I want to grow up to be like you…

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I want to grow up to be you…

 

I am at the gym every morning at 5:30 am, 5 days a week for as long as I can remember.

This is not a exercise plan or a diet, this is a life style for me.

So when I meet someone who has been at this longer than me, it is really impressive. This week while I came home to New York I met this man at the gym there. (Yes, I even go to the gym on vacation, start hating… its all good)

 

Anyway back to the story, he is 76 but the really amazing part is he didn’t start working out until he was 65. When most people are done, retired, sleeping in, he started and he’s at the gym every morning at 5:30 as well.

 

Wow, 76 and this man which I am still impressed  at, did a hanging windmill.

For those of you who don’t know gym lingo that is that he was hanging from a overhead pull up bar then he lifted his legs straight up then he moved them from side to the other side all while holding on!

 

I am 25 years younger and I cant do that! I stood there with my mouth open, wow that’s what I want to be when I grow up!

 

I want to be that women with 70 written on her calf that blew me away during my triathlon, I want to be my client at 90 waiting to learn how to work the newest cell phone, the latest technology.

I want to jump out of a plane like that grandma did with her daughter and granddaughter when I was doing it.

I want to grow up to be them!

 

I want to always remember that age is just a number, that the only thing stopping you is your own mind, that its never to late to try something new, to learn something new, to change your life.

 

I want to always feel young at heart, to have a skip in my step, a laugh on my lips and a grateful heart that I have yet another day to try again, to learn.

That saying “You can’t teach a old dog new tricks” is bull! That dog doesn’t want to learn, or your just not a good enough teacher.

 

Your only as old as your mind tells you, you are, you are your own biggest enemy, no one else.

 

So today my friends remember, you can do anything, its never to late, your never too old, do it today, change your attitude, change your life.

 

Now if your excuse me I am going to try that windmill move, even if a 76 year old shows me up because one day I will be that 76 year old impressing some other youngster.

 

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“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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The excitement of going back home

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The excitement of going back home.

 

I grew up in upstate New York and as much as I hated it growing up there, I truly appreciate it now.

 

We moved up there from the Bronx, all of our family still lived in the city.

I thought the city was it, the place to be yet somehow my parents stuck us in butt fuck Egypt. With all the trees and streams and red necks, what were they thinking?

 

The one saving grace was that my mom who was always a city girl was home sick a lot, so every weekend as all the city people drove upstate, we were heading back into the city.

It gave me more of a love for the fast life, the lights, the city life that I desperately wanted to be part of.

 

I hated this small town, were everyone knew your business and each other.

I wanted more and as soon as I could, I jumped at the chance to move to Florida, at least they had Miami a real city, they had warm weather, anything had to be better than this small crappie place.

 

See things look so different when your young, you don’t see the big picture. I didnt realize that I would miss the mountains, the rivers, the fields. I didn’t realize people actually knew your name and cared about you because you were neighbors. All the things I thought hated when I moved 1500 miles away, somehow I missed.

 

I missed my friendships from childhood, I missed hiking in the mountains, I  missed calling a neighbor for a hand, I missed all I  thought I hated.

 

The more and more I came home, the more I realized how much I loved this place.

 

When I plan a trip home now, I am so excited to be here, I can’t wait to see all the trees, the mountains, the neighbors, the life of small town living.

My dream is to be a snow bird, yes like all the old people summers upstate and winters in sunny Florida, the best of both worlds, truly.

I am working on that dream as we speak…put it out there…nothing is impossible if you believe!

 

So today my friends don’t always assume the grass is greener on the other side, sometimes it just looks greener but its just painted on..home will always be where the heart is.

 

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Why are you always asking for things

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Why are you always asking for things?

 

Yesterday my Bishop had a great sermon and even though I wasn’t there, I streamed it from the beach.

Thank God for modern technology, it’s amazing!

 

It was funny,  he was talking about why we are always asking God for things, I laughed because here I was at the beach but I was giving thanks, not asking for anything just giving thanks for all the blessings in my life.

 

I was grateful for waking up, for my health and my girls health, for being able to be there at the beach, to see his all of his glory in the sky, the water, the sand, to be able to walk in the water, see the clouds and hear the birds.

 

All of these things I am grateful for and there is not a day I don’t give thanks for all of this I have.

 

Yes, we all ask God for things, me included but some people do so without giving thanks, really would you put up with a friend who did that to you? If they always were asking you for things and you gave, again and again but they never said thank you.

 

After a while you’d say “Oh forget this, they are not grateful, they only come to me with their hand out, never with a word of thanks. Were done!”

Come on you know it’s  true, thats exactly how it would be.

 

So why is it okay with God? Why do we think we can ask and ask of him and give nothing back or even be grateful.

Why is it so many people never speak to him, hardly believe in him but here comes a tragedy, here comes hard times and who’s name is first on their tongues, yup “Dear God help me” yet we don’t ask him for help in our everyday lives, we don’t appreciate what he has already done in our lives.

 

I am so grateful, it sometimes makes me cry…I can’t give enough praise for all he’s done in my life. There are not enough words to say thank you…

I know where I’ve come from, I know what hell looks like, I’ve hit rock bottom on more than one occasion, I know what it feels like to be lost, to be alone and hurting, to hate your life, to hate waking up every morning. That is why I have such graduite for all he’s done, I know where he’s brought me from.

 

So today my friends remember to stop, to take a moment not to ask for anything but to give thanks for all you have…two little words mean the world…thank you…

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

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Never stop learning

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Never stop learning

 

The other day I had a new client, him and his wife wanted me to help them with their electronics.

 

Yes, not only am I a Professional Organizer but I also do Personal Assistant work and help people with setting up electronics and teaching them how to use them.

(Hello if you know me, you know I am like a Jamaican…I got 3 jobs Mon…. it’s the single mom syndrome)

 

 

They were a sweet old couple but when I found out how old they were I was floored, she was 85 and he was 90! And they were interested in learning todays technology, how great is that?

 

He got a fancy cell phone because he sometimes forgets how to get home in the dark (The fact that he’s still driving at 90 and at night, is a whole another story!) and he wanted to learn how to use the GPS on it.

 

We talked about life as I was teaching him.They had been married 60 years…today people can’t be married for 60 seconds never mind 60 years! He started out a hairdresser then some how fell into marketing and owned a successful company until he retired 20 years ago.

 

He told me he always is trying new things, that if your not learning, your dying… a great motto I must say!

 

We had to go over it a few times and I even wrote it all down step by step so in case he did forget he would have instructions to walk him through.

 

I was truly amazed at his life story, at the fact he was so alive and wanted to learn and grow, even at 90!

He told me they had couples over, they went out, he went to the gym every day, they tried new things, they didn’t act or feel old and that was their secret to not growing “old”

 

Its amazing in this country, how we neglect the elderly, but we forget how much they seen, how much knowledge they have to offer, how much we can learn from them.

 

At the end of our time, I felt like I should be paying him and not the other way around as he taught me so much about life. He is my new hero!

 

I hope one day to grow up to be like him, to still want to learn and change, to be open to change and to keep my mind open to all new things.

 

So today my friends remember you are never to old to learn, never think you know it all, you can always learn more, you can always change and grow.

By the way our next lesson is going to be on social media…how great is that?

 

 

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Your packing for how long?

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Your packing for how long?

 

The other morning at church my pastor was telling a story about how his wife and him were going away and how it was only for 4 days yet she had packed the whole house, he said it looked like she was moving out, not just going away for a long weekend

 

When she got there and started looking for something, she was mad because she forgot something, he laughed and said “How? You packed your whole closet”

 

All the men in church were laughing too because they’ve been through this. When he asked us why we had to take so much, we all laughed because thats what women do, we cant make up our minds so we take it all.

 

I laughed because I am packing for my up coming trip (Yes, I pack this far in advance because I will pack, then take stuff out and repack, put more in, realize it weighs too much then take more out…its a vicious cycle)

 

As women we all can relate, well most of us, there are a few exceptions, like my best friend. We went on a 5 day cruise once, she walked in with this duffle bag, like the size I usually carry to the gym every day.

 

I said “Is the rest of your stuff in the car?” She looked at me like I had three heads “This is all I got” I looked down at my humongous suitcase plus my carry on and my pocketbook and said “Oh hell no, your not embarrassing me, you need a bigger suitcase!”

 

Hello! I had 10 pairs of shoes alone! I had day outfits, afternoon outfits, night outfits, beach outfits.

 

I had shoes to match all outfits. What if I wasn’t feeling that outfit, what if I was bloated, what if I thought I liked the outfit when I bought it but not so much when I got there…there are so many what if’s.

 

Your all laughing if your like me because you feel my pain. Its too hard of a decision, so bring it all, decided on the fly while your there.That’s my motto, better to have too many options then too less.

 

I am not a shopper on vacation, why waste precious time on shopping when I can be doing fun things. I don’t like to shop with anyone, I am in and out, when I am done in a store I’m out of there, next one. I am not waiting on someone else. So no, I cant just buy something else while I’m on vacation, it better be packed already.

 

It was the worst when I got to go to Europe with my best friend 2 years ago. He is a flight attendant, he is use to carry on’s and he said ” You have to just take a carry on for 10 days in Europe”

My response, after I stopped laughing was “Have you lost your frigging mind?”

 

“No girl, you come as my companion but you can’t check bags thats the way it is, besides I do it all the time” Hello! 1st of all your a flight attendant, your use to that. 2nd your a man, you don’t need 10 pairs of shoes!!

 

Well if I wanted to go those were the rules and I was going even if it killed me!

I packed and repacked about 100 times, I am so not lying when I say that. I ended up getting 7 pairs of shoes and enough clothes for 10 days (Well not really enough, but the bear minimum)

 

Not thinking that Hello! you will be buying stuff there to take home and where on God’s green earth were you going to put them? There was not enough room for a cockaroach to sneak in for goodness sake!

 

Well I had to check a bag on the way home, with 4 more pairs of shoes, a living room rug and lots of goodies for my girls! Get over it girlfriend! This was a once in a lifetime trip, I was good getting there, that should count for something.

 

So today my friends I will still be struggling with my suitcase yet again because I am a women and you never know…so to the many men out there, don’t try to understand, don’t ask why do we have to bring so much, just smile and say no problem….

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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You need to be happy with yourself

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You need to be happy with yourself

 

It’s amazing that so many people think outside things will make you happy or make you complete.

 

If I had more money…if I had a better job, if I had a bigger house, if I lose weight, if I find the love of my life. That’s a big one for so many people.

 

Yes, most of us romantics desperately want someone to say the line from that movie “You complete me” like that will make all of your other problems go away.

 

No, unfortunately I hate to be the one to bust your bubble, but it’s not. No one is going to complete you, no one will make you happy unless your truly happy with yourself. You need to already be complete before you get into a relationship.

 

See the problem today is everyone wants a quick fix, no one wants to put in the work, no one wants to unpack, to see what was their issues of the last relationship and be willing to fix them before moving on the next one.

 

No, they grab their luggage full of crap and run right into the next one, same issues, new person. And then so many of them say “It’s them not me” when they are going from one to the next, to the next.

 

I talk a lot about my previous marriage and how it was verbally abusing, but even though it was all of that, I still had to unpack, I still had to own what I did and believe me I was no Angel.

 

Yes, I had to own I lied, I checked out the last 5 years, I had an emotional affair, I didn’t want to work on it anymore, I was done for years yet I didn’t have enough balls to leave.

 

I like the fancy lifestyle and was even willing to sacrifice my happiness to keep it. Yes, I had my issues but I knew I had to learn to be happy on my own, I had to admit my faults, I had to learn to fix them before I could move on.

I had to learn to forgive him…(Oh big one there!)

And let go before I could find happiness.

 

For 2 years I didn’t date anyone because I was fixing me. And even still, when I decided to try again I picked Mr. Con Artist ha!

 

Back to the drawing board, to learn about listening to my inner voice and to know my worth. Another year without dating made me learn to love myself, made me stronger, made me complete with me.

 

I was happy being by myself. I made a life, I had my family and friends, I did things, learned new things, stepped out of my box more times than I could  count to experience new things.

 

I knew my self worth, I knew what I wanted and what was a definite deal breaker for me. I knew money didn’t make you happy, your job, your family,  your man or women, I knew how to be filled with peace and happiness on my own, by myself.

 

It is only when you get to this point that your ready to meet someone else. Ahhh…here’s the next problem now you need to find someone who also did the work on themselves, who are whole otherwise they will suck the happiness right out of you, as they feel you need to make them happy.

 

If your a giver like me, you’ll do it because you want to please them…that is a slippery slope because sooner or later you will be giving your all and lose yourself, just like what happened in my marriage.

 

So today my friends remember, you must be complete, you must be whole, you must do the work to get there, it is only then, you will be truly happy with yourself.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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I no longer stress

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I no longer stress

 

With all that is going on in the world today, people losing their minds, killing people, hatred, and the all out disrespect of each other and others feelings, you would think I, like most of the world would be stressed out.

 

Times are tougher, especially when your a single mom of two girls. Being a business owner that brings in the money and the business, means even more stress.

Trying to maintain a long distance relationship, working three jobs, writing and promoting a daily blog and taking care of a home all by myself, would be enough to pull your hair out and keep you awake at night.

 

At one point I remember it did, I was sick, couldn’t sleep, lost my hair, couldn’t eat, lost weight (okay maybe that one wasn’t so bad) I was a mess! I was stressing over ever “what if”

 

Even making up shit to stress over because what the real shit wasn’t big enough?

 

Who knows but we all do it, we don’t have the house yet but are already thinking what if I can’t pay? What if they throw me in the street? Where will we live? Hello! You don’t even own a house yet your making shit up about shit that may or may not even happen, why do we do this?

 

Yes, this was me until I realized that I had to change, I was literally making myself physical sick. Wow, imagine your mind can do that? You can become sick over your own thoughts. Pretty amazing, powerful tool your mind is huh?

 

I decided to change my thoughts, what if I stop worrying about everything? What if I gave it to God and let it go? What if I went to bed thinking of the amazing things I wanted my life to be instead of worrying about the bills or all the “what if’s”

 

What if I had faith that everything would be alright, that no matter what happens, I would still be grateful. I would still give praise, I will still hold on to this mind change?

 

See I already learned that worrying about things don’t change the outcome.

Come on, be real when did you ever worry about something and then it didn’t happen or your worrying changed the outcome?

 

No, neither one of these things ever happen, believe me I tried.

 

From the day I changed my thoughts, was the day my life changed forever. I live in a peaceful place, does it hurt my heart all that’s going on in this world? Absolutely but I can’t worry about it, can I do my part, yes, I can show more love? Yes, I can even write about it, but worry? No, I can’t.

 

People say “You fly all the time aren’t you worried about terrorist?”

No, I can cross the street and get hit by a bus, does that mean I should never cross the street or worry about it every time I do?

No, that’s just crazy, yet we do it all the time.

 

Our minds are like a computer what ever you upload stays in there, it gets imprinted in there, if you believe nothing good ever happens to you, that you can’t do this or that…guess what? You’ll never be able to do it but if you say I can do anything, I refuse to quit, you can and will do anything, it’s all up to you (sound familiar?)

 

So today my friends, the question is, why program your mind to worry? Program it for peace, for joy, no matter what is going on around you, program it for tolerance, for love…

 

Let it all go, the bills, the problems, the haters, it will still be here long after we are dead and gone, why waste the precious time we have here on all of that. Let it go and repeat after me

“I no longer stress…I no longer stress”

 

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“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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Cant we all just love one another

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Can’t we all just love one another?

 

I thought that when I wrote about the mass murders in Orlando and people came together that maybe, just maybe the world might be changing.

 

But this last week with the 2 black men being killed by police officers and then the police officers being killed in retaliation a few days later, it seems like the world is just going crazy.

 

I wrote how it seems like we take 3 steps forward,

5 steps back and it seems I have to talk about love yet again.

 

Why is it so hard to love one another? Okay your different, okay you believe in different religions, okay your skin color is different so frigging what! Get over it!!!

We are all the same on the inside, we bleed the same color, we grieve the same, experience happiness the same, we are the same, when will we get this?

 

I don’t have any words that can be better, so I will quote 2 of the greatest men of our time and their words of peace that they spoke almost 50 years ago and that still stands true for today. If we will only listen…

 

Robert Kennedy said:

 

“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

 

Martin Luther King Jr said:

 

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

 

These were 2 great men, men, who wanted us to live in peace, wanted us to love one another, despite of our differences. Great men who were killed because of their beliefs, did we not learn anything from their words?

Has their fight been in vain?

Have we, as a country not grown in 50 years?

 

If that is the case, that is sad news, we all need to look inside and reevaluate our lives, our beliefs and yes, us as a human race because we are doing a pretty crappie job here.

 

So today my friends, remember the words of these great men, let us all be free at last, to believe in what we believe, to see past the color of our skin, our sexual preference, our religious beliefs, we need to change and we need to do it fast, we need to just love one another…simple as that..

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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What is going on in this world ?

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What is going on in this world?

 

I sometimes think that there have been so many changes in the world in the last century that have been wonderful and yet somehow we take 3 steps forward and 5 steps back..

 

We have no more segregation, women are free to vote and have the so over their bodies, we had a black president and maybe even a women one next, things our grandparents never would have believed years ago could ever happen.

 

Yet as far as we’ve come we still have hate, we still have fear for differences, we are still stuck in another time.

 

These last few years with all the killings just drives the point home even more. Killing others because of their lifestyle, because of their religion, because you don’t believe what I believe and now more and more because of what color you are.

 

We are walking a fine line here, black men are afraid for their lives once again, police officers are afraid for their lives as well. It is scary for everyone involved and it is tearing this country apart once again.

 

My grandma use to say “There is two sides to the story and then the truth” And that has never been more true than today. We have the police officers doing their jobs, it is a hard and scary job as I well know because I have a lot of officers as family and friends. You are doing your job and each and every day, you don’t know if it will be your last, how many of us have that kind of pressure at work, that you go to work and don’t know if you’ll ever see your loved ones again, your children grow up, that a routine stop could end your life.

There is all kinds of new drugs that make people crazy and have super human strength. There are gangs ready to shoot in a second, more domestic violence, more bi polar and mentally ill people. More people who just have no respect for the law and don’t care if they go to jail again.

I can’t imagine doing that job or loving someone who does it, it’s a thankless job, that shows you the dark side of the world every day.

Are the police officers afraid hello, you wouldn’t be human if you weren’t, so are they quick to pull their weapons, absolutely, do some cops think they are above the law? Oh hell yeah, and they use that power.

 

Being black in this country is getting harder and harder not easier like it should be. I have many black friends who are afraid to get stopped by police, who have been stopped for racial profiling that are law obeying citizens, that are hard workers, have families, never been in trouble, go to church yet been treated like a convict just because of the color of their skin.

 

When the same officer would treat me with respect, they give none to them because of their race.

 

 

The countdown to get in shape

Thursday Treadmill Treats

 

The count down to get in shape

 

If you read my blog, you know I write this blog every day on the treadmill.

Yes, 5 days a week I am up at 5 am and at the gym by 5:30 am. I have been working out since I was 16, one of the few girls, back in the day, in the gym in high school.

 

Working out is like breathing to me, like brushing my teeth, it’s something I just do every day and when I don’t do it, I feel nasty, just like if you didn’t brush your teeth for a day.

 

But I am human and I am Italian so that means I like to eat and getting older doesn’t help. So sometimes I am not in the optimal weight or shape, I like to be in. Oh what the hell, I’ll eat that antipasto, what’s one cookie, sure I’ll have another drink…and before you know it, it somehow lands on your ass and you wake up and think how did this happen?

 

Yes, we are all the same and yes, your laughing because you know it’s true.

So, for me, I love a challenge, something to motivate me and nothing does that better than a trip home.

 

Yes, going home lites that fire under my ass and when it’s going home to meet your boo’s 80 closest family and friends, nothing says pressure more.

 

But I am always up for a challenge and this is no different, so for the last month I have turning it up at the gym, I’ve watched what I ate, (Okay, fourth of July was a cheat weekend, hey didn’t you read, I am human)

I started doing 75 push-ups a day, stomach 4 days a week, extra cardio at night, bike riding every weekend, yes, I have been amping it up.

 

But now it’s down to the last 20 days and the countdown has really become real… oh lord, there is not a part of my body that doesn’t hurt but I will continue to do what it takes and then to maintain it till October for a family wedding.

 

Look, I think we all need motivation, we all need something or someone to look up to, a goal, a dream,  that you need to keep going.

 

I have a friend who shall remain nameless, Scott…you know who you are! Who graduated with me, he is in unbelievable shape, stomach muscles and all. I see him on Facebook and I want to be like him, I want to push myself beyond my limits, beyond my comfort zone.

He motivates me, he is there to show me and others you can do it at any age.

 

I know he does what he does to motivate people, just like I do what I do, I want people to say if she did it I can do it, maybe I won’t give up, nothing at any age, is impossible if you try!

Yes, we all need someone like that in our lives to give us that push and to let us know, it’s hard but don’t quit, it will be okay.

 

So today my friends, remember nothing is impossible. Is it easy to get up at 5 am oh Hell no, but I do it.

Does it suck eating healthy all the time, really is that a real question? Yes, I am Italian and love food!

 

Does it suck that my body hurts in places I didn’t know I had? Nothing like your age showing you how old you really are.

But nothing feels as good as accomplishing a goal, crossing that finish line, knowing you did it, you didn’t quit, you set out and you did it.

So until I get there I will keep going, keep pushing, keep trying my best because it’s all about not quitting and for me it’s the countdown to getting into shape.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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