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By the time you are reading this I’ll be heading to #runnola with my other half and a bunch of friends!
Runcations are fun.. and I’m doing about 3-4 more of them this year! Woot..
Anywhoo.. it’s been a solid 2 weeks since I got my BeFit products and well here is my review and also a giveaway
The workouts were quick short and sweet. Good workouts and since I have been on a schedule from hell they were perfect 10 -30 min routines (doing a series) before my day or when I returned to home.
Do you want to try this for yourself and see if you agree or disagree with me? Cool enter below and winner will be announced on March 6th!
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Disclaimer: The products, information and prize pack have been provided by BeFit. All opinions are my own.
As most of you know I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador and from time to time I get opportunities to try new things and participate in sponsored events. WELL surprise!!!
I’m a little behind as this was supposed to start on Feb 1 but for those of us in the Northeast corridor who got hit with snow (33 inches yup sure did) made for the mail & deliveries to be a challenge.. but SWEAT NO MORE well probably you should.. BUT yeah I got my package!!!
I’m anal about starting at the beginning of a month or on a Sunday or Monday LOL and with me going out of town.. I will be starting on Monday, February 15th.
Included in my package were the following:
Now in my past experiences with a Pre-Workout I have gotten so jittery and felt like my heart was racing! So I’m staying positive and praying I don’t feel the same way with this one!
I’ve never taken a Fat Burning Supplement before.. and the BeFit Burn says it works without over-stimulating the central nervous systems so you don’t get that jittery, anxious feeling.. STAY TUNED..
I normally go with a gluten free, dairy free, soy free protein powder but I’m willing to give this one a try to see if there is a difference in how my body responds. I’m going to try this in other things besides my shakes.. it’s said to be great for baking and pancakes soooo hmm let’s try it!
The challenge also has a series of workout videos. You can do them along with me and we can chat about them on twitter/IG or here on the blog! I am likely to do the videos in the morning before work as they are pretty short and then stick to my normal gym routine in the evenings. (sorry I just love being a student at times and taking other classes and NOT just teaching)
So you have an opportunity to NOT just follow along with me on this journey BUT the opportunity to win the prize pack posted above!
Check out this Intro Video about the program THEN check back in about a two weeks to read about my experience to date and enter the giveaway!
February.. it’s always a month of new beginnings and celebrations. So many milestones happening this month.
Today I’m overwhelmed with emotions. Lil Debbie returned to LA this morning and I will admit I was spoiled having her here for an extended time. It hit me that Bruce Leroy got accepted into one of the schools that was high on his list and not just in his major but into the Honors College. Princess J is totally coming into her own and her personality is totally shining. Her independence in doing things from buttoning up her coat to selecting what she wants to wear…can’t believe it.
My health is improving and I’m still running. Not cleared to go over 6 miles yet but I’m enjoying doing other things and running up to 6 miles. You never know how much you miss something until you are told you CAN’T do it. I needed a “long run” badly.. and knowing I couldn’t just go out and do that well had to figure something else out.
I’ve changed well expanded my business name to incorporate everything and am hoping to do a soft launch in March as long as I can get new logo & website design complete.. otherwise I will do an official launch later in the year. I’m still available for coaching needs so if you want to check off that 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon off your bucket list, Coach Tee is still here for you Outside of coaching, I will also be offering small group personal training, one on one and available to hire for personal training & group fitness instruction.
So many opportunities.. and I can’t wait to enjoy them all.
So we are in a leap year and have an extra day this month.. so we have 29 days to continue to make your life awesome. I know I will MAXIMIZE that opportunity.. hope you do the same.
Can you believe we are already in the middle of January? So how many are still keeping their resolutions? I know I’ve already fallen off of one particularly consistently writing for the blog. My journal is FULL oh wow has it been full BUT I’ve neglected writing here as I committed to doing.
NO excuses but I’ve been staying PRESENT at home with my family. It feels great to have Lil Debbie here for an extended period of time and we are all just enjoying having the entire family home at once.
Fitness/Nutrition Goals – are still on track and I’ve fallen into a groove. Even Mister is on board and has been taking his lunch and eating better. It also helps that Lil Debbie is home and has a passion for cooking as much as I do. She is a vegetarian so she has introduced us to some amazing meatless options that we are all enjoying. I’ve really enjoyed them and usually add some chicken or fish to Bruce Leroy’s & Mister’s plates lol
My wellness journey is going well. I’m paying MORE attention to my needs which change daily. Some days I need more ME time or just pay more attention to different aspects of my life. I have connected more with other women who are also on the journey to open their own businesses in 2016 which have been providing great resources for me. It’s amazing how much rest and quality time can truly do for your spirit. My workouts have been kicked up a notch and the scale is finally moving in the OTHER direction lol.
I will be joining some of my other Sweat Pink Ambassadors on the #BeFitAllYear Journey and I look forward to sharing that experience with you!
2015 has been a year of ups and downs for me. Thankfully more UPs than Downs..
I had resolved to do a ton of things.. but only ended up further stressing myself out. When it’s NOT your time it just isn’t your time and that was a very hard lesson I learned this year.
Accepting that NO is a complete sentence and an appropriate answer. Accepting that I’m not everyone’s CUP OF TEA and that’s OK.. My brand of CRAZY is for ME to understand.. YOU don’t have to nor do you have to like it.
I said NO NEW FRIENDS.. yet.. my heart & soul have been infiltrated with some….not technically new since it’s been a few years but I can call them SISTERS because yes they are like that to me. Other’s who I’ve had in my circle have been slowly removed and pushed outside the circle and some completely out of my area.. can’t do folks who drain my energy.. suck suck suck all the blood out of you and when you need a transfusion they look the other way.. SORRY NOT SORRY
Some of my 2015 Highs
Some of my 2015 Lows
I mentioned to Mama BK 2015 was one of growing pains for me. 2016 will be a year of continued growth. I’ve shared my goals with those that matter. Mama BK always said be careful of WHO you share with because everyone isn’t always rooting for you to win.. some are truly rooting for you to fail.. I learned that FIRST HAND in 2015..
2016 Goals for my blog
So as we say goodbye to 2015, I hope you all had a great year and wish you all the best for 2016.
Happy New Year from my family to yours..
So we know I had a health scare and I didn’t run MCM and I pretty much lost it and well finally got my life together.
November 1, I decided to rededicate myself to my wellness journey. My partner in crime TMac and of course Mister have been key in getting me out of my feelings. They both said they would take the journey with me to make sure I didn’t get discouraged.
Truth is even as a fitness professional I too can get discouraged and need my warriors to lift me up.
I read this blog this am and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why because I swear she read my journal and published my thoughts. I too am running, walking, jazzercising, strength training & spinning my way away from heart disease and diabetes. Family history is that one thing you have to be mindful of. No matter what we do we have to really do it 2-3x more to keep our genes in check!
It also provided some comfort to know someone else is dealing with the same struggle and it made me realize IT WILL BE OK.
So I’m back in the saddle and dubbed November the month of No Excuses.
I will NOT be running the MCM 40th Marathon on Sunday October 25th and here is why:
Prior to training I had some blood work done along with a chat with my doctor to make sure I was OK to take on the training for a marathon. I was cleared and went ahead and tackled the training. Outside of LIFE kicking in I say I completed about 70-80% of my workouts each week. They weren’t lying when they said make sure your support system is strong during training sheesh.
Moving on.. during training my Achilles began to become extremely tender/sore during the longer runs. This concerned me so I returned to the Orthopedist and began PT again. PT helped but something wasn’t right.
Fast Forward to my annual physical yeah I know it’s usually around your birthday but when you have a child born after your birthday things get thrown off so F a schedule I still get it done.. More tests, more blood work, the usual and good luck on your half marathon.. I head out to Brooklyn.. I was going home to run my borough… cleared packet pickup, got back to hotel, had dinner caught up with friends, went to bed.. awoke race day morning way too early and bad habit I look at my phone… I see email from doctor.. logs into portal and my heart sank. I said nope the devil is a lie.. stirred and then got my life together.. set out to run my borough.. with my personal cheer squad in tow.. was so excited..
Mile 8.. I felt it.. told my training partner to go ahead.. then I walked.. well hobbled.. but I kept in good spirits and kept getting thru things.. got to Mile 10.. ok 5K to go from here.. and then one of my race buddies caught up to me and we ran the remainder of the race together.. it was good to have a familiar face and the mindless chatter because it took my mind off of what I knew was coming.
Post race brunch and fellowship and an epic nap.. I then reopened the email and finally let out my emotions. I replied back to my doctor and by the time I got home Sunday afternoon I had a response. Testing & follow up appointments confirmed.. I was then given a few options.. I already knew what I had to do and I wasn’t going to put my life/health in danger just to say I was a part of the 1%. I am not that selfish and wouldn’t do that to my family….plus I didn’t want to have to get another lecture from Mister.
I cried, I pouted, I cried some more.. then I prayed and came to peace with my decision to NOT run the marathon on October 25th. The journey has taught me so much about myself and learned a lot of LIFE LESSONS.
So while I can’t run until cleared I can still do other forms of cardio and strength training which I will continue. It may be time to dust off my padded seat cover and hit a few spin classes. My journey to 26 and change continues.. it’s just a longer route than the 16- 20 weeks most take.
AND I’M OK WITH THAT
Marathon training has been a test of my wills! This is actually harder than child birth to me.. and I did that 3x.. will I train for another marathon.. nah playa I DOUBT THAT.. well maybe only ONE more but we shall see.. moving on..
This weekend I did my 20 mile training run. I will be honest I was SCARED why because I have been worrying about “beating the bridge” since about week 7 when training wasn’t going how I would have liked. My training partner and boo for life was like WE GOT THIS you straight.. OK.. she said it not me.. lol.. training runs we haven’t really pushed the pace because we aren’t trying to get hurt. Even when we ran the Air Force Half Marathon a week ago we didn’t push the pace and walked 3 miles because I had begun to cramp/swell during the race. All of these runs have taught me so much about myself.. my body, my mind and damn sure my spirit.
I had already said a few weeks ago.. this 20 miler would make or break me and I’m almost made I didn’t do two 20 milers one earlier in training and then this one to see where I improved.. but again.. that’s just me THINKING lol.. If I were in better “physical” shape I probably would have done that.
So besides the obvious I’m “heavier” than I would like to be and I have that nagging Achilles injury from 2 years ago that is still making its presence known as a strain these days.. I had my concerns… I did all of the preventative things I could before my run and I was feeling good. Comfortable pace and 2 bathroom stops and next thing we were at mile 13 in 3 hours. COOL BEANS.. we rocking and rolling baby! Then I began to feel nauseous and light headed about mile 14 and by mile 15 had to STOP.. I wanted to rip my clothes off!!! I seriously called out to Jesus and asked WHY A HOT FLASH NOW???? I took my hat off.. if I had on a tank I would have taken off my short sleeve shirt.. lord I needed a cool hot towel BAD.. lol hell I contemplated jumping into that lil creek I was near.. that’s how hot I was.. I NEEDED RELIEF!!! My partner was like relax you gone work yourself up to an anxiety attack.. just chill boo come on let’s walk this off.. Mmmm okay and we walk…
Mile 16.. we pick back up running.. hell we off schedule a lil bit but we are back running and back to feeling ok.. as we head back I notice the trails are getting more crowded.. oh it must be mid morning then.. lord the bridges.. ok folks you see us coming.. you hear us say excuse me.. runners on your left.. then we are back downtown in the thick of the damn mall area.. tourists left and right, races finishing up.. whew chile folks just don’t get it!!! my polite excuse me went to grunts.. and watching folks scurry away.. again Runner on your left/right whichever side was easier for me to get by.. and still nothing.. Well a few got that Brooklyn Bump hey I can be an A**HOLE to you know.. I try to contain it but hey sometimes it has to come out..
My partner says that’s us just up ahead boo.. cross the street and we are done.. I swear I tried to sprint but had nothing left in me.. and was sooooooooooooooooooooooo mad at that red light I had to obey and couldn’t get across the street any sooner! LOL
All I could think about was I just need to do this under 5 hours.. under 5 hours.. and I did.. and I’m thankful.. I “beat the bridge” so to speak by a minute.. but on race day I will be better prepared.. and will not have the same issues and I will be “racing” versus just covering the miles.
I did see the disciples at the pearly gates but Jesus gave me the head nod and said the finish is just up the road so it wasn’t my time to enter yesterday.. LOL
Recovery was a decent meal, water and sleep.. followed by an ice bath and more food.. No Fred Sanford walking and I did all my errands yesterday and had quality time with my fam..
yup.. I ran 20 miles on purpose and live to tell about it and still be encouraged and excited for race day..
MCM 40th Anniversary Race.. I’m coming for ya.. I will become apart of that 1% and be a MARATHONER on 10.25.15… one year post surgery and 5 mos after my birthday..
Some of my readers may know Organized Noise he too has been an on/off again blogger but we have become friends off line and we talk about health & fitness often. He asked for advise and I am happy that he believed that he could “run” and not allow his size (he stands 6’6″) intimidate him from becoming healthier.
He surprised me with this guest post.. and it made me smile… and had me thinking about my “first time” I laced up again and got back out there. I’ve been a runner all my life but that first time I laced back up as an adult… not because I had to but because I WANTED to…..
Here is his take on his FIRST TIME…
With all due respect to January 1st, for the last few years, I have considered my birthday to be my own personal New Year’s Day. It was eight years ago around my birthday, I was removed from a bad situation and felt like I was given a new lease on life. Since then, I have used my birthday as a mile marker; a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year to come. As part of that preparation, I would write a list of things that I want to do before my next birthday. In all these years, the word “run” has never been on any of those lists, but somehow, in 2014, that’s exactly what I did.
Three days after my birthday last year, on a beautiful Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the beginning of a trail. I had walked the trail a few times, but never had I thought I was about to do what I stood there about to do. The last time I ran for any extended length of time was towards the end of 2007 on a treadmill. If I had it to do over again, I would remembered what the route was and at the least had some appropriate shoes (don’t think Nike Air Max’s were made for distance running). Oh well, too late now. I was there, and there was no turning back.
A downhill start gave me a false sense of security because as we all know, what goes down will ultimately go back up. Less than a quarter mile in, that first incline seems like I was climbing the side of a building. Another brief decline and I was finally on even ground and found my groove. A mile and a quarter to the other end of the park (according to Nike+) so this was going to be at least a two and a half mile run. I knew I could walk a mile in less than 20 minutes so I figured running two and a half would certainly take less than 50 minutes; although time was the least of my concern. How would I feel when it was over? How’s my breathing? Will my legs feel like rubber after this? Will my knees hold up? What will I have for breakfast when this is over?
Coming around the other half of the course was a much easier chore. One little hill, but mostly even pavement. Not much on the scenery, especially once the lake was out of my sight. Thankfully, I had my music to keep me going. Ultimately, I ended up doing a little less than three miles that day. Two and three quarter miles in anywhere between forty and forty-five minutes became my standard run(using the term loosely, as there definitely was a fair share of power walking) for the first few weeks. I didn’t die and it wasn’t all that bad, besides, I was going to Jamaica in six weeks, so if nothing else, I might shed a pound or two. Turns out, a pound or two would turn into twenty-three by the time I went to Jamaica, but would I keep it going after the trip was over?
After the trip, I continued to hit the course. Maybe not as often as I should, but I definitely haven’t given up on it. Run, walk, speed walk, combination of all three, whatever it was, I was out there. I increased my distance, time and average pace since then. Still can’t say that I enjoy it, don’t think that day will ever come, but I haven’t given up on it. One thing is for sure, I have come a long was from my first run, although I have a long, long way to go.