Change, Courage, Purpose & Love

{October 1, 2014}   I’m Lazy…No…I really Am.

I am lazy!!! No, I really am. Apparently, this is how I got to be obese. “Morbidly obese” according to doctors. How disgusting does that sound? Talk about hating yourself after leaving a doctor. I prefer to call myself “fluffy” in the words of Gabriel Iglesias. That sounds so much nicer. Either way, I am lazy and its the number one thing that I am working on.

Everyday for the last 3 weeks, I have worked out every single day in some form. However, I had to make it fun for myself, otherwise I knew I wouldn’t stick to it. They say that when you do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Not for me. Around the 3rd week is when I give up. This time was different. I kept going and I even increased what I was doing. No rest days.

First, I am a Rockstar Aunt. I am an Aunt to 11 nieces and nephews. Four of those children are in my life on a daily basis practically. They are my inspiration for losing weight. I want to be a role model for them and I want to be around a long time so that I can see them grow up. So, to start we went to the McKinley Monument here in Canton, Ohio. I figured that if I took them, then I would be forced to climb the steps after them and we could make a game of it. We have now done that three times in the last week. 108 steps. I normally make it up and down at least twice. With the metal in my legs, it is more painful coming down, so I just go slow. They slide down the sides and we have a blast. Don’t even notice that I am getting in a killer workout. My niece Bryanah in the batgirl shirt below is blind and is fearless. She gives me the courage to push through the challenges and struggles.

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I also got some new exercise dvds that include dance. I love to dance. I turn on my timer and dance for minimum of 15 minutes or longer depending on how I feel. I work hard at working up a sweat and I try not to rest. I have danced around my house like an idiot since I was a child. It’s probably my favorite thing to do and if it helps me burn calories even better. I plan on reviewing each dvd and letting my friends know which ones I think are good and which ones bore me to pieces. If anyone saw me doing this, I’d probably be put on Youtube. Although, I really think that I have moves. I taught all my friends, cousins and my nephews and nieces how to dance. My blind niece can boogie!

Everyday I find new ways to get my workout in. I also found an Ab and Squat Challenge to start over 2 weeks ago on I am on day 12 and today I have to do 65 squats!!!! I can do it but ugh, that’s a lot of squats. My boyfriend is doing the challenge with me, so that helps out a lot (although he asked for a couple day break yesterday – shhhhh).  A few people online said they would do it with me but they are ghosts now. It is tough, but it’s fun when someone else is doing it with you. Once I complete it, I will find another challenge that pushes me.

The whole point to this post is that I want to be a new and improved version of myself and the only way for me to continue on this journey is to make those activities that I hate just a little more fun. No more laziness, well maybe after I take this nap real quick. Just kidding….


{December 3, 2009}   McKinley Monument in the Fall

I really enjoyed walking in the McKinley Monument park over the fall. I have decided to post some of the pics so that you may see how beautiful fall in Canton, Ohio can be.

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