Patience With Me

3 09 2009
Photo by leestababee on flickr

Photo by leestababee on flickr

With so many celebrity candles blown out way too soon, I am constantly reminded how precious life truly is. The invaluable lesson that these unfortunate occurrences has taught me is to have patience with myself. There are so many things that I want to accomplish but I’ve realized that it takes time to build greatness.  Weight loss is an important goal on my agenda, not just for the aesthetic beauty but for a healthier lifestyle. I desire to treat this body of mine like the temple it was created to be. Like the fabulous Ms. Sherri Shepherd, I’ve used my journey to educate and encourage others towards betterment. So it would be no sign of defeat if I admit to you, my valued viewers, that I fell off my regimen. For a month the only exercise that I seemed to perform outstandingly well was shoveling food down my throat. Yikes! Being a stress-eater has been a challenge for me and at times I have lost my bout. The great news is that I’ve returned to incorporating exercise in my daily regimen with that same determination that I had before…perhaps, even more! So if you have fallen off like me, don’t fret…Dust yourself off and keep it moving!





The New View of Sherri Shepherd

25 08 2009

Sherry Shepherd on The ViewI‘ll be the first to admit, that when Sherri Shepherd debuted her new and improved body on The View on August 6th, I immediately thought her body wasn’t proportioned and she should consider a breast reduction. Her bottom half had notably changed but her top remained the same size and made her look top heavy. I for one was very supportive and inspired by Sherri’s decision to display her weight-loss journey and bikini bod on the show. Girl has guts and I applaud her for it!

I couldn’t wait to pick up the OK Magazine featuring Sherri on the front cover. I desired to learn more about her story and life after size 16. Our girl chiseled down to a size 6. Awesome! Definitely wanted to hear her tips for those who want to decrease…yes please! As I stood on line at Target, a female customer ahead of me saw my anticipation to grab the magazine. She leaned over to me and snickered, “She’s a size 6. Do you believe that? Yeah, and I’m a size 4.” In my total chrissy moment I asked, “Are you a size 4?” The lady took her change from the cashier and responded, “No, I’m not. And she’s no 6 either. I don’t believe it.” After she left with her groceries, the cashier also added his opinion that mirrored hers about his disbelief in Sherri’s new size. Right away, their comments made me rethink my own judgments on Sherri’s body. Our thoughts were merely speculations about her situation and bares absolutely no merit.

When I read the article Sherri’s Hot New Shape, by Shauna Bass, I was further convinced that I was in the wrong. She asked Sherri the question that was on my mind as well as many others about having her breasts reduced. It was Sherri’s response to that inquiry that left me in reverence, “I don’t understand what everyone’s obsession is with me getting a boob job! God gave these to me and I love my boobs. I wish they were bigger!” She is basically loving herself unconditionally. Sherri Shepherd, I stand corrected!





A Diet or Lifestyle Change?

7 05 2009

On April 30th Kirstie Alley made some deep confessions on The Oprah Winfrey Show about her Jenny Craig spokesperson aftermath. She was in denial about her tremendous weight gain until that paparazzi photograph exposed her grim reality. Using her frank sense of humor, Kirstie sat and confided to Oprah, (and her millions of viewers) what her action plans were to banish those extra pounds. She unmasked her disappointment for losing a few rounds in the battle of the bulge. Kirstie was brave enough to admit the obvious but she doesn’t stand alone with yo-yo dieting. I myself have been there and have finally realized the difference between a diet and a lifestyle change.

All my life, I’ve struggled with fluctuating weights and self-esteem issues. I seriously wanted to be thin and tried everything from starving myself to the Atkins diet in order to shed my heaviness. Putting myself on rigorous diet & exercise regimens quickly shed those unwanted pounds and I kept it off for years. But I knew someday my stressful-eating habits would reappear again and throw me in a tailspin. And when it revisited, I felt like Cinderella when she lost her glass slipper; my glamorous physique disappeared and my weight ballooned back up.

photo by bartmaguire on flickr

photo by bartmaguire on flickr

Now in my adult years, I don’t want to subject myself to a restricting diet and excessive work-out schedule in order to lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in moderation and discipline but I know this is a journey not a destination. To me, dieting is a quick fix and doesn’t always give you lasting results. With time and commitment I will see the outcome that I have longed for. This is a personal lifestyle change which will forever alter my habits and lead towards my healthiness.

-shani anona





Stumbling Blocks

22 04 2009
Photo by MargauxV on Flickr

Photo by MargauxV on Flickr

So I’m three weeks deep in my exercise regimen and like clockwork, I knew I would face an obstacle sooner or later. I’ll be honest and admit that when I like something I tend to be monotonous with it. Last week in my Small Victory post, I shared that I was using small weights along with my workouts. Trust me, the results were amazing BUT I ended up overdoing it and stressed my back muscles. The aches has plagued me for two days now and after deep massages and tepid Epsom salt baths, I’m still feeling quite sore. So I evidently missed a couple of days from my routine due to my situation. GREAT! So, I’m here to report that when you’re exercising to take it easy. It took months to put on the weight and for me its been about a year. I will now regulate the same amount of time into losing it. And keep on moving.





A Small Victory!!!

16 04 2009

My hard work is paying off and now I’m going to share my small victory with you. So far since I’ve started my bootcamp, I’ve lost 3.5 pounds. This is a small milestone but I know its just the first of many more to come. How did I do it? Simply by changing my habits. I’ve made it my business to eat healthier foods and work out each day for 30 minutes.

I’ll be the first to admit, this was NOT easy for me. Removing the fried foods, greasy chips, and candy was like taking a limb from me. Instead I opted for baked or steamed foods, crisp fruits, and nuts (preferably almonds). I’ve also learn about portion control which has helped me with another problem, overeating. Less is so much more! Lastly, I’ve added salads to my meals and drinking lots of water.

Photo by mikebaird

Photo by mikebaird

As for the exercise, I’m still on my Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds tape. To get an extra benefit, I’ve added 2 pound hand weights to my workouts. This has helped me to strengthen my arms as I go along. I also have a buddy, (good look 1cent) which has made it actually fun to exercise. One more lesson to share which is to park your car and try walking to some of your destinations. This has made a world of difference to me with building my endurance.

-shani anona





My First Day of Boot Camp

9 04 2009

Today makes it official. I started my exercise regiment. I’m not going to gloss this one up, it was EXTREMELY hard for a novice like me. At first I was going to torture myself and attempt to do some Billy Banks’ TaeBo but realized that my body wasn’t physically adept for doing too many round-off kicks, so I opted for Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds. This is a basic form of exercise which anyone can do and it helps to build your endurance. Okay, I had my doubts that it would work for me and was merely a waste of my time. The fact that it’s entry level and is just walking in place made me a unconvinced. I’m a firm believer that if I don’t sweat, I’m not burning calories. But after my 2 mile walk, I felt the sweat permeating through my shirt and the beads dripping down my face. I was amazed how taunt my leg muscles felt from simply committing to a 30 minutes. I’m excited to try the next level which will add some kicks…uh oh!

Photo by Foxtongue

Photo by Foxtongue

Now that I succeeded with my first day, I’m still nervous about the future. What I find to be the most challenging part of exercising is not the physical labor but the routine. In the past, I found myself suffering a stumbling block (like twisting my ankle or something) or just losing interests all together. My desire is to commit to this for the long haul but I need inspiration. Luckily I found a few ideas that is actually giving me the motivation to succeed. I discovered a lovely picture of myself when I was on the healthier side. I was surprised that this photo brought instant joy to my heart and I didn’t cringe (okay maybe not that much). I will use my picture as a model and strategically place it somewhere noticeable as a daily reminder. I also found that morning hours is the best time to do my exercise. When time progresses, I can even squeeze in another session in the afternoon or evening. Hah, I’m on my way.

Please share your tips on how to stay committed to exercising? I’m all ears.

-shani anona





Star is Shinning So Bright!

2 04 2009

I am an avid Oprah Winfrey fan. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I’ve adored her for umpteen years. Could it possibly be the fact that we share the same birthday, 1/29? Perhaps. Or is it the fact that Ms. Winfrey is always so honest with hers and has been an inspiration for decades? True indeed. Oprah is a beacon of hope for many people including myself. Due to my current state of unemployment, I tune in religiously at 4pm EST to watch her shows. And when I cannot watch her show…I’m taping it on the v.c.r. And yes, I still have one.

On her April 1st special, Oprah showcased three celebrity women who lost a tremendous amount of weight and illustrated the impact it has made on their lives. I was happy for Valeria B. and cheered when she revealed her new bikini frame to the world. And Marie O. struck a chord when she shared her heart-tugging story of her eldest son’s intervention which initiated her transformation. What bewitched me the most was the Star Jones portion of the show.

Star’s story sustained me and I automatically empathized with her situation. While on The View, Star chose to keep her gastric bypass surgery hidden and claimed her weight loss was from dieting and pilates; a partial truth. As a result, her secret finally unraveled and Star inevitably lost major fan power for not being totally honest about her medical procedures. Regardless, I’m proud of Star and understand why she choose to keep this personal weight struggle quiet for so many years. Its a difficult thing to accept that you are overweight or obese and doing it nationally in front of a studio audience doesn’t make it any easier. Fear of judgment and scrutiny can hold you back from assessing the issue. But healing the heart and learning acceptance can make any star shine brightly.

-shani anona