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!!

Video 1 Day 1: Why I do what I do

Been a long time but I’m back!! I apologize for my absence and now that I’m back you can expect to see plenty more from me. I have a video I’d like to share about me and why I’ve chosen this path. I hope you find it inspiring and if you do, please comment and let me know!!

Why can’t I get motivated?

Sound familiar? You know exactly what you wanna do but you just can’t seem to muster up the drive to do it. I have found for me it’s been a number of reasons:

1) Complacency/I’ll do it tomorrow 

2) Fear of failure

3) What I may miss out on in the process

4) Not wanting to change normal activities (sleep schedule, missing shows, etc)

5) Trolls (yes, I said trolls)

Starting Wednesday, June 7, I am going to have a short video series once a week at 8pm LIVE, yes, LIVE on my Facebook page and will provide the info on my social media for anyone who misses it. Also, Monday, June 5, look for the Spring into Summer challenge which will be for 5 days. I’ll start each day with an exercise and nutrition goal and Monday we use them all!!! Record yourself and even your family doing these and post it to my Facebook page, There’s Only One YOU with Tina and at the end of the challenge I’ll pick a winner to receive a custom T-Shirt!! 

Saying Good bye to my best friend….

So I decided to wait to post this because I needed some time emotionally to really grasp what had to be done. I finally got up the nerve to share on video about my sweet boy, Gotti. If you you knew him you knew he was intimidating but so damn loveable til his final days. He hung on for us and that’s how I know for sure 100% that this is where he needed to be. Yes it hurt to have to say good bye but I knew he was happy while he was here. Here is the video I talked about. I appreciate all the kind words from everyone and thank you for your support through it all. 

Extra, extra read all about it!!

Can you believe it’s may already? Where has the time gone?! Finally getting my buns into gear and planning some exciting things for my followers. Check out this video to see what’s new!! Then follow me and share with your friends so they can benefit as well!

Food of the week: Black beans and Rice!!!

Wait, what did she say? Yea that’s right, I said it, black beans and rice. I love this snack because it’s a complete protein and provides fiber, magnesium and other essential nutrients without being too high in calories and keeps me full!! Now don’t go over board and get a huge plate of it. Remember, everything in moderation lol. Usually a 1/2 cup of each will do your body good. Also, check out this video on other reasons I love it. 

Day 3: Getting fixed

Not sure why I feel how I feel at the moment. I mean I read all kinds of stories about women getting a hysterectomy or getting their tubes tied and feeling like a loss of purpose or something or how bad they felt after surgery due to incisions and all that. Quite honestly though I don’t feel like any less of a woman, I don’t feel like I lost my sense of purpose and what’s more I don’t have any pain. You would think with two puncture wounds that look like super glue was used to close then I’d be in more pain but I’m not. I recorded this video to give you an idea of how I’m feeling right now and I’ll update every so often on my feelings regarding the matter. Have a blessed evening!!

Day 0: so not into this lol

So first and foremost, the picture you see is NOT from today. It was from yesterday because I knew I wouldn’t be able to workout for nearly a week. I did a challenging workout, stayed hydrated  as long as I could, ate late and today was the day. 

I was supposed to have my surgery at 1130… didn’t happen til after 1. The hospital was freezing, I was starving, thirsty and had a headache. Thanks to a long time friend of mine [You know who you are wink wink *Paul*] though -as well as some laughs with my mom – I was able to have some laughs so I wasn’t wound so tight before surgery. 

It went well,  took less time than they anticipated and I’m barely bleeding now because they didn’t have to do as much as they planned to. I woke up quickly, was able to eat and drink (crackers and soda) and was out in a hurry. Had any issue with my med but my mom helped me out got home and watched Moana with the kids. They are tucked in and now I’m in bed blogging lol 

My current situation: I don’t feel like laying down but my body is telling me to lay down and chill tf out. So I guess I’ll listen… I’ve finally trained myself to do more than lay around and actually be productive and now I’m forced to revert back to what I’ve been avoiding. One thing I can do though is keep on top of my nutrition. Can’t lift but I can damn sure eat right. That will put me where I need to be so when I’m ready to get back into it my body isn’t totally shocked. I guess this will be my true test: not truly reverting back to the old me even when the situation would make it so easy. Here’s to new beginnings!!

This week’s star food: Fage Yogurt!!!

Wait, don’t leave!!! 

I know what you’re thinking: “ewww I hate Greek yogurt it’s sooooo blaaaand!!!” Never fear butter cup, I’ve included a video that includes key nutrition facts as well as ideas to spruce it up that’ll make it yummy for your tummy and even for the tummies of your kiddos!! Yes, even my my kids eat it and LOVE it!!! How, you ask? Because I make it in a way that you don’t even realize the base actually has next to no flavor. It’s all about being creative, people!! Feel free to share your recipes!! 

Video 6 of 6: The Money Troll

So for a majority of my life I’ve used money as a prime reason for not doing something. Not because I don’t want to but because I’m afraid to fail or because I don’t want to put extra effort into balancing a budget to make that thing happen. What excuses do you use when you don’t want to make the effort? Have you identified them and come up with ways to keep them from happening? Watch this short video to see what I did and also for some good info moving forward!!