Surviving the Seven-Year Itch (Anniversary Post)

May 8, 2011: It’s amazing that I actually started writing a blog about my life and my fitness journey seven years ago. Many things have changed: people; jobs; residence. Some of us are no longer physically on this planet. We’re reminded every day of how life is precious.

I started writing this blog on Mother’s Day in honor of my mother, Ms. Catherine Davis Richardson. She was called on by God months after celebrating her 60th birthday on November 9, 2009. What’s so ironic is my paternal grandmother, Vanona Forrest Richardson, was called on by God November 8, 2008. You can tell the month is a mental and emotional challenge for me.

My mother’s passing was a wake-up call for me. It truly hit home of how tomorrow isn’t promised. I just told her about a charity fundraising event that my sorority chapter was preparing for. I remember the last thing I said to her was “I love you, Mamacita!” And she responded, “I love you too!” Little did I know God wanted her to be home sooner than I thought.

Today is May 10, 2018 and I know that in order for me to help others, I must be physically; mentally; financially; and spiritually ready to move onward. I can’t continue to live my life like I have these past seven years. Drastic changes for the better must be made. Excuse me, because I may not be spending time in social media as much, but I’m a work in progress.

This blog post is dedicated in memory of my mother, Catherine Davis Richardson.

Another reason we don’t know the day nor the hour. We’ve had so many people we know or don’t know go before us. Recently, Chef Judson Todd Allen.

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Seasons Change…And So Do People

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Normally, I would’ve posted a blog at the BEGINNING of the New Year. So much has occurred since October 2015. I started a new job; I moved to another residence; I’ve met new people; new responsibilities have been placed upon me. At times, I wonder if it can be handled. I sit back and think about what the Creator has blessed me with. What hasn’t gone away is my continuing journey of improving my health. However, the images posted in social media say otherwise.

I know I was sluggish; didn’t have energy to do things. My body is experiencing changes that I didn’t have in my 20s and early 30s. I did start my green smoothie cleanse, but it’s been thrown off due to the blizzard weather. We received more snow yesterday. This morning, the sun is out but we’re still snowed in.

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I’m looking forward to more opportunities to improve my health and the blessings the Creator has in store for me!

My music reflections are all over the place lol

Taking That Long Walk (Catch-Up/Holiday Edition)

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The last stanza of this poem makes more sense to me now than when I was younger.

Taking “The Long Walk” from my perspective is knowing that change doesn’t come automatically and it won’t happen overnight. If it were humanly possible for me to lose 30 lbs. or more within 24-hours, we’d all be in trouble. With all the aches and pains I’ve endured over the years up until now, the journey is worth it. You see yourself in situations that you think you couldn’t handle in faith. There’s no way that I would be able to do a lot of things on my own. I needed–and still need—strength from the Creator.

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I was finally able to see my stylist for a new style and I’ll get a chance to play with hair lol. It’s professional yet low-maintenance.

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I’m excited to see more of this long walk. The journey… Oh the journey… has been (and continues to be) an experience!

You KNOW I have an interesting taste in music lol.

Working and Stretching The Vision (Catch-Up Edition)

These past few weeks have made me realize more how precious life is, and to live each day with an expectation that something great will happen.

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I am still celebrating my birthday; grateful to see 46 years and hope to see many more. I continue to walk; monitor eating habits; and will make more health appointments soon. Again, I have friends (in real life and in social media) and loved ones who are experiencing bereavement through natural causes or senseless violence. Tomorrow isn’t promised to us so we can live life and stay connected with others who have enhanced our lives.

There’s a continuing vision that appears to me every single day. I will stretch it and work it until I can’t any longer. It’s so real. Why should we allow others to take us off course with their negativity; fear; lack of encouragement. As the song goes, “What God has for me, it is for me.”

I will see a positive change in my health and current circumstances. The vision is clear. Initially, you may not see how you’ll get there, but know you have the tools needed. Once you get to your destination, you’ll be able to share your journey of how your vision came to fruition.

Got vision? Even the one who’s sight was restored by the Lord was still blind to a degree. The naysayers tried to put the blame on his parents. What?!?! The blind man had to get out of his comfort zone to walk in the light. Got vision? Get it; dust it off. Let’s reflect, pray on it, and put it to work!

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Life IS Precious!

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I can’t begin to express how grateful I am that I’ve lived this long! I only have one mouth to profess the grace and mercy of the Most High!

For the past two weeks, the pinky finger on my left hand feels numb at times, which tells me something is going on with my body and I must address it.  In a previous post, I suggested that you listen to your body and it’ll tell you what’s going on.  I’ve never had this experience before.  I took to the Internet to WebMD to research a probable cause.  There’s a family of history of diabetes and hypertension and I vowed when starting to write this blog in May 2011 that I would break the cycle.  I need to see a doctor immediately so it can be checked out.

With so much going on in the world today, as individuals, we must take care of ourselves if we want to accomplish more in our lives.  For me, it’s becoming more conscious; spiritually; mentally; physically.  There’s so much that I want to do and I continue to ask for peace and draw closer to God while I’m on this journey.  I did my workout schedule and slowly getting back to my water intake. I can’t give up….and I won’t!

I’ll let you know of my progress. Just follow and read on. This blog post is dedicated to those who are no longer with us for one reason or another: Stuart Scott; John Quintero; Donna Douglas; Antonio Martin; Edward Brooke; Kajieme Powell; Mario Cuomo; Miller Williams

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Giving Up?…..NOPE!

As of last week, I’ve completed the 24-Day Abs Workout Challenge. Now I have to do something else.  I want to really focus on my arms and legs. I’m tired of the wing flaps that don’t need to be there. I’m still drinking my water intake, so I haven’t ended that.  For now, I’m not on one of my social media networks.  I was using an app called Water Your Body that helps remind you to drink your water and you can set the notifications to your preferences. Even without using it, I’m still consistent.

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I continue to walk when the sun is out or it isn’t raining–even in the cold.  The temperatures remind you of the weather changes. A social media friend made me the accessories to help me stay warm and sent them to me. Now that’s love right there! In addition, I make them look good LOL!

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Seriously, I need to get in a dance class like yesterday and work on more strength training and cardio. That’s my next project on pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  We’ll see where this part of the journey will take me.  Yes, you will realize this is a very SHORT blog post. I want to thank those who read and share my blog. Thank you on following on my journey!

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Finding ‘The Secret’ During My Journey

“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.”

 

I’ve been truly inspired to change my way of thinking in all aspects of my journey, particularly with the pursuit and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

I went to a workshop last month that dealt with staying positive in difficult times.  I’ve heard this book title recommended before and didn’t know that my roommate had it. It’s entitled “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne .  There were several contributors—past and present—-to the writing of this book and a DVD, along with additional resources.  It speaks of how the mind is powerful and that we can change our present and future by changing our thoughts.  I’ve been working on some exercises in continuing to stay positive and to visualize that everything I want to accomplish is already achieved.  If I continue to harbor and send out negative energy on my journey, then the Universe will definitely respond to that with more negative experiences brought to me.  I actually feel better and look forward to what’s in store for me! 10736364_10152817436439267_1891180968_o

I’ve actually had several dreams of the near future and I’m enjoying it. It’s going to be fantastic wearing a new wardrobe.  I was able to purchase a couple of pair of new shoes which I haven’t done in a long time! They were on sale; comfortable; and most importantly, offer support to my feet.

shoesIn addition, I will be victorious in ALL things! I’m catching up on my Abs-So-Tightly Right 24-Day Challenge.  I’ve been drinking more green tea (kombucha) and water.  I’ve had a couple cups of decaffeinated coffee but that’s it. Even the tea bags have motivational and inspiring quotes.

abs challenge10800377_10152825103264267_588719345_oThere’s no limit to what can be done if we just change our thoughts and continue to stay positive.  Honestly, I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in a matter of days! I’m grateful for reading this book and even downloaded some free resources as well.  You should check it out at http://www.thesecret.tv.

I do remember a statement Steve Harvey would repeat: “If you change your outlook, you can change your outcome.”  No better time than NOW!

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I’m feeling good about the music I’m sharing because I’m in that frame of mind…and it hasn’t left me. I’m enjoying this! I know my song selections are unique LOL!