Archive for April, 2011

My Exercise Vest

I know that I am the poster child for trying new things, but I really feel like I have found a great partner to add to my exercise regime. I have been wearing my weighted exercise vest and I can truly say that my stomach area is now getting a work-out when I walk or do basic activities while wearing it. I have noticed that in 30 days my stomach is shrinking. WOW!!! This is huge for me because I hold water and weight around my stomach area, especially when stressed out, but it’s great to find something to help work out that difficult to get rid of middle section. The only problem I have with my new weighted vest is remembering to take it off before going in stores or the mall as some people think it’s a bullet proof vest. Lol!

Let me know what you think about weighted vests. If you have a weighted vest please let me know how long you have been wearing it and what you like most about wearing it.

Show love and give the gift of WATER

I saw this link on Will Smith’s Facebook page. Will and Jada Smith are supporting this water charity and I am so proud of them. Many celebrities are being praised these days for commiting crimes against themselves and others, but The Smiths have decided to use their affluence and influence to help others. As a public health doctoral student, I believe that this charity is essential as clean drinking water is one of the basic essential components of life. In the U.S. we are not confronted with parasites and cholera in our drinking and bathing water but the rest of the world is not so blessed. There are billions of people who are very sick and who die prematurely because of the lack of access to clean water. Please lift up your voice and open your wallet to help right this terrible wrong.

To learn more about how to help this necessary and noble cause, please visit

Kiss Malaria Goodbye!

It is great to know that small changes can make a big difference.  Please donate to the cause of providing nets. Mosquito nets help to protect the people of Africa from dying of malaria, which is a preventable disease.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

I intend to enjoy this weekend with family and a little studying.  I wish you all a peaceful holiday weekend with family and friends.

Fun & Communication

Dear Young Men:

I hope that you all are having fun and enjoying your lives.  My advice to you this week is to take the time to do something fun.  Also, if you have not taken the time to have a conversation with your parent(s), then pick a topic and talk to your parent(s) this week.  If you don’t have anything to say to your parent(s), then just ask them how they are doing and the conversation should be started from that point.  Why am I asking you to do this?  I want you to be comfortable with learning to have fun and developing a good relationship with your parent(s).  Communication will be essential in your relationships as you grow up so learning how to communicate well will benefit you in life, in career, and in your future relationships.

If you would like to leave a comment, feel free to do so.

Safety First!

Dear Young Ladies:

I hope that you are having fun in your lives!

This week I just wanted to talk to you all about safety.  These days we live in a crazy world, there’s no need to live in fear or to be alarmed about things but as young ladies you do have to take extra precaution.  When you are away from home please be sure to tell a parent and a friend where you are.  Make it a habit to actually be at the place where you have told people that you will be so that your friends and family can trust that you are responsible and that you usually keep your word.  When you are out during the day or at night use the buddy system.  The buddy system simply means that you are not walking home or walking around outside alone in the dark.  As you already know, don’t talk to strange people too long, especially when you are alone.  It is ok to say “hello” but if you are alone do not take the time to give directions or have long conversations with anyone, especially men that you do not know.  Lastly, be alert in your environment and use your common sense and intuition.  If something does not feel right to you, then trust your intuition and get to safety as fast as you can.

I am sure that you all have heard this advice before, but I just wanted to reiterate its importance.

Remember that I love you all and that I am always praying for you.

Leave a comment if you would like to talk about the importance of keeping safe.

Score Card: Grief=0 Judith=1

This week I’d like to feature the article that I wrote on my other blog.  In case you all did not know I also write a blog called “Footprints of Death.”  If you have ever lost someone that you love, then you will understand the necessity for this blog. If you would like to check out my journey through the grief process, please feel free to go to and start reading my other blog.  The blog begins in November of 2009 so be sure to start at the beginning.

I am amazed at how I made it through this past week.  This past week was terrible!  I had some challenges and I just wished I could go home to my parents’ house and curl up with them in the bed until I felt better.  As the youngest kid in my family or “the baby” I had a lot of alone time with my parents and they just had a way of making me feel loved and whole just by being in their presence.  I needed them this week but having them was NOT possible because they are no longer living.  This is/was tough!  Grief has a way of rearing its ugly head at the MOST unopportune times, but I am determined to admit my issues and defeat grief.

I better run through the 5 stages of grief for this past week.  Here’s my self-made acronym for the 5 stages of grief BAADD:

Bargaining- Not at all, no one to bargain with.

Acceptance- My mind has accepted it but my heart has not.

Anger- Yes, this past week was rough and I was angry that I do not have parents to run home to.

Denial- Not at all

Depression- Perhaps, I simply have no desire to be around other people right now as few understand me or my feelings (yes, i know that this is an illogical over-generalization but I am emoting right now, not trying to think logically).

Despite my feelings, I know that God has me in the palm of His hands.  I feel Him close to me.  Needless to say, I spent much time in prayer this week. Prayer is my best weapon against the stages and effects of grief.

Long-Term Career, Niche, or Your Own Business

Dear Young Ladies and Young Gentleman!

This is the first time that I decided to combine your postings as I think that all of you  will benefit from this information.

First off, as young people you may be trying to decide what you would like to do for a living when you grow up.  Some of you may be planning on attending college and finding a job or career that you enjoy.  Some of you may not know right now what your future plans will be, but don’t lose heart.  For those of you who do not yet have a plan for your future, do not worry you will find the right plan for you! You may have to do some soul searching to find out what you are good at and what job, career, or business is right for you.

For those of you who do not have a career plan, here’s my advice.  First off, I would suggest that you all plan to attend college.  It does not matter too much what you obtain your degree in (field of study), but be sure to obtain a bachelors degree at least.  These days the job market is very competitive and those who have attended college will have a better chance of obtaining work than a person who has not.  Also, most jobs now are requiring a bacherlors degree (4- year degree).  A bachelors degree is great to have because it shows that you can begin a long-term goal and finish that goal.  Before you finish college, start to think about your likes, your strengths, and what you would like to do with the rest of your life.  Word to the wise, if you choose a job that you do not enjoy it is highly unlikely that you will stay loyal to it or do a good job in that position. From experience, I can tell you that going to a job that you do not enjoy everyday is a total NIGHTMARE.  Please don’t let this be your story!  Pick a job that you love! 

So how do you know what you love?  Well, what are your best skills?  Do you enjoy working with others or working alone?  Do you enjoy creative work or intellectual work? For example, if you do not like working in groups, then becoming a customer service representative may not be the best career choice as your skills will be assessed against all of the other people who work in the customer service group.  Also, if you do not like to work with people at all you may want to consider positions (i.e. researcher or scientist) where you can rely on your own abilities and work independently.   These are the kinds of questions that you may need to ask yourself, before you choose a job.

Some of you are so talented, that you may not obtain a job you may want to run your own business.  Perhaps you have the next great invention, or maybe you are the best jewelry maker or craftsman ever known to man (smile).  If this is the case for you, then you have found your special “niche” (special place where you fit).  You may want to consider making a business out of your special skill.  If you do not choose to have your own business, perhaps you can work at a 9-5pm job and sell the items that you create on the side.  Remember, there are always options, you just need to choose the best options that fit your lifestyle and skillset.  

In closing, which ever career path you take, remember that you MUST enjoy the path that you are going to take.  As adults, you have to work in order to support yourself and your future families so you might as well choose a career, business, or source of income that makes you happy.  Lastly, pick a career or business venture that you will be able to do for years to come or for the rest of your life.

If you have any questions, or would like to share your future plans, please feel free to drop me a line.  Remember, I love you young people and I am praying for your success!

My Health Journey #5: New Weighted Exercise Vest

As I am still on my journey to natural and long-lasting weight loss, I have added a new addition to my arsenal. ….. a weighted exercise vest.  Last week, I walked around the park with it and I immediately began to sweat heavily.  It really improved the intensity of my work-out.  The jacket itself was very light-weight but when I added the weights the jacket became pretty heavy.  As it was my first time wearing the vest, I started out with about 2-3 pounds. As time progresses, I intend to gradually increase my weights.  I hope that this addition to my weightloss arsenal works.  I’ll be sure to let you all know how things work out for me.

Hey JWJ Readers! Do any of you use a weighted exercise vest when working out?  If so, let me know how you like it and please give me any suggestions that you may have for its use.

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