In 21 days, I will officially be 5 years away from the tender age of 40. If you do the math, then you kind of have an idea of how old I will be 🙂
Rather than having “pre planned” posts in sharing my latest purchase, my new fav lipstick or how I accomplished a certain look that I’m wearing; I’ve come to the realization that I’m just not that type of “blogger/writer.” I’m not a fashion blogger rather, I am a woman who’s inspired by the beauty which surrounds her.
I remember what life was like before he came around. I was searching for him and through many disappointments and heartaches, trials and tribulations; I realized that my focus was in the wrong place. An epiphany suddenly hit me…I am not supposed to be searching for him, but searching for me, putting all my energy into discovering who I am.
This past weekend, I had opportunity to be a blogger for Mizani at the Bronner Brothers Hair Show and I had a ball. This was my first time attending the hair show and it was definitely an experience to remember.
I am sure you have heard the saying “Pain on Purpose” before but do you truly know the meaning? If you remember my posts sharing my pain and pain for purpose you have probably realized that I have been through a lot – and I have, but, I can honestly say that everything that I have been through, shaped me to be the woman I am today. To be honest, my strength was built during those hard times in my life.
WOW – here we are, 2015 – New Year, New Things…right?
Well, for me 2015 is a year of “starting over.”
My weight loss journey went on a complete halt in 2014.
Between relocating to Atlanta, starting new jobs and balancing life in a new city, I had a lot going on. PLUS Atlanta has toooooooo many fabulous and delish eateries…and being the foodie I am…well, you already know (just being honest!)
When I first moved to Atlanta, I started a fitness group on Meetup.com as a way for me to get out of the house, explore the city and meet new people while finding some fit friends aka “accountability partners.” The group was super fun and going well but I grew tired and weary.
So, after going through some things, the scale started to creep back up. Thankfully I’m not back to square one BUT I am trying HARD to hit my first goal all over again; to get UNDER 200 pounds! With a frame of 5’3″ I should NOT be anywhere close to 200 pounds SO I feel obligated (and in need of accountability) to once again, document my fitness journey for both accountability and the hopes of inspiring you.
This time around, I am going to do some things differently. Wonder what they are? Well, here goes.
1. Enjoy where I am right now. When I started my journey in 2013, I was so discouraged with the scale not moving quick enough. I was aiming so much for the finish line that I did not enjoy or appreciate my “present” moment and totally missed out on small victories (clothes getting too big, face looking slim, shopping where I wanted to even though I do that now #smiling) It got to the point that I honestly was ready to throw in the towel and say forget it because I hit a plateau and that darn scale would not budge! I think it’s very important for anyone who is on a health/wellness journey to enjoy where they are in the “now” while striving towards the ultimate goal. Realize and understand that this is a LIFESTYLE change and not simply a FAD diet to get into a cute dress.
2. Chill out with the “EXTEME” behaviors. I was totally dependent on Weight Watchers…no, seriously! If I could not count the points in something I was putting in my mouth, I would spit it OUT – literally. I was truly obsessed with my weight loss and if I didn’t see a change I would be ridiculously upset. This time around, I am going to teach myself how to BALANCE my life (as this is a LIFESTYLE change) and learn how to eat. I purchased “The Skinnytaste Cookbook” and I’m well on my way to learning how to eat clean and enjoy my food WHILE keeping balance. I’m not about that baked chicken and bland broccoli life – didn’t I say I as a foodie!
3. Do not be afraid to share my downfalls. Listen, I am NOT perfect. Nothing about me or my life is perfect, not even my eyebrows :). I’m a foodie and I LOVE TO EAT but I love myself more and my health is very important to me. Therefore, I am not an extremist, I’m a realist SO if you see me post a pic of a cup of my deslish Yoforia or a glass of wine, please don’t judge me. I think it’s important to show a real documentation of what really happens in someone’s life when they are on a journey to better health. The struggles, the downfalls, the victories, etc. – it’s all real and all very relevant!
So, here we go and CHEERS to a very prosperous, SLIM and FEARLESS 2015!