Just wanted to wish a happy memorial day to the “Keep It Moving” family. Enjoy yourself wherever you are this weekend and we’ll catch up next week!
Ok. I have a little confession. In the middle of my recent series on spinning, I fell off the wagon. Keeping it real, it was pre-meditated. In anticipation of a celebratory moment a few weeks ago, I decided if things worked out in my favor that I would eat one my six Cami Cakes that had been in the …View full post
It’s Party Time! Okay, not quite. I am standing by my claim in my last post that this probably was the dumbest thing that I have done in a long time. First of all, it was just too many days. Two to three weeks would have sufficed, but I always have to be extra and …View full post
There are muscles under all of this fat. There are muscles under all this fat… Yes, it’s back to the drawing board. I’m so annoyed. UGHHHH!!!! Now with the beginning of the school year and some other random projects completed, it’s time to get back to being serious with my workout goals. It seems to …View full post
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it will be.” Marcel Pagno. Divorce is something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It’s the pits. People talk …View full post
Happy New Year! Yeah, I know it’s like the third week of February but let’s say I’ve been…BUSY! I’m about to turn 40 in a few days. Most of the time you hear about people having mid-life crises. They start to get really stressed, re-evaluating their lives and looking at the “shoulda,” “coulda,” “woulda’s.” Not …View full post
“The Game,” episode 5 showcased one of the main characters, Jason Pitts (Coby Bell) having a hard time managing a new relationship. He consulted with Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson) to get some hard-core advice about black women. She suggested he read Steve Harvey’s best selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” She further …View full post
The 2012 Presidential Election had more drama, intrigue and lunacy than an episode of Greys Anatomy, Survivor and Days of Our Lives combined. I’m so glad it’s over! I was sick of hearing that if Romney won my grandchildren would never find out how to get to Sesame Street. I was tired of hearing …View full post
It’s a happy day in TV land! The last episode of Being Mary Jane and the winter premiere of Scandal just dropped and all of the Gladiators and MJ’s are in zombie-like induced comas. The excitement is insane! Everything stops and re-routes, especially for Scandal: Scandal parties all over, folks changing their bible study night, news …View full post
This new world of blogging is bittersweet. Some days I am bustling with excitement and have all types of creative ideas. I will make some tweaks on the back office, come up with creative titles and to-do lists. But to be honest, most days I am terrified. So much so, that I just freeze. No …View full post
Oh Em Gee! A few weeks back I went home to the fabulous ATL for my birthday weekend. So from past posts you know there were shenanigans. Let me start off by saying that some people, places and things will have to take one for the team, so with that being said you know why you’re …View full post
If you’ve watched the news in the last few weeks or are on social media quite frequently, you have seen this picture and heard about this case. It is the case of a Phoenix woman, Shanesha Taylor, leaving her two children in the car to go on a job interview. A passerby saw the …View full post
So, let’s face the pink elephant in the room head on. I haven’t posted in a while and felt some kind of way about. Whew! Now I have that out of the way. There is a certain pressure that comes when you don’t blog on a somewhat “regular” basis. Actually, it is one of the …View full post
For a few of us change is fantastic–a new challenge. For the rest of us, we dread it like a pet on the way to the vet. They sense that something’s about to go down before they even see the cage. That sweet little family member can turn into the exorcist before it’s over. …View full post
What’s up everybody! I MISSED YA’LL!!! I’m finally back on the blog after a wonderful summer vacation and adventurous start to the school year. As usual, I took the summer off, worked on summer projects and spent some time in the ATL with my family. But what made this year different was that I drove – by …View full post
I survived the first week of my 45 day detox! My last post detailed all of the reckless things that got me in this predicament. It wasn’t that bad, mainly because I was on a pretty good meal plan before I started. I eat right about 80% of the time and allow myself two cheat meals a week (usually reserved …View full post
For those of us in the northeast part of the world, we experienced one of the most severe storms that the U.S. has experienced this week. A week later there are thousands upon thousands still experiencing it. There is no getting around the major tragedies and deaths in the storm and my heart and prayers …View full post
Why do we always shoot for January 1 to make changes? We all know the cliché “New Years Resolution” and we start making our list of items that we eventually don’t do. Well, just like about everyone I know, I wanted to lose 20-30 lbs for like the past 10 years. And just like everyone …View full post
Welcome to the second leg of this series! If you missed part one, click here. I am so, so excited about all of the positive feedback I received on the comment section of the last post and on Facebook. When you go out on a limb you just never know what people are going to …View full post
If you read my last few posts Un-Stucking Thyself, Un-Stucking Thyself…Some More and Covert Operations, a Broken Penis and Grandma you know I have been on a serious grind for the last few weeks trying to take my blog to the next level. And I’ve been running hard! With that being said, I decided to dedicate this …View full post
The feeling of productivity after you have tackled a huge task is something that can keep you so energized and accomplished you want to keep going and take it deeper. But how can you keep the momentum going? This week’s post will focus on the last bulleted item in my last post Un-Stucking …View full post
This post is a bit eclectic and will take many expected twists and turns. I just need you to mentally prepare yourself. Please have tissues, defibrillator, throat spray and holy water ready. You’ve been warned. I never thought that I would do it until I was faced with the decision. I said a …View full post
Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that the blog has moved. The new website is: www.keepitmovingblog.com No worries, the old site and all articles are linked and will simply redirect to the new site. Thank you soooo much for all of your support of the blog. Let’s continue to Keep It Moving!View full post
Before I became committed to working out, going to the gym was a struggle. The biggest struggle was fatigue and accountability. Most of the time, folks are just too tired to go to the gym after work. You could literally think about it all day, cop out and not go. Because I now have a …View full post
Hey Everyone! I hope your summer is starting out with a bang. Mine is, especially since I have the summer off (remember what I posted about the hate, not a good look). This summer I really don’t want to do anything that requires any extensive thinking, mental processing or keeping of time lines. So being the smart …View full post
You’ve seen the horses at the derby waiting in the gates. They are in a frenzy to charge the gates, but the door is holding them back and the gun hasn’t gone off yet. The jockeys feed them some kind of calming agent to keep them steady until the gates open. But man, when the …View full post
Sometimes on my lunch break, I take a walk outside. There is an elementary school on my walk and I hear one of my favorite sounds… children on the playground. The shrills and high energy are electrical! The playground is a magical place. It doesn’t matter what is going on, when released to race on the …View full post
Thanks for plugging into the third leg of this Mission Sexy series! In the first two legs, I discussed the “why” that made me venture into spinning and how to develop a love for the art. So if you’ve missed out, click below to catch up: Mission Sexy Pt. 1: Never Let a Senior Take Your Spot Mission …View full post
On Saturday mornings, there is always something that attempts to throw me off and keep me from getting to the gym. Working out in the mornings is very important because your metabolism runs while you are in the midst of your daily activities and can burn longer. Additionally, it’s best just to get it over …View full post
ROTFL! LOL! CTHU! It was a great idea. It really was. But just like Antoine Dodson said on the Bedroom Intruder interview, “That was just dumb. Real dumb.” And a few people took liberty to tell me so. But my dumb behind is still on the detox with about 15 days to go. To recap, …View full post
I have been a member of my gym for quite some time. I’ve had 4 trainers. They all had different methods, able to meet me where I was, and took my workout to the next level. I’m not happy about losing any them. The first one quit the company after a year, the second …View full post
Father’s Day is an interesting phenomenon, especially if you are in the church world. For Mother’s Day, restaurants and churches are packed out. There is a sale on TV for over a month. Father’s Day ads last for only a few weeks, you can get a dinner reservation the day before (or even …View full post
To all my Subscribers: Just wishing you a happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Whether you are with family or friends enjoy the day because every day above ground is a good day! I’ll be back next week, however, if you are new to this site feel free to check out some favorites: …View full post
I hope all of you are enjoying the beginning of summer. My summer has been moving at warp speed. Last week, I went to Orlando for about 5 days on a school conference. Although the trip started on my first day of summer vacay (which I was not too happy about), I actually had a …View full post
About 9 months ago, I went out to lunch with a good friend and her mom. As I sat across the table from the mom I was in awe. She looked great—especially since she is approaching 70. Her neckline was clean, shoulders and arms were perfectly toned…her body was just TIGHT! I looked at her and …View full post
I was supposed to be ready. As I look through all the circulars that came in the mail this week, I began to get annoyed, mad, ok ANGRY! I saw a lot of clothes I envisioned to be wearing by this time. Nice fitted tops that I could actually tuck in my pants without having …View full post
I’m not one of those deep Christians that consults God for EVERYTHING, and I am sure He has bigger things to do than get involved in my eating however… Not consistently eating 5-6 small meals a day while on any physical training program is a major no-no. Your metabolism is burning like a stove and …View full post
I mean seriously, who REALLY wants to get up and work out in the morning? Well there are some. When I worked out religiously at 5am, there were people waiting in a line at the door 10-15 minutes before they opened. They would sit on the curb and chat with each other. I really don’t …View full post
It’s like day 25 of the streak. Once again the alarm goes off, the snooze button is hit like three times and roll back over. So over this crap… Hated It! If it’s one thing I despise is waste. Like when people waste food. Or throwing away leftovers and piling on food at …View full post
I finished a tough workout one day in late December and a class in the cardio room drew my attention. The class seemed pretty intense–actually more so than a typical cardio class at a gym. I tried to find the instructor, but the class was packed almost beyond capacity. In the midst of everyone was …View full post
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This post is a bit eclectic and will take many expected twists and turns. I just need you to mentally prepare yourself. Please have tissues, defibrillator, throat spray and holy water ready. You’ve been warned.
I never thought that I would do it until I was faced with the decision. I said a million times that I wouldn’t do it. Would I pay out the money or cut my nose to spite my face? Some told me I was crazy. Let me give you some background to my madness…
When I was a kid, my mom used to make me read books. I wasn’t too crazy about it (probably why I don’t like reading now), but what was really annoying was that she made me read these huge novels in the summer time–and do book reports on them. Really?
She would give me books that she had read so I couldn’t even try to “bs” the book report. They would all be black novels: Black Boy and Native Son by Richard Wright, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and various novels on slavery.
The slavery books would really pull me in, particularity if it broached the topic of buying freedom. I thought it was so unfair that a person would have to save money to purchase themselves.
“If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.” – Brendan Francis
African-Americans were enslaved for over 400 years. Some were given an opportunity (if you want to call it that) to by their freedom. They were given these ridiculous costs. Some saved money, gave it to the slave master and were robbed. They were told they needed more. The slave would keep working. I mean think about it. You have to give somebody money to get the life that was stolen from you. Really? But many did it for freedom.
In Roots, the character Kunte Kinte ran away many times to get his freedom. We all know the infamous scene where he got his foot chopped off (in lieu of his “johnson” being chopped off…you men crack me up with that. You’ll lose both arms, legs and all your teeth in lieu of that. IJS).
In 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northop had been a free man for decades and was kidnapped and forced into slavery. He thought about running away, but came up with other crafty ideas to obtain his freedom.
What gave these men the drive to be free is that they knew what freedom tasted like. They both were born free and taken against their will to some foreign place they were not supposed to be.
They did whatever it took to get free.
When they got their freedom back (Northrop personally and Kunta through his grandson Chicken George), they still had to fight to keep it. But they got it.
Well, if they could do it under those circumstances, so could I!
So, those who know me well know I have all kinds of crazy, dramatic over the top plans and scenarios, sort of like Ralphie’s daydreams on “A Christmas Story.” With that in mind, I had my last day in divorce court all planned out. I will keep it real for you.
As you know, I’ve been working out, and I was going to wear a killer dress than accentuated all of my key features—even if I needed to wear a girdle, body magic and spanx (yes, I know the new studies have revealed they smash your organs. It’s about the sacrifice).
I was looking for places to get a baby bump that poked out just enough—not the one that Selita had on Real Husbands of Hollywood though (that was just awful). The whole scene was going to be gangsta!
If the judge ruled against me, I had a back up scenario. The judge was going to tell me that I had to pay and on top of that it was going to be some outrageous amount.
I was distraught.
I yelled at my ex: “WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? WHAT ELSE CAN I GIVE YOU?”
Then, it happened. I went into “black woman blackout”– I snapped.
In a rabid state, I took off my suit jacket and threw it across the room. “SURELY, you want this!” Then I kept going. I took off my blouse and my shoes. Then, I said “Oh, I know what you want. You want it ALL.” In Strange’ (Yes, Grace Jones’ character in Boomerang) style took off my thong panties ( you know you can’t wear regular panties with a killer dress), walked over to him and put the strings over his ears and put the crotch on his head. “That’s what you want! THAT is all I have!”
Everyone in the room gasped.
Don’t act like this is the first time you heard something like that. For all the old-heads that remember Boomerang and for the young-bucks that don’t know, watch this clip:
Sometimes my southern belle persona needs to get shaken up. Now back to my daydream:
As the people in the courtroom sat in disbelief, I sat in the chair looking broken and defeated. Out of the midst my hot, new man-friend would appear. He would pull out his checkbook, ask to approach the bench and tell the judge that he would write a check because this issue was standing between him and the woman he loved.
He would ask how much I had to pay and added $5,000 to it–just because he could. He would write the check and the judge would slam her gavel, jump to her feet and strongly state, “Now THAT’S a real man right there!”
The audience would go wild. I would cry, my attorney would be at a loss for words (a first), my ex would be stunned and my girlfriend Sharon (the co-chair of my dating consultation committee) would make an executive decision, immediately fast-tracking my new man-friend through our tedious approval process. My case would go down in history and become a living legend in Montgomery County.
Yes, Tyler Perry should call me for script ideas. This I know.
I never got my day in court.
An opportunity presented itself to settle. Never even got to meet the judge in any of the three hearings that I had. How anti-climatic.
I made a financial offer and waited–much like watch night service.
So, yes I settled out of court. An offer was made and my problem disappeared. Just. Like. That.
You may say why did you give your money away, I wouldn’t have given up a dime! Yeah, I said that a million times. But I needed to gain leverage on something that money can’t buy–my time and my freedom. I was wasting precious months of my life over something that was going to end anyway. Wasting time on lawyer fees, court fees, meetings, strategies…baby bumps. It was time to get my life back.
Waiting to get the papers signed at the very end was probably the worst part. It took MONTHS! It was like Moses watching all the Israelites walk into Canaan. So close yet so far.
You may avoid suffering and sorrow if you don’t risk, but you simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and has nothing. Only a person who risks is free.” – Bob Proctor
Let me tell you, I ran to the bank to cut that check. I never wanted to let go of money so bad.
I can’t tell you how freeing it feels to be done. Unofficially, it’s been done since October but it’s just something about officially getting that piece of paper in your hand. It’s like having a new set of glasses–I see things much more vividly now. I got my swag back in a major way. I guess throwing that picture in the wash on new years day worked, lol!
For those of you still dealing with this situation ( I have a girlfriend going on year 9), your designated time is coming. In the meantime, keep it moving and be happy!
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I mean seriously, who REALLY wants to get up and work out in the morning?
Well there are some.
When I worked out religiously at 5am, there were people waiting in a line at the door 10-15 minutes before they opened. They would sit on the curb and chat with each other. I really don’t know what the ham sandwich they talked about, because I was still in the front seat trying to snatch a few more zzz’s. It was just too early for all that.
In the last few weeks, I have been slowly (emphasis on slow) getting back into the game. I know the key is getting up early and working out before work, but I am just so tired and sleepy…and my head hurts just thinking about it.
But I have to do it.
One, I just need to. Secondly, I just pulled out my summer clothes and I’m pretty sure most of them don’t fit (just keeping it real).
With that being said, the focus of this post is not so much on what to do at the gym, but how to prepare for early and frequent workouts.
Where does the time go!
Now for the anal and super-organized people reading, this won’t be such a struggle for you. You know how to maneuver and create time. You still might not get up, but I have every confidence the time WILL be scheduled.
But for those of you that are not organized, have a lot of responsibilities or have those crumb snatchers (your children) waiting for WHATEVER, this might not be so easy for you. You ain’t trying to hear NONE of this.
Oh, don’t let me forget about the middle, night shift or entrepreneurs (you think you’re slick). You also need to start your day (whatever time it starts) with some exercise.
Now, I am not a morning person (and actually not a night person either; yes, issues galore), so this whole working out in the morning is not a sexy concept for me either.
However, after studying highly productive and successful people, the common denominator is that they FIND and MAKE time to do those things that will bring success. Additionally, highly productive and successful people value their time. Time is that commodity that we cannot get back. That time has to be planned out.
“One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” - Unknown
At the end of the work day, the average person is like a roach when you turn the lights on; they want to get out of dodge. They are tired, ready to go home, have a glass and sit and relax. In a lot of cases, people have another job or overwhelmed with other tasks that require their personal attention.
The last thing they are thinking about is working out.
With that being said, for those of us that want to make working out a priority but have a ton of stuff to do, it needs to be done before going to work. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted and use that as another lame excuse. The T.V. is one of the biggest culprits of stolen time.
Benefits for working out in the morning:
Preparation is the Key!
When you prep your meals for the day, it pretty much has to be done ahead of time. When I am on my A-game, I usually cook up everything on a Saturday or Sunday. I am one of those people who can eat the same thing for breakfast every day so it’s not a big deal.
For breakfast, I usually have steel-cut oatmeal, two slices of turkey bacon and a boiled egg. This meal is at least 18 grams of protein, which is especially good if you are lifting weights.
Steel-cut oatmeal is much better for you because it is minimally processed and it holds better. I put it in small containers and put a layer of almond milk on the top. When it is reheated it fresh as the day you made it.
The turkey bacon is in wrap-and-seal, two to a sleeve.
The second photo shows what would go in my lunch bag for the day: oatmeal, bacon, egg, a salad with grilled chicken or salmon, a cheese stick, a smoothie (made from scratch to cut down on processing and unnecessary sugar) and a bag of nuts. There is also a bottle of water and a pack of Emergency. I put everything (except the
water) in the bag the night before with freezer packs. In the winter, I just put it in the car the night before.
For more details and specifics on weight loss and strategic eating, read my post The 45-day Detox is on. Eat a Biscuit for Me.
It seems like a lot of prep time, but once you get it down you can get it done fast while you are doing something else. Then when the week comes you can just grab the items really quick and put them in the bag.
If you are prepared, it dramatically cuts down on snacking and eating something that will totally ruin your efforts for the day.
I frequently over-pack so if I don’t go straight home from work, I have some type of snack or meal to hold me over until I get home.
“Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” - Unknown
I hope that you will consider working out in the morning (whatever time fits your schedule), whether it’s a few days a week or every day. The benefits far outweigh the annoyance of getting out of your bed at some God-awful hour.
You can make that time, even those of you that have small children (yes, the excuses can stop now). Check out my girl Stephanie at Team Fit Mommy and she will show you how it’s done. Actually, you can join us on her “30 Day Plank Challenge” for the month of May (the ladies and the fellas).
For those of you that are still not convinced and just the thought of getting the gym to look through the window is a task in itself, the video below is just for you.
If you like this post you’ll love:
What are your thoughts on this post? What are workout tips or tricks do you have to share? Let discuss so make your comments below!
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