Fitness, Goals, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle & Culture, Self-Management, Uncategorized

I’m a Vegetarian— for a week ;)

So, among other things, I decided to be a vegetarian this week, and to see how I feel about continuing this interesting lifestyle next weekend. I want to see how a few simple changes in my life can make big and positive changes. I expect to post the results on next Sunday. Even if I don’t decided to continue to be a vegetarian, I have decided that I will consume a mostly plant-based diet. But, my goal is to eventually become a vegetarian— the reasons for which I expect to discuss at a later time.

This decison was inspired by other people’s good and bad health experiences as a direct result of their diets and lifestyles, and my personal battle with sickness which had lasted several years. (I expect to share more about my story at a later time.) I have watched people change their diets to live some very wholesome and healthy lives, and I want to continually the same “healthy and active lifestyle” I enjoyed not long ago.

I will be combining my vegetarian diet with daily cardio, and some strength training, body weight and kettlebell workouts throughout each week. (I can post my actual routines later this week, or next week.) And, if you’re wondering what exactly I’ll be eating, just know that I have lots of dark, leafy vegetables, apples, lemons, carrots, snap peas, and chocolate almond milk to accompany my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have lots of other fresh fruits and vegetables, and a Women’s vitamin supplement and Super B Complex from Garden of Life. So, I’m covered in the nutrition department.

I’m not “sick” anymore, and I’m no longer bewildered and at a standstill in my life concerning what I’ve been through. So, it’s time to get moving, and to take control of my health— and my life— again.

Hopefully, my story will help and encourage someone else to bounce back after infirmity, challenges and difficulty.

Before I was sick, one of my “hobby-goals” was to be a certified fitness trainer so that I could help others to realize their firness goals in my freetime. That goal still hums in my heart, and someday, I expect to accomplish it. I also expect to return to the dance studio to continue to study, perform and teach dance, participate in marathons, and to continue to live the healthy, active lifetsyle I’ve enjoyed most of my life— and, I will.

I’ll eventually start posting my stats and progress photos. I’m using my Fitbit equipment to track my performance and progress. I have a FitBit Aria scale, and a Zip and Charge HR tracker to help me along the way.

Here’s to good health, moving around and healthy living!

So, tell me your story. What are your health and/or fitness goals, and what are you doing to make them a reality in your life? Post your responses in the comments section, or under my post for this at Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Poetry and Prose, Uncategorized

A Pretty Poem

A Pretty Poem by Teyuna T. Darris

Poetry and Prose, Uncategorized

They and Me

They and Me by Teyuna T. Darris.jpg

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #30 – I’m thankful for the Internet

I used Internet to write this post and website. You are reading this post. All of this happened because we’re using the Internet. I’m thankful.

Enjoy this video about the “Power of the Internet” and share your thoughts 🙂

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #27 – I’m thankful for electricity

If you are reading this post, then electricity had something to do with. You could be reading this post on paper. But the simple fact that this post was first published on the Internet (which is currently inseparable from electricity), it was readable because of electricity.

We Americans are blessed beyond compare. More often, than not, we walk into rooms and flick switches, clap hands, or simply walk in, and the room is powered by electricity enabling us to watch television, play video games, talk on telephones, charge mobile phones and cook food indoors without the need for fire and fuel sources.

Electricity, like any resource, can be wasted. So, I admonish each of you to use it wisely and in a conservative manner. Why leave a light on when no one is in the room to use the light? Of course, certain appliances, like the refrigerator and freezer, should remain powered. But is it necessary to keep items which are not essential to our well-being powered on? I’m not being a “treehugger”, I just hope to get you thinking about the resources we have and consider how we can keep them for as long as possible.

I’m also making these points because I’ve learned that the electric company charges for the low charge that remains constant while your DVD player, radio and television are sitting their plugged into the wall waiting for you to come and watch and listen to them again. After I learned this, I started unplugging things which I am not currently using—with the exception of (again) the refrigerator, freezer and other necessary items.

Some Other Stuff

#Neverloseconnection

I serve as the Communications and Media Director at my church, and I was recently approached by one of our youth ministries to help to launch a grassroots social media movement to encourage other Christians to #Neverloseconnection with Jesus Christ. This effort was inspired by the apparent apathy for and disconnect from Jesus Christ, and the Church, which I think can be observed across the nation and around the world amongst some Christ-professing individuals.

Continue reading “#Neverloseconnection”

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #19 – I’m thankful for poetry

Iambs and pentameters. Melody, rhythm and rhyme. Poetry are words which dance on a page. Or, in the heart. And sometimes, they flow from the mouth and pierce others’ minds with notions…and thoughts…and lessons…ideas…and on…and on…and on.

Poetry is what I do when I am not physically dancing, singing, drawing, or playing a musical instrument. In other words, if I’m not dancing, then I’m probably, singing. If I’m not singing, then I’m probably, reading, writing, reciting, or thinking about… a poem.

You may wonder why I like poetry so much. For now, the answer to that question is simple: I don’t know why. But I can tell you that poetry is to me what music is to dance, what peanut butter is to jelly, and what ham is to burger. I love poetry, and I thank God for giving mankind the ability to create poetry.

I want to share with you some of my favorite poems featured at the GoodPoetry Journal at http://www.GoodPoetry.org. Click the following links to hear and read them.

And before you go, please tell me what do you like about poetry? Who are your favorite poets? And, what are your favorite poems? Please feel free to post them on this blog.

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