Friday, December 30, 2011

Keys for a Successful 2012

With 2011 vastly coming to an end, I have decided to create a list of what to do for 2012:

1. Eliminate the negative- I come from a close-knit family, which includes my immediate 4, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews where everybody is positive, religious, and supportive amongst one's decisions. Bringing a negative person to this mix creates an unhealthy conflict.

2. Save money- Need I say more???

3. Spend time with family/friends- They are your backbone. They define and mold you to the person you have become. Communicate with them via social networking, Skype, chat online, have lunch with them for an hour, or spend the whole day with them at least once a week. Trust me, the time you spend with them is valuable.

4. Do something out of the ordinary- Other than my usual triathlons, marathons, and cycling events, I participated in several Zumba events. In 2011, I saw New Kids on the Block, participated in a Zumba Master's Class with the beautiful Gina Grant. If a celebrity were to come to your area, go for it!!! Go to a rock concert (I've already been to 8) and meet a celebrity. There are many regrets that I have made in my life, including not seeing Janet Jackson live.

5. Broaden your network of friends- They will be your growing support system. I have endurance and gym friends, Meetup, and now Zumba friends!!!

There are many things in store for everybody in 2012. I hope it will be a great one!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Au Revoir to 2011

I can honestly say that I had a successful 2011. It was a year of peace, serenity, and hope. I participated in several half marathons, centuries, and triathlons -- one of which was for a man who will forever remain in my heart. In addition, I added Zumba to my exercise regiment. Throughout it all, I made several lasting friendships and found an occupation that I truly enjoy.

There are many things in store for me in 2012 that have yet to be fulfilled. It will be a year of love and enjoyment.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


We live in a world where people are always on the go. From the moment we arise in the morning until we retire at night, our mind is spinning consistently. Some of us work 12 to 14 hours a day (which includes commute time), attend school, go to the gym to destress, and shuffle children to their extracurricular activities thus leaving little time with family, friends, ourselves, and God.

The key to developing any relationship is to enjoy the simple things in life and spend it with the people we can trust, including Him. A priest once told me that if a person can eliminate one thing and use it for another, he or she will build self confidence, time, and communication amongst others. For example, a little boy suspends one season of playing basketball for the school to spend time with his father. Thus, the bond between them is established.

So smell the roses, hug your loved ones, and be grateful to the ones that surround you.....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Work Work Work

Twelve hour work days are enjoyable which gives me a pay check. I really enjoy what I do (which is being an educator- I substitute teach and tutor for an after school tutoring company) and would not trade it for the world. However, it deters me from the things that I need to do which is train, spend time with my family and friends, and focus on my health care studies. Therefore, I have devised a plan that would keep me in check and stay motivated!

1. Weight Loss Reality TV Shows- I have been watching The Biggest Loser, Heavy, and I Used to Be Fat since it's inception. Despite some criticism about exploitation and radical weight loss, it motivates me of where I don't want to be 5 to 30 years from now. Oh, I'm thankful for for letting me not miss an episode!

2. School- I am proud to say that I am almost done! I must commit to at least a couple of hours a night to do this.

3. Races- Although races are expensive, it keeps me going. Saturdays are typically bike races while Sundays are run days. I have a few upcoming races that I'm excited to complete.

4. Friends and Family- I always make time with my friends and family (preferably on weekends) who are my support group. Saturdays with friends, Sundays with family.

Well, the books are laying on my bedroom floor. I guess it's time to flip those pages before I go out with friends tonight (which I also did this morning).

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Years Resolutions

It's this time of year that people make their resolutions. A common one is to lose weight. I must admit, I had fallen into that trap, fell off the bandwagon, and picked myself up 12 months later. However, the last one I made, which was healthy one, was successful.

Here are some keys to resolution success:

1. Write it down- This will allow you to document all the necessities that you need in order to make your resolution successful. If your resolution is to lose weight, you will realize on how much calories consumed. A great source is, a website that allows you to track what you eat.

For others, it may be controlling ones finances. Excellent resources are Microsoft Excel and Budget Tracker.

2. Join a support group- People learn mistakes from others.
3. Take classes- There's nothing than a good education! It can be at a local college or a community center.
4. Have fun!!!

With that said... onto 2011!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Endurance Yoga

I was never a yoga type of person until last night. It helps with the mind and muscle. Additional components are to strengthen the core, lengthening the hamstrings, and open the shoulders. While I'm not a stretchy-zen type of person, yoga would be essential to my routine.