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? 😊🀩😍πŸ₯°

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…

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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 πŸ’― 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…

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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. 😊πŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜Š

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…

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THANK YOU BRENDA & A NEW CLASS

Good morning

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to Brenda of Becoming HIS Tapestry for her recent post. You all should definitely check out her site for a good read. I enjoy it, and you will too.

This goes back to my last post for thanking you all for following me, reading my posts, and engaging with me through the comments. Click here to check it out. It’s helping me stay consistent with blogging and wanting to share with you all the things I learned, new things that I’m working on and trying out, and just wanting to let you all in the loop on how I live my life while managing my mental illness.

Speaking of trying new things, my next class talks about visual communication, which means I’m going to learn how to record videos. I remember telling you all in the past that the world of YouTube intrigued me into wanting to start vlogging. Maybe this is a sign that it’s time for me to learn so I can use different platforms to share β€œThe Gabby Diaries.”

Only one problem…. I’m a little shy when it comes to recording myself on video. 😬😳😬😳😬

I guess this class also means I need to try and get over my stage fright. Wish me luck, I start my new class next week, but it’s crunch time now. Week 5 of Media Writing for Communication, and I have to work on my final paper. 😳

Again, thank you Brenda for joining me on this journey. Today is Day 5 so I’ll be back with another post later on today.

Until next time…

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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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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…

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LIFE UPDATE- A WAKE UP CALL

Good evening

Don’t worry, I’m alive

This thing called life is just…

Where do I start. First let me continue to promote that I LOVE WORKING FROM HOME!!!! However, I’ve come to the permanent conclusion that Uber Eats is my friend… and my enemy.

I think for maybe 5 weeks straight, Uber Eats was my best friend, especially Starbucks. Oh the joy of trying my first Matcha Green Tea, a new experience, but a delicious one. And their cake pops?!?!?!? The Unicorn and Birthday Cake have been my best friends. And as delicious as these treats were, my weight and blood sugar numbers showed me the ugly truth.

CURSE YOU STARBUCKS, I LOVE YOU AND I ENVY YOU

*cue the dramatic violin music*

And Amazon???? I dare not dive into the deep rabbit hole of purchases I’ve made over the period of Mid-May to Mid June.

Long story short, June has been a VERY rocky start.

But that’s ok…

There’s always a comeback story right? Lately, I’ve been binge watching YouTube videos of how to create videos, and how to edit videos. From Monday until this morning, Shameless Maya has been my go-to for those videos. And it got me thinking the big question… Should I take a leap?

My sister-in-law has a channel (unfortunately, I do not know the name, I just found out this information like a minute ago), but I had the conversation with my Mom, and she asked me if I became a influencer, what would I create or what sponsors would I have?

I told her my honest truth, before the sponsors come, it starts with me. If I go down that path, my niche would be mental health and the things that come with it- lifestyle, self-care, self-love, journaling, medication and meditation, my journey, etc. And for me, it’s going to take practice, just like I’m learning with blogging, it’s still taking me practice to be consistent.

I figure if I can browse on Amazon and UberEats for a HUGE chunk of my day, I can put forth the same effort with my passions. So, ending the night on a positive note, I’m not giving up.

I’m going to keep working at it until I get it right

Until next time…

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