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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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying reading all the posts about people excited about the new year. And yes, I have seen my share of resolutions and formation of support groups (weight loss, vision boarding, etc.). Very noble stuff. Personally, I’m not into new year resolutions because most people don’t keep them anyway. I …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
He left me with only a week’s notice and what was most insulting is that I found out through someone else. How could he do this to me? I just sat for a minute to collect my thoughts. It took a long time to find the perfect fit and now I had to start all over. Trying to …View full post
When I say she was sitting there butt naked, I mean just that. When I say “they” were sagging, I mean that too. That moment was confirmation for me. Let me go backwards a bit. This time of year a lot of us are inundated with holiday parties and food. Conversely, there are tons of …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
The trip started as every visit home should with a bonus…Grandma was there! Grandma was so happy to see me. She looked up, smiled that 100 watt smile, and with a twinkle in her eye she said “Ohhh, look at those cheeks” and squeezed them. Picturesque? Sweet? Ok naive one, keep reading… The anticipation of …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
I’ve been lying to friends Kate, Emily, Lynne and I’m sure a few others for about 2 months now. “What’s up with the blog?” I couldn’t believe people actually wait to read these things I post. They started out nicely, trying to encourage me. But I can always count on Kate to give it to …View full post
Yep, you read it correctly. Nothing personal. The Trap You are a go-to person. You get things done. It’s a great feeling when someone prides your work enough that they want you on their team. I mean who really wants to say no to a good thing or project? Especially when it is your boss …View full post
“Once you are crystal clear about the intended end result you seek to produce, all the ways it can become a done deal start to reveal themselves to you “ – Mark Twain I missed a great opportunity last year. After the fact, I rationalized that it was for the best as I …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
Thank you for making it to the last leg of this series! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 make sure you go back to catch up. This post contains the last of the questions that people ask me most, but since they was so much cross-over I decided to make it one big …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
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
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
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
One of the first things I had to do with this acid reflux thing was find out all the things that made it flare up. I knew things like orange juice, tomato sauce, eating too late at night are major culprits. They want you to cut your food off by a certain time (like 3 …View full post
Let me preference this post with a few disclaimers. One, I am not a JoePa fan—I am not that much of a football fan to care that deeply. I’ve just heard of the guy over the years and impressed with his great achievements. But, I am an avid Penn State University (PSU) supporter. I LOVE the …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
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
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 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
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
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 my birthday! It’s my birthday! Last year, my family threw an awesome shindig to rock my 40th. As you see in the pic we did the whole 9 with the wigs, the funky outfits and the 70′s swag. And yes, that’s me in the middle with the permed afro-puff wig. This year, I will …View full post
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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!
I mean, this show is so good I can’t even go on FB on Fridays due to all of the discussion and spoilers ( I DVR; gotta get my beauty sleep).
It’s like a strong movement uniting us as a people– reminiscent of The Cosby Show days.
Black folks love to see black folks on tv, especially when they represent us well.
We are now in a season where blacks are prospering in the theatre and on the tube. Not only are we in the leads, there are diverse casts of people of color to support. It makes us feel good.
We love these shows because they represent strong black women running things. It is a rarity for us to have any dramatic series with an African-American lead, particularly a woman.
We respectfully envy these chic women with their fancy clothes, exceptional cars (Olivia has a driver) and “get it done by any expense” swagger.
The casting and story lines are spectacular (Shonda Rhimes is a beast!). The writers and producers do a superb job writing us and showcasing our many sides, the lives that we lead and the families that support us.They keep us guessing. They keep us on the edge of our seats.
They keep us rooting hard for the side-chicks.
The “side-chick” concept is nothing new.
Countless movies, songs and tv shows have showcased the topic for decades. But to a certain degree in this era, it has become socially acceptable.
We see the anguish these characters go through in the continual cycle of their conscious kicking the men to the curb and their weak flesh taking them back. We can identify with them because with all of their fabulousness (yes, we’re making up words) they still have the same love relationship problems that we do.
We have compassion for them–even though we know they’re dead wrong.
I believe that one of the key things that have allowed us to accept the affairs in these shows is in both cases the wives are fully aware of the affairs and remain silent.
Why? Because the side-chicks have unified and are calling the shots.
On Scandal, the wife (Mellie) actually condones it most of the time because she is in the marriage for her own political aspirations. Olivia keeps Fitz (the president and fake boo) happy which keeps Mellie on the fast-track to the top.
In Being Mary Jane, the wife is not condoning but is so afraid to be a woman alone with two children, she just sits idly by. She never exposes Mary Jane. It’s not clear why, but I would assume that she doesn’t want to put the spotlight on due to her professional career. Secondly, maybe she feels that it would infuriate her husband and that will make him leave.
Both shows have taken a lot of hits in regards to how black women are portrayed. They walk a thin line of showcasing real situations and glorifying the side-chick.
When I watch these shows, I watch from various angles. Of course, the primary reason is pure enjoyment but I like to watch character development, how the character gets in various situations and how they maneuver their way out. Their actions will no more make me want to sleep with someone’s husband than a vigilante movie will make me go on a killing spree after I leave the theatre. Most of us can separate fact from fiction.
I am concerned for the individuals, particularly young ladies, that can’t make this separation and think that this is appropriate behavior. They see it as the “new normal” and don’t see (or sometimes care) how these decisions hurt people in real life.
A recent blog post by Aja Dorsey Jackson “I Was Mary Jane; Why I Settled for Being the Side-Chick” provides some insight on this issue and the long term-effects on the both sides of an affair…in real life.
It’s a show. I WILL be watching over the next few weeks to see how creative Shonda Rhimes will be in hiding Olivia’s baby bump. I want to know how James is going to beat Cyrus, “the Devil.” What devastation is Momma and Poppa Pope cooking up? Will we FINALLY see Harrison get a storyline?
And yes, I will be separating fact from fiction–so no need to hold your man close.
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It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday!
Last year, my family threw an awesome shindig to rock my 40th. As you see in the pic we did the whole 9 with the wigs, the funky outfits and the 70′s swag. And yes, that’s me in the middle with the permed afro-puff wig.
This year, I will do the usual and just wing it for the weekend. But I do have a few small, wishes that can’t come to fruition without YOU.
As you know, I’ve been blogging for a little over two years now. The blog has covered varying topics surrounding determination, goal setting, divorce and of course all of the fights that I have with my plate and my exercise regimen. It has been a complete joy to share my life experiences in my attempt to help folks get through some hurdles and take that next step towards the destiny that God has for them.
What you may not know is that my 2/5/10 year plan involve me eventually becoming a professional blogger, motivational speaker, author and life coach. I love to challenge, motivate, entertain people and my desire is to serve as many people as I can. That’s where YOU come in.
So for my birthday, these are the small and might I add NO COST requests I have of YOU:
1. Subscribe to the blog and automatically receive each post. Over on the top right corner on this page there is a fabulous blue header that reads “Subscribe to Blog via Email.” Please put your email address in there. You will receive a confirmation link in your email. Click and confirm. I promise you will not get slammed with posts as I post no more than once a week.
When a post gets delivered to your email, open it and click on the title of the post. The helps me out by adding you as an official visitor to the blog.
2. Make comments on the posts. No comment is too short–even one word responses. Comments get conversations going and attracts more visitors and activity to the blog. It also lets me know your thoughts and helps with future posts.
3. Post the blog on social media. Help promote Keep It Moving! I almost have 1,000 FB friends and I really know most of you personally.
What would happen If each of you put this post on your wall after reading (there are social media buttons on the bottom of each post) and share the post with a friend? That would be awesome. Make comments on the FB post! Blow up my site! Like me on FB by clicking here.
There are some other technical things that I need to do, but it is a very futile effort without my readers. You know, you wonderful people. These quick and small gestures can help expand my base and bless a lot of folks.
So that’s it. Y’all made me beg like Keith Sweat but that ok. It’s my birthday–help a sista out.
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