Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Oh No Michael Jackson...In the Church???

I posted a link to an article about my church remembering Michael Jackson. Some may not agree with what took place in my church on Sunday morning and that's solely their opinion. We took a portion of our service to remember the art of Michael Jackson because MJ has inspired so many people including musical artist from many different genres including gospel. We didn't glorify Jackson in anyway, because all glory belongs to God. Our urban liturgical dance ministry danced to a remake of MJ's Do you remember the time, by the way the words of the song were changed to "Do you remember the time When HE SAVED YOUR SOUL" calling us to remember when Jesus called us from a life of sin. Also, MJ's Man in the Mirror was sang a very inspirational song that can be sung any where, then the famous Jackson 5's"I'll be there" was sung with some different words to apply it to Jesus saying he'll be there for us.

After the MJ tribute my Pastor preached about the inner issues and problems past and present we all have that we don't want anyone to see or know about. He talked about how Jesus can get into the places in our hearts and mind we don't want anyone to go into and heal our hurts and shames. He talked about how most celebrity persons are tormented everyday by their own personal issues and use their wealth to feed their issue instead of getting help. Drugs, gambling, perverted sexual fantasies, abuses suffered and addictions are all real things many of us face everyday with ourselves personally or we know someone who is struggling in one or more of those areas.

I thank God for a Pastor who can take real world events and make them relevant to church and the purpose of Christ. What ever is in the world that the devil meant for evil God can take it and make it for your good. Never under estimate what God can use and never limit the type of tools that he uses. If God can use a donkey to talk and a Harlot to keep her word, he can use the song "Man in the mirror" to bring people to Christ.

Someone posted a mean comment which I published it anyway to show how people really are and the realness I want all people to see. People dwell on the fact that he may or may not have molested those children. I wasn't there nor were any of us there when it happened, so who are we to judge. We also don't know if he repented for his sins or really what religion he was apart of because we were not there and even if we were what does it mean for us. We can only assume and speculate about the details of MJ's life. Some people will choose to remember him for his faults, his many surgeries, his skin color changing, his marriage, but how many will say or can say I remember when MJ tried to get his life together. He'll be remember for what he did instead of who he is and who he really is we'll never know.

How will you be remembered when you die? What secrets will be revealed about you when you past? In what manner will you be found dead? How many people will remember you as this, that or the other.

Lets just be real for a moment when your drug dealing cousin, sistah, brother or your womanizing pimp of a uncle, or murder of a family member or gang banging kin folks friends or whoever dies you want the church to bury and say nice things about them inspite of their wrong doing, hang ups, sins, or issues. So, whats so wrong with doing the same for Michael?

We're quick to judge others and slow to turn to look in the mirror at ourselves. So think about what could be said about you before you use your tongue to speak about who or what someone else is or did.

Nappturally Yours,


MoZaic

Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute @ "The Word Church"

Hey everybody,

Yesterday our church did a tribute to Michael Jackson and we were featured on 2 local news stations and in the Columbus Dispatch!! Please click the link below and check out the article from the paper!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm such a Loser

I bet your wondering what's wrong with MoZaic?? Well, today I went to the doctor and you know how the routine goes. They nurse calls you back and you have to step on that dreaded scale!!!! I was afraid that I hadn't lost any weight but I actually lost

God's perfect number!!! I'm so happy that makes a total of 17lbs I've lost to date and I have 23 more to go.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Vitamins and why we need them


Hey Ladies,

Today I wanted to post the importance of taking a daily multivitamin. I myself hate taking any type of pill or medicine! In order for me to take medicine I have to be really sick. Now that I was threaten by my primary doctor fill the prescription and take the medicine or he would hurt me. LOL he cares so much!! I have started regularly taking 1 medication he has prescribed me and I’ve been taking my multi-vitamin. I personally take the Wal-Mart brand Equate multivitamin and I love it!!

We need vitamins in order for our bodies to function properly and we don’t always get all of the nutrients we need from food alone. Since we women love our hair so much we would probably be quick to buy vitamins if they promised extreme hair growth!! There are some that promise extreme hair growth but that’s not the only reason we need vitamins.

When choosing a brand of vitamin to buy it can be mind boggling. There are so many brands and so many different prices. The name brand vitamins like Centrum, One-A-Day, & GNC Ultra Mega are very good vitamins and are some of the most recommended. Since they are the most recommended you can usually trust that you are getting a quality vitamin. Then you have your expensive vitamins found in the health food store which are just as good or sometime better than ones found in the pharmacy. Most vitamins in the health food store are made from organic ingredients or better quality ingredients. Last but certainly not least are your generic brands, grocery store brand vitamins. These vitamins shouldn’t be over looked at all. Most times they are cheaper or the same prices as other popular vitamins and made with the same quality ingredients. Some of the same manufactures of the vitamins make many of the brands we see everyday.

The key thing to look for when buying a vitamin is the USP label or seal on the bottle. That label just about guarantees you the FDA has inspected and approved the vitamins quality.


I started out by taking GNC’s Ultra Mega Womens but the price was keeping me from buying them consistently so my friend who is a trainer told me to get the Equate Multi-Vitamin from Wal-Mart. They digest very easily and give me most of what I need for the day and I also take biotin for my hair, skin and nails.

Here is a chart of vitamins and minerals we need everyday.

Fat Soluble Vitamins can be stored in the body and need not be consumed daily. While it is difficult to "overdose" on them from ordinary sources, consuming mega doses of fat soluble vitamins, especially A and D, can lead to a dangerous buildup in the body.
Abbreviations: IU=International Units; mg=milligrams; mcg=micrograms.

Vitamin A Retinol - Men: 3 000 IU - Women: 2 700 IU
Liver, fortified Milk (Retinol form - see below for Carotene sources.)
Essential for eyes, skin and the proper function of the immune system. Helps maintain hair, bones and teeth.
Deficiency: Night blindness; reduced hair growth in children; loss of appetite; dry, rough skin; lowered resistance to infection; dry eyes.
Overdose: Headaches; blurred vision; fatigue; diarrhea; irregular periods; joint and bone pain; dry, cracked skin; rashes; loss of hair; vomiting, liver damage.

Beta Carotene(Pro-Vitamin A)(See Vitamin A)
Carrots, Squash, Broccoli, Green Leafy Vegetables
Antioxidant. Converted to Vitamin A in the body. (See Vitamin A)
The antioxidant properties of this nutrient may be a factor in reducing the risk of certain forms of cancer.

Vitamin - D Men: 100 IU - Women: 100 IU
Egg Yolk, Milk, Exposure to sun enables body to make its own Vitamin D.
Helps build and maintain teeth and bones. Enhances calcium absorption.
Deficiency: Rickets in children; bone softening in adults; osteoporosis.
Overdose: Calcium deposits in organs; fragile bones; renal and cardiovascular damage.

Vitamin E - Men: 9-10 mg - Women: 6-7 mg
Corn or Cottonseed Oil, Butter, Brown Rice, Soybean Oil, Vegetable oils such as Corn, Cottonseed or Soybean, Nuts, Wheat Germ.
Antioxidant. Helps form red blood cells, muscles and other tissues. Preserves fatty acids.
Deficiency: Rare, seen primarily in premature or low birth weight babies or children who do not absorb fat properly. Causes nerve abnormalities.
Overdose: Unknown.
The antioxidant properties of this nutrient may be a factor in reducing the risk of certain forms of cancer.

Vitamin K - No daily values established - Estimated at 0.03 mcg/kg
Green Vegetables, Liver, also made by intestinal bacteria.
Needed for normal blood clotting.
Deficiency:Defective blood coagulation.
Overdose: Jaundice in infants.

Water Soluble Vitamins are not stored in the body and should therefore be consumed daily.
Thiamine Vitamin B1Men: 0.8 - 1.3 mgWomen: 0.8 mg
Sunflower Seeds, Pork, whole and enriched Grains, dried Beans.
Necessary for carbohydrate metabolism and muscle coordination. Promotes proper nerve function.
Deficiency:Anxiety; hysteria; depression; muscle cramps; loss of appetite; in extreme cases beriberi (mostly in alcoholics).
Overdose:Unknown, although excess of one B vitamin may cause deficiency of others.

Riboflavin Vitamin - B2Men: 1.3 - 1.6 mg - Women: 1.1 mg
Liver, Milk, Spinach, enriched Noodles, Mushrooms.
Needed for metabolism of all foods and the release of energy to cells. Essential to the functioning of Vitamin B6 and Niacin.
Deficiency: Cracks and sores around the mouth and nose; visual problems.
Overdose: See Vitamin B1.

Niacin Vitamin - B3Men: 16-23 mg - Women: 14-16 mg
Niacin is converted to niacinamide in the body.
Mushrooms, Bran, Tuna, Chicken, Beef, Peanuts, enriched Grains.
Needed in many enzymes that convert food to energy. Helps maintain a healthy digestive tract and nervous system. In very large doses, lower cholesterol (large doses should only be taken under the advice of a physician).
Deficiency:In extreme cases, pellagra, a disease characterized by dermatitis, diarrhea and mouth sores.
Overdose:Hot flashes; ulcers; liver disorders; high blood sugar and uric acid; cardiac arrythmias.

Pantothenic Acid Vitamin - B5Men: 2.5 mg - Women: 2.5 mg
Abundant in animal tissues, whole grain cereals and legumes.
Converts food to molecular forms. Needed to manufacture adrenal hormones and chemicals that regulate nerve function.
Deficiency:Unclear in humans.
Overdose:See Vitamin B1.

Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine - Men: 1.8 mg - Women: 1.5 mg
Animal protein foods, Spinach, Broccoli, Bananas.
Needed for protein metabolism and absorption, carbohydrate metabolism. Helps form red blood cells. Promotes nerve and brain function.
Deficiency:Anemia, irritability, patches of itchy, scaling skin; convulsions.
Overdose:Nerve damage.

Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin - Men: 2 mcg - Women: 2 mcg
Found almost exclusively in animal products.
Builds genetic material. Helps form red blood cells.
Deficiency:Pernicious anemia; nerve damage. (Note: Deficiency rare except in strict vegetarians, the elderly or people with malabsorption disorders.)
Overdose:See Vitamin B1.

Biotin60 mcg
Cheese, Egg, Yolk, Cauliflower, Peanut Butter
Needed for metabolism of glucose and formation of certain fatty acids. Essential for proper body chemistry.
Deficiency:Seborrhic dermatitis in infants. Rare in adults, but can be induced by consuming large amounts of egg whites - anorexia, nausea, vomiting, dry scaly skin.
Overdose:See Vitamin B1

Folic Acid (Folacin) - Men: 180-220 mg - Women: 160-190 mg
Green, leafy vegetables, Orange Juice, organ Meats, Sprouts.
Essential for the manufacture of genetic material as well as protein metabolism and red blood cell formation.
Deficiency: Impaired cell division; anemia; diarrhea; gastrointestinal upsets.
Overdose: Convulsions in epileptics. May mask pernicious anemia (see Vitamin B12 deficiency).
Adequate amounts of this nutrient in the first stage of pregnancy may reduce the risks of neural tube birth defects.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Men: 40 mg - Women: 30 mg
Citrus Fruits, Strawberries, Broccoli, Green Peppers
Antioxidant. Helps bind cells together and strengthens blood vessel walls. Helps maintain healthy gums. Aids in the absorption of iron.
Deficiency: Muscle weakness, bleeding gums; easy bruising. In extreme cases, scurvy.
Overdose: Unknown.
The antioxidant properties of this nutrient may be a factor in reducing the risk of certain forms of cancer. May reduce the effects of the common cold.

Minerals in organic products essential for body functions.

Calcium - Men: 800 - 1000 mg - Women: 700-800 mg
Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Sardines, Broccoli, Turnip Greens.
Helps build strong bones and teeth. Promotes muscle and nerve function. Helps blood to clot. Helps activate enzymes needed to convert food to energy.
Deficiency: Rickets in children; osteomalacia (soft bones) and osteoporosis in adults.
Overdose: Constipation, Kidney Stones, calcium deposits in body tissues. Hinders absorption of iron and other minerals.

Phosphorus - Men: 1000 mg - Women: 850 mg (3-6 g)
Chicken Breast, Milk, Lentils, Egg Yolks, Nuts, Cheese
With calcium builds bones and teeth. Needed for metabolism, body chemistry, nerve and muscle function.
Deficiency: (Rare) Weakness; bone pain; Anorexia.
Overdose: Hinders body's absorption of calcium.

Magnesium - Men: 230 - 250 mg - Women: 200 - 210 mg
Spinach, Beef Greens, Broccoli, Tofu, Popcorn, Cashews, Wheat Bran
Activates enzymes needed to release energy in body. Needed by cells for genetic material and bone growth.
Deficiency: Nausea, irritability, muscle weakness; twitching; cramps, cardiac arrhythmias.
Overdose: Nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, nervous system disorders.
Warning: Overdose can be fatal to people with kidney disease.

Potassium - Men: 40-80 mmol - Women: 40-80 mmol (3-6 g)
Peanuts, Bananas, Orange Juice, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Oranges, Broccoli, Sunflower Seeds.
Helps maintain regular fluid balance. Needed for nerve and muscle function.
Deficiency: Nausea, anorexia, muscle weakness, irritability. (Occurs most often in persons with prolonged diarrhea.)
Overdose:Rare.

Iron (Elemental) Men: 8-10 mg - Women: 8-13 mg
Liver, lean Meats, Kidney beans, enriched Bread, Raisins.Note: Oxalic acid in spinach hinders iron absorption.
Essential for making hemoglobin, the red substance in blood that acrries oxygen to body cells.
Deficiency:Skin pallor; weakness; fatigue; headaches; shortness of breath (all signs of iron-deficiency anemia)
Overdose:Toxic buildup in liver and in rare instances the heart.

Zinc - Men: 12 mg - Women: 9 mg
Oysters, Shrimp, Crab, Beef, Turkey, whole Grains, Peanuts, Beans.
Necessary element in more than 100 enzymes that are essential to digestion and metabolism.
Deficiency:Slow healing of wounds; loss of taste; retarded growth and delayed sexual development in children.
Overdose:Nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal pain; gastric bleeding.

Selenium 0.05-0.2 mg
Adequate amounts are found in Seafood, Kidney, Liver and other meats. Grains and other Seed contain varying amounts depending on the soil content.
Antioxidant. Interacts with Vitamin E to prevent breakdown of fats and body chemicals.
Deficiency: Unknown in humans.
Overdose:Finger nail changes, hair loss.

Copper - 2-3 mg
The richest sources of copper in the diet are Liver and other organ Meats, Seafoods, Nuts and Seeds.
Component of several enzymes, including on needed to make skin, hair and other pigments. Stimulates iron absorption. Needed to make red blood cells, connective tissue and nerve fibres.
Deficiency: Rare in adults. Infants may develop a type of anemia marked by abnormal development of bones, nerve tissue and lungs.
Overdose: Liver disease; vomiting; diarrhea.

Manganese - 2-5 mg
Tea, whole Grains and Cereal products are the richest dietary sources. Adequate amounts are found in Fruits and Vegetables.
Needed for normal tendon and bone structure. Component of some enzymes important in metabolism.
Deficiency: Unknown in humans.
Overdose: Generally results from inhalation of manganese containing dust or fumes, not dietary ingestion.

Molybdenum - 0.15-0.3 mg
The concentration in food varies depending on the environment in which the food was grown. Milk, Beans, Breads and Cereals contribute the highest amounts.
Component of enzymes needed in metabolism. Helps regulate iron storage.
Deficiency: Unknown in humans.
Overdose:Gout-like joint pain.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It's Official Le 10 Aout 2009: My New Beginning

I officially got my lap band surgery date!!! As of Monday August 10, 2009 I will be having the lap band surgery.

I'm so so super excited and I also got to talk to someone today I haven't spoken to in a few weeks which was the cherry on top. Please keep me in your prayers!! I'll be posting about my weight loss for the next 5 weeks before I start the surgery diet, which is all liquid yuck!!


Nappturally Yours,

MoZaic

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Loving my hair!!, but I need your help

Hey Ladies just wanted to post some shots of my hair! It’s been 6 months without any heat touching my hair and 7 months since I’ve had my hair braided. It will be officially a year next month since I made the decision to go natural. I’m excited because it’s growing really well. Now I’m ready to do something different with it, I’ve become bored with my wash go afro. So, I need your help with suggestions on how I should have my hair styled!!!

I don't want to lock it because I love to feel my curls, but I'm not sure how I should get it done!!
Oh My excuse the shiney face LOL


Me and gospel singer Vanessa Bell Armstrong

The soft and fluffy fro

Remember my "I'm so pissed off" post well the bald spot has grown back thanks to hard work!

Working getting my edges a little thicker
















I AM ME

People explain me in words, define me in perceptions, sort me by category & label me with titles.
But does your explanation, perception, category or label explain who I AM

Your looks and stares as I walk by tell me truths and tell me lies

But does it tell you whose I AM

Your attitude and lack of gratitude of my talents & gifts tell me what you think of my God given fortitude's

But does it show you who I AM

You heard I was this or heard I was that so your assumptions now assume a position in space that you assume is my life.

But does it tell you where I AM

The way I style my hair, the car that I drive, the clothes that I wear send you into a deep stare

But does it tell you what I HAVE

Everything you see is not what it is; everything you hear is not necessarily what it sounds like.

They say believe none of what you see and half of what you hear because what you see now is not what God sees for my tomorrow, what you heard today may not be the Headline tomorrow.

I am a Child of the King, Woman, Disciple, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Neice, Friend, Lover, Confidant, Worshipper, Praying Warrior, Beautiful, Singer, Song Writer, Poet, Artist, Violists, Faith, Hope, Strength, Pet Lover, and most of all NOT what you say I am

You can try to explain me, define me, sort me, or label me but one thing you will never know is me.

So, explain the me you see and place me in the categories you see fit, label me with everything you want and define me with all words you perceive as true because there will never be a place you can put me.

I’m louder than your words, more complex than your definitions, too large for categories and too perplexing for any label you place on me in your mind.

I AM ME

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Physical change

Hey Ladies,

Today is the beginning of a new phase of my life for me. I haven’t been posting b/c I’ve been so busy with work, ministry and getting approved for the Lap Band Surgery.
I’ve been battling obesity for a few years now and I’ve tried and tried to beat the bulge on my own and now I’ve decided to get a little help. I’m hoping for an August date for my surgery and I’m so excited!! I’ll make a lot of post about my weight loss journey and I hope that some of you will join me in my fight with obesity by you also becoming healthier. I’m not asking any one to have a weight loss surgery so please don’t do it because I am, but I want for everyone to take steps to improve their health by healthy eating & exercise. So, this is it no more fast food or fatty foods for me.

Please keep me lifted up in your prayers that everything goes well and I am successful with my weight loss.

Nappturally Yours,

MoZaic