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It’s the end of 2011. Have you seen your toes lately?
So I got on the scale yesterday for the first time in a while,  just to get a post-holiday “reality check.”  I’m tryna get my mind right and get back on track, so I needed to get some perspective on where I am weight-wise.

I looked at that scale and my mouth almost hit the floor!  

I’m not even going to go into exactly what the scale said cuz I can just hear people now saying “You still skinny,” and “Girl please, that aint nothin!”

getting it in, December 2011

Whatever. That’s not the point. The truth is, I am not huge at all.  In fact I never have been. But I am not at MY ideal weight.  I know where I need to be to feel and look my best and right now–thanks to waaay too much Puerto Rican food and very little exercise–I am not there.

The worst part of it all is the fact that when I gain weight, it tends to collect right in my mid-section.  Needless to say, not a good look.

So now I’m ready to get what I call “reFit.”  That means I have to re-commit to regain my fit physique.

You might recall when I first lost a lot of weight.  About 27 lbs to be exact working with John Hall. I was fly and I felt better at that point than I had in about 15 years! That was about two and a half years ago.  I remember exactly what made me commit to getting the weight off:

TURNING POINT #1: We were on vacation.  Our bathroom had a full-length mirror.  I got out of the shower one day and saw myself in the mirror.  For a split second I was startled.  I could have sworn someone else was in the bathroom with me because that “juicy Lucy” could NOT have been me!  It was.

TURNING POINT #2: I went to the doctor for my annual check up.  The physician’s assistant weighed me.  I was 156 lbs which for my height and body type was about 2 lbs away from being considered overweight (according to the BMI chart).  Seriously?  WTF!

TURNING POINT #3: I was about to turn 40.  I did not want to get there and look…well, 40.  I had to do something and quick.

TURNING POINT #4: I looked down one day and because my stomach protruded so, I almost couldn’t see my toes.  That creeped me out so bad.  I knew it was time to draw the line.

So I hooked up with John Hall and he helped me get healthy again.  Damn was I fierce!

However, here we are, almost 3 years later, and I’m quickly getting back to the point where I have to put too much effort into seeing my toes.

So, I’m taking action.  My goal is simple:

Do something physically challenging everyday for the next 10 days.

This is a short term goal.  I established it so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the long term goal which is to make working out a way of life.  I want it to become a natural part of my day–like breathing.

So far this week, I’ve done yoga (which was an excellent workout), some jump rope, I did John Hall’s “Your Body is Your Gym” workout (which I shot and produced  and added to my YouTube Channel.  You should watch it) and today I’m doing 45 minutes on the bike.  

If you haven’t worked out in a while, you may want to start out by simply taking a brisk walk to the end of the block or just walk up and down your stairs a few times.  Whatever you decide, just do something!  Let’s start a MOVEMENT movement!

I’m still not sure exactly how I’ll manage this hair of mine, but I’ll figure it out.  In my next post about fitness, I’ll interview a hair professional who will give us advice on hair care products that will get us through our new active lifestyles so we can still look fabulous!

Have you reached your turning point yet?

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