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Liebster Award Nomination!

Receiving recognition from people in one of your fields feels good. Last night, my blog was nominated for the Liebster award by my good friend and fellow blogger
Gemma Tutu
Thankyou Gem!

My knowledge of the German language is very limited, but I know liebster means something like darling, sweetheart and so even the name of this award is quite encouraging.

How it works:
Liebster is not a physical award. It’s more of a recognition thing in the blogging community. I was very encouraged by mine though nonetheless, and I hope my nominees will too. I’ll be answering ten questions from Gemma, and then nominate ten blogs I enjoy reading.

I’ll let my nominees know that they’ve been nominated and give them a link to this post. They then have to nominate five to ten blogs and answer 10 questions I’ll put to them. Oh, and the nomination has to be presented on the post. Either as a picture, title or both. It’s a chain and I’m not a fan of chains. But I like how this promote writing you love as well as havin your own writing promoted. But it’s ofcourse up to my nominees if they will accept the award or not.

So let’s get started on these questions Gemma gave me:

1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog in 2011. I blogged before then, but wasn’t satisfied with my blogs, so kept deleting them after a year.
2. What topics do you write about?
My blog started as a blog about blindness. However, I have progressed to write abou other topics that matters to me, such as my work, Nigerian culture and anything else that’s on my mind.
3. What tips do you have to share with others who want to start blogging?
Just write. Your posts don’t have to be long and complicated. As you keep blogging, you will feel more comfortable with it. Also, be consistant if you want a bigger readership. Try to blog at least once a week. I’ve not been so good at this always. And lastly, blog about things you have passion for. Either things you know about, or things you want to explore. Passion shines through in a post and make the blog a lot more interesting to read.
4. What are 3 interesting facts about yourself?
I’m the only Afrobeat singer of European descent signed in Nigeria
I’ve written a yet unpublished novel. It ran as a serial on the blog, but I have updated and edited it since then to improve the story.
I am fascinated with the mafia.
5. What are your hobbies?
I’m interested in other cultures. Particularly African and Caribbean cultures. I am also into cooking, fitness and nutrition. I don’t see writing as a hobby per se, because I treat it like work. But I love reading books, learning languages.
6. How often do you write?
I try to write every week. Though it’s only this year I’ve done that successfully. Before, my writing was more sporadic. Not because I didn’t care about the blog, but other projects got in the way. Ok, as well as laziness. I’ll admit that.
7. What has been your best blog post?
My most popular one has been the one about how to attract blind people. It’s even been published on a few other sites. As for which one I think is my best one, I can’t say. They’re all my babies.
8. What are your goals for your blog?
My hope is to educate sighted people on blindness related issues. Or in other words, try to normalize blindness so blind people are received more equal in all aspects of society. I also want to make people think and laugh and keep them entertained. I hope one day to be published by Huffington Post.
9. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be what I am now. A singer and writer. Those dreams never changed, though I was side tracked for a few years.
10. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, ambitious and fun.

Here are the blogs I love to read, in no particular order. As you can see, these are ten very different blogs. I like variety and blogs from where I can learn and be challenged.
1. Where’s your dog?
2. Lauren Henley
3. White Naija Girl
4. Chidinma Inspirations
5. TheAfricaYouwontSeeOnTV
6. Blind girl moments
7. Erywon Yeahmen
8. A Fulani-Nigerian in Britain
9. The Outlook from here
10. Diary of an exotic escort

Finally, the questions for those I nominated

1. What does blogging mean to you?
2. What was the hardest topic you blogged about and why?
3. How often do you write?
4. If you could feature on anybodyæs blog, who would it be and why?
5. Your favourite blogger e-mails you to ask for a guest post. Who is it? And why that blogger?
6. What are your goals for your blog?
7. How do you feel after having published a post?
8. What do you do besides blogging?
9. What did you want to become when you were little?
10. Mention three interesting facts about yourself.

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Change 9: Final days plus my verdict

I’m done with C9 and I’ll tell you how the last days went as well as my verdict on the program.

Just to recap, if you haven’t read my other posts, This is a nine days program where you eat nothing except a protein shake and certain fruits and vegetables for the first two days. You also take suppliments and drink Aloe vera. From days 3 to 8, you can have two shakes and a 600 calories meal. On day 9, you substitute Your lunch shake for a 300 calories lunch. The suppliments you take in the Norwegian Version of the program are fibre and lean which is a suppliment that contains among other Things, figue extract and chromium which curbs hunger and kills sweet cravings. In most other countries, you also get Forever Therm which is supposed to help you burn fat quicker. But since the Norwegian government is very strict on suppliments, Therm isn’t allowed to be sold here. You also have to drink a lot of water on C9. If you don’t, you’ll get headaches. I speak from experience!

 

As far as diets go, I think it’s a good and safe one. It’s only nine days, so relatively short. And you get all the nutrients you need. The shakes which come in either chocolate or Vanilla taste remarkably good for proeting shakes and are filling. I didn’t have any sweet, or crisps cravings at all. And I don’t have them now either.

 

My main issue with the program was being on only 1000 calories for so many days. I was perhaps working out a little bit more than what the program was recommending, but its winter here and not much to do. So if you can’t sit at home and over eat, then it’s working out instead. LOL. So this may not be a problem for you if you’re sensible and don’t work out too hard.

I actually realized though that I could have been eating a 300 calories lunch on the last day as well as my dinner. But only when I had a Skype meeting with my sponsor that evening. The PDF had been converted such that I didn’t pick it up. Not the most screen reader friendly pdf, in other words. You should have seen how quickly upon hearing that news I killed a protein bar.

But having said that, I do really recommend C9. It’s a good program to use after festive seasons where most of us over eat, or just before a holiday. I felt that most of the time I had a lot of energy. And the virtual fasting on days 1 and 2 really taught me the value of food. A lot of People report improvement in skin and hair on C9. I didn’t have that, but that’s because I’ve already been drinking aloe for some time.

I lost only 3 kg or 7 LB on this program. It’s not meant to make you lose a ton of weight, only to jumpstart the weight loss process and get you thinking differently about what you put in your mouth. I lost quite a few centimeters though and my jeans fit me a little better. We all know centimeters or inches are the real thing you wanna lose since muscles weigh more than fat, but take up less Space.

As I mentioned on day 1 of this program, I love the Norwegian name Change9 so much, because it implies that something will change for you during and after this program in terms of your health. In England, the United States and many other countries, this program is known as Clean9 which sounds a lot less appealing, at least to me.

So what now? Nine days is not a lot of time to learn new and good habits. But luckily, forever has the F1 and F2 programs. You’ll take the supplements you did on C9, but you’re allowed more calories from healthy foods. Basically, it’s just healthy eating plus supplements and exercise. Should be quite straight forward really.

But the good thing about being on the forever Fit programs is that you will learn things like portion controls and regular eating. Both of which I need to work on LOL, so that’s why I went on it rather than just eating sensibly. The supplements are good for me anyway and those protein chocolate bars are delish!

F1 and 2 also focuses a lot on exercise. I do a lot of that already, so won’t follow the program entirely on that one, but it may have some handy things I can learn so I can exercise better when I’m travelling.

If you live in Norway and would like to try C9, you can contact me by going to the contact link on my page, or through facebook or twitter.  If you don’t live in Norway and want to try c9, contact me anyway. I’ll be able to help you in the right direction of where to get it. C9, F1 and F2 is a program for everybody whether you want to lose a lot of weight, a little weight, or just learn new good habits. And if you’re not happy With the program, Forever does have a customer guarantee. So it’s free if you didn’t like it. 🙂 In Norway this guarantee is 90 days. I believe it’s 60 in the UK, so it varies from country to country.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid by Forever Living to write this post.

Change9 Day 6

This is technically day 7 of my change9 program. I meant to post yesterday, but was feeling a bit unwell. Nothing related to this program though.

I’m feeling great! I’m full of energy and I’ve lost in total 3 kg, or 7 LB so far plus centimeters. I’m trying out some new recipes and I’m actually quite chuffed to find that a lot of the foods are things I naturally made and ate before. My friends always told me I was healthy, but I never believed them LOL. My challenge is the portion size. I like to stuff an entire plate of rice in my mouth during a meal, but I have to learn to reduce it and eat more veg. But that’s details. I’m looking forward to being able to eat more than 1000 calories per day though since I’m very active and could do with some extra protein now and then. But my longing for potato chips and chocolate is absent! Hurray!

It wasn’t really until day 4 I started getting lots of energy. I fell into some kind of food coma after my meal on day 3. Probably my body’s shock reaction to getting such a big meal after days without proper food.

I’ve only got two more days after today. Bring them on. I can do this!

Change 9 days 2 and 3

I suppose I should wait till after my evening meal to write this post, but I’m in a good work flow now, so decided not to.

It’s day 3 on my Change9 plan and I feel amazing! As I’d feared, day 2 was the worst. You haven’t eaten in one day and you won’t be eating until the next day. You’re supposed to do light exercise the first two days, but I was too grumpy and lacking in energy to do anything at all apart from the necessary stuff to get through the day. I even slept badly and actually had dreams of getting up and making my smoothie.

But the two days have been worth it. It got me thinking how lucky I am to be able to access pretty much any food at any time. And it also made me realize that apart from the obvious hunger, I didn’t miss actual food as much as I missed being able to eat whatever, whenever.

I lost 2, 5 kg which is 5 LB and 5 cm or 1 inch from my waist. Having had protein smoothie, fiber and protein shake, I’ve felt full all day and I’ve actually managed to do a lot of house work and business presentation planning at the same time. Who knew protein shakes could be so filling_

As for my meal tonight, I look forward to it, but not as much as I’d thought. I’m happy I can finally eat though and I hope I’ll keep losing weight and inches. I’m not really a big girl by any means, but I feel that the loss I’ve had was really quite needed.

Change 9, day 1.

So today was the first day of my C9 challenge and I thought I’d blog about it since it’s a Forever Living thing and as I’m sure most of you know by now, I work with it.It’s also the first time ever I do any kind of dietary challenge, so I want to share my experiences on it since it’s becoming a very popular program.

C9 is called Clean9 around the world, but in Norway it’s called Change9. But though the name is different it’s exactly the same program as everywhere else, except the government is kind of strict on supplements, so we don’t have a certain supplement that’s supposed to help you burn more fat, but I don’t mind because it means I can drink more tea and coffee, though the idea is that you really should limit the consumption of caffeine for the duration of the nine days. .
Anyway, I love the name Change9 a lot more than Clean9 because it at least to me implies slightly different things. Whilst Clean9 sounds like a pure cleanse, Change9 sounds like the beginning of changing yourself. And that is what the program ultimately is. Sure, you may lose some weight and inches on it, but the idea is to get you thinking about food differently. It is the first step in a 69 day program, and it’s followed by Fit1 and Fit2 which focuses more on healthy eating and exercising habits.
Truth be told, I’m glad the first day is nearly over. The first two days on this program are quite tough. You are allowed only one protein shake at lunch time and mainly water, Aloe Vera gel, fiber which is a little filling and supplements for the rest of the day. However, there is a free list of fruit and vegetables you can eat from and I’ve been using it throughout the day including in my shake to make a smoothie. The day has actually gone very well and I was even able to go to the gym. The key for me was lots of flavours. Tangerines, blueberries, my favourite white tea, cherry tomatos etc, made it more bareable. I’m getting to the point now though where I’m dreaming of all kinds of food and large plates of it!

On the remaining seven days of the program I’ll be able to have two shakes and a 600 calorie meal, so I’ll be holding on for Tuesday and do and update on my progress then.

The importance of working, aside from making money

As someone who is blind, I am perfectly capable of holding down a full time job. And not only that, but I can be a very positive asset to my work environment and work colleagues. However, getting to prove that I can hasn’t been and isn’t that easy.

It actually started with my parents, may they both rest in perfect peace. They did their upmost for me to be as normal as possible. But when it came to work, they had this really strange attitude that there wasn’t anything I could do. My brother was a newspaper boy and when he was old enough, he started working in the local supermarket. He earned his own money and I was jealous. Not only did my brother work, but most of my friends did too by the time we reached our teens. I only had sighted friends where I live, so the weekend became a little boring then since I didn’t work.

To some, my position may have been enviable. Because I was told there weren’t any jobs I could realistically do, since both shop work and newspaper work required eye sight, I was given tasks to do around the house and thus received pocket money from my parents. I technically worked for the money, but it wasn’t at all satisfying. I tried suggesting other types of work I could do so that I too could make money, but my parents just laughed it off and pointed out that I got money anyway, so what was the problem? They really didn’t get it.

When we had to work a one day job in school to raise money for children in faraway countries, or for local causes, I usually played the piano and sang at old people homes. The old people enjoyed it, so it was nice. But I still had the feeling that I was doing that because my blindness stopped me from doing a “proper” job. In hindsight, I see that not many of my friends could have done that to raise money and so what I did for the old people was great. But as a teenager who just wanted to do whatever I could to blend in, it wasn’t cool at all.

My constant talking of wanting a normal job outside the house, must have really got to my dad in the end, because for two summers in a row, he arranged for me to work a week at the oil firm he was working for. I worked in HR and I had a really great time there. I was busy typing up Cvs that the head of HR had read onto cassette tapes (Yes, it was just before they got extinct) and sending out everybody’s pay slips and holiday money. The workplace was adapted yes. But I was doing exactly the same work as the other employees children who were working there with me. In fact, we helped each other to get the job done. I came home every day that week feeling as if I had contributed to society, or at least the HR department of that firm.

I later went on to have other jobs and now I work for myself. And although working for myself initially was something I did because getting employers to see that I can work with them is a struggle, it is now something I find much more rewarding. Because I don’t profit anyone except myself and those I choose to share it with.

I’m not opposed to regular employment and at times I wish it was a little easier to get part time work, or work in general, just to supply my music career. But as it is, I am trying to make it work without regular employment. Forever Living was my answer to a supplementary income to help my artist and writing career.

My purpose though with this post, is to stress the importance of work. Not necessarily just for the sole purpose of making money, but for someone to feel like a valuable asset to society. There are obstacles that make employment more difficult when you’re blind or indeed have other disabilities, but with open discussions and good will, most things are possible.
If you happen to have a disabled son, daughter, friend, spouse or romantic partner who lacks confidence to work, or badly want to, please be that person who pushes them to explore different routes to achieve what they want to do. Perhaps this is especially important in these days when unemployment rates are rising around the world. Disabled people are harder hit by this, but there is no reason really why they should be. You can, you dare and you want, or replace the you with me, are a good place to start the motivation. Basic, but effective.