My Weekly Lifestyle: Steps for a better results to reach your goals

Happy Monday Everyone!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Welcome to my new and improve weekly lifestyle. I’m pretty much excited to be doing this section of my blog again and as you notice I decided to change from weekly workout to weekly lifestyle. I thought it will give me a wide range of different options to improve on myself, like they say if you don’t like the way your life heading change it. I want my daughter Emily to have a positive role model when it comes to living a healthy and happy life.

Now for a quick recap, of what been happening with my life for the last year. It’s been a really rough year for my family, which has taken a lot of my time and drain me mentally and physically. For the last 4 months I have taken the time to focus on my health and to lose weight and I’m proud to say I lost a total of 37 pounds. It wasn’t easy but I made time to work out on a daily basis. Not only did I slim down but my asthma has not been a bother to me, except now for the change of weather but it manageable. I’m not taking a pump every day, almost every 4 hours. I’m able to run and jump with Emily and that a reward in itself to see her happy that her mami is acting silly with her. So, with everything said I will start off the first two steps I did, then the reason for my plans and what to expect every Monday.

The first step I did was to write everything down, what are my main goals, short term goal, reason I decided to lose weight and my plans to lose the weight.

My Main Goal: Lose 122 pounds
My Medium Goal: Lose 50 pounds
My Short Term Goal: Lose 20 pound this month

Reasons to lose weight: : Around April my parents and I took Emily to Disney World. I had a fear if I get on a ride they might tell me I need to get off because I was too heavy for it. I spend the whole vacation watching her have fun on the sideline getting on every ride with my dad. That not the only time during the summer Emily and I had fun but everywhere we went my self-esteem and the fear left me on the sideline. That when the reality came crashing down, I want to be able to get on ride with her and live life to the fullest not site on the sideline. I didn’t grow up sitting on the sideline, I always been an adventures person and my daughter has that same quality. I took matters, I did something, I started to process to lose weight. I want to be able to run, jump and keep up with my daughter. I want to take control of my asthma, anemia, make my heart stronger and avoid any other medical conditions such as diabetes. I want to buy clothes and feel comfortable wearing them and to feel confident and sexy; I want to live till I’m old and see my great grandchildren. I would like to have more children without the fear that they will lose their mother. I know I will be comfortable and happy being 150, I love having meat on bones. I also want to set an example for Emily, that way she is healthy and avoid future medical problems such as diabetes (it runs strong on her father side) and asthma (which runs strong on both side of the family, I had my asthma at the age of 19 or 20).

My plans: I will do a workout DVD Tae Bo (it help me lose weight before) every morning, walk every day 15 minutes to start and increase as the day goes by, go to planet fitness 3 times a week to do weights to strength my body and keep my skin tight, I also would like to include yoga every other day to stretch my muscle, be flexible and especially have inner peace. I will rest on Sundays and have my cheat day or meal on Saturdays or Sundays. If I do have a cheat meal during the week (by going to an amusement park , etc) I will make sure to work out the next day and wait for the following Saturday to have my next cheat meal.

My eating habits: I will eat moderate portions, no soda or junk food (only on my cheat day), I will eat every 3 to 4 hours, 6 meals a day, 3 meals and 3 snacks and not eat past 8pm. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Now that you see, what I written for myself, I will explain what I have done and how can it benefit yourself as well:

• For the first week, I say start off slow, get your body into the flow of moving around. Remember your body is not use to moving around so much, it been stuck in the same routine for months by the following week start on your plan.
• Write everything down your reasons first, this will help you reach your goal. By writing your reasons, you learn more about yourself and why you decided to make that first step, this will help you stay in focus especially moments when you feel like giving up or leave it for tomorrow and tomorrow will never come.
• Write your main goal, your medium goals and your short term goals next. Your main goal should be what you want to lose overall, but it will get frustrating and you will get discourage to see that high number and will feel like you’re not losing weight fast enough that where the frustration and discourage will come about. That why you write your medium and short term goal it will be easier and once you reach it your boost will go up and then you want to make another short term goal to continue losing that weight and feel happy and confident (for me, personally I like to also add a mini goal, lose 5 pounds per week)

**FYI if you did not reach your goals is okay don’t get discourage look back what you did see if there anything that need to be change such as changing your workout routine or it may be what you been eating. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep moving forward we all go through this, so don’t worry if you don’t reach your goal. If for any reason you don’t understand what you did wrong, consult with others they may see something that you didn’t see in the first place.**

• Write everything down, the more detail the better. This will guide you through your workout and eating habits. Writing in details will help you see your progress, not only losing weight , you will see a tremendous change in the way you run, walk, able to lift certain heavy objects that you couldn’t before, happiness, Energy and the list will go on. Also, if your weight training 3 day a week like myself, it great to have your journal with you by letting yourself know what you did last week and up a notch this week.
• Have a cheat day or meal but please monitor what you eat during this time. The reason for a cheat meal is to help control those urges of eating the things we love but know it not good. How can this help? Well most people go on a diet, a strict diet, lose the weight and decided they can eat healthy but have their not so good meals here and there. Now, they start to like the food their eating, forgets all the progress they have done, and they have gain double the weight from where they started off. Having a cheat meal is not to hurt you but to help you move forward, plus I love food, all kinds of food. Having my cheat meal is my reward for workout hard and doing things right.

****Please note what I have writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Only you know what you’re capable of and how far you can go beyond. Most of the tips I put up, are tips that I read, look up, or learn when I work in a gym (years ago). ****

What can you expect every Monday,

• Tips that I either look up online or consulted with a nutritionist or personal trainer.
• Ideas on how to manage a busy schedule with work, school, and / or children.
• My weekly bio, what in my journal for that week and my progress, in a more detail format than last week.
• Also if anyone wants to share their own personal experience and the progress of losing weight, strength training or any other experience. Please feel free to drop a comment, I will get in contact with you and send you a guide line of what we need from you. This will be great for the motivation!!!!

Here are some photos of my progress of losing weight, top is the most recent photo.

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Also, if you want to see my  first video partially base on this post, please visit my facebook page, Lil Jomie Creations. I know it’s not the best quality and I know you will see how nervous I am through the video. I find recording myself scary but I know once I continue to make more videos you will see more of a confidence within me and a better video quality. Either way I added a tip to this video, hopefully it will prepare anyone who want to start or is feeling discourage.

 

I wish you luck on this journey to a better life style, have a great day!

Is it 2014, yet?

Hello,

         It’s been awhile and now it’s the time that I feel it’s the right time to write. Yes, it cliche, new the year is finally here and I’m starting my blog once again.  As we say farewell to 2013, the year I was desperate to finish since the beginning of 2013. My family and I has been hit with a slump that seem to never end. I’m  hoping  confident that 2014 will be there year, not only for myself but  my family as well. As for my goals of 2013, my ideas and plan that I started will be reintroduce but there will be a few changes to them. Well with that said I would like to give a few my experiences, that will help make 2014 one of the best and productive year.

To start off,  I never like to begin my new year by saying my resolution, I prefer the term goals. Reason being if you happen to lose focus on your goals it easier to get back to it. Then stating you failed your resolution and now “I have to wait for 2015”. NO! you’re human you’re entitled to mess up or lose focus. What important it’s to get back to your goals. Keep in mind, things won’t go as you plan, situation will occur that will shake you to your core. That’s okay, and it’s okay if you need to change or alter goals. We grow daily by the influences and experience that we go through. By this your goals will change and that fine, it is healthy. Why keep a goal that will not benefit you needs?

** If you  are interested to read more on how I set my goals, click here. This will take you to an older post, my goals may have change but the way I set it up it’s still the same system.

Look back through the year of 2013, this will you setup your goals. Think what will you like to do, it can be to travel, get better grades, get a promotion and the list goes on.

All it take, is a paper and a pen to start.

All it take, is a paper and a pen to start.

Create a To Do list

        Now I don’t know about anyone, but the beginning of year I do my “spring cleaning”. I like to start my new year with a nice clean apartment, get rid of anything that will not be use or needed.  Unfortunately you can get overwhelm, so this year I decided to do a to do list. I create separate categories, each section of my  apartment is in a category (mind you, my apartment is clean but I haven’t done the “spring cleaning” of 2014). In each category I wrote down what need to be fix, what need to be deep clean,  what I don’t need  and what going to be place there. From there I will create a to do for my husband or super of the building, then once a week I will choose a part of the apartment that need to be deep clean or organize. Now from experience I will never get rid of anything that is useful, it may not be useful to me but it can be a blessing to another. Like I said 2013 was a rough year for us but I don’t think I want to change anything. It taught me to be humble and appreciate what I have. I take all of the belonging that not useful to me or my family and look for someone or donate. I do this because I know there’s someone out there who is going through worse than I am and this will be their blessing.

Organize yourself and your surrounding.

       2013 I was everywhere, I was disorganized, lost , confuse…I couldn’t keep up with anything and it was horrible, a total chaos. To start 2014 right I suggest to get a calendar, it can be any calendar that you will love. It can be really simple or with color coded and whole bunch of stuff. Only you will know what type of calendar/ organizer/planner that you want and that will WORK FOR YOU &/OR YOUR FAMILY!

The biggest advice that I should have taken for the 2013.

       In order to accomplish anything in life either starting your own business, get promote, finish school…you have to organize or fix yourself and/or your household…even if you live with someone.  It doesn’t mean that you will never go through something but you will be better prepared to handle the situation. When you have everything organize and a situation occurs within yourself and household your are capable to do anything and address the situation. This is also a stress reliever or can minimize the stress that will occur. this is a stress that can be avoid knowing that you have your house organize, yourself organize and your family organize. Keep in mind when something changes or a situation occur you better prepare to handle and alter what need to be alter.

I hope that this post will you  in someway or somehow to start off the new year right.

I won’t promise anything but I might post my goals for 2014, how I’m organizing myself and my family and among others stuff.

****Please note that what I have been writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Everyone is different, only you know what works for you and if you’re doing this for the first time trial and error will help you make the best schedule for yourself****

Till next time & Happy New Year!!!

Jomarie

Monday, Weekly Workout 7/8/13

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!

Last week weight (7/1): 260

This week weight (7/7): 262

I gain 2 pounds. I’m not happy about it, since the last time I post my weekly workout my weight has been up and down about a pound or two. So I’m not that upset because I could off gain more than two pounds.

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Monday 7/1/2013

Workout:  Tae-bo for 45 minutes and 15 minutes Zumba

Meals: 8:00am: 2 Small pancake and a glass of milk.

12:00pm: Homemade bake French fries with 2 pieces of spam

4:30pm: Cup and half of white rice, black beans and 1 piece of ribs

8:30pm: Cup of Kellogg’s corn flakes.

3 Cups of water, slept for 5 hours, after my work out I felt great and energize.

Tuesday 7/2/2013

Workout:  30 minutes of Zumba and walk for 15 minutes.

Meals: 6:30am: Coffee and a donut from dunkin donuts

11:00am: One kit kat big bar and half of a bottle of minute maid fruit punch

3:35pm: Mac and cheese with 2 spam

7:00pm: Cup of white rice and beans

5 Cups of water, slept for 4 1/2 hours, after my work out I felt exhausted (I had my monthly)

Wednesday 7/3/2013

Workout: 45 minutes of Tae-bo and walk for 10 minutes

Meals: 9:00am: Bowl of Kellogg’s corn flakes

1:36pm: Small chili from Wendy’s

5:20pm: Pasta, chicken and a little bit of Ragu sauce.

11:15pm: Small bowl of Kellogg’s corn flakes

6 Cups of water, slept for 7 hours, after my work out I felt a little tired but I had energy for the rest of the day

Thursday 7/4/13: Happy 4th of July

Workout: I did not work out today. I went to Boston.

Meals:   12:00pm: 1 Bag of pretzel

3:40pm: Whopper sandwich, French fries and a medium Coke.

** During the car ride to Boston, I had a bag of candy and Snapple**

9:45pm: Nacho with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese

4 bottles of water (8oz) and slept for 6 hours.

Friday 7/5/2013

Workout: I did not work out. I was in Boston and Home Sweet Home (yes, I was only in Boston for a day.)

Meals: 11:00am: An omelet with cheese, spinach and mushroom, and a side of hash brown. Also had 2 glass of pepsi

4:30pm:  Yellow rice with beans, steak and a huge bowl of salad.

9:45pm: Sandwich with wheat bread, ham, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes and a side of chicken noddle soup from Panera.

6 Bottles of water (8oz) and slept for 4 hours.

Saturday 7/6/2013

Workout:  I didn’t work out. I rested on this day.

Meals: 11:45am: Scramble eggs, wheat toast and three slice of bacon.

3:30pm: 2 Hotdogs

7:00pm: Small bag of popcorn (watching Despicable Me 2)

9:45pm: Chicken Noddle soup from Panera

8 Cups of water and slept for 12 hours.

Sunday 7/7/2013

Workout:  Another day of not working out.

Meals: 6:55am: Coffee and Banana

12:45pm: Bowl of cereal (I forgot name of it) and coffee.

4:30pm: White rice, red beans and grill chicken.

8:30pm: Bowl of grapes.

7 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours.

Note to self:

After reviewing this week:

  • I need sleep 6-8 hours a day.
  • Take multi-vitamins and iron pills daily
  •  Take fruits to snack on when I go to work.
  • Most likely I’m going to be in and out of Boston for the rest of the summer, I need to plan and prepare meals to take on the road. Also, for exercising I walk for half an hour.

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Tip of the week:  It’s hard to keep up with the healthy life style on the road. I know this summer most likely I will be going back and forth from NYC to Boston (do to family situations). In order to continue eating well and exercise one needs to plan meals and snacks to take on the road. If you have a nationwide gym membership use it, if not walk for half an hour to an hour take a family member with you and talk ( the hour will go by fast) or look up exercise to do at home. For eating out, we are all tempted to eat everything in the menu for this use your judgment, share a meal or eat half and save the other for the  next day.

I feel if you’re not on the road a lot and decided to splurge, I personally say go ahead but when you get back from the road go back to your routine. If you’re going to be on the road a lot, like myself then you have to make a plan and work with what you have, if not you may gain twice as much.

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News:  I decided not to post my daughters exercise and workout routine. She is also on the path of eating well and exercise; mostly she eats what I eat with the exception of a couple of things here and there. She eats every 4 hours, drinks plenty of water more than 8 glasses a day, and eats all her fruits and vegetables. I make sure she does her exercise by letting her run around in the park, playing her dance central for kids, sports and soon she will take swim classes. At this time I decided not to post her results.

 

Wish you the best,

Jomarie

Taking back my life. Even if my world is upside down, it will be an organized upside down world.

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been awhile since I posted my Monday, weekly workouts. It’s no surprise that I been derailed. Being that it’s the summer (BBQ’s, Birthdays, beaches, amusement parks, etc.), the everyday responsibilities (working, appointments, home cleaning, cooking, everyday essentials shopping, etc.) and the unfortunates emergency (hospitals, deaths, family crisis, etc.). It’s so easy to derail yourself from your goals.

One of my biggest problem and mainly the reason I haven’t sat down and scheduled my time (even if there has been an emergency). I was never like this not too long ago I would schedule, write everything down and I always been on point of everything. Unfortunate I let a little nasty depression turn my world upside down. Well not anymore, I’m taking back my life. Even if my world is upside down, it will be an organized upside down world…haha.

**First order of business, Monday weekly workout will be back on 7/8/13 with another post my family weekly workout. **

Instead of doing a Monday weekly workout today, I decided to dedicate this post on how I’m organizing myself (this would be the first of many but it will be posted on a different day, the day will be coming soon**) I know I have to schedule myself in order to reach my many goals, which one major goal is to lose weight and improve my health.  So here it goes my first step:

First, I’ve taken a piece of paper and pen and wrote down the days of the week. From there I wrote the daily routine of the week which is work schedule and hours, workout routine, Emily learning path, Joey work hours and schedule, cleaning, coupons, and church this is my week overview (photo shown below).

It take only a paper & a pen

I wanted to hang my week overview where either I or Joey can see. It’s great when I write my week in details on my planner. Now I wanted to make it look nice, so I made a template on excel, decorated it and color coded it for that particular person such as Emily is pink, I’m purple and Joey is blue. Now it’s hanging above my desk on a bulletin board (photo show below).

weekly overview Weekly overview

Last of scheduling myself, I write my weekly schedule on my planner (which I made). Keep in mind some is already pre-written in my planner. My planner consists of a monthly two page overview and a week on two pages. Everything that I write on my planner is color coded; I find it is easier to find what I’m looking for. My color code is red for bills, pink is for Emily, Purple is anything that pertains to me, Blue is Joey, Orange is Birthdays, Lavender is for Little Jomie Creations, my blog and youtube (photos are show below). I write everything else in pencil and black ink for important information that I don’t want to erase easily.

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For an added note: I just wrote and overview for Lil Jomie Creations, this blog and youtube. All of my details and information in a separate binder but that is for another day, another post.

****Please note that what I have been writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Everyone is different, only you know what works for you and if you’re doing this for the first time trial and error will help you make the best schedule for yourself****

 

If you have any tips that you would like to share I would love to hear them, I’m open minded, I’m willing to try. I’m always looking for the best way to perfect my system (even though we know their is nothing perfect…hahaha but a system that will work for me and my loved ones).

Happy Scheduling,

Jomarie

Monday, Weekly Workout

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!

Last week weight (5/13): 264

This week weight (5/20): 262

I lost 2 pounds!!!

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Monday 5/13/2013

Workout:  Zumba (for the Xbox) for 20 minutes.

Meals: 8:00am: Pancake and sausage w/ orange juice

2:25pm: Croissant and coffee

6:30pm: Rice, beans and chicken

4 Cups of water, slept for 3 hours, after my work out I felt a little tired, taken 2 multivitamin.

Tuesday 5/14/2013

Workout:  I didn’t do any work out today, went to work.

Meals: 6:10am: Coffee and Bagel w/ cream cheese

3:30pm: Sandwich of ham and cheese and coffee

6:10pm: Pasta w/ ground beef and Ragu sauce

3 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours

Wednesday 5/15/2013

Workout: I didn’t do any work out today, went to work

Meals: 5:30am: Coffee and a donuts

1:38pm: Bertolli soup

5:15pm: Rice, beans and pork chops

4 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours

Thursday 5/16/13

Workout:  Another day of not working out. I went to work.

Meals:   6:30am: Coffee and a bagel w/ cream cheese

1:35pm: Croissant and coffee

5:35pm: Bertolli pasta

3 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours.

Friday 5/17/2013

Workout: Walk for an hour and played Zumba for an half an hour

Meals: 10:09am: Pancake and sausage with apple juice

2:15pm: Coffee

7:00pm: Rice, beans and chicken breast.

4 Cups of water and slept for 3 hours

Saturday 5/18/2013

Workout:  I didn’t work out. I went to work.

Meals: 9:25am: Coffee and a donuts.

2:45pm: BBQ’s Restaurant, I ate steak, shrimp, french fries and a texas size pina collada.

5 Cups of water, slept for 5 hours, taken 2 steroids medicine for the asthma

Sunday 5/19/2013

Workout:  I didn’t work out. I went to work

Meals: 6:55am: Coffee and a donuts

3:00pm, Bertolli pasta

6:30pm, Burger King, number 1 whopper meal.

5 Cups of water, slept for 5 hours, and taken 2 steroids pills.

Note to self:

After reviewing this week I realize I need to change a lot of my bad habits.

  • I need sleep 6-8 hours a day.
  • Take  multivitamins and iron pills daily
  •  Force myself to work out on the days that I work.
  • Drink 8 cups of water daily and limit my soda intake to one can a week.
  • Make and eat snack in between my meals like fruits, vegetables and/ or nuts.
  • Eat every 4 hours.

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Tip of the week: This week’s tip is pretty small but it can impact in a big way. Snacks, eating snacks between meals will help your metabolism running throughout the day. It helps control your appetite that way when you finally sit down and eat you don’t over eat or eat something that you shouldn’t. Making a snack doesn’t take long to make and it can be anything you like to eat and help those cravings that we seem to have on the worst possible moment. If you’re craving for something sweet eat a yogurt or a piece of fruit. If you’re craving for something salty eat a handful of nuts or it can be a mixture of both. Planning on your snack can be enjoyable and fun. Plus the benefit of planning your snack will help you save money (I hear a few extra bucks for a new craft supply, haha).

 

Wish you the best,

Jomarie

We are toward the end of June, the halfway mark of 2012.

What have we done to so far this year?

At the beginning of every year before January 1st roll by, we all sit down and make our New Year resolution. Some people take it serious, while others make a joke about it but in all serious have you kept up with your New Year resolution or have you forgotten about it? Don’t feel bad majority of people either forget or give up on it. I’m one of those people I forget what promises I made on December 31st but then again I always take it as a joke. I never like to use that term or wait till January 1st to start new in my life. If you really wanted to start new or change something you do it ASAP anytime, any month, any day.

Okay I don’t use New Year resolution, what do I use? I prefer to use goals and soon to make my dreams come true. If you have read some of my other blogs such as Monday is a new start, you will see I set up 3 different goals in order to lose weight my main goal, short-term goals and my mini goal. If you would like to read Monday is a new start, click here -> https://liljomarie.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/monday-is-a-new-start/. I love to set my goals, it helps me to stay on focus in my upside down life and I make many of them and no it not chaotic :-). I honestly think goals can be set up anytime time and about anything you want it to be, you don’t have to wait for the New Year to start on what need to be change, you can start it right now!!!  What perfect about setting your goals, if we forget our goals or mess up it okay we all human, it not the end of the world. It a new experience or something has happen that derail you from reaching your goals, this is not to discourage you on setting your goals, its reality (you wouldn’t want me to sugar coat it?). Getting back, what great about it you can get right back to it and continue reaching those goals you laid out for yourself, it has happen to me so many times that I derails myself from my goals but I get back on it and once I reach my goals I feel extremely proud of myself even more so because I gotten derail and got back on it.

So are you ready to sit down and write down your goals, it only take a paper and pen to start. It pretty simple to start and you can start one goal (as time goes, you can add more goals). If you have already set a few of them, go and review them and see if you need to alter them or even bring the inspiration back to life. Just to give an example, I’ll add one of my goals and this goal is actually a new one:

Goal: To purchase our first home and save a down payment in 3 years

Steps:

  • If we save $287 a month in 3 years we would have $10,000.
  • Increase and fix our credit score (MUST do research)
  • Pay down as much debt as we can (that way were not house broke and help with our credit)

Keep in mind that there will be challenges reaching your goals and possibly you might have to change or re-alter your goals to a new situation in front of you. Keep going and you never know how proud you will feel once you completed your goals, especially if it a challenging one. You will feel like you can do anything in the world even if you had to make a few changes.

**FYI, there will be goals that you might want to drop not because you can’t do it but something has come across and it okay, I had to change a lot of my goals and drop a few of them because I made those goals while I was single now as a wife and mother I have set new goals and I don’t feel bad for my old goals, I just made changes and still pursuing it. **

I do wish you the best of luck in completing your goals, and even though this post has the positive and negative, my purpose is not derailing you. It’s to actually prepare you on what to come and changes are okay.

♥♥ Would like to share your goals with me and other please leave a comment, I would love to hear about them and you never know if you encourage someone else with your goals such as ways to improve our planet. Also in the near future I would love to make a post dedicating other persons goals to encourage and even make a difference in our community or our little world (you never know, ☺). Hopefully by next week I will post what I need from you. ♥♥

Once again, I wish you the best!!!

Monday is a new start!

Happy Monday Everyone!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

I pretty much decided that I will post the process of losing weight every Monday. Now to start off, last week was my warm up week.  It’s been awhile since I work out on a set schedule and commit in eating every 3-4 hours. I took it easy, I didn’t want my body to get overwhelm and be rush to the hospital either through exhaustion, asthma attack, or any other reason.  I will start off the first two steps I did, then the reason for my plans and what to expect every Monday.

The first step I did was to write everything down, what are my main goals, short term goal, my current weight, reason I decided to lose weight and my plans to lose the weight.

My Main Goal: Lose 114 pounds

My short term goal: Lose 20 pound this month

My weight as off 6/10/2012: 264 pounds

Reasons to lose weight: I want to be able to run, jump and keep up with my daughter. I want to take control of my asthma, anemia, make my heart stronger and avoid any other medical conditions such as diabetes. I want to buy clothes and feel comfortable wearing them and to feel confident and sexy; I want to live till I’m old and see my great grandchildren and grow old with my husband. I especially would like to have more children without the fear that they will lose their mother. I know I will be comfortable and happy being 150, I love having meat on bones. I also want to set an example for Emily, that way she is healthy and avoid future medical problems such as diabetes (it runs strong in my husband side) and asthma (which runs strong on both side of the family, I had my asthma at the age of 19).

My plans: I will do a workout DVD Tae Bo (it help me lose weight before) every morning, walk every day 15 minutes to start and increase as the day goes by, go to planet fitness 3 times a week to do weights to strength my body and keep my skin tight, I also would like to include yoga every other day to stretch my muscle, be flexible and especially have inner peace. I will rest on Sundays and have my cheat day or meal on Saturdays or Sundays. If I do have a cheat meal during the weak (by going to an amusement park , etc) I will make sure to work out the next day and wait for the following Saturday to have my next cheat meal.

My eating habits: I will eat moderate portions, no soda or junk food (only on my cheat day), I will eat every 3 to 4 hours, 6 meals a day, 3 meals and 3 snacks and not eat past 8pm. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Medical Conditions: Asthma, anemia, and heart palpitation. Asthma- make sure to have the nebulizer ready, take the advire every morning, have the pump next to me at all times.  Anemia- make sure you drink your iron pills every morning and eat anything with high iron. Heart palpitation- must consult with my doctor once again, monitor my heart while exercising…if it start, sit down relax, drink water and rest for the day.

Warm up week recap (June 3rd– June 10th):

Monday through Thursday, I did a 45 minute workout with Tae Bo around 10 in the morning.

Friday and Saturday, I walk for an hour and a half.

Sunday was my day of rest.

Monday through Friday, I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hardly drank water and drank a lot of soda (must stop that).

Note: I have to stop drinking soda and eating junk food (this is one of the main reason, I been gaining), write a more detail journal, get much needed sleep.

Now that you see, what I written for myself, I will explain what I have done and how can it benefit yourself as well:

  • For the first week, I say start off slow, get your body into the flow of moving around. Remember your body is not use to moving around so much, it been stuck in the same routine for months  by the following week start on your plan.
  • Write everything down your reasons first, this will help you reach your goal. By writing your reasons, you learn more about yourself and why you decided to make that first step, this will help you stay in focus especially moments when you feel like giving up or leave it for tomorrow and tomorrow will never come.
  • Write your main goal and your short term goals next. Your main goal should be what you want to lose overall, but it will get frustrating and you will get discourage to see that high number and will feel  like you’re not losing weight fast enough that where the frustration and discourage will come about. That why  you write your short term goal it will be easier and once you reach it your boost will go up and then you want to make another short term goal to continue losing that weight and feel happy and confident (for me, personally I like to also add a mini goal, lose 5 pounds per week)

**FYI if you did not reach your goals is okay don’t get discourage look back what you did see if there anything that need to be change such as changing your workout routine or it may be what you been eating. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep moving forward we all go through this, so don’t worry if you don’t reach your goal. If for any reason you don’t understand what you did wrong, consult with others they may see something that you didn’t see in the first place.**

  • Write everything down, the more detail the better. This will guide you through your workout and eating habits. Writing in details will help you see your progress, not only losing weight , you will see a tremendous change in the way you run, walk, able to lift certain heavy objects that you couldn’t before, happiness, Energy and the list will go on.  Also, if your weight training 3 day a week like myself, it great to have your journal with you by letting yourself know what you did last week and up a notch this week.
  • Have a cheat day or meal but please monitor what you eat during this time. The reason for a cheat meal is to help controls those urge of eating the things we love but know it not good. How can this help? Well most people go on a diet, a strict diet, lose the weight and decided they can eat healthy but have their not so good meals here and there. Now, they start to like the food their eating, forgets all the progress they have done, and they have gain double the weight from where they started off. Having a cheat meal is not to hurt you but to help you move forward, plus I love food, all kinds of food. Having my cheat meal is my reward for workout hard and doing things right.

****Please note what I have writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Only you know what you’re capable of and how far you can go beyond. Most of the tips I put up, are tips that I read, look up, or learn when I work in a gym (years ago). ****

What can you expect every Monday,

  • Tips that I either look up online or consulted with a nutritionist or personal trainer.
  •  Ideas on how to manage a busy schedule with work, school, and / or children.
  • My weekly bio, what in my journal for that week and my progress, in a more detail format than last week.
  • I will also try to have a personal trainer and a nutritionist answer some common question and have a Q&A session with you guys.
  • Also if anyone wants to share their own personal experience and the progress of losing weight, strength training or any other experience. Please feel free to drop a comment, I will get in contact with you and send you a guide line of what we need from you. This will be great for the motivation!!!!

I wish you luck on this journey to a better life style, have a great day!

Though desicion, but it had to be done

I decided to close my business Lil Jomie Creations! What, how can this be!!??? It’s not permanent, it’s only temporary…I feel that it is the time for an upgrade, revamp the look and feel of Lil Jomie Creations, and increase my inventory. I enjoy every minute of my business for the last year but I also notice I made mistake that cost me greatly. I rush into my business, I never sat down and taken the time to plan everything the right way. After weeks of thinking and consulting a few people, I decided to closed it down and refocus my dreams and passion for Lil Jomie Creations.

Now you may be wondering, what going to be the next step or what can we expect Lil Jomie Creations? Well I’ll give you a little peak for what to come. One of the main things I wanted to focus is to build my inventory; I want to create more unique diaper cake all shape and sizes with different materials, party favors, props for photography, and many more!!! Sorry, I wish I can say more but I can’t spoil everything ;-D but I will show sneak peeks from time to time on facebook and here Lil Jomarie!

**One last thing, I want to thank everyone who has been here supporting and following me since I started Lil Jomie Creations  http://www.facebook.com/LilJomieCreations and my little blog ❤ you’re the best!!!

Jomarie, Where have you been???

Hi everyone,

I know, I know most of you probably thought I got lost or something…lol…well I didn’t get lost. Unfortunately many things have happen to me since my last post. Okay, so where do I start…not too long ago I experience a really bad asthma attack, which left me in the hospital for days. The day I had an asthma attack I couldn’t move from my bed, it was an effort to move, I couldn’t breathe or talk, it was a very scary moment not only for myself but for my little family. Emily was scared I saw the worriedness in her eyes; she will constantly ask if I’m okay and wouldn’t move from my side. Not only did my asthma play a roll but my anemia was really low. I spent the next few weeks recuperating…yes, my asthma felt so much better, I could breathe easier but I had other challenges as well. I had to deal with my anemia, which my iron was extremely low and I had to fight off dizziness and extreme fatigue.

On the day, that the hospital release me a few hours later I had to run to the emergency room with Emily. She was playing and throwing herself back, my mom caught her by the arm (that way she didn’t hurt her head) and her arm was dislocated after a few hours of waiting the doctor pop her arm in and she was running around the ER like nothing ever happen to her. 2 days later I had a stomach virus and then Emily caught it. After all is done I can finally say that I feel like I’m 85 percent better and I’m ready for the next challenge. Why the 85 percent.. I’m still fighting the anemia but it never stop me before.

What about my school, you may ask, I didn’t drop it…with all the medical situation I had to drop my classes and I WILL return to school in the middle of July.

So what is my next step? I took time off to get better and even though I’m not 100 percent, I know I have to do certain things to get to 100 percent…I’m better enough to start and continue my goals and dreams, and now more than ever I want to accomplish those. For the next few months I will focus on losing weight, taking my medicine without fail, and change not only my eating habit but my little family as well.

I want to live for a long time and especially for my little munchkin and for my other half. So I hope you will follow me in my journey and hopefully it will motivate someone to follow the same but their own personal path to being better.

*** I would like to thank everyone who has been there and supporting me in reaching my goals. I would like to also thank for anyone who read and follow my blogs even though this is my third blog, it means so much to me that you have taken the time to read my blogs. And last I would like to thank everyone who has wish me a speedy recover. Thank You All! ***