Thursday Tunes – What’s on your Playlist?

Oct
02

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It’s Fall.. the weather is changing.. the mornings are brisk and perfect for a run but WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?

I normally don’t run with music.  If I do it’s usually during a solo run and without headphones.  I just let the speaker from my phone play the music.. it’s not loud because I still need to be able to hear my surroundings..

There has been a lot of new music released.. I’m an oldie but goodie type of gal and hate to switch up my playlists.. but I’m starting to get bored.. So please share your favorite songs that provide you inspiration on that run or sweat session in the gym!

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct
01

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The Fitness Games App – Review

Sep
30

So as a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was given the opportunity to try out a new app called The Fitness Games

It’s taken me a while to write this review because I did not like this app. Initially it took a while for my account to be upgraded to use the challenge features. Then it wouldn’t run in the background so it always had to be open which for me if I’m working out sucks. Especially if I’m trying to use 2 apps simultaneously. I.E running apps

I wasn’t successful with challenges with other participants. I don’t know maybe I didn’t set up the challenge correctly or they just didn’t want to accept. Not sure but my level of frustration probably won and I have up on trying.

In a workout app I want something pretty simple and to the point but will get the job done. It would be nice if it interfaced with other health & fitness apps like MFP or Runkeeper etc so if you tracked in one it will sync and you get credit for it there.

I can’t see myself using this app as my stand alone go to for fitness.

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Active Nation Day

Sep
28

Are you that girl??? I am!!!

Today is Active Nation Day so I want you ALL to join me in MOVING SOMETHING

I don’t care if you walk, run, hop in place move something for just 20 mins!!!

For the last few weeks I’ve been testing the Lorna Jane Active App and I love the inspiration it provided daily.  Move, Nourish, Believe yes.. it provided inspiration to not make an excuse and do my workouts, a few tasty recipes and inspiration/motivational quotes.  If you follow me on IG you have seen the inspirational quotes because I’ve posted a few

Sunday is my normal day to do my long run & teach my Strength class.  Today I didn’t want to move out of my bed.. then it hit me.. I scrolled thru my Lorna Jane app and as always the motivation was provided.

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I did a quick 20 min workout right in my bedroom to get my blood flowing and creative juices going.  I earned the Active Living Badge and now I’m ready to start my day!

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Things I like about the app..

  • positive images & motivational messages displayed
  • a variety of workouts listed
  • Recipe ideas

Things I don’t like about the app…

  • It doesn’t run in the background

Here are a few images from the app to help you get familiar

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Check out this video from Lorna Jane and join in on the movement.  If this doesn’t get you out of bed and not hitting snooze I don’t know what will!

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Manic Monday

Sep
08

Is it really already the 2nd week of September? It’s the beginning of the school year for everyone and by now all the kids are back to school.  Back 2 School Nights are in full swing.. but MULTIPLE nights? *sigh*

Last week I attended a special presentation for student athletes at my son’s school.  This was actually a very informative session and I was impressed.  They had a local news sports anchor attend and give a presentation on social media and image.  This made me smile because while my son isn’t a social media fanatic.. I know several kids who are.  The kids weren’t truly paying attention until it was discussed about someone who they knew LOST their athletic scholarship because of how they conducted themselves on social media.  When you THINK nobody is watching.. EVERYONE is.

This week there is an IB Back 2 School night just for IB students.  I get it.. it’s a lot of information.. but couldn’t we coordinate these a little better? Maybe I’m just being bitter but my time is valuable as is my son’s education.  There should be a BETTER way to communicate upcoming meetings & any FEES associated with the programs.  This was one of the main reasons why I joined the parental advisory council.  Administrators don’t realize that they have to disseminate information in several forms because all parents don’t receive the information the same way.

Next Monday is the “normal” back to school night for his school.. I am thinking I MAY skip that.. but more than likely will just move my dental appointment instead. ha!

Death is always upon us.. and so many my age and younger are being stricken and taken by various forms of cancer. This scares me.. especially when it hits so close to home with family, friends and childhood friends you have known your entire life.  CANCER SUCKS and FVCK CANCER ok I got that out

The #30layers30days challenge while I haven’t shared but the initial post on the blog.. I’ve been writing in my journal the entire challenge.  Some of the topics are a little personal and as I write my thoughts about them I realize I’m not totally ready to share them here but this challenge has been truly eye opening for me.  So far nothing has been totally uncomfortable.. but I have been um challenged to truly express my thoughts but it has provided me with a way to approach the topic with those I need to discuss certain things with so I’ll just leave it at that.

My friends that were older than me joked when you turn 40 things are just different with your body.. Ummm I hate being a woman who is over 40 LOL like seriously.. is there a switch that just goes off and tells the body to act a fool? I’m thankful for a team of doctors who aren’t afraid to laugh with you thru everything and provide you with the support you need to keep your mind young even though your body is telling you that you are “old”. At least all of my issues are “fixable” lol Lifestyle changes are even more important now and I’m incorporating a few more which are definitely making a difference.

Running is going well.. training is going well…can’t believe I will be racing on sunday.. 1 year later to the date when I suffered what I thought would be a career ending injury with an Achilles tear.. again a team of doctors who are on my side who made it happen… God’s plan, their hands, my determination and look how far we have come.. #blessed #thankful

I dropped the ball on offering a fitness challenge for September.. instead I joined a few different ones to support my friends on their journey to a healthier life. I’m looking forward to reviewing a new app “The Fitness Games” stay tuned…

Hope your Monday isn’t as Manic as mine.. Have a great one!

 

 

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30 Layers 30 Days – Self Discovery Challenge

Sep
01

I saw this on IG and decided with a few friends we would participate in the challenge.  We were all going through a different cycle of our lives and this was a great way to help refocus.

DAY 1 // START. STOP. CONTINUE.

START:  What do you want to start doing?  What do you want more of in your life?  What feelings, what activities, what energy?   What baby step can you take today?

STOP:  What have you had enough of?  What are you tolerating or feeding into that is not adding value to your life?  What area of your life is begging for more boundaries?

CONTINUE:  What habits or trends do you want to continue?  What’s been working for you? What can you do to ensure you keep it going?

I want to START being more present in MY life.  The first step I took was scaling back on my teaching schedule.  I am only teaching on Sat & Sun. This was a difficult step but I knew it was for the best. Here’s to only juggling 2 things instead of 10 on any given evening.

I will STOP fighting with myself, my other half and with my children.  The negative energy isn’t worth it in the long run.. I’ve set up boundaries that I’m comfortable with and while I’m a “planner” and like to have everything laid out.. that’s not always the best so I’ve let go of that to a certain extent.. No rigid lines.. more flexibility.

I will CONTINUE to workout.  One constant in my life is exercise. I teach jazzercise, I run and I practice yoga.. they work for me and keep me sane.. Goal is to up the ante and do more intense sweat sessions.. While I am only teaching on the weekends.. I am training for Richmond Half Marathon and I will be adding more yoga to my life.. even if it’s 15 min chair session at my desk.

This is my start.. I put it out there..

If you are interested in joining the challenge visit here to sign up. You can follow along on IG & Twitter  #30Layers30Days

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Wordless Wednesday – Back 2 School Edition

Aug
27

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Monday Ramblings

Aug
18

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.

Happy Monday!

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Where has the time gone?

Jul
09

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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Dear Body

Jun
19

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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