My beautiful one, time truly is of the essence. We don’t know where we’ll be next year, next month, tomorrow, or even five minutes from now. Be happy NOW. Don’t regret it.
My beautiful one, as we grow older, may we not forget that being a child at heart is a good thing. It keeps us young and keeps us with a childlike joy so often lost as the years pile on.
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My beautiful one, stop, be still, be quiet, and think on this question: What brings you REAL joy? Don’t live in complacency. Don’t live just to survive, to exist. Live to be aLIVE, to do the things that warm your heart, make you smile, make you happy to wake up in the morning. The more you do these things, the happier you’ll be.
Thank God for the seventh day of a week because Shaun T actually gives us a day off!
Six days in a row with Hip Hop Abs, and I’m alive to tell the tale.
There wasn’t a day that I didn’t feel the burn in my hips, thighs, and abs.
Add to that the fact that I’ve been doing a squat challenge, and needless to say, my thighs cry to me on a second-by-second basis.
I am diggin’ HHA right now though next week there are several days where I’m doing two of those HHA workouts in a day, so I’ll have more about how I dig it come next Sunday.
Although I didn’t lose weight this week, I blame that on my voracious need to eat BREAD–a lot, I did lose two inches off my waist, an inch off my thighs, and an inch off my hips.
This week, I will be more diligent with the food intake. My emotions and mentals have been ALL OVER THE PLACE, and the first thing I go to when I’m in that state is FOOD.
So, for this week, I’m continuing on with my second week of Hip Hop Abs, continuing on with the squat challenge (still have nine days to go!), and getting in some walking (doing a 40 miles in June challenge, too).
Let’s do this.
Well, my lovelies, I am afeared.
Today, I start Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs.
I’ve been diligently working on my health for almost a year (anniversary is June 25!), and having just completed a half-marathon (walking, not running…YET!) and bringing in Leslie Sansone and other aerobics and strength training, I figured it was time to up my game.
Enter Shaun T, the man who will sweat out my hair in oh-so-bad ways and have me looking like a hot, puddled mess.
But all I can do is sigh, shrug, and gather the confidence to say, “Bring it on, bad boy!”
Pray for me!
On June 1, I started a 7 Day Challenge.
I didn’t have any real expectations of what I might lose or how I might feel during this challenge.
When I did the Daniel Fast back in February, I lost 15 pounds in three weeks, so a part of me figured I MIGHT lose five pounds during the week if I stayed on task.
I have to say that I found myself wanting everything I couldn’t have during the week, LOL, which was weird for me because during the Daniel Fast, I was GREAT for like the first 18 days of the 21-day fast (those last three days were torture!).
I craved my coffee (and I’m a sugar girl, so yeah, NO SWEETS). I wanted bread badly (this is one of my crutches right here), and I even wanted a glass of wine when I typically only drink maybe four or five times a year!
Things got REAL for me.
But I stayed the course.
I even tried quinoa and asparagus for the first time, and I learned that I LOVE them.
I worked out in beast mode, but working out has never really been my issue since I started in earnest last year.
I was doing 45 to 90 minutes per workout session usually throughout the day as I continued to walk and then added aerobics later in the day.
When I weighed myself at the end of the challenge…
.:insert drum roll:.
Needless to say, I was beyond stunned, but very happy.
For June, I’m doing a few things.
This might seem like an “easy” thing considering I completed the three-week Daniel Fast, but food is my arch nemesis, and I’ve been awfully emotional in 2014. Therefore, food has comforted me. I’m hoping this challenge will kick me in the right direction of proper eating this month and moving forward.
Today is day 7. Thankful for the walking because it has strengthened my legs, especially my knees, enough to where I can do these and not hurt. I add some side twists to the squats so that my thighs and waist can burn, baby, burn.
Got in a little over four miles today for it. I’m ChickLitGurrl (Shonell Bacon) on Nike+ if you want to friend me.
Aside from these things, I also recently ordered Hip Hop Abs, so sometime this month, I plan to get it in on that!
Excited to see what happens with my body this month from all the activities and working on proper eating.