Do They Owe You Anything?

There have been a slew of weight loss shows over the years. Some examples include, I Used To Be Fat, Extreme Weight Loss, My 600-lb Life and the Biggest Loser. All of these shows have done one of two things with viewers, they’ve either inspired them or left them so angry that they’ll track these contestants down on social media and troll them.

Why the anger? Let us take My 600-lb Life for example. This past season there was a woman named Pauline. From the way she was portrayed, it looked like she relied too heavily on her son for support and that she didn’t take her weight loss seriously. People were furious with her and pretty much bullied her on social media. Let me ask again, why the anger? Did Pauline owe you something? People sure seem to think so. If they’re not left cheering at the TV and instead feeling like their time was wasted, they then want to make themselves feel better by shaming the person to the point that they’ll feel like their time was not wasted.

First off, I just want to say that I’ve found out that Pauline has been walking, losing weight and exercising. I’ve also found out that her relationship with her son is not nearly as bad as it was portrayed on the show. I’ve found this out through multiple sources. But, that’s beside the point. If you feel like Pauline didn’t take a big opportunity seriously, then that’s her business. Whether or not she takes it seriously will not affect you one way or another. Your life will continue.

Another somewhat old example is Tanner from I Used To Be Fat. Boy, were people mad at not only him, but at his girlfriend as well. Viewers felt like Tanner slacked off and that his girlfriend was a bad influence. People trolled them so much that I actually saw one guy asking for tips on how to bully them on a message board. How pathetic.

First off, Tanner’s girlfriend was not responsible for his transformation. That was all on him. Second of all, I have read that Tanner was dealing with drug addiction behind the scenes and that’s what caused tension between him and his girlfriend. I am not 100% positive, but it seems pretty likely.

Look, I’ll admit that I don’t think that Tanner really grabbed the bull by the horns on his episode. He had also looked like he had gained a lot of this weight back when he came back for a reunion episode. I will give him credit for at least having the gall to show up. The bottom line with Tanner, just as it was with Pauline, was that he owed you nothing. So, he didn’t take it seriously. And? Your life will continue. You’ll still have bills to pay and a job to go back to in the morning. Your life will not end because of Tanner’s lack of success.

I’m writing this blog not so Tanner and Pauline can see it. Chances are, they won’t. This is a very blunt message to everyone that thinks that they can shame a person enough to change their lives. You’re wasting your time. Take that energy and do volunteer work, become an advocate, or take up a hobby. But, trolling someone will achieve NOTHING!

Happier Than Ever

Once upon a time, I was 200 pounds. I didn’t wear shorts and I avoided having my picture taken. I got word that I had elevated blood pressure and that I was pre-diabetic. I went on a spiritual and physical journey and I lost 100 pounds. It was great! But there was residue.

It’s hard when you have the media telling you that the odds are stacked against you. It’s hurtful being told that I’m going to end up failing. That does a lot to you emotionally and mentally. I started getting too careful with calories and eating right. I began losing too much weight. Not good.

The thing is, I know myself better than anyone else does. I know that I will not gain the weight back. I’ve learned knew things about being healthy that has forever changed me. Plus, I like the way I eat. I’m not unhappy with that aspect at all. I’ve also learned not to turn to food for comfort.

The ultimate problem is that I’ve listened too much to statistics and people in the media being negative about keeping the weight off. I’ve let it cause me too much anxiety. I’m sick and tired of it. No one has the right to say that I, or anyone else for that matter, will put the weight back on.

The bottom line is that I’m a strong woman of God. I’ve been through a lot. I’m a fighter. If I have to fight the rest of my life, I know that I can do it. Chances are, you can too. Don’t let others doubt you. I will not let that happen any longer. I’m giving this to Jesus. Everything will work out in the end. It will for you, too!

Health and Fellowship

I’ve been doing a lot of praying and thinking lately. I feel like I want to take what I know about health, fitness, and nutrition and take it to a ministry. A friend of mine from church and I want to start a fitness group next summer at our church. A woman that I work for gave me the idea. I’m really excited!

I feel like this will help me in the long run. I’ll still be really active in the health community, but incorporating the LORD into it will take it in a more balanced direction. I feel like my faith got me through my obesity and now it can help me get over my anxiety over regaining the weight.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and I have OCD. So, me becoming too engrossed over calories is just part of it. I’ve been doing well ever since I came clean on here and have submitted my worries to God. It’s not that my anxiety has been cured, but it’ll help me live out His purpose for me better.

I hope to someday do more when it comes to health and the ministry. I pray that my church will always be a part of it. I hope and pray to go far not only in the health community, but leading others to Jesus Christ as well.

My Healthy Breakfast for Students

Welcome to another healthy eating challenge! This week I’m going to help you make a healthy breakfast sandwich. It’s not only frugal, but it fills you up. Here are the ingredients and prices.

18 Eggs- $4.74

Borden’s Skim Milk Cheese- $2.50 for 16 Slices

Thomas’100% Whole Wheat English Muffins- $2.18 for 6

Now, here are the prices rounded down to what was used.

2 Egg Whites- 53 Cents

1 Slice of Cheese- 16 cents

Whole Wheat English Muffin- 37 Cents

Here are the calories of each one.

Egg Whites- I believe it’s 16 calories per egg white.

Cheese- 30 Calories

English Muffin- 120 Calories

This breakfast came to a grand total of $1.06. That’s less than an Egg McMuffin!

My Healthy Snack for Students

Every Monday I post something healthy that students can have on a budget. Like I’ve been saying, anyone can do this. This week we’re doing a healthy, low calorie snack. Roasted cherry tomatoes.

All you need is one cup of washed cherry tomatoes, some cooking spray, and salt. Just measure the tomatoes and lay them on a baking sheet and then spray them with cooking spray. Then, put some salt on them and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for ten minutes. That’s it!

One cup of cherry tomatoes clocks in at around 30 calories. I bought a pack at $2.50, which has two servings. So this snack comes to $1.25. Hooray!

Let me know any ideas that you have for an idea for Monday’s blog post!

The No Excuse Mom

Maria Kang- aka: The No Excuse Mom. I did a review of her No More Excuses Diet on my YouTube Channel. In my review, I said that I would talk about her No Excuse Campaign. So, what do I think about it?

First, Maria posted a picture of herself with her three young boys showing off her toned abs. She had the picture labeled, “What’s Your Excuse?” The photo stayed online for a little while before it caught on. It all of a sudden caused a media frenzy. Some people called her out for being insensitive, while others applauded her.

I’ll admit, when I first saw the ad, I thought that it was a little on the insensitive side. Don’t get me wrong, there was another part of me that felt proud of her, but I guess overall I had mixed emotions about it. When I read her No More Excuses Diet book, I learned more about her and the message she was trying to get across. It was inspiring. I wouldn’t have gone about inspiring other women the way that she did. I’m being honest in saying that it was too much. With that being said, I do think that people jumped the gun in judging her. If you have a problem with someone, there is always a mature way of going about it rather than attacking them. Even if you feel like they started it, you don’t go out and get revenge.

I’m proud of Maria and how far she’s come in her fitness journey. I also liked her diet book. I truly don’t think that she’s a bad person at all. Do I think that she could have gone about her No Excuse Campaign differently? Yes, but please remember that when you feel like someone has insulted you, do as the Bible says and turn the other cheek. (I don’t mean to sound preachy, I just think there’s something to be said for that verse.)