I Reached My Goal!

designI blogged that I hired a nutritionist to create a personal meal plan a few months ago. My focus was to reduce my BMI (Body Mass Index) based on a recent health assessment from my 9-5 job. As I shared in my December post Nutrition: The Missing Link, the foods recommended in the meal plan I already had in my kitchen! It was simply a matter of eating the right foods in combination, increasing my water intake, and exercising regularly.

During this journey, I’ve learned much about clean eating and its benefits. Clean eating is primarily about meal preparation and nutritious food choices. I’ve also experimented with some quick and easy recipes recommended by my nutritionist that accommodated my busy lifestyle.

Within three months, I lost a total of 20 pounds and 16 inches! I lost the most inches from my waist; 8 inches to be exact. I reached a few weight plateaus during the process but, increasing my water intake and exercise was a quick resolve.

Overall, this was a wonderful and much-needed experience. I decided to continue with the nutrition plan and have since exceeded my initial weight loss goal of 20 pounds! I’m so glad that I made my health a priority and sought the service of a nutritionist. My nutritionist ShLanda at Balanced By Burton was very knowledgeable and my biggest cheerleader. Her expertise was key to my success and I highly recommend her services. Click Balanced By Burton to reach ShLanda on Facebook and begin your healthy nutrition journey!

Tonya – Visionary of The Vine Events

 

My Sister’s Keeper

We’re celebrating Black History Month! Join us for “My Sister’s Keeper” on Saturday, February 25th at 4pm at Westridge Place Apartments Clubhouse, 100 Donner Dr, Salisbury NC. We will have a panel discussion about financial literacy, group economics, and community development. Also there will be local female business owners vending their products at the event so, bring your dollars to circulate!  Photo Source: Createher Stock

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Nutrition: The Missing Link

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In November, I started a new journey. I hired a nutritionist with hopes of maintaining my health. I recently took an extensive health assessment at my job and my only low score had been my BMI (Body Mass Index). After talking with my company nurse, we both concluded that because I exercise regularly and have good eating habits my blood work and other assessments were great!

Being 40+ and on no medications, I was pleased with my results, however my BMI still bothered me. I decided to hire a nutritionist. I had a consult with the nutritionist and in a few days she sent me my eating plan. Interesting enough, everything that was on my plan I already had in my kitchen! So, I was eating the right foods, but not the right combination of foods. I also wasn’t drinking enough water and getting proper rest.

I have been amazed at the difference these small changes have made. Not only have I lost weight, but I’ve lost inches in my chest, waist, and hips. I finally realized that nutrition was the missing link in my health plan. Shout out to my nutritionist ShLanda of Balanced By Burton. She is very knowledgeable and has been my biggest cheerleader!

To learn more about nutrition and what impact it has on weight loss you can contact ShLanda at Balanced By Burton. Nutrition could be your missing link too!

Tonya Cross – The Vine Events Visionary

 

 

 

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First Legacy CCU – New Account Drive

P8perglass Jewelry/Beads and The Vine Event Planning is co-hosting a “New Account Drive” during the entire month of September at First Legacy Community Credit Union in Salisbury, NC. We’re encouraging the local Salisbury/Rowan County African American community to “bank black”. This is a movement taking place across the United States signifying a shift towards economic empowerment at a local community level. Our hopes is that this is the beginning of greater things to come towards building a stronger community. First Legacy Community Credit Union website link: http://www.firstlegacyccu.org/   Photo Credit: CreateHER Stock

For The Love of Men

We’re hosting “For The Love of Men” on Saturday, July 30th at 1pm EST. This event is for women who have fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and/or nephews of color. We will have a conversation about loving the men in our lives, knowing our rights, and the importance of restoring and replenishing ourselves. Visit our Facebook event link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725819641001724/. **This program is not sponsored by Rowan Public Library** #ForTheLoveOfMen #LovingOurMen #KnowingOurRights #SelfCare #TheVineEvents #TheVillage #TheTimeIsNow

It’s Not Too Late 

Recently I did a Facebook Live broadcast titled “It’s Not Too Late” and got a great response. People notified me and shared how encouraging and inspiring the broadcast was. The conversations reminded me of the beginnings of my brand launch of Accented Glory. In June Accented Glory will be celebrating 3 years of being in business! I launched Accented Glory, a handcrafted hair accessory brand for women, at the age of 43! My husband said I was going through a mid-life crisis. I say I finally found my passion!

So, to ALL my fellow “Forty Pluses” out there it’s NEVER TOO late. For you it may be learning a new hobby or experiencing a new activity. We should forever be students of life and always learning something new. Some may desire to go back to school or even go for the first time; just do it. Others may want to simply just become a better you, by eating healthier and exercising. My personal motivation is that I never want to have to ask myself “What If?”. Be encouraged and always remember it is NEVER TOO late!

Tonya Cross – Visionary of Accented Glory and The Vine Events

 

One Word

img_0866Guess who has joined Facebook Live? I have and I’m loving it! After conducting a survey in February, I discovered that a large portion of my audience is on Facebook. Right now I’m only broadcasting live from my personal page and Accented Glory’s business page. On my personal page I share live video shorts about how to be a better you, small business owner, or organization leader. Last week I challenged my viewers to ask three people to describe them in one word. Below are the responses I received when I did the challenge.

Michael – Busy. My husband for over 20 years was able to give one word off the bat. His word was VERY accurate. Building a brand occupies much of my time, but I’m able to find balance. Thursday night is date night and it’s an opportunity for us to spend quality time together and catch up on what’s been going on with each other.

Desere’- Multifaceted. Desere’ is Accented Glory’s social media specialist and my oldest daughter. She’s also the reason why I have four responses instead of three! She said she had to think about it…by the time she got back to me, I had already asked two other people. Despite her late response it was on point, because I do wear many hats!

MJ – Innovative, Caring, Oriented. I recently met MJ this pass November. I was very surprised by his words considering we just met. I’m glad I made a great first impression.

Donna – Engaged, Determined, Entrepreneur, Devoted, Committed. I’ve known Donna for over ten years and she’s a registered pharmacist too. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her at two different job locations. Even though she couldn’t think of just one word, her description let’s me know that I’m exemplifying great qualities.

Candace – Awesome, Kind, Proactive. I met Candace over two years ago via Twitter when I launched Accented Glory. I consider her one of my business besties! We share resources, bounce ideas off each other, and support one another in any way we can. Her description is a direct reflection of how I feel about her!

As you can see, I truly enjoyed this challenge. I also look forward to the regular engagement I have on Facebook Live. It gives me an opportunity to interact in “real time” with my fans, followers, and customers. Be sure to like  Accented Glory‘s Facebook Page to catch my “Hair Accessory Myth Buster” Facebook Live video series I kicked off this week!

Tonya Cross – Visionary of The Vine Events and Accented Glory