~On Monday, August 15, I began my 30 DAY CHALLENGE of eating no junk food whatsoever so I can loose the final pounds to get my 6 pack! My fiance is my inspiration and motivation as he has had one for majority of his life and he is also the most disciplined person I have ever met. I have been keeping a video log of each day to document it so I can stay on track and keep myself honest. I am determined with a goal in sight and I have enough faith in myself that I can and will reach my goal. Even if it takes me after September 14, I will still be working towards my goal. I chose September 14 because it is 1 day before my 29th birthday. I will be in the best shape of my life by this birthday and I am already amazed at how much more disciplined I am becoming.
~This month marked 6 months since my "BIG CHOP." My hair has grown 5 inches in those 6 months and it makes me feel wonderful! Embracing my natural hair was a difficult decision to make, but since I have such a supportive fiance who loves me unconditionally I had no worries. I think the main problem women face when going natural is whether their partner will embrace it or whether a potential partner will embrace it. The way I feel now is beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder, wear your natural hair with confidence and don't worry about what others think. Embrace the beauty of what God gave you, we are all beautifully unique. "Be your own kind of beautiful" says the canvas hanging in my living room.
~During my 30 day challenge I have also begun the MILE CHALLENGE, since my fiance is a healthy runner he encouraged me to start running. We also found out that Mark Zuckerberg also issued a similar challenge to everyone on Facebook at the beginning of the year. His challenge is for everyone to run 1 mile everyday, making it 365 miles they will have run by the end of the year. Since my fiance and I go to the gym on Tuesday and Friday, I decided to run a mile on the days in which I don't go to the gym. Although we have the university track a few blocks away to run on, I will instead opt to run on the treadmill at our complex here. On Monday, I ran a 8:49 mile on the treadmill and today, Wednesday, my fiance and I went to the UNLV track and I ran my first mile EVER on an actual track. We were thinking I would at least get under 10 minutes to be an example to show women that they can get under 10 as well. I actually ran a 7:49 mile on the track! It was very exhausting!!! I couldn't believe I kept going, but I persisted through the pain. My fiance ran a 5:48 mile which is unbelievable at 61! (We may have an age difference, but he is in far better shape than anyone I've ever known, including most young people in their 20's!) He actually keeps me young, I only began working out at the gym when we started dating, he is such an impressive physical specimen! I will begin posting the videos of my 30 day challenge soon, stay tuned!
Much peace, many blessings, and endless love,