Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What Fitness Advices/Articles does not understand about ME

I shared this on Sparkpeople today.

I am doing this because I think some of the writers of blogs and articles could be lopsided in their advice, there is simply no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss.

Sparkpeople and some of these writers are abroad, I am here in the heart of Africa. Our meals differ, our lives differ, our weathers differ. We are simply on different sides of the coast and thus, I can only pick some ideas and leave the rest for them [never under any obligation to do so], this is what inspired the write up below today. I am not angry at anyone, just simply stating our differences and why I would not strain myself to do all recommendations on the site. Happy reading...

I have been thinking lately and I think I should share this so that my relationship with Sparkpeople is smoother in 2015. I have been stalled or rather in plateau for more than 2 years now. I am trying to understand why but I am still in a fix and I think I need to fix this once and for all.

I joined sparkpeople.com some 4 years back and I had followed every rule, read articles and complied religiously even to some ideas I don’t understand. Thumbs up to a great life, a healthy life, great friends and better approach to life and living.

But… I am not losing weight consistently???

The main reason I came here was to meet my goals of losing weight, I want to see a smaller me [achieved that because I have a before and after picture] with a long term maintenance of it. I don’t want to lose weight [which I had done in a healthy way] and add it back before I say Jack Robinson!

Well… I have my shortcomings and it is quite unfortunate that Sparkpeople may not or is finding it hard to understand that about me.

1. I am African [proudly Nigerian]

2. 90% of meals in Nigeria are fattening

3. Our staple foods are carbs, carbs, and more carbs

4. Eating good freggies can be really costly/rare around here

5. Power outage is a constant experience here, making storage a difficult and more of a wishful idea here.

6. Internet is relatively costly to maintain here [I am trying my best]

7. Sometimes my environment is not safe to walk/run

8. Large portions are norm here

9. Life does not really run smooth here and if you want it smooth, then you need to really pay for it.

10. I think I have some health issues that may make weight loss hectic for me.

11. With all the planning in the world, I still have a very filled 24 hours.

The few times I have lost weight since these four years, I had been exercising to a breaking point [not much time for that these days].

I am still a good and faithful member of Sparkpeople and will always be here [I am an addict].
I love my spark friends, I love the spark family, I love the spark team spirit here and I am promising everyone not to hurt myself as I take the next steps in 2015 to lose this weight and maintain it.
Thank You all

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day 100 Update: 100 days countdown

Woohoo! 100 days is gone by today. I am happy that I did it but on another note, not happy because I was not faithful to it all through. I missed days that I believe if added together maybe more than a month. Within this 100 days [I am not really accountable for it]

- I did finish the BLC 26 challenge and started with Ripped in 30 [I am finishing Week 4 this week].
- I made great decisions that I am sure will be of help in the next 100 days.
- 10 minutes + streak and I am keeping on strong.
- I took control of white bread too [just weekend to eat my bread]
- I finally started a de-cluttering plan to keep my home clean.

Another 100 days starts tomorrow and I promise myself, it will be a more healthier, active and successful 100 days [God's willing].

I promise to state my goals for the coming year [watch out for it] and one of it would be to do as many 100 days streak as possible in the coming year. As many challenges as possible and I promise to be happy in all of it.

Wish me luck as I proceed in the next 100 days of fitness [at least 10 minutes of fitness activity].

I know and believe that I will lose this stubborn weight this coming year. It is the year of ACHIEVERS.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 96 Update: 10 minutes is better than nothing

I can say now that, doing 10 minutes is really better than doing nothing, thanks to SteadyHealth.com. I was not feeling like exercising for the two days [thanks to the weight gain on the scale yet again, 177lbs - I think it's TOM].

So last night, the same feeling was already on me since waking up and by evening, I was dead tired but instead of doing nothing [I am still on Ripped in 30] I decided to do something that will not make me wear any gear at all. [kitting for exercise is a core to me and it is enough to discourage me from working out on some days, it's a story for another day], I looked through my YouTube collections and there is this lady with red and blue balls behind her staring at me.
I did 7 minutes working my glutes and 6 minutes working on my giggly arms [Christian Mother].

Next year must be different by FIRE and by FORCE, because God is involved now.

Monday, December 15, 2014


You will never appreciate that you have lost weight until you take time to compare pictures. I had a reason to compare pictures today, even when I thought I had not achieved a thing physically in the 4 years of eating differently and working out consistently, I beg to differ after the pictures below.

Day 92 Update: Week 3

I noticed the video is 31 minutes instead of usual 34 minutes. I wondered what was different until I
started the workout this morning and realized an exercise was missing in the first circuit, whatever happened was an error on her side as far as I am concerned. Somehow I also felt the video is a little less intense and “nice” too. I enjoyed everything about it and I ended up burning my rice, duh.
I feel a little excited with my success on this video and I am sure to finish stronger and at the right time too.

I am feeling quite excited for the upcoming Christmas celebration (I don’t understand why right now) despite we are not so buoyant right now, but there is a great excitement right now and I know all is well that ends well.

Now I can pick one of the reasons why I am excited, it’s my Sparkversary celebrations today, I mark 4 years with Sparkpeople today and I feel excited about it. Not many (physical) achievements like I would desire but I have become a better person, influenced lives both virtual and real, learned new ways to handle goals, learned to set goals and work at meeting them. I can actually say that I have achieved a lot then. WooHoo.

I am thinking so hard on what hairstyle to install these holidays but I am definitely going to look nice for this Christmas and I promise to be happy in the Lord who is the God of peace, rest and joy. (I desire these 3 as the year ends in a few days).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 91 Update: Week 2 of Ripped in 30

I successfully concluded the Week 2 of the Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30. I am happy that I am doing everything to be consistent exercise-wise. The only challenge I have is the inability to do the bonus workout for the day to conclude the 60 minutes a day exercise.
I will surely get there, I am truly working towards increasing my exercise minutes.

My workout review
Ripped in 30 Week 2 is just as challenging as the first week. I am using a 2lbs weight and probably it is not as challenging as I desired it. So tomorrow God's willing, I should  be using my 5lbs weight to start the Week 3. Jillian as usual can be strict in her instructions

No Bread Streak.
I have maintained 2 weeks of NO BREAD during work days. I now eat bread only on Saturdays and Sundays, maybe next year I may start 14 days no bread streak and maybe 30 days, and maybe 60 days, till I overcome eating bread [this food keeps jeopardizing my efforts].

I have 9 days left in the 100 days 10+ minutes exercise streak. Wow!!! I have achieved a lot and I have learnt a lot in this almost 100 days journey. I will be starting another 100 days and maybe one day I will celebrate a 1,000 days streak.

It is a decision and not a wish, I MUST get to my ONEDERLAND in 2015

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 87 Update: Weigh In

I am just concluded with this round of BLC and the link below takes you to my analysis of the two rounds of BLC so far.


A hectic day in the office today.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Day 82 Update: Bread

I love eating bread! But it is sabotaging my efforts presently, I am still researching what substitute to have when the cravings for bread comes along.

This past week, my weight was rising geometrically and I felt so strongly that bread is responsible for it. I weighed in at 177.6lbs on Wednesday, my weigh in day and with the excuse that it was water weight, I climbed the scale again on Thursday [even after a workout] and a whooping 178.8lbs was staring at me, wow what did I do wrong except bread.

I am deciding today to give bread a break but I will need a substitute and maybe a cheat day so that my efforts will not be sabotaged by cravings at the end of the day and it become worse than when I started. 

What advice do you have for me?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Day 79 Update: Streak within a streak

As I said in the last blog I started the new 30 days streak called...

I have been with Jillian Michaels for some years now and to say I enjoyed her is an understatement. She makes me burn, cry, sweat and name them all. Yes I know my relationship with Jillian over the years is a love-hate relationship but I keep going back because the results are immeasurable.

Ripped In 30 I have like 20 minutes to workout and the warm up and cool down amounting to another 13 minutes so it amount to a total of 33 minutes for the Week One circuit. I am not stopping at that, I am also making sure to have a bonus workout at night so that I have at least 45 minutes working out daily, [I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me]. 

I believe that I can only become stronger and be ready to push more till the results keeps coming in. It is a 3-2-1 circuit i.e. 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute abs. My glutes and shoulders are on fire right now from unending squats, push-ups and raises. I will survive it this time.

My little secret, I am doing this as a warm up for turbo jam in January [God's willing]

Tomorrow is weigh in day and I do not know what I will be confronted with but, I will not be surprised if no particular move by the scale is recorded,

I have a wig on right now and when I kept checking my temples, I think the hair on it [baby hairs] are coming out now, I love that feeling that what I am doing is working for me. It can only be better.

One of our friends residing in the US is coming home by Christmas and I told GO to help me tell him get me a heart rate monitor [I think that is all I need for now]. I know I will love using it.

I will be sure to skip tonight because I did not yesterday. I still believe in my 200+ skips, I will keep keeping on.