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-Jazzie

A New Blog? For More Than Just Hair

I really do like this blog and I have posted a lot of things that I can go back and check myself but I have been thinking in the back of my mind about having a new blog.  I mean the main reason behind me creating this blog was to track my hair journey and right now, theres so much more going on with my life than “just hair”. Thats the main reason I barely post here but I post on my tumblr because Im at a point where its no longer about hair and Im currently at the phase where Im done with research and I’m learning about my hair on my own instead og “googling” all the answers or asking someone instead of finding out myself. So I think I will begin working on a new blog and once I get it flowing correctly with posts.

-Jazzie

Motivation to Work out!

When you workout don’t be lazy. Go in hard and hard. Do the best that you can do but at your comfort. Remember, its your body and only you can change it. While those others are doing whats fine with them, do whats fine and good for you. Don’t be afraid to take that step.

– Jazzie

Yes Ma’am ~ Simple Healthy Recipe: Green/Red Peppers with Pork and Rice, Mangos & Baby Spinach

So the other day I whipped up a tasty recipe. Usually I try to find some recipes online and cook them but lately I have just been makingthings from scratch recipes seeing if they taste good. Now this simple dish came up with came together perfectly and the most work I had to do was standing in the kitchen and cutting things up. I like to keep everything nice and simple while yet delicious and lately I have been trying to eat healthy…so far Im doing great :D.

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Ingredients:

– Jasmine Rice (Organic)

-1/2 Red bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1/2 Green bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1 Whole Onion chopped

-1 slab of pork chop chopped up

– Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 1 Whole Mango

– A hand full of Organic Baby Spinach

– A pinch of Salt (optional)

-Pepper

Directions:

  • Chop the onion, red & green bell pepper and the pork chop. Season with salt & pepper. I only used a pinch of salt, (Im not a salt fan) and sprinkle a little pepper.
  • Next heat up your skillet on medium. Pour as much olive oil as you think you may need. Wait until the oil is hot then pour all of your ingredients into the skillet. After about 5 minutes or so stir the ingredients the put the cover over the food. (This was you make sure the pork chop is completely cooked and the vegetables don’t burn.)
  • Occasionally stir the food. After about 15 or 10 minutes it should all be ready.
  • While you’re waiting for the food to finish lets put on the rice. If you don’t know how to cook rice, don’t worry I’ll teach you :). (I don’t have a rice cooker..well I do but I don’t use it.)
  • Pour as much rice as you want but not a lot to the point where its too much or reaches the pots rim. If you want a lot then pour it to the middle of the pot. Then pour some cold water with the rice. At this time it doesn’t matter how much water you are pouring because the rice needs to be cleaned. Stir the rice up with your hand or a spoon then pour out as much water as you can without the rice falling out. Repeat this until the water is clear or you feel sure it is clean enough. Then pour enough water to where it is about a inch over the rice. Heat the stove on high and put the rice on.  MAKE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE RICE. When the rice water comes to a boil turn the heat down to its lowest and put the cover over the rice. In about 10 or 15 minutes the rice should be done.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then clean all those dirty dishes you made while you’re waiting. Wash your hands, get your plating ready and check the food.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then get out your mango. Make sure to rinse it off. Then begin to peel or cut your mango up. (I cut mine). Put as much mango as you want on your plate.
  • Afterward grab a handful of baby spinach, make sure that you rinse it off. Put on the plate.
  • After the food is done put as much rise as you want on your plate. Then add the pepper, onion and pork chop mix at the top and wah la! You have a simple meal for lunch breakfast or dinner…or all day! Theres about 4 or 5 servings worth for this dish.

-Jazzie

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Healthy Foods for You because They Contain Water!!!

600869_10151389330532202_177151893_nI read once that watermelon contain 90% water before I saw this photo. Therefore it will fill you up easily and it wouldn’t be harmful to you like eating a hamburger because of the simple fact that majority of it is made up of water. Ever since I read that I have ALWAYS purchased watermelon as my primary fruit. So when I saw this photo it came naturally to me for me to post it 😀

-Jazzie

I Lost 10 LBS, Yay!

work out motivationBut it took 5 months. LOL. So I got on my sisters new scale; mind you I was going by the weight I weighed whenever I visited the doctors office but I don’t have any appointments scheduled currently. I decided to hop on my sister’s scale, something I never do and when I weighed myself it said 220.2 LBS. I said to myself,”It has got to be wrong I haven’t weighed that much naturally since High School”. I hadn’t been dieting at all or exercising so I thought it was very odd. So I weighed myself about 8 more times to see if it would change and it didn’t. So I waited for my sis to weigh herself, since she always announces how her weight. She had just came from the doctors so I knew if her weight from the scale matched what the doctors told her, her weight was then mine was accurate. So she weighed herself, announced how much she weighed and it matched! So I’m proud to announce that I am 220LBS, woot!

That was some great motivation not to mention that same day I just happened to catch on tv abc the show called,”Extreme Weight Loss” with this woman named Meredith Prince and she just so happens to live in my area! My area is hardly EVER on national tv so I said to myself,”If that isn’t God speaking to me then I don’t know what is.” After watching her motivational weight loss and seeing her lose weight in a year. She went from 314 to 155lbs in one year. What an accomplishment! Anyway Im going to take that motivation and USE IT.

I read a long time ago that the hardest part of working out is the first 3 days. Well Im past the 3 days and on my 4th day! Now the challenge is the next quote I read sometimes ago,”It takes 8 weeks for you to notice the difference in your body. 12 weeks for the world to notice.” So I have to give myself 2 months before I really start to notice a difference. I wont say what my plans are or anything but I definitely will be working out more and Im going to keep trying. I want to get down to my desired size 120LBS.

BUT the important thing to remember for me is that I am beautiful no matter what size I am. I am just making an adjustment to my life for the sake of my health and financially (when it comes to clothes, doctors visits). So in the long run if I keep it up I will be in good shape.

-Jazzie

My WeightLoss Journey

If you have seen my blog or if you glance through it now you will see a few categories/pages dedicated to weight loss. peace withinUnderstand this: I have been up and down with this whole weight loss thing and not because it is hard or because I don’t have time. Its really because my head is not in the right place. I’ll start my journey then I’ll stop. I start again and then I stop. Whenever I start its always a…abrupt, forceful push start. It does not come naturally. It is just something where I have been pushing myself to do it.

Right now I’m at the point where I do want to lose weight but I want to do it the right way. By the right way I don’t mean just eating right and exercising because I was doing ALL of that before. I mean I want my mind to be in the right place.

I realize now that this process goes much deeper than changing my appearance. When I begin to lose weight, its the beginning of change in every aspect in my life. Along with that change I need to know that I am ready and willing to apply that to EVERYTHING that I do. I shouldn’t have to push myself because I “need” to do it. I want to lose weight because I purely WANT to do it and it makes me happy. If it doesn’t make me happy then I just can not do it. The way I was doing it before only made me happy to see the results but not overall happy which was why junk food was so tempting or why I would easily forget that I’m trying to make a change in my diet.

So for now I’m not sure what I will be doing but I do know after my graduation has come and passed I will have a lot more time on my hands so then I can decide how I want to get my body right. I also have some books that I downloaded that have to do with positivity and discovering self. I’m hoping that will help me too along my journey. Some how I’m going to squeeze the Bible in there too. I told my friend last week that I want to get closer to God and I don’t attend church at all but I do pray…I would like to be able to talk to people that read the Bible or have a respectful perspective on the Bible and we can share our thoughts and prayers together.

-Jazzie

Exercise/Eating Healthy Day 3..

Im just blogging about this so while I am out and about I can come to my blog and read what I plan to do for today…I may or may not make this a habit, we’ll see.

Right now my sister and I are trying to lose weight. We’re both using myfitnesspal and I downloaded insanity for her so I could upload it and she could us it. Right now she is ahead of me in the working out department by an hour and some minutes. We’re both struggling with eating.

Anyway, today I want to plan my meals a head of time even though I don’t know how it is going to workout when it comes to actually eating the food. I have some chicken egg foo yung left over from yesterday so I will eat that last today. I know its not the healthiest choice but Im a work in progress. I’ll cook myself a salmon in the morning and eat it then or later. I’ll eat some yogurt when I get home from work because I know I will be hungry. I dont think they give you any breaks so a snack will have to do that wont keep me from working. I’ll have to find a snack to take to work with me so I will have to stop by the store before I leave class and grab something on my way to wrk…gum included and OFC WATER. I probably will end up eating some baby asparagus too. Hopefully I can follow through with this plan. Since most of my day will be at school and work…It sounds like a good plan and Im going to try to actually stick to it. Then maybe I can squeeze in working out after I get home and finish my math homework.

Eating today:

  • Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Chicken egg foo yung
  • Baby asparagus
  • Water
  • Stop by store and get a healthy/low calorie snack for work

***Update***

I would also like to say since I began this get fit get healthy thing in…march, I’ve lost 7lbs. You can see it on my progress report I update. So hurray for me but I have about a 90-100lbs to go 🙂

-Jazzie