds! My heart knows that I am capable and I fully expect that I will get to where I want to be!

Sorry, I took yall to church today on this one I just had such deep feelings about what happened when my scale arrived today! I did hit the gym yesterday and I got all my work done! I kept my carbs in check but I will admit that I may have eaten a little too much damn protein.lol.

From the bottom of my heart thank you to each and every one of you that read and follow along on my journey. You can trust and believe that I will be following along with you on yours! I love you all and have a blessed week! If you want to be homies on Instagram I’m alexx3982!

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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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I Got You

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Today I honestly didn’t feel like writing anything at all. I’m having a great cup of coffee and enjoying the morning very much. It’s one of those easy Sunday mornings like Lionel used to sing about back in the day and I’m in that laid back, just chill type of mood today! If I can wish for anything it would be that everyone reading this today finds some chill and a nice warm place to vibe today!

 

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Last night I hit the gym around 8:45. My gym is 24 hours but on the weekends they close at 10 to clean and do general maintenance so I typically don’t go on these days but I had to get the last workout of the week in the books! It was really peaceful and I was able to get my workout done with relative ease although I kinda had to rush because I didn’t want to be that person that stays to the very end and make the front desk guy stay late because of me. When we are running around and living our lives we must remember that other people are constantly affected by what we do and it only takes a little bit of consideration to do right by each other ya know. I mean the gym will be there tomorrow so it’s not gonna kill me to cut the workout a little short to let this dude get home and relax and chill. Truth be told, I should have shown up about 15 minutes earlier anyway.lol. All that matters is I got it in right?!

 

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Yesterday I started my first no meat day. I’m probably never going to be a vegetarian, however, I know in my heart that I consume a lot of meat and while it’s not the same for everyone for me I need to cut back. I’ve heard people say that if you eat too much protein it will be converted into sugar but I’ve done my research and found that you would have to consume so much meat for that to happen it’s not even worth worrying about. My personal reason for cutting down on meat is I have been moving towards eating more and more greens and vegetables. Naturally, I tend to eat more meat in my diet than anything else so I figured if I had a meatless day I could get the scales working more in my favor! it was pretty difficult for me actually but I have to admit that my workout felt a ton easier than normal. So I plan on doing at least one day a week no meat and moving that up to maybe 2 or 3, I’m interested to see what will happen.

 

I woke up this morning. I have a roof over my head. I ate food that I bought at the store. My family loves me. My diet is so much better than it has ever been in my life. My kids are healthy. The rent is paid. I have gas in the truck. I can chill right here and relax today. I can listen to some nice music and watch the playoffs tonight in my living room. The air I breathe gives life to my lungs, I don’t know about you but I have too many things to be thankful for to not try to help others! It costs nothing to be kind, nothing to smile and nothing to tell someone” Hey I got you, I’m here if you need me!” Enjoy your Sunday homies!

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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Making Progress

 

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It’s hump day yall and it’s great to be back blogging after a few days off! I have just been chilling and trying to deal with this cold weather system we have had blow thru the southeast the last week or so. Kids are still not in school because of the snow accumulation and freezing rain here in Kentucky but it looks like a safe bet they will have school tomorrow! Let’s hope! I can’t front, I’m loving the snow and all it brings minus the accidents and all. I love a good winter wonderland!

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I haven’t been to the gym this week but I have been getting plenty of sleep this week and I feel amazing! I typically don’t have a problem sleeping but I know I don’t get anywhere near the recommended amount of minimal sleep per night! It’s been like 8 or 9 hours a night and I’ll admit it really does help; definitely feeling refreshed. As you know the other day I was running from pizza, but today I can honestly say that I have been eating pretty good and I have intermittently fasted every day for the last 10 days in a row so I’m getting a fine handle on that front! The kitchen was bare yesterday and we had zero produce but I went and grabbed some at Krogers last night and stocked up so I’m good to go this morning! I’m thinking of making a batch of keto brownies today that I’m really excited about because I have never made any that weren’t made the old fashion way with lots of sugar and chocolate! If it turns out good or bad you all know that I will post it on my next blog! While I won’t be I.F. today I will be keeping it keto as normal with a monster salad and some B.P.C! Then I’ll focus on the deserts of brownies and maybe some keto shortcake for my second meal, I’ll figure it out.lol

 

This past week I have had some mental battles with myself about fat loss. It seems like there are days when it doesn’t feel like I’m losing fast enough! My mind knows it’s all a process but the spoiled man in me wants all the results now, you know the perfect body overnight.ha ha ha. The same mind that pushes me to get up when I fall and to stay positive is the same mind that manufactures my doubts. It’s funny how that works but I know it happens to all of us. Sometimes you have to battle with your own team(mind) ain’t that a bitch! Usually, when this happens I watch a movie or I check to see how far I have come, anything to get my head right! This process isn’t always easy but it’s definitely apart of the journey and all I can say is we just have days we have to fight and fight no matter what!

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Great news homies since November 11th till now I have lost another 3 inches on my waist! I feel really great about this because I have so much to lose and it helps to see progress, especially since I don’t have my scale in from Amazon yet. O.k I know we shouldn’t be obsessed with weight but I have to at least know that I’m making progress on days I feel like I’m not, so I had to order one.lol. Did I mention I’m excited about the measurements? I lost size in my chest and other areas as well but my waist is my biggest area of concern for now so I’m super focused on my midsection! I just measured in the middle of making this post because I’m supposed to do it monthly and it totally slipped my mind. With this new planner, it’s hard not to write everything down because it’s staring at me every day, all day.lol

Enjoy your hump day and be safe on those crazy streets!

 

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Snow Love

 

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What is it about snow days that make the sleep so much better than normal? Man, I slept like a champ last night and when we woke up this morning there was a good amount of snow on the ground! As we get older we start seeing snow different than we did as kids but not I. I have and will always love snow! The conditions to drive certain places can get a little dicey I admit but I just love how snow makes even nasty looking places look pleasant! So when I woke up to snow this morning, I was as happy as a previous me would have loved to wake up to pancakes.lol. O.k who am I kidding, waking up to pancakes is still heavenly but since I try to stay away from bread and the like it’s whatever.

 

The workout will take place at home today since the gym has been closed due to the snow and I’m fine with that. I can get 10k steps around the house and do my best version of setups and pushups to get my heart rate up. Hey, I have a question does anyone reading do interval cardio? You know where you do 40 seconds at a normal pace and then 20 seconds as hard as you can? I was just curious how effective that is because I have seen videos where people say they only do 10 to 15 minutes of cardio that way and they get really great results and I was thinking of trying it! Please let me know if you do a similar cardio workout. Today I’m going to do 2 workouts so that I’ll have my 6 that I needed because tomorrow is Sunday and that starts the new week so wish me luck.

 

 

The diet was amazing and it was because I got a carb day yall and I actually got to have mashed potatoes. I honestly haven’t had mashed potatoes for at least 6 months and they tasted great. There were even a few delicious potato chips that I got to have and they were o.k but not as great as I remember. The only problem was because I don’t consume carbs that aren’t from veggies anymore my tummy wasn’t very happy with me so I spent the remainder of the day stranded on the porcelain and it was no fun. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the food but I think I should have had maybe a little less of it, but oh well lesson learned. Folks, be sure to give yourself days or meals where you eat the foods you no longer eat anymore, it’s important not only to help with cravings but also to stay realistic about your diet. This is a lifestyle, not a temporary thing and if you think that you will never ever eat another food that has a few too many sugars in them you’re not being realistic. Think about it you will never have another piece of cake for the rest of your natural life? That may work for some of you but I know it will never ever work for me. Now I realize that people use almond and coconut flours to may cakes and other baked goods and that’s great, but I have yet to taste one that’s even close to the taste of white flour. I just take the hit every so often and then fast the next day for as long as it takes to get that garbage out of my system and I get back. Please don’t misunderstand me, if you having a carb day and it turns into 5 days, then maybe you shouldn’t do it, but after awhile doing keto, you will be able to quickly have a few guilty calories and be o.k every now and again! It ain’t gon’ hurt nobody right Kid and Play?

 

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Today I will enjoy the snow and sip some amazing coffee and enjoy the day. Tomorrow is never promised and if every day is a blessing than shouldn’t we embrace the blessing and be happy? I wish everyone a fun and enjoyable day and that your moments are filled with fond and delightful events that make your heart sing! Peace!

 

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Posted by on January 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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