Wednesday, October 01, 2008
REVERSE RESOLUTIONS = Is a term that I coined last year for one of the CARDIO CONNOISSEUR Challenges. Often times we spend so much time on setting goals at the beginning of the year then lose that focus towards the end of the year...ESPECIALLY around the Holiday Season.
Well, after this morning's UN-OFFICIAL weigh-in it hit me that I have about 3 months (91 days to be exact) left to make my #1 New Year's Resolution come to fruition. Time to focus on the REVERSE RESOLUTIONS... I promised MYSELF that this would be the year that I lost the rest of this weight for good and would finally reside in ONEderland.
So, here it is October 1st and I am determined to actualize my #1 Goal. Now some folks believe that I am obsessive about losing weight and at times I'm over-critical of myself (Who Me?).
Okay, maybe...but after listening to T.I. and Rihanna's new song "Live Your Life", I have decided that I need to be so thankful for what I have and not get too worked up about what I don't YET have. And of course the operative word being "YET".
With that being said, I've decided to get every aspect and wellness vector of my life positioned to LIVE [MY] LIFE and be ABSOLUTELY FINE IN 2009!!!
So here are my REVERSE RESOLUTIONS for the remainder of 2008...yes, I'm still in it to win it!!!
SPIRITUAL: Consistently attend Sunday School and be prepared
MENTAL/PROFESSIONAL: Enroll in Graduate School--gotta make myself more marketable
FINANCIAL: Create new Income Streams and reduce my Revolving Debt
PHYSICAL: Workout twice a day, Strength Train a minimum of four times a week, Incorporate Yoga into my workouts, Drink 80+ oz. H20 DAILY, Drink 16 oz. Green Tea DAILY, Plan ALL meals one week in advance, get more sleep and resume my Monday weigh-ins
EMOTIONAL: Follow T.I. and Rihanna's advice... Be thankful and resolve to "LIVE [MY] LIFE!"
Monday, September 22, 2008
What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been...literally! Get ready, this is a long one...LOL!
It all began Wednesday, 9/10 when Regina, (a good friend from college and pictured above) called me at work and asked me if I wanted to join her at the Oprah Show on 9/17...well YEAH! I had no idea, but one of her lifelong goals was to go to the Oprah show and she had promised herself that if she ever got tickets she would take me (I have such good friends).
Then that very next day I received a follow-up email from the Senior Associate Producer at the O Show. She and I have been directly talking and sharing information as it relates to what inspires me about the RED DRESS. She was writing to let me know that she had been pulled off my story but would like to keep in touch as time permits. As it turns out, she had been working to try to get me on the show...WOW and all I had asked for was the RED DRESS. I thanked her for taking the time to communicate with me and I let her know that I would switch to Plan B for the RED DRESS (get my seamstress to make it). I also told her that I would be at the show the following Wednesday and if she was available I would love to meet her.
Well, fast forward to Sunday 9/14. "IKE" was gracious enough to grace Kentucky with his presence, with high winds up to 75 mph and no electricity for over 300,000 people. My family and I happened to be included in that number. Oh, the little things we take for granted (i.e. a cup of ice, a cell phone signal and SPARKing to name a few). Anyway, my hooded hair dryer and I could not wait to get on the road to Chicago!!!
So Tuesday afternoon Me, Regina and my 5 bags of luggage were Chicago-bound (YES 5 Bags for one overnight trip--I know, I have issues!!!). On the drive up we had a ball, laughing and reminiscing over old college days...even though we had a detour that delayed our arrival time by over an hour. Mr. IKE flooded part of I-65 and we had to take a detour through a corn field...thank God it was still daylight. Regina and I were both having flashbacks from that "Children of the Corn" movie (oooo that still gives me chills!).
Well, by the time we checked into the hotel, had dinner, laid out our clothes and spend some quality time under my hooded hair dryer, it was well after 1am before I got in bed. Which was no biggie, I was so hyped about finally going to the Oprah Show that I couldn't hardly get to sleep....plus, I was afraid of oversleeping. The doors to the show would open at 6:30am and we decided that we wanted to be the first people in line. And so we were. We arrived at the studio at 4:50am!!! When I first saw "The Oprah Winfrey Show" sign on the side of the building I almost broke down and cried tears of joy. But I quickly got myself in check, I did not want to ruin my make-up!!!
Not too long after we got there, we were greeted by "Joe" one of the main guards who has been working there for almost 12 years. He was so friendly and gave us a thorough description of what all to expect. By that time I was ready to spontaneously combust. Well, the next thing we knew other audience members started to arrive and it was soon "sold out". Finally, 6:30 came and they allowed us to access the building. We were instructed to go through the security checkpoint where they confiscated all cameras, cell phones, pens, pencils and paper. Well as a "just in case" I packed the "Claiming My After Picture" in my purse and had it in a plastic sleeve. The guard politely removed it from my purse, folded it in half placed the side with Oprah's picture on it face down and put it in a Ziploc bag...now the bag was big enough to hold the picture without folding it...but I didn't trip...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show.
After clearing the security checkpoint we went to the audience waiting area. The room was incredible. It was full of huge pictures of Oprah and her guests during some of her memorable shows over the years. When we reached the top of the stairs one of the "Greeters" barked and ordered us to take a seat and fill out a sheet of paper giving the Show the okay to use our images now and forever. Although I was taken aback by how rude the main greeter was, I DECIDED to stay cool...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show PLUS Regina and I were proudly holding tickets #1 and #2.
Finally, it was time for the audience to go into the studio. I was so excited that my knees were still shaking. Anyway, to make a long story short they began to call audience members by name and ask that the person and their party come to the studio. So, I carefully watched each group that was called and couldn't figure out for the life of me how the folks were selected...especially, since some of them got in line hours after we did...but I didn't trip...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show. Well, after they called everyone from Adam to all of Abraham's descendants, they called tickets 1 to 25. Regina and I took off in our heels like we were in a race against time. We opened the studio doors and were shocked to see that all of the seats that circled the stage were filled...and filled by people who had gotten in line hours after we did...still smiling...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Well, we were instructed to sit in a section that was back in the cut, and the seats that we were told to sit in were behind a teleprompter. The DEVIL was a liar! Regina and I used our southern charm and were able to move down far enough where we could at least see Oprah when she came out.
Then a few of the producers/cheerleaders/hype people or whatever they're called came out to get the audience prepped for the show. They had us up dancing and everything. Then they told us that this show was a follow-up to the show from the prior week about Men Cheating. Okay, so now I was really confused. While we were in the holding area, one of the audience members who had been on the show several times told us that the people sitting in the red seats near Oprah are selected because they have a story that is relevant to the topic. Well, I had talked to some of the people who were in line that had prime seats...they had never even been married...still didn't SERIOUSLY trip...After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Anyway, the producer went on to tell the audience that Oprah is very in tune with her audience and loves a lot of audience feedback and participation...that's when they went around and let different audience members practice asking questions.
The next thing we knew it was showtime and in walks Oprah. I felt my heart jump out of my chest...there she was my she-ro. She sat down, cracked a few jokes about all of the wardrobe, hair and make-up people who were fussing over her. Then she asked the main producer if she had to read anything because she couldn't see, she wasn't wearing her contacts. As it turns out her dog had "tinkled" in the house, while cleaning it up she sprayed some cleaner on her contact case and was afraid to wear her contacts. Hello, is this the Oprah Winfrey that is a gazillionaire, yet only has ONE PAIR OF CONTACT LENSES....Ok...don't trip...After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Lights, Camera, Action...the show starts. Everything was moving so fast, I had to keep reminding myself to "Live in the Now." Then the next I knew it was over, Oprah stood up, kicked off her shoes (she had said earlier that the shoes were meant for sitting not walking) gave a QUICK wave to the audience, shook hands with a few audience members who were seated along the aisle that she walked down, then she disappeared. I thought to myself, "Is this it, daggone I could've had a V8!!!"
On my way to the Oprah Store, I tried to wrap my mind around everything (mind you there were quite a few details that I left out of this blog...believe it or not!). I had such high expectations, and I was a bit ashamed of the fact that I was a wee-bit disappointed. What was I expecting??? In my eyes, not much...just to get my little picture autographed or to even meet the producer whom I had been talking to.
Well, since Wednesday the whirlwind has slowed down. I have power at home and I had a home to come back to. My family , friends and all of my loved ones were safe and sound. The company where I work had very little downtime and no property damage. I have more than a bottle of hot sauce and a half gallon of water in the fridge and last but not least I was fortunate enough to take a much needed mini-vacation.
In closing, I realize that I may or may not get Oprah's actual RED DRESS. I may or may not hear anything else from the producer. I may or may not have a national televised opportunity to tell some full-figured person who is ready to give up on making a lifestyle change to hang in there and that it can be done!
One thing I know for sure, "ALL things God works for good with those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose. " Romans 8:28 GNV. So I refuse to trip, be disappointed or show any signs of ungratefulness...thanks to the goodness of God I fulfilled one of my dreams and goals... After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show!!!
Monday, September 08, 2008
This past Saturday, one of my little cousins got married and she was nothing short of an absolute doll and her dress was drop-dead gorgeous! So speaking of drop dead gorgeous dresses....ahhh the RED DRESS. Well combined with thoughts of my cousin's wedding and a deal that I caught on Sunday, I was inspired to blog about the RED DRESS...imagine that!!!
So I have been trying to become a power walker/jogger/runner and it is TRULY a work in progress. Especially since I have weak knees, weak ankles, and super-pronated feet (a nice way of saying extremely flat feet). Lately my little tootsies have been hurting with a capital "H"!!! I'm planning to make a standing appointment with my podiatrist and I decided to go shopping for some new shoes after church today so that I could be better prepared for my walking/jogging/running workouts this week.
While shopping for athletic shoes, I had no success in finding what I needed in my size; however, I saw a beautiful sign over in the far corner that read "CLEARANCE"...woo-hoo...so off I went.
Well, when I got over there all they had were dress shoes. So me being the bargain shopper that I am decided to just give the racks a good look, just in case I saw something that spoke to me. Then there they were, the perfect silver shoes to compliment the RED DRESS and better yet they were on clearance. So I hunted for my size, but the largest they had was a size 9 1/2 Medium. I must admit I felt a little like one of Cinderella's step sisters when I reached for the box.
Anyway, I tried them on and not only did they fit, they were comfortable and they were an additional 40% off...CHA-CHING! I was so excited, not just because now all of my accessories for the RED DRESS were complete, but here was another reminder of how far God has brought me on this journey.
At my largest weight my shoe size was a size 11 W not to mention, I couldn't even think about walking in heels. And here I am today a proud owner of a pair of 9 1/2 Medium- silver-2 inch- strappy shoes-accented with crystals-ON CLEARANCE!!!
So I now have something old (my jewelry), something new (my shoes), something borrowed (Mama's purse that she let me borrow last year....OOPS!) and in a matter of time, I truly BELIEVE that I will have something RED...the RED DRESS!!!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
So we're going into week 4 of boot camp at my favorite gym. This morning I had all manners of temptation trying to get me to stay in bed:
1. I had an incredible workout yesterday and have a pretty good one planned for this evening, so I could skip bootcamp...right?
2. I just got a fresh perm this past Friday, did I really want to mess my hair up?
3. My pillow and bed were holding me ever so tightly, I couldn't let them go....right?
Well when my alarm went off, I barely opened my eyes and what was the first thing that I saw??? Yep a picture of the RED DRESS (Yes, I have the picture that's in this blog posted in my bedroom as well!!!)
[Note: "But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it." I Corinthians 10:13 NLT]
So I hopped out of bed--with my rollers, silk scarf and all and headed to the soccer field behind my favorite gym for boot camp.
When I got there a small group of the participants were clustered together looking confused. They had just gotten the news that the ONLY certified trainer had quit last Thursday...what a kick in the pants (or in the BOOT-y)!!!
What ticked me off is that a member of management first of all, didn't have a contingency plan for us and second of all that they didn't deliver the news to us themselves. Anyway, while everyone continued to complain I said to myself, "THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!" Then I said to the group..."Whatever! I've got a date with a RED DRESS in November, I'm gonna go through as much of the routine on my own...if anyone wants to join me come on." Most of the group looked at me like I was bonkers, but I did have one taker....my new friend MS. THELMA.
So off we went to do our stretches and we ended up speed-walking laps around the field. While we walked we talked about our weight loss journey, our final goals, SPARK and of course about the RED DRESS.
Before we knew it the time had flown by and sweat was pouring off both of us. We committed to meeting every Tuesday and Thursday to walk/jog the soccer field and we would close out with doing some crunches, push-ups and toning in the gym.
As my motivational Spark Quote that is posted in my photo gallery says, "There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
And in the words of the prophet Nehemiah, "I am doing a great work! I cannot stop..." (Nehemiah 6:3 NLT)
AMEN and AMEN!!!
UPDATE: We have a replacement trainer so Boot Camp is back on schedule, I asked the manager to extend it one day to make-up for the day missed and he agreed...WOO HOO!!! Plus MS. THELMA and I have agreed to meet 30 mins. before Boot Camp and still do our power walk. We will continue with this regimine even when Boot Camp has concluded....AIN'T GOD GOOD (and that's a statement-not a question)!!!!
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