Making Good Choices

Hello Good People! It’s wonderful to be back in the word of blogging! I admit, I’ve been slipping in my weekly posts and I re-commit to never do that again.

It’s interesting that it took a couple of situations in the past couple of weeks to move me and post my thoughts here.  I’m looking at some additional exercises to reach my goal and I need to drink more water. I’ve noticed that my energy levels have decreased because I haven’t been consistent and it’s also due to lack of sleep.

So many things have occurred recently.  Last week, the entire world witnessed the delay and execution of Troy Davis in Franklin, GA. He was charged and sent to prison for murdering a police officer in 1989. He claimed his innocence and his story had been publicized over the years…up until now.  Seven of nine witnesses recanted their testimonies, not sure if Troy Davis was the one who murdered Mark McPhail. Even though there was reasonable doubt, you would think the case could have been retried or he would have been granted clemency.  Instead, Mr. Davis endured anticipation for four hours when the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to review the case.  Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a Georgia native, and there might have been a chance to change this man’s journey.  Unfortunately, the SCOTUS decided not to intervene, and Troy Davis was executed at 11:08pm EDT on September 21, 2011 by lethal injection.  The support from the global community was powerful–rarely seen in my lifetime.  From former President Jimmy Carter to Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Desmond Tutu; from the NAACP and Amnesty International and many organizations and individuals around the world were pleading to the state government in Georgia to grant Troy Davis clemency and a sentence for life without parole.  His story will be remembered in my generation and in futures to come regarding justice and being involved in the political process.

You’re probably saying “What does Troy Davis’s story have to do with pursuing a healthier lifestyle?”  One of the statements Troy Davis made  in his letter from Death Row is that he encouraged  people to make better choices:

So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.”–September 20, 2011

I also use a site called Sparkpeople.com to list my calorie intake and my workout routine.  The site has some very good resources (workouts, recipes, articles) and I enjoy that I can talk to others who are sharing their experiences of pursuing a healthier lifestyle.  One person “friended” me and shared her list of things to look forward to as she succeeds in losing weight.  I enjoyed the blog so much that I wanted to create my own list…here goes!

  • An increased wardrobe selection
  • Not being self-conscious about my outward appearance
  • “Breaking necks” of the opposite gender as I walk by
  • Sporting a two-piece swimsuit without thinking twice about it
  • More energy and sleep
  • Breaking the cycle of diabetes and high blood pressure in my family (not becoming the next family statistic)
  • Taking more full body pictures
  • Doing away with aches and pains that come with getting older
  • A more active social life

I’m looking forward to all these things and more (this is just a taste of my list).  I haven’t given up pursuing a healthier lifestyle and refuse to do so.  I’ll reflect on my new Sparkpeople buddy and the life of Troy Davis—to serve as a reminder to me of what CAN be possible.

Sparkpeople – http://www.sparkpeople.com

 

 

 

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Reflections of the Journey (9-11 Weekend Edition)

At times like these, I am reminded in some way how life is precious and we should spend every single day like it’s our last.  I’m not sure where it’s located in scripture, but tomorrow is never promised to us.

I remember that day.  I was still living at home in the southeast region of the United States and teaching in the public school system.  I took my 2nd grade class out for a restroom break.  One of my colleagues whispered into my ear about a “bomb” going off in one of the World Trade Center towers.  Our principal did not want us to turn on the TV, for it might scare the children.  Ironically, one of my students had a birthday on 9/11/2001 and another student had a relative who was either near or killed in the collapse of the towers.  I really didn’t see anything until I got home from my first day of class, pursuing an associate degree in a computer engineering study.  Ironically, I was at a good size then LOL.

9-11; the calling of my maternal grandmother three months before; the calling of my paternal grandmother in 2008, then my mother almost two years ago—makes you realize how precious life is. That’s why I refuse to give up on my journey to a healthier lifestyle.  I know these past couple of weeks were not a spectacular one for health & fitness.  Two weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday in the midst of Hurricane Irene along with flash floods this past week.  My bedroom carpet and the section in my living room closet were all soaked when I returned home from a 3-hour drive.  It could have been worse. There were two deaths accounted for in my area due to the floods: one 12-year old boy and a 60-year old man in two separate incidents.  The song “Be Grateful” by Walter Hawkins was on repeat today on the mp3 player.

I continue to re-commit myself to my goals and they’re in front of me on my bedroom mirror and refrigerator every day.  I’ve been observing some of my friends and others who are also pursuing a healthier lifestyle and that’s great!  I hope to attain better results in being consistent and not wavering from the goal. Heck I wouldn’t mind being able to wear something like my fellow Virgo (before the baby bump) LOL

I know that situations arise when you least expected, but I won’t give up because I know there’s something better when goals are accomplished.  Trust me, I’ve had conversations with myself when I felt like throwing in the towel.  What good would that do for me or someone else? NOTHING!

To close this post, I will refer back to a song that was definitely on repeat.  Let’s remember that life is too short and take every opportunity that God gives you.  How can you accomplish what he needs you to do if you’re not in the best shape? Be grateful….be grateful.