Moving Towards Healthy

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I first heard this quote from Susan L. Taylor, former editor-in-chief and editorial director of Essence magazine, many years ago and it has always stayed with me. She was speaking at a conference about the need to take better care of ourselves, and to make wellness a priority.

It is not always easy, staying on track when it comes to better health, but at the end of last year I shared that I wanted to optimize my health. I took a few important steps – finding a medical practice that understood a more integrative approach to wellness, recognizing my personal baseline, determining where I wanted to go, and putting together a plan. (I discussed my approach to planning here if you want to see how I set my goals.)

In short, there are four variables I need to manage—food, movement, stress, and sleep—and by paying more attention to these areas I can set reasonable goals and go after it. Periodically I’ll update on how it is going, but this is a lifestyle change, not a quick-fix.

Why now? It is this simple—I’m a grown woman who wants to take better care of herself. No excuses. I know what I need and I’m going for it.

Have you faced challenges on your fitness journey?

 

 

 

 

 

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I heard this on the Jesus and Jollof podcast, hosted by Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji, two talented Nigerian women—they are on TV, writing books, speaking, and sharing their wit and wisdom. They say that Jesus and Jollof are the two things they cannot live without; I think the quote emphasizes the role of faith in making progress towards your goals.