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It’s been a world wind of a summer here at the Fit Family Lounge.
Kids growing up, medical crisis, vacations, etc don’t know where to start.
Fitness improved for me. Teaching a strength training class regularly has helped to change my body. I coached a beginner 5k program and the graduates did awesome at their race this past Saturday. Definitely deserves it’s own post.
So many thoughts going thru my head but with life slowing down and going back to normal I will be back to posting regularly.
Definitely a Back 2 School Fitness challenge is in order. So stay tuned for the details.
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It was Just June 30th and it’s July 9th.
What I’ve been up to. COACHING my beginner 5k runners are coming along. 6 weeks into the program and they have found their grooves.
Bruce Leroy is doing well and is having a great time at camp. I’ve spoken to him ONCE but he does text me every morning to tell me to have a good day & he loves me. I guess he is preparing me for when he heads to college lol
Lil Debbie is making big moves. BET awards, Essence Festival with Prince and a few other things on the works. Blessed she is and all those who pray for her thank you!
Princess J is becoming Miss Independent!
Potty training is a success with very few accidents and school man it’s all coming along.
My return to the pavement for the love of it has made all the more distance on my consistency.
If you follow me on twitter or Instagram you have already seen the photos but if not enjoy this one of lil Debbie. Yes I’m a proud mama bear!
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It’s been a while since I’ve spoken to you in the open. I mean honestly I don’t think I wanted to admit a few things for the world to see but maybe that would help.. Even if nobody were to read this post the fact that I put my thoughts out there will make me realize and take notice.
Since the injury the weight has come back.. lost a few pounds and then it came back again.. Emotional eating, trying to numb all my issues by indulging it wine and lots of it.. that is the sign of a problem. A big one and it can’t just be labeled.. I recognized this and decided to get help. Not the easiest thing to do.. but it was something that needed to be done to save myself from me.
You will be happy though… I know not having the constant migraines and just being angry has helped to calm things down a bit. It was something about turning 41 and truly saying FVCK THIS SHIT and actually following thru that was empowering.. liberating even.. I know I know.. always taking care of others and never taking care of us.. but I’ve changed.. I really have.. and others have noticed..
We spent most of June celebrating like it was still our birthday, cake, cupcake, drinks, food, little sleep.. but all that ends NOW.. Taking control of the situation is the first step.. COMPLETE.. Now to make the small changes and to maintain them.. ahh the maintenance phase is always the hardest.. but we will succeed this time..
The biggest achievement we have made thus far.. is FINALLY ACCEPTING who we are.. ACCEPTANCE by US.. not caring about others.. just US.. ME, MYSELF AND I..
Only took 41 years.. but I’m finally OK WITH ME.. ALL OF ME
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So I’ve been using the Secret Clinical Strength for TWO months now.
Back in April, I did a review and giveaway. The fact that it took TWO months for me to now be out of the same one I began using back in April.. WHAT???? I’m usually swapping out and getting a new one within a month or so.. but nope.. I used that bad boy to the very last drop and I’M STILL VERY IMPRESSED.
Am I impressed enough to purchase on my own??? Actually I am. I did the math.. and that’s 2 of another brand that would last me one month so in the end I am actually saving. I am still looking for coupons because hey that’s just the way I am and I found one for $2 which I will utilize when I go shopping.
So have any of you tried it? What do you think of it?
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Have a wonderful day celebrating the wonderful men in your lives who are fathers. I’m off to celebrate mine!
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What’s on your playlist?
Lately when I’m running I’ve been going headphone free so I’m LOST when it comes to music that pumps you for that good workout.
I need new music for my sweat sessions in the gym when I’m lifting though and while I LOVE my playlists.. I’m tired of hearing the same stuff.. So leave me a few gems in the comments and I’ll check them out!
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When you get that A-HA.. when everything clicks and you realize THIS is what I was meant to do… I had one of those on Monday evening after I was reflecting on the day and how my 5K trainees did during their workout. I realized that I love being a Jazzercise Instructor, Personal Trainer and Running Coach. I love being able to be apart of someone’s journey and helping them meet their goals. THIS is what I was made to do. My mom always said to me our steps are already ordered.. God is just allowing us to walk our path.. wrong turns are made but along the wrong turn there was a lesson that you will learn and it directs you RIGHT BACK to the path God already had for us. I will be honest as a teenager/young adult even with my strong faith in God I thought Mama BK was CRAZAY yup I spelled it wrong on purpose. lol but no she wasn’t crazy as I’ve learned.. SHE WAS WISE and I’m so grateful to her drilling that message into my head from such a young age. I have a few races on my calendar as I mentioned and I am running them all for fun. No time goal in mind and just to get thru them and finish standing up right. During my reflection on Monday I also realized while I LOVE TO RUN I NO LONGER HAVE THE DESIRE TO RACE. Did you get that???
I NO LONGER HAVE THE DESIRE TO RACE.
I typed that out as a FB status and the comments that followed were like validation. I didn’t do it to seek that.. it was just a random thought.. and past trainees commented.. One said I thought you already knew that since you sacrifice so much of yourself for us.. WOW the last few days I have been wrestling with this.. Last night in my area we had a storm warning.. I erred on the side of caution and canceled my 5K training group run an hour before it started.. 12 showed up anyway to my surprise.. They ran the parking lot so they would be close to their cars in case the storm started. THAT dedication. THAT drive.. it moved me to tears as I watched them run their intervals. This is week one for them and I couldn’t be more proud. I talked to Mama BK about it and she laughed.. she said I don’t know why you are so hard headed.. THIS IS WHAT YOU WERE MADE TO DO.. You’ve been that way since you were a kid.. She brought up a story about me sacrificing myself during a cross country race in HS to make sure my teammate was ok. My teammate and I always ran together.. we were about the same pace but I had a stronger finish.. she took a nasty fall and even when she told me to leave her.. I didn’t.. I stayed and had her hang onto me so that we could finish the race. My coach was livid because I lost valuable points for our team that day but after realizing that she was hurt bad he was no longer upset with me but glad that I stayed with her.
So while I love a good race medal and race swag… I’m ok with NOT racing as often. If I do run any races it will be in support of others and/or as a pacer and I’M OK WITH THAT
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I can’t believe today is already May 30th!!!
May is my birth month and I celebrated 41 glorious years on this here earth on Sunday the 25th. My birthday was bittersweet for me. I lost a dear friend last month to cancer and my motto since then has been #celebratelife and that’s what I did. Last year I had a grand party to welcome me into my 4th decade of life but this year I was pretty low key. I just wanted to spend quality time with my family and it’s exactly what I did.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you saw a few photos.. Nothing much to share but I know my family loves me dearly. Icing on the cake would have been for Lil Debbie to have been home but she is in LA chasing her dream and making it happen so the FaceTime conversation was enough although I need her to NOT call me when she has a facial mask on but I digress lol
Life has been so busy and I wonder when will I ever have time to blog. Princess J is growing up so quickly and Bruce Leroy too. I can’t believe my young man will be 16!!! He has dirt on his face (read that as mustache & beard trying to show up) and is finishing up his sophomore year of HS. I’m so proud of him and all of his achievements both academically & athletically. He is truly a well rounded student athlete and I’m not just saying that cause he is my kid. HE GETS IT.. and many his age don’t. but moving on..
Princess J will be heading to a Montessori School soon. Mama BK has been homeschooling her but she needs more social interaction (so she can stop thinking she is the boss of everyone) with kids her age. She is so tall so even when she encounters other kids her age at the park or at story time she calls them babies.. LOL There is a little girl who is older than her but she just bosses that lil girl around and the girl does everything lol. I don’t know what I’m going to do with her. We did a walk thru of the school she will be going to the other day and she fit right in. She will have to learn to curb her bossy ways but I at least know she won’t let anyone run over her. I’m excited and nervous for this change all at the same time.. I dread that phone call.. Princess J has thrown a tantrum but I look forward to hearing about her day and all that she has done. I know Mama BK will miss her during the day and I will surely miss the photos midday to my phone. Those pick me up especially when I’m having a crazy day lol but with anything.. change will happen.
June will begin an exciting time for me. I will be teaching an additional class on Sunday’s focused on strength training.. called Strength45 previously known as Body Sculpt. I’ve been teaching the class 1-2x a month since February and I’ve noticed a huge change in my body. I can’t wait to see the difference it makes teaching it regularly for 12 weeks. If attendance is good, then it may become a permanent class.. so yeah I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure my attendance numbers are great! I’ll also be coaching a beginner 5K program with my local running club. I’m excited to see the registration numbers grow and look forward to working with them. I actually think I like coaching better than racing now.. WHO KNEW!
I do have a few races I will be doing and I am excited about them.
- June 22nd Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K
- August 16th Women’s Distance Festival 5K
- September 14th Navy 5 Miler
- October 12th Army 10 miler
- November 15th Richmond Half Marathon
Richmond Half I deferred from last year after getting hurt. I’m really excited about that race because that was my friend Cheryl’s race. She worked for the company that puts this race on and each year she would be at the finish if she wasn’t running. I won’t physically SEE her but I KNOW she will be with me in spirit and as I run the streets of Richmond.. I will be doing it in her honor. Army 10 Miler was our first race we did together as a team and as luck would have it.. it is a few days before her birthday… That one will be extra special for me as well..
A friend asked if I had planned to “race” and I told her NO.. I just wanted to run, injury free and complete each of the races before the time limit. I honestly have a “no expectation, no disappointment” outlook for my upcoming races. I am training for them.. but I threw time goals out the window. I’m not ready nor do I want to push myself to meet a specific time and possibly injure or aggravate an old injury.
Instead I’m going back to what I love.. and that’s RUNNING HAPPY.. (just like the Brooks Running Motto)