GREENS & ROUTINES
My homegirls guy-friend told her to relay a message to me. “Tell Deja I commend her on her body, cause she used to have that skinny body with the fat-girl pudge and I used to wonder why?” This is a compliment-diss but only cause the truth hurts! Let me tell you my struggle with the pudge and how I keep my physique now.
This ain’t good genes or good jeans. This is a lot of green vegetables. A lot of water. And 3-4 days a week in the gym for at least an hour, half or all of which is spent doing cardio. (I can do a zillion sit-ups but if I’m not doing intense cardio, my abs won’t pop.)
People don’t be feelin’ my shape sometimes. I’ve been dissed about being petite for years so if I’m not your type, this isn’t the post for you.
A lot of people tell me “You’ve just got good genes.” Nope. That’s a lie. I’ve never ever had the weight genes. Believe it or not, I’ve struggled with my weight as far as being in shape goes. I get jiggly QUICK! And the first place to reveal itself is of course in my slower stomach. Bread & sugar are the weakness. I’ve given up fast food, red meat, poultry, pork, soda & juice. Cut back on dairy and alcohol. But bread & sugar are just the hardest things for me to say no to. And within two weeks, if I’ve been going ham on those two things, I can tell.
When people ask “how does such & such get into such great shape?” Generally, what they’re asking is, “How can I look like that without changing anything about my life?” To be in shape, past teenage years, is work! Especially if you don’t naturally have a high metabolism just like I don’t. But the good news is that the secret is the same for everyone. And that secret is; An excellent diet, rich in water, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and baked fish and or chicken or beans & legumes + a consistent work out routine 3-5 days a week for about an hour that consists of cardio & exercises that strengthen the core, legs & arms.
You can’t cheat. It’s your body that either reaps the results or not. The thing about our bodies is that everything is connected. A great diet ups the chances of being in shape. It also improves overall health and beauty. Skin, hair & nails all benefit from good eating, exercise & rest.
If you struggle with a pudge, a gut and jiggly arms & legs, I want you to know I do too. My cure is to eat well & exercise as often as possible. But even still, I revert to old habits sometimes & I have to pick it back up and get back. I think I’ve been in excellent shape about 4 or 5 times in my life. And each time, this was my regimen. A lot of cardio. A lot of water. A lot of green vegetables, a lot of fruit, whole grains, and either beans/legumes or baked fish. It generally works for me to have sweets once or twice a week. It’s hard work, but I think it’s worth it!
As the years go by, my body is changing. My face is changing. I’m aging. I hang out with friends and realize I’m doing very good taking care of myself and it shows. I don’t want to pretend that it’s not a huge effort. But I wanted to write this post because people ask me what I put on my skin, or what I use on my hair, or how am I so petite. The answer is diet, exercise & rest.
If you set new years resolutions to get in shape, keep them. If you have fallen behind, start back up. If you’ve been eating McDonald’s & Starbucks everyday, stop. You can have and keep your body if you’re willing to do the work. Here’s to being forever fly & most important being healthy and raising the chances of a beautiful long life.
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