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Today’s day started with a early rise at 5am. Dressed and out the door by 6:50 to catch the bus. I decided hey, today I will treat my daughter to a hot cocoa, she did excellent at getting up and getting dressed … no problem! Which was a miracle. crunches… shower… oatmeal breakfast. Daily devotion, gotta start the day right with some good wholesome positive words in the system because the world out there is wild and can break you if you let it. 

Walking with fun games down the street with my daughter in tow. I have my bike.

Today’s Game Plan :

Goal: to get the errands done and at the school by the latest 1:30 doctor’s appointment at 3pm 

So… 

1. get up at 5

2. breakfast- most important meal of the day. It will keep my mind sharp and keep me from carb cravings later. I can go all day without eating until dinner, maybe have a Skinny South cookie or apple for snack but no need for “lunch” when I have a good wholesome brain powered breakfast. 

3. bus stop by 6:50

4. school by 7:30 

5. get on bus need to be across town no later than 10am at packaging place.. I have to exchange bags today. Long story short, in my world my food can’t go bad on the shelf or that’s money that burns straight out of my pocket. Key in business is being consistent.

6. I am walking fast burning the thighs, butt, arms, triceps, obliques have a backpack on that weighs 5-7 pounds. I have water and cookies today. I know later the bag will be heavier when I pickup my ingredients for the chocolate festival 

7. bus to Hialeah on bike it is 28 miles where I need to go. I need to save time by taking this bus because I have to bike 7 miles when I get off the train. Safety is key in my world. I want to make sure that I take the safest route on my bike, if there is not one available, I take the bus and then train. From there get the safest route, take it and ride back because I have then surveyed the land. 

8. bike to packaging center. When I arrive explain to the CEO of company that my cookies smell like a woman bad breath kept in a time capsule and released from 1946. He laughed. Good now he gives me 600 bags in exchange. I love even exchanges. Packaging Center in Medley, FL awesome.

9. now comes the ultra marathon and bike expedition. Bike from here to Culter Bay which is dang near close to the Keys. So, I bike over to the train 7 miles and take it to Dadeland South. Jump off and have 5 miles to bike sprinting because there is no sidewalk and I don’t like being on the road like that. I sprint the 5 miles. Thighs burning. New bike Trailway Schwinn is rockin’ it. My old beat up mountain bike would have been a pain in my bootay.

10. location at Fairchild Botanical Gardens pick up 10 pounds of ingredients to bake Friday to take back saturday.

Head out time: 12:46. Need to be North MIami Beach in less than one hour. Oh my well good news, the doctor changed the appointment to Friday. Awesome, called the school to be on the safe side and told them I would be there by 230

I bike to the train station take the train station to downtown. Bike the rest of the way, tightening my core to get it powered in. I already feel the soreness creeping in. I love it I am wrapped in long john shirt, leather jacket, yoga pants, bikers gloves and my mission is my child, right now Nothing else matters. She is my biggest appointment. She is the one that will feel my tardiness.

I bike with all my might. arriving at the school 25 miles away at 2:30pm- Goals accomplished.

1. packaging exchanged

2. ingredients picked up

3. child picked up

4. grocery store got dinner and other ingredients for work tomorrow

5. child home, homework done, showers done, dinner on time… bed on time

all because I had an ultimate goal. Time checks on and allowed myself time for mistakes but made sure I didn’t make any.

Cross Fit correlation:  

Biceps, shoulder blades, thighs from bike 

crunches 100 in the morning

walking with bike: core, butt, thighs

always push through with my legs really helps with the butt and thighs to lean them out 

Made sure I got my personal morning time with God and myself. 

Made sure my daughter understood the game plan and timers were turned on

You just as well as I in our busy days can achieve a workout. Grant it my was with a bike because I chose (really don’t have a choice because I don’t have a car) but I make no excuses. I have a goal. I stick with it. You can choose to run your errands on your bike. When I did have a car, I would get my errands done on the bike that I could get done on the bike. Now, that I don’t have a car I have a basket on my bike, a backpack, gloves, safety equipment, water and food. 

I save a ton of money by taking food and water. I have one cup of coffee in the morning with breakfast. Rest water all day. Electrolytes is mustard and cookies are my sugar stabilizer. cookies I make, my company SkinnySouth.com 

If I can do it, you can do it. Image

 

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My cross fit day starts out by catching the early bus to take my daughter to school but as I hear the rain pour down in South Florida, it motivates me more. 

grab my gear, headset, bus pass, light rain coat … its cold in South Florida 67 is cold. 

She arrives at school 7:40 am… I kiss her goodbye and head out with the Miami motivational sounds of Pitbull and JLo. I run my goal.. not distance, not really time but to beat the bus back to my house. 

I run. Rain coming down… it eventually stops. I warm up, taking off my rain coat and continue to run… looking over my shoulder. I see the bus coming towards me, good now I know I have at lease 25 minutes before that bus catches me. Game on. 

I run through the grass, stop lights (well after stopping for traffic)… passing women waiting on the bus. I smoke pass up the hill, over the bridge… the sun rises the body temp, sweat pouring off my body. 

The sun is getting higher in the day. The motivation of the horns honking, not even knowing if it is for me… I don’t care- but I act like it is. Pushing harder. I look over my shoulder from time to time- I need a rear view mirror! 

Passing LA Fitness and heading through town… No Bus still – awesome! 

I sprint through the last light- forward home! Sprint to my street. 

Now its time for abs and since you don’t want to lay down right after a hard run- for a quarter of a mile I do knee ups- to get the lower abs. I am excited as I post my post workout pic on Instagram. Fit. 

At 36 I never knew that I would be in this good of shape. I thank God every day for my health and I hope that I can inspire others to understand all you need is the motivation, time management and the rest is passion. Get out there and make a difference and make your own story. Inspire yourself… inspire others. 

Only person stopping you is you. 

For breakfast I had my favorite- scrambled eggs and toast. For snack- yogurt. For lunch peanut butter and honey with banana.. I may be from Memphis and yep, we actually eat fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. .. dinner will be a spinach salad- with red bell pepper, croutons, dressing, banana peppers, black beans (protein) no breads now… its after 2pm and not running anymore today. 

I am on a budget but it doesn’t stop me from eating right, working out and getting the job done. 

If I can do it- know that you can do it ! 

Off to work to bake cookies! 

People ask me often if I workout all the time. Answer is no. I am a mom, business owner and I love to run, which all take up my time and rarely do I see my family or friends. 

No whining 

As a business owner we have to make time for things.. family, friends… workout and eating right. Cant run a business without at least one friend and you dont want your kids to hate what you do or despise you so how do you balance?

My day consists of baking, phone calls, computer, talking to clients, delivering, and then oh yeah I moved to Miami with no car, but I have a vision and a passion for people’s health and wellness. 

I taught for years exactly what I was not doing. Balance. I was 90% fitness, food 5%family 5% spiritual. Well the family fell apart and so did my peace. 

All the food and workouts in the world dont matter a hill of beans beans without balance. 

I write with experience. I speak from the heart. You can write your plan according to what your needs are.

I didnt workout for 45 days.. a workout fast if you will.  I wrote down everything dealing with how I feel.  I wrote nothing down about food or fitness. It was the hardest 45 days ever. But much needed. 

I moved to Miami without much.. a kind of immigrant story.. clothes on my back. One suitcase and a dream. 

I walk, run and bike everywhere. Do situps in the morning. Swim in the ocean and dance when I feel like it… zumba at the grocery store to Aretha Franklin, Respect. 

We choose to do what we want. We do what we must. We follow the voice of our inner being and we make our path good and bad. We choose it with our words. Our tongue is our rudder we can break it and go in circles becsuse we keep speaking negative into our life and or we have a negative crew. Fire your crew and force the rudder to produce positive words! Then and only then will you find your self going straight. 

Yes, I posted earlier that I walked 40 blocks with 6 bags of groceries, bike over 60 miles to deliver cookies (my products to my customers) .. funny thing half the time they dont know because I do a quick change before meeting them. Amazing what skinny pants & heels do with a tank and blazer from tennis shoes and sports bra.

I do what I need and have to do to make it. Dedication, preserverance. I want my daughter to know how to act (Proverbs 31) and what to do and no one will hand it to you. If they do, be careful because they can just as easily take it back if they dont like what you are doing.

I live by:

 the Nike slogan, Just do it.

 

Tom hanks in A League of Their Own,  “there’s no crying in baseball”. 

The bible,  faith without works is dead – james 

So get up and get it done.

You are success. You are successful. 

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