Taking A Stand

“you Stand
when Friends Are Gone
stand When You’re All Alone
and Believe He Shall Receive His Own” (“Stand” by John P. Kee)

In continuing on my journey to better health (and yes, I still am doing this), you never know what opportunities or challenges may come your way.

Just last week,  I received a phone call to see if I could be a match for a patient awaiting a bone marrow transplant.  I joined the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1996 (Wow that long?). I will go through the process as explained to me…this is the opportunity to help someone else.  The challenge:  more time taken off from work for personal leave is closely leading me to another write-up on attendance.  I admit, I’ve taken days off dealing with doctor’s appointments regarding my health and a trip to visit family in December and April (that was the last straw for them).  In addition, weather conditions during the winter months did not make a good commute for me. I haven’t worked with this new organization a year yet, and I was informed in verbal and written form of excess personal hours taken.  My work hours are tied into my insurance/ health & wellness benefits so I really have to be careful.  However, an opportunity to help someone else is a sacrifice for me.  I’m grateful that I can work because some people are not able to say that right now–especially with this economy.  So as the song goes, “I decided to take a stand” and in the meantime, I’m looking for a permanent, full-time job that pays more (student loan payments are on the rise).

 

 

 

 

Last week and up until today, I managed to work out through the following: belly dancing; abs & chest; walking; house music dance; specific cardio workouts.  I worked up a sweat in all of them. However, I think I need a rehab from going through drive-thru restaurants and getting those golden french fries (HELP! LOL).  I know I can defeat this craving and other unhealthy foods.  The weather was great today for a walk, so I managed to do so on my lunch; humidity was low and a breeze was in the air.  There’s something about walking among God’s creation; being able to see and hear everything…..and get a good cardio workout!

 

 

 

 

I didn’t feel well earlier today so I took some Alleve and went to lay down.  I woke up hungry so I fixed a fruit salad and doing my laundry in the process.  It’s amazing what a nap does for the body.

 

 

 

As I continue my journey to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle, I will continue to take a stand for better health and share my story with others.

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4).

 

 

 

 

Thank God for Motivation…A Father’s Day Edition

Psalm 103:13 
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (NIV)

 

 

It’s no coincidence (in my opinion) that I continue my journey to better health than acknowledging my father on Father’s Day. He is a motivator to me in many ways. Even though our relationship is not based on the “Huxtable Family Factor”, I do know that he has been there in different times of my journey. I will speak about my father after I give an update on my progress.

As was stated in a previous post, I found out that I am slightly anemic.  I have to take a multivitamin that has iron (which is what I’ve been doing) and work on losing the weight.  The weight gain plays a role in where the fluid builds up around my ankles and legs.  I have to be mindful that I am not as young as I used to be, but continue to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle for the present and the future.  I know that I will be able to do more when I continue to lean on God for help and that my health improves. As I’ve said before, I REFUSE to give up on my goals.  Now a little bit about my father…..

 


 

 

If my father can give up something to help improve his health, so can I.  As I said before, our relationship hasn’t been the best nor am I recommending him for sainthood.  But for the times he’s been there for me during my journey, I definitely appreciate it. Currently, my father works for a transportation company which has him driving all over the continental U.S. and Mexico.  He’s worked with this company for over 20 years (a rare commodity these days).  He decided to gradually give up cigarettes so he doesn’t smoke as much.  When stress is upon him, he’ll smoke more than one.  I have a family history of high blood pressure on both sides of my family, but fortunately, I haven’t dealt with it.  My blood pressure stays relatively normal.  It’s very rare that mine is high.

My father has worked with the same company for this long and has endured so much.  He had his own issues, then the death of his father in 1994, and much later his mother (my paternal grandparents) in 2009. His sister, my aunt, is mostly confined to a wheelchair and he and my stepmother have been married for over 15 years.  We gradually restored our relationship over the years and I’m grateful for it.  I wish there were times during my adolescent and teenage years that my dad was there. It’s true that a father or father figure makes a significant impact on a child’s life, particularly his daughter.  We learn how to deal with men through our fathers….that is another topic, another blog (LOL).

During this past week, I’ve managed to walk outside since the humidity decreased; I was grateful for that.  I have to record my steps.  In addition, I was able to get in some belly dance moves, hip hop, and additional cardio workouts by DVD.  I still have to quit cold turkey on drive-thru restaurants (SMH).

I haven’t given up and continue to push forward.  This week is a new week for me so I will make it count.  Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers who are definitely fulfilling the responsibilities each and every day.

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing The Best In Myself (2-Week Catch-up)

He saw the best in me
When everyone else around
Could only see the worst in me–Marvin Sapp “The Best In Me”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my journey.  During the past two weeks, I’ve fallen and gotten back up.  While working, preparing for music ministry and sorority events, I had a health “wake-up” call to remind me of why I wanted to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

I had an appointment with my podiatrist a couple of weeks ago.  She noticed that my ankles were swollen. I thought it may have occurred due to my monthly biological experience (keeping it PG-13), but the swelling went up to my legs.  My podiatrist was able to touch my ankle and left an indention.  She strongly suggested that I go see my primary physician.

Once I went to my primary physician, not only were my ankles swollen, but there was skin tone discoloration on my feet.  It was determined by my dermatologist (who I saw later) that the fluids are trying to escape through my capillaries in my feet, causing the skin tone discoloration.  Until the test results come back, I keep my feet propped up when I’m sitting and I try to watch what I eat.

My exercise routine was slim to none these past couple of weeks.  I did start walking again once the humidity went down. I’m truly enjoying the weather right now before it rains.  I did manage to purchase some exercise videos in order to have a variety of routines to work out the entire body.  I may consider getting a personal trainer in order to remain consistent.  We’ll see.

I’m almost done reading a book by Tyrese Gibson entitled “How To Get Out of Your Own Way”.   I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and will apply some things to my journey that were inspiring and thought-provoking:

1.  Every lesson is a blessing

2.  Fall in love with your ideas

3.  See the impossible

It would be impossible to list everything I remembered when reading the book, but those are the top three that stayed with me.  I thank Tyrese for sharing his story and knowledge with others to empower themselves.

 

 

I realize that I need to incorporate more self-love.  I accept the fact that I am not where I need to be, but I am no longer where I was.  I must continue to grow, and in order for me to be a blessing to someone else, I must be in the best spiritual, physical, and financial shape.

To visualize what I see for myself for now and the near future, I created a Vision Board that is reflective of my own thoughts and desires:

 

 

 

I would like to see myself maintain a healthier lifestyle and pass on the motivation to my future husband and children.  In addition, I don’t ever want to forget that it’s God who wakes me up each morning to give it another try.  In my pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, I don’t know what plan God has for me, but I know that he sees the best in me—and I have to realize that within myself.  I still have the same goals and I don’t want to lose sight of them.  Let my journey be a testimony to others that pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle CAN be done.  As I write this blog, I am on my way out for a 10-15 minute walk while at work.  Gotta get the cardio in some way (LOL)

 

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs...and will strengthen your frame. You 
will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11