Dear Tahiry ... A Letter From the #LevelYourselfUp Challenge

So, everyone knows that I keep everything pretty confidential when people confide in me, but I couldn’t help but share this DM I received… Of course I won’t tell you who it’s from, but I know this will help somebody out there… So check it out and then check out my response because it just might help you….

Hey Tahiry,

First I want to tell you how much I admire everything you’ve done and how you’ve sustained yourself over the years. I appreciate you for doing the challenge, I really wanted to start my New Year off right and having the guides from Emily, the motivation from you and you sharing what personally works for you is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to know what a ‘video vixen’ did to keep herself together… But let me get to the reason I’m really writing you. I’ve been struggling through some of the workouts that FitEmFitness has posted, but when she suggests cardio I just have a hard time… I’m really overweight and I can’t move the way that I really want to. Any suggestions on something I can do?


So here was my response….

Thank you so much for reaching out and for your kind words. Your question actually hit me pretty hard. Why? Because there was a time that I couldn’t workout much or move the way I wanted to either. I kind of talked about it on my live with Em. For a few years I couldn’t workout. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, it was because I physically just couldn’t work out, and when I tell you it was driving me crazy, it was really driving me crazy. Because my body physically couldn’t do what it used to do, I found myself gaining weight and getting depressed. I thought the depression was as a result of just gaining weight and the situation and the reasons… But I didn’t realize until I started actually moving despite all of the pain, that I was so depressed because the gym and working out were my happy place. I would of never known this if I never worked out in my life before, or if I didn’t try… But what I did during that time was walk. You will be surprised at what just walking can do for both your body and your mental. I’m not talking about speed walking like you see women doing all the time. I’m just talking about walking at a pace that is comfortable for you, and I can’t tell you what will be comfortable for you, you have to figure that out. But even if you just walk around your neighborhood, or around the mall if weather doesn’t permit or you don’t have a treadmill or a gym membership. But just walk. You can use that time to center yourself, or to talk to God, or to listen to music too. i’ve found when I do that, the time flies by and I don’t even realize that I’ve been walking. This is what got me through that period where I couldn’t workout and I couldn’t be mobile like I was used to. So just try walking, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. You’ll definitely start to feel better… Try it for a few weeks and let me know how it goes… But keep going hard on the challenge… You never know you might be a winner…

I KNOW I KNOW, my response was pretty long… But I just really wanted to share with her, and now you guys, something simple that you can do to see some major changes in your body… JUST WALK!!!

Tahiry Jose