Too Many Reminders

How many reminders do we need as a culture, as individuals, that tomorrow is not promised to us? In order to do the things we’d like to do in the near future (more importantly, the plan God has for us), we need to be spiritually, mentally, and physically prepared.  I can’t expect to lose weight before my 25th High School Class Reunion and eat at fast-food restaurants each week (I’ve stayed away from them so far and pack my lunch with healthy foods – thumbs up).

Today I heard two stories as I continue to go through my pursuit of a healthier lifestyle:

#1 Patrice O’Neal, a fixture in the New York comedy scene for two decades who was most recently seen in the Comedy Central Roast Of Charlie Sheen, has passed away according to sources close to the comedian.

Talk show host Opie of the Opie & Anthony Radio Show tweeted this morning, “Yes, it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD.”

O’Neal suffered a stroke in October after a long battle with diabetes. The announcement about his condition was made by a group of his comedian friends and peers on the popular Sirius radio show, but few details have been made known since then at the wishes of his family.

#2 An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.

The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.

The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.

Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.

A spokeswoman says the county removed the child because caseworkers saw his mother’s inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.

Too many reminders within our society to let us know tomorrow is not promised and that we need to take better care of ourselves, me included!
On yesterday, I did 200 abdominal crunches on my stability ball, so I know my abs got a wake-up call (LOL).  I did one set of push-ups to work out  arms (if you remember, FLOTUS Mrs. Michelle Obama is my inspiration LOL). I’m trying to drink my daily intake of water (2 L a day).  In addition, I had a doctor visit a couple of weeks ago.  All of my tests came back good, however there is one still pending.  It was discovered that I am slightly anemic, so I have to take iron pills for the next 2-3 months to build up my iron levels (it was low).  I’m determined to locate a Zumba DVD or kit and get with it. I think the current ones I have are a little too challenging for me, especially with my left knee.  I need to really lose 10 pounds by Christmas and continue the journey!
To end this blog post on a good note, I will honor the life of Patrice O’Neal by posting this video: it’s funny!

Taking It One Day At a Time

In the midst of my journey (falling off and getting back on) I have to take it one day at a time.

I had a doctor’s appointment last week for my annual physical.  In addition to all the tests, I told my doctor that I developed a pain in my back. I don’t know if it’s because I really need a new mattress or if it’s the 4 pounds gained since my last visit (Ouch!).  My 5″2 frame cannot hold this stuff any longer, so I’m taking steps to ensure my pursuit and maintenance of a healthier lifestyle. And those of you who will read this blog post: please kindly hold me accountable.

I can pat myself on the back for not visiting a drive-thru on Sunday (YAY!).  Today, I brought my 2-lb dumbbells to work on my arms. I would’ve brought my 5-lb ones but they’re too heavy to carry on my arm right now.  I would LOVE to have arms like our First Lady of the United States LOL

As you can see, I did bring in my dumbbells and I’m going to work out with them: 

 

 

 

 

I need to revisit my “Vision Board” and my goals list because some things have not been consistent.  I’m almost finished with my 1st 32oz. bottle and hope to finish two more before the day is over.  My doctor suggested for me to start walking again and possibly get in a swimming pool (like joining the YMCA) to alleviate stress on my knees.  I have a fellow church member that goes to a pool for exercise.  Looks like I’ll be shopping for a new mattress because the current one I have doesn’t serve a purpose anymore.  Not good for my back.

I have faith that I will accomplish my goals. I REFUSE to give up!  As I said in the beginning, I’m taking my journey one day at a time.

 

I kinda like the theme song to the original TV series too (LOL)

Be Who You Are

“Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed”. — 1Peter 3:14

I was inspired by today’s reading in Our Daily Bread and even speaking with one of my Twitter friend/followers about being who you are.

In this pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, I may see someone in social media, entertainment, fitness, sports and think “Wow, I wish I had a frame like hers. I would be FIERCE!” In my meantime, I have to accept myself of how I am now and work with it to become a better person physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Honestly,  I haven’t been consistent with a workout routine and falling into a bad habit of drive-thru restaurants (I need your prayers readers – real talk LOL).  I mentioned last week that I bought a shake weight to work out my arms (I have real evidence).  I’m determined to get my consistency in with this. I believe I slept wrong a couple of days ago and I have a slight pain in my back. A good abs and back workout should be good to do this week 🙂

So many events have occurred this past week in dealing with health–especially in my generation.  Almost a week ago, we heard about the death of Dwight “Heavy D” Myers.  Now, Erick Sermon of the renown hip-hop group EPMD had a heart attack.  Let me remind you again he’s in MY generation (and so was Heavy D). These types of situations let you know that tomorrow is not promised, and in order to enjoy what you do or provide a service to your community, good health is important. I receive little reminders of this when maybe clothes don’t fit as well or if I don’t get enough sleep at night; maybe if my left knee bothers me.  This is why I continue to pursue my health goals and REFUSE to give up.

Just today, I was watching a video of one of my favorite groups:  New Edition. They’ve been in the music industry for more than 25 years and STILL look good and can move LOL.  I had to post it here. Little did I know the song was recorded in 2004 (I thought it was new – shame on me – LOL).  This song had me getting off my couch and dancing with a core workout 😉 [You know I love my music – LOL ]

I love myself. My body will be aware of that one step at a time in pursuing good health. It’ll thank me for it!

Never Take Life For Granted

At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:6-13)

Ironically, this was the gospel reading that I experienced at church on Sunday afternoon.  It was so in tune with what I wanted to share in my blog today: be prepared and never take life for granted.

Within a few days, we’ve seen three people in the public eye who are no longer with us:  Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes, a true boxer with a big heart– Joe “Smoking Joe” Frazier, and Dwight Myers, known in hip hop music as Heavy D.  All three contributed to the global society with the gifts God gave them.  Today is also my day to reflect on my mother’s home going in 2009.  She was my inspiration and wake-up call to begin this blog on May 8, 2011 (Mother’s Day).  In the spirit of Fannie Lou Hamer “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired” of my weight issues and wanted to pursue a healthier lifestyle.  I am still pursuing this journey—kicking and screaming (LOL).

It’s now beginning to look and feel like fall season.  This week, we’ve had cooler temperatures and the sun has been consistent. Even the foliage is beautiful.  So much is going on in the world with the global economy; war; violence; poverty; politics—all can be found and broadcasted in many sources (e.g. TV, cable, social media, print media).  I’ve actually walked outside for two consecutive days and did some exercises with the new “Shake Weight” on last week.  I’ve noticed that I have a slight pain in my left knee, which comes from too much weight on this 5’1″ frame.  I keep pushing myself, even among the candy, cookies, and chips given out during Halloween and in the office (SMH).  I will be grateful to go to the grocery store so I can buy some healthy items to keep with me.

I recorded myself belly dancing but I don’t think I saved it.  I will have to try again this week so I can post the video on my next blog post.  Ahh the ups and downs of technology (LOL).  Right now, I shudder to think what my weight is on the scale, so I won’t get on it for a while until I see and feel some results—once I remain consistent in my exercise routine.  I have been drinking more water and haven’t had any alcohol in over a week.

As I’ve shared before, I have a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure. I want to break that cycle and fulfill my list of positive ending results.  I can see myself in a swimsuit next summer and looking fabulous for my 25th high school class reunion & family reunion.  I’ll do more than turn heads–I’ll break necks (LOL).  More importantly, I will be more prepared in doing things that I would like to do and encourage others in sharing my story.

As I listened and danced at work to Heavy D’s music, one of the things that was being repeated by the host and viewers was to love life and how tomorrow is not promised to us.  I participated in a Palliative Care Service this past Sunday with my music ministry.  The music and themes associated with the service emphasized hope and being prepared.  While God is allowing me to still be here, I will continue to reflect the thoughts of my mother and live my life as he wants me to. I’m not 100% as to what my purpose is, but I do know that in order for me to be prepared, I need to be physically ready—which means, in better health.  Now how about some closing out music from a true hip hop artist with a big heart….

Kicking Bad Habits

How many of us in our lifetime have difficulty eliminating bad habits that are not good for us? I’m sure it’s a large number. In terms of pursuing a healthier lifestyle, I need prayer and a strong willpower with the end results in sight.

“God, help me to stay away from those fast-food restaurants and resist the urge to not cook”. Getting take-out or going through a drive-thru puts a hurt in the wallet. I know this and I continue to get weak. Starting tonight, I truly and honestly recommit myself to my goals.

This past Halloween Weekend, I had my share of a fun workout (and some Halloween candy). I attended three social events (which is probably more than I will attend in a lifetime, LOL). All three involved dancing and music—my favorite things to do. Of course when you’re out, you can make healthier choices of what to eat and/or drink. On all three nights, alcohol was involved—something I need to stay away from if I want to lose this weight. I’m trying to drink more water, which I know will help “flush out the system” as it has been said.

I did manage to workout on toning and sculpting my arms and chest. That 10 minutes worked me out (LOL). I also managed to find a cable to connect my laptop to the TV, so I could see my video library workout on a larger screen; I had fun! Let’s see if I can keep the momentum going. I know that it CAN be done!

Here’s a video of two of the artists I saw in concert last weekend: Breakbot (Paris) and Chromeo (Montreal). They both have a new fan 🙂

FOOL’S GOLD TAKES PARIS: A-TRAK, CHROMEO, DJ CRAZE, KAVINSKY, BREAKBOT… from Mathieu Laroche on Vimeo.