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If I had a dollar for every time I said I would change up my diet because my health was far more important than anything, I could have bought a brand spanking new car cash seven years ago.

If I had a dollar for every time I suddenly got a new motivation to workout, because some man broke my heart or I felt I had something to prove, I could have paid off my college tuition in five years.

If I had a dollar for every time I have given an in-kind donation to my local fitness center (meaning I pay, but never go) I could have paid off my churches “Building Fund” by myself in 3 years.

If I had a dollar for every excuse I tried to turn into a valid reason for not working out and actually convinced myself it was true, I would have enough money to meet my personal savings goal for a year.

If I had a dollar for every time I made a New Year’s resolution and by New Year’s Day, I had already broken that promise ….now we are talking millionaire status on this one! LOL!

If I had a dollar for every time I lost a few pounds and was on top of the world, but when the weight stop falling off like I anticipated… I QUIT!

Although the comparisons I used were exaggerated, my level of concern for identifying the signs of a poor and bankrupt state of mind when it comes to self-image is the furthest thing from BS!

Be encouraged; don’t treat fitness like a failed financial venture or a loss in the accounting books of life with no chance of restructuring, take it in stride as a learning curve experience and get back to it!

As long as the breath of life is breathed into your body, you have a chance to make a difference and make a return on your investment of yourself. Limit your frivolous spending on old excuses and poor reasons why you can’t do something and roll your action assets into your “401 Capable” and allow your fitness finances to flourish!

Lesson for the day… “Only YOU can lower the debt ceiling of doubt on your fitness failures and rise above them. It’s up to YOU to decide to invest in yourself and become rich in health and spirit. Be careful not to rob yourself by spending priceless time and dollars on doubting your determination to make it happen this time around!  YOU are going to speak forward progress and financial fitness gains as it relates to your health. You will be amazed what can happen when your fitness assets grow simply because you shifted your attitude towards action instead of making EXCUSES!

So what are you waiting for? Get started on investing in yourself today! Purchase the stock while it’s still hot!

Have you ever put on a pair of jeans that snapped perfectly at the waist, but seem to have a little extra hanging up top? Well that, my dear is called “The Muffin Man!” He comes by messing up all of your outfits, stretching out your shirts, and makes you look like you are expecting a bundle of joy! I am happy to say that this house guest has packed up his stuff and has hit the interstate with no intentions of returning!

 Now that Mr. Muffin Man has left, I would like Mr. Toney Toni Tummy to come visit me now! I dream of a day when the definition of my stomach is apparent and my coke bottle contour comes back blazing on this body!

Recently as I was rushing to a sporting event I had thrown a pair of my favorite jeans.  I grabbed an oversized t-shirt to camouflage my muffin so no one would suspect what lied beneath the loosely worn cotton tee. But oh snap! …to my surprise as I buttoned my pants, I noticed Mr. Muffin had skipped out on me. I take it he does not feel welcomed anymore since I have traded in my sausage sandwich for a handful of almonds and apple slices, my soda for sparkling water, and Lucky Charms cereal for Special K.  I guess I am no longer the life of the loathing party. So during my silent slumber, in the middle of the night, that Muffin Man bastard skipped out on me!

Most of the time when you lose someone or something it’s difficult to get over; however, in the case of the Muffin Man, I celebrated his departure by doing a shirtless happy dance in front of my bedroom mirror.

I won’t ever take for granted that the Muffin Man will be gone forever, because if I do, he will be sure to return extra fluffy.

Why do we punish ourselves so harshly when it comes to weight loss? Why are we so quick to knock ourselves down when the scale does not tip as far to the left as we would like?

We punish ourselves by calling in the S.W.A.T. [Stressing Weight at All Times] team enforcers, who arrest us from our seemingly aimless fitness goals. I admit, I am one of the leading S.W.A.T. team ambush soldiers in my own fitness fiasco. As a matter of fact, I am the general! When things don’t go right with my weight loss plan I am ready to attack, lock and load on my progress and blow up at the scarcely moving scale.

However, I had to ask myself this question, “How many times am I going to allow myself to get knocked down by letting the scale be the authority of my life?”

When I first started this challenge I was constantly hopping on the scale expecting big numbers to plummet from my waistline, but to no avail, I would see a pound or two here, a decrease in body fat there, but nothing so dramatic that I could say it happened over night.

My best suggestion to anyone working towards a fitness goal like myself is to take it one day at a time, continue to eat the right things, keep up regular exercise activities, and work on maintaining a more balanced lifestyle.

This weight loss experience for me has truly been all about the journey. It has not been easy for me by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve had to constantly reevaluate my goals and redirect my focus. There have been several times that I felt like I reached my plateau or loss motivation at that moment.

I encourage you today to not let the scale hold you captive and stop you from achieving your fitness goals; rather, use the scale as a gage to track milestones.

One day you will wake up throw on a pair of old jeans and they will drop to the floor, completely missing your waist as you stand in shock and amazement!

Do yourself a favor, call off the S.W.A.T. team and boost up your swag no matter what size you are now. Keep pushing! You can do it!

Bob Barker Host of the Price is Right

So today I cheated on my diet worse than an adulterer on their spouse! I had some nice, greasy, artery clogging, pizza that had enough grease to lotion my body and wax my car!

Oh yeah, but that is not all that I did…… I had a cinnamon roll too [oohhhh weeeee oh yeah!] I enjoyed every bite of the sweet bread and sugar rushing down the side of my cheek leaving powdered sugar marks on my skin as evidence of my diet malpractice! LOL!

But you know what? The price was right, just like Bob Barkers old TV game show, The Price is Right, I bid for those calories I consumed and decided to “live a little.” Yes, the comfort food was titillating and satisfying to my taste buds; however, I must pay back those calories in the form of cardio and crunches [Aweee Damn!] 

For the first time, in a long time, I did not feel guilty either. I enjoyed my calories, kicked up my paws, and watched a movie to top the evening off. I am not one who takes many ME time breaks so this was huge for me!

On another note, I am so grateful to have gained such a strong willpower towards leading a healthier lifestyle that I don’t typically stray from the plan. However, since this journey is a paced jog and not a sprint, let’s just say I pulled over to the side during my jog and took a little break! Starting first thing in the morning I am back at the races. LOL!

 In closing, I would like to remind everyone again about Bob Barkers The Price is Right show and the object of the game.  The object is to guess the value of an item and get as close as possible to its retail value without going over. The Price is Right game show is much like the game of weight loss.  You have to give yourself leeway from time to time, but be sure not to go overbid on your calories, because if you do you lose the game against the battle of the bulge!

So next time you pick up that donut or eat those succulent seconds… ask yourself am I over bidding on this meal?? Or is the price right?? In the game show of healthy living, you have to stand up and become your own Host Bob Barker and reveal to yourself if the price is right. Remember that YOU are in charge of your OWN weight loss destiny so bid carefully!!!!

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So I am 1/3 of the way done with my fitness challenge. I am so grateful to all who have followed and supported me thus far during this journey. I just want to say that “stuff is starting to get real.” The pounds are not melting off me like they were at first, the lazy bug tries to bite me time and time again and tell me, “well.. it’s only one day you would be missing… what’s the big deal?” and emotions are running high because I want this so bad! I remember peeling off day 67 and looking at day 66 on my countdown calendar and laughing hysterically as it stated, “Day 66.. I know you are tempted, but put the fried food DOWN!” Who would have ever thought, a calendar and a challenge I started a little over a month ago could get the high pep back into my step with this challenge. Check out this video recapping the first 1/3 of my fit challenge. 1/3 down, 2/3 more to go! Stick with me yall!

This is ME!!!

                                 

This is me!!!

Ty Stone Director of Bus. Services Sinclair CC

Hello, my name is Ty Stone. I lost 50 pounds in about 6 months., I have had a number of people ask me what the “secret” formula to my weight loss success has been. There are no gimmicks here. I always tell them, the “secret” is not sexy. There is no grapefruit, cabbage, or large quantities of bacon in my approach. What I have implemented has been a true lifestyle change; one that I have embraced as I continue on this path to healthy living. Yes, I will admit–I started out on this journey on a gimmick diet approach—the all protein diet. However, I immediately decided that if I wanted to see prolonged results, I had to become healthy….PERIOD!  I decided that if I ate healthy foods, the weight would have to come off. You know what? I was right!

I started my job as the Director of Business Services for Sinclair Community College in February 2010. One of the areas that I am responsible for is food service. However, I knew nothing of the industry. As I started to research the food industry, I became alarmed at how our food is processed; what goes into our foods; and the impact of these things. I immediately became an advocate for more healthy eating. You know what they say: Once you know better, you do better. How could I continue to feed my family and myself the unhealthy foods we had grown accustomed to?

As a result of changing my eating habits, the weight peeled off (well, it wasn’t as easy as that, but it did come off rather quickly). For me, I believe that diet makes a difference between losing weight and keeping it off, and just losing weight. Believe me, I have tried diet after diet and have always gained the weight RIGHT back…and then some! This time, I have maintained my weight.

I have become an “evangelist” for healthy eating. I love the way I look, but more importantly, I love the way I feel. Though I am not an “expert” on nutrition, I have lots of information to share regarding healthy eating. Stay tuned for updates!

Here’s to good health!!!

Ty Stone

One word – Habit. Try these five tips to get RESULTS!

1.       Park awaaaaay from the building. Instead of cruising the parking lot for the spot closest to the door try parking away from the building.  Sure, it adds a little more time to your walk but you’re also getting exercise. 😉

2.       Cook on Sunday. Pick a day in the week to prepare all your meals at home and set aside portions for the rest of the week.

3.       Leave the plastic at home. Set a dining out budget for $50-$75 a week – in cash.  Once the cash runs out that’s it.

4.       Ditch movie-going. Scratch that.  Send your regrets for any get togethers that focus on grabbing a bite to eat.  What about a Wii-tourney?  A bike ride.  A little twister anyone?

5.       Drink water. No, not Vitamin Water or Crystal Light my friends.  We’re talking about the real thing.  Nine times out of 10, those hunger pangs you get are for good ole agua.

Affirmation:  I deserve the time it takes to take care of myself.  This is my time.

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I can truthfully say I put “my money where my mouth is” simply because I finally went shopping for healthy food and did a refrigerator overhaul! It was so nice, so empowering! Check out my early AM video sharing the “What’s in Monica’s Fridge?” moment with the world! I have just designed another way to hold myself accountable by letting you into my most sacred of places in my house, the fridge! Ha! Ha!  Hope you enjoy the video, because I am not sharing the food! Thanks! LOL!