The other day, I watched this video of Lakeisha Shurn, a woman in California who took a challenge to videotape her workouts for 100 days straight. At the time of the video, she weighed in at over 300 pounds. She shares how, because of her weight and body image, she felt discouraged and depressed throughout her life. At the start of the video, I could sense her feelings of defeat and even despair. But by the end of the 2:59 minutes, I was rejoicing with her. Her attitude and energy just came alive. Over the course of 100 days, she lost 18 more pounds and made it out of the “300 club”, as she put it. I may never meet LaKeisha, but I wanted to embrace her and let her know that she has my support to keep going. I also wanted to let her know that her story inspired and encouraged me and all of the other thousands of people who have watched this video. Thanks to social media, the video has gone viral, reaching millions.
Watching this clip and the way that LaKeisha is receiving love and positive vibes from folks all over the world also made me think about my own circle of support, the sista (and brotha) friends that have supported me along my wellness journey. Having a community of support is paramount to maintaining my wellness commitments. Staying the course has required that I stay surrounded by like-minded individuals who understand and can relate to the struggle. These sistafriends bring light into my life in ways that they probably aren’t even aware. So, I thought I’d make it plain and dedicate this post to my circle of sistafriends who,
Maintain a yoga practice despite having crazybusy schedules as mothers, partners, professionals, academics, and so on and so on, and share their journeys with me;
Convince me to sign up for 5Ks, not knowing that running would take my workout regime to the next level (good luck getting me to do a 10k though);
Drag me to spinning classes even though they know I hate it;
Go on spiritual yoga retreats with me when I know that’s not quite their thing;
Don’t look at me crazy when my order at the restaurant becomes so complicated because I have to ask the waitstaff to inquire about how the food is prepared;
Pick up the phone or chat with me on Facebook (because I refuse to text) about how to deal with the stressful moments in our lives;
Post tips and articles about all things health-related to my Facebook timeline;
Read, comment on, and share the ZenG blog.
I only hope to be half the friend my sistafriends are to me. I want to give back to our sistacircle in ways that are meaningful and that help them to accomplish and sustain their health and wellness goals.
I’ve learned that as I evolve and grow in this life, not everyone is going to come along for the ride. And, that’s OK. I don’t want to impose my lifestyle on others, and at the same time, I do not want to be surrounded by naysayer or negative energy. That is why, today and always, I am so grateful for the sista circle that embraces me, feeds me, and keeps me going.