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. πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜– 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 πŸ€—.

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…

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FINALLY LETTING GO OF THE PAIN

Good morning

So woke up this morning and journaled for an hour. I wrote down about everything from my past. The bad thing, most of those things I realized that I was carrying with me as I got older.

Some of you may not know, but I was bullied growing up. From elementary school to high school, I was the main target of bullying. I had past relationships were toxic relationships filled with nothing but mental and verbal abuse.

Long story short, after writing four pages of what was bothering me and holding in these emotions, I felt better and then asked myself these questions:

  • Are these experiences and emotions the root of my physical and mental health issues?
  • Am I eating my emotions?
  • Why is it easy for me to walk around like nothing is wrong and hard for me to express these emotions when they occur?

I’m shocked that’s it’s taken me to get to my late 20’s to realize that feeling these emotions and holding them in for so long is the cause for my overall health. I guess my weight was screaming the answer to me the whole time, I just didn’t understand back then.

Now I know, I need to continue to work on practicing my coping methods and learn how to check my emotions. I don’t think to ask myself:

  • How are you?
  • What are you thinking about?
  • Are you drinking water?
  • Are you sleeping well?
  • How’s your diet?
  • Are you taking your medicine?

I don’t stop and check on myself to make sure I’m ok. So I just wanted to post this to say take time to check your emotions so they don’t spiral out of control. Learn how to express them so you’re not holding them in. If you don’t know how to do that, try journaling or talk to a professional that can help you and guide you in the right direction.

Don’t worry, I’ll be ok. I just wanted to get that off my chest and share this with you all.

I’ll check in with you guys later on. 😊

Until next time…

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MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: AUG. 2020

Good evening

Hope everyone is enjoying this Sunday. Just wanted to share today’s Verse of the Day as well as what my goals are for the new month.

So what will August have in store for me?

PHYSICAL HEALTH πŸ’ͺ🏾- Dad and I are starting our week off right, and taking time during the week to workout together. Mom said she’ll still come over so we can all workout together. Still researching to see what’s the ideal weight for me after I reach 200 pounds. Project Road to 200 starts now.

MENTAL HEALTH πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ- I’m improving on taking time to listen to my body. But August, I want to work on checking my emotions. Through journaling and writing, I think I’ll be able to have a better understanding of why certain triggers occur or why do I find myself stuck in a never-ending cycle. It’s time for me to really start the healing process.

BLOGGING πŸ’»- I’m proud of myself for sticking with my blogging. Currently planning and creating content, all while taking in special notes from my current class. I’m acing this class at the end of this week. “The Gabby Diaries” is still going strong, let’s keep it up!

FINANCIAL πŸ’°- NO SPENDING CHALLENGE has started. Only buy what I need, not what I want. Ultimate goal is to create an emergency fund for a rainy day, or a tropical storm. Plus, it’s better to learn how to live on less and save more right?

CREATIVE PROJECTS 🎨- Blogging was the start of it, but 2020 is still a year of learning and improving on my crafts. I love art and I love learning new things. So August, I’ve got some projects I want to share with you. More to come on “The Gabby Diaries.”

Well, that’s what August looks like for me. So let me take some time to take care of myself and prepare for all the wonderful things I have in store.

Until next time …

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YOU ARE GOD’S TEMPLE

Hey everyone πŸ‘‹πŸΎ

I’m back. Earlier this morning, I had my quiet time. But due to my migraine earlier, I rushed through it. But I was able get some takeaway from it. The verse of the day is from 1 Corinthians 3:16:

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
-1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/1co.3.16.NASB

After reading that verse, it gave me time to reflect over how I view my body and the changes it went through this past year.

The summer of 2018 was when I was notified I developed Type 2 Diabetes. For that was a wake-up call so I got on it. I cut out soda and sugar completely, I cut back on eating a lot of dairy, I was working out three to four times a week, and increased it to six days a week. I lost 12 pounds last year, and I had more energy, and less stress. I was happy.

October 2019, I got sick and then January of this year, I got sick again (chronic seasonal allergies back to back). I fell off track, and then March, I adapted to a new lifestyle of working from home (still love working from home by the way).

It’s was a struggle at first from March until now, but I’m making slow steady progress. But the verse reminded me that my body is a temple, it’s God’s temple and I need to take better care of it because God loves me and cares for me.

Lesson for today: Your body is important to God, your health is important to God, YOU are important to God because you are God’s Temple, His spirit dwells in you. πŸ’–

Until next time…

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WHAT DOES BIPOLAR 2 LOOK LIKE?

Good morning

So some of you may know this, and some may not, but I suffer from Bipolar 2 Disorder. Now before I go any further on this post, you’re asking yourself this question:

What is Bipolar 2?

Well, according to WebMd, Bipolar 2 is a disorder that has more depressive episodes than manic episodes.

β€œHowever, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in his or her life. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more often from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from” (2020)

Now that I’ve given the verbal definition, let me give you a visual. Let’s take today as an example. I had a migraine yesterday due to my “monthly gift 🎁” arriving, so I took medicine. But from that evening until now, my migraine lingered.

It’s subsided now, but during that time, I was moving slower because I didn’t feel good. It was like I woke up like a zombie. And to be honest, these are the times when my depressive episodes kick off, because I get migraines, I sometimes get cramps, I’m tired for the entire weekend, and not because I didn’t get enough sleep.

If you ever seen “Inside Out”, I’m the little blue woman, minus the tears, for like 4-5 days during my cycle. I’m sighing, and I zone out… a lot!

Thank goodness I keep a journal and a blog because the thoughts that go on in my mind on days like this will shock you. It would probably be easier if I can draw it…

Future art project in the making???

We shall see. ✨

Just wanted to share this little tidbit with you so you all can get to know me better.

Until next time…

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Reference:

Bipolar II Disorder (2020, Apr 14). WebMd. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-2-disorder#1

BACK IN THE GROOVE- UPDATE

Good morning

So earlier this month, my new starting weight was… 286!

Well…

As of today, thanks to cutting out sodas, changing up eating habits, more sleep and exercise, I’m down eight pounds. I’m back where I was last year of 278. πŸ₯³πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯³πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯³πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯³

KEEP IT UP!!!

Mom said she’ll come over and we’ll walk around the complex, and Dad said we’re going to start jumping rope. I was a little thrown off at first because I would expect this coming from Mom, but he’s been supportive of me getting healthy again and also getting back into his routine even though the gyms are still closed due to COVID.

For Mom and I, it’s been the same struggle. One of the local community centers is still closed until further notice since the pandemic started. The other one, has opened up the water park and skatepark, but not the main building where the gym and workout equipment is.

So, it’s been a struggle for everyone, but we’re making it work. I’m going to continue to keep you all updated on my journey. I still have a long way to go, but I’m going to keep it up to stay healthy.

Until next time…

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MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: JAN./FEB. 2020

Good evening πŸŒ™

We are now in the third month of 2020. Now, we ask the questions:

  • Where have I been?
  • How have I been?
  • What is going on in my life?

It’s update time!

Let’s start back in January, shall we?

JAN. 2020:

  • January 1st through January 7th: I started the week, fighting off seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, it’s normal for me since I have chronic sinusitis. I rang in the New Year with Mom, in front of the television, eating chili dip, and googling over adorable labrador puppies that were just born. Thank you, Life With Labradors,Β on YouTube. I am forever grateful to you. Then, I turned 29 on January 2nd. Dad and I spent the day watching documentaries on Netflix, the classics on Disney+, and had a pizza party and a Starbucks tea with Mom and my brother. The rest of the week, my sinuses were clearing, my health was getting better, and I preparing to start back to work.
  • January 8th through January 31st: Once my health was back on track, I was preparing for a new chapter in my life. I was starting online classes at Ashford University to pursue my BA in Communication Studies. I ended the month, celebrating both my birthday and my friend’s birthday with a Girls’ Night Out at Krab Kingz, and we continued our adventure to Hotbox Cookies and Insomnia Cookies. We finished the night on a good note with laughs, giggles, plans, and goals for the remainder of this year and the new year to come.

FEB. 2020:

  • February 1st through February 14th: Took a trip to MetroPCS to have Mom switched back, and had to put my ZTE phone to rest, and turned to another phone, the Alcatel 3v. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! At this point, I aced my first course, and now going through my next class: An Introduction to Communication 101.
  • February 15th through February 29th: I took this time to reflect on my health- mentally, physically, spiritually. I’ve also been reflecting on my performance at work, as well as my performance in school. I’m brainstorming and outlining the passions and goals that I want to accomplish this year and in the next five years. I made this weekend the final weekend that I indulge in my bad habits, and start working on healthier habits for myself.

So how can I sum up 2020 so far? January was my month of healing and preparation. February was my month of reflecting, learning, and growing. My word for the year is BALANCE; I think it’s going to be my word for this year, and maybe a little longer. Because I have a mental illness, I remember that giving myself some form of structure helped me stay more motivated and healthier in the past. I’m now at a place where I’m trying to balance things in my life so that I’m more productive and managing my time wisely so that I have enough time to do what I need to do.

We’re now entering spring, which is a time of new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather, which can help me start to get out of these winter blues. So, where have I been? Mostly work, home, and online school. How have I been? I was in a funk, but I’m taking things one day at a time. What projects are coming up in the future? I’m a creative Capricorn, brainstorming, editing, and making boss moves.

Until next time

 

 

01.07.20

Good evening πŸŒ™

I’m back and ready to learn, recharge, and gyst 😊

I am glad to announce that I am πŸ’― from this past week. After spending days in my living room, on the couch, drinking tea, orange juice, and taking multiple medicine and vitamins, I was able to get back on the grind and back to work.

I still giggle when I look back at the week before. Here I was, prepared to have an epic birthday week, doing things I’ve always planned on doing, making big moves, getting off to a fresh start in the new year. Then, it hit me full force, I think I went through at least 2 full boxes of Kleenex, and 7 portable packets of tissues that were originally meant to last me in case of a slight emergency. πŸ€§πŸ˜·πŸ€’

To play things safe, I’m still eating Ramen noodles for lunch, and drinking mostly hot water with lemon juice, and a variety of teas: Detox, Green, and Passion. More exciting news, I am now a full time student, going after her BA of Arts & Science in Communication Studies. Classes start next week on Tuesday, and even better, everything is online. That was one of the things that worried me, how my work schedule would affect me going to school. But thanks the wonderful world of technology, it can be done.

So birthday gift for myself? An abundance of office supplies to keep motivated and upbeat. Colorful notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters. Like I’m a little kid again, staying in the office supplies aisle in the store. You could shopping for hours and I wouldn’t move from that spot. I’m so excited and anxious at the same time, but more excited than anything. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍. Let’s see, 2020 is off to a pretty good start so far…

Sorry for rambling. Time for me to settle in for the night. Pleasant dreams 😴😴😴😴

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 πŸ˜£πŸ˜’πŸ˜­πŸ˜Œ 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…