What it do folks? Happy St Patrick’s Day…You all should totally put up pictures of you in your green J…. Anyways, today I wanted to share with you, the new changes I have incorporated into my life. I feel like I come off talking trash all the time, I don’t tell you much about myself, so this is me sharing.
I’m a public health official, so I’m all into the health of the community and protecting our families and all. But there will be no family or community without the individual. I have for 3 weeks now taken control of my health, especially because Houston has been doing me strong thing. I’m hoping this won’t just be a month or two month thing but a lifestyle for the rest of my life.
As of today I’m 148lbs, 16 pounds heavier than what I was when I moved to Houston. Looking at the picture I don’t look it yes I know. Good thing is everything went to my thighs, so now they are even thicker and I got some extra boobs, heheheh. But it also means that my belly no longer is as defined as it was and because I’m 5”2 I’m bordering on being obese. It’s funny in my gym class I see people that look the same as me and tinier and I’m thinking damn we all have body image issues, we are here every day when we have relatively good bodies and some woman is trying to be the fattest woman on earth. Smfh. But it’s really not about that, it’s that you know how your body is structured, and now that you are young and still have all the energy taking control and staying fit, so it’s easier as you grow older to maintain a good lifestyle. (The instructor today is a granny, and doesn't look half as fit, but i was lifting 3lbs and she was lifting 10, go figure)
In truth I haven’t lost anything since I started working out and eating healthy. But I look slimmer, everything is firmer, my butt is bigger hehehe and I’m looking fit as well as defined. I will ideally love to be 140lbs, but again like I said this is no longer about the weight but about how I look and feel and living a healthy lifestyle. Nways all this story let me share what I do.
I make sure to drink 3 bottles of water a day, which makes up for 6 glasses of water. You are to drink 8glasses, so hoping that I get there. I cut off all alcohol (never drank much anyways) and all juices (freshly squeezed orange juice is always good tho). I drink a glass of fat free milk and just started green tea (has no calories or fat whatsoever).
I make sure to eat breakfast, that’s a must. Just started with cereal (tho i spoil it with the powdered milk i eat, o well) and 1 boiled egg (used to get Mcydees breakfast bagel); and then I take my vitamins (one a day women’s, vitamin c and triple omega oils). i'm going back on the pill cos in the past i lost weight or maintained weight on it (we'll see if it works. p.s i believe in condoms, no bare back o, again think healthy) I also eat 1 apple a day, but if that’s not always possible, just make sure to eat fruits. A protein bar a day, I eat almonds (good for your metabolism) and I have a yogurt or two a day (u can never go wrong with dannon activia). For lunch whatever I get is loaded with veggies. For dinner I rarely eat, I’m too tired from working out, so this is when I cheat with cookies I love (biscoff, best cookies in the world) and I eat more fruits or a protein bar. And to top it off I work out. One hr class at the gym (anything more is not needed), wake up in the morning and jump down on the floor to do some sit-ups & planks and repeat the same at night. Hoping to start swimming once the weather is warmer(still the best form of exercise in my opinion) and jogging weekends.
Now this is the physical. It’s useless if you are not emotionally and mentally baggage free, stress free. That’s the most important thing. I’m a very busy girl, I always have my hand in multiple projects at the same time, but I’m not one to keep anything in my mind. I also make sure to laugh a lot. I always write lol a lot. It’s because I almost always laugh out loud, for the silliest things too. Besides even when there is something to worry about, I remember I have a God that loves me and I pray (well pray always, but get my point).
Some other extra things…i don't have to tell you to wash your hands always...you protect yourself so much that way, be OCD about it, its OK. (i use Mary Kay satin hands wash, day & night cream - i have very soft hands heheh)... brush your teeth before you go to bed, and if you can have a shower as well. Sleep 8 – 9hrs if you can. Proven fact, I can’t do that. Besides I’m of the opinion that I will sleep when I die. Lol. Make sure to use lotion with spf in it, the summer is almost here and you want to protect your skin. When I come out the shower, I dry up a little and lotion first with oil (baby oil works fine) to lock in the moisture, dry off and then use your lotion. Make sure to use a face cream with spf in it as well I usually do that after cleaning my face with rose water (i do the same at night, i use Mary Kay day and night cream(no spf)) put on some powder and lip balm (biggest pet peeve is dry lips on both males & females) and I’m ready to go.
So that’s it… let me know other ways I can be better off course and whatever else I can incorporate…and I’m hoping you learnt something or I encouraged you to do something. There is always time btw, u just have to create it. For example I go straight to the gym from work; otherwise I would never do it. Picture goes down in an hr, in a month or two I will do an after picture. Thanks guys
P.S. read the labels and even when you eat out ask for nutritional info. Got panda express for lunch (chow mein, fried rice, beef and chicken) thinking i was gettiing some health stuff. my co worker said to go online and what i saw made me want to cry...it was bad, nways worked it out now sha but never again, infact no more eating out for me joP.P.S I LOVE YOU!!!
P.P.S - picture down :)