~ 3 John 1:2 ~
Friday, February 28, 2014
~ 3 John 1:2 ~
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: A WICKED PLAGUE OF SCALE DEMONS HAS JUST DESCENDED FROM THE SKY AND ARE WRECKING HAVOC ON WEIGHT-LOSS EFFORTS EVERYWHERE. WHATEVER YOU DO, STAY INSIDE. TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS. HIDE YOUR KIDS! HIDE YOUR WIVES! HIDE YOUR HUSBANDS!
~ 3 John 1:2 ~
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
~ 3 John 1:2 ~
As folks (particularly women) strive to reach some illusionary notion of “perfection” – often through unnatural means – one organization is dedicating this week to usher in some sanity and positive sense of self behind one of the most persistent issues affecting Americans by the millions: Weight. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is launching its 27th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from Feb. 23 – March 1. It’s their intention to educate and heal sufferers and their families regarding the complex disease.
Eating disorders can take on many forms, affecting women and men of all cultural backgrounds, especially in the US, where we’re force fed questionable and unattainable standards of physical beauty. The NEDA Awareness theme “I Had No Idea” aims to set the record straight about the pervasive, detrimental nature of eating disorders. The nationwide effort will unite communities to raise awareness about body image and bring national attention to the severity of eating disorders, which are bio-psycho-social illnesses with often devastating – sometimes life-threatening – consequences. While there is hope and recovery is possible – particularly with early intervention – many people suffer from the long-term effects of these illnesses.
-The rate of development of new cases of eating disorders overall has been increasing since 1950.
-40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old.
-It is common for eating disorders to occur with one or more other psychiatric disorders, which can complicate treatment and make recovery more difficult.
-The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 165 pounds. The average Miss America winner is 5’7” and weighs 121 pounds.
-Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.
-For females between 15- and 24-years-old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is 12 times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lives, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Additionally, 4 out of 10 Americans either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder.
The week long initiative will offer a number of events, including, presentations and health fairs in schools and on college campuses; screenings of informational films; fashion shows featuring men and women of all body types; art shows; Scale-Smashing events (encouraging people to examine their “relationship” with the scale and begin a dialog); The Great Jeans Giveaway (encouraging people to get rid of jeans that don’t fit and to “be comfortable in your genes”); and NEDA Walks.
If no such events are going down in your immediate area, NEDA’s got you covered. Free Webinars are available to enlighten and inform. As a matter of fact the course will be held this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 3 – 4:30 p.m. EST, by Gayle Brooks, MD, Gwen Vann and Benjamin O’Keefe. Visit for more info, and to enroll.
1. Drastic weight loss.
2. Preoccupation with counting calories.
3. The need to weigh yourself several times a day.
4. Excessive exercise.
5. Binge eating or purging.
6. Food rituals, like taking tiny bites, skipping food groups or re-arranging food on the plate.
7. Avoiding meals or only wanting to eat alone.
8. Taking laxatives or diuretics.
9. Smoking to curb appetite.
10. Persistent view of yourself as fat that worsens despite weight loss
If you’ve seen, or experienced any of the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to familiarize yourself with NEDA and their “I Had No Idea” initiative. The campaign may only be a week long, but it’s designed to generate positive change for a lifetime.
Monday, February 24, 2014
That Stuff Does Hurt My Feelings Because I’m A Human Being” Gabourey Sidibe Opens Up to Roland Martin About Her Critics
“Plus yo my b**ch make your b**ch look like Precious.”
The Kanye West verse from “Mercy” has always been a bit disturbing because he isn’t referring to a computer animated graphic or an actor in makeup and a fat-suit, he’s referring to a real person. Although Precious was a character played by Gabourey Sidibe, if you haven’t noticed when it comes to looks, the two have a lot in common.
In an Insta/Twitter kind of world, Kanye’s comments were among the first in what we could only call a slander campaign in in reference to Sidibe’s appearance. Despite an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in Precious, and also phenomenal roles in movies like Yelling To The Sky and television roles in American Horror Story: Coven, much of the public chooses to still focus on her appearance rather than her acting skills.
Journalist Roland Martin caught up with Sidibe before the 45th NAACP Image Awards to ask how she deals with the criticism:
“I feel like they’re talking about me because I’m busy,” says Sidibe. “That stuff does hurt my feelings because I’m a human being. I’m not a weak, sensitive person. I’m merely a person…I have to tell myself sometimes, ‘These strangers are saying things about you but look around you. You are in your dream. You’re in everybody else’s dream. You’re living a really good life and you’re happy’.”
Not too long ago Sidibe lashed out against Twitter trolls who criticized her red carpet look at the Golden Globes. She says her response was a reminder to herself and the critics that harsh comments about her weight are the least of her concerns because when she looks around she is living her dream.
We think people should spend less time on the internet trying to assassinate someone’s appearance, and more time working on their own dream . In the meantime, we’re loving the way Sidibe handles the shade with class and a smile on her face. Sidibe recently debuted new movie White Bird in a Blizzard at Sundance. To hear the rest of her interview with Roland Martin and their “date” plans visit HelloBeautiful.com.
My thoughts: Making a person feel bad about their appearance is the most despicable thing another person can do. We are all flawed. None of us, no matter what the magazines, movie, and media would have you think are perfect. But if I could tell this young sista anything, it would be to enjoy the life she’s living. But if she wants to have a LONG life, do something about your weight. I think Gabourey is beautiful, I hope she believes she is as well. You don’t have to be a doctor to know that she is unhealthy. She doesn’t look emotionally, spiritually or physically healthy in any, way shape or form. I think that people who take to social media to call her names or make nasty comments about her appearance should be ashamed of themselves. But there is a difference between being confident and being in denial. Losing weight won’t make her haters right. It will add years to her life. My prayer is that she realizes that sooner rather than later.
~ 3 John 1:2 ~
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Research claims African Caribbean women must do more to shed pounds
WITH CHRISTMAS now out of the way, gyms across the country will be bracing themselves for the rush of people hoping to trim off the extra calories gained over the festive period.
But if new research is to be believed, black women have to eat fewer calories and take more excerise to lose the same amount of weight as their white counterparts.
In the report, published in the December 20 issue of International Journal of Obesity, James DeLany, an associate professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said black women having slower metabolic rates, which decreased their daily energy burn.
“At first, it was thought that perhaps the African American women didn’t adhere as closely to their calorie prescriptions or that the interventions were not culturally sensitive,” Dr James DeLany explained.
“But even in research projects that were designed to address those possibilities, the difference in weight loss remained.”
To reach this conclusion, 66 white and 69 black women were placed on the same calorie-restricted diet of an average of 1,800 calories a day for six months. They also were assigned the same exercise schedule.
The study found that black women on average lost seven pounds less than Caucasian women on the same diet.
Dr Mitch Roslin, chief of bariatric surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, agreed there were racial and genetic differences in obesity, which had been backed up by previous studies.
“These things are real. However, this study advances our understanding by ruling out other explanations.
“It's not just related to socioeconomic class or access to care or environmental situations.”
Clara Mosha, a 46-year-old personal trainer and health coach from south London, said the findings were no excuse for women to let themselves go.
She said: “In my experience, this is very general and not specific to any ethnicity, but as you get older your metabolism slows down. In my 20s, I could eat anything and I had a lean body.”
The black community is prone to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stroke, which have been linked to our type of diets.
Mosha added: “Our food has a lot of carbohydrates and the way we cook it, so we buy it fresh produce and then once cooked they lose all their nutrients.”
Statistics from the NHS Information Centre UK claim that 38 per cent of Black African women were obese, along with 32 per cent of Black Caribbean women.
Dr Jude Oben, a liver specialist at St Thomas Hospital said: “My reading of the research by is that clinicians and patients need to be aware that African-American patients have a lower resting metabolic rate and a lower total daily energy requirement.
"Therefore, if you are trying to downsize a group of patients, one half of whom are African-Americans and the other Caucasian, you need to give the African American population a lower daily energy target than the Caucasian population to achieve the same weight loss you need.
"If you don’t do this, your African American population will lose less weight than the Caucasian population, as their energy requirement per day is lower than that of the Caucasian population."
As a result of this, Mosha advised her clients wanting to improve their lifestyle, whether it is losing weight, increasing fitness or energy levels, that balancing exercise with a good diet was essential in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“You can improve your metabolism through exercise and the activity that you do. Mine is higher now than it was in my 20s, as I take my health seriously," she said.
“Embrace a [healthy diet] as part of your my lifestyle and take care of yourself.”
Friday, February 21, 2014
Hi. My name is Yolanda and I've fallen...again!
I've been off track for about a week...a week and a half maybe. And man oh man, does it show.
I feel sluggish, heavy and I'm completely disgusted with myself.
6 pounds in 7 days...who does that? When I weigh in again on Wednesday, I will take ANY weight loss. A pound...a half a pound...anything. I just need to get back to my routine of eating right and exercising consistently.
As fate would have it, I received a new workout DVD in the mail today.
Bob Harper, let's do this.
My goals over the next 4 days is to do Bob Harper's Inside Out Method at least 3 out of 4 nights AND stay under 1200 calories a day. That is the tougher one for me. I am such an emotional eater. Sometimes I snack all day. But I know I need to start writing a different narrative for myself. If I actually ate my emotions I would be 600 pounds. I can't keep using sadness and frustration as excuses for eating poorly. And if I keep telling myself I am an emotional eater, I will never beat this thing.
Moment of silence, please....
It all changes NOW. I'm breaking the chains that bind my brain.
I affirm: For me, dieting simply means eating good and healthy food and taking care of my body.
I think I'm ready...pray for me as I pray for you!
Thanks for reading.
~ 3 John 1:2 ~
Thursday, February 20, 2014
You have to hand it to me…when I go off track, I go ALL THE WAY OFF! I haven’t been to the gym since the 14th and my diet has been more like a free-for-all over the last several days. Can you say Carb City? I’d contemplated giving up…again, BUT I’m fighting my way back. Yesterday I did a little walking and it felt so good to go out in the sunshine and breathe in fresh air. As I walked, I was reminded of an email I had received earlier that morning. It was a copy of a message from Joel Osteen and it was about having a “victor’s mentality”.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Proverbs 8:37
I have to remember how far I’ve come on this journey and I have to keep a vision of victory. I have changed drastically over the last few years. I fought hard to get the bulk of my weight off and I have to fight even harder to reach my goal. I look at the picture I’ve chosen for today’s Throwback Thursday and it scares the hell out of me. I NEVER want to go back to that place. I NEVER want to see that body again. I have to remember all of the things I have survived…all the things that I have done that I never thought I could do. These last 10 pounds are no match for me. I will reach my goal!
So here’s to Throwback Thursday and to the fact that I am NEVER going back!
Thanks for reading.
Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
~ 3 John 1:2 ~
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
subconscious self was doing a number on my diet and exercise routine.
I spent a short time this morning reading some of my favorite bible verses. And tonight, before I go to bed, I am dedicating at least a half hour to reading scripture. It all starts with Him after all. Job 12:10 tells us that “It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.” Amen to that!
~ 3 John 1:2 ~