Thursday, August 17, 2006

From Pudgy to Pageants

I know Nigerians are up to so much in the States and I was interested to see that the Ms. Nigeria in America Pageant took place on August 12 in Maryland. See more about it at http://www.missnigeriainamerica.org/v2/index.php. As an aside...why does Maryland seem to be the capital of all that is happening in Nigerian related events? Back to the point....one of the contestants this year is a young woman that attended my alma mater, Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. I was in my senior year when she started and she later transferred to Drexel University but we have kept in touch here and there. Chi-Chi is a very beautiful, and ambitious young woman and I was so pleased to learn that she was a fourth runner up this year. What makes it even more meaningful is the fact that Chi-Chi over the past couple of years has made a concerted effort to live a healthier lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, she was never overweight but this girl went home to Maryland one summer and came back a few pounds lighter, and with the dedication to continue eating healthy and working out. To watch Chi-Chi's transformation was unbelievable. I mean, we watch Oprah and see people that do it but until her I'd never known anyone personally who has lost weight and COMPLETELY changed their body into a lean, mean fit machine.....with the sculpted biceps and six pack tummy. Men, this girl is an inspiration o. I think I'll go back to the gym today and start working out again.

Who am I kidding? I'm all talk but men it's time to start thinking really seriously about incorporating healthy food and workouts into my daily lifestyle. I have an aunt who lives in the OC, land of beautiful people. She called me up the other day just to tell me to start working out NOW so that it becomes second nature cos even she (who is as non-conformist as it gets) is feeling the pressure to stay fit and fabulous because as she gets older it's harder to lose the pounds. It's funny how living in Naija we never worry about this kind of stuff. We don't eat processed foods, everything is fresh and additive free, you sweat so much in the damn heat you could lose a pound a day, and with all the wahala of running around chasing owo and business people start begging you to eat food because you're so skinny. But even with all these things, being skinny doesn't even necessarily mean you're healthy which is why it's important to work out or do some kind of daily activity in conjunction with eating healthily.

I've definitely done my share of temporary health kick then back to eating whatever the hell I like with no activity so this post is as much for myself as it is for others. Hearing that Chi-Chi had done so well in the pageant just made me think of how far she'd come and how great she looks and probably feels. I'm going to see if I can get a couple of pics of her so you can see what I'm talking about. It's just something to think about sha.

“The first wealth is health.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

8 comments:

Ms.Minx said...

I totally agree, I'm skinny,don't work out,and am getting unhealthier by the day. Que tragedia!!! :( Country club gym ain't doin' it for me o, lol.

Bella Naija said...

thanks for the inspiration o...i'm slim and dont work out but i need 2..cause i have noticed that id ont drop those extra pounds like i used 2....my mum warns me ever so frequently cause she was a skinny pinny when she was younger and never bothered....not the same (she is still fab tho..lol)...lemme go look for chi chi's pic....

Ms. May said...

@ms. minx: i'll agree with you. it's definitely unhealthy to be a size freaking 0...lol. i'm just jealous. just make a more concerted effort to park a lil further from the door, and run up and down the stairs at that ur office, abi?

@bella naija: it's chi-chi that's the real inspiration o jare. i'm trying to get her to send me personal pics cos the yeye official pageant website hasn't updated it yet.

Ms.Minx said...

May, you know beinga size 0 in Ame ain't TOO bad, but HERE? Random Okada drivers and people on the street calling u Lepa/Slim Shady/Oi, hungry-looking gal, etc lol? Nah man, lol.

beautyinbaltimore said...

I find it diffcult to stick to an exercise program now that I am not a teenager anymore.

Ms. May said...

@ beautyinbaltimore: checked out ur blog. FABULOUS! but you're only 25 so it's definitely not too late to get into a routine of working out. i'm only saying that in the hopes that it's true for me too. lol

Icy said...

Hhmmm I feel u o.. second anture is kool but the differnce is that un naija we dey fa gburu so shuu u ain't got time to gian weight. And we usually eat just enough. So if u intend to move to naija no worry lol but health is wealth so do stay healthy.. Congrats to your friend too.!

JJ said...

interesting thoughts... looking forward to the pictures!