The Road Less Traveled

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference – “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

As I deal with my journey of pursuing a healthier lifestyle, I know that it’s not an easy journey. That’s why I have the title “The Road Less Traveled” as a blog post.

For many of us, we made a conscious decision to become advocates of good health, whether it’s exercise routines, change of eating habits, other fitness goals. For some, it’s considered the road less traveled. I am constantly reminded of people who have experienced illnesses and/or death to affect their lives. It lets me know that tomorrow is never promised to us and to treat every day like it’s your last.

I experience things in my life personally and professionally that take a toll on me. Just recently (yesterday), in order to some release some frustration, I took advantage of walking on the nature trails around my community. I walked a total of 3.5 miles and my legs were on fire (LOL). I used to walk on a more consistent basis, but I became lazy. As one of my goals, I will try and walk early in the morning before heading to work (flashlight and all), maybe invest in an elliptical machine or continue to go through my exercises DVDs; some that I haven’t done all the circuit training for (LOL).

The weather is changing and we now feel the effects of the fall season. Honestly, I worked up a sweat after that walk, so I slept very well. I need God to help me break the chains of the drive-thru restaurant–it CAN be done (LOL). I can imagine myself working with a little bit more this spring and summer but it will be all toned 😉 Consistency is the key!

In closing, here’s “The Road Not Taken”. Enjoy!

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Whatever You Do, Take Care of Yourself

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same …. day. – Janis Joplin

I am not afraid…I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver

In the past couple of weeks, I am finding out–even in my own journey–how important it is to take care of yourself.  There are too many reminders that we face as human beings.

In the public eye, several people have been called “home” [Steve Jobs, Sylvia Robinson, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Al Davis]. We are reminded by the phrase “tomorrow is not promised to us”.  All of these people contributed to the global society in their own right. All had health issues to deal with, and right now, I know they are in a much better place.  By their life examples, we should all be encouraged to take better care of ourselves physically, mentally, and some will say spiritually in order to do what we enjoy and are called to do in our lives.

The weather was better when the weekend got closer.  I haven’t been able to do much of exercise since my nights have been full. I did manage to walk two days this week:  one to a fundraising kickoff event at work (in the rain) and another day to run an errand while taking public transit (in the rain). Again, I fall and I get back up.  I’ve noticed that my knees are not as strong as they used to be, and it’s due to the weight I’m carrying.  I REFUSE to give up and will continue my journey to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle. My eating habits? You all don’t have time to read the “shenanigans” I’ve done this past week. I’d probably take up more than one blog post (LOL).

I knew someone who was recently admitted to the hospital due to internal bleeding and several other factors causing her illness. Once we found about her situation, it was highly emphasized that we as human beings must take care of ourselves.  We all have our own personal agendas with work, school, families, church, organizations, events, projects, etc.  If we’re not good to ourselves, we can’t be there for anyone else.  As human beings, must not allow the “busyness” of life take its toll on us. That causes stress.  Given our current economic situation on a global scale, I know it’s easier said than done.  We must find the time to have some “me time” as the saying goes.  It gives us an opportunity to reflect and be refreshed for goals we want to accomplish.

I pray that myself or anyone else doesn’t give up on pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  Besides, I would love to accomplish my list I posted in a previous blog post :-] In closing, I heard a song by Ledisi that may relate to this week’s blog post….enjoy!

DO IT NOW! Why Put It Off?

One of these days” is none of these days. ~ Unknown

Never put of till tomorrow what can be done today. ~ Unknown

Procrastination is the thief of time. ~ Edward Young

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible. ~ George H. Lorimer

If you want to do something. Do it! ~ Heinrich Boll

I am constantly reminded through quotes like these and observing some of my social media friends that change doesn’t come quick nor easy. You have to work for it.  With consistency, I have to work at weight loss and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  Not only that, I want to be a positive example and a blessing to someone else; letting them know that good health CAN be accomplished.

Last week was much better with weather (of course I’ve been away from my blog longer than that LOL).  I was able to walk outside on the trail or outside the campus.  I don’t think my legs ever felt so good! In addition, I took another free Zumba class and did we sweat! I miss having a consistent, regular exercise routine.  It was meant for me to pass by a table near the cafeteria to sign up for a free week of fitness classes to try out the fitness center (and I got a free water bottle). When I was an active member for 6 months, I went to the gym before going into the office, which gave me energy to tackle the day.  In addition, I participated in Zumba, Line Dancing, and Core Conditioning classes. The instructors were awesome! I need to get back to that routine again……

I know there are some other tasks that I need to take care of and not delay any longer. But in order to continue to do things, I must be at my physical best when it comes to good health.  I’ve realized that I can’t sleep only 4-5 hours and expect to wake up with energy to begin the day, nor can I eat what I used to before. Change takes time and I look forward to seeing my results about a year from now.  Remember the list I prepared in one of the previous blogs? I still have it and I claim that all will come to fruition LOL

As another motivational jump, I went to see the Broadway play FELA when it came to the DC area.  I enjoyed the music and interaction so much that I was inspired to find more about Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.  What really drew my attention is not only his story of empowerment and being an advocate for the poor and working class in Nigeria, but the Afrobeats music style he created and the dancers who were part of the ensemble.  They were outstanding! I kept saying to myself, “If I had a frame like that, you couldn’t tell me nothing” (LOL).

So in closing, I’d like to share a video of something I was able to experience. FELA was my third Broadway show. If it EVER comes to your city, please go and see it.  I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys great music with a good, true story.  I think Will & Jada Pinkett Smith along with Sean “Jay-Z” Carter really found a jewel in telling Fela’s story =) DISCLAIMER: If you feel the video is too much for you, find another one LOL

 

The other video is the real Fela in performance. I’ll use the same disclaimer here (LOL).