She Believed She Could So She Did

 Guest Blog Post written by Filomena Ann @healthyfitmama31

"She Believed She Could So She Did” – [Luke 1:45], is the best way to describe my journey with running. I was not always passionate about running. I got back into it after I had my son.

In the past, running for me was always about doing it for weight loss. I never really enjoyed it, and most of the time I could not wait to finish my run.  After having my son, I wanted to do something for myself. I decided to train for my first 5k. I downloaded the couch to 5k application, and I remember at first running on my treadmill and at the running track.  I found myself enjoying these runs. This time it was a different feeling. I ran my first 5k on June of 2014, and afterwards I started running more and more. I love how I felt during my runs. 

I remember a co-worker telling me about a challenge for “Be the Match.” The challenge was to run a hundred miles in a hundred days. I was excited to do this challenge. I remember setting out to do my first mile. The one mile turned into three miles. I remember the first day I ran eight miles. I was so excited because I never thought that I could run more than three miles at a time.  These runs were times to be by myself; it was my time to think.  Anything that was bothering me I could just pound it out on the pavement, and feel so much better afterwards. 

Making the Best of My Quarantine Weight-loss

 Guest Blog Post written by Elizabeth S. from @eliz_talks

Weight loss has always been my life brand. From a very young age, I've been a yo-yo dieter. It's almost as if I love the challenge of watching my body transform.

2020 has been no different. Once January 2nd, 2020 hit, I knew exactly what needed to be done to obtain results. I joined Weight Watchers, cut back drinking, and started yet another journey of sensible eating.

I was doing great, getting results, and feeling good about 2020. Then March hit & we were quarantine. 
I went into an immediate panic, unsure what this meant for my new lifestyle. It took me 2.5 seconds to realize I would have to turn it up a notch. 

A Letter to Mom On Her Birthday

Dear Mommy:
Happy Birthday in heaven. You would have been 89 years old today here on earth.

I miss you every day, but I feel you with me at all times.  I know for a fact that you are looking at us from above, and always guiding me and Rudy.

I know that you were with my brother the whole month he was in the hospital fighting this terrible virus that is killing so many people in the world. We are praying for all those families that have lost loved ones.

I was scared and I felt helpless because we couldn't see him.
My only comfort was that I knew you were there guarding him.  I know he was your favorite. LOL
Today we are so grateful that he is home recovering.

My 11th Year Cancerversary

Dr. Jason D. Wright, MD and Me
Here we are!!! My GYN Oncologist, Dr. Jason Wright, MD,  and me posing for our annual picture.  This year is our 11th year doing it.  He is such a ham.  He says to me -- "I love taking this picture with you every January on your annual check-up day, so you can post it on our cancer anniversary- Cinco de Mayo."

Continue reading at --> A New Camino - A Latina's Journey Back from Cervical Cancer.

Thank You!
Much Health and Light,

Sixty By Sixty

 Hello Everyone. Here I am again!! I have been quiet and MIA from here, but make NO mistake I have been working hard on self care, and connecting my mind, body and spirit.

I want to thank you for the enormous feed back and positive comments on my last post regarding my second weight loss journey.  If you did not catch it - you can do so here -->  "My Big Confession."

So let me bring you up to date.  Well, before I do that let me just go back a little bit.  Seven years ago today September 12th, I had lost 113 pounds.  This reversed all my illnesses (diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure) for which I used to take up to five different medications.
I became the Healthy Girl.

A Decade - 10 Year Cancerversary

My GYN-Onclogist, Dr. Jason D. Wright and me.
It has been a decade since I was declared Cancer FREE.  What a blessing - I give thanks to the creator of all things.  I am grateful to be here and I am grateful for these past 10 years.

I want to thank so many people - the list is so long, but you know who you are. You all play a role in taking me to where I stand now - small role or big role - it doesn't matter, I am grateful for you all.  Thank you for the bottom of my heart.  

Please continue to read my post posted on Cervivor.

With all my love,

May - An Emotional Roller-Coaster Month

I cannot believe it is May already.  We are entering the 5th month of the year and we are 121/365 days down.  WOW! time flies.  May for me is kind of an emotional roller coaster month.