Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Taste Of Fat!

These last eight weeks, I, my Aunts, my Female Cousins, and my Niece have engaged in a weight loss challenge.  My youngest aunt has shared meal plans and preparations, informative videos, and pdfs… to keep us on the right track.  Having my family just a photo, emoji or text message away has been awesome, and it is my hope we continue with our weight loss management endeavors together. 
Now, let me tell you what I have discovered on my own.  Early on, during the second week of this eight week challenge I realize, I have two food addictions…
2. Butter aka Fat.

Lowering my caloric intake wasn’t the problem, prior to this challenge I ate once a day without exercise, twice a day with exercise. However, we are told to rev-up our metabolism and to keep it going all day we must eat several times a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small snacks in between. This is a problem for me… Anytime I eat prior to 1pm I subsequently eat all day long… and not just a few calories, but hundreds of calories.  And I cannot turn off the cravings. As well, I cannot consume an abundance of carbohydrates, because again I cannot turn off the cravings; and by mid-night, I need a sleep aid just to shut myself down. 

What works of me if FAT!!! With a full fat diet, I can eat two meals a day with one snack and feel satiated.  No cravings, no hunger pains, no sleep aids, and I can exercise without exhaustion. On day’s I ate full fat meals, I could perform 3 hours in the pool. On days of low-fat or none fat meals, I crashed and burned, and my pool time was shortened to 1.5 hours. 

Once I understood my need for Fat, I began researching Fat as a dietary need and thus stumbled upon a few medical articles touting Fat a necessity in combating obesity.  It has long been thought there were only five taste senses “sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami (savory).”  Fat is now labeled the sixth taste sense.  If you ask me Fat is the Umami, the Savory, which science speaks of. 

Now that I understand my need for Fat, I have began experimenting with healthier fats, avocado, walnut, coconut butter, coconut milk and coconut oil. These have become my go-to sources for Fat, and although I rely mostly on these, I have not completely loosed my goats butter, it tastes sooo good melted over popcorn… LOL.   A tasty meal now has a pinch of salt, a pinch of sweet, a squeeze of sour, a hint of bitter and an tablespoon of fat.  And great news, it is working.

In this eight-week challenge, I lost 8 lbs and 2.5 inches on my waist line, with a very noticeable difference when wearing my clothes…  This time I am honestly enjoying the journey to a healthier happier ME!!!
Bon Appetit


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Word For Today: Mean It!

We make promises to others and work diligently to keep them. However, we make promises to ourselves and then give ourselves permission to break them.  How can we claim to love ourselves if we consistently disavowal the agreements we make with ourselves? The most important thing about claiming to love oneself… Is Meaning It.   SistaSistaSister

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weight Loss Challenge Week 5 (Calorie Burn Estimates)

Before 211                                        Present 205
FitWatch.com estimates and recommendations
My total Calorie Needs at 205lbs are 2510 per-day
My estimated Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) 1620 calories burned doing nothing..


The amount of energy (in the form of calories) that the body needs to function while resting for 24 hours is known as the basal metabolic rate, or BMR. This number of calories reflects how much energy your body requires to support vital body functions if, hypothetically, you were resting in bed for an entire day.  
Ø  Meaning I was consuming 890 calories more than my body burned in a day.
For a 30% weight loss, the recommended calorie intake is 1757 calories per-day
For an aggressive weight loss, the recommended calorie intake is 1510 calories per-day

Using an activity calculator below are Calorie Burn Calculations for 205lbs @ 5’7

      1)      Water Aerobics 1.5 hours =                                          586
      2)      Water Aerobics 2.0 hours=                                           781
      3)      Walking 3.0mph 1.0 hours=                                          322
      4)      Light Weight Training 45mins=                                    220

By continuing my present schedule of water aerobics twice daily M-W-F and incorporating Light Weight Training Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, as well as a Brisk Walk every Saturday and Sunday, it is estimated I will use 5185 calories to complete these activities. In addition, considering my body burns 1620 calories in a day without activity, to maintain vital body functions, my weekly calorie burn now totals 6805. 
As we know, we must burn and/or eliminate 3500 calories to lose 1lb.  Therefore, on this schedule it is estimated, I will lose 1.7lbs per week, before Food Calorie Reduction.  Reducing my food calories to 1510 calories per-day, will eliminate an additional 1000 calories a day from my estimated total calorie need. Thus, in seven days I can decrease my present weight by 3.7lbs… INTERESTING!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Is There A Level 5

Is there a level 5...? All my eating is for pleasure, energy, and health, and these last few days recovery from diarrhea. I refuse to buy refined anything and I only eat out by invitation or special occasion. Well with one exception... Shrimp Fried Rice twice a month... And now, I have taught myself how to create my own Shrimp Wild Rice with and Asian flare. But sticking with the above photo, emotional eating in response to stress, I have been guilty. Heck emotional eating due to boredom... or learned behavior. Although when emotionally eating I am merely doubling up on organic Avocado's or an extra handful or two of Walnuts or binge eating Skinny Pop Popcorn. 

It took me a while, but I finally delivered myself from soda. (One day I will tell U the story).  In the meantime when looking for sweet drinks I scarf down GT-Kombucha with Chia seeds, or if money is low, I juice a liter of appleaide and if money is real-low, I make ginger and honey tea. The quality of my food is never and issue I refuse to put certain foods in my house. If I have not researched it and it is canned, boxed or processed, I usually don't purchase it, with the exception of tomato paste and pasta shells, can't make those two myself. Basically, at my core, I am a level 4 eater with a few level 1 tendencies.

Quoting Myself Comfortably

I love my comfort zone...but comfort zones that do not expand overtime, do not foster growth. If you are not growing and expanding within your comfort zone, then challenge yourselves to increase your territory, comfortably. ~Kim RDaniel/SistaSistaSister

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Comfortable Within

Are you more concerned with others perceptions of you? Or… Are your perceptions of yourself defined by you and you alone? Being comfortable within for many is an ever perplexing journey and for others, the journey is seamless and natural.
To be comfortable within, fortifies one’s emotions and behavior, and when met with the stresses of a challenging life, those who are comfortable within are able to remain level headed, confident in their truth and able to summons their ability to overcome.  When one is comfortable within, even while facing unwarranted circumstances, these individuals are capable of remaining mentally and emotionally present and accountable for their choices and actions.
When we are uncomfortable within, we can be regularly afflicted with self-doubt, self-loathing and indecision. When uncomfortable within everything in life can be a challenge due to our indecisiveness; we may melt down oppose to calming down and we tend to seek affirming affirmations from others, outside ourselves.  When we are uncomfortable within we can develop a habit of not defining our boundaries, and when we do not define our boundaries, we leave ourselves open to becoming constant victims of circumstance.
One mechanism I found for knowing and understand one’s self is journaling.  Whether we are Comfortable Within or Uncomfortable Within, being able to pen one’s thoughts, experiences, life-dreams and day-dreams, is an inexpensive and therapeutic means to getting to know oneself.  Below are a few questions to help you get started.
Journal Entry: Learning to become Comfortable Within
Find a place where you can be completely alone, and not influenced by outside forces that can result in feelings of guilt, insecurity, or embarrassment. And… Answer the Questions below, to help you begin to better focus on You.  
  • What are your best qualities?
  • What nonphysical thing would you like to change or improve about yourself?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment at present date? And what makes this your greatest accomplishment?
  • What makes you laugh at yourself? Explain in detail.
  • What was your life’s most frightening experience? How did you overcome it? Or… How are you dealing with it?
  • What was the most empowering moment of your life? How did it make you feel?
  • If by some magical ability you became a super hero overnight, what are your superpowers and how would you use them to benefit the world?
  • What one thing can you do right now to bring you inner peace and happiness?
  • What inspires you to do and be your best?  Do you always present your best efforts? (Answer for the following: Job, Home, School, Family, Friends, Self). How do you know the effort you have given is your best?        

Join me SistaSistaSister, Crystal J and Stephanie Wallace of LAID: (Love And Intimacy for the Disabled) Sunday (January 24 2016) as we explore what it means to be Comfortable Within.        

My Thought for the Day Copyright © 2010

Sometimes we stumble;
Sometimes faith is betrayed;
Sometimes the mistakes we make
are the stones it takes, to build a pathway to the person we will be. Remember we are ever becoming.
(January 08, 2010)

Wisdom is the prerequisite of perfecting love,
Truth is the prerequisite of revealed wisdom,
If there is no truth, there is no perfecting love.
Seek truth, wisdom and love will follow.
(January 10, 2010)

"When I fall, whether I be friend or foe, stretch forth, help me, dust me off, and send me on my way in love." Yes, Love... The action that surpasses all understanding... The force, that creates forgiveness, in the mist of derision. The virtue, that gives all fallen souls the ability to journey on... and to the sender (the forgiver who's been wronged) the ability to heal, and also grow on.
(January 11, 2010)

Every Today was once a Tomorrow,
Every Tomorrow will become Today…
What will you do Today, to influence your Tomorrow?
(January 18, 2010)

Turn down the thermostat! Stop expelling valuable energy! Winterize your heart! Insulate the warmth of your spirit, and conserve yourself (your being) for those who acknowledge your wroth.
(January 23, 2010)

My thought for today is a reflection of something my mother always said, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and well meaning people, who never got around to proving the thoughts of their heart". (February 6, 2010)

The grass always looks greener on the other side, but don’t climb the fence, the dog bites, the cat scratches, and the owner is a jack ass.
(February 7, 2010)

I would hate to wander through the desert of hope, hungry, only to find the fig tree barren.
(February 10, 2010)

What is adequate for one can be inadequate for another, time reveals what is. (February 17, 2010)

We are all more than we believe, if we merely believe.
(February 26, 2010)

To be unpredictable, for some is a challenge of intellect.
To be conventional, for some is deifying creativity.
To be absolutely unique, is a freedom we all seek, at various levels. (February 27, 2010)

We view photo's, we read blogs and status', we agree or disagree, we like or dislike, we study, examine and respond, based on our perceptions of what we believe is communicated and revealed, What you see is not always what you get.
There are times we should use our prudent minds, to take another look, there could be more than what meets the eye.
(March 7, 2010)

Things don't always End Well,
Yet its well they ended.
(March 17, 2010)

Women, we are always told, we talk to much, so men created Facebook, Texting & Twitter, to teach us to be direct and to the point. Please say it in 140 - 420 characters or less…
(March 18, 2010)

S H I N E !!! Even in your darkness shine.
Those who need your light will see it. S H I N E!!!
(March 20, 2010)

Selfishness will tax any relationship, and chronic selflessness taxes the individual.
(March 27, 2010)

Many of us read to locate, take note of, or memorize, that which has been taught unto us. Some of us study to gather information of that which is written, and has been taught unto us, with no intention of questioning its validity.
Others of us locate, take note of, memorize, gather information and are able to rightly divide the written and spoken word, which has been taught unto us, and there confirming or denying its validity. Wisdom is seeking beyond what is taught or understood, to affirm truth.
(March 29, 2010)

We are taught in childhood, not to question, our parents, our elders, and those deemed to have religious authority over us... We are not to lean to our own understandings, and if we find ourselves of another opinion, we are told it is the devil. Therefore withstanding our failure, our unwillingness, our fear to question, that which is questionable, we adhere to a belief passed down but never scrutinize by those we looked to for guidance. We pledge servitude to a belief we ourselves struggle to comprehend, and in so doing, we vaguely acknowledge the God-ness, the creative force within ourselves… (Greater is he that is within U than he that is in the world. (The world meaning, outside of U.)
(March 30, 2010)

Misery loves company, and hurt people hurt people. If folks fail to take the time needed to heal, they will always repeat the cycle of pain. I have found love means different things to different folks, so we must find our definition of love, and apply it as we await the arrival of that mate, whom shares the same definition of love as ourselves.
“Can two walk together, except they agree" Amos 3:3
(March 31, 2010)

Normal isn't fun....
Sanity has no adventure... and when U go crazy,
there are no valid excuses... I'm staying crazy...
(April 24, 2010)

Not every Hello is permanent,
and not every Goodbye forever...
time is the common denominator.
(April 29, 2010)

Allergies are like sucker punches,
there aren't any warnings,
and you're never prepared....
(May 3, 2010)

There must be balance… as you will learn;
your success is no more superior than your greatest failure.
(May 4, 2010)

Reggie Arnold THOUGHT: you have to love some people from a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng distance. Help yourself before you extend too far, there may not be enough rope left..
(May 8, 2010)

God always places the answer within us...
We must be still enough to hear, and wise enough to listen....
(May 18, 2010)

soap & water don't make U clean..
it just makes U washed...
so watch U'r deeds...
(May 27, 2010)

Love at first, second or third sight is possible.
For U determine the love u will give...
U determine the barriers or limitations U will set.
We don't love because we think others will love us,
We love because we so desire to do so,
Despite whether we are loved in return.
Love at first sight simply means I choose to love this person despite their willingness or lack thereof to love me back...
I will love without seeking a return...
I Love u because I can.
(June 28, 2010)

All Life's lessons can't be learned in a day,
so slow down and pace yourself,
it's not that kind of race. ~Sista
(July 27, 2010)

It would seems at some point we should graduate
from believing to knowing...
Are U ready for your cap and gown?
(July 27, 2010)

Wine is a necessity... for relaxing conversation... :)
(July 29, 2010)

One should not work to maintain faith,
If you’re working, you are working in fear,
For faith and knowing, just is.
Copyright © Kim Daniel
(July 30, 2010)

If you’re giving to get,
You’re not giving, you’re lending.
(August 10, 2010)

Baby stepping to my forward motion....
Hope the train don't leave the station fo' I get there...
(August 18, 2010)

One of the most amazing encounters is watching my thoughts manifest before my eyes...
I am grateful
(September 3, 2010)

Rummaging through the closets of my memory, I found U.
Just like old times, we laughed and smile, and joke for awhile, then the phone rang, and guest what, it was U... (September 29, 2010)

Wisdom can sometimes look crazy, and looks can sometimes be deceiving. (October 22, 2010)
resolve to LOVE Unconditionally

Living In A Stream Of Possibilities