WHERE DO WE GO NOW
When workplaces were closed back in March of 2020, nobody thought that we would be entering a new year in a nation that is shutdown still. Many people have lost their jobs and even more will be forced to leave their homes in the coming months. And with that said, what will be the first step people will take once they do step back into the world. How do you rebuild your life once you have been shut out for so long? How long do you have to get on your feet and care for yourself? Life was already difficult as it is, now there is this add on struggle.
There are jobs that exist in ours society now. But when you had a consistent career, then this pandemic is a major adjustment. You may not want to work the jobs that are afforded to you at the moment. A lot of the work is low pay and it does not pay that many bills. So the lifestyle adjustment is too big for people to have to deal that is so much different than the accustomed world they are used to living. Most people have children and major expenses. My life has not be altered, but aa lot have been. It’s easy to say get a job, things are not that simplified in these times.
COMING OUT STRONGER
We see people are struggling, but you might see people come out of this stronger. You know it’s interesting how people take bad situations and make them work well. I’m not saying it is guaranteed but it could happen. With everything that has happened in our world there are new opportunities with all that has collapsed.
The following photo at the top is me experimenting with designs. I have created my own sneaker and could use your help in trying to push the sneaker. The designer is me Faheem Jackson. Once I sell my first 7 shoes, more can go into production. If you’re interested more in the shoe take a look at the links below:
This is the basic look for the shoe and I am looking to design some men’s boots as well. So, spread the word and help in pushing this new idea of mine.
BREATHE PEOPLE, BREATHE
In a country where the government is forcing people to stay locked in, sometimes you have to step outside and take in the fresh air. Because when you are not outside moving around, you run the risk of getting sicker. Not from Covid-19, but from cold flu and improper blood flow from remaining idle. Humans are not meant to be cooped-up in the house all day, not to mention an entire year. So what are some safe ways to do so because then again, we are in the middle of a pandemic?
STEP OUTSIDE WITH SAFETY
Yes, we are in a pandemic, but that does not mean we have to always stay inside. We can also poke our heads out the window every now and then. Do it and be safe of course, yet do it nonetheless. For me, I like to go for a run and lift weights at the gym. So to all my fellow humans out there, mask up and get some fresh air.
THE BREAKDOWN IS REAL
When you have been locked into your homes since February of last year, then you are in a serious mental state that can only go bad in the long run. As a matter of fact, therapist have never been busier. And for good reason because it is not normal for humans to be as disconnected as we are in this time period. My question is how long will this madness continue before more people go off the deep end. So what are some measures we should take to ensure that this does not happen?
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM
See, in your mind, you battle things on a daily basis as it is. The only problem is that now, you are stuck with all these thoughts in your head. Who do you really talk to because everyone is just as locked in as you are in society. So this time period can actually give you a time to reflect on where the initial issue you have came from so you can better aid the therapist if you have one.
GOING BACK TO NORMAL
As we all go back into the world after everything is over, what will happen next? Because what we are experiencing is the make or break moment. Whoever comes out of this could be better or much worse. To
take a normal human being, then test their ability to cope is a dangerous experiment that is out of our control at this point. So for me, I have my bouts with anxiety and depression, so this time period is been far from normal. But what I have realized is the importance of preparation.
THE JOURNEY IS LONG AND HARD
When I first started my weight gain and weight lifting journey, it was back in the year 2018. And since then my weight has fluctuated between 175 pounds and 191 pounds. Now my goal is to reach 200 pounds, but of healthy weight. And gaining good weight is much harder than I possibly imagined. You have to have a good hearty meal a few times a day. Keep the greasy foods and fried foods out of your diet because this is gaining really bad weight. I am about 176 right now and need to get back up by the summer. And i think I have found a more consistent means to do this so I can get to my goal of 200 – 205 pounds of muscle weight.
YOUR BUILDING PROGRAM
You must find something that works for you. And for me, I have a weird work schedule, so it leaves me in a bind to workout and prepare my meals. For starters, I have a long commute to work and home. This means taking away a lot of time out of my day to exercise. So I have to really delegate my time in an appropriate manner. For example:
SUNDAYS, MONDAYS, AND WEDNESDAYS: LEAVE HOME AT 2:00 P.M., GET 3:00 P.M. FERRY, ARRIVE AT PORT AT 3:30 P.M., GET TO WORK ABOUT 4:15 P.M., START WORK AT 4:30P.M.
SAME DAYS: DONE WITH WORK 1:15 A.M., GET TO FERRY BY 1:47 A.M., LEAVE AT 2:00 A.M., ARRIVE AT PORT AT 2:30 A.M., TAKE 2 CITY BUSES AND GET HOME AT 4:00 A.M.
The above is the weird schedule that throws my days off because even on days off I wake up later and actually lose time. So you have to be good with your time in order to manage your life according. And it is very easy to neglect your health with a work life like this one above.
THE FUEL THAT FUELS
In my case, I have the ability to drop weight really easily so for me, I need to eat a lot to keep the weight on. Otherwise, the weight can fall off and fast. So my meals are above the average person. If someone eats 2 eggs to start the day, I eat 5 eggs. The person might have a banana and a sandwich, I have 4 bananas, a cup of peanut butter and then add milk for a smoothie. And then not to mention how active I am which means the good weight I gain is slow and arduous. Yet, it’s supposed to be. You’re not supposed to gain weight that is healthy that easily. Your body has to get accustomed to gaining before you gain. This is how to gain and keep it on.
TIL MY HEART CONTENT
When I grew up, I used to eat anything like my mouth was a garbage disposal. As long as it taste good, then you know what, I’m eating it. I did this from my early youth all the way through early adulthood. But since my late 20’s, I have flipped my life around. I enlisted in a Planet Fitness and even cook my meals at home.
The eating out at the unhealthy fast food restaurants have stopped. So since then, about the year 2018, my life has turned around. Well, how did I come to this realization in my 20’s. And the reason is simple, my life is important to me.
THE BLACK MALE DILEMMA
In the United States, Black males have a low life expectancy in the country. And the reasons connected to the life expectancy has to do with a number of reasons. The leading cause of death among Black males is heart disease , with close to 24% of the ethnic group population of men. The next cause of death is Cancer at slightly over 20% of the men. The third cause is unintentional injuries at just shy of 8% and homicide at fourth at 5%. And the fifth leading cause is stroke at just under 5%.
Now, what are the reasons associated with Black males having these high percentages of illnesses. There are low levels of health and wellness and also a high level of eat unhealthy. So this can be a recipe for disaster, not to mention the non-health issues like injury or homicide. Now, trying to maneuver around all this is important when trying to lengthen the life expectancy.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Eat what you want will eventually catch up with you. And the sooner you curb that mentality the better. Or you could find yourself trying to fix the problem when it’s far too late.
ACHES AND PAINS
When you wake up in the morning and get a feeling as if there is something wrong, it could be nothing. Then the days go by and the feeling becomes more chronic. Now you have to truly make a decision regarding your health. Do you keep going until you feel it might change? Or, do you go right in and get information regarding your problems. For someone like me who is typically healthy, I always schedule an appointment and go into the hospital. Now, for the most part the doctor tells me to try to elevate certain levels in my blood, or work to lower other levels. But most of it is the result of aging.
TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL
You get ready the day of the appointment to go to the doctor’s office. Now, you must know that you cannot eat anything for the 8 hours leading up to the appointment. This has always been something tough for me considering I am so used to having a meal before my visit.
You come into the office, they check your blood pressure, and then they ay have to draw some blood. Your blood test is very crucial because the blood exam will tell you a lot about the overall performance of your body. This test tells you the function of your kidneys, pancreas, stomach, thyroid, heart, liver, and gallbladder. You can test for diseases and sickness that may be caught in time before they get too far gone. This is why routine checks are so necessary.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW
When you receive your test for visiting the hospital, be prepared to have the results interpreted to you by the physician in a few areas. Meaning the doctor will tell you collectively what this all means. They will tell you if the test you have taken should be retaken to be sure, or they tell you that you are doing fine. As for me, I have never gotten really bad news, so I can’t speak for everyone. Just take the results as a continuation to keep at it or take heed to the precautions.
IMPACT ON MY LIFE
When I started my first job coming back to work at the end of the year 2020, it was a weird recharge. And the reason being is that I need to now get back into my normal workout routine, but it can be hard because my commute to work really takes up a lot of time. So now, I don’t have the normal time that I used to have with my other jobs. How do I get my workouts in no that I am on this new schedule? Well, things have to be planned ahead of time. Like fore instance, my food is prepared prior to me eating. This way when it’s time, I can just go and eat. Which ultimately meaning me packing my meals and preheating them for lunch at work.
What is meant by life getting in the way for most people? Well, when people have to go to work all day, then they are not as motivated to go to the gym and exercise. Even at home, it is hard to put together a workout program simply because the day is such a drag. Even sitting down making dinner for yourself can be tough. So how do you go about making exercise fit into your life? Well, here is a list of things you could do.
In an effort to better understand how to get your life back to where you want it to be as it pertains to your health and wellness.
Instagram Me: @theefaheemjackson; @faheemphotography
Twitter Me: @2320howe
Over the past year, there has been a constant stream of news coming as it pertains to the Corona Virus. But now that the year 2021 has come around and we are still in the clutches of the virus, what will this year bring. I myself have had a bout with physical illness over the past few weeks. And I am a fairly healthy person, yet I still got sick. Now, I came out of it pretty quickly, but what about the people who don’t exercise and eat healthy. There are millions of Americans who don’t have this as their daily routine. So what happens is that the people who don’t have a routine are hurt the most.
There was recently a new vaccine that was designed for the Covid-19 virus. Now, most people are very weary of a vaccine that was designed in such a short period of time. Reality is, a lot of vaccines are developed over a long time frame. So something coming in the same year as the virus, people want to know a few things. What are the downsides of the drug as with any drug? The very first people who take it, those early adaptors, everyone is awaiting what it does to them. So after that, then will you see a push to take the vaccine.
Now, where do we go from here? Because it doesn’t look like any signs of slowing down. All I know is that we cannot have another year of this lockdown. Especially considering people are already getting pushed over the edge form losing their livelihood. So this health crisis is worse than we could possibly imagine. Hopefully it ends before it gets any worse, if that’s possible.
Instagram Me: @theefaheemjackson; @faheemphotography
Twitter Me: @2320howe
We used to be a nation where we told each other the truth. Now, was it always nice, no, but at least you knew where people stood as a nation. Today, we say all these loving things, but you never truly know how people feel. And that is scary considering you will have to eventually step into society and live among the people. So how do you build a life not knowing and understanding the intentions of others. Now, don’t get me wrong, no ones full intentions have ever been known. But today, we know nothing.
Why have we made each other so sensitive? Why do we feel the need to live in such a way? My theory is that people have done so much wrong for so long, that now we are trying to make up for it in the fakest way possible. We have went all the way to the other end. The people are still the similar to the past, yet no one says it. So we get a dopamine drip here and there and feel like we really made some strides in life. Well, how do we correct things in life without jumping to the far extreme.
Look, I know that America has an history of insensitivity, but we don’t need to correct the mistakes by going extreme. And that is what we’re doing. Because the sensitivity is so far that the people who should care the most are starting to ignore it. We’re saying the right but not doing and people saying are still in charge. So if we change, it has to be righteous.
Instagram Me: @theefaheemjackson; @faheemphotography
Twitter Me: @2320howe
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