Saturday, October 29, 2011


On cold days, I typically shy away from doing anything active. Sleeping in or lying in my warm bed is my usual way of spending a Saturday morning. But not today. I actually decided to go for my first Saturday BGR! group run in Central Park.

When I exited the train station, I stood there noticing the light shower of rain coming down. "What on EARTH was I thinking?" was the only thought I could muster.

I crossed the street heading into Central Park and waited for the other runners to arrive.

We joked about how cold it was...(further confirming that I need to step up my winter running gear) and took off into the park for our run. I noticed that despite the chill and the rain, I felt fine. My body warmed and it didn't bother me at all.

3.1 miles later I was headed home. I survived my first cold, rainy run.


BGR! even in the rain....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Behind the Gates: My Best Fave's Wedding

My mom and I traveled to California to celebrate the nuptials of my fave and his beautiful bride. Here are a few photos from the weekend. There's nothing better than LOVE!

Congrats, Fave.

Bridal Party - Photo Courtesy of Callaway Gable

Sunday, October 16, 2011

the misconception

I saw this photo on FB and chuckled immediately. Why? Because I know that this is my truth (for now). I've been running for a couple of months and after chatting it up with a fellow BGR mate during a group run, realized that I've been doing it all wrong.

Friday, October 14, 2011

out of the saddle

I made it to Spin this morning. Woo hoo!
The instructor took us on one helluva work out, and his playlist was incredible. I've added a few songs to my playlist including:

What a great way to start the day. TGIF!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

the domain name

Here's a lil' secret about me - I can be indecisive at times. Add a time constraint, and whoa nelly, it's not a pretty picture.

I contemplated on whether or not I'd purchase a domain name. On one hand, it would be great to have a place where I can house all of my thoughts and activities. But, isn't that what Facebook is for? I managed to email a few domain name ideas out to my inner circle. Even through all of that, I still couldn't decide.

I wanted a blog name that encompasses everything I love: family, friends, travel, food, life and natural hair, but could work well with the title of my blog "The Liberation of Lizzie".
I didn't want to stress the small stuff at all, but by my actions, one sure couldn't tell.

So, this morning I made the decision. I went with my first choice and chose

Don't forget to save it to your favorites!


I overslept.
No spin class.
Maybe Friday.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

the workout

Tonight's workout was amazing. It included:

- The W4D3 from the C25K app for cardio.
- Upper and Lower body strength training
- A Reggaeton dance workout. This definitely 
   appealed to my "inner" dancer.

I pray I make it to my 6:45am spin class in the morning. *fingers crossed*

the group run

I've taken a strong liking to running. As a matter of fact - I might be hooked. I notice that when I run, I am able to clear my head, process the day's events, or just be alone in my own thoughts. When I don't run, I feel sluggish, stressed, and blah.

I ran my first 5k a few months ago, and it was an amazing experience. I trained using the Couch to 5K app. I would like to now work towards a 10K and a half-marathon, but thought about training differently for both. I initally set out to find a group run on meet-up, but after some googling I came across "Black Girls RUN!".

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

the 'do part deux

Earlier I posted about the new hairstyle that I wanted to try. I found the style on youtube, and after watching a tutorial I went to work. Four hours and $15 dollars later, I was finished.

My friend, A and I have been in a protective style hair challenge for the past six months and this has been my 'do of choice. I can typically wear this style for up to two months at a time. My colleague says this should be my hairstyle for the rest of my life. LOL!

I gotta admit I'm truly a fan. :) 

the UPdate: i suck

The last time I posted was 4/2011. Talk about a mess - An extreme lack of follow-through on my part.

How dare I set a goal and not accomplish it? Easy. I just "do" something and not tell anyone. I've always thought that as long as my "lack of follow through" doesn't hinder anyone then I shouldn't feel bad. As long as no one knows my goals - there's no accountability. Well, that's where I'm sadly mistakened. The reality is I am hindering someone - ME! Not having accountabilty hurts who? ME! Funny how we can sell ourselves short sometime, right?

From my earlier posts, you'll see where I had set a goal to lose some weight by the time my Fave's wedding rolled around. (Mmm....the wedding is next week.) I struggled with setting a weekly meal plan (ask me about my "stocked" fridge). I even talked about maintaining this blog. (Remember my last post was dated April '11, right?)  The truth of the matter is I did it...half-assedly. (Is that even a word?)

Yes, I lost some weight and yes, I followed a meal plan when it was convenient. I even managed to draft a number of blog posts, yet, I never published them. SMH.

I can honestly admit that I'm disappointed in my behavior. I came up with a number of excuses. I TALKED BIG, but did little. I truly let myself down. That's SO hard to admit. (Did I mention that I have an issue with vulnerability?)

So in order to BE better - I have to DO better. Simple as that.

No more excuses. Only results from here on out.

(ps - I have intentionally refrained from posting my "I'm gonnas" and have decided to just do it. You will read about it eventually.)

LET'S GO!!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

To two of my favorite Minnesotans....


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

the market

The Union Square Greenmarket is one of the best markets in NYC (so, I've heard). I decided to take a visit after work this afternoon, and see what was in store.

Upon my arrival, I noticed how busy the market was. They had everything from fresh herbs to homemade cheeses to fruits and veggies to flowers.

I was impressed with the array of vendors on hand. After scoping out the place, I decided on fresh organic spicy lettuce (yes, I wondered what it was about also), two apples, two sweet potatoes, two regular potatoes, and a dozen organic eggs. Can't wait to taste my new purchases.