started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to my journey. This is day 50 of my weight loss journey. I skipped ahead to day 16 of the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (51) 17

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, June 6 (Day 21) of my weight-loss journey, I weighed in at 250 pounds. I am at the same weight since finding out I was misreading my scale. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 11th.

AM Notes


Monday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0

Monday Breakfast at 9:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0
    I slept through breakfast since today was my day off due to a Dr. appointment.

Monday Morning Break / Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Morning Break Calories = 0

Monday Lunch at 12:30 pm

  • 1 Ice Cream Cone – 250 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 250

Monday Afternoon Break / Snack at 3:30 pm

  • 1/4 L of Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies – 410 calories
  • 1 Glass of Almond Milk – 160 calories
  • 1 Bag of Corn Chips – 1,280 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break Calories = 1,850
    Chips are my weakness. I struggle to just eat a few, then I’ll be watching a movie, and before I know it I’ve eaten the whole bag. That’s just what happened here.

Monday Dinner

  • 1 Pear – 102 calories
  • 1 Pkg. of Ramen Noodles – 370 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 472

Sunday Dinner Break / Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 0

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 0 + 0 + 250 + 1,850 + 472 + 0 = 2,572 calories as of 9:30 pm. 2,572 – 1,500 = 1,072 calories over my goal limit of 1,500.

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Coming Back From Crazy

I like to watch documentaries on true life stories of mental illness and how one works toward mental health. Today on Showtime, I came across the story of Metta Sandiford-Artest (Ronald William Artest, Jr.), who last played in the NBA in 2016-17.

The former All-Star was born November 13, 1979 in a rough neck of the woods where he was raised, the Queensbridge projects in Long Island City, Queens, New York. As an adopted New Yorker (I lived there when I went through my first “mid-life” crisis that led to a divorce), I was pulled into Artest’s story of anger management, medication, and talk therapy. 

From Wikipedia

Sandiford-Artest played college basketball for the St. John’s Red Storm. He played for six teams in the NBA and gained a reputation as one of the league’s premier defenders. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, when he was also named an NBA All-Star and earned All-NBA honors. He won an NBA championship in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sandiford-Artest was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the Malice at the Palace, and is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior.

In April 2010, it was announced that Artest would help develop and produce his own reality show titled, They Call Me Crazy. Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace on September 16, during the offseason of 2011. His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said that World Peace chose Metta as his first name because it is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all.

I remember having an identity crises in my 30’s as well. (I am three years older than Metta.) I changed my name several times on paper, but never permanently. In New York I was known as Renee A Harlem (which translates directly in French to “Reborn at Harlem”).

Despite his early career disciplinary problems (not uncommon for those coping with mental illness before they learn what it is and how to manage their symptoms), Metta has become involved in advocacy relating to mental health issues (now managed by medication and therapy). When Metta shared the championship with the Lakers, he thanked his therapist.

I had a phone appointment with my therapist today. I can truly say that talk therapy is a blessing in my life as is my therapist. Mental health is still highly stigmatized. Talking about is a huge weight off the shoulders.

In December of 2010, Artest announced that he would donate some or all of his salary for the 2011–12 NBA season toward mental health awareness charities. He auctioned off his 2009–10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide.

In 2016, Metta told Sports Illustrated, “Some people don’t understand mental health is broad. You have to ask questions. Are you depressed? Are you schizophrenic? Do you have anxiety? Are you bipolar? Those are the different things that come under the banner of mental health.”

In 2019, Showtime acquired Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story, by filmmaker Johnny Sweet: a documentary about the controversial NBA star Metta World Peace, now a mental health advocate. In the video below, Metta says that he even resisted telling his story in the beginning because there were so many “dark” moments that he did not want to remember. After doing the documentary, it was received with rave reviews.

I hope to also be an inspiration for those coping with mental illness.

Best of Mental Health and Wellness,


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