In March of 2011, I starting writing this weekly series, The Little Blacks Dress’s Guide To A Just Too FabYOUlous You Essentials for Healthy Living From The Inside Out.   Winters had started referring to me as the Little Black Dress for several years and it seemed to be a perfect for the title on health and beauty series and well, fabulous is just plan fabulous!

I wanted to share my passion for health, nutrition, cooking, style, beauty, fashion as well as offer ways to achieve optimum emotional health and well-being.  I thought it might be fun to re-post the first in the series for those who were not aware of how and why I started it so long ago.   In the beginning I also started numbering the weekly tip but that got crazy pretty fast so now each week I just share on a certain subject that I feel with help women live a healthier lifestyles from heart, to health, to home, to our connected to humanity!  I hope you enjoy it  but most of all I pray this helps you strong and healthy women of God!

This is the series called The Little Blacks Dress’s Guide To A Just Too FabYOUlous You Essentials for Healthy Living From The Inside Out.

I am really excited about this series because I am sharing about something that is near and dear to my heart.  I want to give women, like yourself, important information to help you experience the healthiest life you can and make long-term choices that will lead to optimum emotional and physical health.

I love health and nutrition and I love helping women discover their passion and purpose.  I always have.  I have more books than I can count on nutrition, yoga, relaxation, healthy cooking, searching for significance and growing deeper in Christ – the list goes on. I am afraid Winters could tell you exactly how many I have because he has helped me move them many times.

Just to give you a little background. One reason I was always interested in healthy living  is because I watched my mother struggle with her weight most of my adolescent and adult life.  I saw the impact it had on her emotions, self-image and self-worth. It was incredible how many books she had on weight loss.  Mom almost always put everyone else first.  She put off her art, she put of traveling and furthering her education and it was not until the end of her life that she finally started focusing on her art, but by then she had very little time.

My mom did every weight loss program ever know to man and that was ever on the market.  But when she returned to Weight Watchers in her early sixties after being inspired by my sister-in-law’s dedication and success, she finally lost her weight for good.

With weight gone, Mom was more confident and more out going than ever before.  Her story is apart of my story.

My mom over ate for many reasons and she shared some of her pains with me over the years.

As a counselor and now a professional Life Coach, I found this change and transformation in my mother so interesting, as well as heart breaking. I saw the changes in her life up close.

There really was a joy I had never really seen in her before when she struggled with her weight.  I think that made it even more tragic to lose her at such a young age to a brutal disease like Alzheimer’s.  She and daddy were so happy and fun-loving together, partially because Mom was so much more secure, comfortable, confident in her skin. It was obvious she felt good!

It made me sad that she had struggled all those years and it made me sit back and contemplate what we can do differently as women to take better care of ourselves and focus more on our needs.  We need to address our needs, as well as the needs of those we love. Finding the balance is key.

We all know that we are always putting everyone else first.  But we must be sure that we are taking care of ourselves and that we are healthy and strong. That may mean that sometimes we have to say “it’s my turn.”  Today I am first.  Don’t panic, I know that God is always first.  What I mean is that with our families, sometimes we have to say “this is what I need and I need it now!”

We have to take care of our body, our minds and our spirits.  We need our bodies to be strong for us but also emotioanal wellbeing is just as important.  Our bodies are the God’s temple and we need it for this journey we are on.

Many of you have shared with me your struggles, both emotionally and physically.  I am preaching to the choir when I say we must make sure we take care of themselves along the way.  Being strong is so important for the journey. It is important for you and important for your family.  Yet as moms we are often juggling so many balls in the air at  one time we miss out on taking care of our own needs.

As the old saying goes, “if momma isn’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”  So I want to help you be healthy, happy, stress-free and fulfilled!

Again, let me  say I am just like you, I have my good days and my bad ones too, but over the years I have really tried to focus on the idea of Healthy Living From the Inside Out.

So everything I will be sharing in this series is from my own personal experience. Some of  The LBD’s  Guide to a  Just Too FabYOUlous You ~The Essential To Healthy Living  some tips may seem obvious,  but we can always use a good reminder. Hopefully, there are some new ideas as well.

But they are my top essentials to being a FabYOUlous You!  I believe this will help get you on the way to your purpose and passion and health and happiness in your lives from the inside out!

I Look forward to you following the LBD’s Guide to a Just Too FabYOUlous You!

Be blessed and encouraged abundantly today as we  start living a healthier life.

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