Thursday, February 25, 2010

Remember your New Years Resolution?

As a group fitness instructor, I get super excited during the month of January. Why? Because my classes are PACKED wall to wall with new and regular members who are motivated and enthusiastic about working out and reaching their fitness and/or weight loss goals. This year, I told them "Don't be a Statistic". This is because by March my class numbers will begin to drop.

In fact, Six months after Jan. 1, only 46 percent of those who make New Year's resolutions have fulfilled them, says John C. Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton who has conducted at least three studies on resolutions in recent years. ( News, "Will you keep New Year's resolutions? Most people don't" by Shari Rudavsky, 2002).

Here is the process that most people go thru:

-Get excited and motivated by friends, family, and peers to lose weight and/or get fit.
-Go hard-core at the gym and notice immediate results (5 lbs lost, jeans fit better, etc.)
-Life happens (anyone deal with the Snowmaggedon?), working out becomes more difficult to fit in, too tired to cook
-Gives up

So you may or may not have had a few bumps in your weight loss journey. That's okay! I have too. In fact, I've gone up another jean size (or two, depending on the store). I could easily say, you know what, I'm just like Kelly Clarkson or Kirstie Alley, and its just a phase, one day it will pass...I'll worry about it TOMORROW!

Forget about tomorrow! Start today, start right now. Put those chips down, toss out that soda, grab your water bottle, and email/text your buddies to schedule a weekend workout, early AM workout, or whatever you have to do to kick your butt into gear!

I find that weightloss and fitness challenges are a HUGE re-motivator. Challenges are great to do as a group or individually, and many of them are free with awesome resources. Here are two challenges that I've done in the past and LOVED...

What other challenges are out there? Please share with the Nubian Fitness Goddess Community!

Remember, it's not too late. It's a journey, and the journey never ends. Losing is just half the battle, keeping it off is the other half. Eat right, work out, get plenty of sleep and jump back on that wagon.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Workout Playlist

My fiance created a workout playlist for me and I want to share it with you all. You got to keep your music fresh so your workouts don't get boring. I try to change mine every 2 weeks or so. For other good playlist ideas check out

1.Getcha money up(remix)-Keisha cole, nicki minaj, keri hilson
2. Sweet Dreams- Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj
3. On to the next one- Jay-Z
4. Promiscious girl-Nelly furtado-timbaland
5. Numba 1-Keri Hilson Kardinal Offisal
6. Freeze-Chris Brown, T-Pain

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Don't Let Your Jeans Fool You!

Hey ladies,
I want to share some thoughts I got from a conversation with a friend:

In trying to maintain or lose weight you have to find a balance in how you assess your progress. You don't want to weigh yourself everyday but you don't want to completely ignore the scale because your weight will sneak back on you. Some folks recommend just focusing on how your clothes fit. That can be really tricky. If you just focus on fitting into your jeans you can gain a decent amount of weight and not really notice. Well from personal experience I gained 12 lbs and still thought I looked good in all my jeans. But when I went to buy a few new pairs they didn't fit in the same size. That was a wake up call to me. I just wished that I had realized it earlier. So now I weigh myself weekly, that way I am not too obsessed with the scale but the weight shouldn't sneak up on me either. You have to find what works for you, but try weighing yourself weekly.