BACK TO WILLPOWER AND ON TO LOVE

This will be my last blog post for awhile, I have really enjoyed writing to my petite audience over the course of the last few months. And I thank you all for allowing me to be open with you about the various aspects of my life and journey to my RAENEWED LIFESTYLE. I have learned so much these last few months about dedication to healthy living which has so much to do with exercising and eating well but also as much to do with relationships and mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

I’ve gone back to willpower in the sense that my first post on this blog pertained to willpower and how it is an essential part of making healthy eating choices and pushing yourself to go exercise. And just this past weekend when I went to visit a friend I succeeded in putting my willpower into action by saying no to all the bad eating habits that I usually partake in when with friends. I was so proud of myself and I felt the best I’ve felt in a long time, and very confident in my skin. That confidence also had a lot to do with my success on my hair journey which I discussed in an earlier post. I was originally striving to wear my hair in it’s most natural state but now I’m back to the basics of getting my natural hair blow dried, and then heat styled with a curling iron. And I am so happy with it because it’s the hairstyle that I maintained during some of the happiest periods in my life.

On to love, I contacted the guy that I referred to in my last post and it’s not that I will find love with him. But it’s more about what I’ve found I value the most after having ample time over the last three years to reflect about my life, my regrets, and my mistakes. I really value more than anything, love. And I want to obtain love and I want to experience being in a relationship with the love of my life. Whoever that may be. I want to have quality, loyal, trustworthy friendships. And I want to have smooth relationships with all of my relatives. I also want to fall in love with my dream again and pursue it with vigor. These two songs below describe a lot of what I feel about love and life in the present. And we’ll all just have to wait and see what the future holds. As always…

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BOY, OH BOY!

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Today I conquered cycling once again and although it was part torture, I find it gets easier every time because with more practice my body adjusts more. I’ve seen the success of putting the time in to exercise on a regular basis. It works, and it gets me the results that I’m looking for. It took a lot in me today to force my way to the cycling class but I just had to because I know that come summer I want to be in a better place. And I understand that better place cannot come to be unless I make better choices concerning my health. With the right change will come the results I’m looking for.

I know that it’s going to continue to take pushing my way to each exercise class, and saying no to eating overtly portioned carbohydrate filled meals. But it’s work that I really think I’m willing to put in, precisely because I’m ready for a change of pace. And within some years I’ll be ready for that special man to enter my life. But before then I want to settle in with me, my dreams, a higher self-esteem, and a complete love and satisfaction with self.

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I WILL SURVIVE

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So I actually followed through with taking an exercise class on Tuesday and it was in the morning at 8am. Yes, I am serious about this workout thing. The only hiccup is that I just got my hair done today so I may not be able to keep up with my Tuesday/Thursday exercise schedule because I very much want to enjoy well-behaved hair for at least one day. But back to the exercise class that I took, it was a cycling class and it was death. The funny thing is that all of these rigorous and physically taxing exercises actually help us humans live longer even though they feel like they might just kill us. I have to say though that after a workout I always feel accomplished, rejuvenated, and closer to my dreams.

I think I feel closer to my dreams because taking care of myself and taking the time out to really form healthy routines and habits in my life will only help me hone the skill of discipline in other areas of my life. That includes making time for my passions, hobbies, and God given gifts. I read an article on a blog earlier this week called “24 Things You Need To Know Before Turning 24”. And as I was reading I was happy to find that I was doing one of the things already, taking advantage of my school’s gym. I read a lot of self help articles and I’m usually fawning over everything that I wish I had the motivation to do rather than actually doing anything at all.

The cycling class was challenging to get through because I haven’t worked out intensely and on a regular basis in a couple of years. But what I loved was that taking the class opened my eyes even wider to how out of shape I am and how I need to make better diet choices so that I won’t have to pay for bad diet choices later. Taking exercise classes keeps me aware of my body’s current state and how important my health is to my self-esteem, and overall quality of life.

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FITNESS 101

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So tomorrow morning after a week of still motion (refusing to perform any purposeful fitness focused physical activity), I am going to start taking exercise classes at my college’s fitness center. I’ve taken some classes before during another semester and they were very effective because I was being directed in movement by an instructor. Something about group exercise classes makes me feel more accountable for what it is that has to be accomplished. And cardio is my best friend in the world of fitness, I think because of the way my body is built. And because of my diet, I consume a lot of foods that make for strong bones and resulted muscle exposure if I am being active.

I am excited about the results I’ll see in my shape and improved fitness in the coming months. I still want to incorporate running into my fitness routine somehow but for now I’ll stick with the classes because my schedule  is getting busier by the minute. I think I’ll wait to incorporate running into my usual schedule when my Godsister and I are able to find free time in our schedules because she also wants to pick up running. I really think that as I move into being more committed to a better, permanently raenewed lifestyle that things will continue to get better in my life as a whole.

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P.S. YOU CAN TELL THAT I’M OFF OF VACATION WHEN I’M BACK TO POSTING ORIGINAL IMAGES:)

“DANCE LIKE I MEAN IT”

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I’m enjoying my break week from all rigorous physical activity but I have to say that my impromptu solo dance party that I had the other night was really refreshing. I decided to play some of my favorite songs of right now through my speakers after I got finished watching my favorite TV show of right now, Being Mary JaneAnd I guess I was inspired by the main character’s dance scene at the end of the episode where she was just letting go and feeling the music. While I was dancing I was thinking about how much fun I always have just dancing to my favorite songs for fun. And how afterwards I always feel like I got a free workout because it doesn’t take an enormous amount of effort, it only takes my love of my favorite music.

I don’t want exercising and being in shape to be something that I hate trying to achieve. I also don’t want it to be something that I put off for months at a time. Instead I want it to truly be a part of my lifestyle but I know that it has to be channeled by things that I enjoy doing and find fun to do. Like, dancing! I think once I’m able to find some type of dance class for young adults who do it for fun I will definitely be joining. I want dancing to become a bigger part of my life because I love doing it. It’s funny though because when I was younger I took dance classes but I begged my Mom to let me quit. But I didn’t want to quit because I hated the art of dancing I more disliked the competition and comparison to other girls and the pressure to be like the girls who seemed like they were so perfect and had it so easy. Now I wish that I had stuck with it for fitness sake. But for now I’m going to continue to turn up the tunes in my room and dance like I mean it because life’s too short to not to be in my most healthy state and have fun getting myself and keeping myself there.

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WILLPOWER

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The first thing that I thought of when starting this blog was the music video to Kanye West’s song “The New Workout Plan”. I remember seeing the video years ago and thinking that it was one of the most bizarre yet comical things that I’ve ever seen because of the truth that relies in it. As women sometimes we are only motivated to go after what it is that we want if there is a man involved or if there’s some big prize involved for us that revolves around a man getting it for us. And it’s not that we don’t need men, that’s not it at all. It’s that we need to learn how to find happy outside of people and things so that the special men and material objects in our lives are in addition to the happiness that we already own.

So today’s post is about willpower, that’s all you need to get your life in order and find your happy. I feel the side eyes coming from computer screens around the world (laugh). No it’s not that simple but willpower does have a lot to do with it, it’s one aspect. And something that finds itself at the hands of willpower consistently in life is the object of health. Saying no to unreasonable amounts of sugars and carbohydrates, upping our vegetable and fruit intake, forcing ourselves to take vitamins earlier rather than later, and finding the power within in ourselves to get up and exercise. These are all things that we as individuals should want to do for ourselves because it’s only going improve our quality of life.

I personally have noticed that my willpower has gotten stronger over the last month and it’s actually come with more ease than ever before. I don’t know why but I think it might be due to my desire to change my mindset which is a parent of willpower in so many ways. It all starts with the mind and when you’re able to get control of your mind you will actively practice willpower in every area of your life where you find that you are weak to certain things and triggers. Willpower is important, health is important, mindset is important. So exercise your willpower today, alter your mindset for the better, get that body moving, and move those vegetables and fruits to the forefront for your own well being and your own happy.

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