Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for?

So I'm here today because God kept me. I'm alive today, only because of His grace. God kept me so I wouldn’t let go

There is hope of better days/things to come when we still have breathe in us, a hope of doing a lot more in life is assured only if we are alive.

Sustenance of life rests with God.

He created food, provides food, makes the food work, even the ability to eat/digest the food lies with God (wonderfully and fearfully created). The digestion starting from the mouth and down till making it beneficial for us is awesomely God, and we need to be thankful for this.

There is little we can do to really help ourselves outside God and thus my reason for being thankful to Him today.

However, that “little” we can do must be of utmost priority, this is where fitness and healthy diet comes in.

We need to be conscious of a fact that “toxin” is a part of life in this generation (remember global warming), but in case we cannot single-handedly control it we can consciously control what we do with our bodies.

Toxin is everywhere around us especially the food with eat (I don’t blame those who fast back to back to decongest their systems), it ranges from the additives, to the preservatives, to the sweeteners etc. These toxins are added to our foods just to make them more appealing, delish and presentable and to be frank with you they are doing great jobs. 


Where is the saying that… “If it doesn’t rot, beware! We always react with a Yuck!

Sometimes, it is even the issue of overworking the body. Giving it more than it can work with because of some “obsession” of any kind either diet or exercise or even stress (I will talk about stress some other day). 

That we are thankful for sustenance today is also a time to reflect on what we are doing to either sustain or destroy that body that we are given. 

Are you consciously working towards riding that horse (your body) for a long time then you will need to both ride carefully and take care of it, the horse can revolt when overworked (like it did me this past 3 weeks) and is ready to break down completely or even stop working when it’s not used correctly.

Check this mantra:

30 minutes of exercise 4 – 5 days a week

Eat from the Earth

Control the portions of what you eat.

If you can carry out this 3, I bet you have minded the laws of long life and prosperity.

I am thankful today for family, friends, colleagues, readers of my blog (for your patience), my trainer and everyone who had been helping me to live healthy since 2009.

Sorry I had been MIA (I had been sick and I will talk about the illness when I am fully recovered)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fight Like A Girl

It is October and it is also the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There is a saying that "what you don't know won't hurt you.." but I think these days it may not hurt but it may KILL and that is the reason early detection of any disease is important.

Knowing early is as important as proper education on what to be done about it. In this part of the world religiosity had taken over right thinking and it bleeds my heart a lot when people live in denial of medical problems that can be taken care of before it gets out of hand.

This bring us to the issue of self breast examination, it should be taught and known by all girls either young or old. What we are looking for could range from painless/painful lump, discharge from the nipples, unequaled boobs with a far departure from the norm, color changes on the skin of breast or pulling in nipples.

A simple DIY can save you from the later hurt after all.

In partnership with BHG (Bankers Healthcare Group), we (using my blog) want to keep the fight on against Breast Cancer.

What can be done before and during are all highlighted in the graphic below. My focal point is the diet and exercise part. It could build up your immunity and help you to fight not only cancer but other disease. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rut, Lost and Down

I think I am in the blues right now!!! (Rant ahead)

At one point in the day, week, months and years of a life there will be something that puts the blue ring on the finger. 

When the situation is severe, the person refuses or is unable to come out of the weather.It could become medically diagnosed and treated same, then you call that DEPRESSION.

I find myself in this blue mood when there are some situations that are simply beyond my control. 

I am discussing this on my fitness/weight loss blog because it is affecting my productivity as an ardent exerciser, I still wonder why I will wake up in the morning and the excitement to work up a sweat is not in me. Coming back home at night, I am tired (not an excuse for me) and the inner strength to even take a walk with “Leslie” is not just there.

I have un-resolvable issues on my mind right now and they linger on my subconscious, for God’s sake I cannot wait for fogs to clear before I resume back to some good tough videos. It is getting harder and I dislike each day that ends without a workout.

So many things could bring some form of unhappiness and for me it mostly include the inability to meet my dreams, aspirations and goals. It make me feel more like a failure and I could go on ruminating on mistakes and wrong choices of the past that could have aggravated the "today's situation". 

As much as getting out of such moods can be helped by talking about it, I hate pity-parties and so I hardly discuss issues with anyone except GO now [and dad when he was living]. I have that belief that with God [I tell him everything], I am always on top of every matter. I don't mean I have solution to every of my troubles but that non of them will get me down or get in my way of being productive [it's happening now]. Right now, I love the comfort of my home more, I just want to be left alone, be aloof and think things through [I hope so...]

However, the reality is that I have to move on, people also need me [the most difficult part] to help them out of "their blues" too, not minding my state of mind [the selfishness in us all]. I have duties and expectations as a wife, daughter (in law), leader, friend and sister, and I need not fail in theeeeesee either. There should be a way out then...

[The whole sky is not all dark] I am relieved though that I am finding strength in not resolving to gulp down junk into my system as I go through this.

I had a meal plan including snacks based on a two meal per day that I follow religiously, at least if I am not working out my diet should be on point. [Ignore the carbs, I work with what I have]

I am consciously doing that...

I would rather take a stroll than eat 'that' unhealthy snack to deal with my fears and uncertainties.

Some steps that could help,

1. Everyone goes "down" that road at some point in life

2. Know that you are in the blues

3. Find help out of that mood

4. If you are on a weight loss goal, do not turn to food as a way out

5. Be positive and thankful

6. Socialize

7. Talk to someone you trust about what you don’t know

8. Read up some jokes (or watch Tom & Jerry)

9. Talk yourself to exercise.

10. Rest

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dreams (CNN Heroes)

I write a lot about my physical fitness but because I love being fit on all sides of life, there is a motivation to talk about Dreams today.

Not the ones you have when you are sleeping but those that you do have in your full consciousness. We sometimes refer to them as "ambitions'.

These are conscious thoughts of what we wish we will become sometimes in the long or short future. Thoughts that fantasize us a lot and most often we fashion our lives towards such dreams, we walk and work towards realizing such dreams in our daily pursuit and struggles.

I have had lots of dreams in my little years of life, from marrying an IT expert (I did not pursue that but it came), to having 6 kids (ouch!), to becoming a superman like "batman or batgirl"(lol), to living in a big house and having a large kitchen (wow), to becoming a part of the Sesame Street Crew and the dreams are endless

What are your dreams? Have they been realizable? How much effort are you putting towards getting "there" soon?

Talking about "realizable dreams"? I did have one particular dream some two decades ago and just this morning, I felt it's too big then and even now. lol

That day someone told us to say our dreams out and talk to God about them, and in my words I said and I quote,

"I want to broadcast at the CNN". Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy

I felt it was too large that day way back, and now I feel they are even larger and so untouchable for me. It is rather funnier to me though.

Even if I feel that dream is not achievable, I never stopped crushing on CNN and more importantly the women who had been part of the team for ages. I think they also had great dreams and maybe the reasons why they are where there today, maybe...

Well, I am seriously in love with the women in CNN and I am a stalker of some sort. I love to hear their names and watch them talk, check out their dress sense, haircuts, families etc. I will mention some:

Rosemary Church

Hala Gorani

Becky Anderson

Christiane Amanpour (My Favorite)

I wonder how it would have sounded "This is Tope Tunde-Gideon for CNN" just my way.

Do you still hope your dreams will come true? What ambiguous dreams did you have? Share...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Growing Stronger

I am growing stronger. 
With  little little modifications I maxed out with the Cardio Challenge yesterday at a little over 7 minutes (yay).

I am so far from weight-less today at 75.6kg (+0.3kg) bad weighing day. I know it is TOM

That I maxed out after 7 minutes yesterday is my NSV for the week and I am proud of myself.

I have decided to include at least 1 mile walk with the days of Insanity just to create space for the next round of Sparkpeople Biggest Losers Challenge (it is a 12 weeks long challenges, weigh ins and competitions). 
So pending the start of the challenge in two weeks, I will be including daily 1 mile work (that is 6 miles per week).

Thursday, September 3, 2015


The above were the words in my heart as I had to double my workout today. I had a nagging headache last night, and so I slept early without following my schedule (I was supposed to do Sweat Intervals last night), today I had 62 minutes of Insanity on my badge, lol.

I think I love the workouts and the schedule too. I love cardio not as much as strength training anyways but right for Shaun T, I love the fast heart pumping workouts that lasts for just 30 minutes.

I have two more workouts for this week and I am ready to sweat again. I am getting to 9 minutes before maxing out now but with modifications once a while.

 I have postponed this workout for too long and I am happy that I am doing it now with full permission from the doctor. He encouraged me to go ahead.

I am not sure food is right with me yet, I think I overfed today just the same way it was yesterday. It was more of emotional eating and maybe TOM is wagging its head again.

I got enough water to drench Thirsty Thursday today. Still drinking more before bed.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Day 1 of the rest of the story

I started with Insanity Max: 30 as promised today 31st August, 2015. It is the first day on a 60 day calendar (So help me God).

First day (tagged Cardio Challenge)is really ridiculous but worth it, I am so out of shape that I maxed out at 2 minutes (lol), I am sure Shaun T had never had a record of anyone like that (lol). Just as I said earlier, today is the first day of the rest of the story.

As required, I took my statistics (measurements, weight and pictures) today to make a comparison at the end of 2 months.

Did I sweat? I was drenched

What was the workout like? Very challenging, as I kept maxing out at every 5 minutes of circuit. I almost punched the guy in the face (imagining he was with me) but not as much as I always want to with Jillian Michaels. Shaun T has some encouraging words to keep you going.

I am going to rest my head now getting ready for the morrow's "wakabout" (activities)

What challenging workout have you had in a while?
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