Saturday, August 2, 2014

How to lose BELLY FAT

How Does Belly Fat Harm You?

Wow – My belly fat feels like it will NOT disappear regardless of how hard I wish it away. I wish I will wake in the morning and my stomach is flat. Oh how I wish that when I suck in my stomach it will stay flat.

Did you know that belly fat does not lay idle around my waistline; it is an active “organ” in your body that releases substances like hormones and inflammation?!!
But as I said above it is ONLY “a wish.” We have to actually do something about it. How? 

There are three (3) things we can do about it:
Step 1: Make a choice to change it. Choose a program and support system that will assist you in kick starting you on your quest to burn the fat and drop the weight (forever).
Step 2: Make lifestyle change in your eating habits. Remember I didn't say go on a diet, what word derives from diet? “Die.” I don’t want you to “die” because you have chosen to "live your best life" by choosing a program that can assist you burning the fat/losing the weight and keeping it off.
Step 3: Start moving – making gradual steps in the right direction. Start with walking say 1 mile per day, then set a goal to improve the next week to 1.5 and it gets easier with time.
Note: Step 2 & Step 3 MUST be continued for the rest of your "live a better life" journey. 

Risk factors of belly fat

"Abdominal fat is thought to break down easily into fatty acids, which flow directly into the liver and into muscle," says Lewis Kuller, MD, DPH, professor and past chair of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.
So, what really happens when this occurs? Well, you have actually started off a chain reaction of disaster in your body, which includes, increase production of LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides.
What are triglycerides? These are a type of fat found in your blood
Once this continues and the chain is NOT broken i.e. you don’t choose to “live a better life”; then another link is added to the chain, i.e. your insulin can become less effective in controlling blood sugar, and results in you becoming insulin resistance. Oh, it continues, and NOW your blood sugars get out of balance. But it does not stop there either!!!! Fats and clots get into the bloodstream, and that sets the stage for diabetes, heart disease and more.
By now you get the point. However, I don’t want you to JUST get the point or get scared; I want you to “STOP - TAKE ACTION”.
It will be unfair if I don’t arm you with all the dangers that lurk with having belly fat.
Are you ready? OK – Research has shown that abdominal fat triggers a change in angiotensin, thus increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
What is angiotensin? A hormone that controls blood vessel constriction
To summarize I will say the combination of the risk factors above from having high levels of belly fat, has a direct impact on your quality of life and mortality.

This blog stems from my recent journey on my quest to “live a better life”. My great success is attributed to following the three steps above and learning that I was a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode – in a very bad way.  

My passion for life and my deep-seated desire to help others have compelled me to share my transition photos and show you how you can do the same.


I know there is someone right NOW who is reading this blog and has been wishing or praying or even trying to lose your belly fat by trying everything. Also, I know this is probably NOT the first time you reading/hearing of the dangers of belly, but this is YOUR TIME to "TAKE ACTION". Take action today before it’s too late.

Thanks you very much from the bottom of my heart for reading this blog. If you have any questions or you are looking for an accountability partner, feel free to email me.

I will also provide you a weekly plan for my phase1 program I completed on July 31, called the "F series". I am going unto phase 2, starting on Sunday August 3, called the "C series". 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Moment of Reflection: Gratitude is the new Attitude

Today: Tuesday February 25

Word of the day: "Gratitude is the new attitude"

I am grateful for the body that I have been blessed with. I am responsible for treating my body in the best way possible, but I am guilty of not doing my best always.

However, I am grateful that I still have the chance to make things right and its never too late to make a start.

Today five (5) days before I start the 90 day challenge and I am doing a lot of reflection. I am thinking about the things that I am cutting out of my diet and replacing them with more healthy choices.

This is something about myself; I have not been the fat kid in school or overweight adult until five years ago when I joined "Corporate America" and sit on my "butt" for over 11- 12 hours per day and then do it all over again, day after day. Over the years, I think I gained about 10lbs a year until about one year ago when I decided that I need to kick this weight off.

I did one month of juicing/smoothie and raw food and I dropped about 10 lbs and then dropped another 6 lbs. along the way. However things changed in August when my mom got sick and my focus shifted to her and never changed until about a month or so when I said "enough is enough." Also, the good news is that mom is doing better now and I am ready to pick myself up again.

So I have decided to challenge myself instead of just saying am going to just lose weight. I do better with a routine and accountability is a big thing for me. Therefore, being accountable to you my loyal readers and followers who read this blog is enough motivation for me to succeed. Applause!

I need your support and I am available to offer support to anyone who is interested in joining in on my journey. I want you to remember "The race is not for the swiftest, but for those that endure to the end." (The end is forever). So with that said, clean eating, raw eating, juicing, etc. should be a journey to the end, not just for a little while and stop.

Removing from my diet .....

I must say that I was thinking about the food that I will miss the most, but to be honest I don't have any particular food that I eat every day and if I don't eat it I will "lose my mind."

One good thing I can say about myself is that I am NOT a "carboholic", so I am save by grace, so I will not miss, bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. My main weakness is banana chips and the occasional Popeye's chicken.

My greatest challenge is potion size, so this will be my chance to really take control of this and not overdo during this 90 day challenge.

I think that our differences make us who we are and for that reason I don't believe that "one size" fit all (meaning that the same approach will work for everyone). However, don't hesitate to challenge yourself and learn who you are and educate yourself to create a better YOU!

Thanks for reading and leave comment, suggestions or questions.

Note: I am not a fitness expert; I am just a person trying to live a healthier life by eating more fruits and vegetables and recording my experience.

I encourage everyone to check your allergies to specific food and consult with your physician before starting any exercise journey.

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