Well…our “daughter” is back with her real mom.
I forgot to mention that Precious is the daughter of “Yo” (Yolanda) of Yomicfit.
We are in awe of the job that Yolanda has done as a mother.
How amazing to see a single mother bringing up such a beautiful young woman.
Precious was sure to encourage me and challenge me to work out with her,
she fed me positive words when I spoke of my insecurities,
she shared her thanks for Brian and I,
and she helped us out in any way needed (spoken or non-spoken).
This can only be attributed to her role model mother.
We feel joy for the light that sparkles within mother and daughter.
Great job Yolanda!
I had to catch up on sleep after a long weekend of late nights,
running to and fro the shops,
painting at an art shop,
eating and working out,
talking about boys and friends…
I was exhausted (in a good way)!
We had a blast and were happy to spoil Precious.
Everyone deserves to be pampered from time to time.
And let me tell you, I slept great last night!
This morning when I awoke,
“man, do I have to work out?”
Then I got on the scale and said, “Yes!”
So…off I went to the elliptical.
Today I am so grateful that
32. I pushed myself past the point of pain.
I wanted to give up. I didn’t want to keep going.
I wanted to whine and cry. ”But I hurt. But I feel like I am going to die!”
Yes, I can be quite dramatic.
And then I heard Jillian, “You can do it! Keep going! Don’t stop!”
She was yelling at me and I knew what she said was true.
I worked through the moments of desperation to get to determination!
Pain? Who cares.
Listen to the music and fight.
I closed my eyes and shut out the monitor.
I just worked.
I burned over 200 calories on that machine this morning.
The morning where it would have been so easy to give up.
33. Thank God for Jillian!
Her voice kept me going.
Her mantras and I could see her looking at me with frustration when I wanted to give up.
“How did you get to this point?” she demanded.
I need to have these mental conversations to focus on the goal.
My strength has to come from a deep motivation.
A motivation to really get serious and healthy.
For me, Jillian has become that voice for me.
The trainer I need.
The voice of motivation.
So, “thank you Jillian for the words of wisdom I have heard you provide to so many others, for it now encourages me!”
34. For Healthy Cereal
My Maple & brown sugar mini-wheats tasted so good today!
I may even have them for lunch!
Some days it is the little things that really make your day.
35. For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “I Have A Dream”, I am grateful.
First of all, he is a legend for the rights of humanity.
He will always remain a hero in my eyes for his strength and courage to use his voice and not his hands.
His ability to reach into the heart and open your eyes with language so beautiful, it still inspires me beyond tears.
His walk for freedom that should have never been needed.
His gift of wisdom that taught action speaks even louder when accompanied by love and compassion.
For the ultimate sacrifice made on behalf of the oppressed,
and for the fact that I know he would do it again if given the choice.
“Take the first step in faith.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase,
just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
36. Finally, Thank God It’s Monday!
Yes, Monday. Because it’s another gift. Another day here.
Another chance to love to the best of my ability.
Another chance to appreciate all of the gifts I have been given.
Because I am here today to experience life and all that it means.
I can use my senses to explore the world or ignore it.
I can go as far as I would like or stay in one spot.
I have choices and freedoms and love and goodness.
All in this one day.
Thank you God for every gift, especially the gift of today.