You’ve Got Good Form

This past Saturday, I had to go to a training session. A gentleman opened the door for me, and I politely said “Thank you.” He told me “You’re welcome” and then asked, “Are you a power walker?” My response was, “I do walk for exercise and I need to get back into a routine. He responded, ” You’ve
got good form.” I appreciated the compliment and inside, grinning like a Cheshire cat Lol

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I continue to deal with the life journey of pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. There have been days where my legs are on fire—STILL—after walking more than three miles. Today, I walked 4.6 miles while taking care of business. You’d think by now I would’ve lost two pants sizes talking about this walking Lol. The back of my thighs definitely feel the burn, so I keep my feet and legs propped up. Water has become my friend.

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This is a very short blog post. My thoughts are elswhere. I dedicate this blog post to people who have walked tirelessly in protest of injustice. If you haven’t been watching or listening to the news lately, it’s impossible to tune out people who haven’t truly been heard. I’ll keep walking for my health and continue to help wherever I can.

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A Better Self, A Continued Work In Progress

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I hadn’t worn this black dress in over three years! My arms aren’t where they need to be so I wore this sheer top.  I was feeling myself when I wore it to a banquet at my fraternal order conference. But why did I HAVE to get one of those freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies at the hotel? Lol

I’ve been getting compliments on my new me but I’m still a work in progress. I managed to walk during the time I was out on last weekend. I need to get back to my daily routine of a workout. I won’t allow any obstacles to throw me off course!

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This is a short blog post, due to the fact I should’ve posted on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

I thank those who are following and reading my blog. Thank you for encouraging words and following me on my journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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The Trust Factor

On my journey, I keep hearing this one word over and over again:

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Trust…In my personal and professional life. I remember hearing this constant phrase during my graduate program “Trust the process,” because it’s a program unlike any other. I learned and wrote more about myself; digging deep into places that I didn’t want to go to. Guess you could say I graduated kicking and screaming Lol.

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When you make a conscious decision to get into a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise; changing of eating habits; changing the mindset that you will BE healthy, trust the process. Not every health program works for everyone. There are factors involved, particularly the individual’s current health status. I took on the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse and that was a rewarding journey. It still is. The only time I’m not involved is when I don’t have the ingredients to make my smoothie. Today, I had only fruit and my flax seed. That’s how I’m rolling today: Chocolate protein powder; banana; pineapple; flax seed; water; and almond milk.

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I appreciate the compliments of my current transformation. Abs are definitely made in the kitchen. I admit that I’ve fallen short but I know the reward of being healthier in mind, body, and spirit makes it all worthwhile!

“TRUST THE PROCESS”

DISCLAIMER: My song reflections are going to be crazy Lol

Andrae Crouch | Sings Through It All: https://youtu.be/d3hV1Ug3CXI

Mint Condition – Believe In Us: https://youtu.be/YpQIbWcj6kE

Nas   I Can   YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZZEoFXk6yG0

Chaka Khan  – I’m Every Woman: https://youtu.be/Q8xuUdI1an0

Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman (Official Video): https://youtu.be/H7_sqdkaAfo

Mary Mary – Go Get It: https://youtu.be/ADGnIi9KrLQ

Stress Isn’t The Boss of You…KNOW THAT!

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These past couple of weeks have been a journey…literally. You have a moment of accomplishment, then all of a sudden, a wrench is thrown at you when you least expect it. I know it easier said than done, but don’t allow situations to stress you out. It’s not good mentally, physically, or spiritually.

For the country I live in, so much emphasis is placed on the statement “Hard work pays off.” I need a vacation and so do a LOT of people Lol. When a situation arises, you can sense body tension; moments of worry and questioning yourself and your decisions; losing focus. You can rise above the negative and continue to move forward.

Just the other day, I went on a nature trail walk for 45-minutes. Listening to motivating music at a comfortable decibel (so you can be aware of your surroundings) is one way to relieve stress. You don’t necessarily need the music. Another method is meditation and reflection. I received a Christmas gift in the form of a daily reflection book. It’s too coincidental how the daily reflection coincides with what’s going on in your life at the moment. It’s always good to be present.

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Another help to relieve stress is meditation. Ever since I read the book The Secret, I’ve been getting more involved in using meditation as a daily practice. I have a couple of audio tracks that focus on breathing; a technique called “creative visualization” (I learned this from Lisa Nichols) and one that helps to eliminate stress. These resources are not a complete replacement for professional help if needed, but you have these at your disposal in your toolbox. In addition to eating better and exercise for cardio/strength training, it works out. Take the stress out while being positively active. I actually forced myself to go walking before 7am. I felt good. I burned 492 calories in the process. See? Stress reliever!

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Situations come and go. It’s all how you handle them. Either you choose to take control and focus or allow the stress to get to you. I choose to take control! I’m determined to take a vacation and spend time in a day spa along with more opportunities to travel. The mind can take you places but I visualize myself being where I want to be and focus!

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