Health, to me, is holistic. It includes your body, yes, but also your mind, heart, and spirit.
Physical health will quickly deteriorate if you are experiencing anxiety, financial difficulty, stress, and fear.
This year, I have made a lot of gains (or losses) when it comes to my weight. I went from 162 pounds post-partum to 129 pounds, but I haven’t been as healthy as I want to be.
Emotional eating has been a really big struggle for me this year. I tend to turn to food when I am anxious or overwhelmed with my situation. But, the tips that Yaritza, Lori, and I came up with have been helping me overcome emotional eating.
Now, I want to make greater strides for my mental health – end my anxious mind.
Exercise is an essential part of that.
I began doing yoga this month, and, mostly, for the spiritual aspect of it. Holding each stance forces us to quiet our minds and be at peace with the limitations of our own bodies.
Limitations, have, especially, been hard for me this year, because I am used to being strong and capable of taking care of myself.
A car accident in May left me with spinal damage, and I came to discover that I have nerve damage in my left hand.
The goal, now, is to strengthen the nerve in my hand and re-align my spine, so that I can continue my journey towards physical fitness.
Yoga will strengthen my core and improve my flexibility, so that I can do what I really want to do – CAPOEIRA!
I have started doing capoeira, again, but I have lost a lot of my stamina and endurance due to the months that I had to take off from practice. I am also not physically able to do a full range of motions without being in pain later. I have to be super careful with all that I do and ensure that I do not get hit. It’s been frustrating that I cannot even play the pandeiro for more than a few minutes because my hand weakens super fast, now.
I really want to go back to the basics of capoeira and re-learn the movements.
So many capoeiristas are in a rush with their careers. For me, I just love the strum of the berimbau and the total feeling of connectedness to the universe that I feel while I am swaying in the roda.
Capoeira is a place of peace for me, which replenishes my mind and spirit while toning my body.
My mental health is my primary concern, right now, because I want to be a conscious parent while raising my little girl.
I know that eating well, exercising, meditation, and self-control are the foundation that I need to be a good, sane, stable mother and a good role model.
On the physical front, I really want to get toned – like super toned.
My original goal prior to my car accident was to compete in a Fitness competition in the Bikini Category. I had started preparing for it, and had to quickly halt the process.
The doctors have put me on severe no weightlifting restrictions, right now, though, due to herniated discs in my spine, but I am convinced that I will be able to tone my body without necessarily lifting weights.
As my financial and living situation improve, which I know they will, soon, I will really be able to dedicate myself to the craft of bodybuilding and represent vegan bodybuilders and Latinas on that stage.
I have to remember that every meal I consume will either heighten or hamper my chances at strutting myself on that stage.
I want to body build, because I just want to see what my body is fully capable of. I want to feel like a warrior – strong and confident.
A long time ago, I dedicated myself to being a lot more than just average, and I am on that journey.
Being a #healthyme is vital to being a #successfulme.