This post is sponsored post brought to you by McDonald’s®.
I have partnered with them to spread the word about Free McCafé® Coffee Week.

Trust and believe: I was never the “fit” one. Me and exercise? We never got along. But as I got older, being a sedentary writer tied to her computer and chair, working from home and cooking all these home made meals full of love (and fat) started to take its toll; not only was I gaining weight, my metabolism was straight shot and I was tired all the time and, real talk? Feeling like an old, old lady.  But rather than accept that getting bigger and slower is just a part of growing old, I decided I wasn’t going out like a sucker. I mean, I’m too cute for that. Too smart for that. And really, too young for that still. So I took matters into my own hands: I hired a personal trainer to whip me into shape. With his help and direction, I’ve gotten so much better/stronger/faster/healthier, getting up most weekday mornings and heading to the gym to workout for anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes, mixing cardio and weight training, plus a lot of encouraging talk about healthy choices to get my life all the way together.

By the time I leave the gym, I’m ready for my daily grind. I come back home and fall into the shower, then a bowl of fresh fruit and a cup of coffee—in that order—before I deep dive into my day of writing/interviewing/business calls/transcribing, plus whatever else duty calls for me, a busy work-at-home mom. This is how I grind everyday.

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This post is brought to you by McDonald’s®. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Free McCafé® Coffee Week happening March 31 through April 13 at all participating McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S.  Stay up to date on Free McCafé® Coffee Week via @McDonalds and @McCafe on Twitter.
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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Love this! I know you’re kicking a@@ in the gym! Love hearing how you rock it!

  2. great video Denene… you just wake up looking that pretty!! I seriously need to stop skipping my workouts in the morning…your video has motivated to get back on my workout grind!

  3. #McCafeGrind with ice coffee with i check email

  4. #McCafeGrind my morning coffee after yoga practice.

  5. I #McCafeGrind with iced coffee while I check my texts.

  6. A nice brisk walk in the morning to get the blood pumping is a good way to start the day plus a good cup of coffee.

  7. So happy that the Winter weather is going away so my girls and I can resume taking a morning walk before they start their studies.

  8. The best way for me is with a good breakfast. Also, if I wake up half an hour before my alarm goes off, I just go ahead and get up. That extra 30 minutes will make you worse off.

  9. I start my day with a morning run and then a coffee with 2 creams and 1 sugar, then I’m off to writing & designing. #McCafeGrind

  10. I #McCafeGrind by starting my morning with a cup of coffee and my laptop, going through my e-mails. Then time for the gym!

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  11. I #McCafeGrind before I workout.

  12. I #McCafeGrind every moring with iced coffee while I check my emails.

  13. I #McCafeGrind while getting my kids to school in the morning

  14. #McCafeGrind by having coffee with lots of cream when I check y emails.

  15. I add sugar and cream….yumm

  16. I #McCafeGrind by having a nice hot breakfast and a vanilla latte

  17. #McCafeGrind with ice coffee

  18. I #McCafeGrind on the go, running across town several times a day to make sure my Dad is eating and taking his meds.

  19. i #McCafeGrind by dancing to music and working out then to mcdonalds for a cup of joe

  20. I #McCafeGrind every morning with a big cup of coffee.

  21. I start every morning with some quiet time to reflect on the things I need to do for the day. I also read my Bible and try to eat a good breakfast,

  22. Janice Cooper

    I #McCafeGrind in the morning with a hot cup of tea while checking my emails

  23. I #McCafeGrind in the morning with a cup of hot coffee while checking my emails

  24. #McCafeGrind by having coffee and donuts in the morning!

  25. I start each day by stretching for 10 minutes each day and then grabbing a cup of McCafe coffee on my way to work.

  26. Natalie Vandenberghe

    I love that I can grab a free coffee when I purchase my favorite item (the parfait) off the dollar menu #McCafeGrind

  27. I #McCafeGrind with a morning cup of coffee before I wake up my boys and get the circus started.

  28. I #McCafeGrind while reading the newspaper each morning

  29. I #McCafeGrind by drinking coffee with sugar in the mornings, before I start my day.

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