I started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to day 101 of my weight loss journey. If you like my blogs, send me a tip. Thanks!


It’s finally here! Last night was the first evening of orientation for my Full Stack Web Design bootcamp. I am very excited to complete this program so I can finally get certified in web design and specifically in WordPress development. Orientation continues tonight and tomorrow night. Last night, class lasted till about 11 pm. I had pre-written my nightly weight loss blog – which I try to always do so I don’t end up skipping it because I got busy with something else.

I have requested an accommodating schedule at my job. If that holds, I should be able to keep up with the homework. Hopefully, I will still have time to post my daily blogs instead of doing periodic summaries every couple of days. My goal is to have this blog published every night at 10:00 pm and my devotional every morning at 7:00 am.

My Daily Food Diary – Day 101

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, August 22, I weighed in at 250 pounds – the same weight I was after finding out I was misreading my scale. I have lost 13 pounds and gained 11 pounds. My next weigh in is Saturday, August 29.

AM Notes


No morning meals today. I decided to fast until noon since I have been off of my diet for two days and have gotten again used to eating about everything in sight, throwing my calorie count way over 2,000. I just need to take a day to slow down a bit and get back to eating smaller portions.

Tuesday, 12:00 pm Lunch (500 + Missed Breakfast + 2 Missed Snacks = 1,200 calories allotted)

  • 1/4 L of Water – 0 calories
  • 7 Rice Rolls – 266 calories
  • 1 Snack Bag of Animal Crackers – 100 calories
  • Total 12:00 pm Lunch Calories = 366 (834 calories under allotment)

Tuesday, 2:30 pm Snack (100 + 12:00 pm Lunch leftover = 934 calories allotted)

  • 1/4 L of Water – 0 calories
  • 1 Can of Very Cherry Mixed Fruit – 210 calories
  • Total 2:30 pm Snack Calories = 210 (724 calories under allotment)

Tuesday, 4:30 pm Snack (100 + 2:30 pm Snack leftover = 824 calories allotted)

  • 8 oz of Hot Chocolate With Almond Milk – 182 calories
  • Sour Cream and Onion Chips – 320
  • Total 4:30 pm Snack Calories = 502 (322 calories under allotment)

Tuesday, 6:00 pm Snack (100 + 4:30 pm Snack leftover = 422 calories allotted)

  • 2 Apples With Caramel Dip – 400 calories
  • Total 6:00 pm Snack Calories = 400 (22 calories under allotment)

Total Calories Consumed: 366 + 210 + 502 + 400 = 1,478 as of 6:51 pm.

PM Notes

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It’s 7:00 pm and I am now going to switch gears to get ready for class tonight, which starts in one hour. So, this is my last update to the this post. As of my usual dinner time, I was below 1,500 calories. That’s where I like to be this late in the day. It means that I will most likely end up below 2,000 total calories for the day if I have a moderate dinner – that gives me about 500 calories to work with.

9:00 pm UPDATE: Tonight at Lambda School orientation, we were given a short assignment and told we could leave after completing it. So, I got out of class a lot earlier than I expected. The last question on our worksheet was:

What’s Your Why?

Instructions: Really dig deep and fully explain your “Why?” of starting Lambda School. Imagine what your future will look like.  This can take any format that will be useful to you in the future such as a written letter from your “future self” to your “present self” about how your life is different now that you completed Lambda school; an electronic document with written details and pictures done in Pinterest, Trello, Notion, etc, or even a website or blog entry. I chose to write a letter to my future self and create a blog post so I would have easy access to this letter in the future as I progress through Lambda School. Here’s what I wrote…

Dear Shenica,

You are an awesome mother, daughter, sister, teacher, colleague, and friend. In spite of your mental illness, you have the capacity to contribute something highly valuable to the world community. Never give up! Today (August 24, 2020) you started the Web Development track at Lambda University. Yesterday, you became a Udemy Instructor. You have held down your first job in 10 years, for the past 7 months. You have raised so far, an 11-year-old, wonderful, intelligent, God-loving, responsible son. Keep up the good work. Don’t forget your passion to teach others. There are tech jobs for good everywhere.

Remember as you go through Lambda school that you are in this for the family. You are not a quitter. When you graduate and get that coveted Full Stack Web Design endorsement, you will land your dream job and change the course of your family’s lives forever. You can do it! If you reach a hurdle or experience a setback, remember that a setback is a setup for a comeback (Willie Jolley). You can make it to the checkpoint. Stay the course. This is the opportunity you have been waiting for, so make the most of it.

After you complete Lambda School, you will have the income to live the life you have been dreaming of. No more paycheck to paycheck scrounging, missing meals, not being able to buy clothes and shoes for your family. No more crazy hours working several jobs and going to school at the same time. You will have time and money. You will be able to get your teeth fixed, send your son to college, and buy your mom her dream car. You will finally be able to afford that family vacation to Disney World. You will be able to purchase a home.

This is your moment to show the world what you can do. So, buckle down, study hard, ask for help when you need it, and believe in yourself. You have what it takes – I know you do because I have been you and I am keeping the faith.


Shenica R. Graham
(Your Future Self)
Full Stack Web Developer

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Well, thanks a million for going along with me these 101 days. I hope you’ll stick with me for the next 101.

Best of Mental Health and Wellness,


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