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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Spinning the weight off.

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Hey guys!!!

I am really excited to do this post.  So we all love free things.  So Jemi Health and Wellness is offering FREE Spinning classes until Dec. 30.

So then, what is Spinning?

Spinning, otherwise known as Indoor Cycling is a great way to loss weight.  It offerings all the benefits of outdoor cycling plus much more.  It gives a great cardiovascular boost by raising your heart rate relatively fast.  Its an anaerobic activity,  which means that it pulls on fat reserves really quickly.

Its also low impact but packs a punch in calorie burning power.  This is a great exercise for anyone that has knee issues.  Spinning can offer the same benefits as swimming.  In spinning for about 30 minutes, you can burn 500 calories.  Then that means for a full workout of 40 - 60 minutes you can burn anywhere from 800 - 1000 calories.

Spinning is great and did I mention that Jemi Health and Wellness is offering it Free (until Dec 30th).  Check out www.jemiwellness.com and click >>> HERE for the class schedules.

So if you looking for something to get into and burn some calories,  You can Spin those pounds off @ Jemi.

***Additional resources***

Here is a Video that can help as an into to Spinning:


Also a sight I found that gives a good write up on the 10 benefits of Spinning.



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tebowing

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So yeah,  I like the fact that there are people out in the world unashamed of proclaiming there faith.  They are not trying to be superheros, or activist.  They just want to live in a world where they can freely express their faith and not be persecuted.

In this generation this is so lacking.  So for that reason I am saluting Tim Tebow, the quarterback of the Denver Bronco.  He seems to be a really humble guy who believes in Jesus.  On October 23rd. he lead his team to an epic upset over the Miami Dolphin.  He then bowed the knee in what is now know as 'tebowing' and prayed on the field in front of thousands of fans.  He was not ashamed of his faith.  This was not something new for Tebow because he was know for putting bible verses in his black paint.  The most famous verse being John 3;16, while he was playing a nationally televised game.  After and during the game there was a total of 92 million searches for '3:16'.  I think this is cool not just for him but that in his actions he can spark so much interest in the the word of God.

Well I can't take any credit for Tebowing. You will have to check www.tebowing.com.  Thees guys are the originators...so for the meantime until my pic is there.  I will show it here. By the way, Tim Tebow has a foundation doing great things around the world. Check it out --->>> HERE

Tebow away!!!  Hey why not check out the Tebowing Bahamas Facebook page and "Like" it.  Post a pic and tag the page.

Lets  have some Tebow fun.

Check out this kool video.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

World Aids Day

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Remember The Day!

World AIDS Day

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I thought I would get on to talk about this today.  Would be a little departure from my normal musing and more on a contemplative and reflective edge.

December 1 has been dubbed World AIDS Day by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987.  Its purpose was to raise the awareness of the pandemic if HIV/AIDS on a global level.  When AIDS hit in the early 80s I was a baby.  I remember hearing about it though when there was a tennis player (Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr.) who contracted the infection through a blood transfusion.  This was my first recollection of hearing about HIV.  Well the other would have been Magic Johnson.  This for me was weird because he is a celebrity and should have know better.

However, now as I reflect upon the situation it is clear that a celebrity is no different than you or me because many of us still don't know the facts.  Research has helped our knowledge of HIV/AIDS infections tremendously since the 1980s.  Yet we find that many people still do not know exactly the correct things concerning the infection and contraction of HIV/AIDS.  I didn't know either but I thank UTCWI specifically Dr. Majorie Lewis and Dr. Guntley who were so passionate that they ensured that as many pastors who were willing would become trained HIV testing counselors.  I attended the classes and did the clinical hours and thankful that my clouds of ignorance concerning the infection are gone.

As church leaders we need to get real.  The infection is here and many people are being affected.  They may not contract an infection but lose people from it.  On this World AIDS Day I hope more church leaders would get on board.  Predominately,  we do a great job at preaching abstinenceThis is still the best way to go to avoid infection!!! But the reality is that many young persons are having their first sexual encounter as young as 9.  Also,  by the age of 17 many teens have had sexual intercourse.  (See this article in the Nassau Guardian) Young people between the ages of 15-25 are the leading groups who contract the infection and 3% of the adult populous is living with it. So would it make sense to pretend that it isn't real? Isn't our mission spiritual but with social implications?

Check out these states from the World Health Organization for the Caribbean:

 See the whole article at: http://www.avert.org/caribbean.htm

We can see that in The Bahamas we are leading the way in persons who contract HIV.  I just hope that on this day more persons would get involved in a sustainable way so that we can steam this tide and save more of our young people.  I know a few persons that died from these infections and the complications associated with them.  So until the Lord in his grace gives us a cure or provides healing.  Lets see if we can do more to avoid any more death by this pandemic.

So know your status and lets get more informed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Glad to be a loser

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The other day a lady saw me in the gas station and I had a pineapple tart in my hand.  I was tempted to purchase it.  But I didn't and put it down.  Well she recognized me from the show, Journey to Wellness and said "I saw that you put the tart down, I know you got to watch what you eat".  It was interesting that she even observed me and commented on my progress though.   Almost felt special lol

Well, The Journey to Wellness officially is over as a program and I did not win the big prize.

So I wasn't the one who lost the highest body fat percentage.  Body fat percentage is calculated by Total pounds lost (starting weight - present weight) divided by starting weight.  This would have been the best way to determine who would be the winner because everyone loses weight at different rates.  Persons who are heavier if they work hard will lose weight faster.  The slimmer you are the harder you have to work to lose weight.  So then the faster you lose weight the harder you have to work to drop more pounds.

As for me,  I lost 13.14% of my body weight and a total of 41 lbs up to my last weigh-in.  This was not my goal but I am happy for it and grateful for the opportunity that I had to be apart of such a transformative program.  As I started I did not win but I am not mad or upset. One thing that I have come out of this whole experience with is the reality that I CAN DO THIS!  I thought it was impossible for me.  Really I did.  I was convinced that I could not lose weight not for a lack of trying but I think it was more so self doubt.  But in these 16 weeks of the Journey to Wellness program,  I really committed and I have something to show for it.  So I didn't win but in a sense I did because now I have an opportunity to make a serious and much needed change in my lifestyle.  That in itself is priceless.


Now I am addicted.  As it is said to develop a new habit you have to do something for more than 21 days.  I am there now.  It feels weird not working out or making good food choices. In that regard I feel like a winner and nothing can beat that. "Duh. Winning!"


Monday, November 21, 2011

Just get started...

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Just ask anyone getting started on a weight loss program is the most difficult thing in the world.  For me it was.  I didn't want to do it actually.  But I love this quote by Zig Ziglar.  Lots of time we forget that we need to get started in order to reach our goals and thus reach greatness. 

I was more concerned in just being average and getting by.  But is that every enough? NOPE.  We all have to press through to greatness.  That means breaking through barriers with lots of endurance. 

Don't wait until the New Year.  Don't wait until you are being forced to.  Don't wait until you have no other choice.  Make it happen today for yourself and those that love you.  Its not going to be easy but you can do it.  God has given you the ability and He will continue to help you when you need it.  So when you give up before you start you never go anywhere.  You owe it to yourself to be great and legendary.  Love yourself and get started on your Journey to Wellness TODAY!


Monday, November 7, 2011

I just shocked myself! #breaking barriers

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A couple of days ago, I posted about the transformation that I am going through in my body.  Additionally,  I was just 2 pounds away from breaking the 40 lbs barrier.  Now I am so happy that I am officially breaking that barrier by 3 pounds...soooooo that is a whooping 41 lbs.  WoW! I can only say to God be the glory.  Seriously, I am even shocked myself! Never thought I could do it.  One thing I am not into is letting it get my head.  So even though I am sharing this its just to do that, share!  But now, ohhhh NOW, I will not rest on my laurels I will not get complacent cause this is a life journey and I am not near my goal yet.  I would like to be under 200 lbs someday lol lets say by new year (yup, I know that will be hard during the holidays lol) But step one, I got a warning for 50 lbs, I see you and I want you to know that I see you!!!! I am going to get you. Grrrrr lol 

Anyway,  I am so stoked I had to get on here and share.  Again thanks to my supporters, apart from God and my "chazown" (I will talk about that soon), you guys keep me motivated.  So thank God for life and the ability that is a privilege to make it better.  So though this in one of the more challenging periods in my life, Its all about rising to the challenge.  I am not deterred, not swayed, So I got my mind made up.  Decide. Commit. Succeed.   I hope you guys are making it happen in your lives and well.  Keep on pressing and breaking through those barriers. They aren't going to go on the side. Ya just got to buss through.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Premiere...

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Well, its here! So that makes it a premier for me.  Very shortly by God's grace I will finally get to watch an episode of the Get Well Bahamas Program,  
"Journey 2 Wellness".  
This program has been brought to by National Insurance Bahamas, Jemi Health and Wellness and The Counsellors Ltd.  Shout out to all of you!!! Its been on about two weeks now and I have never gotten to see it.  A few of my friends have been telling me I am "staring" (whatever that means lol), so I am kinda excited to check it out.  This should be fun and a bowl of laughs for me.  I wonder should I pop some popcorn?  Probably shouldn't but they did say popcorn with no salt can be good for you and very filling.

Anyway I digress.  So as you may be reading this right now you would know that I have decided to chronicle   my journey to my better health and fitness.  It has been really great so far.  Thank you so much for the outpouring of support.  I have to share that I have been digging in my out suitcases now and looking for clothes.  That is awesome!!!! I was so happy that a suit  that I had not worn in about 3 years can finally fit me again.  I was so happy to have to laundered and wore it last month.  (^-^) yup! yup! So today after my weight in this morning I am 2 pounds .....only 2 pounds shy of 40 pounds weight loss.  I plan to get there really really soon.  Then by the 21 of November I am hoping to say that I have reached and broken the 50 lbs barrier.







So those of you who want to see the other participants and I get fit check us out Fridays at 8 p.m.(EST) on ZNS.  For my friend in the Diaspora, you are not left out.  Go to znsbahamas.com and click on the live stream for ZNS TV-13.

The show is only 30 mins so it will be quick not like a workout.  So I will have some good fun watching this.  Well I am off to catch a quick push up or two while I watch Jeopardy.  Then it is off to The Journey 2 Wellness.

Thanks again for reading.  Peace.

Make it happen

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Almost ready to break another barrier!!! Woot! Woot! Thank God for real.
Bjorn J. Burrows.
Check out my Blog:
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Weight is a heavy burden

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28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This text comes from Matthew 11 on the heels of Jesus commencing His ministry after the imprisonment of His forerunner John, the Baptist.  Jesus is establishing the nature of His call.  In this text He is simply a burden carrier and a rest-giver.

Isn't it amazing the amount of things that we carry around on a daily basis that are not necessary.  The burdens of disappointments, past hurts, shame, insecurity, and the like.  As I have learned being over-weight or obese is also a burden.  It usually comes from a all of those burdens that we carry that pushes us to eat bad foods.  For example,  if we feel sad we usually eat something sweet or salty.  This gives us a sense of comfort and safety, temporarily.  Over time this behavior causes us to put on excess weight.  This is not God's best for us.  In Jesus we find someone who can carry our heavy burdens that would most times cause us to hurt ourselves.*

I am so happy to know and share that Jesus can carry my burden and give me His.  His burden as He tells us in the text is "easy" and His "burden is light",  Hey, That's a good feeling!!!  So what, you saying?  I dont have to be overweight? Nope!  Are you saying that I can be lighter? Yes!  All we have to do is give those heavy loads to Jesus and He can make us lighter (not talking about skin complexion here).

Seriously though, just thought to encourage you today as you go on your way.  Remember Health and Wellness is God's best for His creation.  He has given us the responsibility to manage ourselves and the resources that He has blessed us with.  I encourage you to follow Jesus as He teaches us (through the Word and the Holy Spirit) how to do things God's way.

*Now I am not knocking professional help, because if you are suffering from abuse or depression or some other deep psychological issue that is debilitating you and causing your health to deteriorate,  Go seek help!! But that help should always begin with Jesus and His Word.


Here is a video clip about casting off weight that I think will help us alot.  Be blessed, until next time.



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Smart Swaps that helps to reduce calories

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Smart Swaps
One of the advantages to cooking at home is that you have complete control over what goes into the dishes you make. Not all substitutions will work for all recipes, but with a little bit of experimentation, you’ll discover that you can make smart swaps without cutting flavor. Try some of these substitutions:
Ingredient
Substitution
Whole milk
Skim, 1% or 2% milk
Whipped cream
Chilled, whipped evaporated skim milk or nondairy whipped topping
Sour cream
Plain low-fat yogurt, or 1/2 cup cottage cheese blended with 1½ tsp. lemon juice, or low- or nonfat sour cream
Evaporated milk
Evaporated skim milk; low- or nonfat mayonnaise; or plain low-fat yogurt combined with low-fat cottage cheese
Whole egg
Two egg whites, or 1/2 cup egg product
One egg yolk
One egg white
One egg (to thicken)
One tablespoon flour
Full-fat cheese
Low-fat, skim-milk or fat-free cheese
Ricotta cheese
Low-fat or nonfat cottage cheese (puree in a food processor or blender before using), or low-fat or nonfat ricotta cheese
Bacon
Turkey bacon, Canadian bacon, smoked turkey or prosciutto
Enriched white pasta
Whole wheat pasta
White rice
Brown rice
Butter or oil (baking)
Applesauce (substitute only half the amount of butter or oil called for with applesauce; use butter or oil for the other half or the baked goods may turn out tough and chewy)
White flour (baking)
Whole wheat flour (substitute up to half the amount of white flour called for with whole wheat; use white flour for the other half or the baked goods may turn out heavy and dense)
Cream cheese
Neufchatel-style cream cheese (one-third less fat)
White wine or beer
An equal amount of apple juice or chicken broth with a touch of apple cider vinegar
Red wine
An equal amount of cranberry juice with a touch of red wine vinegar

Leave a comment below. Peace!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Human Brain

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Its interesting that video courtesy of Elevation Church

This teaches so much about the predisposition of humankind.


Ever wonder why we do some of the things that we do?  This video is great at explaining that.  I hope that it helps someone an encourages you in your relationship with Jesus. 

Until next time...Leave your comments on this. 

Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit

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Saw this article today about a guy who is a personal trainer and then got fat, deliberately.   I thought that this was interesting none the less but also considerate.

As I am also on my Journey to Wellness,  I thought I would share this article with you. See more...



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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Unstuck

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It is often easy for us to become "stuck".  Well I guess it would not be in a literal sense but more so figuratively.  Stuck in our finances; Stuck in our careers; Stuck in our faith; Stuck in our personal life.  The question then is how do we then become Un-stuck?  I don't think a person really enjoys being "stuck"  ^_^

Thats how I felt this week.  As I have been on this lifestyle change I was losing the weight pretty steadily.  So far last week I was 289 pounds.  Now this past week I have been keeping up with my exercise regiment and eating right but I am still stuck at 289 pounds.  What happened?

Getting to the root
I had to get to the root of the problem in order to fix it.  What I realized was that though I was doing what I was always doing,  what I was always doing wasn't having a better effect.  I think in the exercise world they call this "Plateauing".  This happens when your body adapts the regiment or changes that your body is doing. (Isn't the body amazing, WOW!)  So then the conclusion is that if I wanted to become UN-stuck or not Plateau,  I would have to change a few things.  It could not be business as usual.  I had to do something!  I had to do something different.  Like the song said,  I had to "Buss a move!"

Buss a move! 
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein...I take this to mean that you will never get it right unless you change something.  So then in order for me to see more phenomenal results and achieve my goal, I would have to do something different.  My eating habits had to change meaning I had to lower my caloric intake even more...Eat lower calories per day...

F.Y. I - In order to loss ONE pound a week you have to eat atleast 3,500 less calories than you burn!!!  My exercise had to be pushed up a notch.   This way I would be eating less calories but burning more.  Also, by eating less sugar and salt you help yourself because the body burns those first before it starts burning fat.  

F.Y.I. - Do not starve though this works against you.  Your body will hold on to fat if there is no fuel to burn the fat.  I sees fat as an energy source, yes! But it needs fuel to burn more fat.  Also,  ONE pound of MUSCLE burns atleast 35 - 50 calories a day.  Regular eating also helps to increase your metabolism, so virtually your constantly burning.

Oh yeah I needed to sleep some more because with all the other changes I can burn in my sleep.  By the way, stop eating at 7, 8 o'clock the latest helps...Its called BREAK-FAST for a reason. 

I have resolved to do this and in just two days I have lost about a pound and a half.  How cool is that?   Well then I figure that if I can do that eventually I will be well on my way to achieve my goals...Nay! I will be on my way to surpassing them!!!!

Intensity
I heard someone say one time that: Focused energy for a short period of time can lead to explosive results.  I think for me that is now my new F.O.C.U.S.  for this time. Oh yeah that acronym is: Following One Course Until Successful.  So its really "Intensity: FOCUS" (should have been the title for this post huh?) 

Results
So now that I have the root of the problem, I have Buss a move and I will be intense,  what should I expect.
Simply better results!!!  
  • When I get on the scale next week I want to see more that 6 pounds off
  • Better cardio so that I can run (not jog) briskly for more than 20 mins _ right now I am up to about 12 mins ( I know I should be ashamed right?  Dude I weigh 289 pounds!!!! So, Dont do it?
  • I should also increase in strength and energy.
Like my coach says the biggest competition is YOURSELF!  So I simply have to push my self a little more at a time and keep Raising the bar.   

Thanks for reading!!! Hope this as encouraged you in some way. Leave a comment.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Making it happen!!!

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So yeah some persons were saying that I should really say what this program has done for me so far... Well here are the cold hard facts:
So I started the program @ 312 lbs and I get to weigh in every two weeks,  now I think that will change to every week (fine by me).  We here are my stats so far:

  • 312 - starting weight
  • 308 - loss of 4 pounds
  • 296 - loss of 12 pounds (this is the most so far)
  • 291 - loss of 5 pounds (I wonder what happened)
  • 289 - loss of 3 pounds (this is not good)
Now the grand total is 23 pounds!!!!!  oh by the way I am not competing (per-say)   I am just trying to get healthy.

Well then this is about 7 weeks in the the whole thing.  As I have been reminded the great reward is to have a better outlook on life and geez, simply to have your health.  Being the "biggest loser" would be good but once I am losing that is all that matters. 

So that's what I am shooting for!  There is no other competition except for myself.  Well with that I am going to go now and get ready for a dynamic workout session!  Peace out!   

P.S.  we have another challenge today, so going to make it happen.  Go Team Red!!!  Updates on the way!!! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Challenges

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I am going to make this one sooo sweet.  I am on Team RED (Group 4) and "We have mashed up this competion.....so far". 

  • Won the Salad Challenge.
  • Won the Physical Challenge  
Shout out to all the other groups and they did well but it does feel good to see the determination of my crew.  I think I have the best group.  If any of my team members reading this....YA'LL ROCK!! 

Just so you can appreciate the effort put in my Team RED let me share some details of the two Challenges.  First up,  the Salad Stalker.  The whole point was to put together a salad in 15 minutes.  Then we go 3 mystery ingredients and had to rely on our knowledge so far and decide if the mystery ingredients were healthy to use.

Well least I sound haughty let me say that other groups had phenomenal efforts.  Its just that my group managed to get over the lil hump.  Oh yeah we had to watch portion size of the salad.  Thats really important.  

PiZZaZZ! - A unique creation, which burst of flavor.



 
Pizzazz was the name I gave to the salad (yeah, corny I know).  It had Romaine lettuce,  a variety of green peppers,  cherry tomatoes, Parsnips, Spring Onions and Avocado pears.  The dressing was homemade vinaigrette with Balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a dash of sugar (we lost points for the sugar).  As the beverage was V8 Fusion, 100% juice.  It was awesome!!! The total calories for the meal 225. Oh by the way we made the salad a full meal by adding Grilled Salmon as a protein, this was also included in the calorie count.

   The Physical challenge was another story and not so easy!!!  First of all,  we had to be at the Fort Charlotte at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning. A SATURDAY MORNING!  Well we made it and ready to go.  There were changes made because of unforeseen circumstances.  Yet that didn't make it easier.  When we got underway here is what all the participating teams had to do:
  • Station 1 - An uphill run then a lap around the track
  • Station 2 and 3 - A suicide
  • Station 4 and 5 - Tyre toss (I did Station 5)
  • Station 6 and 7 - Water Hug (This is running about 50 meters with a 5 gallon bottle);  Station 7 also had to run downhill
  • Station 8 - An uphill run and then 2 laps around the track
Every member of the team was had to complete a Station.  This was a total team effort and we pulled it off.  So we will feel this in the morning,  I starting to feel it now lol Where is my Panadol?


We are the Champs!!! Two straight!
Me tossing the tyre


Water hug
Red, and yellow, black and white all are precious in His sight...#Teamspirit #goodsportmanship

 

Gardening Continued

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So now as apart of the Get Well Bahamas (GWB) I have to get into gardening.   Thought I would give a lil sneak peak of "Farmer B's" works in progress.  Its amazing how God can cause little seeds to grow into great plants. 

Garden Bed Alpha/Stage 2

This part of the prep for the bed is called "Composting".  Composting is placing newspapers and Black Cow manure on the soil.  Compost is the material for the soil that adds vital nutrients and minerals to the soil.  The compost helps the soil to come alive and causes the plants to thrive.  I did one half cuz I ran out of Black Cow but she straight now.


                                           Seedlings



Here is my seedling tray.  I got some Cucumbers, Hot pepper, Sweet pepper, Basil, Lettuce, Cabbage, Tomatoes in there.  According, to Chad from HOMEGROWN, its best to do them in the tray and then transplant them to the bed.  That way the when in the ground the plant could fend for itself better.  Kool huh?!






The Story

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I feel like sharing.  Sharing the story of how the journey with Get Well Bahamas (Phase 2) program has been so far.  I have shared some details but I got some more for my readers.  So here goes.

The Get Well Bahamas (Phase 2) program began on July 25 and had its launch on July 26th at the library of The College of the Bahamas.  Check out the awesome theme song by Bodine and CJ Priest.  I have it as my ring tone and it inspires me.  Got to be motivated!!!


This song is pretty good.  It captures the essence of the program.  I really like it.  

Well after the Launch, there was a weekend break and then another meeting scheduled for the following week.  This meeting was very informative in that we got to learn more of what would be expected and how the program was designed to help the contestants.  I am sure I mentioned that it was a competition  but I am not interested in the prizes (even though I am sure they are nice.  For me the biggest prize would be in November to see "The New Me" that I envision now lol.  Also, to know that I finally did it. Lifestyle change.  

After the initial screening by the doctor and having some blood work done,  we were ready to go.  I was in group 4 later to be known as Team RED. We are Ready. Energized. Determined.  My group is the best.

So we began with Cleansing.  The called it Waterworks.  Waterworks was similar to the Daniel fast.  It was the first two weeks of the 12 week program.  The first week I could only eat fruits and vegetables with water.  My Wellness coach Jackie asked us to eat some fruit but more vegetables and at least 80 oz of water perday.  This was took some serious adjustments.  I was soosooo hungry, all the time.  Anyway, thankfully, the second week we were allowed to add whole grains and high fiber foods.

Well now for the sake of my time now I will shorten my blog post for this go and just give an overview of this experience so that I can get to the fun stuff.

  • I have have to workout 3times a week with a personal trainer.  My trainer is Andrew.  He is kool and will to work with you but he does easy up at all.  
  • Got to meet with my wellness coach once a week.  I have learned some awesome information about over all health, good portion sizes etc.
  • Did a grocery store visit.  Its amazing to know how many things are not good for you e.g. can foods like tuna or salmon are not good (go figure)  its always better to go fresh.  These canned foods are loaded with Sodium.  Sodium is like seasoning for the fat cells in the body.  Seriously!  You have to burn off the sodium and other sugar in the body before you start to burn fat.
  • I actually started a GARDEN ya'll!!!  Can't wait to share some info on that.  Fresh veggies are always better.
  • Learned about "How to do your fats right".  There are some good fats out there like Omega-3.  These fats are Poly-Unsaturated fats that help to lower blood pressure and avoiding heart disease.
So Next time I sit to talk about this got to give some updates about the Challenges.  This is awesome stuff right here.

Eat right for Life

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"Eat Right For Life" is the theme of this phase of Get Well Bahamas. Here was a display of some of the good stuff I should eat, not just for now but FOR LIFE!
Bjorn J. Burrows

"Impossible is often the untried"

The Garden

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The beginnings of my new hobby, gardening. Thanks Homegrown.

This experiment should be interesting. I am not a green thumb but getting there. Hope it all works out.
Bjorn J. Burrows

"Impossible is often the untried"

Jemi Health and Wellness

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Shout out to Jane E. Martin-Isaacs for the know-how, NIB and the staff of JEMI, my home away from home!
Bjorn J. Burrows

"Impossible is often the untried"

Friday, September 2, 2011

Reset!

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You know how growing up you always had the reset button on a game console? Often times when you would mess up or made a bad play, all you did was hit the reset button and that was it? Game started over and all was right with the world or at least that game session. Well The National Insurance Board has this initiative called Get Well Bahamas that allows persons who wish to do so an opportunity to reset their lifestyle. They began it earlier in the year and it was a huge success, so they did it again.

I personally wasn't interested at all in the program. Seriously wasn't, even though I need it. Nevertheless, after some prodding from my family and a personally delivered application I decided that I should at least apply. The application sat on my dresser for weeks, I think I didn't fill it out til the last two days before the deadline. I threw together a lil essay (it was required). As I went out to drop off the application I felt hungry and went to get a Fish filet meal from Mcdonalds (love me some fish fe lay as Bahamians say). I finally got to the office of The Counsellor's Ltd on First Terrace. As I munched on my meal from Mcdonalds I started to think about what I was really getting into?? If I do think no more Mcdonalds?? But then I started to think about how this fish sandwich may taste good but deep down inside I know it wasn't good for me. Plus, if I keep like this without serious change I would be around for much longer, if God wills. So I had to make a decision, Will I continue to live this unhealthy and destructive lifestyle or will I press the reset button? So enough was enough! I got some paper and really poured out my heart in the essay. RESET!!!

Taken last day before the deadline for the Get Well Bahamas application.Photo with the application.
Well that was in July, about a week before my 30th birthday, prior to all of this I had gotten a call for a interview at the Counsellers. After to my surprise, after the interview and meeting some of the other prospective contestants, I was selected along with 40 other persons to be in the program. Actually, its a competition to see who can lose the most weigh and overall Body Mass Index is what determines the winner. So for me I will be keeping regular updates about my progress in the new lifestyle.

Its been a month now and I have been progressing pretty well. My ultimate goal is to hit the reset button on my eisI will keep that for another update. But my blog has some random updates of the program. Peace.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My best friends

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What I have to drink for two weeks of cleansing.
Bjorn J. Burrows

"Impossible is often the untried"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Size does Matter

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Size does Matter is a new book written by Dr. R. A. Vernon, the pastor of "The Word" Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

This book is an adaptation of his Doctoral thesis that he recently defended. He discusses and defends the tenets of the Mega Church suggesting that a megachurch must do mega-ministry. Therefore, its not enough to simply be "mega" for the sake of it but rather to empower and impact the community that the megachurch is apart.

As a black pastor in a predomantly black congregation and a black theological scholar it is no surprise from which POV Dr. Vernon departs. He suggest that Jesus is always on the side of the marginalized (which is also the tenet of Liberation Theology). He continues that that if this is so then the church of Christ must be on the side of the marginalized as well and minister to the spiritual needs as well as the existencial plight of these people.

This book is a good read and has a real casual flow to it. Being converastional in his approach Dr, Vernon also discusses the wholestic needs of sustainable church effectiveness. He looks at staffing, finance, creativity etc. He encourages every pastor at whatever stage of there development not to be comfortable with just staying there but to persue avenues that will lead to a greater impact for God's kingdom.

I would encourage any pastor to read this. However, I would not just stop there because it has principles that can be applied to other vocations. I am sure it will help you to shapen your skills.

Enjoy.