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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Monday, September 1, 2014
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
I have been doing a lot of reflection lately regarding my interest in fitness and competing in general. Competing can be quite a self-centered activity. Competitors tend to become consumed and a bit selfish when it comes to perfecting their bodies. A few weeks ago, I realized that I was becoming a bit more consumed with this lifestyle and my goals, so I decided to step back and analyze things a bit. I was planning on competing in a national level show the weekend of August 28th. I decided not to do so. I had a lot of work on my plate and I did not feel like I was ready to bring my best package. Additionally, I wanted to work out these issues I was having with competing.
I kept thinking that I am too old to compete. I mean, what business does a 41 year old mother have walking around in a bikini on stage? The time I spend working out could be better spend working on my career or spending time with my child, shouldn't it? And just when I was about to gracefully bow out, a couple opportunities came knocking at my door that would have never happened to me if I weren't into fitness. Confirmation. I now realize that God would not have blessed me with the ability to sculpt my body is such a way if I were not to use it in some way. But, how does God want me to use my talents and abilities? God wants me and you to use our abilities for serve him by helping others. So, I will keep pressing on, blogging about my experiences, helping people with their diets and exercise and serving Him in any way I can though this platform. And, I want to set an example for other women and my daughter that you can live the life you desire, if you just keep trying and never give up. Even when things look bleak, keep pushing, never give up. Get still and listen to Him. God does speak to us, but if we have too much noise going on around us, we may miss his directions. Pray for discernment to know the difference from God's direction and the ungodly.
I am a single mother and an attorney and I still find time to take care of my health. People ask how I do it all. Well, it is my job to show you. I believe that God wants me to use my experiences for the benefit of others who may struggle as I once did. Stay tuned . . . .
Sunday, August 31, 2014
The last few weeks have been a really exciting time form me. I have been blessed with opportunities that I would have never even imagined. I recently recorded an infomercial for Vera Vasi Shapwear! Vera Vasi Shapewear is luxury shapewear manufactured by the Marena Group, Inc. It does what every woman desires in shapewear, keeps you dry, smooths you out and cinches the waist! I love it! I am so honored to have been included in their infomercial as a spokes model. I cannot wait to share the infomercial with you! Stay tuned!
In addition to working for the Marena Group, I was recently chosen as Fit Queen for the September/October issue of Fitfigures Magazine! I am super humbled and honored! I want to thank Dionne Davis, the CEO and Founder of Fitfigures Magazine, for choosing me. This is a particularly special honor because I have been included in their 3rd year anniversary issue! Actor and choreographer, Darrin Henson is on the cover. You may remember him from his role as Lem in the television series Soul Food. I wish to thank and acknowledge the photographer who took my photo that will be included in the magazine, Alex D. Rogers, and my fabulous hair stylist and makeup artist Robert Rooks. The issue will be available to purchase on September 1, 2014! at www.fitfiguresmagazine.com.
I am so blessed an thankful for these wonderful opportunities. The sky is the limit! With God on your side, anything is possible!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Are you ready to head back to the gym and change your eating habits? Have you taken a long break from exercise? Many women, especially those with successful careers, have a busy lifestyle that doesn't leave too much free time. Only a few manage to work out regularly and stick to a balanced diet. Fortunately, it's never too late to start exercising. People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit working out. Here are some tips to help you out:
Start with Small Steps
Set realistic goals before hitting the gym after a long break. Be consistent and plan ahead. Don’t make drastic changes from the first day. Start with small steps and then gradually build back up to where you were. It can be hard to get back into your workout routine after taking a break, but it is well worth the effort.
Get a Buddy
Ask a friend or relative to join you at the gym. This will keep you motivated and boost your commitment to the exercise habit. When you're surrounded by friends, exercising is fun.
Make Exercise a Priority
Tell yourself that you’re going to work out at least four times a week for one month. Make exercise part of your daily routine. The first week will be the most challenging one because your body is trying to get used with exercise. You may experience muscle soreness, fatigue, and mood swings. The more often you work out, the easier it gets. Don't push yourself too hard in the first few days. Use exercise as an excuse to spend quality time all by yourself.
Improve Your Eating Habits
Don't give up your favorite foods suddenly. Breaking bad eating habits can take weeks and even months. To start, fill your fridge with fruits and vegetables. Limit processed foods in your foods and replace sodas with water, tea, and coffee. Stop drinking your calories! Eating healthier may be intimidating at first, but you’ll soon reap the benefits.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I have been receiving yearly mammograms since I turned 39 and July of each year I go in for my yearly mammogram. Those of you who follow my blog may know that last year I wrote about my experience finding a lump in my breast. Well, here it is a year later and I have another experience to share.
I went in for a routine mammogram a week ago and I was told that the radiologist observed something suspicious. They called my doctor who referred me to a breast specialist/surgeon. I was told that I needed a surgical biopsy. I felt as if someone kicked me in my chest. I could not breathe.
Confused, I ran the events that occurred a year ago over and over in my head. Last July, a cyst was found in my right breast. I had a mammogram and ultrasound to confirm this. The doctor told me that I didn't have to do anything about it and that cysts are common and come and go. Well, my cyst didn't go away. But, I wasn't worried about it because it felt the same as it had when it was initially discovered. Nonetheless, this year I made it a point to have my mammogram on time without delay. I really thought that they were going to tell me that the cyst was unchanged. Instead, they were referring me to a surgeon.
A week prior to my appointment with the surgeon, I spoke to my spiritual adviser. I was worried sick and upset that I was in that space considering all of the challenges I have been enduring over the last few years. And she told me that I needed to get my faith up and I needed to keep pushing and not skip a beat. I asked, "How do you keep going and not skip a beat when you could possibly have breast cancer?" She responded, "You must have faith that whatever happens it is in God's plan and for the greater good. So, what if it's cancer? What does that mean? If you are His then you fully understand that this life is not yours. You live according to His plan, not your plan. You are lacking in faith. And I can tell you are because we are having this conversation. Fear and worry are sins. God wants us to have joy. Yes, we will have trials and tribulations, but if we really trust in Him and if we are really His, then we shalt not worry." Then she went on to say that God told her that what was seen on the mammogram and ultrasound was a shadow.
Well, when I went in to meet with the surgeon, he told me that he believed that it was a cyst. I explained that my doctor discovered a cyst last year, that it is still there and this year the radiologist told me that there was something next to it. He said it was all one cyst. He described it as "two small bubbles next to each other like a barbell." (I would have a cyst that looks like a barbell). The surgeon explained that he wanted to aspirate the cyst just to be sure.
I went to the surgeon today for the aspiration procedure. I sat there awaiting my appointment and I observed several women who had lost their hair. Some wore some sort of hat or covering, others fully embraced their baldness. Observing this made my heart ache. It's funny how life can change in a second. But, I was calm and at peace. Some things in life we cannot control. We just have to trust God and roll with it. And do so with joy and thanksgiving.
Oh, it was in fact a cyst. The doctor drained it and now it's gone. Praise God!
Ladies, make sure you get your annual mammograms!