What MORE can I say about the lovely Ms. Whitney Houston that hasn’t already been said?! Along with fans across the globe, my heart has been completely saddened by her passing. Whitney Houston was the girl that every girl wanted to be. I was one of those girls that would grab the hair brush handle and sang as if I was LIVE in concert before millions. Not only was she extremely beautiful but a voice that is matchless. I fell in love with music because of individuals like the late GREAT Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, along with Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey and many others. I still to this very day always tell people how I sang my butt off when I’m in the car or shower and that I sound just like Whitney Houston! HA! Another great memory I have is when I participated in the 8th grade talent show at Dr. Charles R. Drew Middle School in Miami and I bellowed out, “Saving All My Love for You”. Yep, I received a standing ovation!
I want to pay homage to Ms. Whitney Houston for sharing her gift of song with the entire world. While it feels like she’s gone way to soon I am confident that God made the better choice for her because He knows when our journey on earth will end. When I think back to Whitney’s humble beginnings when she was introduced to the world at such a young age, I had the opportunity to see someone who looked like me be fashionable, beautiful, talented, and inspiring. I’m most grateful that she crossed racial, economic, and cultural barriers and the world embraced this beautiful being. I am very proud of her accomplishments and despite her lows and struggles; she still had a soul in need of healing. While my struggles may not be alcohol and drugs, I know another type of addiction that will still rob you of your livelihood and I have been sharing that in my blog series, “Trapped Inside of Me” dealing with obesity. Let’s continue to be mindful of what the Word of God says in Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (NTL)
EVERYONE needs prayer and it is not for anyone to judge without first looking within and examining your own heart. Our celebrities are everyday, ordinary people with a platform that sometimes robs them of privacy and certain freedoms that we enjoy everyday. Money and fame does NOT take away the sting of pain; however, the Blood of Jesus has redeeming power to resurrect, revive, and restore!
I wanted to start this blog off with one of my favorite songs from the “Dream Girls” movie soundtrack by R&B Singer, Jennifer Hudson, titled “I Am Changing”. (Please click the link in the middle to play.) Please listen carefully to the words and I hope it encourages you wherever needed. Every time I listen to it I get something different out of it and although it is a secular song I find a little inspiration to press forward! ~Enjoy
Celebrate this moment – JUST BECAUSE you can! I have good news to report…I am happy to celebrate that six pounds of me are FREE! I finally bought a scale (HA!) and although I was apprehensive about getting on it; I finally did the inevitable and WHAM! The numbers are moving “to the left…to the left…to the left”! Now I am sure I could have done better but I must admit that I slacked at going to the gym the past couple of weeks. I had a little setback and I am now trying to get back on track. My goal for next week is to be free of two more pounds. WAIT! I guess I should share what I am exactly doing to assist with my lifestyle change to becoming healthier. Well, I started Weight Watchers online with a dear friend of mine and also an awesome accountability partner. What I have learned through Weight Watchers is portion control. It has been the most awesome transition I have dedicated myself to doing. I do treat myself to certain things as a mild celebration but I grind hard to stay focused. Yes, I count points and it helps me to consider carefully what I want to eat. I now eat more fruits than I ever have because I used to prefer sweet treats instead that would pack on not only the inches but the pounds as well. So, I NOW enjoy eating blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, raisins, and apples and find that it is actually quite satisfying and takes care of those sweet treat cravings.
Whether you have lost a quarter of a pound or one…CELEBRATE! Pat yourself on the back and be proud of yourself for passing up that doughnut or that bag of Lay’s Potato Chips. If you have given up one can of soda this week for a bottle of water instead – GOOD FOR YOU! I am not big on drinking sodas but I had a hard time just drinking water so one thing that I do to “motivate” myself to drink water is use Crystal Light water enhancers (flavors) or you can add lemon juice. Eventually your body will start craving just good ole plain water and I LOVE it now! Find your substitution for the things you love to eat but are not loving you back and open yourself up to CELEBRATING with YOU in mind! I would LOVE for you to share with me what changes you have made for the NEW KIND OF YOU!