The transformation of me











{April 30, 2012}   Motivation Monday…again?!?!?!

Yep it’s Monday. The weekend is over and it’s time to tackel the work week with a renewed vigor that the weekend seems to bring us. I have been so sleepy today, maybe its the rain, or the the very little sleep that I get because of my little one. Anyways, ITS MOTIVATION MONDAY and I am so excied to be alive to eat better and workout. Make every day an awesome day.

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It’s Thursday and the month is coming to an end.  I am excited to see what the month of May has in store.  One thing that happens in May is my beautiful daughters birthday, she will be turning 9 this year, yes this makes me feel old. Anyway my goal is to only weigh myself every two weeks or once a month, and I have decided to post my current body weight and measurements.  I have yet to take pictures because every minute of everyday is allotted towards something else and it totally slips my mind to take pictures of my lumpy out of shape body. I will post a full body pose next time!

Now as the title clearly states I should be talking about morning workouts. Right now I am kind of on the fence about my morning workout because I still wake up with an infant in the middle of the night and 5:30am comes so quick. I got up this morning at about 5:18 because this is when the baby woke up. So I feed him and proceeded down the stairs to get in the infamous Booty Call, as the Tone it Up girls call it.  This morning I did 30 minutes of Pilates, and at the end I a dripping with sweat and I feel great! After a few hours I start to feel fatigue, and this is with a proper healthy eating, regular workouts, and LOTS of water.  I know that with very little sleep it can be hard to lose weight, I just hope that is not my case.  Anyway I am going to keep doing my morning workouts because they are just assisting the evening workouts.  I am trying to add little ways to tone throughout the day.  Since I drink about 100 oz of water a day every time I go to the bathroom I do a set of squats (a found a cool squat app), leg lifts, and push ups, 20 each.  That might explain why new body parts are feeling sore.

Positive point:

Start today, don’t put it of until tomorrow! Just because you ate the wrong things yesterday, don’t wait until Monday to start eating healthy again.  Walk around the block, play kickball with your kids, find a way to be active daily and you will see and feel a major difference. Do give up on you, you can do it! I know that you can.

P.S.

April 1st 2012. My before picture!

April 1st starting weight: 206lbs

Arms: 13″

Chest: 38

Waist: Upper: 35″

Lower: 38″

Hips: 43″

Thighs:

Left: 38″

Right: 38″

Stay motivated,

Sister Mocha



{April 24, 2012}   Clean, Lean, and Green!

Happy Tuesday peeps! Today is the dreaded day that I have put off for the last two weeks. I said that I would post my weight as well as a before picture of myself so that you could help me track my progress.  Anyway, I don’t have the full body pictures yet but I will get my husband to take them today and I will upload those along with my measurements, UUUhhh, Now the world will no that I am an out of shape lump of clay, but a beautiful one though.  I just wanted to check in with you guys today to leave just a little motivation. First off, I went to Zumba class last night and I love it. I also trained with SD last night and he drove me hard as usual.  I really want to get this balance thing down, so I have started doing Pilates, and I will do it at least 3-4 times a week along with my personal training sessions. This is day 2 of eating Lean, Clean, and Green, and I am loving it! I feel great already and  am sure I will feel even better once my system has been fully reset. I know that I am on an eight week challenge but I want my life to forever be changed because of the choices that I am making today.

Motivation moment:

Don’t allow your mind to defeat you, most of our battles are won or lost in our mind. Just because you didn’t eat well yesterday don’t allow that to throw you off course, reset and be determined to succeed. Decide to make today the day that your life changes for the better, takes small steps to make sure that you accomplish your goals. Find a POSITIVE friend to hold you accountable to what your goals are.  Remember you are strong, poised and beautiful! You CAN handle what the world throws at you, even if it’s a curve ball. Prepare yourself for the battle so that you will never be caught off guard.  YOU CAN DO IT, day by day, step by step!

As always stay encouraged,

Sis Mocha

These are some examples of what I have been eating

Whole grain wraps with egg whites and sautéed zucchini, and squash.

Lettuce wrap with brown rice, black beans, ground turkey, tomatoes, onions.

Brown rice, egg whites with spinach and artichoke, and mixed berries.



Happy Monday folks, it’s another beautiful day. It’s kinda hard sitting here looking out of this huge window at the sunshine, makes me wish  was outside. Anyhoo I really had a kinda lazy weekend when it come to working out, but I still ate well. I didn’t just go crazy! You know the hardest thing about this transformation is that I wonder how well I will do with the limited amount of sleep that I get.  Typically I get about 5 hours nightly,( 7 month old) but how well will my nutrition routine work if I am not getting adequate sleep? Just a thought.

So on Friday I signed up for this beach body challenge through www.toneitup.com. It is awesome because you have access to the Tone it Up girls and the Tone it Up community for motivation, updates, give-a-ways etc..  Now their challenge is for 8 weeks and I am sure it will be difficult because, for one, the challenge you to get up 30 min early at least 4 time a week and fit in a morning workout, and secondly they want you to eat Lean, green, and clean.  Now this proves even more difficult because I am a slave to processed food like chips, diet sodas, juice, etc, but you can’t eat anything that has been chemically processed.  I know that this sounds difficult but I am up for the challenge because I know that with such a drastic change like that in my diet I am sure to see the results that I am looking for.  Now don’t get me wrong when I say that something will be difficult that doesn’t mean that I won’t succeed of try, it just means that I have to put even more of myself into reaching that goal.  I know that joining the Beach Body challenge is what I am supposed to be doing because I received conformation when I went to FB and clicked on a page that I become a fan of (but never checked out). It’s called Black Women do Work Out.  This by far has been the most motivational/inspirational page that I have been to period.  There are all of these beautiful women just like me that are on a journey to better themselves physically, and health wise.  There are women who have lost over a hundred pounds, some who are 50+ but look no older than 30, some who have just started and some who have grafted some of the hottest bodies I have ever seen.  Anyway many of them also talk about the benefits of eating Lean, clean, and green.  So I am pumped.  I plan on posting my progress on their page so that I can be one of the lovely ladies featured there to motivate others.  Let me tell you that you can do it, today is your day to stop making excuses for being overweight. When we were created we were not created FAT, that is not God’s best for you, if it was you wouldn’t have all the medical issues. Just start eating healthy and walking daily and you may be able to get off of your meds one day. Commit to making your life healthy and being happy.

So what do you think readers, is rigorous exercise the only and best way to lose weight or is there something to this no more processed food?  Processed food is: refined sugar, chips, cookies, white bread, soda (yes even diet!), processed meat, anything where chemicals are added to it, no caffeine as well. If you can’t pronounce the names on the labels do eat it.  Anyone interested in joining me on this challenge, I can’t wait to see the results.  I am going to look so good Serena Williams is going to ask me what have I been doing.  P.S. My  body type is similar to her’s and I want my tight and toned just like her’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would definitely need breast implants though, I’m just sayin””….

 



This blog is dedicated to my wonderful husband Vincent E Smith. He is the love of my life, the father of my children, my friend, and my protector.  I am giving him what he deserves and the is my appreciation! We have been legally married for almost 10 years, not all of those years have been good, but there have been more good ones than bad. I love the way that he cares about me and his family. He has been and still is very encouraging during my transformation process, even though we are in the early stages. This is what he told me today after reading my blog

“Continue being committed to what you are doing baby. You are doing wonderful and I am so proud of the now and future you.”

 

Wasn’t that the sweetest thing ever?  I can wait for the day that I can put my freak’em dress on and show off my new health body to him. I hope to be at my goal weight or at least close to it by Aug 31st because that is when we will have reached our 10 year milestone. So for our anniversary I want to show my husband that I would marry him all over again, we are going to renew our vows. God has really been doing some things in our lives and I know that he is going to continue to bless us as long as we put him first and our family second!  Thank you baby for all of the years, our children, the life lessons, and for loving me in spite of my short comings! I love you more now then I ever can. Keep being the man you were designed to be, the man for me!



{April 19, 2012}   Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k

Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k.



Happy Wednesday followers!

It’s another beautiful day, I am happy healthy and alive, so I can’t complain. Anyhow I know that I haven’t posted in about a week and the reason was just tiredness and lack of motivation (thanks to Aunt Flo).  I really need to get back on my iron because I can tell the difference, anyhow.   Now just because I was lazy in my writing doesn’t mean that I was lazy in my workouts.  I met with my trainer last week as normal, and as normal he did his thing and worked me/us hard.  I say us because my friend Mia worked out with me last Monday. Shout out to my girl, because she has really been working her butt off and she looks great, I think that she has even reached her goal weight, so round of applause for her.  Now with that being said, I got to the gym that day about 15 min before Zumba was done so I jumped right in with them. Afterwards Mia tells me she is going to train with me that day, I was glad to have someone there with me as I strained and sweated. Clarence, or SD (slave driver) as I like to call him took us outside for the workout. Well he had us running the parking lot, and doing mountain climbers, and squat jumps among other things.  Well thank God that I have my own reasons and motivation to work out because my girl was just barely doing the work, no energy, or enthusiasm. I don’t fault her because she has already put in the work and reached her goal, but I am trying to get there. I can’t have the excuse that I don’t feel motivated by the people who I train with. My success is directly tied into the amount of effort that I put into my workouts and my eating habits. So Mia thanks for the text apologizing for your lack of energy, but no need because one day I will be where you are, at my goal weight.  Thanks for working out with me girl, I love you!

Ok so I have been kind of struggling with my food choices.  For the most part I choose healthy items to eat but there is this little snack monster that attacks me almost everyday. He creeps up on me and gently whispers, chips….chips.  You see potato chips are my kryptonite, I just can’t seem to help it.  Maybe I just need to go to the store and buy the bag of assorted baked chips to solve the problem, I don’t know.   I know that eating healthy is the key to a healthy body, I can work out all day long, but I still won’t be healthy if I don’t eat healthy. Skinny doesn’t mean healthy, it means your body burns food well but if the food is filled with trans fat, salt and sugar you are just as unhealthy as a 300lb person.  I am challenging myself to eat my way healthy.I have to eat in a way that will prevent hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, etc.   I know that there are no quick fixes for losing the weight that I have layered on for the last 10 years. It is going to take sacrifice, hard work and a determined mind.   I had to tell my children that the fat places on my body that they like to squeeze (arms, tummy, legs) will be slim and toned so they better get out of their system NOW! Portion control is something that I have to get used to again, I thought about eating lean cuisine meals for a couple of weeks so that my stomach can shrink and my body can get use to getting full off of less food, but there is just too much sodium in those things.  Anyhow, I challenge you to have something green at every meal, also incorporate fruit into every meal, or at least for your snacks.  We should be eating 9 servings of fruit and veggies daily, how many of you get even half of that weekly let alone daily.  Commit to making that change for at least 21 day and you will feel the difference physically,and mentally.

P.s. Did you know that it only takes 21 days to create a habit, let’s get in the habit of changing bad ones into good ones that we can be proud of !

Empower, Encourage, and Inspire someone daily!



Ok, peeps it’s the Monday after Easter and I am glad to see another glorious day! Isn’t it wonderful to be alive?!?!  The kiddos had fun yesterday, they looked so beautiful all dressed up. Our 6 month old even had on a tie, with slacks and a dress shirt. Ah good times. 

Now that I have you all buttered up I am going to drop a bombshell! I failed horribly at eating right over the weekend. I started out right on Friday. I ate healthy for breakfast, lunch was Greek food, lots of veggies and lamb, I even ate one slice of pizza for dinner, awesome right? Well Saturday was another story.  I woke up and made a breakfast casserole for the family, it has shredded hash browns, eggs, sausage, and cheese. Then for lunch we ate Dave’s Burgers they give unlimited fries and frozen custard! Later that night I took my husband out for drinks and appetizers, fried appetizers at that, so needless to say Saturday was not a good eating habit day. Sunday wasn’t any better, more breakfast casserole with bacon for breakfast and for dinner we ate Pop-eyes chicken. I know that I was a slave to the fried beast over the weekend, hopefully that was enough for me to get it out of my system.  I have to be real with this blog or I am just going to end up cheating myself. I won’t give up fried foods completly but I can cut it down to twice a month, and from the look of things I have exceeded my limit for April.  This is why I call this a journey, as long as I am honest with myself about this I should have epiphanies from time to time about how to change certain behavior.

  Anyhow, now I have to go to the gym and train that much harder!!!! I refuse to undo the time, and effort that I am putting into this transformation. I will be going grocery shopping this week so that I can get all of the necessary foods that I need to be eating. Thanks for the recipes and advice on how to prepare healthy meals. Please feel free to share your favorite healthy meals, I always need ideas.  

 

Oh yeah, I still have to post my measurements, maybe I’m a little scared……..??



{April 6, 2012}   Motivation

Good morning all. Another wonderful day outside, sun shinning, birds singing and it’s the weekend baby! I just wanted to post today to give a special thanks to someone special in my life, my husband Vincent Smith.  I am doing this because he deserves it.

 

My motivation to get healthy!

 

Yesterday afternoon, he came to me and told me that he was really proud of me and that he could tell that I was truly motivated to become more healthy. He then tells me that he is behind me 100% and that what ever I need from him that he was there to support me.  Now ladies we can all agree that every woman wants to hear her man tell her something like that!  The thing about my man is he puts his money were his mouth is.  I came home from work, I put the baby to sleep then got dressed and left for the gym.  When I came home, all the laundry had been washed, the baby had been fed and was playing with daddy when I came home.  My husband bends over backwards to make sure I have all the help that I need, and I love him for it.  I am so lucky to have a husband that doesn’t mind doing house work.  Anyway, so he tells me that on my workout days he is going to try to make it as easy as possible for me so that I don’t lose my motivation.  He also told me that when I feel like quitting to just come and talk to him and he will get my mind right.  He is just as excited as I am to see what results this journey will produce.  I know that he misses the  pre-baby body that I use to have, and I think that he and I both deserve to see me get back to that place.  I am doing this transformation for my personal health and well-being, but I am also doing it for my husband, we have to take care of our temples (bodies).  Ladies the thing is when we meet our husbands we are a certain way, we can’t let ourselves go because we are “in love” and “happy”.  I strive to try my best to get to a healthy place physically and remain there for myself and most definitely for my husband.  To Vincent, I know that you love me, but in a few months there will be less of me to love, and I can’t wait!

I feel great I had a great workout last night, shout out to (SD) Clarence for pushing me! If you need a good trainer ladies and gentlemen he is the one, just hit me up if you want his info.  Anyway later today me and the hubby will be taking and posting my before pictures and measurements so that we can watch this number change from month to month.  I will only post it monthly, I will not tell you my start weight until I reach my goal, but I will update how much weight and inches I have lost, so here goes nothing.

Until later, Smooches!

 

 

 



{April 4, 2012}   The real beginning!

So you guys remember last week when I posted my first blog, I was happy and optimistic about the tranformation process that I am going through and just ready to share with everyone some of the things that I am doing. Well I am still happy and optimistic, just add in tired and sore with that.  So Last week because of previously planned activities I was only able to make it to the gym once, (I still did Pliates at home) so, when walked into the gym to talk with the trainer on Monday he told me that Tuesday (yesterday) is actually going to be my first day and to just get a little cardio in, he proceeds to put me on the eliptical for 20 very intense minutes, while changing the pace and resistance during that time frame.  So this kind of worried me, I had previously thought that when I was with him the weeke before he had started me off pretty hard, but that was just to gauge me and see what I could do.  Well let me tell you yesterday Clarence (yes I am putting you on blast!) kicked my but. I feel sorness in lots of muscles but mostly just my knee’s but we will go into that later.  I felt like I did pretty good until we got to the planks OMG, I could barley do them, now of course my excuse is that I just had a baby about 6months ago and my abs are virtually none exsistant (good excuse right). I still tried even though it hurt so much to try and hold my big’ole butt slightly in the air while holding in the abs and resting on the forearms ( it was worse than that but he modified it just for my extremely weak abs). Then there were the hops, where you hop, using you your arms for momentum and jumping about 3-5′ at a time down the length of a ballroom and back, OMG by then my thighs were begging for a break but SD (slave driver) wasn’t hearing it. All and all I had a great workout and I get a day of rest, yay!  Clarence I will be back on Thursday ready to get it in, no pain no gain. 

Now back to the knee pain thing.  I am experiencing some pain in my knee that is associated with the workout so I am not that concerned about it, but I want to address something.  I have let myself get to a point weight wise that is extremely unhealthy. I have knee pain in both knee’s and I know it is coming from the extra weight that I am carring around. I will not allow this to continue, I have to get healthy, I want to feel better, look better and have energy.  I want live for a long time and the best way to do that is to start taking care of my temple.  I am in control of what goes into my body and what happens to my body.  I will get healthy for my kids, for my husband, but most importantly for me and my quality of life.

P.S. I am going to post some before pictures next time I blog, and every two weeks after that, I really want you to take this journey and see this change! Anyone want to join me.



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