New Habits

Hey Family!

We all want better lives BUT are we willing to make the changes needed to have better. I asked myself that question when I received 3 diagnoses that shook my world.

The truth is, it took me months to commit to doing the necessary things to change my life. These changes have been HARD. They have cost me relationships. They have cost me the ability to indulge in behaviors I enjoy.

I’ve decided that saving my life is worth it.

Switching It Up

I’ve done it folks. I’ve committed to a mostly plant based diet and I’m still here to talk about it! What’s also great is, I’ve lost about 12 pounds since my last visit with my doctor. I’m nowhere near my goal weight but I’m glad to not be where I was. Here’s a summary of the journey so far:

We’re part of the way through February and I’ve been doing my best to eat well. There have been some slip-ups that I’m not proud of but, overall, I’ve managed to make a lot of good dietary decisions. For the most part, I’ve been eating a lot of vegetables and nuts. This is in keeping with the information I was given when I spoke with a dietitian at the time of my diagnosis. My energy levels have been a bit low so I think I need more calories than I’ve been consuming.

To accomplish this need for more calories, I was intentional and actually meal prepped this week. At the heart of the meal prep is red cabbage. Red cabbage is a delicious and filling way to get in a nutritious food item that pairs well with a lot of other things. I’ll be consuming a lot of green veggies and beans alongside it and hopefully, I’ll have the energy I am looking for.

I won’t stop until I’m no longer on medication to help manage the diabetes. I won’t stop until I’m ripped enough to compete in a bodybuilding competition. I owe me and it’s time to pay up!

Peace.

Don’t Believe the Lies!

Dear Trans Siblings,

There is greatness inside you.

You have value.

You are worthy of love and kindness.

Your experience is valid.

Your pronouns are valid & you reserve the right to hold people accountable for addressing you correctly.

God knew who you were upon your creation. God granted you permission to be YOU from the very beginning.

Go in peace knowing that the essence of God lives in you & God is not offended by your authenticity.

I love you.

-Bash

Diabetes

Early last year, after a health scare, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I didn’t want it to be true but, alas, it was.

I have had my ups and downs with this diagnosis. Some months I win, some months it kicks me in the rear.

There’s a tendency for us, as human beings, to act as if ignoring a thing will make it go away.

It won’t.

We have to face these things head on. It’s the only way to go if we want to give our health a fighting chance.

For the next few months, my focus will be on health and wellness. I’m learning that wellness is more holistic than I’ve believed. I’m learning that your physical, mental, and emotional health really do go hand in hand.

My goal is simple. To get to a point where I can manage Type 2 diabetes without medication. To do this, I’ve got to continue losing weight, exercise consistently, reduce stress, & hold myself accountable to a low carb, mostly plant- based diet.

As a busy young professional and entrepreneur, this can be challenging. I’m constantly on the go and typically exhausted at the end of the day. If I am to live a life that is not plagued by complications from diabetes, however, I’ve got to make sure I’m being a good steward over my body.

Tonight was my starting point for this round. I had chicken, rice, and lots of vegetables for dinner with water to drink. I’ll have the same for lunch at work tomorrow. Breakfast, as of late, has been coffee and junk food. I plan to get up in time to eat a more nutritious meal than that before work. I’ve also been drinking sodas lately which is terrible for me, so I’ll be drinking water, unsweetened tea, and black coffee only starting tomorrow.

I’m sharing this here because I want my journey to help others. If you’re working to combat Type 2 diabetes, feel free to comment with things that have helped you so far.

I will beat this.

****Disclaimer****Any information shared here regarding my journey with diabetes management is not intended to treat, diagnose, or claim to cure any disease. I am merely sharing my experience .****

Hunger

Having a go-getter mentality is absolutely necessary if you want to achieve greatness. You have to be committed, with every fiber of your being, to success.

You can’t be married to excuses and successful at the same time. That’s not how it work y’all.

January is almost gone. If you haven’t moved forward with your 2020 goals, do it.

Divorce every excuse.

Get out of your own way.

Go get it.

Remembering

I haven’t taken time to sketch since 6th grade .

I decided to change that.

I get to have an artistic outlet.

I’m sure it will evolve as time goes on and I spend time actively learning different techniques.

I’ll be thanking my therapist for advising me to just invest in ME.

I love to create.

It feels like home.