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? ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ

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…

โค๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ’ฏ and I did not complete a full week ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค

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…

โค๏ธ

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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. 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

ROAD TO 200- DAY 2

Good evening

Another workout day in the books ๐Ÿ˜Š

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. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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. ๐Ÿฅฐ

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

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 …

โค๏ธ

BACK IN THE GROOVE

Good evening ๐Ÿ˜Š

2020 so far has changed all our plans for this year. Many of us, the top resolution for most of us is the same one every year. Yes, you guessed itโ€ฆlosing weight. This has been my resolution for years, and I was close to staying fully committed. From January until September of 2019, I had lost twelve pounds, from my starting weight of 278 to 266 pounds. And once October came around, my migraines came back more severe, causing me to slow down. And then January 2020, I got sick with another sinus infection, causing me to slow down again and lost motivation completely.ย 

Weโ€™re now in July, and due to the pandemic and changes in my lifestyle, I have gained most of my weight back and more. Iโ€™m trying to change but itโ€™s been a struggle for the past six months. Iโ€™m not giving up yet, and Iโ€™m ready to make a change. 

Here are some tips that helped me get back into an effective workout routine. I just started on these steps last week, and Iโ€™m still taking baby steps. Thatโ€™s one of the tips that I stressed to myself this go around:

  • START SLOW– For me, six months is a long time to go without eating right, getting the right amount of sleep, getting any form of physical activity. Now, I have to think back to how I was back in January 2019, and I started off by working out 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). For a month, I kept up with this routine of working out for 3 days a week, changing my eating habits, increasing my water intake, getting the proper amount of sleep, and getting rid of anything toxic in my life.ย 
  • WRITE IT DOWN/CREATE A TRACKER– Write down your goals of what you want your current weight to be, how you want to feel during this journey, write down what works and what doesnโ€™t work. Create a workout tracker to keep track of your progress of working out consistently or losing the weight to get to your goal
  • YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT– Iโ€™m a firm believer of this saying. After six months of eating whatever I want and not working out, my body is paying the price. So instead soda, chips, candy, and sweets, why not vegetables, fruits, protein, water, and teas. All of these things will help clear your body of toxins and give you that glow that youโ€™ve been looking for. Youโ€™ll also have tons of energy eating the right amounts of the rainbow
  • WATER, WATER, WATER, WATER– Water is your best friend, it clears your skins, it aids in weight loss, it boosts metabolism, it aids with healthy digestion, and add some fruit to it to make it taste yummy
  • SLEEP IS IMPORTANT– If you want that full 8-9 hours of sleep, you need to create a soothing environment for yourself. No electronics before bed, read a book or listen to an audiobook, have Quiet Time, put on something that has a lavender scent to it. Make you some sleepy time tea like chamomile. All these things will help you sleep.

Well those are my tips and tricks for you all to help you ease back into a workout routine. Let me know if youโ€™ve tried any of these out, or if you have tips for me and others, share them in the comments below.

Until next timeโ€ฆ

โค๏ธ

MENTAL HEALTH & DIABETES

โœจTime to get back on itโœจ

Good afternoon

It feels great to wake up, not having to start up my workstation. I woke up and rolled around in bed for a while, listened to my Bible app, and got up to cook breakfast.

Then I got to working on my paper for Week 04, which is now finished and turned in. Now, I’m in Week 05 of class, which is amazing since it felt like it just Week 01 yesterday. But, time flies, and I have four classes down, and ten more to go before graduation next year. I’m so excited, I can’t wait.

Another thing I did was check on my weight, which due to working from home, working out in spurts, and excessive snacking, it is now at 282.4 lbs. Looking at me, you can’t tell I weigh that much, but my diabetes is showing it so it’s time for me to get back on track with my health again.

In the past, when I would blog about my health mistakes, I tend to beat myself about it. I would either make a negative joke, or just put it out there in a rant just to feel better. But after today, I told myself that I would start speaking more kindly to my body. The more I start doing that, the more motivated I’ll feel to take better care of myself.

Mom is still helping me stay motivated while she’s working out. But it all starts with me having a positive mindset. If I’m not motivated, I’m not going to do it. Time to reset my mindset. Also, I want to reach my goals of reversing my diabetes (it will be done) and making it to 200lbs. as my goal weight.

You know what this means? Time for some journaling and self-reflecting.

Talk later…

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