I CAN’T BREATHE!

Hi everyone –

I just finished my first semester of a intense doctoral program along with being a full-time wife and mother.  I commend those who have taken this academic journey as well as those who have succeeded in other endeavors.  I have not blogged in a while and was moved to action today by a young lady I admire who is also a blogger, www.thetwentysomethingdiva.wordpress.com.  Thank you lady!

To get down to the bottom of where my issues lie – I am exhausted from being overweight!  I have buried myself in education neglecting my health along the way.  I have made several attempts to lose the weight via exercise, eating healthier, changing my surroundings. What I have come to realize is I needed to change the way I think – the way I think of myself.  I can no longer suppress myself into the ills of negativity.  I am determined to put as much effort into living a healthier lifestyle  as I do my education.

I cannot breathe!  I am always out of breath even in dong the simplest activities.  I try to make excuses when my husband asks if I am okay as if he can’t hear the heavy breathing  for himself.  My children love to play and participate in activities that requires me to be fit……..sadly, I am not winning in this area.

Take this journey with me.  I am my biggest challenge.  I love me.  I love me enough to not allow myself to wallow in this weight, this burden.  According to the Office of Minority Health,  African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.

The great thing is that I am up for the challenge and have made quite a few changes in the last few days.  My goal is to lose 150 lbs. by October 4, 2014 which is my husband’s 40th birthday!

I love you and thank you for your support!

Shaniqua 

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