Ten Years Later & I Finally Have A Name For It!

At the age of 17, I developed a cyst under my breast. I had no idea how. It started out the size of a pimple. Well, that is exactly what I thought it was until it kept getting bigger and became very painful. It took numerous trips back and forth to the doctors office, hot rags, and antibiotics to try and get it to heal on its own. Unfortunately it never healed all the way. The cyst would seem like it was almost healed all the way and it would come right back. To top it off one actually started to develop under my armpit. That was one of the worst things that could happen.

At times the pain could be unbearable and now I had developed another one. To move meant to cause more pain. Nothing was working so the last option was surgery to remove all of the fluid and damaged tissue. That was the last thing I wanted to hear. Well after the first surgery I underwent three more surgeries because every time I developed another cyst, we would go through the usually dose of antibiotics and it wouldn’t work. We even tried to do things like topical acne medication to clean the areas to prevent the cyst from developing but again it didn’t stop them from coming.

It wasn’t until 2012 when I started my weight loss journey and lost over 100 pounds that I saw a change. I figured the combination between better nutrition, changes in my body, and only using electric razors to shave, is what saved me from having to deal with the cysts thus far. Last week as I was scrolling through instagram I came across a post from @beautifulbrwnbabydol about her YouTube video titled “Boils Under My Armpits & Inner Thighs?! My Hidradenitis Suppurativa HORROR STORY”. Wait a minute could this be the same thing that I was going through? I immediately clicked on the link in her bio to watch the video.

It is amazing how so often we think that we are alone or the only one going through something, but the reality is we are never the only ones. Everything she stated in the video was exactly what I was going through. It brought a light to something that I hadn’t thought about in a while. Though I haven’t had any occurrences in a few years, the thought is always in the back of my head.

I am grateful for her post. It goes to show that you never know who is listening and needs to hear your story. I’m hoping that someone reading this needs to see it and that it helps you in some way. It’s a great feeling  just knowing that there is a name for it, it is a thing,  I’m not  going crazy, and I have no reason to feel ashamed.

Don’t forget to check of the YouTube video, here is the link.

Happy Four Year Healthy Lifestyle Anniversary To Me!!

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Before I started my health lifestyle journey I decided to write a letter to myself. It was a way for me to speak into existence what I wanted for myself and my life. It was also a way for me to have something just in case I ever got to a point where I forgot why I started my journey. As I sit here today rereading this letter on my “Four Year Healthy Lifestyle Anniversary”, one thing is for sure there is definitely one common theme: I wanted to remind myself, through the journey don’t forget to CELEBRATE LIFE! 

 

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Through this journey I have found more than just better health. I’ve found strength. Everyday may not be a great day and some days you will feel down, but picking ourselves up from these days is truly what builds our character and makes us into the people that we are meant to be. Even if in these moments we may not feel like celebrating, I want you to remember that no storm lasts forever and the only way we stay down is if we allow ourselves to. We only get one life to live and everyday that we chose to celebrate that life and every aspect of it, is a good day. So today I ask you to CELEBRATE with me! Just pick one thing in your life that you are thankful for and today celebrate that. ♥  Today I am celebrating being 130 pounds lighter, no longer having high blood pressure or being pre-diabetic, and finding a new love for health.

 

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As I finish this post after I am going to write another letter to myself. Join me! Let’s write into existence our goals in life, positive vibes, and the things we wish to rid our lives of. When we feel lost or down we can refer to our letters as a reminder. ♥

 

 

Grab Onto your Faith & Release Your Fears..♥♥

BeautifullyToldLifestyle 

Exercise: How To Get Started

How I Started My Exercise Program

 

Oh no! Did someone say EXERCISE?! I think a lot of people would agree with me when I say that exercise was never one of my favorite things to do. Now what was I going to do to exercise to help me lose weight? I had no idea. In my mind there wasn’t much that my body could do at 316 pounds. Where was I going to start? There was one thing that I felt was an option for me. Walk. I started out walking to a local beach. I would walk to the beach, turn around, and walk back to my house. It was just a little over two miles. I tried to do this at least three to four times a week. As I continued to walk, I gradually built upon it. Whether it was how many miles I walked or how long it took me to walk a certain amount of miles. I continued to walk until I could do more.

Once the weight started to drop and I could see and feel the changes in my body, my confidence started to increase and I wanted to do more. I started to add in some jogging. I would tell myself, okay I’m going to jog from this corner to that tree or this pole to that corner. Of course at first I was out of breath, my chest felt like it was on fire, and I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I did make it and once I did I felt like okay, I CAN do this. From that point on every time I would get to that “corner” or that “pole”, I would start to jog. It became a part of my routine. When I felt like it was time to do more I added more jogging until one day I said I’m going to jog the whole way without stopping. It happened! I DID IT! I couldn’t believe it and the feeling was amazing. I had just did something that I don’t think I had ever did up to that point in my life.

Now I’m running up to five and six miles at a time. Who knew that I would fall in love with running. I truly enjoy it and it’s a great stress reliever. I love being outside with just me, my music, and the pavement. Through this process I’ve learned that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I’ve gone on to joining a kickboxing class that I absolutely adore and have added strength and weight training to my exercise routine.

Here are a few tips to help you start and continue a long lasting exercise routine of your own:

  • Start slow and gradually build yourself up. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “slow and steady wins the race”. Well, it is so true. Starting slow and gradually increasing your exercise routine gives your body time to adjust and allows you to see how your body responds to certain things. This is especially important for someone who is starting from doing no exercise or physical activity at all.
  • Plan it out. The most common excuse is, not having enough time. So plan it out. Write it down. Make it visible. Fit it into your schedule like you would a doctor’s appointment. Make time for it!
  • Have Fun! Find something that you enjoy doing. Exercise doesn’t have to be spending countless hours at a gym. Let’s be honest. I have never worked out at the gym and still managed to lose the weight. If you find something that you take pleasure in doing, you will want to do it and that will make it last a lifetime.
  • Know when to take a break. Listen to your body and know when it needs rest. Rest days allow the body time to heal and repair. It also helps to prevent injuries.
  • Be kind to yourself. Try not to beat yourself up about your current fitness level. Don’t compare your journey to others’ because it’s you versus yourself. Not anyone else! Look at your starting point as an opportunity for you to grow and become stronger.
  • DON’T GIVE UP! It won’t be easy. Some days will be better than others. Just remember everything may not work for you. If something doesn’t work don’t give up, just try again and try something different.
  • CELEBRATE YOURSELF AND EVERY STEP, EVERYDAY!

 

 

Always remember to consult with your physician(s) before starting a new exercise program.

 

 

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Welcome to the celebration!

 

I look into the mirror at my reflection. Staring back at me is bare skin marked with a tattoo of a bird, wings soaring, for my brother. A constant reminder to live my life to its fullest potential because this precious thing called “life” isn’t promised and you only get one. That is why I am here to celebrate every moment of it and to help others do the same!

To date I’ve lost a total of 130 pounds! Starting at a weight of 316 pounds, I never could have imagined being where I am today. My first goal of getting off of high blood pressure pills didn’t take as long as I expected. Within the first year I was completely off of the medication. It is amazing how fast one’s body can change. I’ve learned to set little goals for myself to keep me accountable, motivated, and excited about my lifestyle change. Everyday isn’t always sweet, there are ups and downs, but that’s life. I just try to remember that things could be worse and have been worse. I find the courage to pick myself up and continue after having a bad day, no matter what.

A lot of my journey thus far has been documented via my Instagram, but now I’m here to share my story with you as I continue on the rest of this BeautifullyToldLifestyle journey through my brand new website. One of the biggest lessons for me throughout this journey was learning that it wasn’t about the weight that I was losing but about everything that I was gaining. I’m celebrating all aspects of life – the good, the bad, and the ugly because all of it has made me into the person that I am today. I am strong, dedicated, passionate, confident, and loving. Celebrating for me involves pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself every single day. I have found that being comfortable takes away from experiencing the beauty of life.

BeautifullyToldLifestyle is you, it is me, it is us. It’s the ability to accept and love who we and have the strength and confidence to change the things that you need to change or work on to live your life to its fullest, healthiest potential. It embodies our strengths, weaknesses, confidence, fears, courage, dreams and much more. Accepting all aspects of ourselves, and loving and celebrating every moment of life is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle that is perfect just for you and BeautifullyToldLifestyle is here to help you do that. My hope is that by sharing my story while giving health and fitness motivation and tips will help someone who is in the similar place to where I was four years ago.

Welcome to the CELEBRATION!

BeautifullyToldLifestyle by Ebony.

 

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“The things that you are passionate about are not random they are your calling!”

 

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