March 3, 2015
Have you heard of First Lady Michelle Obama’s latest health and wellness campaign called #GimmeFive? To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Let’s Move Campaign (can’t believe it’s already been 5 years), Michelle Obama is encouraging everyone to share 5 things they are doing to be healthier. Whether it’s changing your diet, exercising more, drinking more water, whatever you decide, the goal is to motivate and high five each other to do something.
Here’s a quick video about #GimmeFive:
Once you have shared your 5 ways you have to challenge someone else to share their 5 ways via #GimmeFive.
I love everything about this campaign and I really love that FLOTUS has made health her platform.
I have a lot that I’m doing to be healthy, but in the spirit of #GimmeFive, here are five of the many things that I’m doing:
- I got a new toy and it’s called a Vitamix. I plan on juicing like a maniac! This will especially help me get more greens into my diet.
- On Sundays I buy all my fruits for the week. I wash them and chop them up. I put some in the freezer for smoothies and leave the rest in the refrigerator readily available for snacking during the week
- I have started looking for fitness deals on Groupon. I cancelled my gym membership a long time ago and have been working out at home. But sometimes I like the variety that group workout classes provide. I found a good deal this weekend for dance classes at a nearby studio and will start taking a few dance classes there.
- I am making self-care a priority. Making sure that I am getting enough sleep (an area that I need a lot of work on) but I’m committed and have to do better.
- I only eat good carbs. This is helpful for my PCOS but also beneficial to my overall health.
Now it’s your turn, what are five things that you’re doing to be healthier? What do you think about this campaign?
February 25, 2015
In celebration of Black History Month, I’m excited to present my list of the “Top 10 African-American Women in Health and Wellness.”
Since blogging, I have had the pleasure of learning from so many women who have motivated me throughout my healthy living journey. Whether it’s through their workout tips/videos, recipes, motivation and entrepreneurship, each of them have had a profound effect on me.
Within the African-American community, the health disparities that exist are high. The rates of hypertension, diabetes and heart disease surpass other groups, which is why I am so honored to celebrate those that are looking to help change the current state of health within the African American community.
- Josie “Yum Yucky”: Josie is one of the people who inspired me to blog. She’s an amazing mom who is honest, funny and so real about having four kids and transforming her body and overall health. She was one of the first bloggers I ever connected with who was always super nice and supportive.
- Angela M Davis “Fitness Evangelist”: If you don’t know Angela, you have to follow her ASAP on instagram @shapewithangela. Angela is a self-proclaimed “Fitness Evangelist” and highly sought after Soul Cycle instructor. Her class is unlike any other; she combines motivational words and empowerment with great music. You leave Angela’s class feeling like you can conquer the world. The first class I took with her I left there so emotional and confident that anything is possible. She is AH-mazing. She’s taught classes for Oprah and so many others.
- Estelle Archer: I started following Estelle on instagram a few years ago. Her story of conquering depression and weight loss and her mission to help anyone and everyone who is battling with depression or obesity is so inspiring. Estelle teaches a class called SWEAT and last year, she packed up all her stuff and embarked on a journey to teach SWEAT classes in all 50 states. She self funded and through sponsorship this entire tour and literally went from West Coast to East Coast. Estelle has now opened her own SWEAT studio in Richmond, VA.
- Kiera Smalls (City Fit Girls): Kiera was one of the first people I featured in my “Fit Chicks in Business” feature. I also had the pleasure of meeting her last year at Be Well Philly. Kiera’s story to healthy living is beyond moving. After losing 100LBS, she took everything she learned through her journey to launch City Fit Girls. Based in Philly, Kiera is a certified trainer and hosts a series of “Club Cardio” music themed indoor and outdoor boot camp classes. I also happen to be a “City Fit Girl Ambassador”
- Paparoxi: I was drawn to “Roxi” aka Paproxi and started following her on social media for her deep faith and spirituality and HER hair, ha! How fab is her hair?. The way she is able to combine her faith and fitness to motivate herself and others warms my heart.
- Aesha (Pretty Girls Sweat and Teen Diaries Foundation): Aesha is the amazing founder of Pretty Girls Sweat and Teen Diaries Foundation. Aesha’s mission with both organizations is to motivate college students on the importance of fitness and healthy living as well as journalism. Aesha has Pretty Girls Sweat ambassadors at colleges and universities throughout the country that help develop on campus health and fitness programs.
- Get Fit With Nic: Nic is a super sweet personal trainer from L.A. I have been following her at home workouts on instagram for a while now. When I started exercising at home, she inspired a lot of my workouts. Nic teaches affordable boot camp classes in L.A. If she were in NYC, I would be there weekly J West Coast get into Get Fit with Nic!
- Urban Naturale: For all things green living from food to clothes to beauty and more, Urban Naturale is THE best most inspiring resource to living a natural life. As I learn how to manage my PCOS, Urban Naturale has become a daily resource for me.
- FCKBeingFat: I started following Zakia based on her instagram name LOL. Her tag line is “Be Fit, Be Fly, Be You. She is so real and raw about her journey to healthy living. I admire her entrepreneurial hustle and how committed she is to spreading the message of healthy living to the African American community in Philly and beyond.
- MrsFitGirl/Fit Girl Army: I am convinced something special is happening with fitness in Philly. MrsFitGirl is the third person from Philly on this list. I absolute LOVE her style and energy. I have watched her go from sharing daily workout challenges on instagram to now being the owner of her own studio Fit Girl Army in Philly. She’s a mom and is truly a shero in my book.
I know this is suppose to be a list of 10, but I couldn’t leave out the ladies of Black Girls Run. When I first started my healthy living journey, I actually started with running and Black Girls Run was a god send during that time. The founders of Black Girls Run are two amazing women who have ignited a running passion that is beyond anything that I have seen.
There are so many others not featured on this list that are all part of this movement, because it’s truly a movement. The ones on this list just happen to be some of my faves. Thank you for all that you’re doing.
Who else would you add to this list?
February 23, 2015
I have been traveling for both pleasure and business for the past few weeks. I was in sunny Barbados for my brother-in-laws wedding (oh how I would do anything to be back on the beach vs this current snow filled weather we’re dealing with). I came back from Barbados on Monday and left for L.A the next day for work (not complaining). Needless to say I feel like I have been disconnected from everything for the past two weeks. I’m so ready to get back to normalcy this week.
My weekend was uneventful (exactly how I wanted it)! The most I did was grocery shopping at Whole Foods and having dinner there as well. Ever since Whole Foods opened in my neighborhood it’s become a big part of my weekend!
Since I’ve been gone for a while, I have a lot of ambitious goals I am hoping WILL accomplish this week.
- Determine what I want to give up for Lent. Lent started last week and I still haven’t decided what to give up. I normally give up meat, but looking to give up something else as not eating meat has become a bit easy for me now. (This is actually stressing me out a bit. I think I’ve decided to give up anything processed and a negative attitude, meaning not allowing negative thoughts to consume me, but will decide for sure today)
- Sign up for spin class. (My fitness schedule has been out of wack. Getting back on track this week)
- Continue to research the effects of a raw diet and PCOS. I have been working with a friend who is a health coach/naturopath, and she recommended I try a 21 day raw detox, but I need to make sure it doesn’t negatively impact my PCOS prior to considering. I was supposed to start today but I have read mix reviews about raw diets so I’m a bit nervous.
- Sign up for digital marketing class. I have been working on my certificate in digital marketing. I have two classes left that I need to register for.
I am participating in the Weekly Wishes link up hosted by Melyssa of The Nectar Collective.
What are some your goals for the week? Do you celebrate lent? If so, what are you giving up? Have you followed a raw diet?