24 Days

May
01

My birthday is in 24 days. My personal new year will begin and so much I have to be thankful for. 

Senior year of HS is always a whirlwind and you would think I would have been better prepared since I’ve already gone thru it once with Lil Debbie but like they say no two children are alike same goes for senior year. Different challenges, different obstacles and different amounts of money!!! LOL

We are in the final countdown for his prom and graduation but I am also using this as a time to reflect for me since I don’t have any big plans for the birthday. 

Starting today I’m fasting for 21 days. During my fast, I will fast from 7am -1pm  and during that time my prayer will increase/focused and I will only consume water. My circle has been shaken by disease & death and I am joining with a few friends to pray for our health during this fast. I’m also giving up alcohol yup wine included.

 Ok stop clutching your pearls and close your mouths. YES WINE TOO but fast ends on 5/21 and I’m going to Wine in the Woods on 5/22 the birthday week shall NOT be denied. Y’all know better!

I’m also committing to 30 -45 mins of moving more Mon-Thurs so if it means going to the gym or whatever I shall do just that. Moving with a purpose as I rebuild my base as I prepare to train for my fall races. 

What do you do in preparation for your birthday? Is it your personal new year? Do you use it as a time to recharge?

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Be Fit All Year Giveaway Winner is….

Mar
04

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Please check your email for next steps!

Thanks to all who entered!

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BeFit All Year Giveaway

Feb
26

Hey folks!

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

  • Pre-Workout – HATED IT but I shared with a friend who loved it! What I didn’t like was the aftertaste it left.  that was the absolute worst especially when I had to teach and I’m cueing for an hour and yeah just meh.  I even tried using less or more than the 1 scoop and well IT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME.. I did like that it fizzed up a bit but just wasn’t excited about it…NEXT
  • BeFit Burn – OK So it says to take 2 capsules before your largest meal.  For me that can vary on any day but on weekdays it’s usually breakfast or lunch.  I tried it on different days before breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I didn’t feel weird or anything but my appetite was definitely suppressed.  I found myself NOT wanting to eat and by the time I got hungry again it was hours later.  I guess for some people that is a plus but for me it wasn’t.  I’m not an over eater or eat for no reason type of person so while I didn’t have any adverse side effects I will pass on making me feel like I’m not hungry.
  • BF Whey Protein – I received the Chocolate and of the 3 products given to try I ENJOYED THIS THE MOST and will use again.  I am normally a gluten/dairy/soy free type of person but I gave this a try and I’M IMPRESSED.  It mixed well for my am or post workout shakes and my favorite recipe was a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie I made.  One of my good friends that’s their favorite so I figured I have chocolate protein powder why not!  I used a vanilla almond milk to blend with.  That has become my go to smoothie and some days  I will also add strawberries or blueberries in the mix.

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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer:  The products, information and prize pack have been provided by BeFit. All opinions are my own.

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BeFit 30 Day Challenge

Feb
10

Hey Folks!

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!!!

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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!

 

 

 

 

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Hello February

Feb
01

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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.

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Mid-Month…January where are you going?

Jan
19

Hey folks!

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!

 

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2015 Wrap Up

Dec
31

Hey Folks!

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

  • I became a member of the FIRST African American Sorority for BUSINESS WOMEN – Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • I watched my first born, live her dreams and write her story (and it continues)
  • I watched my son, my baby boy grow beyond his years and make me the proudest mom ever
  • I watched my baby girl become a big girl (watch out world Princess J is smart as a whip)
  • I made great memories with Mister
  • I was recognized by my employer
  • I accepted ME and all my flaws.. FUCK BEING PERFECT

Some of my 2015 Lows

  • I trained for my first marathon but was unable to run
  • Marathon Goal derailed due to health issues
  • I FAILED at a few things
  • I betrayed a friend unintentionally and ended up hurting them (some things should just NEVER be discussed with others no matter HOW close)

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

  • post at least 3-4x a week.
  • Share my Wellness Journey (with my new health issues had to make some changes..someone else may be experiencing the same thing)
  • Find a designer for a redesign of the Blog & my social media images

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..

 

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No Excuses November

Nov
03

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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.

Let’s go!

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A Goal Deferred

Oct
20

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

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I Ran 20 Miles on Purpose

Sep
28

Hey folks!

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..

 

LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 

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