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Greetings and Good Monday Morning Everyone,

It's been a little while since I've had a worthy message for you all. I've had some time to reset and rejuvenate, something we all could use every now and then. I'm unapologetic about taking time for myself, especially when I feel that I need it, and so should you. Now that life is slowly but surely returning to some sense of normalcy, I've realized how much I've unknowingly allowed this pandemic to take a toll on my life and body. I've gotten too comfortable wearing sweats, working from home, and eating and drinking whatever I want without thinking about the consequences. So this week, I want to share what I'm doing to take back control over my life and health.

Saturday, April 24, 2021, I received my second Pfizer Covid vaccination inoculation. For the past year, I've lived my life very cautiously, staying close to home and limiting my interactions with anyone outside of my immediate family. Getting the covid vaccination felt like an accomplishment, and I feel good about doing my part to no matter how small it is, to help get our country back on the right track. With that said, after receiving my vaccination, I started thinking about how much I've neglected myself and my health. Before the pandemic, I'd spent a year and a half establishing good eating habits and working out on a regular basis. Keeping a steady workout plan and eating healthy has been something that I've always struggled for years, but I was to proud that I'd maintained a regular routine for so long. I was able to do so because, I was freelancing for work mostly, but in the fall of 2019, I began a new full-time role. Soon thereafter, I'd canned my workouts and good eating habits. Then the pandemic hit and although I was home, I was also full of excuses as to why I couldn't get up early in the morning to do what I needed to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now that the world is opening back up, and I'm starting to get clarity on where I need make improvements in my life. Seeing myself as I am now, and my eyes are wide open and I do not like what I see. During this pandemic, I've gained so much weight and so much so that my body was starting to ache, I was out of breath, and I felt horrible. I DO NOT want this to be the future of my life and health. I do not want to be on medication for the rest of my life. I do not want high blood pressure, and a host of co-morbidities at a young age or at any age for that matter, if I can help it. In all of my years of living, anytime I've gained weight, I've never felt like this, and now I've realized very quickly that I needed a change.

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Mother's Day, I spoke to one of my best friends in the whole wide world, "LaTonia". She and I attended graduate school together, supported one another over the years, and it goes without saying that this she is like a big sister to me. So, when I mentioned that I wasn't happy with my weight, and she mentioned that she's lost 30 lbs over the last three months, I knew I had to find out what she was doing. She looks fabulous! I'm so proud of her ability to accomplish losing that much weight in a short timeframe. She told me that she was working with a personal trainer, and she ran down all of the particulars. I told her that I needed a change and maybe this was the kind of motivation that I needed to jumpstart my life to eating right and working out again. She told me that she would connect me to the trainer that was coaching her, and I told her "please do!" I must be honest, if she hadn't told him that I was interested having him coach me, I'm not sure if I'd actually reached out. I probably would've found more excuses. I'm so grateful to her because, I would still be sitting on my keister if she hadn't offered to make the connection and help me. So, LaTonia if you read this, "I love you and thank you, sis!"

Monday, May 10, 2021, I started my newly revived weightless journey and return to living a healthier lifestyle. I'm deciding to protect my space and my energy during this journey. My new trainer Johnny, kicked me into gear! He was exactly what I needed in this moment, and I'm hoping in 4 months, I can say that more definitively. Every week, I have to weigh in and my goal is to lose 2-3 lbs each week. I will try to share a piece of my journey through my blog post so that I can keep myself accountable. However, can we talk about how tough it is to get back active after being inactive for so long? This week was so tough, but I did it! I did 4 days of speed walking on the treadmill, and upper and lower weight-training workouts. I feel really great about my first week, and I'm excited to see where this journey leads me.

In closing, if you're thinking about life "post-covid" (not that covid will really be gone), and you realize like I did that you've neglected certain aspects of your life and health, now is the time to pivot. I hope that my something that I've said inspires you. How are you reclaiming your life post-covid? Maybe your struggle is different, maybe it has nothing to do with fitness and eating healthy. Maybe that aspect of your life is on point, but maybe you don't know how to have a healthy work-life balance, maybe you're a workaholic, maybe you never take time for yourself. Please feel free to share your journey back to feeling fully like yourself, whatever that felt like before the pandemic because, I'd love to hear your stories of inspiration too!

Peace & Continue Blessings,


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Charmyra E. Fleming is a romance author with a deep desire to M.OTIVATE | A.SPIRE | I.NSPIRE, her readers and beyond to live their lives with purpose, intention, and full of passion. Thank you for reading her blog post this morning. Hey, do her a favor, if you like or love this post, comment on it. She'd love to hear your feedback. Also, please feel free to share it with your family and friends in the social media universe. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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