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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 2012

This was the second time I participated in the American Cancer Society annual breast cancer walk. I was so humbled by my experience in last year’s walk that I decided to  make a commitment to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each year.

I am unsure how much money I raised last year, but it probably was under $50. I knew I could do better than that, so this year I set a goal of $100. During the last week of fundraising, I met and surpassed that goal. The fact that so many people were willing to help me attain a goal was also very humbling. I’m glad that I was able to contribute to the cause.

While many people would assume that I participate because I know someone or was directly affected by breast cancer. I don’t know anyone personally who has lost the fight, or has become a survivor. This is why I participate. When I read or hear about the stories of women who have overcome, and those who haven’t, I am moved. I’m not just moved because it’s sad, but because at any time my mom, my sister, my aunt or could discover a lump in one of our breasts. Breast Cancer does not discriminate. As a woman, I feel compelled to do what I can to help someone else’s mom, someone else’s sister, someone else’s aunt, or someone else.  This disease affects so many women (and men) every year. I’ve been blessed to have not had it affect me or my loved ones, and I’d like to keep it that way.

This year’s walk was no different from the last. I was again humbled by the experience. I saw women, men and children all walking for a common purpose. Thousands of people, survivors and families of lost loved ones, all walking against breast cancer. It was a beautiful sight to see that many people from all backgrounds, economic classes, educational levels, and ages gather for such an important cause. We all walked 3 miles together and finished 3 miles together.

Life isn’t just about what we can do for ourselves; it’s also about what we can do for others. Find a cause that speaks to you, and look for ways to contribute. It will make life that much more purposeful.

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Reflection: Insanity Completion

Well, I finally completed the Insanity challenge. It took me 11 weeks as opposed to 9. I took a 1.5 week hiatus due to unforeseen circumstances. So, I redid week 8 in its entirety and completed week 9.

This is has been a crazy journey. I am so thankful that I completed it, even if it took longer than expected. I love the results I got. During the Insanity challenge, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that when I set my mind to doing something I will accomplish it no matter the obstacles. I also realized that my losing weight, was something done solely for me. A lot of people told me that I am fine the way that I am, and that at the midpoint, I didn’t need to lose any more weight. Well, I can’t look at myself through the eyes of others. I can only view myself through my eyes and that means that I have to be satisfied with me. While I appreciate all the compliments and kind words shared with me, I’ve come realize that a person should lose weight because he/she wants to. Not because of the attention you may receive or because society says that your overweight. Do it for you. Make yourself happy.

I’ve also noticed that I am not the only one who has taken a weight loss journey in the past year, a lot of my friends are also on their own journeys. I think that is a beautiful thing, and I hope they all reach their goals. I am definitely here for motivation, if  it’s needed. I received a ton of motivation from all directions, and it definitely helped me push through and accomplish my goal. However, I have to mostly thank God for providing me with determination and motivation because there were days that I wanted to quit. With prayer, He always pushed me through, and I am thankful!

I’ve decided to cancel my Weight Watchers subscription. It does work, but it has become instilled in me to eat better, and commit to daily exercise. I was really worried about what I would do at the conclusion of the weight watchers program, but having done this for so long, I know that I’ll be subconsciously telling myself to eat healthy and not to indulge.

Something else that I’ve realized is that losing weight is a process. It took time for me to gain weight, so of course it would take time to lose it. I think the biggest mistake people make is thinking that the weight is just going to fall off. It isn’t. It takes time, be patient. If you don’t take anything from my journey, please take this… The weight will come off in due time, especially if you are working hard and eating right. It may not fall off as quickly as you like, but it will eventually. Trust me.

Week 2: Insanity & WW

7/17-7/21 Update

NOTE:  I do stay within my WW point range unless I indicate that I don’t. When I originally published this, I forgot to include a day. So, this has been edited to include day twelve.

Weight Loss/Gain: Loss of 7.8lbs (Last two weeks)

Day Seven: Insanity Day off. 

Breakfast: None because I slept in, yet again.

Lunch: Nut Crunch Cereal (3/4 cup) & 2% reduced fat milk (1/4 cup)

Dinner: 1/2 fried fillet of Porgies, Italian Mac N Cheese (1/2 serving), sweet potato spoon bread (1/2 serving) & a mix of cabbage and collard greens

Beverages: Water

Day Eight (Cardio Strength & Resistance): This was a good workout; however, I think my body enjoyed that day off too much. I had to give myself  pep talks throughout the workout so that I’d continue to push and fight through. I am doing better with my push ups. My arms hurt like crazy though.

Breakfast: Light & Fit (Diabetic) yogurt [No, I don’t have diabetes, I just like the taste], banana, cherries and grapes

Lunch: Smart Ones Chicken Quesadilla

Dinner: 1/2 fried fillet of Red Snapper, Italian Mac N Cheese (1/2 serving), sweet potato spoon bread (1/2 serving) & a mix of cabbage and collard greens

Beverages: Water & Green Tea

Day Nine (Pure Cardio): I’m not sure what it is, but I always get sleepy before a workout. I think it’s the devil trying to tempt me to not workout. Well, I shamed him today. This was a good workout! As I mentioned before, there are no breaks during this workout. However, that didn’t stop me. I took a few breaks, but not as many as the first time I did this workout. I did a lot better during the warm up as well. Kudos to me! 🙂

Breakfast: Oatmeal (Weight Control) Maple & Brown Sugar & Silk Soy Milk (Vanilla)

Lunch: Smart Ones Broccoli and Cheddar Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Sliced Chicken Sandwich (Provolone instead of Cheddar), Cheetos and baked beans (I didn’t add anything special)

Snacks: Bananas & Cherries

Beverages: Water & Tea

Day Ten (Cardio Recovery): So, I experienced my first flub. I mixed up the days. I was supposed to Plyometric Cardio today as opposed to Cardio Recovery. I wasn’t sure what I should do. I consulted the Insanity Facebook page and was told to just do what I was supposed to do today, tomorrow. That kind of sucks, but what can you do?! I did need that stretch. My body feels less sore, but I know that will diminish after the next three days of workouts.

Breakfast: Oatmeal & Silk Soy Milk (Vanilla)

Lunch: Smart Ones Broccoli and Cheddar Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Sliced Chicken Sandwich, Cheetos and baked beans

Snacks: Bananas & Cherries

Beverages: Water & Tea

Day Eleven (Plyometric Cardio): This workout always seems to kick my butt. I pushed harder and I am quite proud of myself. I’m doing better with my push ups and I’ve definitely seen an improvement! Go me! 🙂 However, I know as I get deeper, the workouts get harder. I’m definitely looking forward to that…

I was crazy hungry all day! I’m not sure what the deal was, but I still managed to stay in my point range. Thank God!

Breakfast: Yogurt, grapes, cherries and a banana

Lunch: Smart Ones Broccoli and Cheddar Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Sliced Chicken Sandwich, baked beans (1/2 serving), corn and potato salad (1/2 serving)

Snacks: Cherries, pretzels and brie (cheese)

Beverages: Water, tea and crystal light

Day Twelve (Cardio Power & Resistance): Before beginning this workout, I was skeptical on how much energy I would be able to put in. I didn’t sleep much, worked ten hours and worked out later than I normally do. I am motivated, so I still managed to give it my all and work through it. It was a good workout and I’ve noticed my endurance and flexibility has improved.

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/Silk Soy Milk

Lunch: Brown Rice California Sushi Roll

Dinner: Sliced turkey sandwich and Cheetos

Beverages: Water & tea

Snacks: Cherries & a banana

Day 13 (Day Off): Well, I was supposed to do Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs today, but I had to take the day off to take care of some business and host guests that were staying with me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to move the workout to tomorrow. If I’m unable to due to playing hostess, I’ll just push everything back and take a break two Sundays from tomorrow.

Breakfast: Coffee & Fruit

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich and Plain Sun chips

Dinner: Garden Salad w/ Bleu Cheese dressing (3 oz) & a grilled chicken sandwich.

Dessert: Red Velvet Cupcake

I definitely went over my points today. 😦  I just have to work harder this week.

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