For all of February it seemed that I didn’t have much to write about. Actually, I had lots to write about but somethings are better in the pages of my journal then on my blog. I may be sharing my deeply personal Triple “F” Journey with the world but I still need to keep some matters private. My Mom always told me to “keep something for myself.” She is a very wise woman.
February and March have come and gone. April is upon me and it feels like I have so much to share! As some have already read, I was interviewed in the April 2010 “40 Ways to Get Fresh Start for Spring!” Essence article! I had all but forgotten about the article when my linesister, Deidre, called and fussed me out about not telling her first! One, I wanted it to be a surprise. Two, it slipped my mind that the issue was on the stands. The article came at a crucial time in my Triple “F” Journey. I was in a funk for most of February/March. The 50 inches of snow that fell in Northern Virginia pushed me off the healthy eating wagon. Of course I munched on healthy foods but my hands mysteriously found their way into a bag of Chips Ahoy cookies. Then they kept finding their way back. And they found their way back their again. LOL! Being snowed in and working through a few emotional issues made it easy to eat whatever I wanted. As always, food was there to comfort me and provide an activity to keep boredom at bay.
I’m proud that I didn’t eat more than I did. When I’ve fallen out of a healthy eating regimen before I typically felt guilty and ate even more. Actions like that defeat the purpose of getting into shape and becoming a healthier person physically, mentally, and spiritually. The true defeating action I took was not accepting becoming FIERCE! FLY! & FABULOUS! would not happen over night. Let’s be real-it took 9 years to pack on 75 lbs and sincerely acknowledge that I needed to get myself together. Logic, and I am an EXTREMELY logical person, says its going to take time to change destructive eating habits, incorporate physical activity into my daily routine, and change my self-perspective. The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Those steps add up to a beautiful traveling experience. My Essence interview reminded me of just that. I’ve just started and I have much more to accomplish. But, this is a FIERCE! FLY! & FABULOUS! path I am on! I just have to keep taking one step…
Excerpt taken from the Essence April 2010 “40 Ways to Get a Fresh Start for Spring!” article written by Claire R. McIntosh. The article can be found on page 116.
2. Believe in the Domino Effect. Jovette Gadson, 31, discovered what personal growth experts say our secret weapon when it comes to reinvention: Adjust one area of your life and you’ll likely set off a chain reaction of positive outcomes in others. Gadson, a program adviser for a government agency who had gained 75 pounds over the last decade, knew she had to do something to get her life going again.
The Washington, D.C.-area resident decided to post her goals and poems online and let friends in on her mission to become “fierce, fly, and fabulous.” A friend saw her posts and invited her to perform at an open-mic event. Though excess weight had been her excuse to hide out, she made herself say yes. For the big night, Gadson traded her outdated “intern look” for a sexy pencil skirt and knee-high boots, and performed an intimate poem she’d written about a former beau. The crowd loved it! She says the high she felt was “indescribable,” as if something deep inside her wer reborn.
Her newfound confidence led her to initiate changes in other areas. She joined her gym’s wellness challenge and found a trainer. She traded fruit for candy, cut out sodas, and upped her water and veggie intake. Now, with the weight falling off at a sensible one pound per week, she’s confident she’ll reach her goal of a curvy 180 pounds. And just recently, having polished her credit score, she prequalified for a mortgage and began shopping for a townhouse. She wants to close on the property by April 30 to claim the federal tax credit. With the $20 day she saves avoiding vending machines and eating out, she’ll have the cash to furnish it. “I’ve been sleepwalking for nine years,” says Gadson. “It’s time to feel alive again!”