A Beautiful woman is one who never compares herself with anyone else. Why should she? Because what others have doesn’t make her feel insecure. ” The only thing that I have that nobody else has is me. My mind, my voice, my walk in life, my story, my vision.
So I will laugh more and play hard and dance, and sing, and live as only I can. My goals are to enjoy life be free, travel, love hard, accept my mistakes. Stay away from negativity and toxic people. Learn to forgive myself and others. Instead of judging people, say a little prayer for them. Because life is hard enough as it is. And when I open my eyes in the morning, I’ll Thank Him, for behold he makes all things new.
Two years ago my son came home from school telling me that they were studying Alexander Hamilton. He said, “mom you have to listen to the soundtrack”. So I did and I fell in love with it.
That started my search for the Broadway Musical. But I was quickly disappointed to find that it wasn’t coming to Louisiana for another 2 years. So I went online to sign up for any news that would let me know when the tickets would go on sale. And in January, I received an email from Ticket Master’s Fan based club stating that I had been selected with a specific date and time to buy tickets for the performance.
So on Friday morning, we went online to buy the tickets, and the site had so many people trying to do the same, that it crashed multiple times. I was so frustrated, that in fact, I said forget it and walked out of the room. But my husband pressed on, in fact, he had two computers opened up at the same time trying to purchase and pick the right seats. And his persistence paid off, Thank God!!!! We got them.
For the first time in Louisiana, Hamilton the Musical came to New Orleans and was performed at the Sangre Theather on Canal Street. And yall let me tell you I was blown away. Wow, the performance was exceptional, like nothing that I had ever seen. I was amazed at the multiracial cast. The singing was the best I have heard, the costumes were beautiful, and the crew did an outstanding job. Their performance kept the audience attention until the very end. This is a performance that I would never forget. And as an added bonus, it was a great way to learn about history. I would definitely go and see it again. They deserve a perfect 10.
As always Thank you for reading my blog, and God Bless.
Every year during this time, as I get older I am reminded of how thankful and blessed I am. Thankful for my family, for the ones who are still here. Thankful to God for my mother the patriarch of our family, we are so blessed that she is still here with us.
Thankful for my oldest son who prayed beautifully today. Thankful for my youngest son’s smile when everyone commented on how he was getting taller. I’m thankful that my sister was here today to live to see another birthday. Thankful for my dear husband staying up late last night to cook for us, in spite of not being here to enjoy this Thanksgiving due to work. Thankful that we get a chance to see the next generation grown right before our eyes.
And I always think of our loved ones who have gone on ahead of us, who I believe we will see again someday. My brother especially after all this time I still feel your presence around me immensely.
As I stood around today just watching my family eat, laugh, tell stories. It made me think about how fast time goes by. I’m thankful for today, for the memories that we were able to make, and I’ll try to store them away safely in my mind for future refection.
I hope everyone had a chance to sit back relax, and not let the idea of the Holiday, stress you out and all the preparations that come along with it. As always thanks for reading my blog and God Bless.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Ok, so my question is “Do you ever get tired of going to the same gym to work out all the time? Do you wish that you could go somewhere new and fresh? Somewhere less expensive. A gym where they have different selections of workout equipment and classes that actually come with the membership. I mean why pay extra for yoga, Pilates, or Zumba classes or whatever catches your eye. In my opinion, classes should come standard with memberships overall.
Anyway, none of this would be possible if you have months left before you can get out of your gym contract. Unless you want to end your membership and pay the enormous cancellation fees attached to most early terminations.
Well, that was me some months ago. I was coming to the end of my gym membership and wanted to change it up a bit. I mean I had the confidence to workout now, no longer intimated by the equipment or the people. I wanted to go somewhere new and different. A place where I could get more for my money.
My husband came home one morning telling me of a co-worker who was talking to him about this very same thing. And that’s how we learned of about it. What is Fitness Your Way? Well, I’m glad you asked, its access to thousands of participating gyms for a monthly fee. And no I’m not being paid to promote this. And yes the fee was $50 dollars less than what I was paying every month. There is no need to stick with one location. Membership gives you a variety of choices, to experience something new and fresh, whatever works for your lifestyle and fitness goals.
To sign up we had to call our health insurance company and tell them we wanted to enroll in Fitness Your Way. Everything was done right over the phone. And after talking to the fitness representative she sent us an email with our membership number and we were set to workout that same day.
Some of the locations are LA. Fitness, Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Golds Gym, some YMCA Locations, also Curves and Snap Fitness. Am I happy we made the decision to join Fitness My Way? Yes!!! Best decision we made. Oh and yes the classes come with your overall membership. In case you were wondering.
Nutrition at 40 is a follow up to my previous post. Where I explained the physical journey, going to the gym and exercising. But a person could exercise until they pass out. If you are not eating the right foods, then you’re defeating the purpose of it all. Because nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. I just didn’t really understand the dynamics of it all at the time, but I was desperately trying to learn. I remember a friend saying that abs were made in the kitchen, and she was right.
One day I was strolling through Instagram looking at random workout pictures. And one, in particular, caught my eye. It was of a lady working out. What I liked about her was that she was just like me. She didn’t seem fake, didn’t have on a ton of makeup, you could actually see the fatigue and sweat. She was just being herself, getting her exercise done. If I had to describe her, the words I would use would be genuine, someone who I could relate to.
Anyway, what she was offering actually captured my attention. “Meal Plans”, so yes I knew that I was disciplined with my workouts. However, I needed help with the nutritional aspect of it all. So after talking and getting what I needed, I started to understand so much more of what I was and wasn’t doing right, or shall I say eating right.
My first priority was to understand my caloric intake. Which is understanding how many calories my body needed to achieve my nutritional goal. My second priority was to actually get a list of healthy foods that I could eat, and yes there are foods that you could enjoy, that are not loaded down with fat, salt or sugar. And last I had to learn how to meal prep my food.
My meal plan consisted of protein, fruit, veggies, healthy fats, carbs, and a lot of water. Did I say carbs? Yes, I did and to me, that was the best part. That I didn’t have to give up everything that tasted good to me. And yes I still struggle with drinking water, but I haven’t given up yet!!!
So one Sunday I went to the Costco armed with my new grocery list and got started. I bought most of my foods in bulk, which is something that I have always done. I tried to get just what was on my list so that I wouldn’t waste money, and come home with unnecessary things that I didn’t need. Made sure I had enough water and I was well on my way. That evening I cooked enough food that would last me for a couple of days. And in the mornings for breakfast, I always had a protein shake with fruit. Which I could just grab on the way out the door. Below is a picture of my first attempt at meal prepping.
What I liked about meal prepping was the fact that there was always something healthy, that I could just pull out the fridge and eat when I was hungry. It kept me from snacking on unhealthy foods, getting unnecessary calories, and yes adding unnecessary weight to my body. To me, it was the key to the missing piece of the puzzle.
In the beginning, I was a bit overwhelmed by the idea of meal-prepping. But as time went on, like everything else. With enough practice it became easy. It has now become something that I actually look forward to doing.
If anyone has a question about meal plans or meal prepping and would like to know more about how I got started. Just leave a comment. Thank you and God Bless.