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Friday, August 01, 2014

My weight update, Elance income, Yahoo Voices closing and more...

Might as well pop off a blog post where I can capture my latest weight loss updates and more, seeing as  though I love to track this info for reference's sake when I look back over my journey. Back on December 3, 2013, I wrote about trying to deny that my home scale read that I weighed 180.4 pounds.

Today, August 1, 2014, nearly eight months later, I'm grateful that my home scale showed that I weighed 157.8 pounds, about 23 pounds down from where I was on the day I realized it was seriously time to turn things around. (Yes, my weight above from my trainer's scale shows 161.6 pounds currently, because I weighed myself the first thing this morning -- and I love to go with the lowest weight!) So the strength training is working, along with running those 5Ks on the treadmill or sweating it out on the elliptical machine -- and let's not forget how much I love the MyFitnessPal app to keep track of my calories.

I love that the app asked me if I wanted to adjust my new calorie intake after I'd lost another 10 pounds since the previous weight check-in, so I did and it recommended I eat approximately 1,530 calories daily until I hit my goal weight of around 148 pounds. (Note to self: My body fat %age amazingly swung down to 27-point-something and the BMI was down to 22-something, I believe. It's just not reflected above. Praise God for that, because I have been chowing down a bit on chips and Margaritas in between all those Southwest Salads and such.)

Writing update: Yahoo, Elance and all the rest

As far as the writing thing goes, I'm still plugging away getting lots of good writing jobs from clients on Elance, thankfully more than enough to keep me busy and pay off that American Express and Chase Business Ink credit card debt.

It threw me for a little bit of a loop when Yahoo announced they were closing Yahoo Voices and their Yahoo Contributor's Network. I've written for them ever since they were still "Associated Content" back in 2006, when my oldest child was entering kindergarten.

Ah well…

That change simply meant it was time to open my eyes and look for additionally venues, and spend all the time I can steal away at night typing by the light of my iPad into the mobile version of Microsoft Word books that I pray will become best-sellers.

I think that's good.

I think that's it.

I think it's time to get back on my grind.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

I guess I should update this blog more...I'm 161ish pounds now - and look at this cool pic

Yes, I've been a busy little bee, writing and working out and walking and riding my bike and so much more.

Bless the Lord I'm down to 161-something pounds, all thanks to my fun bootcamp classes at Max Life Training, that lovely MyFitnessPal app, and an epiphany I had in Cincinnati that I wanted to try and elimination diet that included going gluten-free and dairy-free to see if that would clear up my adult acne. Thankfully, it's working and I'm losing weight in a good and healthy manner.

Plus, I'm writing to much for my Elance clients that I've barely put much focus on this blog, but I always come back. One of my clients is a photo-editing service, and I thought it was a cool perk to have him transform my pic above into something so different and creative.

Just another perk of writing online.

Okay, so stick with me if you're still looking for freelance writing tips. (I tell all my friends to try and get jobs through Elance -- whatever type of work they offer.) And if you are keeping up with my weight-loss journey, follow me on IG.

Have fun!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Down to 175.8 pounds and reducing: Weight training, "clean" eating and lots of Jesus...

Trying to look thinner...
There I am, taking a weight-loss progress selfie in the hallway mirror to find my skinniest looking pose.

The last time I wrote about my weight on this blog I confessed that I had hit 180 pounds, even though the gym's scale said 183 pounds back then. I thought 180 was a nice round number -- and it was lower than the gym's scale because it was my so-called flush weight, what I weighed first thing in the morning -- my thinnest poop-everything-out weight.

Anyway, today I'm grateful to God that the scale is going down in a good way and my weight read 175.8 pounds this Friday, on my weigh-in day, which is nearly 5 pounds less than that 180-pound point that I knew had to be my turn around.

What changed? 

Well, the last time I wrote about my love of Robek's green smoothies and I have still been doing plenty of those kale and spinach combined with fruit and protein smoothies that I absolutely love. (My kids like them, too.) And I'm blessed to get those every morning, and sometimes drink them twice per day. They are very convenient and they help to fill me up. I've also noticed that they really curbed my appetites for sweets so I don't crave ice cream and things like that.

My Weight Training Epiphany

Another huge blessing was the fact that a friend of mine brought me to some group personal training classes at a place called BBL Fitness here in Akron. I did a sample class and then I just felt like God was telling me to go ahead and join, so I did and it has changed my life for the better. I've learned so many great tips from the trainers there, who eschewed some of the fallacies I had about weight training. "Lift like a man, you won't look like a man. You'll look good," said one of the trainers and it blew my mind.

Growing up, at first I had been taught that women shouldn't really lift heavy weights. And for me to have a weight bench in my room as a teenager growing up brought concerned comments from my mother and my best friend at the time, who didn't really understand a woman wanting to lift weights.

There are certain women who still feel like if they lifted weights they were going to bulk up too much, and so therefore sometimes don't do anything. Or, they fall into the thought process that I had heard in the past, which said if you wanted to get ripped and toned, you needed to do lots of repititions with low weights.

Well, I'm understanding how those kinds of philosophies weren't totally changing my body for a while. I wasn't challenging myself enough, and I was surprised to find out when taking the Boot Camp classes that I could hardly do a push-up. But now that is getting better and my upper body strength is strengthening as each class goes by, and I'm learning more and more about how to change my shape and health for the better. It's no wonder that when I'd go to the health club and I wouldn't ramp-up the weight that things kind of stayed the same.

Sure, thank God I've been able to lose weight throughout the years based upon keeping to an approximately 1,600-calorie per day diet, however it is getting better now by combining calorie restrictions with weight training and continued cardio workouts by getting my beloved 5K runs in on the treadmill, too.

Yes, when I burn a good 400 or so calories on the treadmill or in workout classes, I can add those back as additional calories I can eat for the day but it's funny and great that some days I don't even feel like eating all of them back, so I don't force myself to eat when I'm not hungry.

So I love the fact that even though I'm gaining muscle, I am also losing fat and losing it at enough of a rate that the scale is still going down, which is what I want to see, in a good way at a good pace.

I know there are times when people gain muscle, which weighs more than fat, and even though they're losing fat the muscle may outweigh the fat for a time. So they don't necessarily see pounds going down -- they might only see inches going down. I want to see both, positive person that I am.

We don't have to worry about building the muscle, because as I've learned, the muscle helps us continue burning fat throughout the day where as if we were only just strictly doing all this cardio, we wouldn't necessarily have the same benefits. So even when I'm away from Boot Camp class and I go to the health club, I know I can challenge myself by amping up those weights in order to see more continued progress. So I continue to hope I'll go along at least with this pound a week weight-loss or more until I hit my goal weight, which might be around 150 or 145 pounds, depending on how healthy that is for my height of 5 feet 10 and a half or 11 inches tall.

Therefore, keep checking back or follow me on Instagram to check out my continued weight loss -- and I'm sure the Kindle books that will follow will show the tracks of the whole journey. Also I will continue to unjump the shark and give more Kindle bookselling tips and other fun moneymaking writing stuff I've learned for 2014. Take care all!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

That's how we ball out...

I've got that "Bad Girl Ri Ri" song lyric kind of stuck in my head, whilst I feel like I'm doing 10 things at once. But I love to give myself link love and inform anyone who's reading of the latest business ventures I'm undertaking, so here goes:

#1 - I just published a book letting people know how I made more than $7,000 in 6 months by finding paying freelance writing clients on Elance.

#2 - I wrote a long blog post about an impressive kid who has published 70 Kindle books that made him $7,247 in one month in December 2013.

#3 - Still writing for the jobs I like on Elance, the ones who appreciate my writing skills and public platform.

#4 - Considering selling a website -- my first go at using Flippa to sell a successful website. Part of me is thinking of dropping the price for the sale. The other part of me is perfectly fine with holding onto the website, since it brings in around $300 per month easily, and I hardly have to touch it.

Okay, I think that's all the link love I need to give today.

Gotta go hit that treadmill and get some of LeCrae and Da T.R.U.T.H.'s lyrics in my ears...

Friday, January 03, 2014

My duck face...

Okay, the duck face selfie is out, but apparently not in my book -- or on my blog, more rightly.

I just wrote a blog post about making around $30,000 in 2013 from writing online, that hopefully makes some semblance of sense.

Or a whole more than that.

It's a new year and I'm focusing on the writing that intrigues me and helps me and helps you, so there's a gem if you follow all those links.

That's what I've learned it's all about: the links, from major trustworthy websites with lots of "domain authority" and "page authority."

Ay yi yi…this SEO world is every-changing but quite interesting nonetheless.

Time to pass out and hit it again tomorrow.

Always more to write...

Paula Neal Mooney