The Weight Loss Yo-Yo

We all get to the place where we start to get focused on a goal and we go IN! But then somewhere past that, reality hits and you lose your focus. If you don’t know much about Oprah, you do know that she has been small, big, and medium like eighty times. This is known as weight cycling or the weight loss yo-yo. In this post, I briefly discuss the journey through the cycle and how to get out of the yo-yo.

Many of you may know, I started to lose weight back in June 2015. I really transformed into a new person. I got focused and started to shed weight. I lost 80lbs the first year. I went to the gym, I barely kept up Insanity videos at home (but I did low moderation 2-3 times a week), I went for run/walks and ate right. Life was great. It seemed so simple. Eventually life happened. Shawty started living/eating right part-time. I would skip days at the gym. I got tired just thinking about Insanity or any workout videos. I ate more cheat meals. I slowly lost focus. I began to get comfortable. Many of my friends and family would compliment me on my progress (whether it was genuine or not, I’m still not sure). People would simply say “you look good, girl!” almost effortlessly (some days I even looked a HOT mess) because they believed that’s what I wanted/needed to hear their compliment. I somehow allowed those compliments to make me lose focus. I decided that this was a good enough weight because people finally noticed my progress. Obviously my eyes were on the wrong prize! Had I been focused on the right thing, I would have remained steadfast in my journey to eating right for life.

I want to encourage you to get back on the horse! Gaining weight after you know what size you used to be is the worst (especially for us ladies). Its about your focus. Get your mind back in the game! Below are a few points that I think will help as you jump out of the weight loss yo-yo

June 2015 to Sept 2016

((June 2015 to Sept 2016))

Jeans Don’t Lie: Get over it!

If you find yourself in a rut because you notice that the jeans don’t fit, make your move! Don’t just get mad/sad and complain. You’ve got to get that behind up and get back to the basics! Start today. I hate that ‘tomorrow’ or worse, ‘I’ll start Monday!’ No you wont! You should start today.

Proverbs 27:1 says Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what that day will bring.

Need I say more!? You don’t know if you have tomorrow. Take action today. Even if you lose an ounce today, you really just got your head in the game. Tomorrow you are likely to do better because you know that you had progress. The thing about little progress, is ITS PROGRESS!!! Stop playing, get over the rut and get up!

Ignore the Noise

Your friends and family are all noisy! The compliments or the discouragement about your appearance should not be the reason for your drive. You really need to find your motivation within. As a child of a Haitian, I have to suffer from the bi-polar directions on how to look. My mom will tell me that I need to lose weight, out of concern that I’m too big and its unhealthy. But then after I finally began the journey, she would express concern that I am getting too skinny (my “collar bone is sticking out”). As you would imagine, that’s too much to be trying to keep up with. There is enough noise in your head as the Enemy feeds your thoughts about your self image and how it relates to your worth. Not to add watching TV or looking at magazines to see ‘beautiful’ people that you would love to look like. The truth is you’ve got to write down the goal and put it up some where you can see it. I would like to say put your written goal (Habakkuk 2:2) in your prayer closet so that you don’t forget to pray about it everyday. While you’re at it, pray for the haters that are distracting you from your focus.

Current weight

((Current weight))

Remain Consistent

That’s the name of the game! You just gotta stick with it. Don’t allow your schedule to get so busy that you don’t have the time to keep up with your goal. I love this quote: “I don’t diet. I just eat according to my goals.” If I could change it, I would say schedule your life around your goals. If you want to be connected with God, you should have quiet time on your calendar. Same thing with fitness, you should schedule your gym dates and even your meal prep times. My friends know my calendar is my life (literally). If you don’t have a slot on there, you won’t be seen. Put a reminder on your phone. Keep the sneakers in your trunk. Always have a gym bag. You will eliminate excuses.

Those are my pointers on getting over the weight loss cycle. I hope you are encourage to get back on track. Comment below if you have any questions, I would love to encourage you throughout your journey. May the Lord grant you the determination and focus to remain consistent and focused until you meet your goal and He returns (and you’ll be all sexy!). Amen!

Until Next Post…

~Kence

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My Style of Nigerian Asaro (Yam Porridge)

Ingredients 1/2 of a medium sized White Yam (cut in Cubes)

1 medium sized Onion – diced

1/4 Cup of fresh Palm Oil

3-4 Scotch Bonnets (based on spice preference)

2 Tablespoons of Crayfish

Dry Shrimp

Tomatoes

Tomato Paste

Optional Additions:

Garlic

Shrimp

Scotch Bonnet Sauce (by Grace)

Haitian Epis

 

*The Sauce Mixture (a blend of peppers, peeled tomatoes, tomato paste and Onions, Maggi,  Haitian Epis 1 tablespoon of Crayfish powder, & dry shrimp)

Instructions:

Step 1: Peel and chop Yams into cubes (place in water so they don’t brown)

Step 2: Blend the Sauce Mixture

Step 3: Boil Yams (not too soft) about 15 minutes. I added salt and Maggie for flavor!

Step 4: Once Yams are soft, drain them.

Step 5: Add Palm oil to pot. (Add Haitian Epis) Fry onions and shrimp for 1-2 minutes. Add the drained yams and the Sauce Mixture. Allow to boil for 10 minutes (until yams are soft).

Step 6: Mash 60% of the Yams (leave a few chunks). Then boil for 10 minutes.

Step 7: Serve and love the meal!!!  

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Kence Meets Weightloss Goal

This is a video of my excitement after I found out that I met my initial weight loss goal after a year and a half of hard work! I say initial because I want to continue. To my Haitian mother: don’t trip, I’m not trying to disappear, I just want some abs before I have babies!

Watch on Facebook here: 1377239295634306

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Cooking with Kence: Collard Greens

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I started my collard greens but ‘giving the meat color.’ I used very little oil. Fried for 5 minutes.

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In the mean time, I cleaned my collard greens. I bought them pre-cut (saves time and life). I soaked it and hand washed the green with cold water vinegar and salt. Then rinsed it out before adding it to the pot with the smoked turkey.

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Here, I slowly added the greens (one handful at a time until there was room to add more).

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Here is where you work your magic! I use low sodium chicken broth and seasoned this bad boy like a true Haitian! I added chopped garlic, crushed red peppers, Maggi, pepper, and seasoned salt to taste. Make sure the meat is covered by the liquid and simmer for 30 minutes.  This can be served with and protein of your choice or you can just eat it by itself. The Bon Appetite, kids! Enjoy.

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Homemade Chicken Alfredo

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This is a quick & easy meal I made for my friend during a weeknight study session. I made it all in one pot  with a Haitian twist. 🙂

 

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Pre-seasoned chicken. I used Haitian ‘Epis’ (Blended fresh seasonings) Chicken Maggi cube, & a packet of Salzon seasoning. I fried it here for about 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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Once the meat was cooked, I added the Vegetable broth. After it came to a boil, I tasted for flavor. After added more chili peppers and salt, add 1 cup of cream (I use light cream, but you can use heavy cream if you have/like it). The liquid in the pot will be used to boil your noodles. Be sure that its enough to go over the noodles.

 

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Once the liquid comes to a boil, taste for flavor again. If you like, add the noodles of your choice. I used spaghetti because I did not have fettuccine or penne in the cabinet. (Tastes the same!) I added the spaghetti but had to wait for it to boil a little (I like it long, so I don’t break them, you can if you like your noodles short, its easier) and soften some of the noodles before I could push them in. Once it gets soft enough to get under the liquid completely, cover it to cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

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After 15-20 minutes, check the pasta for texture. Add grated cheese for more cheesy deliciousness.

Serve with a side of salad and a refreshing drink. I don’t really eat carbs, so I eat more meat and salad and but just a little pasta. Enjoy! Let me know if you try it how you like this recipe.

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Smoothies w/ a Haitian Twist

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I love me some smoothies! The best thing about them is they are easy and delicious breakfast choices. I use water, my favorite frozen fruit (no need for ice if the fruit is frozen) and Almond Essence

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