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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.

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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.

Happy 2016!

I know I’ve been a bit of a stranger recently. I always have these incentives to blog regularly, but something always comes up.

Anyways, let me start by wishing you all a happy 2016. May this New Year be the year where your goals are reached and your dreams come to pass.

2015 was a great year for me. Though mostly the exciting stuff happened in the first 9 months of the year. After the NEA in September where I didn’t won my category, but still had a great time and learned a lot, and till new-years-eve, I was just in Norway working on the business side of my music career and my Forever Living business.

But at the start of this year, I went back to Nigeria again and being back was lovely. I’ve done what I think is my best project yet. A song featuring Chidinma, a very sought after female singer in the Nigerian music industry for those who’re not too familiar with afrobeat and produced by DJ Coublon, producer of the year. The video was shot by my team member and friend Hg2films. The song will soon be released and I just can’t wait to share it with you!

What I think made this project so good, was both the fact that I now have a lot more experience and better self-esteem and, in the case of the video, I had my own personal stylist, who is practically like my sister. She didn’t dress me up in anything until I understood what kind of look and style it was and she kept a very sharp eye on the make-up artists, so I got the look I wanted. And so I felt I looked better and had more control.

Having the right team around you is extremely important for everyone. But for me as a blind artist, it’s especially important because I need to have that extra level of trust. My opinions on how something looks only goes as far as what I can feel myself and that isn’t always enough in an industry where appearance is so important.

I am back in Norway now, dealing with the cold harsh winter. But though I’m known for hating snow and the cold, I’m feeling really positive right now. Spring isn’t that far away and with spring comes my birthday. And I’ll soon be travelling again for shows and promos.

I also need to work on my other business this year. And I need to focus on recruiting which I’m terrified of. But I believe in having many things going at the same time and if I want to succeed, I need to step out of my comfort zone. Easier said than done though. But I’m ready for the challenge. Hey, it’s nearly spring! The Lioness is rising!

Side Business

OMG! What have I done?

I’ve been asking myself this question constantly for the past two weeks and I guess only time will give me the answer.

So what have I done?

I always talk to young artists about the importance of doing something besides music. Especially when you’re up and coming and don’t have a stable income from your music. But having a side hustle is also good because it gives your mind fresh impulses and you can use the inspiration for your music.

I was in the situation where I needed to find that side hustle. I write. But like music, it takes time and establishing to make an income from writing. Many other artists I know work in shops or cafes to finance their music career. But because there’s a lack of these opportunities for blind people, I have never seen this as something I can do.

Then, I came across a company called Forever Living. I was initially extremely skeptical, because I’ve known people who sell products from home before to usually give up on these things because the initial investments and the constant need to recruit people for them to make any profit have exhausted them. But after some extensive research, I found that Forever Living is slightly different in this regard.

First of all, let me tell you what Forever Living actually is. It is a company founded in 1978 in Scottsdale Arizona by Rex Maughan. It sells health, wellness and beauty products based on Aloe Vera and it has a presence in over 155 countries on five continents and it’s growing.

Apart from really liking the products, I liked the fact that it was free to join, that there was no pressure to recruit people and that I can do this in any country in the world. So if I move to the UK or Nigeria full time, I can still sell these products just like I do in Norway.

The ethics of Forever Living is also one I support. For example it helps disabled people through the charity Forever Giving. And on both a local and global level, there is great network support and I am already making new friends.

Since Forever Living buys your products back for 90% of the retail price should you regret your decision to join, I figured that I really had nothing to lose from trying. And when I see people have success with it, it encourages me to want to work hard.

I have already had 2 customers in my first week and I’m having a business launch in two weeks. I really hope people will show up! I soon even qualify to have my own online retail shop.

I have had some really crass negative response to my new venture, but mostly people are positive. And I hope and feel Forever Living can empower and enrich my life.