Fitness Diary

So I’m back with another fitness diary log! Last week I was trolling Facebook and a transformation picture pops up on my feed. Most of the time I’m not impressed and I see the photoshop and angles used but this here by the lovely, emmy nominated tv producer Kela Walker, had me immediately grabbing my phone and hurriedly typing her a text! “Girl- tell me your ways!”

And she did. Cause she’s awesome like that. Basically its a very strict 5 week program based on nutrition and exercise. Eliminate anything white as in carbs and dairy and eat only lean meats and good old roughage aka veggies! That means no rice, no potatoes (sayonara French fries), no cheese, no pasta, no chips, no chocolate, no yogurt and the list goes on!

Why am I doing this?

Well because this Haitian guhl loves anything heavily laden with carbohydrates. I love my rice! DUH, I’m Haitian and I have a sweet tooth that instantly cause cavities. I love desserts and it was not until I started this nutrition plan that I realized that I was eating some kind of dessert after every meal minus breakfast. When I did a very rough assessment of my eating patterns, I was astonished to realize that I ate nearly 1500 calories a DAY in just dessert. JUST SWEETS!!! Like who does that!

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So because of this, I knew that this was the right way for me to jumpstart not only my fitness but also my health. So here is a fitness diary of this no-carb diet.

Day 1

At 7am I drank a 10oz glass of lemon water I ate steel cut oats for breakfast with nothing in them. No sugar. No salt. No dried cranberries. NOTHING! You may ask… well aren’t those a carb? I thought so too but Kela said its ok so its ok! Ate the oats around 845am.

By 1030 am I was ravenous! So I drank about 16 oz of water and waited.

By 12pm, I was seeing cookies dancing in my head. Seriously. I wanted sugar so bad that it was not normal. I have a bag of M&Ms at my desk and looked at them but never once wanted to grab them. I’m determined on this plan. I cannot keep talking and complaining but still eating garbage all the time. So I drank another 16 oz of water and then had a salad. A grilled chicken breast, avocado, kale and romaine lettuce, tomato salad. With no dressing. And it helped with the cravings but not the headache and the nausea. I actually had physiological responses to not having had sugar yet. To reference- I usually ate a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast so my body was getting sugars from that.

By 2pm-I had the shakes. Do not make fun of crackheads… because I am one. Except my drug of choice is very much legal and its forced in our faces every commercial we see on TV or every vending machine we walk by. Sugar and refined carbs are my crack. And well….. crack is wack. I had a handful of almonds at 2pm and prayed I did not faint at work.

By 4pm, I ate more almonds and drank more water. I was really cranky and feeling VERY sick. I started messaging Kela. Like why and how did you do this?!??!?!?

I got home around 6pm and I thought I was going to faceplant into the first bag of chips in my pantry. Instead- dinner was ready for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my baked chicken with only Mrs. Dash and minced garlic and broccoli that was prepared for me.

By 8pm I was starving again and the shakes were back. So more water and some more veggies.

By 10pm-I needed sugar more than I needed oxygen! I ate a tablespoon of peanut butter and felt better.

I made it through Day 1 and was really, really proud of myself. I did not falter. I have never successfully completed day 1 of a no-carb diet.


In a nutshell it was HARD as all heck! I felt just as queasy and had a mind blowing headache.

I ate 5 hardboiled eggs (egg whites only) and 2 small patties of lean turkey sausage and a black coffee. Just black. I ate more almonds for a snack. Lunch was grilled chicken and pork with a mountain of veggies and my afternoon snack was carrots with tahini sauce. I was going to see the Washington Kastles play so I also grabbed a skinny iced vanilla latte from Starbucks substituting milk for coconut milk. Then after the game around 930pm, I made a small salad from Whole Foods. Another scoop of peanut butter and was off to sleep.

Day 3: SO MUCH EASIER! But not easy enough! I am doing way better. I had an egg white omelette from GW Hospital cafeteria. It was LOADED with vegetables and I had it with a teeny bit of hot sauce since I asked him not to sautee the veggies in anything. No oil. No butter… no flavor HAHAHAHA. Lunch comprised of the guacamole greens salad from SweetGreen minus the tortilla chips and I am really excited for dinner. As I am typing this, I am waiting for my tennis partner to get ready so we can hit the courts but my afternoon snack was a small bowl of the lentil soup from Wegmans. That shhhhhhhh was delicious! When we get back from a calorie crushing game of tennis, Ill be enjoying some shirataki noodles with homemade tomato sauce and chicken sausage. I am REALLY excited that it.

Although this plan is really difficult, I see a huge change in myself mentally. I actually have this thing called will power and I am using it. I am also seeing how convenience has me reaching for not-so-good for me foods on a regular. Because my diet is currently so limited, I have to really think before I just grab anything. I am pretty excited overall about this new journey and I hope you all enjoy watching it via snapchat or now Instagram stories!!!!








  1. August 4, 2016 / 1:27 am

    I have Jamaican parents so I feel your pain about not having any rice. Your regimen kind of reminds me of the Scarsdale low-carb diet. Thankfully, these are only short-term diets. I can’t wait to read about your results.

    • Jen
      August 4, 2016 / 3:12 pm

      thank you. Yes rice and pasta are my favorite things in the weorld next to chocolate. I am down about 3lbs so I’m happy

  2. August 4, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    I am getting ready to revamp my diet myself. Right now I am more focused on working out consistently since I struggle more with fitness than food. I’ve recently moved back to South Florida and very happy again so I don’t crave sugar and fast food as much. Who knew that being depressed could make you want unhealthy foods. I cook most of our meals now with the exception of a few frozen chicken nuggets or pizza. Good luck on this journey as I can’t wait to read more.