• how not to do the slimfast diet

    I got on the scale the other day for the first time in months. I was slightly horrified by the number I saw. The number wasn’t a surprise, because I know what I’ve been eating.  I just wasn’t happy with it.

    I’ve supposedly been on a diet for months. I went to the store and bought several cases of SlimFast, sure that I was well on my way to getting lean and mean.

    Most of those SlimFast shakes are still in the refrigerator or sitting on my counter.  I like the taste of the shakes. But I like the taste of food, too.

    The SlimFast plan requires me to replace two meals with shakes, then have a sensible dinner. That’s just not going to happen.

    For one thing, I really, really love food. And if I was good at eating sensibly (as required with the SlimFast plan), I wouldn’t need a diet in the first place.

    Another thing…  I don’t find those shakes all that filling, no matter how much protein they add to them.  So when I drink a shake, it’s often closely followed by a regular, non-sensible meal. And that’s simply not the way that diet works.

    I must lose weight and get physically active. I want to be one of those eighty year olds that can run circles around people twenty and thirty years younger.

    My goal for the next year is to get in such great shape that I feel twenty years younger. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll achieve my desired weight loss, but we can safely say it won’t be on the SlimFast plan.

  • About my plan to make money from this site…

    In my effort to be (mostly) honest with readers, I try to make it clear that one goal of this site is to make money. I was hoping to do that with ads from Google. That plan is not going so well, because apparently I have no idea what I’m doing.

    Years ago, I set up an account with Google Adsense. It earned around $9.50, leaving me fifty cents short of what I needed to get a payout. That money has been sitting there for a very long time.

    In a moment of insanity, I decided to set up a new Adsense account because I rarely use the email address associated with the old account. This is not going well for me…at all.

    When I tried to set up the new account, I kept getting messages to close the old one because we’re not allowed to have two. So I closed the old account, then somehow kept reactivating it.

    Close the old account. Try to set up the new one. Accidentally reactivate the old one. Message from Google saying they can’t set up the new account until I close the old one. It’s been a vicious cycle over the past few days. The Google team (or its automated system)  has stopped sending me emails about this mess. Does that mean all hope is lost?

    I consider myself to be reasonably intelligent. After all, I have a master’s degree – a true sign of intelligence if ever there was one! It is more than a little embarrassing that I can’t get something so simple straightened out.

    So I still hope to make money here, but I may have to do it by begging people to buy my e-books listed in the side bar.

    That works. Money is money!

  • A new beginning

    I woke up this morning full of excitement, and I can’t say that happens very often. I’ve decided on a slightly different approach to this site – one that I think will make it more fun to keep up.

    I still intend to focus on health and beauty, because this is largely about making money. People spend lots of money on products that make them look and feel good, so those types of articles should draw traffic here.

    My new focus will be more about my personal efforts to improve. I am a Christian and have strong faith, but I don’t pretend to be a perfect person or even a good person sometimes.

    I’m just putting that out there in case this site becomes way popular, and people feel the need to point out my faults. To save them the trouble, I’m already admitting that I have many of them!

    So anyway, I watch a lot of religious programs. One pastor talks about how we can get our health back by eating better and exercising. I’ve set a goal to do that for the next year in hopes of feeling and looking better.

    Another pastor I watch likes to quote how God renews our youth like the eagle’s. I plan to meditate on that entire verse a lot as I build healthier habits. The hope is that I actually feel renewed as I believe that promise, eat right and exercise.

    Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t plan to sit around expecting to magically look younger just because I meditate on that promise of God renewing my youth. I also plan to try some beauty products that claim they will fix all that’s wrong with my skin – sagging, lines, undereye circles…

    I’ll stop right there. I don’t want people thinking I’m completely old and decrepit. I haven’t seen 50, but it won’t be too long before I do. When I get there, I plan to be in the best shape of my life!

    Stay tuned to read about my awesome improvements in the coming year.

  • Let’s start with TMI…

    This is the first post, and I doubt anyone will ever read it, so I figured I’d ramble a bit about myself.

    Obviously, my real name is not Zanna Johns.  Well, it’s part of my name.  I’m not one to put my true information online.  Because of that, I created a lovely avatar to use on this site instead of my actual picture. I’m a black chick with glasses and a little Afro, so the avatar is close enough.

    I’ve started several blogs over the years, but I never stuck with them. This one is going to be different. Really, it is. My main focus will be issues related to health and beauty-mostly for women over forty.  I want to make money from this site-just being honest!-so I need to focus on some popular topics.

    I’m a wannabe fiction writer, so I’ll plug my e-books here and there. Again, it’s about making money.

    So hopefully, in the coming years, I’ll write articles that provide some useful info about health, beauty and whatever else crosses my mind. I’d like to entertain you, occasionally tell you something you didn’t know, and make a few bucks in the process. With that being said, I’m off to get started on a real article.

    If you’ve read this far down…many thanks for your time!