Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Intro / Weightloss Challenge 2013

Hello World!

My name is Gynieka, and I am a 29 year old single mother from Los Angeles, CA.  Since my second year in college, and the infamous 2am chili cheese fry runs to Crossroads Cafe at UCLA, I have been struggling with weightloss.  My weight has fluctuated over the years due to many of life's circumstances and my numerous yo-yo diets (atkins, weight watchers, calorie counting, etc.) - though now that I look back, I looked pretty darn GREAT in college!  I honestly don't know what I was trying to lose then! Hahahaha.  On a more serious note - after my mother recently lost her battle to cancer (in April 2012), I have learned that all of the processed foods, mechanically engineered sugar substitutes, hormones, additives, etc. that we consume over the years are drastically effecting our bodies and overall health, and it is definitely time to start FIGHTING BACK!!!  Did you know that some cancers, diabetes, & other diseases could be avoided if we paid more attention to what we consume?? There are a lot of natural foods and remedies out there that can help prevent our bodies from malfunctioning (such as flaxseeds, coconut oil, etc.), but many people do not know about it.  I have never felt so sluggish, depressed, anxious, exhausted, lazy (and the list goes on) in my life, and I know it is because this past year I have not dieted nor exercised AT ALL!!  Ok well maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but let's just say I did not step foot in the gym not once, nor did I intentionally cut back on my eating - it's been an emotionally tough year!  Anywho, in an effort to cleanse my body of all of the horrible foods I've ingested over the years, in an attempt toward living a healthier life - I began a "Clean Eating" challenge on January 1st, 2013.

My challenge began with the Paleo lifestyle, and after the first two weeks of cooking & eating Paleo - although I LOVED the new recipes I was trying/creating - I have decided that I was giving up too much of what I enjoyed, and knew that my cheat days would be pretty drastic.  Plus, I was spending waaaaay too much time in the kitchen, not just creating meals, but also developing snacks to take to work - which was depleting my quality time with my daughter.  Therefore, I have decided to incorporate a variation of a "Clean" Low Fat Diet into my lifestyle; in which I still plan to consume organic meats (grass-fed, if possible), as well as fresh organic fruits & veggies - as with Paleo - however, I will also reintroduce some gluten (although with a bit more caution), raw sugars, some dairy (as in greek yogurt, butter, & cheese), and grains.  Because I am reintroducing grains, which often cause bloating and weight gain, until I reach my goal weight, I will also be more conscious of my daily caloric intake - which I'm sure will begin to get easier with time.

I hope that through documenting my journey toward weightloss, I will be able to somehow inspire other single moms out there who have been struggling with weightloss and are looking for ways to both eat healthier and serve healthier foods to their child(ren).  Plus, I know this documentation will help me to hold myself accountable for what I eat/do each day - "no more excuses girly!"

While the idea for this blog started off as merely a weightloss documentary, I have expanded it to also include not only recipes and weightloss tips/tricks, but everything under the sun that has to do with my world as a Single, Working, Schooling Mother ;-)  I hope you enjoy my little piece of the world.

Disclaimer:  I'm sure a majority of the ideas that will be posted in the beginning of this blog (& possibly throughout) will be derived from some online source - unless otherwise noted.  Pinterest and other blogs are a mom's best friend!! And I'll be sure to give credit, when credit is due...

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.  Now let's begin!

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