April 2021

Here are some healthy meal this I created and cooked using my air fryer that help me with my weight loss.

Upper left to right:  Crab meat on a Cauliflower sandwich thin and avocados stuffed with crab meat.  Lower left and lower right:  Brussels Sprouts and crab meat and Parmesan Cheese and Crab cakes on the air fryer grill tray.
The All-In-One Master Tonic continues to have a prominent role in my weight loss. Losing weight is NOT easy for me. I bought these pants 2-years ago. I post these pics because a lot of people say that I have inspired, motivated and re-motivated them to improve the quality of their life by losing weight and eating healthier. I’ve failed over 30 times, but I seem to have found the right formula that works for me. The motivation works both ways. Your emails and positive comments motivate me. Thank you!

I am down 46 lbs. since 2017 using a modified version of Keto.  The key to this weight loss are the points listed below.  There’s no secret.

I’m back on track (again). The keys to my weight loss are: 1. Consistent exercise (it was cold in DC today), 2. Healthy meal options and 3. Smaller portions (this is where I struggle). I take it one day at a time, and today was a good day.  I am not exceeding 2,000 calories per day and that is working for me.

January 2021

This is a painful and yet rewarding process. I can’t remember the number of times that I failed, but I NEVER stay down. I ALWAYS get up and learn from each misstep. The photos don’t lie. It’s not easy putting yourself “out there.” I’m clearly doing this for me, but I don’t take for granted those of you who follow me and say that I inspire and motivate you to live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve lost 18 lbs. since December 18th and 41 lbs. since 2017. #nevergiveup

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Black Men In America.com Founder & Publisher Gary Johnson joined the Herbal Infusion Health and Wellness Store & Spa’s “Plank Challenge.”  The store issued a challenge to the community to get 500 people to join them and “plank” for a minimum of 2 minutes.

Shakiera and Gary participate in the Herbal Infusion “Plank Challenge”

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January 20, 2020

Here is a “Before and After” photo.  To date, I’ve lost 24 lbs. on the Keto Diet in 7 weeks.

On December 1, 2018, I officially started a Ketogenic diet, more popularly known as the Keto Diet. The Keto Diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet.  Many studies show that this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve your health.  Some studies reflect that Keto diets may have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

I went to Christmas dinner with family and friends and was EXPOSED!  I tried to “play it off” and act like I wasn’t aware of any changes in my life. I was consistently confronted with questions.  Finally, I couldn’t take the badgering and was forced to “come clean” and address THE issue.  What issue you ask?  I was noticeably THINNER.  I quietly started the “Keto Diet” at the beginning of the month.  I was true to the regimen and the pounds started falling off.  I was late to jump on the “Keto Bandwagon,” but now that I’m on it, I’m enjoying the ride. It was hard to believe the results, but the “Before” and “After” pics don’t lie. I am putting myself out there in the name of “health and wellness.” And before you ask, “Yes, that is my stomach on the picture on the left. I do not have a sweater tucked under my hoodie.” Trust me when I tell you that the “Struggle Is Real.”

I was introduced to the Keto Diet by Sharon Bowden, who hosted a party at her home to explain the benefits of a Keto Diet. 

I’m a Keto rookie.  I’ve been doing Keto for 26 days.  I’ve lost 15 lbs.  I think that is GREAT.  This is easy for me because I am not a bread eater, I typically pass on desserts and sweets and I don’t consume drinks with lots of sugar.

So how does Keto work?  Based on my research, when you drastically reduce your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat, the reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy.  Ketogenic diets can also cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels.

There are several versions of the Keto Diet.  I’m keeping things simple.  I consume less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day.  For me it’s doable.  I just went “cold turkey” on  the carbs and foods and drinks with sugar.  I’m probably unique in this area, because not everyone can just get off of carbs and sugar that rapidly without having some type of “withdrawal.”

I did 20 miles on the bike trail today. For whatever reason this was a grueling ride. By the time I realized that I was “spent” and decided to call it quits, I had 6 more miles to ride back to my van 😮. No point in whining and crying 😢 because you have get back to your ride. After you get your cussin’ out of the way, you just “suck it up” and keep peddling until you get back to the parking lot. Thank goodness the “app” tracking my ride, was able to get me back to the parking lot. When you’re tired every STOP on the trail looks like the other.

November 21, 2018



August 26, 2018:  Today I decided to ride on the Indian Head Rail Trail.  It was my first time and I rode 26.3 miles.  It was actually pretty easy.  Maybe I’ll feel the pain tomorrow, but I feel great right now.

The 13-mile, paved Indian Head Rail Trail traverses roughly halfway across Charles County, connecting the small towns of Indian Head and White Plains.  Along the trail I experienced natural wetlands and occasional farmland as I passed through the Mattawoman Creek stream valley and some of southern Maryland’s most scenic and undeveloped natural areas.

I feel like I’m seeing some results from a slight change in my eating habits and consistency in my exercise regimen.

August 19, 2018 – I got the cardio portion of my fitness regimen “down.” According to my “consultant” at Herbal Infusion (my health and wellness shop), it’s time for me to “step-up” my game and do strength training. Start time is TODAY!

Do I look like a grandfather of three?   I believe you can slow down the aging process with sensible and healthy eating, exercise and the proper vitamins and supplements.

I decided to shift to more of a “plant based” diet with more fruits and vegetables and less meat and poultry.  I try not to eat processed or fast food and I continue to drink water.  I do the grocery shopping and the cooking, so I have complete control of what I eat on most days while at home.  I love beets and I’ve grown fond of creating healthy salads.  I add salmon, tuna, shrimp, turkey and chicken to add a source of protein to my meals.

I cut down on food and drinks with sugar and carbs and I’ve had to teach myself how to accurately read nutrition labels, which can be very misleading if you don’t know.  I make fresh fruit smoothies with vegetable based protein powder, beet root powder and super red antioxidant powder mixes.


Changing a lifetime of poor eating habits is a full time job that requires a serious commitment.  I lost count of the number of times that I’ve fallen “off the wagon.”  When I fall, I look for what I can learn and start over.  I don’t quit!

It is cold and windy along the Potomac River in DC this afternoon. Gotta lean into the headwind. The Cherry Blossoms have to be confused with the mixed signals from Mother Nature. It’s early April and I hear there’s a possibility of snow this weekend. I’m down another 2 lbs. Slow and steady exercise and sensible eating will get me to my goal.

To quote singer Montell Jordan, “This is how we do it (weight loss).” Moderate and consistent exercise and sensible eating. Tonight’s meal was half of one those 1.5 inch thick tuna steaks, a spring mix salad and water. Oh, I can’t forget the “All-in-One Master Tonic.

I take the Master Tonic 3 times a day.  You can too!

My First Colon Hydrotherapy Experience (Posted February 24, 2018)

Today I went to Herbal Infusion Health & Wellness to get my first colon hydrotherapy experience.  This is part of my weight loss journey and my efforts to reverse the aging process.  The owner has been suggesting that I get this therapy for 5 months.  Today, I finally gave in.  15 minutes into my session I asked myself:  “Dude?  What took you so long to do this?”

All sessions are facilitated by a I-ACT Certified Colon Hydro therapist.  The equipment is FDA approved and every effort is made to ensure that you are comfortable and your privacy and dignity are maintained at all times.  The aromatherapy scents in the room helped me relax.  This part of the spa uses the Libbe system.  This system has a clear viewing tube that allows you to view what is being released from your colon.

For those of you who were like me and knew very little about this procedure, let me share what I’ve learned and share my experience.  Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle rinsing of the colon with warm water (my water temperature was a pleasing 93 degrees), to remove encrusted fecal matter, gas and mucus. This allows vital nutrients to be absorbed more easily and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and healthier. Colonics can also help re-tone and reshape the colon.
My research also reflected that 1 out of 3 Americans have some type of parasite living in their body.  I am hoping that my consumption of the Master Tonic and this colon hydrotherapy will ensure that I don’t become one of those parasite statistics.
Going in, I did not know what to expect.  For some unexplained reason I was expecting some type of uncontrollable “colon blow” situation leaving me helpless.  I was relieved to experience Herbal Infusion’s safe, gentle infusion of water into the colon.  No chemicals or drugs are involved and the entire therapy is both relaxing and effective.  I’m telling you, it was a pleasant experience.  You can see what is leaving your body.  For me, I will be much more careful about what I eat and how I eat it.  I learned that I am eating too fast and I need to chew my food thoroughly.  The colon is probably the most neglected and abused organ in the body.  When the blood stream is overloaded with toxic waste, the body will function at a lower level.  Colon hydrotherapy is not for everyone.  I tried it today and I walked out a satisfied customer.  I will go back and do it again. If you haven’t had colon hydrotherapy, I suggest that you do your research and give it a try.
This weight loss journey is a long and challenging.  You have to keep grinding and never give up.  If you fall short, don’t beat yourself up.  Just learn from your mistakes and start over again.  #TheStruggleIsReal
Here is what I looked like two weeks ago. 
Here’s what I looked like in 2008.       Here’s what I looked like today (2018) after my colon hydrotherapy session.

My Weight Loss Journey (Posted February 4, 2018)

Photos:  This is what I looked like in 2005.  I weighed 235 lbs.

Hey folks, I promised full transparency.  Yep, I am putting myself out here.  I get emails and tweets from a lot of you who say I inspire you.  Thank you. “I’m just a dude from DC with a social media platform.”  For those of you who struggle with weight loss and “follow me,” I want you to know that I appreciate you.  “The struggle is real.”

Nothing is more discouraging than not being able to lose weight no matter how hard you try.  When I resigned from my government job in 1995, I weighed 235 lbs.  I am 6 feet 4 inches tall.  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) weight guidelines at that time I was “Overweight.”  A few months earlier, my doctor warned me that my cholesterol ratios were too high.  My health was in jeopardy.  Despite the doctor’s warning, I made no changes to my lifestyle.  Within months I weighed 265 lbs. and my body fat percentage was 22%.

I was trying to balance family life and a heavy travel schedule and did not take time to exercise.  One evening while dining at a restaurant with my family, in-laws and friends, I started to sweat profusely.  I tried to play it off as “nothing” but soon found that I wasn’t fooling anyone when my mother-in-law said:  “My goodness I think he’s having a stroke.”  I calmly told everyone that I was OK and attempted to leave the table to collect myself.  I never made it, never fooled anyone and ended up in the emergency room of my local hospital.

Test results revealed high cholesterol and a host of other correctable conditions.  After giving my family a scare, I decided to get serious about my health.  I bought a gym quality treadmill and began using it.  I stopped eating fast food and started using some Slim Fast products.  Slowly and surely I started losing weight.  I shared my story with Slim Fast and the company selected me to be a paid endorser of their products.  I lost 35 lbs. in 5 months and lost 4 inches off of my waist.

Two years later, I gained the weight back and added 10 additional pounds.  I now weighed 275 lbs.  I decided to lose the weight again.  This time I decided to use Nutrisystem.  Nutrisystem ships meals directly to your home. The Nutrisystem plan is based on portion control and moderate exercise.  Once I started eating one entrée per meal, I started to lose weight.  Six months later, I loss 30 lbs. and kept the weight off for about a year.

Over the past 20 years, I have lost and gained over 30-60 lbs. four times.  This is not a healthy way to lose weight.

In 2015, I hit my all-time high in weight — 345 lbs.  I decided to lose weight the old fashion way by making healthier meal choices, eating smaller portions and exercising consistently.  I cut out sugar by not drinking orange juice and replaced that with low-sodium organic vegetable juice.  I also cut out sugary drinks like sweet tea and energy drinks.  I NEVER drank sodas.

Here I am at Ft. Washington Park in October 2017.

I began riding my bicycle to specifically lose weight and lower my cholesterol and blood pressure.  I took a cycling class years ago in college and enjoyed it.  I got my bike out of the garage and started riding after work and on weekends.  I began to participate in a few organized rides.  I decided to start slowly and ride in my neighborhood park during the week and go to Haines Point in downtown DC on weekends.  I started losing about 2 lbs. per week.  Believe me, losing 2 lbs. was a great motivator.

Losing weight is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve faced.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is paramount.  I owe it myself and I owe it to my family to be healthy.  Some of you have been brutally honest with me along this journey.  In addition to my family, Mildred Muhammad, Kirk Caldwell and Ronnie Williams stand out.  I hear you and I appreciate you..  I believe my current weight loss method will be my most successful because it’s the most practical solution to date.

Eight months ago I started taking the All-In-One Master Tonic, a unique blend of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother), Lemon Juice, Ginger, Honey, Cayenne Pepper, Turmeric, Cinnamon and Cloves.  I was  overweight and taking medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.  My doctor was skeptical that some “apple cider vinegar” tonic could yield any dramatic results. 
I started an exercise regimen, continued cycling, modified my diet and continued taking the All-In-One Master Tonic 2-3 times a day.   At my next medical appointment, my doctor noted improved lab results specifically, in my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.  Three months later I had a follow-up medical appointment.  My blood pressure dropped from the 160’s to 120/80.  The doctor reviewed the lab results and instructed me to STOP taking my diabetes and blood pressure medications.  The doctor also reduced my cholesterol medicine to half of my previous dosage and recommended that I continue taking the All-In-One Master Tonic.
Here I am with the woman who introduced me to the All-In-One Master Tonic, Dr. Shakiera Hockaday-Bey, owner of the Herbal Infusion Health and Wellness store located in Ft. Washington, MD.  I am the self-appointed “International Director of Sales and Marketing for the All-in-One Master Tonic.

People gain weight for a variety of reasons.  If you’re having trouble losing weight, don’t give up.  Find a method that works for you and stick to it.  Don’t overdo it.  Be patient and remember that “slow and steady wins the race.”  Losing weight is a lifestyle choice for me.  I’m a work in progress, but I am on the right path.  If I can do it, believe me, you can too.

Stick with it and if you have to, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  You know where to find me.

The struggle is real!  I have a LONG way to go.  

February 19, 2018:  I’m still on the weight loss wagon. Consistent exercise and portion control have proven to be a winning formula for me. These self-inspired and unorthodox meals work for me. Breakfast consisted of 2 hard boiled eggs and vegetable sausage. Lunch was organic beets, steamed broccoli and chunks of BellaVitano Merlot cheese. Dinner will be organic chicken, kale and white bean soup. #TooMuchSwag

Here’s to your good health.  Thank you for your support.