Friday, November 23, 2012

It's been a while since my last blog entry.... 10 months to be exact.... Since then, I became a Zumba Fitness Instructor ( and ran 2 half marathons, making my half marathon total to 9. I'll try my best regularly to reach out those who want an extra jolt to their everyday lifestyle. You can also catch me on Facebook or Twitter under @melaniet78..

Friday, January 20, 2012

Positive People

It is always easy to find influential people. They do not have to be a celebrity or a well-known individual. They ordinary people such teachers, community organizers, family members, club leaders, doctors, policemen,and church goers.

I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people who spread positive wealth around their surroundings. They are Zumba instructors, runners, triathletes, cyclists, close friends, and my family. Without them, I would not be the person I am today.

Yes, I do have my share of negativity, but seem to turn it upside down by reading a bible, giving food and clothing to those in need, or doing something inspirational such as running a marathon or triathlon.

I vow to live a positive lifestyle for the remainder of my life. God put me here for a reason, which is to extend my hand to those who want to change their lives for the better. As the saying goes, "It is not important of what I have in my life that matters, but who I have in my life that matters."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Good Workout Songs

As I sit here working my playlist, here are some songs that motivate me to work up a sweat:

1. You Make Me Feel Good- Cobra Starship
2. Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake
3. Danza Kuduro- Don Omar
4. Raise Your Glass- Pink
5. Mr. Saxobeat- Alexandra Stan
6. International Love- Pitbull/Chris Brown
7. We Found Love- Rihanna
8. Something for the DJ- Pitbull
9. Someone Like You- Adele
10. Party Rock Anthem- LMFAO
11. Sexy and I Know It- LMFAO
12. Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera

Monday, January 9, 2012

Redefining Myself

Everybody's life is a roller coaster. We have our highs and lows. We want to solve things immediately, which often results in the wrong direction.

From the September 20, 2009 until June 2, 2011, I was in an immobile state. People were constantly pressuring me to date again because they wanted me to have children of my own or get over my loss immediately. I saw good friends date other men, so I thought I would jump the bandwagon as well. My family was opposed to the scenario as they knew it would be too soon. Indeed, they were right. Although I enjoyed the aspects of dating, but deep down I was hurting on the inside. The thought of my Steven always crossed my mind. I was grieving over the loss of him.

Then on June 2, 2011, I went to the lake where Steven died, swam in it with friends as we were training for a triathlon, and found peace. I sent mass text messages and posts on Twitter and Facebook to all of my friends and family. The response I got was enormous.

Once I got the weight off of my shoulders, I decided from that moment forward to focus on myself. I began to develop into my old self by doing a few more marathons and triathlons, but added Zumba to the mix. Not to mention, I became an active member in, a networking site where you meet people at a certain location. Along the way, I befriended with many triathletes, cyclists, church goers, marathoners, gym rats, wine drinkers (I joined one too many Wine Groups), Zumbatini's, and Meetupers. Not to mention, I have developed a stronger relationship to my already close-knit family.

Now that I am 2 1/2 years removed from that day, I have a different outlook on life. The thought of dating and perhaps having a family of my own does linger in my mind, but it remains to be seen. I am here on this Earth for a reason. Everything that I do is under God's plan. In the meantime, I must do the things that I truly enjoy with the people I love.