#tbt: Chalupas and Chicken & Waffles

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Another #tbt is upon us and what better way to celebrate than show updates on my progress.  The pic of the left was taken about a year and a half ago getting friendly with a Japanese status at a sushi restaurant and to the right is this morning.

Even though the physicial change is awesome the most important thing to me is how I feel.  When I started my little journey I was so tired of feeling crappy and the contstant guilt in my head about what I ate or saying that I’ll change tomorrow just wasn’t working.  I finally did something about it and I couldn’t be happier.

I have learned so much about food and what is good for me to get through my day and what isn’t.  By no means am I perfect because I’ve recently eaten a Chalupa and enjoyed my first chicken & waffles (and yes I was totally sober), but moderation is key as is movement!

No matter what you do just keep moving.  I’ve tried so many cool things in the last 18 months to find out what works for me and that’s part of discovering who you are.  I’ve tried boot camp, TRX, spin, yoga, swimming, paddle boarding and running.  They were all awesome but what will keep you interest to keep going?  That’s what will work for you.

If you’re looking for a gym buddy or someone to bounce something off of, let me know because I’m happy to help!  And, thanks for being part of my journey!

Do Unto Others…

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A few weeks ago I lost a beloved member of our family, my uncle Jack.  He was a strong, funny and loving guy who always made me feel special.  His laugh was contagious and he seemed to touch everyone’s life in a positive way.  Every time I saw him he told me I was beautiful.  Since I always felt less than that, those words really boosted my confidence in a profound way.

My uncle was a cop in Newark for 30+ years ending this career as Lieutenant and experienced the race riots of the 60’s alongside my grandfather who was Chief at the time.  Luckily for me I come from a long line of strong, courageous and good people!  During the services my uncle son, Kevin, spoke about his courage.  Not only did he have incredible courage on the streets of Newark but he faced tremendous adversity at home; two of his sons had gone through major medical challenges and he lost his wife four years ago.

When I lose a loved one it forces me to think about life.  What have I done on this Earth to make my mark?  What will people remember me for?  Perhaps I’m a freak who thinks too much and cares too much about what people think but what do we learn from people who have gone before us?

I may not be a famous actress or a Nobel Prize winner but in my own corner of the world I hope to have left these things behind:

  • To inspire people to feel good about themselves.  Through my blog or even just through conversation I want people to know they aren’t alone because we all struggle with body image, confidence, relationships, family, money, work, friends etc.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Just like my uncle told me that I’m beautiful, what can you say to your loved ones to make them feel good?
  • Happiness.  No matter what makes you happy in life, go for it.  Do what makes you happy because in the words of Ferris, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while you could miss it”.  What are we doing here if we aren’t happy?

Maybe I sound like a peace loving hippie but let the love shine in bitches!  Namaste.