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Half-time – Where Do We Go From Here?

The half-way point of anything can be confusing to the unfocused mind. You are not where you started but you are not quite where you would like to be. You ponder:

Is the glass half-empty? Is it half-full? Are we there yet? Are we there yet now?

What do you do?

You keep moving.

I have had many rest stops on this road to fitness. I know full well what the side of giving up looks like. I long to see that place known as the 'Finished Line'.

I look at myself at lot in the mirror. Partly due to vanity. I can cop to that. I am a woman and it comes with the territory. I looked at myself today – full-length. I curled both my arms. I noticed a change. Am I back to stopping traffic with my walk? Not yet, but I am not where I once was. I am stronger, faster, better. I am winning.

I have previously fallen into the trap of complacency. Feeling so high that I have lost a few pounds that I decrease my committment and intensity only to fall by the wayside feeling defeated. Not this time. I have an actual plan of attack.

I encourage myself daily. I have accountability partners. A group of my friends and I do a daily fitness challenge. We check-in with each other on Facebook daily. It is fun and useful.

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the change in yourself – body, attitude, confidence.

There has been some residual effects. I do not accept the poor treatment of others becuase – through fitness - I have learned to make myself the priority. I can say no to food and as an extension no to other things that are not good for me or that are not in my best interest. I have found that people who you love the most can take advantage if allowed. I have found the cure for this. It is the word 'no'.

I am feeling pretty confident about the rest of my journey. I know through it all God is with me. With Him on my side, I cannot, WILL NOT, lose. Except pounds of course. lol

It is like the lyrics to an old song my mom would sing while cleaning the house:

 "I don't feel no ways tired./I've come to far from where I've started from/Nobody told me that the road would be easy/I don't believe you have brought me this far to leave me."

Should Race Matter in Business?

As you may know from the previous post, some ne'er-do-well hit my car while it was parked and kept going. Today I go to get quotes on the fix. I try a recommended shop (black-owned) and was told that the repairs would easily be over $1,000 dollars. I should have known she was going to go high when she asked if my insurance was going to cover it. Like, what does that have to do with you quoting me a price lady. I tell her that I just need it to be drivable not look good. She says she will not touch it unless she can do the full repairs.

On to the next one!

My next stop happens to be a non-black owned business. An older white guy who looks like he has been doing this for some time takes a look at it. He says, like the previous lady, that if he replaces the whole panel it will be over $1,000. I state again that I dont care about cosmetics I just need the car to run with the wheel not scrubbing the metal. He says well, ok, and quotes me $273.00. I am not sure if that is a good price or not. I just know that it is leaps and bounds from over $1,000.

I have heard the mantra support minority-owned businesses for a long-time. I know some entrepreneurs who are great business people. My questions is should race ever matter when selecting a business? I understand about city-contracts and racism, nepotism, and the like. I mean in everyday consumer economics, does it matter? Is it racist (as black people) to choose a business based on the color of the owner? Does service and other factors count?

This is just a question that has been bouncing around in my mind since this incident. I would like some input please.


De-Racialization Surgery – Yes You Read That Correctly

This video is quite disturbing but details an ugly truth. Look at the recent event of Sammy Sosa's dramatic change. Who can forget Michael Jackson's DRAMATIC feature/skin change?

If you could change your race. would you?