ROAD TO 200- DAY 6

Good morning

The update you’ve all been waiting for. After hours of wrapping up assignments for Week 05 and starting on assignments for my new class, I was able to fit in 20 minutes of Walk Away The Pounds.

Unfortunately, I did not put my Fitbit back on after washing dishes earlier that day, which made tracking my workout a little difficult. So, I had to put in my information by hand with an estimate on how many calories I burned.

Woke up this morning with an upset stomach and a migraine. I blame the weather change due to the last few storms we’ve had. But I’ll take it easy today until Dad gets home. I think I’ll practice some yoga today.

It’s been stressful for the past few days. I guess because I get frustrated that I let my weight get out of hand since Mid-October of last year. It’s harder for me to lose the weight this go round than it was last year.

I’ll figure it out, once I’ve been consistent enough to just do it on my own. Don’t worry, I’m not beating myself up, I’m staying positive because the motivation is still there. Like everything else in my life, I’m trying to find a balance in maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Maybe I need to invest in a personal trainer for a while? Or take classes for overall health? It can benefit me to improve myself mind, body, and soul….

*BRAINSTORMING PROCESS ACTIVATED*

Got to do this for myself right? 😊🤩😍🥰

My migraine is subsiding but, I’m so tired now. I think I’ll take a little breather today before getting into school. At least I’m paying more attention to my body and my mood when I’m not feeling well.

So Day 6 is finally complete. Check in with you all later for today- Day 7.

Until next time…

❤️

WEEK 01 REFLECTIONS

Good morning

So I just wanted to share what I learned during my first week of working out:

  • PROS- more motivated, more energy, better sleep, improved mood, more water intake
  • CONS- eating habits were not 💯 and I did not complete a full week 😤😤😤

Hey, you live and your learn right? It was the first week, I still have the rest of August to go. Today is jump rope and walking. After I get off, it’s go time. I’m glad that I got through four days last week. I wanted to go for five, but my body told me to rest.

This week’s focus: focus on healthy eating, and switching up my routine. So Week 01 is in the books and we’ll focus on Week 02. Alright, it’s Monday, time for motivation.

Until next time…

❤️

DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening

So, recapping the last week. I completed four out of six days of working out. Today was my original rest day, but due to being sick and last night’s storm, today was a MAJOR recharge day.

I slept until 10 and Mom came over. Turns out, we’ve been suffering from sinus headaches this week. And we both slept horrible last night. For most of the day, I hung out with her since I had to get my hair braided, and I hadn’t seen her house since she moved.

Week 05 of school ends tomorrow, and I have to post my introduction for my new class by Tuesday. The pressure is on because I’ll be using the camera more in my new class. Wish me luck, I hope I do well.

This week, I’m going to create a yoga session as well as start jumping rope with Dad. Our jump ropes came today so I think I’ll kick off my week with that and alternate with other workouts. Mom and I had our heart-to-heart about my health. She’s proud to see me get back on my feet.

Day 6 will be tomorrow since I’m on crunch time for this class. Not to mention preparing for my new class. Ugh, the pressure. But next year, I’ll graduate so it will all be worth it. 😊🥰😊🥰😊

Ok, I’m going to chill with Dad for a bit before going into tunnel vision. I’ll see you all in the morning.

Until next time…

❤️

WOMAN VS FOOD

Good morning

I know yesterday was supposed to be Day 5 of “Road to 200.” Well… here’s what happened.

After I got off of work, I developed a migraine so I took some medicine for it and took a nap. When I woke up, I was ok. Mom called and asked if I wanted to tag along with her to my brother’s house. To get out the apartment, I said yes.

We stopped at this BBQ joint because she hadn’t eaten anything. Here is what we ordered: 2 Shrimp Taco Meals (3 tacos for me and my brother each) and a BBQ dinner combo for Mom. Long story short, we watched HGTV and ate our food until it was time to go.

Late last night, I ate my last taco as a snack. Hours later, I went to bed. Between 1AM to 7AM, I’ve been stuck in the restroom. I think you know where I’m going with this. 🥴🥵🤢😷.

Today would be a redo of Day 5. But due to tummy trouble, today will be a rest day. Don’t worry, I’m still keeping a positive disposition. 😊😊😊 But today, it’s soup, tea, water, and my comfy blanket.

I’ll keep you all posted. Today’s lesson: it’s ok if you have a sick day or two, as long as you get back at it. So tomorrow will be Day 5, and the journey will continue.

Stay safe and stay healthy ✨

Until next time…

❤️

ROAD TO 200- DAY 4

Hey everyone

Hope you all are enjoying this lovely Thursday evening.

Just stopping by to announced that Day 4 is complete. 😊

Another day of the 30 minute Walk Away The Pounds video. This time, my energy level was maybe at 80 percent, which is not bad. But you know how you feel energized one day working out, and then the following day like you’re going to pass out? It was like that, like my body was ready to give out any minute.

Not to mention that at the time I’m writing this post, I haven’t eaten anything yet. So, I think I’ll make myself a light snack before bed or make myself some tea.

But, yep, four days down… so many more to go. And this is just the beginning.

For now, time for bed.

Until next time…

ROAD TO 200- DAY 3

Good morning

Well I’m a little late with this post so my apologies. Long story short, yesterday was an intense 30 minutes.

I got off of work, from 3:30 until 4, I was locked in a 30 minute Walk Away the Pounds sequence. I was a little nervous at first because I was just starting back and I was only doing 10- 20 minute videos.

Finally, I got up and I said:

“Gabby, you can do this. Push yourself a little bit.”

So… I started off great. Then about the 20 minute mark, I could start to feel myself getting tired. Instead of stopping (like I used to do), I kept it up for the full 30 minutes. Sweating, and breathing hard, I did my victory dance, drank my water, and took a relaxing shower.

That’s when my body was telling me that I needed sleep. The game plan was to complete my assignments for the week, that I have time to focus on my paper (this is how I normally do things for Week 05) of class. Well, let’s just say that once I sat down in my comfy chair, I was yawning more than I was reading. So today I will complete my assignments.

The rest of the day, Dad and I watched movies, and had a small daddy-daughter moment. Unfortunately, he giggled when he caught me dozing off in the chair. That was my cue to go to bed.

This is how tired I was:

  • 9:10PM- Jared texts me to do a zoom call
  • 9:25PM- Missed duo call from Jared
  • 11:10PM- Jared texts me back again to call him

I missed them all. 😖😖😖 So, later on, I got to call Jared to let him know I’m ok and that I’m alive, and see what’s going on with him. Sorry Jared 🤗.

Lesson for yesterday: Exercise can improve your sleep. I got seven hours and did not wake up until my alarm went off. So one reason I now enjoy working out: I get better sleep 😴😴😴😴

Alright y’all, I’ll check in with you all later on. We’re on Day 4, let’s keep up the good work. 😊

Until next time…

❤️

ROAD TO 200- DAY 2

Good evening

Another workout day in the books 😊

Woke up, and had all intentions of an early morning workout. But due to a rough night’s sleep, I slept in and decided to do another Walk Away The Pounds video after work.

So I had a moment earlier today, where I felt like I had a setback. For lunch, I ordered Doordash, and got myself a Grilled Chicken Adobe Bowl. The original plan was to only eat half of the bowl and save the rest for dinner.

Yep, that didn’t work at all. 😂😂😂😂

On my break, I was making sure I had things for work, I was checking things out for school, and putting some things together for my passion projects. Long story short, I gobbled every bite of the bowl, feeling a tad bit stuffed.

I was beginning to beat myself up over what happened. That’s when I turned to Fitbit and see this:

I was happy to see this because I was going to get caught in the rabbit hole of blame and shame. I’m just starting out, it’s going to take time for me to get use to this new routine. Let’s do this.

After reading, and once I finished work and voting, I put on my sneakers, my Sweat Band, and started my workout. I could feel a slight difference in energy while I was moving.

I must be doing something right. I kept a mental note of this moment to remind myself that if something works, stick with it. It’s helping you. So Day 2 down, more days to go until I reach 200. 🥰

Ok, time for me to do schoolwork. It’s Week 05, and I need to start working on my paper early.

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & FRIENDS

Good morning

This weekend, I’ve spent most of my time talking to my friends, checking up on them, as well as checking in to let them know that I’m ok. Out of my group of friends, only three of them understand that I have a busy schedule due to work and school. And I understand they have busy schedules as well.

However, the last friend, feels that I have been avoiding him because I haven’t been calling him as much. If I can’t call him, I do try to text him. Now, he’s made the decision that texting doesn’t work for him anymore.

I guess he was trying to make me feel upset because he was making more of an effort to call me and I wasn’t due to my schedule. It took my friend, Jared to remind me to not let the little things stress me out:

“If he doesn’t understand that you are doing all of this to better yourself, achieve your goals, and turn those goals into a vision of helping others, than he doesn’t get it. Don’t let his negative energy drain you. I’m so proud of you, keep doing your best to pursue your dreams.”

In the past, people that I would call my friends would either take advantage of me or would always think negative about ideas that I had, to the point I would be scared to take the risk. Now, I have a close-knit circle of friends that not only inspire me, but I also inspire and encourage them to pursue their dreams and become better versions of themselves.

I write all of this to say, people will reveal to you if they’re your true friends or not. If so, hang onto them and help each other grow and win together. If not, get out of that toxic relationship before it starts to consume you, physically and mentally.

Well, back to creating and brainstorming. I’ll shall return.

Until later…

💖

MAKING PROGRESS

Good evening

It is late here in the STL, so I just wanted to give you guys an update.

“Project Move Room & Declutter” was off to a great start. After going grocery shopping with Mom, I came back home and started clearing out items and pieces from my room, and moved my bed in the spot I wanted it. Then, the big challenge, going through my wardrobe and keeping, donating, and throwing away pieces of clothes that I did not need anymore or I never wore.

Good news, I got a lot done and have a nice pile going. Bad news, I did not get around to working on my Week 04 outline or spent time to pamper myself with some self-care.

Note to self: Make time for Gabby because she is important!!!

So, fast forward to today. I spent the morning watching InTouch, tagged along with Mom to help Nana activate her new smartphone. Spent time with Mom and Dad, and for the past two hours, I was able to finish my outline for my paper.

I’ll write the paper tomorrow so I’ll have to in full tunnel vision mode to knock it out before 11PM tomorrow night. I’m doing so well in the class and I don’t want to lose that momentum. So, I’m going to be okay and I’m going to ace this class with an A at the end of week 05.

Well, time for bed, it’s back to grinding tomorrow.

Until next time…

❤️

BABY STEPS

Good evening

So, I’m slowly getting back into the groove. I woke up, wrote in my journal, got work done, and went walking with Mom a few hours ago.

I know its going to take me some time to get back to the old me from last year. But I can do it.

Legs are sore, sweated a bit, and drank a ton of water today. Now, I’m going to get ready to wind down soon. I’m teaching myself no electronics after 8:30. And…its 8:35.

Just wanted to let you guys know I’m ok. And I’m working hard on starting some projects.

Until next time…

❤

2019 so far…

Well goodbye to June and hello to July. We are now 6 months into the year of 2019. Here are my reflections of the past couple months, what I’ve learned, goals to achieve, and dreams to turn into reality:

  • January to March- Kicked off the year spending a few days at my Aunt’s house and played with my baby cousin. Also, kicked off my health journey by writing down goals, dreams, and such. Experienced some digestive issues mid- February, but had a healthy talk with my doctor about life overall 😊
  • April- was kicking major ass in my weight loss journey, and hung out with my best friend for an insane weekend, only to suffer from a sinus infection the following week, which helped me learn to listen to my body, and to just take my time to recover and get back on track
  • May- did some MAJOR decluttering due to practicing the Konmari method, learning to purge what I don’t need, and cherish the things I have 😍😍😍😍 and spent Mother’s Day with my mom and Dad since my Grandmother had passed away
  • June- practiced NO SPENDING ON VISA month, which was going great until it was time to splurge 😣😒😭😌 so still learning to adult with my money and still staying on the straight and narrow for my health journey

And we are now in July…. 😱😱😱😱😱

This year is going by SUPER fast, so today on the first, I made the best of it. After work, Mom and I both went outside for a walk session. Even though I was a little winded, we both did really well on our walk. Came home, blasted some tunes while I took a nice shower, and binged watch some YouTube 😊😍😊😍😊. But overall, I’ve fallen off a few times with my health….but that’s ok. I haven’t fallen completely off where I can’t even get back into the swing of it all. I’m still positive, upbeat, and happy being happy and healthy.

Well, that’s it for today. Need to get something’s together for tomorrow. Just wanted to pop up and say hey since things were busy for me this past month. Hope everyone is enjoying their night.

Until next time…