The Play Brigade 5K

My husband and I did this great inclusive 5K for people of all abilities. Michael placed third in his category of visually impaired males and I’m so proud of him! A year and a half ago he was obese (44 inch waist from a high of 54 inches to now 34 inches!) and on high blood pressure medication. Now he is much slimmer, on no meds, and thriving.

I also met my running goals today:I ran at a slow pace to prevent re-injuries from the summer AND ran the entire time.

Thanks to Jason Cohen of Big Change The Film for being there to support and encourage us!


His grace is sufficient

His grace is sufficient.

My 36-minute straight slower/faster interval run was fueled by the SecsPro metronomed workout app I’d pre-programmed last night and this book I’d also downloaded last night—“Running Like a Girl” To channel my younger self WAY back who loved to run before weight crept up in upper elementary school and I didn’t want to move anymore. I knew I was challenging myself but afterwards I was glad that I had.

I’m going to keep it real. My life is not glamorous days. I got up extra early for work because my husband and I have three children. They have special needs and require more assistance getting ready in the morning. My husband started getting breakfast ready for the Kids and getting them up to get ready for school. I went outside to run. Michael will run after getting everyone on the school bus.

After the run 🏃🏿‍♀️I grabbed the box of urinalysis strips to quickly test one of my kids who has a kidney disorder (thankfully the results were negative this morning) and will shower while she eats so that I can give her a smaller measured dose of medication because the tapered dose is getting too small to pre-measure and leave for my husband to pour out and still keep the same dose for her (he is blind so I measure the dosages). Then I’m off to work with the food I prepped last night that I’ll quickly put in my breakfast-lunch bag.

I’m saying all this to say that I had it in my to do this always by God’s grace, even though it’s not easy, but I didn’t. I say all this to say, it’s not impossible even when things get crazier. It’s been over five years since this lifestyle change and it is a good habit now. God’s grace is sufficient and by his grace I’m going to continue to do my best to properly care for this body, this temple of the Holy Spirit.




My Husband Michael’s Progress

This afternoon Michael leaned against the back hallway doorway talking to me and I marveled at how SLIM he is now! More than that was how healthy he is. He had just taken his blood pressure with our automatic monitor and it was great. He’s been off the blood pressure medication for over a year now. He doesn’t dwell on “giving up” foods/food-like substances that harmed his body. He is happy and thriving on nutrient-rich, whole plant foods and is able to run with increasing speed and endurance. I’m so proud of Michael for his commitment to health for himself and his family!😍❤️




Keeping It Moving

Keeping It Moving!

First, Nini got her groove back. She got up, got dressed, and announced she was going to start running again. I went downstairs to check on her and heard her giggling while jogging.

Michael went to run practice with a great group of sighted guides from Achilles International Boston.

After starting a large pot of Bean stew and turning off the stove, I headed out to the yard and ran 40 minutes straight, slow and steady. I used metronome music and beats to help with my breath, cadence and steady pace increase like Michael suggested. It was awesome!

Michael came back from running practice when I was about 30 minutes in and encouraged me the rest of the way. Since I didn’t run all summer because of an injury, I’ve been a little nervous for next Saturday’s 5K downtown but Michael helped me in coming up with a plan to boost my performance by then.








Dashing Diva 5K

My husband thought we were going to the park to just do some running training. But since my bling arrived today, I thought we may as well run/walk the Diva Dash 5K. The Missing Rolls had a Virtual 5K challenge thanks to Lisa F. who organized it and this evening was perfect to do it.

Michael is fast but slowed his pace considerably so we could do a guided run with the tether. We went over—about 3.75 Miles—and felt great. We used the running/walking path in the park near my mom’s house while the kids had dinner with my mom. We had an awesome plant based dinner of course afterwards.




Deprive your kids of junk food and they can happily be deprived of obesity and poor health

If you think it’s hard to be an obese adult, imagine how hard it is to be an obese child. I’ve been both. I was the “fat” child and I was bullied.

Yesterday I posted this picture collage on my Plant-Based, God’s Grace: Nalida’s Journey to Health and Fitness page. Someone asked, “Were you pregnant in that red dress?”

My answer: “No. I was a recent high school graduate at the time. Only a teen starting college believe it or not. I was very obese then and for many years until I made big changes in 2013.”

I was not offended. I LOOKED pregnant. I had been that big for several years before that then many years—decades afterwards. Childhood obesity is now sadly a bigger epidemic now.

It really hurts me to hear people say that they won’t remove junk food from their kids’ diets because they don’t want to “deprive” them of their childhood and what other children are eating. I respectfully ask you to reconsider. That is the big food industry lie that it’s a right of passage to eat all the junk food and packaged foods that the commercials brainwash us into buying then the sugar-oil-salt-chemical combos keep us trapped into continually eating. And sometimes WE adults are so addicted to these food-like substances that we use that as an excuse to keep the junk in the house. I know. I’ve been there sadly.

Sometimes people say, I want to give them a choice to choose how to eat. Would you give your young children a choice on whether or not to snort cocaine or shoot up heroin and essentially lead them into addiction? Believe it or not, the food industry PAYS chemists to find the right combination of chemicals to make people addicted to their products (see the documentary In Defense Of Food and read the research by Michael Pollen as well as former FDA Commissioner David Kessler and countless other documentaries and research).

It hurts to be that child that people ask if your pregnant but you never even had a boyfriend. It hurts to be that child that is embarrassed because someone stood up to give you a seat on the train because they thought you really was pregnant. It hurts to be that child embarrassed in gym class. It hurts to be that child not able to fully run and play like all children should. THAT is what an obese child is deprived of—a normal childhood in a comfortably fit body that can do what children should be doing, running and playing effortlessly.

Before, we didn’t know better. But now we do. Please, please, try to get out of the mindset that you’re depriving your child of a normal childhood by not allowing all the processed and junk foods in the house. It’s a marketing ploy that we’ve all been deceived by and there are people making beaucoup bucks at our expense. I refuse to be used that way anymore or to allow my kids to be used that way.

Free yourselves and free your children! We all love our kids. FIGHT for them and their health. They deserve it!! Replace the junk with fruits, cut up veggies with hummus and nut/seed butters (plain with no added anything). Make them fruit-sweetened cookies. There are now TONS of resources to show you how. Let your taste buds and theirs heal. Trust me, when you’re healed of many chronic conditions, feeling lighter and able to move with ease—both you and your children—you won’t have any regrets. My husband and I definitely don’t have any and our children have adapted for the better. Please consider this.

In love,


Anniversary Run!

Anniversary run! 🏃🏾‍♀️First pic before running. Rest after—hair tied up halfway through. Lol. 25 minutes straight running, by God’s Grace. First longer run in MONTHS since recovering from my injury!! Made sure to really stretch afterwards. Squats too!