Jun 1, 2013

The Journey: June 1st, 2012-June 1st, 2013

252. 18. 41.9. My weight. My pants size. My BMI this time last year. When I realized I was halfway to 300 lbs. I decided it was time to do something drastic. I chose to go low carb. Now I know I know you LOVE carbs right. So do I. As a matter of fact I'd rather have carbs than any protein you put in front of me. There were times when I would go to Walgreens for lotion and come out with candy. Ashy but happy. For years my mom and my former trainer, Chad  tried their best to convince me that low carb or Atkins was the way to go. I fought and fought and gained and gained. And then it happened. Someone gave me the REASON that a diet with low carbs works. Now I'll explain it in Anetra-speak. Your body burns carbs, fat, and protein in that order for energy. If you deprive it of carbs it has no choice but to burn fat.  MY MIND WAS BLOWN. (Note-The body will burn protein as a last resort). I finally got it. Deprive the body of this and it will burn that. I also had horrible habits to break. I have a serious candy addiction. I also love regular Pepsi. Potatoes are my favorite food. This diet unlike Weight Watchers or calorie counting would help me get out of those habits.  

So on June 1st, 2012 I started my journey. Once I got rolling I started losing weight at a pace of 10 lbs. per month. So by January I had lost 70 lbs. 

During my journey I was asked the same questions daily so I will answer some of my most frequent ones here.

Is it hard? Absolutely. Outside of asking a man out on a date and passing Torts the Atkins diet is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. 

What can you eat/drink? All fish, all fowl, all shellfish, all meat, eggs any way you can stand them, cheese, pickles, green vegetables, cauliflower, any herbs and spices, any prepared salad dressing with no added sugar and no more than 2 grams of net carbs, butter, mayo, olive oil, vegetable oil, splenda, coffee(black), tea, diet drinks, WATER.

What can you not eat? Anything fun. Sugar, Rice, Bread, Potatoes, Fruit, Pasta, Dairy, Alcohol. Better known as things Anetra likes to eat. 

How much did you lose your first month? 10 lbs.

Did you hit a plateau? Why did you stop losing? I cheated hard on Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and days that I felt like cheating. I didn't plateau it was more like a mental health break. I didn't gain and I didn't lose. I ate what I wanted when I wanted then got back on the diet the next day and the cupcakes were good. I've now been back on for 5 days and have dropped 5 more lbs.

Can you eat any carb at all? Yeah you're going to inadvertently eat carbs. Cheese and salad dressing have them they're just low in the count. Also watch the batter on the fried foods. I also have a guy at work that gives me two jolly ranchers a day. I need these.

What's your motivation? I like how I look. I feel better. I like being able to run and climb steps without breathing hard. I'll be older when/if I have children and I'd like to be able to carry them in good health and run after them. I like designer clothes. I have purchased expensive clothes in sizes 10 and below. I want to be able to wear them. 

How much did you exercise? I didn't. I hate exercise. I'd rather watch tv while eating my bacon, which is allowed on my diet. I also walk at least 3 miles a day at my job (not on purpose). 

What was the weirdest thing that happened to your body? My feet shrank from a 9 to a 8.5. 

What size are you now? A 12 that can wear 10s if the designer is generous.  

What's your goal weight? 145-150.

What's your goal size? A 10 that can get into some 8s. If I hit 145 I'll be a solid 8.

How are you different? I actually like shopping. I have hated shopping my entire life (except for books and makeup) now I like looking at clothes. 

Why can't you eat fruit, it's healthy? Fruit is sugar. God's sugar. 

What did you miss the most? EVERY SINGLE CARB EVER MADE. As a matter of fact this diet will have you wanting things you don't normally eat. In my case candy is still an issue. I walk by the aisles quickly in stores. I'm a work in progress. 

Was there any carb that you just couldn't give up? I never gave up on sweet tea. I'm too southern for that. 

This diet isn't for everyone it just happen to work for me. If you have any questions just drop me a line and I'll be happy to answer! Here's to my last 35 lbs!!!!!

May 16, 2012

Monogram my A.S.S.

 I've always loved the idea of having monogrammed things. Shirts, weekly planners, cell phone cases, totes- you name it I've wanted it but due to a snafu concerning my initials I've had to forgo wearing anything monogrammed. You see way back when I was given the name Anetra Shivon Smith. Yes that's right. My initials are A.S.S. In the monogram world your last name or family name is in the center. So either way my initials are A.S.S. Around the age of six my mom asked me if I wanted to change my middle name to Watkins (her maiden name). At six Anetra Shivon Smith sounds WAY COOLER than Anetra Watkins Smith. Looking back I should have thought that through a little more. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love my name and the initials A. and S. but there's no way I'm walking around town with A.S.S. stamped across my chest. At this point in my life I am attached to my middle name so there's no going back but I think this is yet another reason I should get married. I want monogrammed THINGS! Now I know some of you are saying why not just do two letters. Those monograms aren't as cute. That's why. I do have a lot of A things around my room and on my keychain, etc but I want the three letters. Where is my prince charming with a last name that doesn't start with S?!

After much thought I decided to embrace my initials and enter Prep In Your Step's Monogram Necklace Giveaway. I love the look of this Marinette Jewelry necklace and hope I win!!! Check out Prep In Your Step's blog for all things preppy! http://prepinyourstep.blogspot.com

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Ma!!!!

Just wanted to tell my mom Happy Mother's Day (for the third time today)! You've been the best mom I could ever ask for. You love unconditionally, listen to my crazy discussions, nurture my dreams, make the best travel buddy and give GREAT handbags among other things. Can't wait to celebrate you with church, presents and dinner.

Anetra Shivon

May 4, 2012

Derby Days

Paula Patton
The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and there are several reasons why I love watching. The tradition is one but my main reason is the fashion. As you might have noticed from my Instagram and Facebook pics the women in my family love hats. I have decided that I won't wear a hat until I'm 40 but trust me I'm looking forward to it. Every year I say I'm going to the Kentucky Derby and I never make it. One day this will happen!

Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to bear good luck. The long-established fashion was started by the women, however, over the last few years, many men have taken part in the tradition as well. From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits. In the clubhouse and paddock, women of grace and taste sport classy, fashionable styles. In the infield, the headwear has tendancy to take on a flashier tone.

When the Kentucky Derby was first held at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., 137 years ago, hats were all the rage and regarded as an essential everyday accessory -- for those who could afford them. At special events such as the horse races, women wore fancy and extravagant hats to broadcast their social status and show off their expensive style. Men simply wore top hats.  

Over the years, the Churchill Downs hat tradition has remained for women and continues to be a Kentucky Derby staple. Although women aren't required to wear a hat to the races, most do. One common theme among Kentucky Derby hats is roses, since the race is known as the "run for the roses" because the winning horse receives a blanket made of more than 500 of the blossoms.

Take a look and let me know- What's your favorite look for the Kentucky Derby? 

May 3, 2012

We're 13!!!!!!!

Happy 13th AKAversary to my line sisters "The Firm". I love y'all!

May 2, 2012

Notre Dame Signing Day 2012

While I was away from the blog my job assignments got a bit more interesting. On February 1, 2012 I, along with twelve other producers were sent to colleges around the country to produce sixteen hours of National Signing Day coverage for ESPNU. As a college football fan I was elated. I realized I could mark that off my college bucket list. It was a place I'd never been and never had a reason to go.

As a producer most of my work is done before the shoot. I landed in South Bend on Monday to map out my plan for the Wednesday shoots. Tuesday Bob and I met with the SID Brian Harden and Head Coach Brian Kelly. Both men were gracious and gave us important information leading up to signing day. On Wednesday morning the coaches weren't expecting any surprises and had high hopes for their class. My morning began with a 6:00 am crew call to feed shoots of Notre Dame scenics back to ESPNU. Around 7:00am we were allowed access into the war room where Coach Kelly and his assistants were being contacted by players committing to Notre Dame. Then the coverage began. The 16 hour show was accented by live shots at 13 different schools. As the day went on they would come to Bob and I over headset and he would tell them the vibe of the schools and what recruits had committed.

 The Notre Dame Fighting Irish fared well in the process, grabbing 16 commitments from some top talent around the nation. Despite missing out on wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Deontay Greenberry, the Irish still managed to rake in the top 25 class in the nation. The biggest surprise of the day was Greenberry who chose Houston on Wednesday morning. Notre Dame's 17-man class seemed all but set entering the day, but Greenberry changed that with the last-minute decision. Having his cousin, Tee Shepard, already enrolled at Notre Dame certainly made that more surprising. Greenberry was the state of California's best wide receiver and somebody the Irish were counting on to play early and often with the departure of Michael Floyd. All was not lost as Notre Dame managed to pull in the number two overall player and Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel and Greenberry's cousin, cornerback Tee Shepard. While disappionted with Greenberry's decicion Kelly remained upbeat and dedicated to the players he did sign. "It is hard for me to feel disappointed about something I have never had, or someone I have never coached," Kelly said. "I'm more excited about the 16 who did sign."

This 16 includes the aforementioned Five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel and top 100 cornerback Tee Shepard, as well as receivers Chris Brown and Justin Ferguson, along with the five defensive backs added at a need position.

Overall my experience at Notre Dame was awesome. The live shots went well, the weather was great for February in Indiana, and the Irish were wonderful hosts. Hopefully I can return for an actual football game.

***In March it was announced that Tee Shepard was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame and had returned to Fresno, CA.***

Apr 30, 2012

Notice Served!!!

From the Born Again Church Facebook Page:  "What do you do when the choice between your dreams and your family is a life or death decision? Mark is a talented musician who left his family several years ago to pursue a career.  He is home to visit ONLY for his mother’s funeral…in which he missed because he was too late…and his career is not going as he expected…and his children have no one to raise them.  Their mother left years before Mark.  But one thing is keeping Mark home…that one thing can build his career OR build his family.  He can have that one thing…based on ONE condition from his mother."

On Friday night I went to see my Aunt Wanda perform in her church production of Grave Notice. Grave Notice is the tale of Mark who has been away from his family for the past few years pursuing his music career. He left behind his parents, children, and Aunt. While he was away his father passed and his children experienced hardship due to abandonment, anger, promiscuity, and violence. He returns to his family home hours after his mother has been buried. While Mark is planning his future with his mother's estate Satan and his demons begin plotting for the family's soul. Satan plans to use the Greed Demon to attack Mark, the Whoredom Demon to attack Mark's 17 year old son Marcus, and the Despair Demon to attack Mark's 15 year old daughter Tracy. My Aunt played Mother Lester, a church member and friend of Mark's aunt who comes to the house to pray the demons out. 

Written by Born Again's Bishop Horace Hockett the played reminded me of one of my favorite books The ScrewTape Letters by CS Lewis. I enjoyed the play and was pleasantly surprised that although it had a serious message there were comedic moments through out. Y'all know I like to laugh. I had many favorite moments in the play but I must say the demons, portrayed by Ira Watterson, Roger Trent, and Debbie Powell, played their parts perfectly. Another favorite was the scene where Auntie calls on her prayer warriors (including my aunt) and they sing a rousing rendition of "Satan We're Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down". Overall the acting was superb, the set was awesome, and the music was great. I thoroughly enjoyed it.