Right now, some of the United States are going through unusual changes in the weather. Who would’ve thought that one day is 70 degrees then the next day, the high is around 40 degrees?!?! People are having bouts of sinus infections, colds, sore throats, flu….you name it! I had a hunger/stress headache earlier last week. Ouch!
During this season of Advent, we wear the color purple, meaning change. In some faith communities, it symbolizes the wait of Jesus to be born, so you’ll hear text or Bible scriptures that relate to change, preparation, and the outcome. It’s a wintry mix outside but that doesn’t stop me from pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. I still move forward and I’m aware that obstacles will try to distract me from what I know is better for my health.
I still walk while commuting to work via public transit. I’m grateful that I CAN do this! If I were still living at home, you either have a car; carpool or take a cab. Public transit isn’t as extensive as where I live now!
In the spirit of Advent, continue to prepare yourself with a good health regime and know when you’re able to make changes, whether in eating habits or a workout routine. Change is good! I got a reminder in a quote as to why I should continue, even through the seasonal changes (weather or life):
Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%–You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”
Come into your season NOW! Why wait? Get moving!
This week’s blog post will be an impromptu poem from the heart:
I’ve had many setbacks but that doesn’t mean I won’t make a comeback. Living life is my motivation so I will continue to say:
I AM GOING TO WIN!
God is my help and has been a constant friend. He said he would be with me until the very end. I hope he will allow me to see HIS plan and be a blessing to someone else, not just myself:
I AM GOING TO WIN!
Maintenance of a healthy body isn’t easy and can’t be done overnight. You must prepare your meals; have consistent exercise and strive to do it just right. Your mind is focused on a better life for yourself and for others. God allows us a time on earth to be with each other:
I AM GOING TO WIN
Start out small and keep it going! You want your good habits to keep growing! Knowledge is power when it comes to your health. The more you continue this journey, you might inspire someone else!
Whenever the doubtful voice tries to permeate your vibe, just repeat to yourself:
I AM GOING TO WIN
And I just like this song! I like to move!
For most of the month of November, I’ve dealt with some personal challenges in my life. In order for me to be the best human being I can to myself and to others, I must continue to strive for a more healthier lifestyle!
One of the more prominent quotes in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s
“View From The Mountaintop” speech given in Memphi, TN that sticks with me is
“Just like anybody I want to live. A life of longevity has its place.” Being able to enjoy life is my continued motivation!
I sit here drinking Airborne for my throat and cough drops are my close friends for today. I wasn’t able to participate in the music ministry today due to this temporary illness. Right, I said temporary! In order to be able to serve, we must take better care of ourselves. When we first made our world debuts, there were parent and legal guardians that took care of us until we were able to do for ourselves. We make decisions for our personal health: to work out or not; to walk out in layers or in the heat; to eat an apple or fast food products; to sleep in or lose sleep by keeping busy. These movements affect our overall health. I walked 2 miles this weekend after I had to leave my car with a mechanic for repairs. Thank goodness I wasn’t far from home! This is probably one of the reasons why I have a slight sore throat.
I’ve shared with some people that God called on two of my loved ones during the month of November: my paternal grandmother (11/8/2008) and my mother (11/7/2009). It’s a reflective month for me. I’m observing several people in social media who are experiencing loss of a loved one. During these times, sad but true, makes you appreciate life more. I still ask God about my purpose in life. I pray that I seek, secure, and give back what God has given me.
One of the best forms of exercise for me is dancing, particularly Zumba or line dancing!
I love to move to good music! It gets me going and I just want to incorporate it all through the day (can’t happen since I work in an office LOL). The last line dance I learned via YouTube was “Blurred Lines” and now that song has been played a lot on radio (new song please).
The weather is constantly changing. We’re now experiencing a real fall and within a month’s time, it will be winter. Gone are the days when I can walk during lunch. Dealing with my new job, I don’t have that flexibility. I really have to adjust my schedule!
I’m trying to really change my eating habits and get away from processed foods.
Several of my social media friends are vegan and some of their meals look really good. I was inspired by a Vegan Potluck that I attended a couple of years ago. I think I want to revisit that.
In the meantime, I need to get moving….literally! My overall health depends on it!
Ok, if this blog post title is a little too much for you, you can stop reading. In the past few weeks, I’m grateful that I didn’t wind up in someone’s morgue, especially with my eating habits lately!
I listened to a sermon earlier this morning from Bishop T.D. Jakes with the title “Don’t Drown In Shallow Water.” I needed to hear it because you should never allow your fears to overwhelm you. It forces you to trust God and to continue your journey the way he wants it for you. On this journey to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle, you will have setbacks, but trust and believe that God will bring you through the storm! Remember the reasons WHY you wanted to pursue and maintain health fitness! The influence of instantly-prepared meals and snacks—-the “want it gotta have it right now” mentality. What message are we sending to our young people? I happened to be in a store and already there’s Christmas items to be purchased. What caught my attention (along with the cashier) was the largest size of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. As the cashier said, “Instant diabetes just waiting to happen!”
God’s grace and mercy have brought me through many challenges and I can’t thank him enough! I continue to strive for better health awareness, even if I know I shouldn’t be eating certain things or take a certain medication that’s considered good for my health. In addition, I truly need to incorporate strength training, starting with my abs and legs!
I’ll take advantage of this extended weekend and get a couple of workouts in. It’ll help me focus more on my faith and not my fears. If you’re on Instagram, I suggest you follow these individual. When you look at their profiles, they have a journey to share!
Until next time…….
If you’re waiting for the ‘right time’ to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle, as the saying goes, “There’s no better time like the present! “
Some of us wait until the holidays are over and begin with a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ of working out and making healthier choices with food. One of the best ways I’ve seen thus far is to take small steps and get into the drive of continuing the good habit. Someone told me at a meeting this weekend that I must be losing weight. I don’t see it because I’m aware of my journey with food right now.
It’s too convenient to pull up into a fast-food restaurant drive thru to get something to eat, and try to consider healthier choices. In spite of, I make sure to get as much cardio as I can with the commuting on public transit. As I’ve said in previous posts, “I refuse to be another family statistic!” Don’t wait or delay in improving your health. Tomorrow isn’t promised to us.
This is a very short blog post today. Normally, I would post a music link to capture the blog post title. Right now, I need rest. My eyelids are too heavy. Haven’t been sleeping very well so I need to shut it down. Good night!
I only have myself to hold accountable for pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Here are some facts:
I didn’t work for almost three weeks due to the government shutdown. Experiences like this make you humble and reflect on what’s really important. I took advantage of the time and did a little bit of walking: 3.5 miles to a Metro station then a trolley ride to the Waterfront—and walked some more.
I’ve gone back to commuting to work via Metro so that’s one way of getting my cardio in. Two miles each day, and I NEED my strength training!
This is a short blog post. I keep falling down but I get back up! I refuse to let myself go in my health! It’s amazing that I will be 45 years old next year so I have something to look forward to!
I will fight this battle of the bulge and not become the next family statistic!