For most of us on Thanksgiving, we did NOT prepare the food. How can we eat right when the food is so wrong? The scavenger hunt of the healthy food at the buffet table!
Most veggies on Thanksgiving are prepared in a lot of fat, ton of sodium and don’t get me started on the grease. We can’t control what is in front of our face. However, we can control the amount of food that enters our body. It is all about portion control.
Remember, it is still NOvember. Its okay to say YES to some things but even it out with a NO! If you had a slice of pie on first serving then skip it on the second.
Wait in between rounds. (Trust me your stomach will appreciate it). Walk around and enjoy company. When you have a conversation, you forget to stuff your face. It is scientifically proven by Dr. Reynolds.
I made a video from our Thanksgiving banquet. I went around the potlucks and decided if it is a YAY or NAY to eat. Then, I show you guys what the perfect thanksgiving plate should look like.
End of Jocktober
Jocktober was a success and a failure. However, I look on the bright side, therefore, through the fails, I see improvements. Lets talk about the WINS.
1. Roller coaster
I finally fit in the roller coaster seat without feeling embarrassed. I conquered a fear of mine.
2. Gym Challenge
I pushed myself harder than ever in the gym. One week I ran for a total of 21 miles. I wanted to puke after some runs but I still accomplished something I thought I never could do.
1. my diet
haha, I wanted to do a week eating solely fruits and veggies. #Fail… BUT, my takeaway is that I need to eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Lately, for my snack at work, I eat apples. I brought in carrots and dip for a snack today. I am taking a right step, away from processed food.
2. I am still plateauing!
Yup, no weight loss. Probably weight gain because my diet was off due to a whole cheat week.
To help with the plateau, I ordered Green Coffee beans off of Groupon. These beans have helped clinical trial patients lose 15% of their body fat without diet or exercise. I heard about this on The View and it was also on Dr. Oz. I am not relying on the green coffee beans to lose weight but just jump start the fat burning process.
I will have more on the miracle workers once I start using them.
I thought of this in the shower today. Yes, I had to tell you this :)
Anyways, This month starts the holiday period when we binge on sweets and carbs. Well, we can’t always say no. SOOO.. I came up with a plan to fulfill our sweets and still be on a diet. It is a 50 / 50 plan. Every time sweets are in front of you, you will eat or not eat. It will go back and forth. Therefore, if I passed on the cake yesterday, then I can have a thin slice of apple pie today. Get it? it is better to alternate your yes then to binge by saying ‘YES’ all the time. Try it! I bet you will notice how little weight you will gain over the fat gaining season.
Love you all,
Last week, I wanted to do a strictly fruits and vegetable diet. Well, that lasted a day. So, I decided that this week I will try something new at the gym. In all spirits of jocktober, it is time to hit the treadmill.
The mission is to run 3 miles everyday for a week; that is over 20 miles! Yikes.. help?!?!?
So… When I gave you the ‘Jocktober’ challenge I forgot to mention how scary gyms can be. I mean, it is another world. It doesn’t matter what job you have or level of intelligence. To get respect, you have to use proper techniques. However, being new to the gym is very intimidating especially if you encounter the four types of these people.
Jocktober Begins with this new vlog :)
Okay, so I haven’t been to the dentist in 5 years. My braces were removed the summer before college and I never returned, until today. I know, I am horrible. What makes it worst is that I did not have the best oral hygiene growing up. Literally, every cleaning turned into, “We found another cavity.” I have had my fair share of cavities growing up.
So I walk in today feeling nervous because I don’t know what to expect. The last year or so I have been doing a BETTER job at brushing my teeth daily. I had positive thoughts that I was only coming in for a cleaning… NOPE!
The Dentist workers (I dont know their actual job roles, Ortho-hygienist Enthusiasts???) forced me to take an X-Ray of my teeth. When that X-Ray hit the black light board my heart dropped.
Holes, Holes-Holes…HOLES holes, Holey holes! My teeth looked like the landscape from the Shia Labeouf movie, Holes. I had like over 15 cavities or “dental repairs.” Some were bad, but a lot were small gaps.
I felt horrible. I wanted to just crawl in a dark-cold place and just meditate of how much of a failure I have become. I blame my fat self. I blame the 3 dollar southern style chicken meals at McDonalds. I blame Tacobell. I blame the Arnold Palmers at Sonic. But mostly, I blame myself for allowing all of that food to enter my body.
After hours of drilling, sawing, numbing, poking, gargling, spitting, and cleaning, my top left side is repaired. I have to come in later to do the top right and another to do the bottom.
When the assistant was cleaning up the station she asked me if I drink soft-drinks. I responded with a No. She was shocked and thought I was lying to her. She then went down the line of asking if I drank, coffee, tea, Gatorade and I denied the intake. She said she couldn’t believe that I only drank water. (before I continue, remember I have not been to the dentist in 5 years. I have spent 4 of those years drinking all the bad stuff but lately I have been clean)
For Proof I showed her a picture of what I looked like a year ago. She was stunned and she immediately sought after her phone. She showed me a picture of herself at a bigger state and we shared a genuine moment.
When former fatties come together or share stories, it is like an indescribable power that overtakes you. You share this special bond with a complete stranger. One moment I hate her because she is causing so much pain in my life, or mouth, and the next we are almost tearing up because of the fight to stay healthy.
That moment, that special moment, I really wish I had given her my information. I wish I had a business card or just a simple card that had the information to this blog so that we can stay in touch.
I am going to ask you, my readers a very simple question. Do you think I should carry cards with my blog information? It will be a simple way for people to have access to the link. Write your opinions or simply email me at LReynolds@wdbj7.com
If you have any topics or questions that you want me to discuss please send them over to my email.
I’m Pregnant, Man
I seriously think I am pregnant some days. Yes, I know I can never, technically, be pregnant therefore I wouldn’t know what pregnancy is really like. I am basing the below on watching shows like ‘Secret Life of The American Teenager,’ ‘16 & Pregnant,’ and ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ (Kourtney stays forever preggers)
Just like any other pregnant woman, I have the strangest cravings. One month all I crave is cinnamon, and then guacamole, cookies n’ cream, and finally buffalo ranch. Its like I crave something until my taste-budsget sick of that flavor.
Okay, this is totally my fault. Ever since my diet all I have been drinking is water. I drink a lot of water each day and that means more trips to the bathroom. It does compare to the levels of pregnant women, though…
Oh yes, my back hurts all the time now. I blame it on my sleep. Fun Fact: when your fluffy, you have cushion all around you. Now imagine going to sleep with a natural cushion surrounding your body. Sleep is wonderful.
Now imagine that fluffiness is gone and your are sleeping on top of your liver and spleen. YUP, you will get back pains because sleeping becomes a nightmare (see what I did there) and you have to sleep in weird positions just to fall asleep
One the same note, I commend the thin people on the world for their abilities to sit in a chair. Sitting on my bum becomes more and more difficult as my cush over the tush dissolves. I can feel by bones scrape the wood on chairs. Sitting is not fun anymore…
I had it good… those were the days :(
A wise person once said,
"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands"
Eating better, getting runner’s high, gives you this positive outlook on life. You feel and act better. But then there is the crash when everyone is so annoying that you just want to hit them in the eye. I wouldn’t say I am a violent person. but some days, if thoughts could paint, I would be Picasso.
Also I become so indecisive. I am worried about my future and my future self. If I should eat that food or not. Is it okay to consume or resist. AHHH!!!
So apparently I forgot that I have stretch marks all over my body. You see, I have stretch marks on my stretch marks. I was a huge balloon, like the ones in a parade. Now, I am slightly deflated and my stretch marks are like rivers of a map on my body.
Every night, I cocoa cream it up. I have to do it to try to keep my skin tight and to help the marks fade. Also it helps prevent new ones from embarking. Fun Fact: If you lose weight fast (guilty) you will get new stretch marks.
Skin is a meanie and you have to treat it nice or it will be viscous to you.
I am hoping none of my coworkers are reading this part. I feel that ever since I started eating healthier, my farts have gotten…poisonous.
Shocking, I rarely eat pinto beans. I once ate those beans during dinner break and I felt like that woman’s stomach in Alien. Something was going to pop out of my stomach and it was not going to be pretty.
I am an offender to some of the top gas-producing foods:
I feel like my *raspberries* are worse when I eat healthier foods then when I ate McDonalds / TacoBell last year (in which they are garbage to begin with).
I have been on this lifestyle change for 9 months now. I may not have a baby, but I am bringing a new life into the world, my own.
I am a Soda Addict
Hi, my name is LaRell and I have an addiction to soda.
It started when I was a young lad. I needed to drink some kind of bubbly refreshment with every meal. That need for soda at every meal expedited my now, former, obesity.
I tried to stop. But, I failed. The summer before college I tried to lose weight to make an impression on my new colleagues. I did so well. I lasted a WHOLE semester without a taste of soda.
Then, horror hit on a cold, eery day in January. I was on my drive back to school with a buddy. We must have ate some bad food because we… got… FOOD POISONING!!
Now, I will spare the deetz on the disaster of my food poisoning, but I will share that my body regrets that meal. Due to my “illness” I was ordered to sip ginger ale… SODA!!! But I couldn’t do that because I cut soda out of my diet.
I had to… I needed to… to survive.
From that point forward the addiction swept me from under my feet and I started guzzling down Sprites like it was the end of the world. Yes, I did mention Sprite, I am a part of the unfortunate demographic statistic / stereotype.
Skip a few years later…
Its June of 2011 and I sitting back drinking a nice cold one (soda) watching ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ with my MOMsicles. It’s Vegas Week and we are watching dancers get creamed by executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe on the telly. There is this dancer, her name was Natasha. She had a personality for days and she instantly became the fan favorite. Of course we wanted her to make it through Vegas Week.
Tragedy struck for Natasha; after practicing for a routine, she fell ill. Rushed to the ER, Natasha received news that she has diabetes. DIABETES!!! Homegirl was only 18 and weighed way less than me.
I immediately put down my drink and swore off soda from then on.
1 year later, I am going strong with no soda. It is sometimes weird to put my order in at a restaurant and just say ‘water’. Its even weirder that the Natasha moment was when I first began to change my diet. Granted, I substituted soda for sugary ‘Arnold Palmers’ and ate like I was on a cruise ship every day.
So in a weird way, thank you TV for changing my life.