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The Next Step

The First Step

I am sure I have broken a record on the amount of weight loss and exercise books and literature I have consumed through the years. Every couple years there is a new breakthrough method or diet. Many things are different, but all the major ones start with the same step: Love Yourself. Different authors say it differently. I have read authors who say you should look at yourself in the mirror naked and love the image before starting your weight loss journey. Richard Simmons has often repeated his theory: “love yourself, move your buns, watch your portions” Currently, the newest iteration of this idea is in the book “Loving Yourself Thin.”

I have been feeling disconnected – – from friends, family, my goals, and even my life. I have been so busy trying to get the person I want to be, I forgot to keep loving the person that I am now. This past week, I treated myself to a couple outfits and a (badly needed) haircut. I have been staying away from the stores and salons to remain on budget. However, I found some clearance items at a local Mother’s Day Sale and $10 off a haircut at the local cosmetology school. $60 later, I am feeling good and renewed.

Currently, I am still at the same 6 pound weight loss from two weeks ago. This week, however, my entire goal is to just love on myself, spend time with myself (and my creator). So, my next step…is actually to get back to my first step.


I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan

April Fresh – A Healthy Les 
When: April 16 through August 20, 2012

Daily Affirmation:
My Love For Myself Drives My Desire to Be Healthier.

Daily Goals:
1. at least 15 10 cups of water each day
2. take my Vitamin each day
3. at least 15 Minutes Prayer/Meditation Each Day
4. at least 30 minutes of cardio each day
5. No fast food

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Leslie discovered the power of the pen in the third grade after her family moved to a new school district. Writing became a way to sort out her new surroundings and escape to fantasy landscapes. That child, and voice, has matured into a poet, writer, blogger, journalist, online content creator and editor. Leslie is a social entrepreneur with a demonstrated commitment to community. She is an active community member in Washtenaw County (Michigan) with expertise in social media marketing and content management systems, volunteer coordination and writing and 19 years of experience in the areas of online community management, training, leadership development, and social networking. She is interested in facilitating connection with both community residents and businesses. Through this work, the economy of the community is improved and the organizations are financially successful. Her main mode of advocacy and online community, however, is through writing.

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