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. ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜– 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 ๐Ÿค—.

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 ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

Alright y’all, I’ll check in with you all later on. We’re on Day 4, let’s keep up the good work. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ- 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 ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ- 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 ๐Ÿ’ป- 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 ๐Ÿ’ฐ- 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 ๐ŸŽจ- 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 ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ

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. ๐Ÿ’–

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

REFLECTION & GREAT THINGS

Good evening all!

Just wanted to come on here and share some exciting news with you all ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š!!!

Earlier this week, Ashford University emailed me saying that I’m on the Dean’s List for Spring 2020. I couldn’t believe it, so I clicked on the link and clear as day, my name is on the list. And found out I only have 24 credits left until graduation. Who knows, the date may change sooner than expected at the rate that I’m going.

You Go Girl!!!!

Mom is officially moved in her new house. It was bittersweet this morning because I opened my door and thought I would see her windows open across the way. She came by earlier today to visit and gave us an update on what she has left to do with the apartment. Tomorrow, Dad and I are going to visit her new home.

Remaining positive through these new changes. I felt a little anxious and upset, so I started my morning reading Romans 8. When I was starting my journey of mental health, my therapist gave this to me as homework:

Whenever you start feeling anxious, depressed, or anything negative bothering you, read this chapter. Take time to study it, take notes, and journal about it. Pray over it. If you do all these things, you’ll start to feel more positive and encouraged. God loves you, even if you had a few hiccups in life. And that’s ok.”

After reading that, my day felt easier, lighter, and clearer. But I know I still have some learning and growing to do on my spiritual walk. I’ve been smiling all day, and just reflecting on things that’s been happening in my life so far. Tomorrow is another day, another chance to try something new, another day to make things right.

Time for me to do some deep soul searching I guess…

Until next time…

โค๏ธ

IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD 2020

Good evening all!

Tonightโ€™s post is a great one. I want to give a HUGE thank you to Princess, author of โ€œThe Mindful Modus.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜ I read her posts and I get a feeling of calmness and peace when I visit her blog. So thank you Princess for the nomination, this really made me smile. You are a sweetheart! Here is one of her posts that I keep on my โ€œblogging playlistโ€: 5 Easy Tricks To Get Productive

For more good reading, check out her blog here: The Mindful Modus

I also want to say thank you to the people that follow me. Iโ€™m still trying to โ€œfind my grooveโ€ with posting content and everything that comes with the blogging territory, but this motivates me even more to continue working at it, and try to help readers with my content. So thank you so much! So, letโ€™s get started, shall we? 

QUESTIONS FROM THE MINDFUL MODUS:

Which of your blog posts is your favorite?

I have so many, but my favorite posts are the ones where I talk about my self-care and my health journeys. I enjoy reading them because I have days where I may have setbacks, and reading those posts are daily reminders for me to brush my shoulders off, get back at it, do the best you can, and stick with it.

Whatโ€™s keeping you busy these days?

At the moment, I am pursuing my BA in Communication Studies from Ashford University, as well as doing my job while working from home since March. Other times, working on my passions like writing, blogging, and art.

Whatโ€™s something that recently made you happy?

Seeing this nomination ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ and spending time with Mom watching Hamilton on DisneyPlus, awesome musical!!!

Whatโ€™s the best compliment youโ€™ve ever received?

My friend told me that Iโ€™m a unique person that is creative, a free-spirit, and someone that is very loyal. Even though I may seem shy and quiet at first, I’ll warm up to you once you get to know me. My family will tell you that I’m goofy, and that I have a laid back personality, and that I am such a big kid at heart.

If you could teach one subject in school what would it be?

Journaling, Iโ€™ve always kept a journal ever since I was little. I just started back journaling a few weeks ago, and during that time, I’m learning more and more about myself as a person. I love it because it helps me see what triggers my depression, how I’ve grown as a person, crazy thoughts that run through my head, it’s like reading a good novel for me.

Here are the nine bloggers that I picked for this award.

NOMINEES:

Hopelessslystrong- I h a t e confrontation.

The Strong Traveller- 10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health

Inner Peace- Power of Concentration

BriN- A Day in My Life during Lockdown|2020

Becoming HIS Tapestry- 2020โ€ฆWHO KNEW?

Ron Tamir Nehr- How to Cope with Being an Introvert in an Extroverted World

Natural Skin Care Love- Beauty on a Budget- 5 Affordable Tips for Great Skin on a Tight Budget

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog- The Bipolar Writer Doubts

Girl With A Blog- Keep Calm, Stay Cool

Ok, so now it’s your tune guys and gals. Just follow the rules and pass it on.

RULES:

1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.

2. Answer their questions.

3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.

5. List the rules and display the โ€œIdeal Inspiration Blogger Awardโ€ logo.

6. Provide the link of the Award creator of ideal inspiration blogger award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog 

Ok nominees, here are my questions for you all to answer.

QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

  1. What are your passions in life?
  2. Would you consider yourself a tea or a coffee person?
  3. Do you have any books that you would recommend for someone else?
  4. Do you stick to a routine or do you change things up during the week?
  5. Can you share with others any advice that was given to you when you started blogging?

Again, thank you all so much for this! I’m still smiling about this award. But, it’s time for me to say good night. I need to plan out my week, and do some journaling. Hope you all enjoy reading this post, I know I did!

Until next time…

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