Countdown to FREEDOM

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The VERY Best is Yet to Come

Yesterday was a busy day.  The first of many more busy days to come.  The day started at 3:45 am and didn’t end until my head hit the pillow last night at 10:00 pm, only to get up this morning at 4:15 to start all over again.

This is not a complaint, merely an observation.  Sometimes in order to achieve the things you really want a sacrifice has to be made.  In my case, I’m temporarily sacrificing adequate sleep and “alone” time.  I know it won’t always be like this.  I recognize that this schedule is only temporary and the payoff will be phenomenal. 

I think this is precisely why so many people don’t move forward with going after their dreams.  Because they can’t see beyond   the temporary discomfort in order to see the full picture.  I know the temporary discomfort isn’t easy.  I’m grinding real hard right now – and I won’t stop either.  Not until I get “there”. 

A few years ago when I first hired a personal trainer I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  However, after a few short months it became crystal clear.  This guy wasn’t just showing me how to lift weights.  He was showing me how to improve the quality of my life.  As I sat in the gym at 6:00 am I realized that nothing that happened to me for the rest of the day would make me feel as good as I felt at that very moment. 


Once I accepted that simple truth, I asked myself a very important question:  What can I do to make this feeling last?  The answer was clear – pursue a career in fitness.  Not just to help myself but to help other women.  My trainer changed my life and I still don’t think he realizes the impact that he has had on me but I want to have that same impact on other women.  I get very excited when I sign a new client.  In a few short months this will be my livelihood – so, yeah I’m excited when someone signs a contract and writes me a check.  But I literally do a happy dance after a training session because I know that I actually helped someone.  I’m making a difference by giving someone 30-60 minutes of my time.  That is huge.  I’ve worked in Corporate America for 30 years and I cannot say that I ever felt like I made one bit of difference in any individual’s life.
That’s why I’m making this move.  That’s why I’m grinding.  That’s why I’m working non-stop. 

Sometimes you have to go the extra mile in order to fulfill a dream. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Big 5-0!

Let the real living begin!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Birthday Week

Here we are again, another birthday week.  Or is it?  It’s certainly my birthday week but it’s not “just another” birthday week.  This is the week that I celebrate 50 years.


So far I have spent the week doing what I plan to do for the foreseeable future:  work as a full-time personal trainer and health coach.  I have clients scheduled everyday this week, some in the morning and some in the early evening. I’m still fitting my workouts in in the morning and  during breaks, I’m studying, reading and doing other administrative activities to further my business.  Like brainstorming ideas to create a spring boot camp.

It’s extremely exciting and it’s hard to imagine that I'm less than 3 months away from this being my reality.  Actually, it already is my reality – I’m doing it.  Once I go back to work next week, I’ll still have clients scheduled everyday – before and after work.  My prayer has been for God to send me more clients than I know what to do with – and then show me what to do.  That is exactly what’s happening.

In addition to my growing business I’ve also decided to compete again in February. The goal this time is to get a pro card.  I can’t keep investing in competing if I’m not going to reap some kind of monetary reward.  Competing is expensive!  I’m not getting any younger (as stated above) and I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to want to put my body through it.  So this year is the year.  I’ll pick three amateur shows to do – after that, I’m done.  I think.

I managed to acquire a sponsor, Nurtrishop Supplements, which will help with the cost of competing as well as bring in business for Fab Fit & 50.  So there’s that:

I had to step down from my position as Run Coordinator with Black Girls Run! Because I’m picking up more clients and I need that time for appointments. 

Half-marathon training is going well.  None of my long runs have exceeded 10 miles but I’m told that if I can do 10 then I can do 13.   So, I’m not really worried about it.  I’m ready for it to be over though so I can just concentrate on getting on stage in February. 

I have a banquet to go to on Friday  night.  Interesting way to spend my birthday – I get to get all dressed up which is nice – seeing as though I spend most days in workout clothes and Chuck Taylor’s.  I also ordered cupcakes from my favoriteplace for my special day. 

I am so grateful for all that has happened in the last 50 years.  The good and the not-so-good.  I am blessed beyond measure – and the best is yet to come.

Monday, September 29, 2014

4-Week Jumpstart

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