I’M GIVING GOD A YEAR

Good morning.


It’s another start to the work week.
I know some of your are looking at the title of this post and are already scratching your head. But, let me explain.


In Mid-September, I created my Monthly Predictions on what October was going to bring me. If you want to read that post, click here. Well, let’s just say things were off to a rocky start over the last week’s of September and I started my transformation right then and there. But this past weekend, something changed.


It started on Friday morning. I was watching a sermon on Faith Church that talked about “The Immense Value of Not Quitting” and the takeaway for me was that I could either give up or that I can get up. Friday, I finished my work day to the best of my ability and completed another workout. Saturday came and I explained to Mom how even though I was on Trulicity for 3 months, I wasn’t going to let it become a permanent lifestyle.


I also have been listening to some of my favorite Christian influencers and the messages have been revolving around the same words: get up, breakthrough, consistent. Then last night, I looked over my Passion Projects on Notion, and thought if I can commit to these things, I can commit my time to God, which is something I still struggle with.


One of the things I want to work on is accountability. After this weekend, and last night, I decided that I was going to give God a year. From learning to be content in my season of singleness, to reading and studying the Word, to continue to work on my prayer life. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’ve dealt with a lot of challenges this year so what’s one more. The things that produce my negative thoughts are my mouth and mind, so during this time, I’m going to talk to God and ask Him to change my mindset. I say it’s changed, but it’s caught in a loop cycle, and I’ve made that my comfort zone, which is not good.


I’m not going to let my challenges limit me, I have to stay committed, and what better way than to give my attention to God. Only faith, trust, and discipline from here on out.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post today. I’ll be back with another post later on.


Until next time…

❤️

YOUR HEALTH AFFECTS OTHERS

Good morning.


Happy Friday!


I just took my second Trulicity pen treatment for the week. I called Mom and told her about my experience. So the first pen, it left me feeling sore due to injecting the solution in my thigh- NO GO FOR ME!!!!

This round, I did the next injection in my belly (where there is more meat- 😂😂😂) and it didn’t hurt, and it was a lot easier for me to handle. Further in the conversation, she brought up that she told Nana about my news. Long story short, my health is impacting my grandmother.


It had me thinking, wow, I’m not the only one affected by my current health issues and decisions. How I take care of myself affects everyone. The last person I ever wanted to be affected by this was my grandmother because she’s a diabetic. It’s bittersweet because I’m glad to know that she’s concerned, but now I feel like that’s another person I’ve let down.


Don’t worry Nana, I’ll make you proud. I say all of this to say that your overall health is not just a personal matter, it’s a family matter as well. If you don’t have that support group within your family, start today. Sit down with your parents and loved ones, let them know how your health is, and figure out ways to keep each other positive and encouraged.


If you’re just starting on your health journey, create a plan. Write down your struggles, your goals, and what you want to get out of this experience. Do it together as a family so you can keep each other accountable.

Well, time for me to get work done. I’ll check in with you later.

Until next time…

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: SEPTEMBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re back to another work week, and like always, I want to start you off with a little inspiration.


Today’s post is going to talk about what I learned during the month of September. We only have a few days left, and then we’ll roll right into October. Crazy, only a few months left of 2020.


Let’s get started.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL: I created a plan for my physical health over the next three months. My A1C and blood pressure were impacted the most during my last visit, so I have 3 months to turn things around for the better. Like I mentioned in my last post, I downloaded the app Fabulous, which is like a habit tracker app. So far, so good, the app is helping with drinking more water and changing my eating habits. I’ll give you all a full update later on this week.


FOCUS ON THE MENTAL: Mentally, I’m doing better than I was Thursday. After the doctor’s visit, my mind went to a different place and I couldn’t focus on anything, I took the rest of that day to reflect and let everything sink in. Then, I used the rest of the day to journal and get out of the rut I created. The next few days were good, I took things easy since it was “That Time.” Then, last night, I spent the evening listening to InTouch and texted a good friend of mine about my day.


CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE: Classes are going great. I passed my Visual Communications, and starting off strong in my Intercultural Communications class. My peers and instructor continue to inspire me to keep up with blogging, and my teacher really enjoys my writing. Only a few more months left, and I’ll have that degree.


READ MORE BOOKS: I’m still making it a goal to read more books. “Eat. Pray. Love” is still in rotation, and I decided to add another book to read for my personal growth. I bought a finance book to help me learn more about financing and how I can be more disciplined with my spending.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Besides reading more books, I’ve created a list of things that I felt can help me with my personal growth. From learning more about productivity to learning more about minimalism so I can reduce stress for my mental health.
Overall, September was a wake-up call. The rest of 2020 is the time for me to put these plans into actions and make things happen. I’m still smiling at my future. It’s looking bright.


Ok, time for me to get back to work. Check in on you all later.


Until next time…

❤️

SURRENDER YOURSELF TO GOD

Good morning.

We’re back to Monday.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Mines was filled with the sounds of lo-fi music from ChillHop on YouTube, and spending time with Mom at her house. Today, I wanted to share with you what I learned during my Quiet Time today. This morning, the sermon from the Bible App talked about surrendering yourself to God. The Verse of the Day, comes from Proverbs 3: 5-6.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.3.5-6.NASB

I smile because when I started my faith walk, that was the first scripture I memorized. Not to mention, growing up I remember my late grandmother, Grandma Beverly, loved reading the book of Proverbs, and that we would have our conversations about reading the bible so that scripture will always be special to me. But, it’s special to me now because the topic talked about surrendering yourself to God. This is something that I feel like I’m still struggling with or that I’m not doing right.

I guess it goes back to my anxiety about certain areas in my life. I’ll pray to God about the issues, only to sit up and worry about them a few weeks later. When it comes to a bad habit I’m trying to kick or making a difficult decision, I go to a different source instead of seeking the Word. For a while now, I notice when I sleep, I become restless for most of my sleep. At first, I just thought I was trying to get comfortable. But over time, I learned after watching a sermon from Dr. Charles Stanely, that being restless is God’s way of trying to speak to me.

The only problem with that, I’m still not sure at times what it is He is trying to tell me. Friday, last night, and this morning, I’ve been dealing with a little pain in my body. I’ve been asking Him to heal me, but I understand He is trying to tell me to focus on my health. This is His way of speaking to me, through restlessness and through pain. I know the pain won’t last forever, but I know that He’s telling me that He loves me and cares about me enough to want me to do something about it. Not only that, I think this is way of telling me to surrender everything in my life to Him.

I’m trying not to overthink it, but maybe I need to write these things down, pray over it, and leave them to Him. I keep having anxiety about these certain areas in my life that they are affecting my health and wellbeing. When I was at Mom’s house, I wasn’t too stressed, but I wasn’t comfortable either. Most of it due to sleeping on the futon I gave to her when she moved. Important fact to you all: do not invest in a leather futon- THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE AT ALL!!!!

But to sum everything up, if there are things that are weighing you down or you need to get off your chest, surrender yourself to God, trust in Him, and He will take care of everything in your favor. Just watch Him work, I know I will.

Well, time to get the day started, and prepare to finish off Week 05 strong later on. Check in with you all later.

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & THERAPY

Good morning

Woke up this morning and had my session with my therapist. Overall, I’m still growing and good news, we’re lowering the doses of my medicine so that’s motivated me to keep up with working out more, and living a healthier lifestyle.

Another thing that motivated me to do my best is reading blogs that inspire me. After my phone session, I came across a post from the lovely Olivia from olivialucieblake.com.

To read today’s post, just click here.

I had a great session today. I mentioned to my doctor how working from home was new for me. But it did cause me to become too comfortable, which led to my weight gain. But, now that I have a better routine, I’ll be back on track in no time.

I think I made some breakthrough when it came to my medicine. After our session, she mentioned that she would start to lower the dosage. That’s great for me because I wanted to make that a goal, of not relying on my medicine and manage my mental health naturally.

Don’t worry, it’s a small dosage change, so it will take time for me to be completely off the medication. I think I made progress, just need to keep working at it. I still have a long road ahead of me.

Well, check back you all later!

Until next time…

❤️

ROAD TO 200- PLANS FOR SEPTEMBER

Hi everyone!

So Road to 200 in August was a bit of a rocky start. But, it’s ok, I’ve took away some things that can help me improve for the month of September. Here is what I learned for the month of August.

IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU– In the past, learning that I developed Type 2 Diabetes was my Wake-Up Call. In the beginning, Mom and I would work out together every day, whether it was going on a walk, or going to the recreation center. She was with me every step of the way. Once I got my momentum going, there were days where she couldn’t workout with me due to work or she wasn’t feeling good. This is when I started to learn to have more confidence in working out by myself. After a while, I had to tell myself that “you need to do this for you.” Don’t worry, that’s still the motivation now with Dad, there are days where he forgets to go jump rope with me, or he’s too tired after getting off of work. I’ll either follow a video on YouTube, or I’ll do something else. As long as you’re moving, that’s all that matters.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT– Good news, I am eating healthier. The bad news, I’m not eating enough according to my calorie intake on Fitbit. My plan is the 2500 calorie plan if I’m correct. I’m retraining myself to eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of three regular meals or one big meal. I tried fasting and to be honest, I was fasting for all the wrong reasons. This week, I’m eating cleaner to prepare myself for a four-day cleanse. I got myself “The Urban Remedy” book earlier this year, so that will be my guide to what to do and what not to do during my cleanse for next week. Don’t worry, it’s only for four days, so I will be careful since I am diabetic. But yes, cleaner, leaner meals to help me feel better and more energized. Also, I’ve been keeping up with my food diary because it really helped me realize which foods work for me and which foods do not work for me. 

STRETCH YOUR BODY– That’s still something that I either forget to do or don’t do enough after working out. I’m learning from my yoga book that it’s important for me to incorporate yoga into my routine. For instance, I work up refreshed and not tired this morning, but I could have made time to fit in a Yoga session. But, since I didn’t do one this morning, I will do one tonight before I go to bed. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, and those are things that I’m trying to improve on with my mental health. So, stretch your body to open up your mind, your body, and your soul.

BEING ACCOUNTABLE– The other reason I created this series was to be accountable to for working out and living a healthier lifestyle. In the past, I never asked anyone to hold me accountable for anything…until now. I’ve had this conversation with my friend Jasmine, my Dad, and now you all, my readers. If you want to share with me your journey to 200 pounds or whatever your goal weight is, just leave a comment down below. So, being accountable can help you get things done in a timely fashion.

STAY POSITIVE– Create a workout playlist that has positive, upbeat tunes. Wear your favorite outfit to feel more confident when you’re working out, create a vision board of where you see yourself a year from now, write down your health goals for the week, the month, and for the year. Whatever you do, do all of this with a smile, and a reminder that starting is the biggest accomplishment you completed when getting back on your health journey.

Ok my lovely readers, I hope this post gets you motivated, inspired, and encourage to start taking care of yourself. Even though these look like uncertain times, this is the time to turn things around and inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. See you all later!

Until next time…

❤️

 

ROAD TO 200- WEEK 01

Good afternoon

I’m here with an update on how the first week went for “Road to 200.”

UPDATE: Week 01 complete!!!

🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

To start, I took time to sit down and write down my plan. I had a plan in the past, but it got ruined and I forgot to rewrite it. If I don’t see what my game plan is for workouts, I fall off track. So that was my mistake before, but not anymore. Also, starting this week, I’ll keep a food diary, something that I did when I was younger, but I never took it seriously. And, I’m still increasing my water intake, however, the week before was multiple consumptions of Pepsi, Coffee, and Tea. Very little water, so I’m working on that as well.

It was fun our first day of jumping rope. I recorded myself and Dad, but due to some technical difficulties, I couldn’t post it. There will be a video next time, so be on the lookout for that. My Fitbit showed me that jumping rope is great for fat burn, so I’m definitely keeping jump-rope in my new routine.

One of the things I forget to do is stretch. I didn’t realize how important it is to stretch until Friday. I probably stretched five different times, which meant that I need to do more stretching than what I’ve been doing. I found a YouTube channel for yoga. “Yoga with Adrienne,” seems simple to follow thanks to the different playlists. I’ll start slow with the one for beginners since it’s been maybe ten years since I took a yoga class in college.

I had a small moment the previous week, where I was beating myself for not doing anything. Today, I decided to create this little “Reminder” of how hard I’m working on trying to create a better version of myself. I hope this reminder encourages you too on your journey. This is one of the tips I used to do when I needed help getting started on something. I created my own reminders, and set an alarm for them to go off.

I did this with affirmations, and it was a great way for me to feel more positive, productive and start my day off on the right foot. This is what I’ve learned from Week 01:

  • You accomplished a BIG leap by just getting started
  • Jumping rope can reduce belly fat- may increase from 3x’s to 4x’s a week with Dad- CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!
  • It’s ok to start slow, and work yourself up to bigger goals
  • Keep a food diary- helps you keep track of not only food, but how the food affects your body, drinks too

At that’s the recap of Week 01, I think I’m going to go this route for updates and information. I hope this helps you all and you can get started on your journey too.

Well, time for me to relax before I tackle homework.

The life of a college student… oh well!

Until next time…

❤️

A MUCH NEEDED DO-OVER

Good evening

Just wanted to give you an update on how things have been in my life. Let’s start with health:

I’m starting over on “Road to 200” due to things spiralling out of control due to stress, over-thinking, fear, laziness, and feeling overwhelmed…

All of these things while keeping a smile on my face…

Eating patterns were…horrible for the most part. Dad and I both came to the conclusion that we have to do better. So I took time to edit my goals for my health and taking my time slowly changing my unhealthy habits. Tomorrow will be the official Day 1, where I’m not only being honest with you all, but with myself as well as I face the good, the bad, and the ugly of being unhealthy during a pandemic.

Work is…work. I’m going through the motions. I get up, do the same thing over and over again. Still not feeling fulfilled, but mature because I know it’s a responsibility to keep a job, pay rent and bills, and be an adult. But, I say no more.

I aced my media writing class, and probably had some issues with my video submission for my week 1 discussion board. Not to mention, I have to write 3 proposal letters for my writing assignment, only having 1 completed so far. For the past few days after the video disaster, I’ve constantly been overthinking about how I’m doing in this class, and it’s causing me to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Tomorrow, I’ll come back fresh, and rethink how I can approach future writing assignments.

Due to class, work, health, and life, I took a small hiatus from the blog to prioritize some things. Long story short, I need to better time-block my day. I have my planner out where I can see it, I’ve made my intentions for the week, and wrote down action plans to get more accomplished. For now, I need to get some sleep since I didn’t sleep well last night.

I’ll leave you all with this peaceful Verse of the Day, found in Zephaniah 3:17.

The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
Zephaniah 3:17 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/zep.3.17.NASB

Until next time…

❤️

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…

❤️

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 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…

❤️