I sit here reflecting on life: what I need to do; what I want to do; how to make it happen.
On Sunday (10/22) we received word about the passing of someone we knew. It was so unexpected and so sudden. The day before, we were talking and laughing among ourselves. Later that afternoon, he had a heart attack and the ambulance immediately called. You never know how much time a person has on Earth.
Now back to me. After my round of medical appointments and blood work, I am diagnosed as a borderline diabetic. I could kick myself in the rear, because I wanted to NOT become the next family statistic. I need to get it together in every aspect of my life. Things are shifting and I don’t know what will happen next. All I know that it starts with me and I have to start somewhere. I know I TRULY have to watch what I eat. Incorporate more exercise. Take my vitamins. Lives are precious and health is wealth.
Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now
Well now. It’s been months since I’ve made a new blog post. Now is as good time as any (as the elders would say).
August 27 represents another year of existence for me. I’ve had–and continue to have—professional and personal challenges, especially with my overall health. I have my round of medical appointments, working on getting back to a better and healthier lifestyle. I see some of my peers truly working it out, and keep telling myself “I’m going to do this. I have to get my health back in check.”
So many things are going on. As I write this post, I know of several people who are wondering about where they live due to torrential rain from a hurricane; the escalation of racism and prejudice with an “in-your-face” attitude; threats of war and no diplomatic talks; access to health care and basic human rights as a HUMAN race. I could go on…
In the midst of it all, I still say, “Health is wealth.” I MUST get back to me!
It’s My Time
I’m grateful to be alive and breathing another year! There are so many people around the world who can’t say that.
December 2016 was very challenging. I became physically, emotionally, and mentally tired. The constant running around from this meeting; that rehearsal; this event; takes a toll on the body. It’s amazing that I will reach a new age in August. In order to get there, I got to get back to a familiar and consistent routine.
If I’m able to get this back (which I know I am), I know I have to push myself. I’m ready for the next order to go to one of my favorite sites: QVC.
Around the holidays, there’s plenty of food and drink (starting in November). The key is being selective about healthier options. I see a new me in 2017 and I look forward to it!
Kelly Price – It’s My Time
Ever feel that you’ve given a lot of your energy to activities, work, and other things that don’t necessarily deal with self-care? This is one of those moments.
I had someone to tell me recently that “You look older”. Honestly, I enjoy working with organizations and getting an opportunity to meet people. But when you’re being pulled in different directions, it wears on you. Hard to believe that I’m three years away from the big 5-0. Some people can’t say that.
I’m realizing that I’m gonna have to do a flip on the script like a political party and use the word “NO” a lot. As a Virgo, I enjoy my fortress of solitude. I haven’t written in my blog in the past couple of months; fell off the wayside due to becoming more involved. I’m seeing so much evidence of the phrase “life is too short.” We’ve had so many people in the public eye and many others who are no longer with us. Some of us are truly waiting for December 31, 2016.
I’m a living witness to continue to say “Health is wealth.” I’ve seen many of my generation end up in the hospital; surviving diseases and disorders for decades. In the next few weeks, I am making my self-care as my priority. Right now, it’s time for me to shut it down for the night. I’m looking forward to doing me! #Namaste
How many more reminders do we need…about how life is precious and we all have a purpose?
How many more reminders must we see of people who look like me are being taken away from this Earth for no reason? And that it’s a HUMAN problem?!?!
How many more reminders must we see that our health is important and we MUST be proactive in being able to continue to serve our purpose? Many of our elders in this life and the next–and many of the next generation–are counting on us.
How many more reminders must we see that celebrating degradation of other human beings; ignorance; money and power; DOES have an impact on our psyche?!?!
How many more reminders must we see that NOT taking care of the Earth hurts the human race in the long run?
How many more reminders must we realize that there are others who have lost the will to live and feel like there’s no hope for them? LISTEN! Be an ear to those who haven’t been heard. Be the voice to those who feel they have no voice!
I struggle at times, but I will rise and be an example that improving your health is a wonderful moment. Let your “healthy light” shine!
J. Cole – Be Free
The Isley Brothers – Fight The Power
Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us
Michael Jackson – Heal The World
Elle Varner – One Love
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Raheem DeVaughn – My People
This summer season has been challenging, especially when some of us like to walk outdoors. With high temperatures and humidity, we have to be consistently hydrated–not to overload on fruit juices, sodas, and other beverages, but with water. Even the kind of water–a basic necessity for life–has been under scrutiny in several articles.
Make no mistake. I know I need to get back to a more consistent water intake. This post was originally assigned for last week. Now I’m catching up 😊
I know, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on my blog. The pursuit of maintaining a healthier lifestyle hasn’t changed. There have been internal challenges along the way.
Since my last post, I got a new job in public service; I’m doing something else outside of work that I enjoy; went to a family reunion; made new friends and went out of town for my birthday; was able to enjoy the little things; try out something new. Of course, I have internal challenges as of late with food. I started out on a positive using some products to help me jumpstart my weight loss–then I got away from the routine.
I live with a housemate that has to eat due to her health. Don’t get me wrong. I like to cook, but she can definitely BURN as we used to say. I still commute using Metrobus and Metrorail. If need be, I’ll use Uber to get to places I can’t with public transportation. Those resistance bands keep calling me, and there’s a free fitness center where I work. I know I should be the first one there, taking advantage of the equipment.
I’ve noticed changes in my skin and my weight. Can’t take my health for granted. I just got signed up for new health insurance through my new employer. I’m taking every advantage I can in helping further positive health. Looks like I need to invest in a new pair of compression socks until I get my new insurance cards.
I’m grateful for this journey! I can’t say it enough. There were several people I knew who are no longer with us. One of them passed away before her birthday (which is today). Remember I said that life is precious? It truly is!
This blog post is about celebration of life. In memory of LaBaryn Harrison, Patricia McNeal-Anderson, Adrianne “Reko” Francis and Thomas DeAngelo VanBuren….