Happy 55th JAMAICA!!! ♥
Todays marks the 55th year since we’ve gained independence from British rule. Though we have our shortcomings as an island we have proven that we are still the small, beautiful island in the Caribbean, where the land is green and the sun shines brighter than ever. Our people are still welcoming, resilient and unstoppable! Still We STRIVE at Fifty-FIVE!!! Since we happen to be the home of all right, we also love to have a reason to celebrate and I can’t think of a better excuse for a celebration!
So guess what, lets all celebrate! Wave your black, green & gold flag high! Grab yourself a nice cold red stripe or mix a cup of white rum with your favorite chaser, then blast some dancehall and reggae tunes and blaze it up in honor of Jamaica’s 55th!
Now for part 2 of this post! A quick fitness update:
I fell off the fitness train…
In my last fitness related post, I shared that life is not about perfection but instead about progress. I definitely made progress and I stuck with my plan of working out at least 3 days per week. Sadly, that routine only lasted 3 months (February-April 2017). Why only 3 months? Well…I got caught up with my travel journey and I just couldn’t keep up with my fitness while away from home.
Over my 3 month period of working out (February- April) I’ve received quite a few comments and emails from those of you who noticed the changes in my body and so you asked for advise. While I’m more than happy to share what I do I must admit, whenever I’m asked to about my fitness routine I always find hard to articulate because it makes me feel vulnerable. Not because I struggle with body issues but mostly because I don’t like sharing tips that I’m unable to keep up with myself. Plus, I hold no ‘qualification’ in the exercise and nutrition department, I just do what works for me and my body I guess. I have every intention of sharing what works for me but I just have to figure it out myself first.
Nonetheless, like I said, it’s not about perfection, its about your progress. As long as you’ve moved forward to some extent you still have something to cheer yourself on for! Someone recently told me, that progress isn’t a linear thing, and hearing that phrase truly hit home for me. Setbacks are a normal part of life and how we respond to these setbacks determines whether we will head downhill, be stagnant or grow and develop.
Typically when we begin to progress in life we hope that with each day we will continuously keep growing on a linear path to success. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned and instead we make some progress, fallback into old patterns, experience a setback, then we either continue on that downward path or we learn from it, recover and begin to make progress once again.
So here I am once again continuing this fitness journey of mine! I started a fitness journey, fell back into old patterns and now I am ready to continue this journey and move onwards. Every aspect of our lives is about embracing the ebb and flow. Do not fear that you have to start all over if you are experiencing a setback in life. Instead, learn from these setbacks and use them as a contribution to your growth.
Be KIND to yourself. LOVE yourself. LISTEN to your BODY & also your MIND!
Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥