May 8, 2011
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”.
Now, fast forward to May 12, 2012:
It’s amazing what a year can do to change a person. I started this blog on Mother’s Day 2011, because I knew I had to get serious about my life and my health. My mother being called home by God was my ultimate “wake-up” call. I know today is a VERY special day with many expressions of love and gratitude for mothers (biological or spiritual). I served at church this morning in the music ministry. It wasn’t easy due to the fact that I had thoughts of my mother and I had my moments before and during the service. Afterwards, I turned out in regalia with my fraternal order, which Mother’s Day is a national day of observance for us. I hope that I made my mother, my grandmothers, great grandmother, aunts, and godparents proud of me today.
Since December 29, 2011, I began exercising 3-5 days a week with Zumba and/or walking outside; watching what I eat (most of the time LOL); taking a multivitamin and a dietary supplement; drinking more tea and water. I’ve lost 18lbs so far and you can’t tell me nothing! (LOL) There were a couple of clothes that I can wear now that were sitting in the closet for over a year. It’ s been a true inspiration for myself and it’s good to know that one person can inspire others along the way. That’s one of the main reasons I share my story on this journey!
I truly appreciate the support from friends and family that I communicate with in social media. It motivates me to do better and to keep going. I’m on this health fitness journey for the long haul!
To everyone reading this blog, I wish you and your families a Happy Mother’s Day!