Over the holiday I had to reevaluate my life. I feel like I have become a slave to working and being busy. And when I look at my life, the weight is still here. That's the biggest issue I have. It's like I put fitness into a separate compartment of my life. I reach out to it, but lately I've found myself working daily to get out this stupid debt. And working constantly is sucking out the vitality of my life. I love to have fun but I don't go anywhere to have fun because after the full time job because I'm working my side hustles like Uber, Lyft, Shipt Shopping, and Postmates. I stay busy, which is why I haven't found the time to really push my brand like I really would like. I don't have the energy because I've running on E! Seeing that I am fast approaching 40 (thanks I have great genes) with no significant other and no children, I realized I needed to find a way to start enjoying life. I work so hard that life is slipping by me... quickly.
So I had to rethink the way I look at life. I have to make "Living" a priority. We have one life to live. Once you are gone, only your legacy will live on. So what are you going to do. I decided I will start living in the now instead of the future. Enjoy today. Slow down. Even the bible says take no thought for tomorrow, but to live in the now (something like that). So I've decided I will find a way to relax and enjoy me, my family and friends. I want to travel more. And I haven't done that because I'm always working to pay bills. I'm always concerned I won't have enough to pay that off. I'm done with the scarcity mindset. It's time to live in abundance! So every week I've decided to do something that contributes to my new "Living" standard. It can be a movie night with the boo or with the homegirls, going to a paint and sip, or volunteering at a local food bank. Whatever it is, enjoy it and make it big. Have fun. Life is much better that way.
The other 2 goals are simple. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day and then exercise at least 150 minutes a week. I've adopted this lifestyle and I use my personal calendar to make sure I schedule my "Living" events. My Fitbit does a great job of tracking my exercise habits and creating a weekly food planner helps me to make time for those fruits and veggies. I can usually get about 3 servings in one smoothie when I add spinach or kale. Then a salad with plenty of greens will easily get you in there. I'm not telling anyone to stay away from bread, but we all know that bread is the devil!!
We were recently featured in Atlanta's Trendsetters to Trendsetters' All White Linen Hank Stewart edition released July 2017. The photo shoot was taken in Atlanta's Atlantic Station just a few weeks before.
So my cousin is having a huge 40th birthday party in Florida in 21 days and this is just the perfect reason for me to push extra hard to achieve my fitness goals. I want the scale to say 230 and I want to feel clean all on the inside. Last week the scale said 234.
This dress is my motivation... It's a large. I tried it on and it hugs me in a few places. Without support my belly is bulging all out of control. A 5-10 pound loss would really put me back in the game for this dress. Sooo... Here's the plan for the next 21 days.
Targets for the next 21 Days
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I went in to my yearly appointment with my doctor and I was so shocked at how this little lady straight up man handled my emotions. The year before I was about 7 pounds lighter. I had gained about 14 pounds since then but then I came back down a bit. The nurses finished all the routine testing and blood pressure checks and finger pricking AND finally the doctor comes in to see me.
The first thing she does is look at her notes from the previous year and sees our discussion on weight loss and exercise. She then slams her folder shut and squares me up with her short thin self. She tells me basically that I haven't made any progress to a healthier lifestyle and my health is in jeopardy. I'm thinking like, shawty slow down there just a bit. I've shed 10 pounds via detox, I drink all natural homemade fruit and spinach smoothies, and I'm doing strength training at my desk every day... Do you want to see these bi's and tri's I got going on over here.
So after a moment of discussion, we both realized that I failed to bring the cardio element back into my routine. I was so infatuated with the toning and muscle building aspect of fitness that I forgot to get my cardio training in. She said to get about 30 minutes of cardio a day. So I'm going for 60. I've got to make up for lost time. I think this is the missing piece that will get me back on target to fighting this obesity from 360 degrees.
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