Healthy Again: Day 16

I am currently sipping on a two banana smoothie while my hard-boiled egg cools. It’s been 16 days since I made that initial post declaring my intention to train for and run a half marathon on April 4th of 2015. I said in that post that I would update about how I’m doing once a week, I have not been successful with that, but I am now adding a “to do” note about this to my calendar (I believe it will help me keep my focus). This coming Sunday is my “weigh-in” day. It won’t be quite a full month since I started, but I wanted to maintain consistency in when I did my weigh-ins to fall on the first Sunday of each month so that my final weigh-in will occur the day of the race. My goal for my first weigh-in was written as ~213, but considering that a full month hasn’t passed I don’t think it would be realistic for me to expect to have lost 10 pounds. So, I will settle for ~216.

How I’ve been doing

So far I have kept to my running schedule.

Running – I am able to run about 3.5 miles now without stopping (to be fair, I am not new to running). I run pretty slow, though. My fastest is about an 11 minute mile. However, I don’t want to pay too much attention to time right now, because I feel like it would discourage me.

Eating – In my original post, I said that I wanted to switch to a plant based diet, but I found it very difficult. I have learned that it is more effective to make little changes over time that amount to big changes in the long run. For this reason, I will cut back on certain types of meat for now (like beef and pork) and over time cut out others. I also hope to create an eating plan and schedule that works for me. I am concerned that due to my current pattern of eating, that although I’ve been averaging running about 10 miles/week (plus a couple miles of walking), I may not see the 7 pound loss I’m hoping for.

Reflections

About three years ago I began a weight loss journey that led me to engage in risky behaviors (including about 26 days of fasting). During that process I lost 70 pounds. The following was the result which I documented in a e-book entitled “Black Ana: One Black Woman’s Struggle With Body Image and Disordered Eating” available in the Kindle Store.

dutch-b4-afterAlthough, I have not presently mastered the art of portion control, I do believe that what I am doing now is a step in the right direction. My “Ladies Again goal” is total health: mind, body and spirit. Through the work that I document on this blog, I hope to escape the mental slavery that our society holds us through twisted mix of seduction and demoralization. My mission is to encourage escape from a false freedom promoted by pseudo-feminist dictators and promote the true freedom that can only be achieved via a healthy mind, body and spirit.

A healthy mind allows us to make sound decisions about lifestyle choices.

A healthy body gives us physical freedom and opportunity to experience life to the fullest.

A healthy spirit gives us a sense of peace and joy about it all.

That’s true freedom that no dogmatic slogans and sound bites can offer.

If you are also going through a journey to become healthy again (or a lady again) share your story or show support in the comments below!

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Author: African Femininity

African Femininity is a first generation American-born Nigerian. That basically means, her parents were immigrants and raised her with a mix of selective cultural values from both traditions. Needless to say, this left her with a very dissonant understanding of what being a “lady” meant. Now, as an un-married 30 year old woman, she is on a mission to delve to the root of being a woman in a world where conflicting cultural values and traditions are leaving many confused and disillusioned. She use the power of the pen to defend a woman’s right to choose her own lifestyle: be it housewife, social climber or being conventionally employed. Check out her Amazon author page for books written by her at http://amazon.com/author/shadowjackson

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