The Ethiopian Experience: Trekking the Highlands of Lalibela

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Selam, and welcome to “the origin,” the African nation that has never been colonized by Europeans. Look up The Battle of Adwa where King Menelik II defeated the Italians in an epic sequence of historical consequence. So finally, after years of research, readings, teachings and listening to roots reggae rhythms epitomizing The Promised Land, I finally took the requisite steps needed for a transformative Ethiopian experience as part of my 6th Annual Nomadic Journey in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

I ventured to Ethiopia for its strength, Abyssinian culture, veggie injera meals, traditional Eskista shoulder dance up close and to breathe with deep spirit from the highlands of Lalibela. I began the excursion upon landing into Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, while enjoying many of the historic sites including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Theatre, Ethnological Museum, the Red Terror Martyr’s Museum, Menelik Palace in the Entoto Hills and the Historic Kidist Selassie Cathedral which is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the city. Sarcastically, I was also also looking for freedom fighting singer Teddy Afro, the Bob Marley of Ethiopia. Listen to any one of his classics and you will be become an instant devotee. Trust me! [Read more…]

Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey — where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom — brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya.

Majestic, serene and spiritual scenes left me in awe for the entirety of the trip and ultimately fulfilled some of my profoundest, transcendental aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance I’ve earned a prestigious position for exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day which is a national holiday celebrated December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s attaining of independence. As you can imagine people were rejoicing with adulation across the country. [Read more…]

2019 Lexus UX 200 F Sport: Wintery Family Fun

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s extremely cold here in the Northeastern part of the country with temperatures hovering around 14 degrees Fahrenheit and strong wind chills. In fact, we just had our first major winter storm which sent 2 days of snow this way. Yet-in-still, I was able to maneuver through the inclement weather efficiently while simultaneously entertaining the kids during a day of sledding at the local park a few miles from the house thanks to Fit Fathers’ 2019 Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 Lexus UX 200 F Sport test vehicle. [Read more…]

Healthy Culinary Experiences in Africa

Here are some of the amazing and traditional vegan foods we enjoyed in Kenya, Egypt and Ethiopia during the 6th Annual Nomadic Journey. Keep in mind that the staple food for mostly every indigenous culture is a legume (bean) or grain.

Our favorite culinary experiences included the Ethiopian veggie injera dish with lentils and cabbage and Egypt’s Koshari national dish which was divine. Koshari is a super meal made from macaroni noodles, lentils, rice, chickpeas and spiced tomato sauce. In Nairobi, Kenya make sure to pay a visit to the LMS Adventist Guest House for their magnificent $2.70 all vegan medley. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers Egyptian Koshari Recipe

Life in Egypt was amazing during the 6th Annual Nomadic Journey as everything was aligned with the Kemetic stars during my quick and impromptu trip to witness the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphynx in person. See, Giza is the only architectural creation standing from the ancient 7 Wonders of the World so it was important to see the profoundness directly. I also experienced the Nile River by boat of course, took a tour to the Egyptian Museum for inheritance of cultural history and later learned how the people of Kemet made papyrus paper. Of course, my energy was spent after the long day of exploration therefore I was highly amazed after the tour guide, Ali of Wonders of Egypt Tours, introduced me to Egypt’s Koshari national dish which was divine. [Read more…]

Snow Day Workout: Fit Fathers

On snow days Fit Fathers take their kids and friends sledding to burn calories, have fun and create family memories. Then we MAKE them nutritious lunches featuring salads, lentils and brown rice, steamed broccoli, roasted potatoes and sliced mangos to snack on. It’s a lifestyle.

My First Colonoscopy at 45: Preventative Measures Against Colon Cancer

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Let’s get to the point! Colon or colorectal cancer is the third most infamous type of cancer and also the third leading cause of cancerous deaths among American men and women. I’m alarmed by negative statistics and equally saddened by the 50,000 average lives this disease accounts for annually. Thankfully, positive health means prevention over resistance so I decided to schedule a colonoscopy on my 45th birthday and reward myself with a better piece of mind knowing I am doing everything possible to live a longer and more fulfilling life. [Read more…]

Sanctity of Life: The Recipe for Aging Gracefully

My goal in life is to meet and spend quality time with as many beautiful souls as possible such as 80-year family friend George Maggot from St. Helena Island off the coast of West Africa. In London he invited me over for a home cooked veggie lunch that he prepared singlehandedly, a stroll in the garden park and life conversations to appease both our spirits. George walks a few miles daily, eats one main meal a day (mainly veggies and legumes), nibbles on fruits and nuts, maintains  a strong social life, tends to the garden a few hours a day, volunteers his time to help his neighbors and continues to travel to places like his second home in Ghana where he spent 40 years.

I do believe my soul gravitates more towards elders and wise men and women who understand my path deeper than the majority. I am humbled and grateful to be blessed with opportunities that continuously allow me to learn and experience. Thank you George!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins

 

 

5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day: Celebration: Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids!

Words by Adrian McQueen & Kimatni Rawlins / Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles & Fisher Concepts

What another spectacular year honoring Father’s Day with 500 plus family members in Silver Spring, MD.  Fit Fathers Day (FFD) is our celebration honoring dads, uplifting fatherhood, strengthening paternal bonds and recognizing the influence of fathers in our society. The Fit Fathers Foundation believes ultimate health, fitness and nutrition can help individuals live longer while challenging everyone to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives! We bring dads and father figures together annually to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. For the 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration life enhancement manifested once again in the form of festive and energetic  activities.

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2018 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids!

Exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun is the “Fit Fathers” way of manifesting joyous occasions in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. Brought to you by Mazda, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Chrysler, Mom’s Organic Market, Volkswagen, Toyota, The Washington Auto Show, Gym Source, Road Runner Sports, Striders, ZICO, Soul Cycle, Nissan, Yokohama Tires, Thule, Meatless Monday, Wegmans, Kia, Gold’s Gym, Hip Hop Fathers, Modell’s and Vibram, the Father’s Day celebration provides dads with the tools needed to engage their families toward increased fitness, ultimate wellness and positive, nutritional habits while honoring the true meaning of fatherhood.

Hype for the event was built from engaging social media campaigns and coverage from News Channel 8, WUSA 9, CBS Radio, NBC 4, Radio One and a host of other elite media outlets. Additionally, with $2,500 in prizes at stake from Sean John, Modell’s, Yokohama, Vibram, Gym Source, SoulCycle, Live Nation, Striders, JBL, Jabra, Thule, INCREDIBLES 2 and Road Runner Sports by competing in the Mr. Fit Father contest and female plank challenge and our fitness challenges, over 500 attendees came to the celebration ready for action which resulted in an eventful day.

Held at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, fun-for-all group exercises with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins and Sofia Rodriguez (Glute Camp) motivated the crowd. The Zumba experience by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness sent the ladies in the crowd into overdrive while yoga was led by Conscious Crusade to the melody of PanLara’s steel drums. The kids highly adored the interactive playground while guests were treated to DJ Blinks who kept everything grooving as he spun hit tunes on the 1s and 2s. Additional entertainment featured a capoeira performance by RODA Movements and a jump rope demo from Greenbelt SITY Stars.

In addition, much love and respect is directed to our auto sponsors for assisting in making this event a success. A special Auto Fit car show by Automotive Rhythms featured the flavor of active lifestyle vehicles from Mazda, Chrysler, Toyota, VW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan and Kia! A special thank you to Fit Fathers’ Radio One media partner known on the air as Majic, Praise and WKYS!

We honored our 500-plus attendees for supporting the cause with a magnetic workout, prizes, giveaways and life-enhancing materials. Guests left the event already asking about the 6th Annual FFD Celebration in 2019. As well, a very special thank you is in order for all patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

The success of FFD sits with supporters of the movement including Men’s Health Network, WAPA, Capitol Professionals, Roll Call Crew, PAINTS Institute, Lleft Entertainment, Kids After Hours, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Daddy’s Cool, African American Health Program, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Downtown Silver Spring, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, DMV Social, The Department of Environmental Protection, Vitality Health and Wellness Center and The Fit Solution.

FFD was hosted by national ambassador Kyle Arrington who played cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and has earned a Championship ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Off the field he’s a family guy who dedicates success to his wife and kids including the addition of a new baby girl.

Although Fit Fathers Day is a special occasion to recognize dads during their time of celebration, our mission also encourages moms, kids and families throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Fit Fathers events as we move forward engaging with various communities around the country. Enjoy the photo gallery.

Family Fun & Fitness at Fit Fathers Day

Kristen and Andi from WUSA 9’s Great Day Washington discuss the overall health commitment for the whole family with Fit Father’s founder Kimatni D. Rawlins. As we honor Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day, the Fit Fathers Day event brings families together to celebrate healthy lifestyles.

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise and health celebration with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Conscious Crusade, Sofia Rodriguez (Glute Camp) and Z Sweat Dance and Fitness. Also enjoy Zumba, healthy snacks, fitness games, dynamic boxing by Coach T (Hard Training Club), an interactive playground and tunes from DJ Blinks. Win over $2,500 in prizes from Sean John, Modell’s, Thule, Yokohama, Gym Source, SoulCycle, Live Nation, Vibram, Striders and Road Runner Sports by competing in the

5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Sunday, June 17th, 10am to 12pm

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

RSVP @ www.FitFathersDay.com

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