July 23, 2015
It’s been a long time since my last post and I wanted to come clean about what’s going on with me. When I first started this blog, my focus was on weight loss and my blog was essentially a means for me to keep my self-accountable as it relates to tracking my food, exercise and weight loss. My blog at the time was like a personal weight loss journal. However, once I got into the groove of blogging, I started to evolve the content to focus not solely on my journey but on a combination of overall healthy living topics as well as my personal journey.
For the past few years, I’ve struggled with really identifying what my purpose is with blogging and what my purpose is within the health and wellness space.
I have come a long way in my journey and have learned a lot, but after 5 years of blogging and documenting my journey, I realized that this blog as it stands, no longer represents where I am in life. I no longer want to write about my personal journey to losing weight. My purpose is bigger then just focusing on weight loss. There’s such a mind body soul connection with healthy living and I want to tap into that a bit more. I no longer want to struggle with developing topics to write about. I want it to flow naturally and right now it wasn’t flowing.
I mentioned a few months ago that I am looking to rebrand. As part of my rebranding process, I have decided to take sometime to do a bit of soul searching and truly determine my purpose and overall mission. I want to add value to the world and to the people around me. I am passionate about helping others get healthy, especially those in underserved communities. I want to turn that passion into something meaningful.
Losing in the City has been a big part of my life. Since I started this blog and my health living journey, I have become a health coach, co-founded A Healthy U, attended amazing health conferences, lost weight, helped others on their weight loss journey and I have LOVED every minute of it. I have been blessed to make some amazing friends and I’m thankful for everyone who has ever visited or commented on this site.
However, it’s time for a reboot. I’m ready for phase 2 of my life and this blog. My goal is to build a platform that will inspire, motivate and empower people to take care of themselves, especially their health.
During this phase of discovery, I plan on writing more, taking classes and doing research. I will not be posting as much; however, I will be sharing updates periodically about where I am with rebranding and overall timelines or just to say hi!
I look forward to sharing my new brand with you. You can continue to follow me on all social media platforms via @losinginthecity. I will continue to be very active on social media.
Have you ever rebranded? If so, what pointers do you have? What does soul-searching mean to you? And you do you go about the process of soul searching?
June 29, 2015
Happy Monday! Now that school is officially over in NYC, it now feels like summer. (even though I still have to work). The trains will now be empty and I can get a seat on my commute into work. (if you live and commute in NY, I know you appreciate when summer is here and the kiddies are on vacay LOL. The trains are nice and empty. It’s all about the little things in life).
I’ve decided to bring Monday Musings back. Monday Musings is the perfect way to jump start your week. It’s a place to share the highlights from your weekend as well as your goals and hopes for the week ahead. It’s also a place to share whatever else is on your mind.
My weekend was filled with lots of RAIN. It was a busy weekend but a good one nonetheless. It rained practically all day on Saturday. I had planned on taking my daughter and little sister to the circus but the weather made it impossible. Instead I spent the weekend prepping for my upcoming trip to New Orleans. I also had a lot of stuff to do around the house so I spent the weekend doing a lot of cleaning, organizing and grocery shopping.
On Sunday morning, I was scheduled to go to spin class, but I was so not up to it. Instead I did two YouTube dance/cardio workouts. Both workouts were fun and a great sweat. When I used to take zumba class with Nellie, she played an African song called Kukare that I absolutely loved, so I was excited to see that there was an actual Kukare Workout on YouTube by a young fitness/personal trainer named Scola Dondo who does African inspired workouts. I love discovering new people in health and wellness. She’s so young and love that she is spreading the word of healthy living.
In addition to the Kukare Workout, I also did a 30-minute cardio/Bollywood workout.
This week is going to be a short workweek!!!. Not only is it 4th of July week but I am also headed to New Orleans. I love New Orleans. It’s such a special place. The food, the people and the overall vibe is just perfect. I am nervous about the food, because the food in New Orleans is AMAZING and too good to put into words.
All I hope and pray for this week is to watch what I eat and not over indulge too much in New Orleans.
How was your weekend? What are you goals for the week? Any fun 4th of July plans?
June 24, 2015
I’ve realized something about myself, it’s something that I’ve always known about myself but now that I’m in a different place in life I can actually acknowledge and deal with it. I can be a bit of an introvert sometimes and because of that I don’t like a lot of attention and I don’t celebrate my successes enough and it’s causing me to not celebrate milestones in my life.
Since learning I have PCOS, I’ve been on a mission to lose weight and get healthier, as weight loss is a key aspect of helping to lessen my PCOS symptoms. I’ve lost a little over 20LBS since I’ve started. A lot people in my life from family to coworkers keep commenting on how much weight I’ve lost, but yet for some reason whenever someone praises my weight loss, all I can think to myself is that “it’s only 20LBS” and I have lots more to go.
In addition to my weight loss, I’ve actually finally dropped a dress size *insert happy dance*. I was still buying clothes at a size 14 (my regular size) but every time I did it was too big and I had to return it or take it to a seamstress.
I was talking to my friend and told her that whenever I shop I’m scared to buy a smaller size for fear it will be too small, she said to me that she feels that I have this weird mental block that’s making me not realize or appreciate the success that I have achieved thus far with my weight loss. She has been telling me to buy a smaller size for a while now and doesn’t understand why I kept buying my old bigger size.
Her comment really stuck with me because I never really thought much about the psychological part of my not accepting my accomplishments, but it’s true and she was right. All my life I have been so focused on losing weight that when I do actually lose weight, I don’t even notice it enough to celebrate it.
A few years ago, I was looking at old college pictures and when I saw how small I was I couldn’t even believe it. I was actually sad looking at those pictures because I didn’t even realize how small I was at that time all I clearly remember is being super focused on weight loss and being so insecure about my size, meanwhile I was tiny.
I have to figure out a way to break the cycle of not celebrating or acknowledging my hard work when it comes to my weight. I have come so far with my weight and it baffles me that my brain won’t allow me to appreciate it more.
I am committed to breaking this weird cycle. I work really hard on my overall health and wellness because it’s not just about weight loss. I am proud of how far I’ve come and I’m going to celebrate me just a little bit more. Life is way to short for me to not honor my body and the great things that I’m doing for it.
Meanwhile I am the queen of encouraging people to acknowledge every baby step and accomplishment they make in their journey but yet I’m not practicing what I preach. It’s a new day and moving forward this shift in thinking is going to change because I not only notice it when it comes to my healthy living journey but in other aspects of my life as well.
No matter where you are in your journey, please take the time to appreciate YOU and all that you do for your body.
Have you ever had this issue when it came to celebrate your health and wellness accomplishments? What are some ways you think I can break this cycle? How do you celebrate your successes?