Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Quick Fitness Update

Last week I started my workout regimen. I said I would workout 6 days a week, but I'm not sure how realistic that is due to having to coordinate my schedule with my Hunny's schedule. Last week was semi-successful. I did make it to Body Combat 2 twice and I absolutely love it! It's very intense and I definitely get the burn I desire. I will be keeping this in my workout routine. I'm sure I will yield some great results. As far as running I didn't get to do this at all! It seemed like there was always something coming up that wouldn't allow me to go. This week I am determined to incorporate running into my workout routine. I even joined Black Girls Run in my area. We are currently trying to set up an evening running schedule closer to where I stay.

After this week I discovered that my eating habits are terrible! I love to snack and even though I said I was giving up snacks this month I broke down and had some chips. Other than that I have been doing fairly well on the no snack challenge. But I splurged on food this weekend. I had pizza, fried fish, KFC, soda, etc. I went grocery shopping and picked up food for the planned meals of the month. I also picked up healthy snacks suck as pretzels and trail mix. I think eating healthy will be my biggest challenge!! Well, this is week one. Wish me luck for week two!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Running for Beginners!

As I shared in the previous post I decided to incorporate running into my workout routine. I looked up a few running plans for beginners and decided to do the 8 week running challenge. The ultimate goal is to be able to run for 30 consecutive minutes by the end of the 8th week. The link to the challenge can be found here. Below I will break down what each week is composed of.

**Begin and end each workout with a warm up and cool down period of 5-10 mins walking**
Week 1: Walk for 6 mins, then jog at easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times and aim for 3 sessions with the same sequence this week.

Week 2: Walk for 5 mins, then jog for 2 mins. Repeat 3 times and aim for 3 sessions this week.

Week 3: Walk for 3 mins, then jog for 4 mins. Repeat 4 times and aim for 3 sessions this week.

Week 4: Walk for 3 mins, then jog for 5 mins. Repeat 4 times and aim for 3 sessions this week.

Week 5: Walk for 3 mins, then jog for 8 mins. Repeat 3 times and aim for 3 sessions this week.

Week 6: Walk for 3 mins, then jog for 9 mins. Repeat 3 times and aim for 3 sessions this week.

Week 7: Walk for 1 min, then jog for 11 mins. Repeat 3 times and aim for 3 sessions this week.

Week 8: For the first workout this week walk for 5 mins to begin and end the work out and run 20 mins in between. By the end of the week try to run for 20 mins without stopping.

I was suppose to start this workout yesterday, but I had a full day of running errand and didn't get home until late. By then I was very tired so I decided to workout on Sunday and make up for it. I plan to run outside at a local track or my brother's subdivision because they have quite a few hills. 

Along with my exercise routine I plan to eat better. This includes eating a balanced breakfast every morning, no pork or beef for the month of August, and No sweets/junk food for the month of August. I will be giving myself 3 cheat days on the sweets and junk. I will be updating my progress frequently. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Team Fitness

All I want is a flat stomach. I don't even need the ab definition.

I have decided it is way past time that I take my life back. Even though I am not overweight, I still must maintain my health by exercising and eating right. My household eats fairly healthy, so I don't need much improvement in this area. I don't eat a lot of pork and beef. I substitute ground beef with ground turkey. I don't eat a lot of fried food. I eat mainly all whole grain products for pasta and bread. I eat vegetables with just about every meal and I eat a fair amount of fruit. I've even started drinking less soda and more water. I have to add a crystal light packet, but I'll do just about whatever it takes to increase my water consumption.

Exercising is where I am lacking. I don't have a regular workout routine (unless you count chasing around my 18 month old). Other than that I can go weeks at a time without working out. So I have decided to get off the couch and get in the gym. I want to teach my son that exercising is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. My significant other (who will will loving refer to as my Hunny from now on) is already on board with the working out. He actually lost a significant amount of weight (almost 2 pants size) since he has started working out regularly. I really wanted a workout partner, but I don't see that happening anytime soon so I must rely on self-motivation and that from my Hunny. I will be relying on GOD's strength to get me through this.

What I decided to do was workout from 5-6 days a week. I'm going to incorporate the gym with my desire to run. Here is my tentative schedule.

Monday- Body Combat and Upper Body
Tuesday- Run
Wednesday- Body Combat and Lower Body
Thursday- Run
Friday- Run and abs
Saturday- Swim/Aqua Zumba or Detroit Style Ballroom

Today is my first day on the workout schedule. Wish me luck!! I will starting my 8 week beginners running schedule tomorrow. I will share the details of that tomorrow. In the meantime check out my starting pictures below! 


Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by my new blog Blaq & White. I decided to create a new blog separate from my blog for a several reasons. I will not bore you with all the reasons, but to list just a few:
  1.  My other blog was created to be a journal of my healthy hair journey as well as to share it with others. I don't want to fill it up with other non hair related things.
  2. I want to document growth in my life. Having somewhere to go back to and read would give me some type of way to measure that growth.
  3. I want to help others who may be going through similar situation.
  4. I want to see how others feel about certain topics. 

This blog will consist of random topics in my life such as fitness, career, religion, family, etc. I hope that you enjoy!