I know usually posts would be more interesting with a photo but in all honesty, I just didn't feel like taking any especially since I had no idea what type of photo to upload within this post. So we're just gonna talk about the topic at hand. Weight.

From the start of 2014, it seemed I had plateaued. I worked out, ate clean and drank a crap load of water and still the scale would not budge and no, I wasn't losing inches either. It wasn't until the breakup that I lost my first pound since plateauing. I admit that for about two weeks I had absolutely no desire to eat and I only drank water but that is what jump-started my body again.

After those two weeks, I reminded myself that starving was not the answer and decided to start my workout routine again, this time without my fitness partner. I ran/walked more miles faster than I had in the past. Let me tell you, I am not a morning person AT ALL but I rolled my butt out of bed at 5:30am and was out on the strip by 6:15 the latest. There were some mornings when I was unable to get out of bed but I had to remind myself that I had a goal and that I determine what happens.

Aside from clean eating and cutting back on portion sizes, I drank more water. To help with this, I installed an app on my phone called Water Your Body. The notification is a conversation starter, trust me. This app allows you to set your notifications for however often you want to be notified. My notifications are set for every 2 hours. So every two hours I downed a 24oz bottle of water. You're probably going, 24oz? WTF? Well my friends, the app also allows you to add your body weight then calculates the amount of water you should be drinking. In addition, to track my workouts, I use the Nike+ app as well as Endomondo because sometimes, Nike isn't reliable. 

Exercise coupled with clean/light eating and lots of water helped me to lose 7lbs in December, allowing me to bring the new year in at my target weight!

I'm not ready just yet to share my current weight or show before or after photos because I'm still ashamed of what I allowed my body to become. However, when I first started in 2012, my SW was 240lbs and now I'm in "onederland" (which means below 200lbs). I'm sure as I progress, I'm going to be super excited about showing how much my body has transformed because I'm happy about the changes I see now. Until then, you'll just have to take my word for it. So wish me luck guys! I have a whopping 49lbs to go!

Until next time...




While Curry Chicken is an Indian recipe (wait, don't quote me on that), we take this dish very seriously back home. When I learned that I would be traveling to San Francisco, I immediately thought to cook this dish as a thank you to M and B.

There are many different ways that this dish is cooked, so there really is no right or wrong way to do this and it's real easy and fast.



What you'll need:

2 cups of sliced broccoli head

1 cup of Irish potatoes sliced in chunks (unfortunately I didn't have any in S.F)

1/2 an onion sliced in big chunks 

3 pieces of chicken breast (this varies depending on how many people you're feeding. I'd say one per person) sliced into chunks


5 tablespoons of curry powder


Seasonings to taste (salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed pepper)


1/4 cup of Olive Oil


Large skillet


Heat skillet on stove and add olive oil. Then add onions, (potatoes) & broccoli with seasonings. Stir in pan until onions & broccoli are sautéed. Pour in 2 tablespoons of curry powder and stir for about 30 seconds. Add chicken pieces. Stir for one minute. Add 3 tablespoons of curry powder. Stir for one minute. Let the pan sit on the stove without a cover until the chicken begins to produce its own broth. Stir for one minute and leave cover-less for ten minutes. Place cover on pot and let simmer for two minutes. Turn off the stove. Eat.



Wasn't that pretty easy? We usually serve this dish with or over rice but you can also serve with mixed veggies.

Is there a favorite Caribbean recipe that you'd like to share or even one that you'd like to see here? Let me know in the comments below. 

Until next time...





Hi dolls,

I'm sure by now you're wondering what the heck just happened. Like, isn't this blog called The Other Side of Paradise? Welp, it used to be but with every new start comes change. I decided to leave TOSOP in the past and start anew with something more meaningful, something more...me. I hope you guys like the change and everything that comes with it.

Until next time...




Remember when you went to see a movie alone and you'd sneak in a Subway sandwich because the food at the concession stand was a bit too...unhealthy? No? Ok so maybe that was just me. Anyway, my point here is the fact that you went alone.

Since the break up, I have been learning how to date myself. That's right people, self and I have scheduled date nights.

How does one date yourself, you may ask? It's not as simple as it sounds, I know so try to keep up! Tehee...

Learn to love your own company. You know those nights when you're just dying to go out but everyone's occupied with their own lives because unlike you, they do have lives? Well, this is your moment. Set your cellphone to silent, light a few candles and pour yourself a bath. Pour a few droplets of scented oil or bubble bath in and relax. Play a little music, drink a little wine and zone out. I have yet to do this but that's because I share a bathroom with my brothers who leave everything, everywhere...

Paint. A lot of people say that they're not painters or they wouldn't know what to do with a paintbrush and canvas. I say just go for it. Throw the paint on the canvas. Scribble. Scratch. Go crazy. Painting calms the nerves and makes you feel so much better. Besides, no art is bad art.

Watch a movie by yourself. I have treated myself to Hunger Games and a few others and I laughed and cried just as much as I do when I have company. In fact, it felt better because I didn't have to worry about what the next person thought when I cried over Peta in that last Hunger Games scene.

Take yourself to lunch...AND dinner. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Sure everyone else will probably look at you strange and may even think you're a loser but guess what? They're cowards! They're cowards because they're not even brave enough to venture out alone or even take insane selfies for fear of judgment. But you my friend, dress up and show up and eat that damn food like you're making love to it. 


Exercise. Even if you feel you are out of shape. Taking a walk around the neighborhood can do a whole lot of good. You're alone with your thoughts and here's the kicker, your brain releases these thingies called endorphins that like psyche you up and make you feel better about yourself. Exercising not only keeps you healthy and fit, it boosts self confidence.

Curl up with a good book and a drink. Who says you have to wait for dreary weather to grab a book, curl up and get lost in its pages? I find that the evenings when the sun is about to set is just as beautiful as a rainy day especially if you've got outside furniture. Plus, tea doesn't always have to be the drink of choice. Wine works just fine. Take it from a wineaholic. Oh there's also hot chocolate and coffee.


Recipe coming soon...
Make a gourmet meal/Bake. Another form of art. Make yourself a meal and then marvel in its wonder. After all, it is a masterpiece...even if you burnt the cookie.

Find a secret spot that you can cry without judgment or shame. Somewhere beautiful you can clear your head. There is nothing better than a beautiful, quiet surrounding where you can totally be with yourself.

Go dancing! This one is kinda tricky to do solo but hey, dancing is fun and it counts as exercise. Plus, you never know who you'll meet.

So go out there and date yourself. Love yourself like you loved that significant other because in the end, sometimes, we're all we've got.

Is there anything that you think you'd like to add? Tell me below in the comments.

Happy New Year love bugs!

Another year is over, a new one has just begun. A chance at a new start, a new perspective. A chance to just be...

Over the next few weeks, changes are going to be made to The Other Side of Paradise. I will not be divulging as much about my personal life because, to be honest, I don't think you care much for the deep dark parts of it even though this was created to share them. I want this blog to remain lifestyle but focus on food, travel, fitness, how to's and a little fashion rather than my usual ranting and Debbie downer days.

I will also be working to build my YouTube channel soooo wish me luck please subscribe!

With that being said, I wish you all an amazing year filled with love, light, health and prosperity!

Restart!


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