A New Chapter – Following Your Dreams

I believe that I received confirmation from God through othera about following my dreams. No more time for procrastination or fear to dictate my circumstances. I’ve come this far so why stop now?

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Earlier today, I attended a book signing. The author shared her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer, then finding out a couple of weeks later that she was pregnant. She shared her story of faith and how God put people in her life to say that “everything will be alright.” The journey inspired her to write a book along with a CD in order to help expectant mothers and raise money for breast cancer research. This moment has inspired me to write my book. I shared this thought with the author, and she responded, “Do it!” As I watched her autograph my copy of the book, she wrote, “Follow Your Dreams.” This revelation couldn’t have come at a better time!  The day before, I told a friend I was going to a book signing. In response, he said, “You need to write a book because you have many stories to share.” I know that I won’t share EVERYTHING, but some experiences I would like to share so that people will know that it CAN be done!

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Just recently, I signed up to participate in a fitness challenge beginning November 1, 2012. There’s a fellow college alumni loo who’s a certified fitness trainer. I’m pushing myself to do this challenge. He knows my current weight; offers a workout plan & a meal plan; deadline to register is October 31 for a $75 rate. Sounds good to me! Another way for me to follow my dream of a healthier lifestyle! (By the way, it’s http://www.hitsquadfitness.com)

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I’ve heard this statement more than once: Get excited about your life! I’m truly excited about the steps that are about to be taken on this journey! I REFUSE to give up! Right now, we’re dealing with the arrival of a hurricane and the impact it will have on our area. If I’m able to make it this far in my life, I know God has some more work for me to do. The book writing & the sharing of my health fitness journey may be the “work”….who knows?

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Lead By Example

Overall, I truly enjoyed my weekend! I honestly believe that God is speaking through me with his word, letting me know what his plan is for me (it’s probably staring me in the face). I haven’t been as diligent as I would like to this past week regarding my pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. I try to make time for exercise. It’s truly becoming the Fall season where I live. We’ve had changes in temperature, and at times, I’ve had to postpone my workouts until I got home or not have one at all due to the outdoors (e.g. Thunderstorms, rain). In addition, work for me has picked up when I least expect it. I’ve listened to a couple of scriptures in the past few weeks regarding evangelization; discipleship; meditating on God’s word; spreading the good news. The testimony becomes when you apply what you’ve learned and share it with others. More and more each day, I listen to my body. It lets me know what I’m able and not able to do; improvements I need to make and I push myself to work out more when it least expects it. I can still wear my size 16 jeans, although I don’t wear them much because of wardrobe changes for the season. By the end of this week, I’ll make some changes to my routine to turn it up a notch. I would like to make progress by the end of the holiday season. Of course, you can follow my blog or my tweets for updates. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and the results of a better, healthier ME! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRDmpTq-LSY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Giving It My All

Let’s face it. I become more aware of when I’m not consistent in my workout routine. I haven’t given up, just procrastinating. Whether it’s stuff going on at work or other personal challenges, these things shouldn’t deter me from keeping myself moving and seeing light at the end of the tunnel!

Ironically, scripture at my place of worship has been reflecting on discipleship; evangelization; sacrifice. Hence, my inspiration for this week’s blog post. I know that I need to give it my all in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, because my life depends on it!

Today, I walked around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC for two hours before preparing for a meeting (my legs are on fire LOL)! The memorials that I went to see are of people who sacrificed their time, talent, and treasure for others. If they were able to accomplish so much, nothing should deter me from working on weight loss.

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Tidal Basin Cardio Walk

I’m determined to work on my arms and get in the fitness center on tomorrow, so I need my blog followers to help me in holding myself accountable. This is a short blog, and for my music selection, you can YouTube “Reach” by Gloria Estefan and Petey Pablo “Test Of My Faith” (2nd one might be too much LOL!!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMs83vY2d34&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Looking Back…

I was looking through some pictures that I had on my external hard drive.  I can tell that I’ve lost some weight but there’s more work to be done in pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

During this journey, I’ve always said that I REFUSE to go back to what I used to be. My calorie intake fluctuates these days and I haven’t been able to walk the past few days due to the change in weather (e.g. rain).  I don’t stop; I find other ways of exercising, such as doing workouts inside the house.  I did a combination of belly dancing and yoga on last week—worked up a sweat LOL!!

I’m grateful to God that I wanted to get myself healthy before it was too late.  As I’ve said before, my mother’s passing was a true wake-up call, and I’m less than a month away in celebrating her life.  Diabetes and high blood pressure is part of my family history and I don’t want to be the next family statistic.  I even participated in a study a couple of years ago that dealt with the correlation between sleep and weight loss.  Even though the study was discontinued, I proceeded to move forward and try to stick with my goals.

GMU Graduation Class of 2010

August 24-25, 2012
Work in progress

So I continue to move forward.  I can’t wait to look at a better, healthier me in the mirror; be able to actually shop for clothes and increase my energy.  My favorite mantra:  “I wear my shades and move forward in faith!”