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I am scheduled to run the Dallas full marathon in December. I know I’m not ready. My training cycle has been plagued with fatigue.
And dietary changes to rewire my body to burn fat for fuel versus sugar✔️
Needless to say: I am at a crossroads and the real issue is – how bad do I want it?
When I was young… I used to run along country roads lined with wheat stalks and corn. My mother would always asked me, “Why?”
Out of 7 kids I was the only one who ran.
Running was and is my life’s metaphor.
You want to finish?
You wanna succeed?
But what if I fail?
We all do!
Anything worth having requires stamina.
Running makes you wanna quit – so do haters.
Running pushes your limits – so does purpose.
Running makes you tired – so does doing the extra stuff (no one wants to do) to learn your craft .
Running hurts – so does mistakes.
You can find your way back!
Running makes makes me stronger.
Running makes me happy.
Running keeps me mindful I need God.
This 👏🏾Is 👏🏽Why👏🏽 I👏🏽 Run👏🏽
I will get my coveted 3:53:59.
But it won’t come from wishing. It won’t come from being unrealistic. I must train. And train hard. Soooooooo what this training cycle stunk!! Life is a marathon – not a sprint. Adapt. Pick up the pieces. Try again!
Proverbs 16:9 King James Version
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”
Delays are not denials. Use this season to find your way back. That alternate route you’re on is teaching you so much more. Just don’t quit.
I am forever tinkering with my diet. I LIKE TO EAT 😁
But I need to streamline.
Not solely calories… but sugar, processed foods, wheat and meal prep time.
To those wanting to pitch me their product: DON’T.
I’ve done and still do it all.
✔ protein shakes
✔ pre-prepared meals
✔ meal replacement bars
They’re all good and remain in my arsenal. But let’s face it – you get bored!
My palate wants something that actually TASTES good and is good for you! For heavens sake, healthy eating is a lifetime journey.
Plus I am notoriously lazy.
I hate to cook. I jam pack my schedule. I demand plant based, organic, gluten and GMO free options… and I’m on a budget. Who’s not? This kind of meal prep service is typically expensive – BUT NOT ANY LONGER!! Wanna know how I know?
Because I found it 👇👇👇
On Instagram of all places!!
It’s called Splendid Spoon. A mail delivery food service that ships breakfast 5 days… lunch 5 days and a 1 day Soup Cleanse with a rotating menu. No cooking required.
My life has changed!
I can’t wait to share my journey. I have returned to training. I supplement much better with vitamins (I’ll share that journey soon). I’m back in school pursuing my MBA. Working as a full time journalist, dutiful mom and wife.
Folks, I am putting it all out there. If this doesn’t work for me, it likely won’t work for you either!!
I need to drop 20 lbs. I need a finishing marathon time of 3:59:59 and I need to ACE my accounting class 😆😆 while maintaining tip top energy and mental focus for everything else.
Who’s in? Join me! Here’s my ambassador code. Use it: ShonSpoon20
And stick around!!
I am gonna WALK you thru my next spoon delivery. Provide taste tests. Include my peeps updates that join me!! And I’m bringing back my behind closed doors ALL-OUT-PRAYER-SESSIONS to help us reach our goals.
Some things you can’t get without prayer. It’s a new year on the Hebrew calendar. Which means it’s a new year for me. (That sermon will come later too 😁)
So let’s fuel up properly to run this race! Click the link. Use my ambassador code and follow the motto 👇👇👇
When the chips are down…. and all seems lost…. I am no different than anyone else: I’ve second-guessed! Is this hopeless??
A CAT scan convinced my allergist I might need surgery. What followed next was an ENT doctor… who assured me, I did not need surgery – but said my inability to breathe without prescriptions might be a lifelong problem during allergy season. Unfortunately, that “so called” allergy season extended to 12 months… and my life was simply becoming miserable.
Like many, I did what others do when a health crisis emerges: I googled.
I decided I wanted to take a holistic approach. Allergy shots every other day broke me out in hives. Prednisone (a steroid tablet) offered much needed relief, but long term use is not encouraged. Cortisone shots offered much needed relief, but again not a long term option. In fact, after 5 trips to the emergency room – the shots stopped working. The nasal steroids stopped working and I developed an upper respiratory infection that made breathing through my mouth and my nose impossible. At that point, I broke down and prayed. I was scared. Not breathing means not living.
That season…. as difficult as it was – became my tipping point. The breakthrough I had been praying for. Funny, once looking back, I realize the pain wasn’t the journey… but the paradigm shift of my daily routine. No more cold cereal. No more cheese. No more milk. (Inflammatory foods for me that I just simply could not kick) New thinking. New capacity. New opportunity. Yes… I was looking for my second act – what am I going to do with my life??? I never knew – it would come in the form of IT WORKS GLOBAL.
But a 28 year old teacher convinced me to take the chance… and shoved packets of greens in my hand. Her words, “don’t knock it till you try it”. My goal was just to increase my water and vegetable consumption by %100. What I got instead was my answered prayer!!! In 2 weeks, I stopped taking allergy shots. By week 4 – I was off all prescriptions. In the 5 months I have been drinking greens – I have not had 1 bout of allergies. I can breathe through both sides of my nose and no ear infections. I haven’t had a round of antibiotics – which had become a monthly ritual.
So the million dollar question: Is greens on the go berry the cure? I am not a doctor. I am just simply a testimony…. and mine is: I AM ALLERGY FREE.
I drink berry greens – 2 times a day – Breakfast and lunch to detox and alkalize. 11 servings of fruits and vegetables (ALL GMO FREE) with 38 superfoods gave me my life back. I no longer take medications… and now I sell them.
My friends and former colleagues all chuckle, “You sell what”??? I laugh back, “Greens. Why not?” 😊
My 28 year old upline – just retired from teaching: selling greens. We are the solution to an emerging health crisis. A trillion dollar industry. Somebody is going to be the solution – why not me?
God is really funny. He knocked out 2 birds with one heckava stoney health crisis.
I now have my health and my purpose… and that my friends, is true wealth.
It’s not fair that you let Noah get away with this or that! Why is Olivia always in charge? How come EmilyGrace is having another snack when you told me I couldn’t have any more. The comparison is escalating in my household even with the two year old. And so it begins. That green grass on the other side.
I am pretty comfortable in my own skin but human enough to fight the urge to resist the trap-comparison trap. Deny it all you want but it happens to the best of us.😱
There are two sides to the trap. One side is when you are the “worse off” in the comparison. This usually leaves the woe is me attitude! “Why do they have so much time to have fun?” “I wish My kids will do that.” How come she gets to……
We are just days away from the biggest holiday shopping event 🎄of the year 🎀and I decided why not share my favorite things? 🎁
Thanksgiving, for some retailers will mark the start of Black Friday… but family time is sacred… so the party ain’t and on and poppin’ for me until Midnight, November 27, 2015. 😜
So let’s get started!
MY ABSOLUTE 💞 FAVORITE 💞 thing is the least expensive and most effective for dropping those el-bee’s! 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your coffee… 1st thing in the morning… kills sugar cravings and curbs appetite. I dare you to try it, starting today! Then on Thanksgiving Day, post your plate selfie on my twitter feed @ShonGables.
Bet they’ll be leftovers this year! 😆 And while everyone else is making New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight… you’re already dropping. Secret here… you must do this everyday. Skip a day, appetite goes into 🐲 beast mode 🐲. 😨
My favorite: Excelr8 Running Club!
I am an advocate of shopping small business. It has its advantages: keeps dollars circulating in your local community, provides job opportunities for local residents, customer service is generally better plus it encourages entrepreneurship – which is truly the key to generating wealth versus just paying off your car note.
You get all of that in this running club plus joining literally changed the way I viewed running. Make it fun! Get accountability partners! And train! But runs are free… training will cost you. Thankfully the owner trains virtually.
I’m a foodie… and anything that makes something taste fattening with a healthy substitute gets all the 💓💓 love 💓💓. I swear it transforms boring zucchini into spaghetti pasta and no one can tell the difference!! So instead of a 700 calorie serving of wheat noodles… I get a whopping plate of seconds and still 75 percent less calories. It is quite frankly a miracle… I got mine at Williams-Sonoma for 39 bucks! On sale at Amazon though.💲💰💸
Now my last pick… hits close to home. If you’ve been following my blog… you already know my #90Day #Hair Challenge is 💥 EPIC!! 💫
It is growing my hair FAST 💨 Thicker 👍 and LONGER 💇. Don’t believe me… keep following this blog. The diehards are already on it (you can catch up later). 😜 I’ll be posting our journey!!
But if you want in…
SHONS BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!- Starts at midnight, Friday the 27th of November! I am selling hair, skin and nails plus some other goodies at my wholesale price. But ya gotta be in it to get it. Plus I’m giving away a few surprises.
To all my friends with silky straight or curly hair… you know the kind that doesn’t frizz up the moment you’re around moisture…
I used to think you were so lucky. Well, sometimes I still do. You get to work out.. wash your hair… and go. No one ever asking… “Did you just come out of a wind tunnel”?
You know… like the one I just survived after running 15 miles.
It took my knowledgeable hairdresser about 45 minutes to press the”Lion King” straight. This look, I can tell you… is not my hubby’s favorite.
Nor this one…
after I decided to braid my hair into a protective style. Ohhh, I was so excited! The stylist swore… “I know how to do crochet braids. Pick up 8 bags of marley hair extensions”. Every bit of it went in my head. I went home and my hubby cracked up laughing. I took it out in less than 15 mins.
Yeah, I’m a little sensitive.
But perhaps now you’ll understand why so many women of color put hair over health. Many of us won’t work out, won’t swim… or for me, jump in muddle puddles outside in the rain with my precious 5 year old – because “my hair would frizz out”.
This insane cycle went on for years… while I prayed, “God when will someone create a product to give me wash and go hair”?
Mmmm… I’m still waiting. Is my hair just misunderstood by mainstream manufacturers or its more profitable to keep me in the stone ages of “creamy crack” relaxers. It is way more profitable to kill off follicles and then create products that will fix it.
I stayed in this cycle for years! Part of my motivation was to keep that slick image of my job as a news anchor. It does look polished on TV. But while my hair was on and poppin’ – my butt was expanding and I was wearing 2 sets of spanx everyday to “LOOK” slim. To keep that look I rarely worked out… as I chanted to myself… “My hair honey – I aint messing it up”.
Uggh… pure stupidity. Health over hair. We all do it.
But then I got fired. I forgive you dear TV Station. 💞 It definitely wasn’t for my work performance.
But the hiccup gave birth to new found freedom.
Starting with not caring what people thought of my hair.
#BigHair #DontCare took on a whole new mantra.
I’ll go in public with a doorag – and DON’T CARE.
If I want extentions… I go epic.. like Beyonce, get out my way!
I even got braids. Honestly, my least favorite. Felt like a an extra five pounds on my head.
I also rediscovered my passion. I love to run. I love to blog. And I love genuine friendships… not based on “Hey, are you anchoring that network show you so desperately want?” Nope… not yet. (:
So the #90Day #HairChallenge is more than just about taking vitamins (which I promote)… its also challenging women to embrace their “GOOD HAIR”. Stop letting others define what your hair is. Kinky, straight, curly, thin, thick – if you have it – It’s Good!
My dear friend Andrea is one of the first to jump on board. She removed her braids… is allowing her hair to breath… and she is ready to grow this wicked mane…
into a bad @*# fro. Who cares that the wind can’t blow through it. Maybe God created it to block it – so you don’t get a speck thrown into your eye.
She also wants it healthy so she can straighten it… and get her vogue on. This is the kinda “Good Hair” that is multi-dimensional, textured and the envy of women who want healthy, strong, beautiful hair, not based on a number 4 bundle of yaki.
So join the revolution! For 90 days… take the challenge! Let’s grow it out together. Yeah, I’m promoting hair skin nourishing complex…
but if they don’t work, cancel the order. All I know it’s working for me… and I am sharing the good news. Just in case you wanna get outta that weave or wig… and wear ya own!
Today I decided to test a new eye cream. I wasn’t convinced it would work… but I kid you not – this stuff is botox in a package!!
This here is the marketers claim.
It’s called WOW (Wipe. Out. Wrinkles) and claims to erase fine lines and wrinkles in 90 seconds. Surprisingly, they may BE RIGHT!!!
Watch the video below. I promise you, this stuff has the potential to be straight up “eye crack”! I tried it!!
“Wipe out wrinkles in 90 secs” on YouTube
A friend of mine slipped the tiny gray package into my hand, a week ago. I sat on it. Had no idea what I was holding until my husband agreed to be my 1st test subject. So with my 5 year old hyped to test her “Barbie Spa Skills” – we started our experiment.
Max.. it took 3 minutes.
First your moisturize your eyes. Then you fold the package back and forth a few seconds. Lastly, you take a very small amount of the pink colored gel and in upward motion, wipe on the area you want to treat.
You gotta try this… in 90 seconds… before your own eyes… you can watch those wrinkles draw up and disappear.
My hubby was so impressed… we then applied it to the fine lines on his forehead. BOOM… 90 seconds they were gone. He now looks like the young whipper snapper that swept me off my feet. Let me go buy a tub of it. 😜
Friends, don’t get caught looking like a chitlin for Thanksgiving. Buy yours now. The link is below! You can thank me later. (: