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 What a rollercoaster of a day!!!  I woke up early today.  I felt refreshed from a good night’s sleep (getting to bed early just like I planned).  I had my green smoothie with spinach, mango, blueberries, whey, psyllium, flax seed and wheat germ (Breakfast of Champions).  I packed my gym bag and headed to the Tuesday nursing home.  All was going according to plan!!  I had a patient sing to me..”You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine.  You make me happy, when skies are gray.  you never know, dear, how much I love you.  Please don’t take my Sunshine away!!”  She had a Beautiful voice!!  I was going from room to room, doing my thing when I ran into a new rehab patient.  She  had neuropathy.  I began to debride her nails and I noticed that her big toe had dried blood on the tip.  I cleansed the area to find the source of the drainage and I noticed that she was missing the tip of her toe.  There was a steel pin exposed from a bunion surgery performed 20 years ago!!  The patient denied any trauma to the toe.  She couldn’t feel her feet so she was completely UNAWARE that the pin worked its way through the tissue.  I had to inform her of the status of her toe.  I have wound consults all the time, but I was consulted to see her for diabetic nail care!!  This was yet ANOTHER wake up call for me!!  I’m YOUNG and HEALTHY and it will ALL change IF I DON’T get the weight off and live a healthier lifestyle!! 

Still keeping to my plan, I went to my NM office, did a little paperwork, changed clothes and I was OFF TO THE GYM!!!  I did a KILLER lower body/core routine (generated by dailyburn.com and revised by moi) I felt STRONG!!!! After which, I slid into the last 20 min of a spin class!!!  (I must RE-Introduce my BOOTY to the SPINNING BIKE SEAT!!!  This was a Hills spin class so I was out of the saddle for most of the ride!!! YIPEE!!  I just wish the spin bikes had a distance reading OR than my Garmin could record a stationary bike!!!  Unfortunately, neither are true….

I went home, took a shower and began to make dinner for my WEEKLY Biggest Loser Par-Tay!!!  Spaghetti:  Wheat Pasta, ground turkey breast, and a killer salad!!! 

 This Biggest Loser episode was the “marathon” episode!!!  So much fun tweeting with my Biggest Loser Tweethearts!!!  I’m going to do a post with their blog links next week for the finale!  😉  Had a few tweets from @Tara_Costa (Who held the BL marathon record before last night) and @Ali_Sweeney who took it like a champ when I asked her if one of her tweets was english!!!  LOL!!!  We laugh, cry and even workout OR should I say #Tworkout during commercial breaks of Biggest Loser as @AprilShowrs of @shrinkingjeans tweets out exercises for us to do after 9 PM!!!  #GoodTimes  Watching the marathon unfold last night brought up strong emotions!!!  Exciting memories of watching Trish and Jenn of @FitBottomedGirl run their marathon in Jan. Excitement for Lori @slorunnermom who will be running her VERY FIRST MARATHON on 10/10/10 in Chicago with US, her Blackberry hearts cheering her on!!! (Yes, we ALL are planning to be there!!)  Some things were said to me via blackberry that made me think…I will dedicate a future post to that topic!! (Stay Tuned)

The Proudest, most Touching moment for me, last night was when former Biggest loser contestants were meeting the runners on the route to run with current contestants and give them support and encouragement!!!  @Ali_Sweeney Tweeted :  “Who would you want to run with you? #BL9”  to My SURPRISE….This tweet popped on my screen….

Slorunnermom: no hesitation I’d want @FitInMyHeart  🙂 RT @Ali_Sweeney: Who would you want to run with you? #BL9

 

WOW!!!!!!

 

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The Picture I Took This Morning AFTER My Run/Walk

 

This has been a VERY EXCITING week!  I was challenged by @kthenb to walk/run 3 miles Monday-Friday of this week.  I’m PROUD to report that WE DID IT!!!  I set a goal and achieved it!!!  It felt WONDERFUL!!!  This was in addition to the challenge I received from @slorunnermom on the dailyburn.com to complete 100 miles (running BUT she is gracefully allowing me to count ALL my miles 😉 ) She also challenged me to 100 miles biking!!!  I plan to “ride out” later today!!!  (I’m 16 miles behind her!!!)  I purchased a Garmin Forerunner 405.  I’m still trying to figure it out BUT when I manage to get it to work, it is an awesome training tool!!!  I have developed an accountability group for my diet!!  (Kat, Terri, and Kimmie) We send our logs to each other daily with our exercise included as well!!!  This is a great tool to help keep the bad food choices few and far between!!!  I have ONLY CONSUMED WATER for the month of May!  Another one of Kimmie’s Bright ideas!!!  It was hard at first BUT it’s getting easier!!!  I’m still able to drink my green smoothies in the morning for breakfast!!!  These little ditties give me soooooo much energy!!!  Starts my day off right!!!  Whenever I have a birthday, I evaluate where I am in my life!!!  I’m pretty darn happy with the direction my life is taking!!!  I decided to Add A Little “Spice” to my life in the form of a “Road Race” in January!!  Details a little later BUT for now, just know that I am moving daily, headed to becoming a
“Lean mean fighting machine”  I am also doing 200 crunches a day to get my abs TIGHT!!!  If EVERYTHING goes according to plan, I will get my belly button RE-pierced in Chicago in October when we go to watched @slorunnermom compete in her FIRST MARATHON EVER!!!!!!! (I’m SO EXCITED for her!!!)  So if you see me on twitter/Facebook/Myspace/Dailymile/or DailyBurn, ask me how my abs are coming along!!!  Help Keep me focused!!! 😉  This (the following video is just ONE of my “Ab Inspirations” (Janet Jackson is my number) 

Sooooo…. I was riding to the store yesterday and “talking” to a close friend of mine (that I havent met…YET) We were talking about this weeks successes and not quite successes.  Out of the blue, she asked me “What are you afraid of?  You have ALL the KNOWLEDGE/TOOLS to SUCCEED, so what is your damage?”  After I got over my initial annoyance that she would even have the NERVE to ask me such a thing, I began to look inside so that I could give her MY TRUTH!  It ISNT a fear of success!!  I Pride myself on being a SUCCESSFUL BLACK WOMAN!!  I LOVE to set goals and ACCOMPLISH them!!  It’s not childhood damage!!  I had THE BEST CHILDHOOD EVER!!  I’m NOT an Overeater… More times than not, I skip meals and UNDER EAT!! (I’m doing much better now) 

MY PROBLEM….. My “WHY” for WHY AM I STILL OVERWEIGHT?!?!? 

I Put EVERYONE’S NEEDS Before MY OWN!!!!! 

Carla has been trying to help me with this for a while but I really didn’t think it had anything to do with my weightloss….I WAS WRONG!!!!  I have ALL THE KNOWLEDGE!!!  ALL THE TOOLS!!!  I will set up a PLAN, go to bed, wake up, and Begin to make OTHERS Happy…. My Patients, Friends, Significant other, kids…..By the time I get to ME, I’m EXHAUSTED!!!  I tell myself … its ok, TOMORROW will be ALL ABOUT ME!!  I wake the next day and do THE EXACT SAME THING!!!!   

INSANITY:  DOING THE SAME THING AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT!! 

I’m smarter than this!!!  So, there!!!  I’ve found my WHY!!!  Now its time to CHANGE IT UP!!! 

STARTING TONIGHT…. Dinner AND Workouts completed by 9.  In bed AND lights out by 11!!!  This is just the tip of the ice berg!!  Full details coming soon!!  Please help me keep these goals!!  WE ARE A TEAM!!!  Ok, I’m going to end here…for now… Thanks Kimmie….For being MY MIRROR!!! 

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This Birthday has been the Best Birthday Week Since my Sweet 16 Birthday Bash!!!!!! So many of you contributed to my EXTREMELY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! This cruise that I’m on was a Birthday gift from @QTHouseOfBeauty Thank You for sharing your Space AND your family with me!!!! Its Truly Been MAGICAL!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! Mwahzzzzzzzz……
I can’t end this post without thanking my other Angels that made me feel UBER SPECIAL!!!! The Gifts Of Health and Love deeply touched my Heart!!!!
My Most Sincere Gratitude:
@TeeTee_71
@PhatBff
@FabFattieShan
@dailykat
@jeninRL
@slorunnermom
@whiskyd
@kthenb
@MizFitOnline
@KellyK_C : Who started a birthday count down 2 hours before midnight and Was the FIRST to wish me a Happy Birthday!!! 😉
As well as All The Love Muffins That showed me Amazing Love on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank You From the Bottom Of My Heart!!!!!!!

Ok…last day on my #DisneyCruise *sigh*…. I sing this song EVERY MORNING as I watch the sunrise on my balcony!!!!

Ahhhhhhhhh…… LIFE IS BUT A DREAM!!!!!! XoXo

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Made by ME for ALL of YOU!!! (Siesta Key Beach)

 

Hello My Dearest readers!!!  This is the beginning of My “Birthday Week”!!  I had a WONDERFUL week of SUCCESS last week!!!  I’m looking to TOP IT this week!!!  There are a few goals I plan to accomplish this week!!

GOALS

1.  Cook Dinner Tues, Wed, and Thurs night (as per @kthenb)

2.  Complete week 2 of Push up/situp 6 week challenge (as per @slorunnermom)

3.  Drink 3L of H2O Daily

4.  Do my Reiki exercises Daily (as per @dailykat)

5.  Disconnect one night this week (as per @MizFitonline)

6.  In Bed by 10:30, Lights out at 11

7.  Work out 2x a day (Monday-Friday)

8.  PUT MYSELF FIRST

Okie Dokie!!! There you have it!!!  I WILL have 100% SUCCESS this week…MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!!  Keep an EYE on me…Check in on me and let me know that you’ve got my back!!! BTW….

WHAT ARE “YOUR”GOALS FOR THIS WEEK?!?!?!

What is my reward for my 100% SUCCESSFUL week?!?!? A Disney Cruise Leaving the day after my birthday!!! April 25, 2010…. Look out Mickey!!! HERE WE COME!!!!!!!! 😉

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 FRIDAY APRIL 16,2010

Sitting at home, relaxing after a crazy day at the nursing home, my doorbell rings….I was told to be on the lookout for a package that should arrive by 3!!  As I scoop my 2 dogs up in my arms, I look at the time….3:20PM!!  I begin to smile!!  Sure enough, it’s the fedEx guy!!!  Yipee!!!!  I sign, close the door, and tell @jeninRL (who is on the phone) that I just received my first Birthday gift of the year!!!  Once opening the box, I started with this…..

 

There was the cutest singing card!!! JUST PERFECT!!

To TRULY know me is to know that I am a CHEERFUL GIVER!!  It comes naturally!!  What is hard for me, is Receiving!!  I will go out of my way to avoid the situation!!  THIS is my current life lesson!!  To be a gracious, cheerful receiver!!! Reiki teaches you to open your heart!!  I am LEARNING to OPEN my heart to ALLOW others to show ME love as I so willingly and easily show Love to them!!  When I saw the “Goodies” in this Birthday “Care Package” I was not only speechless, But MOVED TO TEARS!!!!  Not only moved by the abundance of the generosity, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, that it was the gift of REST!!!  PEACEFUL SLEEP!!  Something that eludes me 90% of the time!!!  This was the contents in the Bag:

Lavender Vanilla "SLEEP" Massage Oil, lotion, candles,etc

I tried my best to find the words to Thank Lori for the gift.  As a second gift to me, she simply Blackberry messaged me “No words necessary..ENJOY”    Lori, you are SUCH A GENTLE SPIRIT….So today, in this post, I want to say…..

THANK YOU, My Friend…….

 

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APRIL 14, 2010

12:01 AM…..This AMAZING Day began!!  I had 2 missions for this day! 1.  Be the first to wish my Dear friend Lori happy birthday and 2.  receive my first Reiki attunement.  The first mission was accomplished with perfect timing!!  Staying  up this late has its drawbacks.   I OVERSLEPT for my workout!!  No worries (I thought to myself) I will get in my cardio after work.  I had a hectic day in the Health Center (as always).  I left around 2:30 and headed home to get mentally prepared to receive my Reiki Attunement.  I changed into relaxing attire and called my Dear friend @dailykat . She is my guide/teacher on this journey.   After we spoke, I went to my relaxing spot, set up as she suggested.  I relaxed, grounded myself , and accepted the Reiki Attunement from Kat.  Ahhhhhhhh……The EXPERIENCE was, in a word…FANTABULOUS!!!!!  I felt more ALIVE, more ENERGETIC, More RELAXED than I have in a VERY LONG TIME!!!!!!  I looked on my blackberry in the group and saw that My Dear friend @kthenb had just completed a 5K…FOR FUN!!! I also knew that my “Twin” @teetee_71 was crushing it on the bike at the gym!!  Feeling BRAND NEW and completely and totally INSPIRED, I decided to catch the sunset 5 minutes from my house and walk/jog a 5K!!  I DID IT!!!  It was BEAUTIFUL!!  I took  ALL OF YOU WITH ME!!! 
 
THANK ALL OF YOU FOR LOVING AND SUPPORTING ME!!!!! XOXO

The Beginning of my "Personal" 5K (Wednesday 4/14/10)

and away, I go.... (1 mile across)

Counting my BLESSINGS (this sunset being one of them)

Not a worry , pain, nor fear.....not now....only PEACE....

FINISHED! No medals or crowds,Just ME and This Sunset....

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The Sunrise on my moonlit path

  

(Sunday night Blackberry IM conversation) @slorunnermom :  I’m going to get up at 6AM to get in my run.  Me:  OK, I will get up too!!!  So, the next morning (Monday) I woke up at 5:30 and headed to “The Green Bridge”  to do Day 1 Week 1 of C25K  (yes, for the millionth time 😉 ) 

  

Heading up the bridge with "Baby" By Justin Bieber in my ear

 

  

On the way back with "Daddy's Home" playing on the ipod

 

The birds were chirping!  The palm trees were blowing!  The waves were crashing!  The Dolphins were jumping….It was HEAVENLY!!!!  I am so happy to be back at it!!!  I missed my AM workouts!!! This was an excellent start to my Loooooooong Monday!!!!  Its my 12 hour day giving health care to a rural underserved area in Arcadia, FL.  Approx. 2 hour commute (one way).  After my AM cardio, I was on #gruve Yellow and well on my way to green!!!  I had a delicious green smoothie for breakfast and a Wonderful salad for lunch!!  After my lunch, and before the rush of the PM patients, I took a short stroll across the street in the church parking lot.  It was a Beautifully sunny day with trees to shade my path…. Dare I say, it was a  Marvelous Monday! 

Around 8 PM, I said goodbye to the staff, headed out with my driver, and hit the dark winding road home while listening to @TwoFitChick and a microphone (My favorite part about my Monday ride) (He Carla and Shauna, Deana likes you too!!! 😉 To my surprise, I came home to THIS…… 

Waiting at home for me after a long day.... Ahhhhhh.... 😉

 

I am TRULY BLESSED in SO MANY WAYS!!!!!   Its Time to close my “Angel Eyes” and “Dream A Little Dream” 

Thank You for Taking this journey with me!!  Until next time, I will leave you with this video….. 

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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