Little Progress is Progress

So get this.

I started a fitness program exactly 28 days ago. I wanted to lose at least 15 pounds. Well, today is the last day of the program and guess how many pounds I’ve lost?

3.

Yup. That’s it. That’s shit. But I’m not defeated. It’s my fault. Absolutely.

  1. I haven’t completely followed the program.
  2. I did not work out every day.
  3. My nutrition was shit.

But I blame all of that on my current lifestyle. I work overnight and my schedule is lego-man-workout.jpgconstantly changing. Saturdays and Sunday’s I work 12 hour days – you think I want to work out after that? No. Not at all. Then 3 days out of the week I’m still working overnight 8-10 hours; but twice as hard because I don’t have help. It’s fucking tiring, man. I really feel like I’m in this position because of my lifestyle. I know people say well you make time for what you want but I mean I’m so fucking tired like… what the fuck.

And then having to track my nutrition? Fuck me.

Sorry, I didn’t mean for this to be such an explicit laced blog – it was supposed to be motivating. So here’s a little bit of motivation. I’m not going to stop trying. I know I’m making excuses as to why that program didn’t work out – but you know what? I still have hope. I still think I can do something better even with everything else thats gone wrong   (like: having a huge kind of break up during the program and my mom getting into a car accident, and me literally losing my shit – mental-). You see… life happens. That’s why you can’t give up.

So yeah.. I only lost 3 pounds – And I don’t care how any one sees it… because I see it as PROGRESS.

Alba ❤ 

New Beginnings, New Filter

February 1st – the beginning of a new month.

Filter:  it can be used as a noun or a verb. Merriam-Webster describes it as a porous article or mass (as of paper or sand) through which a gas or liquid is passed to separate out matter in suspension.

The way I see it, the start of a new month should be fresh, clean and full of promise. No negativity, no slacking and no whining. So, how do we do that in a world that is always showing us what we don’t have, or what we should be doing or what we should aspire to be? Easy. You filter it out.

Let’s say you started your day off right (whatever it is that you do) whether it be meditating, working out, reading your bible and a good cup of coffee. So you’re day is starting off pretty great, right? Then you go to work and your met with co-workers who complain about work. This is where your filter comes in: put your headphones on. 🙂 Seriously, block it all out. If you can’t do that politely nod and go to the break room for a sec and come back – or simply use your words as a porous article  to separate the useless information that you’re hearing from your co-workers. Like, “girl Janet is always coming in here thinking she got it like that, she be getting on my nerves, ”  then you reply disinterested “oh, okay.”  And that’s that.

Filtering your life can be used as a means of getting all the rotten things out that aren’t going to help you move forward. And I’m all about moving forward.

With that being said, start your month anew. Begin fresh and follow through with the goals that you have for yourself. Write them down, read them out loud and don’t fail yourself because that’s who you’re doing it for. And use your filter to get only the good things out of life.
via Daily Prompt: Filter

The Year of “Yes”

That’s what 2017 will be.

Yes – I am beautiful.

Yes – I am strong.

Yes – I am intelligent.

dreambigYes – I am sexy.

Yes – I have a career.

Yes – I can run a mile.

Yes – I have self discipline.

Yes – I am a hard worker.

Yes – I love myself.

Yes – I am a god fearing woman.

Yes – I am every woman; it’s all in me.

Yes – I can do anything I put my mind to.

Yes – I CAN and I WILL.

May 2017 be everything you wish it to be and so much more. Remember never doubt yourself; the only person standing in the way of your goals, wishes and dreams is you. – Alba. 

Heavier, but not defeated.

Yo, 1-2 1-2..

Weird way to start a blog, but I’m listening to the Insecure season 1 soundtrack

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Currently my favorite series.

and I’m feeling good.

This is despite the fact that I’ve gained 30lbs. That’s right 30 lbs. And now, I stand at a good 170lbs. I was upset this morning – not going to front – but am I defeated? No sir. Because in some weird way I am motivated. Like a real fire. Seriously. I know, I know, I’ve been on kind of slump but that doesn’t mean I have to stay that way. While I am heavier I still have some what of a slim appearance; that tells me that the little bit that I am doing at the gym (once or twice a week) works. What doesn’t work is what I’m putting into my mouth.

In fact (now my favorite segway, so if I say it a lot sorry y’all) last night I had a Whopper with cheese and bacon, and fries on the side. And it was good – but it wasn’t great. And as much as I want to deny this — it wasn’t worth it. At all.

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even when you want to stop

That’s why today I started fresh. A lot of water, an energy drink, pork rinds instead of chips (less calories true life) , chicken tenders with veggies and baked beans; tonight I plan on having Turkey with Veggies or just a protein shake after the gym.

 

I know I’m not the only one out there that has to constantly start over – but the main thing about starting over is that your not giving up. Frankly, I’m motivated to keep going, I deserve to be happy with my self. I will do right by my body and health – with a couple of wine glasses on the way, but I’m going to do it. Real talk ’cause I’m motivated.

Trying to Figure Out My Life

I’m in an unfamiliar place right now. broken-pencil

I don’t know how to move forward.

I don’t know what  I really want out of life — like what I really want to do.

Should I go back to school to get a Masters because that’s what successful people do?

How do I listen to God? What’s the best plan so I’m serving him to the best of my ability.

I’m so out of it.

Lifeofatwentysomethinginapost.

 

 

Olympic Motivation

I’ve been on vaca for a minute and that allows me to watch as much of the Rio Olympic games as I want. And guys, I can’t get enough of it!

Those athletes work so hard that it just makes me want to work harder. There’s just something about that competitive spirit, and we’re not even going to talk about their

USP OLYMPICS: SWIMMING-EVENING SESSION S OLY BRA

That moment Simone Manuel realized she made history as the first African American Woman to win gold in a swimming event. Image Credit: USA today

 

bodies. I mean really almost every athlete, in the Olympics, are in tip top shape.

My favorite events are in track and field which start today — but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the swimming and gymnastic events! So good!

I mean Michael Phelps? Really? He’s 31 and still beating these new and upcoming swimmers. Is that dedication or what? That man trained hard, worked on his speed, his breathing and his technique and he’s coming out on top. Literally. We’re talking about the world’s most decorated Olympian here.

And we’re not even going to get on the Women’s Gymnastic’s Team, better known as the “Final Five.” They are so amazing! Ofcourse, they won gold in the Team Event and then two of them: Simone and Aly won gold and silver respectively in the All-Around Event.

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That’s so awesome and so inspiring. When I learned more of their backstories these girls (and other athletes, I’m sure) gave up a lot to put their all into their sport and their craft. Training day in and out, eating right I’m sure and really just keeping their heads in the game.

The beauty of those athletes and the Olympics in general is that — regular people like myself can do the same thing. Meaning if I work hard, focus on my goal and really give it my all I can accomplish it.

So you know what? My gold medal will be my banging body, great health and really just a sense of accomplishment.

That’s why I love the Olympics because those athletes make me want to do better. They also make me want to train in a specific sport (like track) day in and day out — but you catch my drift.

Use the games as motivation to be the best you — and get that gold. 😉

Progress is Progress

Yes, it’s true.

slow-progressIf you went to a store and parked a little bit further to get some extra steps in, that’s progress. You took the stairs at work instead of the elevator, that’s progress. Ordered the burger at your favorite restaurant without the cheese? Oh yeah, that’s progress.

In my case, for three days straight, I’ve been to the gym baby! I’ve also taken my vitamins and I even meal prepped on Sunday. Oh yeah — that’s progress.

I’m not saying I’m back to my old self or anything, but it’s a start on the right track. And I’m very proud of myself. Some people think you have to go cold turkey and go to the gym and start on a diet super hard. Now don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with that; but even if you start off little by little, incorporating healthier steps into your life then you’re making major progress.

Pat yourself on the back.
I’m proud of ya. Shoot, I’m definitely proud of myself. 😉

What healthier steps have you done today to better your life?

Starting Over

Hstarting-over-sucks-so-keep-going-205339ow many times can you start over?

How many times can you say, “Okay this time I’m doing this right for sure” ?

I’ll tell you how many times. As many times as you want. It’s your journey and only yours. So dust yourself off and try as many times as you need to, to get YOURSELF where you need to be.

#Thatisall

Once I find the formula that works for me, I’ll let you know.

Stay Inspired

Hello. Yes, it’s been a minute. I haven’t been on this blog in a while, and frankly, I haven’t been showing it much love. Truth is I haven’t been as active (physically that is) as I’d like to be. I’ve gained weight, I’ve been working and I’ve been trying to find myself. Regardless of the fact, I still believe that I can achieve the physique and mental happiness that I truly desire.

So everyday I take out some time to get caught up on some fitness individuals that I

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I’m always inspired by Massy!             Mankofit via TrimmedandToned

admire including – Jamie Eason Middleton, Mankofit and KatyHearnFit (check them out they’re super motivating.)

I also try to meditate everyday, and of course, pray.

Don’t lose sight of your goals. Stay  inspired. I know it’s a struggle for me, but I feel uncomfortable not practicing what I preach. So until then, I may be ghost for a while on this blog, at least until I get some stability in my life. Nevertheless, Stay Inspired.

 

 

Finding That Extra Push

Where do you find it?

After working a nine-hour shift overnight, all I want to do is lay down and sleep. So, my question is: Where do you find that extra push to workout?

Not to mention, throughout the rest of the day, I have to prepare food, and do some light reading, and just to do stuff for me. So, where do you find that push? I may-the-force-be-with-you-quote-1don’t want to take an energy pill at work or after work because; 1) I then will feel like my hearts beating out of my chest, and in news that doesn’t fly and 2) then I won’t be able to go to sleep.

Right now, I managed to put my clothes on because I purposely  left them out by the door, so when I got home, I had no choice but to put them on. Now, I’m heading out the door to try to knock out this leg day.

**May the force be with me, before I change my mind. -_-

Fellow bloggers, where do you find that extra push?