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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Oh my God! I'm 156.2lbs - WHAT???

So I've never been big on weighing myself - I typically go by dress sizes . If my clothes fit snug then I know I have to cut back and when it's starting to get a wee loose is really the only time I think of weighing myself to confirm what ta gwan?

As you already know from prior post I'm currently on the Daniel Fast. Daniel Fast is a spiritual fast that consists of eating fresh fruits, vegetables , legumes , wholegrains and drinking only water for 21days - in addition to studying the Bible. Anyhoo I'm currently on day 18 - It's been going pretty well - I only lost my cool just the once :)

Today I stepped on the scale and it read JOY like one of those Kelloggs Special K ads - well it said 156.2lbs - OMG! I couldn't believe it. That's pretty much my pre-preggers weight. I've yo-yo'd from a low of 147lbs (at me wedding) to 155ish  pre pregnancy - so to see 156.2 was just pure joy - I just couldn't believe it.

I gained 55lbs during pregnancy from 155 to a massive 210. I lost 85% of it the 1st year but the remaining just did not want to bulge - anyhoo - I can't believe I'm there now - to think I did not even try - well lets said the Daniel Fast expedited everything. I'm very pleased with myself.  Go JoJo!





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Live your dreams - Quote of the day

Live-Your-Dreams is achieving a cherished ambition.

Lately I've been pondering on my assignment here on earth - I had a lot of downturns in 2011 and I let some of them weigh me down. But you can't run with suitcases you have to let it go. 2012 I'm learning to let go of all the hurt, mishaps and disappointments - they are only around to increase me and not to decrease - I shouldn't let my life stop and dwell on them - I've learnt this the hard way - but I'm grateful for the lesson.
You see it doesn't matter what is going on around you - no matter the circumstance - you have it within yourself to control it as long as you do not let it get in side your spirit.
I walked into 2012 with incredible boldness and love - i'm up for failure 100times more that I ever was - it is no longer the fear that drives me  - there's absolutely no reason to fear.

Anyhoo quote of the day :)


“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul. ”
Douglas MacArthur







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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

This poem is simply beautiful. I only just found out about it (talk about late.com)  - It couldn't have been better written. So simple, so truthful, great words to live by.


Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy


Written by Max Ehrmann 1927
 source :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderata


x
Jo

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Quotes of the day

“Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations. ”
Charles Richter


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ”
Robert F. Kennedy


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Sir Winston Churchill 

“It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.”
Peter Marshall 


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Hair update - no longer obsessed with curls and length

 You see when you start the so called 'natural hair' journey - ok scrap all of that when I started my natural hair journey -I was more obsessed with getting my hair to look a certain way - did all the twist out, braid outs, Miss Jessie out, and all that jazz - the styling and the look was more important that accepting my hair texture. In fact I didn't care much about getting to know my hair I just wanted it to curl and look good and of course long.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the mentioned but for me I was running away from the truth and that is my hair is what it is - there's no point forcing it to do what it wasn't supposed to do. My hair shrinks almost 70% when wet and it's just right the way it is. The past 2 weeks I've just accepted it for it. I looked in the mirror and just smiled - I love my hair - It is unique to me - It doesn't have to curl to be beautiful - it's beautiful the way God gave it to me. Just perfect.





















sorry pics are all over the shop - blogspot isn't co-operating with me - will fix later







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Where did the time go??

source - google images

















Oh my ! I have not blogged in 2weeks - been a busy bee since. Plenty has occurred in 2weeks. I wish I could just vlog than blog  - I really do not like writing :) - infact I hate writing. Blogging was a way to force me to write out my thoughts. I do numbers for a living and I'm pretty good at it - I can tell a story with numbers but not words...anyhoo - I'm learning to be more expressive with my written and spoken words -(actually no trouble with the spoken - I can blab for England or New Zealand) - It's sorta weird really. I can meet a stranger and blab for hours and me hubby is the complete opposite  - guess that's why we're a great pair :) - ok starting to digress

So what's being going on with JoJo

1) 1st exciting news - my friend E gave birth to lovely set of twin girls - Oh my gosh they are so cute and delicious. She gave birth on the 10th of January and I met them for the 1st time last week Wednesday 18th. I was in Chicago for 30hrs and really just had to see those cute little miracles. I was there for circa 5mins but it was so worth it. E is a true testament of waiting on God....and God surely deliver and did so in a big way.

2 )It was my 1yr blog anniversary last week Jan 19th - OMG! I was far too busy to notice - Happy 1year anniversary to me. This blog has been somewhat hidden to many - only a few peeps know that I keep it - that wasn't my intention to begin with but I sorta like it - It gave me a chance to be me without feeling like I'm being watched.

3) I'm running the Georgia Half Marathon - Sunday March 18th. I finally decided to do it a week ago and been somewhat training for it. I have less than 60days to go and I'm so looking forward to it - well maybe not - Georgia has plenty hills - so I really need to step up my game and do some hilly practice

4) Aha hair moment - OMG! somehow all that hair and spiritual malarkey isn't malarkey after all - I connected with my soul via my hair last week - more to come but its was surreal

5) I started the Daniel Fast and now on Day 16 - with just 5days to go WOOHOO!!. I feel awesome -more updates to come.

6) 2012 has been great thus far - I've been so in tune with my spirit being and haven't let the physical world bug me too much. 2012 will be year of doing more and talking less for me - I want to impact more - people tell me how I've inspired and encouraged them and I feel obliged to explore this side of me - Nothing absolutely nothing gives me great pleasure than to see joy in people's eyes and to see their soul light up - I get that from my son T almost everyday and It feels great when I've helped someone feel that way. I believe that is my assignment here on earth - - -

7) Ok there isn't really a 7 - but stopping at 6 just seemed a wee dry - tehehee - but all in all it's been a great 2weeks

How was it for you?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Commitment - Quote of the Day

Commitment is keeping a pledge or promise.



“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ”
Charles F. Kettering


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How to start healthy eating



I've always been an ok eater - I don't really go overboard, I binge occasionally (I once ate a 1/2 gallon of ice-cream in one sitting) lol - I drink water 98% of the time - but I really did not know the effects of eating the right foods until I went on the Daniel Fast. Daniel Fast is essentially a plant-based eating plan with the only beverage being water. 


I went on this Fast exactly a year ago - I did so with my church. At the end I felt stronger spiritually and my body/insides was at its peak. I had so much energy, my skin was glowing, in fact it was surreal. That's when it dawned on me how important it is to eat the right foods.
After the Fast I slowly introduced Fish and Lean meats and today I pretty much keep 70% of the rules. 


I've never really struggled much with my eating that's because I know my weakness - I'm a 'see food eat food' person - if it is not in sight then I won't go out of my way to seek it...but once it's there then I have to binge and eat it all - lol - ALL MUST GO.


Here are some of my personal tips to start the healthy eating journey


1) Water - start replacing juices/sodas/ teas etc with water 
2) Milk - replace with Soya milk - the Vanilla flavour is pretty tasty
3) Snacks - replace sweets/candy with Nuts & Fruits
4) Clear your pantry/fridge of all processed/fatty foods - this is a wee drastic - so you might want to star slow
5)  Replace white with brown - so brown rice instead of white rice, brown bread instead of white , - essentially eat more whole-grains they are pretty tasty too
6) Cut out sugar and if you must replace it with honey or Agave
7) Eat more leafy vegetables - or make a smoothie out of them - spinach and kale make pretty good smoothies
8) Experiment more - walk down the healthy food aisle   - try something new - cous-cous, millet, bulgur, quinoa etc
9) Buy organic and if you can't try to buy locally grown produce - the difference isn't really much - plus you can't put a price on your health
9) Do food swaps - e.g instead of white potatoes eat sweet potatoes. 
10)Cook with healthier oils like Olive and Canola oil
11) Fry less, bake and grill more
10) Cut down on red meat - eat more fish or lean meat
11) Control your portions if you can -I'm not very good at this - instead i fill my plate with veggies or stuff my face with fruits till I'm FULL :)
12) READ! READ! READ - books, articles, magazines etc. I would totally recommend Eat, Drink and Be Healthy (pictured above) - It's an easy read . 

Lastly, healthy eating is a lifestyle the more you know about food content the better choices you'll make. So instead of looking for low fat, low sugar, low carb etc you start looking for whole grain, unsaturated fat content etc - instead of the next diet fad/craze you'll know exactly what works for you........

Be good to your body and it'll be good to you. 


x
Jo

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My hair update

My hair today

After hiding under crotchet braids and kinky twists for the past 6mths; I'm now ready to play with my hair again. This time a wee more informed. I'm bent upon learning more about my hair texture, it's needs, it's limitations etc.

When I started my journey I was a wee carried away with the products and focused more on others end results and not on the 4b/c hair that God has blessed me with. I was more concerned with finding the perfect hair regimen than listening to my hair  -  This led to protein damage due to excessive conditioning and of course no clarifying (due to the co-wash craze)

   
Proudly 4b/c
plain fro - no curls no nada


10 things I've learnt about my hair thus far

1) My hair is unique to me
2) Protein and moisture balance is key...my hair needs less of the former more of the latter.
3) Mineral oil is not the devil
4) Co-washing doesn't work for me
5) My hair needs and loves WATER
6) Coconut oil is my friend so is Shea butter
7) I only need to deep condition when my hair tells me too
8) I love fros - I don't like wearing my natural hair in protective styles - get me my wig/crotchet braids/kinky twist protective styles please
9) It's not all about curl definition or length - health hair is all that matters
10) Sulphate shampoos is necessary with  Mineral oil use (use sparingly)


After my homemade protein treatment
slowly on recovery path
























To restore Protein I did an Aphogee 2-Step treatment. This was my last resort if it hadn't worked I would've chopped it all off. If your hair appears weak, limp and lacks elasticity then it probably needs protein. I'm not an expert so please do your own research before carrying out any treatment.







x
Jo


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Monday, January 9, 2012

Protective styles - Straight Quick weave



I made another Quick weave.I seriously do not see the need in getting sew ins - Wigs are so much easier.
I made this on a lace wig cap - it's pretty snug - exact fit. I can't remember the hair I used now but it was Indian Remy - pretty inexpensive. I used just under 2bags.
The fringe (bang) needs trimming though - Hubby thought it was a wee OTT(over the top) - he was like 'err I'm not an authority on wigs/hair but I think you have too much hair in front' -lol .

Anyhoo - I've purchased one of those hair razors to do so.








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Groupon date nites

Do you Groupon? I swear I was a big fanatic when it 1st started - I couldn't wait for the deal of the day. I mainly bought fitness deals like Yoga, Boot Camp, Zumba etc - It was pretty neat. I believe I've only returned custom once :( - the whole idea is for the vendor to get new and repeat customers - but me NAH  - I was always on the look out for new deals - After Groupon came Living Social, Half depot and now they are tons of them clogging me mailbox.
Today I hardly open any of it - I may do so in the summer especially for the Boot Camp deals - right now I'm done with all the deals.
One thing I still use is the Now deals - this is simply deals that are available immediately. Hubby and I have  used this sample new restaurants during our date nights.
Last Friday we ate at Siam Square Thai Smyrna - I had Salmon Red Curry and hubby had Jungle Curry Prawn. It was delicious - I totally recommend.












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Mummyhood - Potty Training



My 21month old made me a proud Mama today - no he didn't get best toddler award nor did he clean up his mess after eating (gosh I can't wait) - instead he finally 'Ka Ka 'ed in this potty today. This might sound like nothing to the experienced or know it all super mums but for me it was HUGE!. I bought the potty seat over 6mths ago and this child has never used it. Yesterday I thought it's high time I just get it together and work on this very draining potty training phase - so since yesterday I've been consistent with training -(Note I tried 6months ago - but failed woefully - or maybe I gave up too easily). I thought to myself it's New Year and I'm DONE  changing diapers right now - so this lil baba has gotta get outta ft it ASAP

To the Mamas out there  - please share your top tips


x
Jo


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Friday, January 6, 2012

Confidence - Quote of the day

Confidence is the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.


“As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ”
William Hazlitt



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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Opportunity - Quote of the day!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
Edith Lovejoy Pierce





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Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 to 2012 summary

I was going to do a long write up about my 2011 challenges --but I'm still here simply because of GRACE. The grace of God. What is Grace - Grace is simply unmerited favor.

I never would've made it without God - there's absolutely no way I could've - I made it to 2012 - I'm stronger, I'm wiser, I'm better -- when I look back at all the challenges - I realized that I only made it because of Him - not by my power or might

The below songs summarizes my thoughts right now ....








x
Jo

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!



Happy New Year!!! Welcome to a brand new spanking year.Welcome to 2012. WOW! WE MADE IT!
This will be a year of greatness for you and your family. You'll do the impossible -you will grow and excel in every aspect of your life. Your life will be a blessing to your community - You shall shine brightly this year.I wish you all the very best

One love,



x
Jo



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