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…

IS REST YOUR FRIEND?

Good evening

So, after work was over, I was going to tackle the task of cleaning the apartment. Well, that did not happen. Instead, I took a day off. But, after reading my devotional for the evening, I think I need to incorporate rest into my routine more.

The plan I’m reading talks about finding rest, and day 1 talked about making rest your friend. During the week, reflect over the past few days. Did you include rest during those times?

I took time to think and write down how each day has been this week. Everyday was the same, I was scattered, my mind was all over the place, I wasn’t focused on work like I should have been, little things kept bothering throughout the day. And when I was feeling tired, I fought the feeling instead of taking that time to rest.

My sleep pattern was decent for three days out the week, I only worked out for one day this week, and my eating patterns…I’m not going into depth with that. But, I can say that these past days were…blah. Other than working on school and the blog, I think I’m feeling the affect everyone felt when they started working from home, when the days feel like they’re meshing together.

I think I’ll take some time to practice resting this weekend, and create a new schedule to make it effective. I can’t keep having days or weeks like this. And rest is important, so I need to prioritize it into my life. That’s one of the reasons why my health level isn’t where it should be, because I’m not getting enough rest.

Starting tonight, I’m going to get more rest. 😴😴😴😴😴. Here are the scriptures from the reading: Gen. 2-3 & Matt. 11: 28-30:

By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Genesis 2:2‭-‬3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.2.2-3.NASB

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls . For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/mat.11.28-30.NASB

Well, it’s late and it’s time for me to hit the sack. Hope you all are staying safe and taking care of yourselves during these times. I’ll check in with you tomorrow.

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…

❤️

 

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 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. 😖😖😖 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 🤗.

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…

❤️

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…

❤️

#SELF-CARE 101: GIVING 50% IS OK 👌

Good evening 🌙

Happy Friday, hope everyone is staying healthy during this time of quarantine. Today’s post is about self-care and work. Let’s rewind back to earlier this morning…

  • Time: 5:30AM
  • Mood: Irritable, Nauseated, and Tired- all due to an upset stomach, followed by a migraine that felt like my head was going to explode, NOT A GOOD START ON A FRIDAY, OR A WORK DAY!!!!😖😡🤬🤯

Got up and took medicine, and laid on the left side, while putting ice cubes on the right side of my face. I woke up to the buzzing of my alarm on my Fitbit, washed my face, brushed my teeth, got my morning started for work, and my head slowly started to subside…until I started on my work, my migraine comes back with a vengeance. 😈😈😈

I feel my mind being my cheerleader, as I try to push through and do my work. But my body was giving me the signs to throw in the towel. I broke out in a sweat, my stomach was still upset, and I squinting at my screen trying to do simple tasks, only to look away, rubbing my temples for relief. My co-worker even could tell that I wasn’t my cheerful self through texting her, so when I explained what was wrong, she told me to get some rest, and feel better.

Most situations like this, I’m fighting through an entire day with a throbbing headache at work, only to feel drained at the end of the day. Today, I worked for 5 hours, and called it a day. And… that’s ok. For the first time, it felt good to just remind myself of that. After I finished what I could, I sat in my comfy chair across from Dad, ate a little food, and the next thing I knew, I woke up with him giggling at me:

  • Me: What happened?
  • Dad: You fell asleep 😴
  • Me: What did I miss?
  • Dad: You didn’t miss anything, I didn’t bother you
  • Me: How long was I asleep?
  • Dad: About an hour, you looked like you needed it 😂

In the past, if I had a migraine at work, I felt like I was weak for wanting to call it a day if I knew I couldn’t function. Now, if my body is showing me that I’m not feeling good, I’m going with my gut and giving my body the rest it needs. My last therapy session, my doctor told me that days like that, it’s ok to have those days. Whether you work for a half day or you call in, don’t beat yourself over not getting work done because you don’t feel well.

So, Self-Care 101- it’s ok to give 50% for the day. If you don’t feel well, just relax and get some rest. Good news, my migraine is gone and I’m going to make myself some tea, drink some water, and have a peaceful evening.

Hope everyone has a good night’s sleep 😴 and enjoy your weekend. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Until next time…

❤️

#SELF-CARE 101: HAIR DYE STAINS & ADULTING IS 50/50

Good evening 🌙

So woke up thus morning around 8, relieved to learn that I took vacation from work. Today was going to be a day of slow and steady relaxation, productivity of spring cleaning, and just sitting back thinking about…. Things. Woke and got into the groove of binge watching Criminal Minds on Netflix. After taking care of errands, I deep cleaned my living room, disinfecting everything, wipe down surfaces, and putting things away.

Then, it was time to take care of me. I decided to try out Overtone, an all natural hair coloring system. I got the color Ginger, and started the process. I wore my gloves, took out a glob, and went to town on my hair, saturating it with the beautiful reddish-brown hue. In the midst of equally distributing the color, my glove broke on my left middle finger, causing the color to stain it. Then, I played the waiting game of letting the color sit for 15-20 minutes. Once I let it sit, it was time to rinse. Cue the OH SHIT!!!!!

As I’m standing in the shower, slowly rinsing the color out of my hair, I look to see my hands turn orange, and almost 1/2 of my bathtub turns a light yellow 😨😨😨. I go through my hair, seeing the issue, that maybe I put a tad too much color in my hair. Taking my time and enjoying the rest of my shower, I got out and dried my hair, only to see it turn to a deep burgundy. That’s a start…

Then I continued binge watching Criminal Minds until Dad came home. We hung out for a little while, had a little heart to heart, until it was time for him to go to work.

So here is what I learned from today…

  • Dying your hair will ALWAYS require gloves- the good ones
  • Wash/Rinse color out in KITCHEN sink to prevent stains
  • Ask Mom to assist in hair coloring process
  • It’s ok, you’re learning and trying new things
  • I DID IT BY MYSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!

Well I hope everyone is still staying safe and healthy through these times. Hopefully you got a few laughs from this one. Time to call it a night.

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 😣😒😭😌 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…