If you are trying to lose 100 pounds, beyond diet and exercise you may need to examine other areas of your life to understand how best to achieve weight loss.

People who have 100 pounds or more to lose know all about what they should be doing to lose weight, says Gail Curtis, assistant professor at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to nutrition and exercise, Curtis says it is important to consider stress, your sense of fulfillment, your work and home environment, and even people in your life who may be sabotaging your best diet efforts. Then you can concentrate on developing and sticking to a weight-loss plan.

Counting calories is going to be a part of this process. Here are guidelines to follow:

• If you want to lose 1-2 pounds a week, you have to cut out 3,500 calories, or roughly 500 calories a day.

• You never want to eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day, “and that’s on the low end,” says Curtis. You can always increase your physical activity, however.

• You can safely aim to lose 1 percent of your body weight per week; a woman weighing 250 pounds should aim for a 2.5-pound loss per week, eating about 1,250 calories less per day.

Counting Calories

Counting calories involves not just the food you eat, but also the calories you burn through exercise.

• Keep a journal of what you ate, how much you exercised, and your thoughts and feelings at those times, and limit yourself to one weekly weigh-in to avoid focusing too much on the scale.

• Good nutrition is key, says Curtis. Many people who want to lose 100 pounds are used to eating foods that are high in calories and low in nutrition. The challenge is to practice the reverse: Learn to eat the correct portions of foods that are low in calories but high in nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
HINT: Many have lost large amounts of weight by eating the same foods they used to each, but just smaller portions AND moderate exercise. The key is consistency.

The Stages Of Large-Goal Weight Loss

How long it will take to lose 100 pounds varies — a 250-pound woman might need 40 weeks or more to achieve her goal — but Curtis recommends that you develop weekly and monthly goals that will help you track your progress and avoid becoming overwhelmed or discouraged. Attainable, feel-good goals include:

• Being able to get down on the floor and play with your children or grandchildren.

• Being able to walk around the mall without feeling short of breath.

• Being able to do 20 minutes of physical activity three days a week — mornings are best, says Curtis (and work up to 30 minutes most days of the week).

• Eating four servings of fruit or veggies every day of the week.

• Eating a healthy breakfast every day that includes a low-fat protein

Being physically active is an essential part of losing 100 pounds. “This was the biggest challenge for our clients,” says Curtis. “They would say they couldn’t do it because of their ankle or their back pain. But everybody can do an exercise program.”

Curtis recommends:

• If you have a lot of joint pain, start with a chair or water-based exercises.
• Try walking short distances and gradually building up your endurance. Start with 25 minutes a day, every day for a week and slowly move up 10 minutes every week until you reach 45 minutes to an hour. Then begin to see if you can exercise twice daily three times a week. The key is consistency
• Involve a physical trainer or an exercise buddy as you get moving again.

Many people worry about how their body will look once they lose 100 pounds. This “depends on your age and condition of the skin,” says Curtis. “Some people’s skin will retract. For some, it will not.” Once you reach your goal, if you find that sagging skin bothers you, you might want to investigate cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin.

Of course, the health and fitness advantages of losing 100 pounds, plus how much better you will look and feel in clothes, will more than makeup for any after-effects of your overweight. With determination and a few smart diet strategies, you can achieve your goal.


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Essence Festival

NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 30-JULY 2 Every summer, Essence Festival fills the Superdome with some of the most notable black musicians of the past half-century. This year’s lineup could be reassembled in the form of a family tree: Diana Ross to Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan to Mary J. Blige, and Mary J. Blige down to John Legend, Chance the Rapper and Solange. This year’s speakers include Representative Maxine Waters of California and the film director Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “13th”), and the local rapper Master P pulls double duty, performing hits like “Make ’Em Say Uhh!” at the concert before making them say “Hmm” when he talks about his business success at the adjacent “Path to Power” conference. (New York Times, NICK MURRAY MAY 18, 2017)

Also speaking at the Path to Power conference is Social Entrepreneur Shareef Abdul-Malik, creator and Founder of, a global marketplace where you can find and purchase almost everything you want and need by Black owned businesses.

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In my circle of friends, it’s not uncommon to get a text from one of my girls asking about a recommendation for a good OB/GYN or a therapist. We can mix these bigger health talks into our everyday conversation like it’s nothing. For men, on the other hand, these conversations are a little bit harder to have and that’s if they even happen at all – especially when it comes to prostate cancer.

Results from a recent Harris Poll survey of 410 men with advanced prostate cancer and 95 caregivers funds that nearly 7 in 10  (68 percent) of men surveyed admitted to sometimes ignoring symptoms like pain. The survey, conducted by eight patient advocacy groups comprising the International Prostate Cancer Coalition (IPCC) also showed that 71 percent of men don’t know what causes the pain and more than half say they feel pain is just something they have to live with.

The survey shows the important role of caregivers when it comes to helping men speak up about their prostate health. It can be life-saving. “It was actually the encouragement of my wife and the foot kicking by my wife to get a physical that led to my detection of prostate cancer,” remembers Thomas Farrington about what led to his health-saving early diagnosis. Now a 15-year-prostate cancer survivor, Farrington has made it his mission to save the lives of other Black men.

In 2003, Farrington founded The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) to increase awareness and knowledge about prostate cancer within Black America, which according to PHEN’s website, suffers an alarming 140% higher death rate than for all other men.

Black men have a 2 1/2 times higher death rate from prostate cancer and as Farrington explains, “the whole issue about managing advanced prostate cancer is critical for men and this is what men die from when the disease is advanced to the bones and other parts of the body.”

What Does Advanced Prostate Cancer Look Like?

While early stage prostate cancer can cause no symptoms, symptoms may emerge as the disease progresses. The most common advanced prostate cancer symptoms experienced by survey respondents with bone metastases (cancer that has spread to their bones) include fatigue (85 percent), pain or aches in specific areas (71 percent), general all-over body pain or aches (55 percent), numbness or weakness (55 percent), difficulty sleeping as a result of pain (42 percent), anxiety or distress as a result of pain (40 percent) and difficulty doing normal activities (40 percent).1

Men living with advanced prostate cancer experience symptoms like difficulty walking or climbing stairs, difficulty sleeping and loss of bladder control. On the surface, these symptoms are easy for men to ignore and not see as a sign their prostate cancer is progressing.

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“A man who is typically used to going upstairs to say his bedroom on the second floor and now all of a sudden he is just finding that he is incredibly winded or his balance is off and he says ‘I am just gonna start sleeping on the couch or the guest bedroom or the reclining chair and I guess I am just getting old,’ that’s not a good thing,” says Dr. Neal Shore, a prostate expert and South Carolina-based oncologist.

These symptoms, says Shore, can potentially tell the nurse and the doctor that the man is having this progressive disease manifest itself and he may need additional tests to see if his cancer is, indeed, progressing. Any information observed by loved ones and caregivers should be shared with doctors.

Managing Prostate Cancer

Early detection can’t be stressed enough when it comes to Black men and prostate cancer. For men that have already been diagnosed, keeping the disease from progressing to advanced stages is the focus. Beyond eating a balanced diet and staying fit, Farrington stresses the importance of men (and their loved ones) knowing and paying attention to the symptoms of advanced cancer, like bone pain and fatigue.

“You have to have your PSA test continuously and be on alert and speak up. What happened with this survey [is] it kind of shows that men with prostate cancer are like men without it. We just don’t want to listen to our body sometimes. We may have something that’s happening and we say, ‘Hey, that may go away,’ and it may come again and you say that it will go away. If you are a prostate cancer patient then it’s important to know that you have to be highly sensitive to certain symptoms.

Supplement your diet with Whole Food Blends Red, made from fruits and vegetables containing phytonutrients like lycopene that support prostate health, urinary tract and DNA protection, and heart health. Whole Food Blends Red contains tomato, cranberry, red bell pepper, cherry, sweet potato, apple, pear, red beet, raspberry, pumpkin, watermelon and strawberry, making it an excellent addition to your drinks and smoothies.

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OneUnited Bank Sponsors 7th Annual Essay Contest

OneUnited Bank Sponsors 7th Annual Essay Contest To Promote Financial Literacy For Urban Youth

I Got Bank!


Youth (8-12 years old) can simply:


  1. Read a book about money
  2. Write a 250 word essay about what you learned from the book
  3. Or submit an art project about what you learned from the book,
  4. Send the essay or artwork with the waiver online or by mail.

What a great opportunity to jump start savings for your child!

Be sure to tell anyone you know that has a child 8-12 years old to enter for a chance to win $1,000 savings account!

Essays may be published by OneUnited Bank. All submissions must be postmarked or emailed by June 15, 2017. (Children of employees of OneUnited Bank are ineligible to participate.) Winners will be selected by OneUnited Bank in our sole discretion. Three (3) winners will receive a $1,000 savings account by August 31, 2017 (with cooperation from parents). No purchase required.

I GOT BANK!” was written by Teri Williams, President & COO of OneUnited Bank, to increase financial awareness among children.

For details visit:

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Chameleon Care

I found some real interesting information about these Chameleons. I don’t have one but I know a lot of people who do and I thought this information would help.

Personally, I think they look like they a Dinosaurs and I can’t handle having a Dinosaur around me. LOL

Chameleon Care Guide

Discover What You Really Need to Know to Raise a Happy, Healthy Pet Chameleon!

********* Answers the #1 cause of death of Chameleon in Captivity **************

Get your answers here!

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(Photo credit: @jennevam instagram)

When the term “Black Don’t Crack” was created decades ago, many of our parents, grandparents or even older family members used it referring to just how good black men and women look when they get old. Not as many wrinkles or hard-looking faces that simply show just how hard a person’s life has been. It was used when you really couldn’t tell what a Black person’s age was and when they actually told you, you were still surprised.

Well, that same tradition continues today with the beautiful mother and daughter duo of Jenneva and Stacy. The two (in their 20’s and 40’s) are featured on the beach, both with incredible skin, incredible bodies and a confidence you can almost feel.

When we first were sent the viral photo above, it made us try to figure out who the mother really is too. But then our second thought was: who cares? They look gorgeous!!! And we left it at that. Because Black women are gorgeous anyway, but when you have a glow like these women, it’s hard not to be memorized and admire their beauty.

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