Monday, June 28, 2010


Nubian Fitness Goddess is proud to be collaborating with the American Heart Association (AHA) to spread the message about Heart Disease.

Did you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of Women in the U.S.?

Your nutrition and physical activity play a big role in the risk for Heart Disease. Some of the major risk factors for Heart Disease include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes. All of these risk factors have a lifestyle component to them which means you can make an adjustment. I've said it several times but as a quick reminder approximately 80% of African-American women are overweight or obese so we have to make some improvements!!!

You have the power to make changes to decrease your risk for heart disease and other preventable diseases. Luckily the American Heart Association has made it super easy to get on track:

The AHA has created the BetterU program, this 12 week online nutrition and fitness program will help improve your Health by offering tips, recipes, a journal, online support and much more. The program is completely FREE!! The AHA has graciously offered 3 prize packs for the first 3 women that sign up for the program. Email nubianfitnessgoddess! for your free GO RED Prize Pack.

The AHA has several other resources on their site so check out to see how you can get involved.

What are doing to prevent your risk for preventable diseases such as Heart Disease?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Real Inspiration: Shayla-Marie A Weight Loss Success Story

Sometimes it's helpful to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Your work will pay off! Shayla-Marie is a great example of someone who lost weight and improved her health through hard work and lifestyle changes. In addition Shayla-Marie offers the following words of advice.

"My advice is to realize it's not a "diet" it's a lifetime change. Don't give up just keep going!"

I'm Shayla-Marie 25 years and had hypertension, and a failing kidney all because I was overweight. I was 155lbs in 2009 and I'm only 5feet tall, so that is a large amount of weight I had a bmi of 29.9 which is nearly obese, I started dating a man who's sister I was rent a room from. The 1st date was 1/26/2009 a blind date, so I arrived at the Olive Garden to see this astonishingly beautiful man was waiting for me, he was older latin and a medical professional. We hit it off, a few dates in he asked why I had high blood pressure I said I don't know genetics I suppose, his next statement floored me and nearly made me want to floor him he said: "you are a beautiful woman, great personality why do you like being overweight? You can have a stroke any second, I'm looking for a wife, and you'd be perfect but you can stroke out anytime. What about your daughter?" It hit me I was 25 and killing myself with double doubles and french fries. So I began to make changes little by little, no more soda, and juice. Next I started paying attention to what I put into my body reading labels finding out what someone my height and weight should be eating. Next I increased my activity small at first 15 minutes a day 3x's a week. That sexy Latin gentleman became my boyfriend who become my biggest supporter! I found out he was a former bodybuilder with 2% body fat he gave me a lot of pointers and a lot of encouragement (and sushi ;) I started in March 2009 by September I weighed 115lbs and today I weigh 113lbs, I eat 5 servings of fruit mostly strawberries and oranges, I eat around 2 salads a day and save my protein for dinner. I work 6x's a day 30 minutes a week and I am no longer on medication for my bloodpressure! I still have 1 kidney medication but my kidney is basically working on it's own. I cook low fat/ low cal foods that are family friendly since that lovely man is fast approaching becoming my lovely husband. I'm loosing weight I found confidence in myself and loved myself with shedding the weight it was almost like cathartic and renewing I felt like I could do anything if I could change my body I could change any aspect of my life. I learned to love, learned to channel my anger and focus on my career. I became a nurse, a better mother, a have the makings of a great wife all because I can take care of myself.
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