Another Milestone Reached

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Caruthers Dance Dynamic Duo Sisters Smashes the Competition

Congrats to my nieces Madisen and Kya on your big win, D’Eirre for the amazing and creative choreography and for the great job that the entire dance troupe did in competition.

This particular hip hop routine won Double Platinum, 5th Place Overall Routine and selected for the Entertainment Award out of 120 other routines!!! Keep up the excellent work!!!

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Decreasing Pain Naturally

Being one that suffers from chronic pain, I am always looking for that natural remedy that works best for me and fits easily into a busy lifestyle.  I am also, as many of you know, a pharmacist and a dancer by trade.  I can appreciate prescription drugs but at the same time, I know the long term effects on the body and don’t want to trade one illness for another in the future.  I can identify with those in pain due to suffering from scoliosis of the spine, arthritis and old dance injuries.  In my day to day routine, I avoid medications unless I have a very bad flare up of pain which often happens from not getting the proper rest, an increase in stress and deviating from a healthy diet.

In my constant search to find healthy ways to alleviate and eliminate chronic pain, I came across this extremely thorough video of many natural remedy choices.  I hope you will find something that is worth trying that fits your lifestyle and if you don’t, please share it with someone that you know suffers from pain, whether acute or chronic.

If you try one of these and it works for you or someone else, please comment

on it and let me and other subscribers know!

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Be Your Best You

Okay, so Winter is exiting and you notice that you’ve picked up a few pounds. Winter is the time of year, for multiple reasons, that many people put on an average of about 5 additional pounds! I confess that I am guilty.  How much exercise do we need to be healthy?  This will vary depending on your situation and goals.  If you have put on a lil’ weight and have kind of let yourself go, don’t feel so down on yourself.  There is hope!  Just start doing something about it.

 

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As a pharmacist and dance instructor by trade, I can go through all of the medical studies and tell you the obvious about diet and exercise, but instead, I would like to share with you what has worked for me.  Although I am not a fitness expert, nor do I have a super buff body, I know a lot about nutrition, the body and maintaining a healthy weight in a hectic lifestyle.  However, I have to admit that the older I get, the more creative I have to be to maintain a healthy weight.  So, here are my top 5 tips about exercise, fitness and diet.

1. Know Your Goals & Make Them Realistic

Are you trying to maintain or lose weight?  Are you trying to build muscle?

If you are wanting to maintain your weight, go for moderate aerobic exercise about 30 minutes a day, five days out of the week.  You can watch my Taptutor vids…all 10 and have a great moderate workout while having fun!

If you want to lose weight, rev it up with a higher intensity workout and about an hour per day.  I’m working up to those videos!

Of course when it comes to building muscle, literally, no pain– no gain.  It takes a bit more commitment, but start slow with 2.5 pound dumb-bells and leg weights or resistance training, then work your way up to a more intense workout.  The key is to add over a period of time so as to not burn yourself out.  It will become more like YOUR lifestyle instead of forced.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWJGw-cY7MsAUyM0AAd6cA

2. Don’t Deprive Yourself

If you eat a sensible diet that is high in fiber (adults up to age 50 need 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men), you will eliminate regularly and take in the nutrients and vitamins you need, feel fuller and are less likely to crave the things that sabotage us.  Water is most definitely important as well.  Generally 2-3 Liters or more per day for adults and you may need more as you lose fluids with exercise.

Don’t deprive yourself of goodies.  Let’s face it, if I see ice cream on my left and an apple on my right, I am going to most likely want the ice cream every time.  We have to choose wisely depending on the time of day and how we have eaten during the day.  DON’T eat the ice cream at 10 PM because we know it will just go straight to our gut and butt.   I’m just sayin’.  Have half of the typical serving size and if you are still not satisfied, go for the apple.  Works for me almost 100% of the time (Almost).  The times that I do “comfort eating” are getting less and less and when I know I have had a frustrating day, this seems to be a trigger.  I’m learning to keep my guard up and anticipate my need to resort to foods that are either very sweet or salty such as chips.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/eat-this-fiber-chart

3. Have a Workout Buddy and Support System

I have recently started working out with a few fabulous ladies and they have been a great support and keep me encouraged in meeting my goal to be more toned.  It costs me no money, it’s so much more enjoyable than if I were to do the workout alone and I know if I start to get discouraged, I have someone to encourage me and not let me give in so easily.

4. Change your mindset of what you call exercise….be practical

I recently purchased a resistance exercise band and it is so easy to use, affordable, portable and doesn’t take a lot of effort.  You can use it almost anywhere, even on your work break!  Below are some other suggestions that make it easy to incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle.

  •  You can take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk to the store and back instead of driving (or ride your bike instead of driving)
  • Wash your own car instead of going to the car wash.
  • Get a 30 minute, daily house-cleaning routine to your favorite music. Dusting, mopping, sweeping and cleaning the windows can work up a sweat and be a good and unexpected cardio workout.
  • Dance while you cook your favorite meal (make sure you actually finish your cooking….if you are like me, you may get a little carried away with those old line dances)

5. Make these changes for life

Don’t keep the things that sabotage you in your house.  I know…..easier said than done.  When you go to the grocery store, REFUSE to put more than 1 item that has been pre-packaged into your cart.  I usually make my own desserts and my family has become used to not even checking the cabinet for a “snack”.  They know that it is truly a treat to have a manufactured item from the store such as chips, cookies, cakes or other items.  This makes us come out of the habit of eating just to be eating.  When I make dessert, it forces me to think of what I am putting into it and questioning if it is the best thing for our bodies.  Are we just eating out of habit….or are we really hungry?

Also, make it a goal to eat just 100 calories less per day and replace 10-20% of your fat intake with something high in fiber.  It’s not much and it’s a good way to get started as a change to make for life.  You can continue to increase your fiber, decrease the fat calories and decrease your calories as you see what works best for you.

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General References:

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/how-much-exercise-you-really-need

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

http://thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/166836/the_ugly_truth_about_how

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

Disclaimer:  As always, my articles are food for thought…no pun intended.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or exercise changes.

This Mother’s Love

A poem of reflection by Monica Terry “AKA” Taptutor

 

Anxious to witness your first breath, in constant dread of your last

Bleaching out the blood, coffee and red wine stains of your not so stellar past

Will turn entire cities upside down when you’re off the radar

Nearly fulfilling profile of a cyber stalker demanding you “Change that Avatar”

Fearlessly race up to save you at a mountain’s highest pinnacle

Ignoring naysayers, haters, and  fairweather friends with comments so cynical

Message to the ruler of this world, HANDS OFF, can’t have my offspring

Fight to my last heartbeat, breath, and brainwave; every fiber of my being

To make sure you feel THIS MOTHER’S LOVE!

 

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Kings and Queens Accepting the Torch

I couldn’t think of a better way to end the African American History Month other than to post something inspirational that shows the continued spirit of African Americans despite the struggles that we have and are still overcoming from the injustices of discrimination. Just like our ancestors, we will continue to push forward!!!

These children have received the torch and are running with it!

Hope this vid brings you hope for the next generation. Also to have gratitude for those that sacrificed so much for us to have the privileges that we have today. This is evidence that if we live each day with the intent to touch the lives of others, there is a huge positive impact on humanity.

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A Huge Thank You

A great big thank you to all of our supporters who donated and to the parents for your ongoing commitment to help our children to succeed. We finally received the tap and jazz shoes for our Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe!!!!

All of the dance troupe students are excited and learning their new routines for upcoming events. Now with our more professional look, we hope to expand the number of performances we are able to present.

To Make a Donation to Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe

You can donate any time you want and as many times as you want. The dance troupe is in need of more costumes, lighting equipment, hip hop shoes, tumbling mats and a tap board. To donate, you can give in increments of $10 by increasing the number in the box at the bottom left then click the below "Pay with PayPal" button. For example, to give $20, increase the number to 2. We appreciate your support!

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Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe

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Perpetual Holocaust of Africans

Truthfully, I know the responses that Africans, Blacks, African Americans receive when we bring light to our past and present of being terrorized throughout history…..such sayings as, “That was a long time ago”, or “Slavery is over, you must get over it, besides that, no one in this generation dealt the terror or received it”. This is exactly why I felt compelled to write this post.

I choose to remember my African history because after all, we are approaching that short month in which historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. This became a precursor to Black History Month in America which began in
1976, and since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Many ask, “Why do Blacks need a month for their history”. How about this…..our history is rarely taught in the public school system and if it is, there are so many deletions and changes made to it that it would be unrecognizable to our ancestors. Let’s just look at the term “Black History” itself. It doesn’t tell anyone where we are from, it’s just a color. We have been called everything throughout the centuries except for what we truly are, “African”. So I leave you with these thoughts to ponder and if you would choose to educate others, no matter what their heritage that the holocaust of Africans worldwide is in full effect, even till this day. Just know that this is blood spilled on American soil and doesn’t even begin to touch the holocaust that occurred in world history or before the Atlantic Slave Trade, surpassing all death tolls of any nation of people ever reported.

Perpetual Holocaust

East St. Louis Massecre July 1917

Red Summer Massecre (including Elaine, Arkansas) 1919

Black Wall Street Tulsa Murders (Greenwood) May 1921

Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment 1932-1972

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing September 1963

Hurricane Katrina Deaths from little or no government response and displacement of children from families- 2005

Flint, Michigan Deaths and Chronic Illnesses from Water Pollution (2012-present)- most victims predominately African American

Charleston Church Shooting June 17, 2015

Unfortunately, since it’s inception, the United States of America has perpetuated a holocaust and the death toll of my people continually rises, while we hear, “Get over it” .

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Still Wasn’t Enough

A personification poem by Monica Terry

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I remember being awakened on a warm Summer’s Eve to soft strokes at the foot of my Mountain Kilimanjaro and whispers at the banks of my Niger, Nile  and Zambezi Rivers.

The voices and the movements were unfamiliar to me.  This was another people.  Something different about the way they touched me and spoke about me.  I heard them speaking about how they would  pry out of me my precious minerals and jewels.

Who were these?  They did not belong to me.  They were not the ones that had taken care of me for centuries nor had an understanding of what I gave back to them in return.

As time went on, their softness turned to harshness as they touched  me; it went from caressing to groping at my mountains for my precious minerals, platinum, uranium and iron.  They bore so deep, ripping from me the gold and ravaging at my rich soil in search of my rich black oil.  Often I would smell the alcohol on their breath.

I wanted to yell STOP! But instead I tried to violently react with a sudden volcanic eruption that sent the newcomers scattering for safe ground.  But after the ash settled, they still came back.  It still wasn’t enough to make them leave.

I tried to deprive them various times of water with my occasional droughts, for I knew those that took care of me would know what to do. They could survive and adapt unlike the newcomers.  But it still wasn’t enough to make them leave.  Greed will make one madly blind.

They produced mining industries and forcibly took my beautiful diamonds, selling them to the highest bidders and forcing those that took care of me to grope and hack away in filthy conditions at gun point until they dropped dead.  100 million carats, and still…it wasn’t enough for them to leave.

Eventually the ones that took care of me began to disappear.  Many times, I saw them carted off in ships.  The times I dared to watch their fate, I saw them looking at me as if for the last time.  I mourned with them, for now my fate awaited me to be plundered all alone by the rapists with grubby hands.

After such disparity in socio-economic status, the ones that were left began to be indifferent to me.  They had been hardened and turned cold by the criminality of my stolen wealth.  My borders no longer provided them with what they needed…..protection.  They have tried in the past to revive my damaged areas, but the newcomers killed them.

The newcomers even divided me up into pieces and shared me with others that lust for my riches.  Once my rivers flowed freely from north to south and my mountains and valleys could be inhabited with no care or disputes.  There was even blood shed on my soil that I sorrowfully soaked up.  And it still was not enough to make it stop.

But now a new day has come.  I see the seeds of the ones that were kidnapped and taken away from me and they are strong.  They are fiercely growing into seedlings that sprout bigger into hardened trees with resilient bark.  They are saying NO MORE to my rape and my exploitation!  They are saying ENOUGH!

They are being heard all over the world, crying out for me, for them, for the wrongs that have been done to be addressed.  I see hope of my people returning to take care of me as in centuries past, and I will once again be a shelter for them.

I see that I need not be ashamed for being forced upon and defiled, for I was a victim of unthinkable crimes against me and my caretakers.  And finally, I am not alone in saying “ENOUGH”!

Thanks for 2 Years at tapin2life

It’s been a challenging but great journey!  I want to say thank you to my WordPress Family and to my faithful friends who support my blog here at tapin2life.  Working full-time in healthcare, being a part-time dance instructor and taking care of family is truly rewarding and exhausting at the same time but it makes life worth living to see the fruits of my labor.  

Just remember to stay positive and remember that our Father, creator of all things in the Heavens and the Earth is a Waymaker, Healer, Promise Keeper and most of all Faithful!  How much more should we strive to be like this to Him and to each other?  Thanks again and bless someone else with inspiration to push forward today by sharing this!!

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