I took this photo at my BF’s house the day of the West Hollywood Pride Parade.  I had the nerve to wear a skort!  If that ain’t self-confidence, I don’t know what is, lol.

Okay, I am totally off my regular schedule.

While I am still losing my weight, a little bit slower than I would like, I have to admit that I haven’t been to the gym once since I came back from West Africa and I haven’t been eating my salads and fruit like I know that I should be.  I’m out there eating junk food or anything like that, in fact, I have been skipping meals here and there and I know that isn’t right.

I have made a promise to myself that in the upcoming week, I will wean myself back into the groove of things because July 7th, my original deadline to be at 170 will be here before you know it.

I am loving the fact that I am getting into size 16s.  There’s no feeling like the feeling of looking in the mirror while you’re wearing jeans that you couldn’t fit not even a month ago. 

I am still hiking and will resume my regular hike this Sunday.  I know it’s going to be hard though because it’s been so long since I went up there but I am committed to doing it because in truth, that’s a big reason why I lost as much as I have.

When I taped Access Hollywood this week, I could clearly see the difference on the television from my efforts in the past months.  Even the producer and the folks in the control room noted it.  Mucho gracias 

I did attend Pride last weekend and unlike in previous years, I allowed myself to hang out longer than I would have and to get my dance on.  Now the Margarita’s probably helped with that, but nevertheless, in previous years I would have never done that because I would have been totally self-conscious and not in the space to be around so many people.  All in all, I’ve been to both Long Beach and West Hollywood Pride and that’s a big step for me.

I will definitely say that my self esteem has been boosted in the past few months which has allowed me to be a bit more outgoing and not the hermit that I normally am.

I have noticed lately though that my cravings for foods that I shouldn’t be having are coming back and that’s why I know I have to get back on my regular schedule of eating salads and fruits.

Several of my friends have been inspired to lose weight and begin their own program and one them, who shall remain nameless, has lost like 25 pounds and he’s looking very good.  He’s trying to get down to 200 and he’s got like 15 pounds to go.  Congrats and kudos!

Earlier I did this radio interview with Michel Martin of National Public Radio’s News and Notes on Black women and obesity.  What prompted the discussion was columnist Debra Dickerson’s latest piece on Big Booty Judy from ATL also known as Buffie the Body.  I posted a picture of Buffie, who seems to perfectly proportioned until you get to her ass leaving one to wonder if she had implants.  But anyway, the discussion was whether or not you can be healthy when you’re obese.  I admitted that when I was 236 pounds that I considered myself to be relatively healthy because I didn’t have any real big health issues that I knew of.  But I was concerned about diabetes because I knew that it ran in my family and that weight was a major factor in it.

When I am out and about around town, I casually observe Black women and their weight, and obesity is definitely an issue with us.  And I am not using the white folks definition of obesity, I am using a scale that takes into account the gifts that Mother Africa blessed us with.  But either way, a lot of us are headed towards an unhealthy life during our Golden Years if we don’t get it together and that’s what I am trying to do.

I am going to be 30 this year and I promised myself that I won’t go into my thirties overweight and in the same condition I’ve been in for that past 7 or 8 years.  One pound and inch at a time.

Click here to read my previous Weight Loss Diary Journal entries.