My Beautiful One #15 – Get Your REAL Joy

15 Photo by whimsy studios, on Flickr


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.

One Week of Hip Hop Abs and I’m Still ALIVE

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.

Not bad.

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.


And So It Begins: Hip Hop Abs

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!


Results of My 7-Day Food/Fitness Challenge

On June 1, I started a 7 Day Challenge.

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:.

I had lost 13 pounds.

Needless to say, I was beyond stunned, but very happy.

Some takeaways:

  1. I will continue with no soda. In the last year, I think I’ve had four full cans of soda, and the taste of them didn’t appeal to me like they did in the past.
  2. I will work on finding alternatives to my bread craving. I recently bought some Flatout Hungry Girl 100% Whole Wheat with Flax flatbread, and I really liked it. Gotta keep looking for those good alternatives.
  3. I will continue to limit my red meat intake. I’ve gotten used to my chicken and fish with the occasional turkey diet, so this isn’t too painful.
  4. I will continue to limit my pasta intake.
  5. I will continue to limit my coffee consumption to only on Fridays through Sundays. This has been a little difficult for me, but it does limit my sugar intake considerably, so I’m going to keep at it.
  6. Biggest thing: I will be open to trying new foods.

Healthy Journey Continues: June 2014

For June, I’m doing a few things.

I’m kickstarting the month with a 7 Day Challenge.

7 Day Challenge


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.


I’m continuing a 30-day “easy” squat challenge.



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.


I’m doing a 40 miles in 30 days challenge.


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.