What’s this all about??

I created this blog because as a single parent and mother I know life can be tough it can be hard it can knock you down then kick you while you’re trying to get back up. So many single moms end up just wading through life without really experiencing hope, happiness, success or really just things they wish they could do. They think because they are a mom or a working single mom that they can’t experience life or can’t want certain things or to see certain places. I was that way too once! I figured I’m a single mother why bother I’ll just work two jobs and be lucky to retire before I die. Now I am single mother , a soon-to-be divorcee and I can see my life clearer now that what I ever have!! Tune in next week where I begin to really pull back the layers of ME!!

Men’s fitness women’s fitness light vs heavy with sample workouts is being uploaded!!

With summer here, there’s plenty of talk of what you should be doing and how much to see results. So, to answer some questions, I’ve posted a video answering a few questions as well as left you with two sample workout routines you can try out next time you hit the gym!

To watch the tutorial click here and be sure to scroll down as the workouts are in the comments in order to keep the video as short and to the point as possible!

It’s swimsuit season, what are you wearing poolside?

It’s summer 2018! Time for pools, beaches and BBQ’s!

Of course, there’s also going to be bikinis, Speedos, swim trunks, t-shirts, cover-ups…

Wait a second, t-shirts? Cover-ups?

Didn’t take care of yourself over the winter and waited too long to take care of yourself. Now you’re not wearing that stunning bikini or rocking your stars and stripes swim trunks without a t-shirt?

I’ve got some very shocking news for you: if you don’t decide to put in the work, then you might as well be prepared to wear cover-ups and t-shirts the rest of your life.

You don’t have to go to the gym a million hours a week nor do you need to starve yourself. Start off slow and find something you can do at home to build confidence.

Equipment like bands, jump ropes, light weights and yoga mats are just small things you can get for your home that you can use to help get active, tone and sculpt your body! Just because you didn’t make it this summer doesn’t mean it’s too late to start!

Check out our get in gear equipment or if you already have a gym membership, check out any one of the pages added to our blog to get instant, free access to our training app with a free initial subscription!

I love Peanut butter…and chocolate…and bananas… a quick fix for all 3

If you’re like me, you love all things peanut butter, all things chocolate and love bananas. Some days you crave them but sometimes you end up going for something not-so-healthy [cough Reeses cough cough] and end up feeling guilty. How do you calm a craving without killing your diet?

I’ll tell you!

A Double Chocolate PB and banana shake, that’s how!!

Here’s how ya make it:

Dice a small, ripe banana and add to a blender, Ninja or Nutribullet

Add 4 – 6 ice cubes

4 oz water

2 oz chocolate almond milk

2 tbsp PB2 chocolate peanut butter powder (found in the peanut butter aisle)

30g chocolate protein powder (I say 30 because some powders are 30g for one scoop and some are only 20; you want 30)

1 1/2 c mixed greens

Blend well

I love this shake because it’s smooth, creamy and even though I feel like I’m cheating, the nutrition says otherwise – only 362 calories!!!

Add this shake to your recipe book a for a way to calm those chocolate monster cravings!

For even more recipes and tutorials, check out my YouTube channel!

Who determines what’s acceptable?

What is normal?

What is beautiful?

What is acceptable?

The media has women thinking that in order to be normal or accepted you must be a size 2, with long, flowing hair, perfect skin, perfect cheek bones and long legs.

I was one of the women who believed them.

I thought, “if I lose enough weight and grow long hair I’ll have lots of friends and people will accept me.” It wasn’t until I lost the weight that I realized: some people are assholes and unless you conform to their vision of “what’s right” they’ll never accept you.

Looking at myself in the mirror, I’ve come to realize that as a black woman who is 5’5, very short hair, short, stocky legs, less than perfect skin and no covergirl cheek bones that this the the most beautiful I’ve ever felt in my entire life.

I look in the mirror and I love the person I see, who I’ve become and the confidence I feel from being comfortable in my own skin. In my body. The body I created through hard work, blood (literally), sweat and tears.

Beautiful isn’t what society says it is. It’s a feeling. A feeling only you can understand. One only you can create.

Being your best you is only the tip of the iceberg.

Find you, today: Discover you

Who determines what’s acceptable?

What is normal?

What is beautiful?

What is acceptable?

The media has women thinking that in order to be normal or accepted you must be a size 2, with long, flowing hair, perfect skin, perfect cheek bones and long legs.

I was one of the women who believed them.

I thought, “if I lose enough weight and grow long hair I’ll have lots of friends and people will accept me.” It wasn’t until I lost the weight that I realized: some people are assholes and unless you conform to their vision of “what’s right” they’ll never accept you.

Looking at myself in the mirror, I’ve come to realize that as a black woman who is 5’5, very short hair, short, stocky legs, less than perfect skin and no covergirl cheek bones that this the the most beautiful I’ve ever felt in my entire life.

I look in the mirror and I love the person I see, who I’ve become and the confidence I feel from being comfortable in my own skin. In my body. The body I created through hard work, blood (literally), sweat and tears.

Beautiful isn’t what society says it is. It’s a feeling. A feeling only you can understand. One only you can create.

Being your best you is only the tip of the iceberg.

Find you, today: Discover you

I come to workout…and look cute ;)

Have you ever wondered how many people go to the gym to look good and how many just go to see how much attention they can get?

Not gonna lie, I go for both!

I love pushing my body but let’s be honest, we all like to be noticed for the things we do and the hard work we put in.

Don’t be ashamed of what you’ve worked hard for! If you want to wear cute shorts and tops then wear them! You earned it!

The key is to make sure you rock your work out when you do! Nothing is worse than the person wearing kick ass gym gear and then not even breaking a sweat in the 2 hours they spend at the gym lol

So, today’s lesson: rock your workout and look fierce doin it!

Shout out to all my carb lovers, this is for you!!

Want to lose weight and think you can’t eat carbs?

Think again!

Even trimming down for the summer I still enjoy fruits, veggies and even crackers and yes even those oh so yummy nooks and crannies English muffins!!…whole grain, of course.

But most people struggle with eating the right toppings, often leaning towards high fat products such as cream cheese, butter or peanut butter. But what if you could enjoy these yummy morsels with no regrets?

Keep reading for a recipe!

Toast a whole grain English muffin (i love mine crunchy)

Use 1 1/2 tsp fat free 0% Greek yogurt and spread on each muffin

Follow up with 1/2 tbsp of your favorite fruit preserves

Viola!! You now have a yummy snack, low in fat, good source of calcium, protein, and fiber and satisfies your urge for carbs and sweets!!

Thanks for reading!

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What I tried, why it didn’t work and what has worked

Okay so as most of you know, I used to be overweight. And if you didn’t know well you do now. From 6/7th grade up until I was around 28, I went from a few extra pounds to morbidly obese.

It wasn’t that I didn’t try to lose weight. Oh I did. I tried a bunch of things and here’s what they were and why they didn’t work:

Ellipticals

Treadmills

Stairclimbers

Atkins diet

Fluidity

Dance dvds

Aerobic dvds

Going to the gym with a friend

Slim fast

Low carb dieting

You will notice I didn’t list each one with a reason it didn’t work…because it’s the same reasons for all of them:

1) I was rushing to lose weight

2) I wasn’t doing things I could sustain for a long period of time

3) I didn’t take before photos

4) I wasn’t holding myself accountable

5) when I hit a plateau I gave up

6) I expected too much praise from others – yes, I sometimes got off track because not enough ppl told me “good job”

7) I didn’t believe in myself

What has worked:

1) Getting a coach

2) making a plan and sticking with it

3) doing things I can sustain for long periods of time

4) eating a balanced diet

5) holding myself accountable

6) analyzing plateaus and working past them

7) taking photos and seeing progress

8) I believed I could

The one thing that remains true in each scenario is that unless you are accountable for your actions and you make the conscious thought to change, you won’t.

It doesn’t matter where you are in life or what you are doing or even what your goals are. If you can’t honestly say, “I believe I can do x” then you won’t be able to and you will fail everytime.

Not every path works for everyone. If it did we would all be doing the same thing. That’s why you have to keep trying until you find which oath works best for you. It ain’t always easy but I promise it’s worth it!

Don’t believe me? Check out my webpage and see for yourself!