I Need a Recharge…Seriously

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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How Many More Reminders? (An Ode to Life – off the top)

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!

In Memoriam

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

If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Drink Water

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 😊

Been Gone For A While, Back For More Than A Minute (Catch-up/Virgo Season Edition)

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….

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The Power of Love

It’s unfortunate that another tragedy would spark me to write and share another blog post.

This weekend, another mass shooting took place in Orlando, Florida inside a gay club. There were 50 victims and 53 injured. Investigators say it’s more of a hate crime. Some speculate that it may be part of a terrorist attack. All I know now is that 50 families are truly impacted, and the spirit of hate seems to be winning.

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What does this have to do with my health fitness journey? In order to love each other, you must love yourself first. Invest in yourself regarding your health and live your life! I have to remind myself of this, even when I don’t follow through on good eating habits and consistent workouts. Additionally, having healthy relationships are important. We need to remove ourselves from situations and people that don’t have our best interest at heart.

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I just found out this morning that a friend and former colleague was killed back home within the same time frame that 50 people shot and killed in Orlando, FL. I’m truly going to miss him. He was a prime example of living and loving life to the fullest.

Love yourself. If we all do so, love can overcome hate in many circumstances. The songs shared here are dedicated to the memory of my friend, Mr. Dennis Stimpson. You will be missed.

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New Vision Onward (An Ode to Change) Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Can’t believe I’m now at my age wearing glasses.
They say it’s because I’m getting older.
The smaller the print, the more challenging it becomes. This is another new journey for me.

I’ve noticed my body frame and know that I must continue to get healthy.
I only have one life to live. May the Creator strengthen me in spirit; in health; in abundance; in relationships; in accomplishing goals.

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I thank the Creator for another day to get it right and be grateful for all that’s come my way! Onward…

It’s Been A Long Time (Anniversary Edition)

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It’s been five years ago on May 8, 2011 that I was inspired to do a blog about my health fitness journey. Don’t get me wrong. I still want to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I know that I’ve slipped and fallen short of the glory.

When my mother, the late Catherine Davis Richardson, went home to the Creator on November 2009, it was a wake-up call for me to get my health in order. My family history consists of diabetes and high blood pressure. I REFUSED to become part of the statistic! I’ve fluctuated between  weight loss and energy gain. I desire to get back to healthy.

I recently had an annual physical; an eye exam; finally purchased walking sneakers; getting the prescriptions I needed; my pursuit of drinking more water with Apple cider vinegar. Now I recently saw the fitness center at work. I hope to take advantage of it soon.

If you told me several years ago that I would share some of my journey in a blog, I’d probably look at you with a mean side-eye. Additionally, I’m going to celebrate me and lean more towards self-love and self-care. I’m still on the journey!

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Here’s to all the mothers who are celebrating this past weekend and the other 364 days of the year; those who inspire, encourage, and love us like no one else!

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