2012 Reflections And Beyond (Holiday Edition)

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It’s amazing that we’re 48 hours away from the year 2013! This blog post may be short because I’m anxious to watch a certain football game (LOL).

December 29, 2011, I began a change in my routine with incorporating exercise through Zumba, by purchasing a kit to use at home. I was using a supplement in addition to changing my eating habits. I weighed in at 197lbs; my last weigh-in was 183lbs. Honestly, I still have ways to go. I refuse to be overweight anymore! Effective, I’m in a 21-day challenge with my cousin. It CAN and WILL be done!

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In addition, I got on a fitness challenge with a trainer for a 30-day meal plan and workout. I learned some things from him and about my body. It was highly encouraged to eat all meals before 6pm. I also need to invest in unfiltered apple cider vinegar – Bragg’s to be exact. As far as my body, I need to be more consistent with my workouts. I need to schedule a couple of medical appointments, so I need to take care of my cravings for certain foods by 12 midnight on January 1, 2013.

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Here’s to all of you who continue to follow my blog and I do appreciate if you read and comment on my posts. With God’s help, I look forward to great things to occur in 2013!

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You Know You Need To Stay Active When…(Christmas 2012 Edition)

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You see that face? That’s the face after a 90-minute Zumba workout this past week. I caught a second wind after an hour passed, but I think I’m still recuperating and it’s December 23rd LOL!!

I was invited to a Zumba workout by a friend, and it was also a toy drive for kids in need. I need to remain active in exercise and eating healthy. It’s a sign when you don’t get much sleep and your crazy schedule needs a reprieve.  I’ve been preparing for the music ministry for our service during the holiday services while spending time with friends on the weekend. I also notice that I can’t hang out as much as I did when I was younger (I don’t get out as much anyway LOL)

I’m confident in faith that I will improve my physical outlook if I remain active in workouts and continue to change my eating habits. I’ve accepted a challenge for 21 days beginning January 1, 2013:

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If you follow my blog, then you’ll find out how I did on this challenge. I’m looking forward to a healthier me in 2013 and beyond! I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Change for the better is coming soon!

My Vision – Moving Forward

I’m going to do something slightly different for this week’s blog post. I will try to channel my thoughts in a poem as I go along…

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New Vision

I envision my future of faith, hope, love and abundance.
I envision my future in the way God wants me to be.
I envision a life where I am spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially able to work the plan God has for me to do (whatever that is)
I envision a world of more peace and working together.
I envision myself 30 pounds or more off my body. I see the way fat has treated it and it’s going DOWN!!
I envision a marriage and a family of my own one day. If not, then I want to be able to turn heads and break necks with a new look (watch me walk)!
I envision a life of travel to places I’ve never been before and learning more languages.
I envision a time to give more to those who are less fortunate because I can.
I envision a time where I can share my story with others, to let them  know that God is STILL in charge and all we need to do is trust him and stand on his word. He’ll see you to the end!

Seasons Change….And So Do People

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It’s beginning to feel more like winter, but you wouldn’t know it from a couple of warm days that we’ve had recently.  As the seasons change and some are celebrating the season of Advent in a place of worship, we realize that people change as well.

I’ve noticed that I fell off my routine and need to get back on track in order to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle. As I get older, I become more aware that my body requires more rest than it did when I was in my 20s and 30s.  Still working on strength training for my legs, and I’m participating in a health fitness event for a good cause about a week from now. Thank goodness there are so many resources out there to help you remain active! My walking is going to have to be limited to a treadmill and indoors if it’s too cold outside or if it’s raining.

Even though I’m no longer on the meal and exercise plan fitness challenge given to me by a trainer, I can still incorporate some of the strategies in my daily routine. I envision myself 20 pounds lighter by the time summer rolls around, but I hope to lose more weight than that.

That’s my vision and I’m sticking to it!

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Stay Ready!

“Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)

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Today is the 1st Sunday of the Advent Season. Ironically, it’s a time when people who attend a Christian place of worship reflect and prepare for Jesus Christ’s birth.  It’s also a time in which we have to ask ourselves or internally reflect: are we ready for his coming? And if we can answer yes, then stay ready!

Changes had to be made in my health fitness journey since May 2011 and December 2011.  You often hear the phrase “Change is good.”  I know that I can’t move as quickly as I did in my 20s and 30s. God willing, I intend to grow old gracefully and be able to continue and maintain a journey of living a healthier lifestyle. I have to stay ready because these biological, physical, and mental changes will come whether I like them or not.

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During the past 30 days (with an exception of the Thanksgiving holidays), accepted a fitness challenge from a certified trainer with a workout plan and a meal plan.  Even though it’s over, I still want to continue to use some of the strategies from both plans. Some of my exercises had to be modified (working on strength training and getting better shoes to wear to work); didn’t realize until halfway into the meal plan not to eat after 6:00pm (oops); I could only drink water (oops again). Yes, I am a human being and I acknowledge my faults. I learn from them, not dwell on them, and move forward in faith!  On December 29, 2011, I weighed at 197lbs.  As of now, I weigh 183lbs so I can’t complain.  I really want to continue so I’ll look really good once I start traveling and working on a couple of projects.  My body will thank me for it!

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I’ll close with a song. You know I gotta have music (LOL)!!  Continue to stay ready!