When I created my YouTube channel, I had only an old Nokia phone, zero editing skills and no idea what💡 software to use. I complained my kitchen was too small to film cooking shows and wanted to wait till I had the perfect kitchen and my dream home to start. You see if there is one thing that holds me back from realizing my dreams is the fact that I am a perfectionist. I love to have everything planned out and executed to perfection. I mean every single detail. My favorite food and lifestyle YouTubers had the perfect kitchen, great homes, and the professional tools and I wished I had those. If only I had a kitchen like theirs, I thought to myself. But then I quickly realized that those American YouTube super cooks with beautiful homes, spacious kitchen and 500,000+ subscribers obviously started somewhere.
I decided to start where I am, using the tools I had in hand. I had to create my own shine with the resources I had. I started filming for my YouTube channel in my living room, yes you read right IN MY LIVING ROOM. I had nails on the wall and hung food frames I got second hand. Whenever I had to film, I’ll move my spice rack from the kitchen to the living room. It was hard work 😓.
Today, with earnings from adverts from my blog and selling my African weight loss e-Books, doing cooking classes monthly in my community, selling my SUPA Spices and sauces and catering, I have been able to buy a professional camera, software and hardware which is taking my passion – cooking & blogging – to another level and the sky cannot limit me. What I am saying is this;
When faced with a difficult situation there are always three choices:
1. Blame the whole universe for what you are going through or what you do not have.
2. Do nothing and continue whining about your current situation.
3. Cry a little bit, learn from the situation, seek solutions, dust yourself, rise above it and turn a bad situation for your good.
My word for you today my friend is SHINE! Create your own sunshine and☀️ brighten your path. Don’t wait for permission to do what you have to do to shine rays of light in your path. Don’t wait for the perfect time, don’t wait till you have enough cash💰. Just go ahead and do what you can, no matter how insignificant it may be to others. The more you whine, the less you shine.
I have learned to cut my coat according to my size while doing what I need to do to fulfill my purpose and I urge you to do the same.
Create your own shine because no one will lend their rays to brighten your path.
Are you still making excuses for not losing weight, waiting for the perfect time to start and never getting anywhere? You can get the body your want by scheduling your priorities. Here are some helpful ideas;
1. Identify your culprits
The excuses you make are the reasons why you are still this heavy and will be in the years ahead if you do not stop and start finding ways of solving them right NOW. First of all, you have to list all your excuses for why you have not, or cannot lose weight. It might be excessive TV watching or sedentary behavior (little or no physical activity), eating extra-large portions of food, drinking too much sweet drinks and very little water or even a medical condition. Once you have figured that out, go through each one, and find ways to get around, or solve, each one. There is always a way, but as long as those excuses sit in your head without being addressed, they remain obstacles.
How do you mean….?
Here are a few examples:
Example 1: “I can’t lose weight because I watch a lot of TV.”
Tip: power walk or jog in front of your TV during your favorite TV program.
Example 2: ” I can’t lose weight because I have a medical condition that makes me store fat”
Tip: Consult your GP and find out ways of solving this problem medically.
Example 3: “I can’t lose weight because I cannot do without sweet and fizzy drinks”
Tip: Make your own sweet drinks from fresh fruits or make fruit infused water, they taste just as good but a healthier!
2. Set realistic and achievable goals:
What healthy lifestyle goals are you pursuing? Do you want to lose weight or just feel good about yourself? It is important to set realistic, practical goals broken down into smaller steps that build on small successes to reach a long-term goal.
How do you mean….?
Example 1: “I want to lose 10 kg”
Tip: Instead of setting a goal of losing 10kg, break it down to “lose 1 kg per week for the next two and a half months”
Example 2: “I want to drink 2 liters of water a day”
Tip: Commit to adding one glass more a day to your daily portion till you reach your goal.
3. Adopt the “I can do it” attitude
The way that you view weight loss and describe it to yourself has a big impact on how you’ll approach it, or whether you’ll lose weight at all. The good news is that if you can motivate yourself by telling yourself that can too like many others before you can do it, then you will.