Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well (3 John 1:2)
I begin in sharing my personal journey to good health with scripture. As I get older, I realize how much I depend on God to sustain me and to help me move to a healthier lifestyle.
Since my undergraduate college years, I’ve battled with weight maintenance and loss. We’ve seen countless commercials, advertisements, and even reality shows—on the examples of good health and wellness. I would start off well with consistency, then “fall off the wellness wagon”. Let’s face it, I have an addiction to drive-thru restaurants; chocolate; baked tortilla chips and salsa. This unhealthy cycle must be broken. I am determined to do so. A couple of experiences in my life have given me a “wake-up call” as to how precious life is.
On November 9, 2009, God called on my mother. Her passing was so unexpected. I envisioned after my graduation from graduate school several months later, she would see me walk across the stage; maybe see her daughter get married (God only knows) and both me and my brother would finally present her with grandchildren. God saw fit where our mother needed to be.
My mother was a diabetic and had high blood pressure. During the course of preparing for my mother’s “homegoing”, I decided that I was determined to break the cycle of being the next family member diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, or any other disease. From that point, I returned home and joined the gym at work; watched what I ate; purchased DVDs and worked out with videos. The consistency was great….until the point that I could no longer afford the membership fee and I was procrastinating with my routines. I noticed I was gaining weight and certain things were happening to my body that put me in shock. Now I’m developing arthritis in the knees; now certain clothes hug me instead of being loose in certain areas. My sleep patterns are really being affected. As sung by the group Mary Mary, “I just can’t give up now. Come too far from where I’ve started from. Nobody told me the road would be easy, but I can’t believe he brought me this far to leave me”.
On April 27, 2011, my home state of Alabama was again on the map for one of the worst tragedies in natural disasters. My old neighborhood in Birmingham, AL—Pratt City/Smithfield Estates—was severely damaged by a tornado. My uncle still lives in the house where I grew up and was one of the very few houses left standing. Unfortunately, several of my neighbors, church members, and friends had their homes destroyed. Even the apartment communities Mom and I lived in (Southbrook and Timber Ridge) are gone. Bethel Baptist Church’s structure is gone, and this church has a strong community outreach that has made a lasting impact. My neighborhood and other communities within the state of Alabama are totally unrecognizable. I experienced a similar tornado in 1977 in the same neighborhood, but as President Barack Obama stated when he visited Tuscaloosa with Governor Bentley and Mayor Maddox, “I’ve never seen devastation like this.” Compared to the one in 1977, April 27th was much worse. Several communities in the state are completely off the map.
I am reclaiming my goals to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle as of today, Sunday, May 8, 2011. In honor of my mother, the late Catherine Davis Richardson, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to present my first blog on Mother’s Day. My goals are very attainable:
–To lose 20lbs. or more by September 2011
–To be able to wear a swimsuit without feeling self-conscious
–Continue to share my story to anyone who may be going through a similar experience
–To be in the best spiritual, physical, and financial shape
–To gain more than 7.5 hours of sleep
–Being able to take risks in life and step out on faith
I hope that you will join me as I share my journey to wellness with others through this blog. I am a member of a couple of groups on Facebook that I participate in. Taking this journey helps if you have people who are encouraging and will check you in love.
Ladies and gentlemen; cats and kitties; peoples and peopettes (in my JJ “Good Times” voice lol)—-WELCOME to my Journey!