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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Wordless Wednesday – Jazzercise Edition

Jun
18

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Secret Clinical Strength – UPDATE

Jun
16

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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Happy Father’s Day

Jun
15

Have a wonderful day celebrating the wonderful men in your lives who are fathers. I’m off to celebrate mine!

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Playlist Friday

Jun
13

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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That Moment

Jun
12

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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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