Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month.

During the month of May advocates for mental health educate their communities on mental health issues, treatment options, and ways to reduce the stigma of mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Month is important because mental health issues can affect anyone. No one is immune.

Many people believe because they may have not been diagnosed with a mental illness such as chemical depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, that they don’t need to think about mental health.

Well, they are wrong. Post postpartum depression, feelings of anxiety, and self-isolation are just many of the mental health issues that touch the lives of us all.

But the thing is, most people are too proud or ashamed to admit it. They say to themselves: “If I ask for help, that will mean something is wrong with me.” “What if they think I’m crazy?” “I don’t need anyone’s help!”

As someone who worked in mental health, I’ve heard all the above too many times to count. And, you know what: Yes, there may be something chemically wrong with you. People may think you are crazy. You do need someone’s help.

However, does it mean you should be loved any less than someone that has been diagnosed with cancer, or stigmatized?! Hell no!

Your life is more important than anyone’s judgement. Asking for help, and seeking treatment, is one of the bravest thing anyone can do for themselves.

This month I encourage you to visit your health care professional and ask for a mental health evaluation, if you feel you are struggling with mental health.

If you aren’t having any mental health struggles I ask you be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, and stop shaming your family and friends into not seeking help. You never know if you will be the link that keeps someone from taking their own life.

It’s up to each one of us to seek the support we need, and to not judge another person’s mental health struggle.

With that being said, won’t you take the stigma out of mental health during Mental Health Awareness month and every month?

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month,  please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mental Health Awareness Month

What will you do during Mental Health Awareness Month?

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Weight Watchers Resources

Weight Watchers Resources

Last Monday if you watched my weight loss motivation video you may have heard me mention I am presently on the Weight Watchers plan.

In the near future I will share how Weight Watchers works, and how it works for me, but this week I wanted to share some Weight Watchers resources that have helped me stay on plan.

The first Weight Watchers resource is a food journal I found on Laa Loosh. I use these Weight Watchers food journals to keep track of my points every week.

Speaking of Laa Loosh, Laa Loosh is one of my favorite sites for Weight Watchers Points Plus recipes. On Laa Loosh you can look up recipes by points plus values and food category.

When I’m out to eat, I turn to Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone. Dotti probably has every restaurant you can think of on her site. If you are wondering how many Weight Watchers points plus a Chipotle bowl will cost you, Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone is where you will find the answer.

On the occasions I’m without my Weight Watchers calculator at the grocery store, and I need to know how many points something is before I buy it, I’ll visit One More Pound. One More Pound has an on-line points plus calculator, and I made sure to bookmark it on my smart phone.

For the moments when I need motivation to keep pushing, I head over to Pinterest

If you are participating in this week’s Bloggers Like Me Get Fit challenge, this week’s challenge is BLM Switch Up. I want you to try a new type of exercise this week, and take a pic with the hash tag #BLMSwitchUp and #BLMGetFit on Twitter or Instagram.

Also, if you have a weight loss or health related blog post, please link up with Beatrice Clay this week. Just remember to be courteous and mention and refer your readers to Beatrice Clay’s blog, in the post.

Do you have any Weight Watchers resources?

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Weight Loss Motivation Video

Weight Loss Motivation

Hey hey hey! This week I have a weight loss motivation video for y’all!

Just a quick weight loss journey update and some weight loss motivation from me to yo. 

This week please remember to link up you health, weight loss, or motivational related posts with Shanticka at Spoon Full of Sugar.

Oh, and if you are participating in this week’s Bloggers Like Me Get Fit Challenge, this week’s challenge is “Pounds Gone.”

Be sure to tag your pics of how many pounds you’ve lost so far, since the start of the BLM Get Fit Challenge started on January 7th, with #LBSGone on Twitter & Instagram.

Weight Loss Motivation  via Miss Foodie Fab 

 

What do you do for weight loss motivation?

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Bands Will Make Her Dance Workout Songs Playlist

I had a revelation, we’ve been discussing the journey of weight loss over the past several Mondays but not one time have I mentioned the weight loss keys to help you along the journey.

I mean I know we talked motivation, but we haven’t talked about how to exercise, what to eat, when to eat, etc. Oh but guess what, this is not that type of blog and ain’t nobody got time for all that. Sorry.

Okay, I’m not sorry.

I mean by all means feel free to stop reading now and click over to another blog that will detail “How to Lose Weight From A to B!”

Orrrrrrrr, you could stay right here and get hipped to a workout songs playlist that will make you twerk something on the treadmill and get your body move, move, moving. Your decision. *sips tea*

A couple of weeks ago I was banishing calories on the elliptical at the gym, when all of the something “Pop That” came on my T.I. Pandora station. Typically I clutch my pearls, make a stank face, and shake my head when certain ratchet music like “Pop That” assaults my eardrums.

However this particular day my endorphins must have been making me feel less bougie, and more boughetto, cause all of the sudden Diamond Alize Hypnotiq Jenkins came right up out my body and started busting out dance moves on the elliptical. She was like, “Awww shoot I’m about to get some cash up in here!”

Now look, pause, what you not gone do is judge me. The older man on the elliptical next to me served all types of “Ma’am have a seat! Are you really dancing on the elliptical?!” fully shaded glances to last me a lifetime. So, just go on and stop it.

Once the song was over I realized I had sweated more in 5 minutes, than in the first 15 minutes from the time I initially jumped up on the elliptical.

The Diamond Alize Hypnotiq Jenkins incident got me thinking two things. One, not everyone at the gym is ready for my crazy jelly. Two, I need a playlist filled with workout music to take my mood  from “Ugh when can I stop exercising?!” to “I could stay in the gym forever!”

So without further ado, I bring to you:

Miss Foodie Fab’s Bands That Will Make You Dance Workout Songs Playlist

1.) Pop That by Fortune

2.) Clique  by Kanye West

3.) Scarred by Uncle Luke

4.) Hoochie Momma  by 2 Live Crew

5.) Like a G6 by Far East Movement

6.) Countdown by Beyonce

7.) Swag Surfin’ by Fast Life Youngstaz

8.) My Chick Bad by Ludacris

9.) Hood N* by Gorilla Zoe

10.) I’m Different by 2 Chainz

11.) Blow the Whistle by Too Short

Workout Songs

What is on your workout songs play list? Please share!

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If you are participating in this week’s BLM Get Fit Challenge, the challenge this week is “Buddy Health.” Please share pics of yourself working out with a partner, and use the hash tag #BuddyHealth and #BLMGetFit on Twitter and Instagram.

P.S. If you don’t know what twerk, bougie, or bougheto is, brush up on your urban dictionary.