Category Archives: Challenges

The 21 Day Water Challenge: April 2016 Edition

21 Day Water Challenge

I have fallen so far off my fitness game, it’s laughable. With the demands of my new job, I’ve had trouble getting back into writing, let alone practicing self care. Luckily, one of my Facebook friends explicitly asked me about the 21 Day Water Challenge (#21DWC) for March and I promised her one is coming for April.

Since we all need to start somewhere, I’m starting small: by getting my water intake back under control. We all know that water does our hair, skin, nails a world of good but it can also aid in weight management. With all of this said, the April 2016 21 Day Water Challenge is starting on Monday April 4th. If you’ve been slacking or just need some encouragement, this challenge is for you.


Operation Bust Back Into Onederland

In my last post, I talked about resetting my hair regimen because I’m not seeing the results I want. Remember how excited I was to walk into Onederland? It was awhile ago and I’ve been skirting its borders for quite some time but I was a fairly upstanding citizen. Unhealthy behavior always catches up with you, though. Not exercising, not drinking water like it’s my job and overindulging have landed me outside of Onederland.

Looking back over my previous endeavors, I haven’t always set the most realistic goals. I’m not going to drive myself crazy or beat myself up but it IS time for a change. There are 66 weeks until my 30th birthday so I’m shooting for 1lb each week until then. If I can do this successfully, I will hit my goal weight!


Healthier, Wealthier You Challenges: February and March Updates

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I know I’ve been super MIA for a hot minute but I’m back! My absence has been due in part to being inconsistent and poor time management on my part. This post will serve as a quick update for February and March on how I’m faring with the Healthier, Wealthier You challenges.

1. Brown Bag Lunch: In February I fell off bringing my meals because I didn’t do proper grocery shopping. Towards the end of the month I finally got it together and I’ve been brining meals since then. I usually have oatmeal for breakfast, two fruits as snack during the day, and home cooked leftovers for lunch.


Healthier, Wealthier You Challenges: January Update

We’re 27 days in to the Healthier Wealthier You Challenges and I’ve been holding up pretty well. Here’s a quick recap of how I’ve been faring on the challenges.

1. Brown Bag Lunch: I’ve been bringing breakfast and lunch every day this month and will continue doing so. Sometimes it’s a salad, a sandwich, leftovers or even a Smart One meal. I’m trying not to go too crazy with the Smart Ones because they’re super high in sodium.


Why I’m Taking My 2014 Vision Board Seriously

2014 Vision Board

Last year, I decided to create a vision board using O Dream Board. Admittedly, I thought it was hogwash. How could making a collage help me achieve my goals?

This year, I have a better understanding that what you focus on will come to fruition. When I created the board, I made it the background image on my phone and my laptop. Even when I wasn’t consciously studying the images, they were still fixing themselves in my subconscious.

Of the nine goals, I successfully achieved five. I graduated with a 4.0 and started my career, exercised 5x/week (sometimes), worked on my relationship with God, drank 64 ounces of water daily, and enjoy clear, healthy skin. My results aren’t perfect but I wasn’t completely convinced of the vision board’s efficacy. Armed with a better understanding and more faith in myself and God’s plan for me, I will be creating vision boards annually.


New Year, Same Awesome Me: Be Healthier and Wealthier in 2014!

I know the new year usually inspires loads of resolutions that, for many, last until February. Maybe March for the truly “dedicated.” Personally, this won’t be the case in 2014. Since I’m getting married in June, there are quite a few things I want to get in order for my big day and subsequent marriage. My list is topped by being fitter physically and financially. At the risk of falling subject to the “new year, new me” mantra, I’ve decided to name this group of challenges “New Year, Same Awesome Me.”


Weigh-In Wednesday: May Will Be a "Challenging" Month

Workouts: 0/3
Eating Habits: Kept on track 3/7 days
21 Day Water Challenge: Day 1, Round 2
This Week’s Weight Change: -1.8lbs
Overall Weight Change:-20.4lbs

I’m not particularly surprised by my weight loss this week because I was, for the most part, focused. I missed a few workouts and didn’t have the greatest eating weekend but I was pretty solid. I know it would have been a little more if I hadn’t gone nuts over the weekend.

Now that it’s the first of May, I’m ready to kick my efforts up a notch. In addition to restarting the squat challenge, I’m also back on the 21 Day Water Challenge, Intermediate level. Slowly but surely, I’m incorporating 3 workouts per week. By the end of the month, I’d like to be up to 4x/week. 

Overall, I’m really excited to reap the benefits of my little changes.  I am also making it a point to stay focused but be kind to myself. I find that sometimes when my changes don’t immediately yield results, I’m ready to beat myself or throw in the towel. My biggest challenge this month will be speaking positively to myself.

What changes are you introducing this month? Has your weight loss journey been going well? Which challenges will you be joining with me?


Weigh-In Wednesday: 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

Workouts: 1/3
Eating Habits: Kept on track 1/7 days
21 Day Water Challenge: Day 12 of 21
This Week’s Weight Change: +1.2lbs
Overall Weight Change:-14.8lbs

Couch to 5K: Week 2, Day 1

I wish I could say I’ve been killing it and eating like a champ. But, have I ever lied to y’all? Nope. And I don’t intend to start now. 

Things haven’t been all bad and I’ve remained on track with my water challenge thus far. I have also successfully completed Week 1 of C25K and am moving on to Week 2. My problem lies on my plate.

I don’t eschew vegetables or fruits. Quite the opposite; I love ‘em! Unfortunately, I love bad stuff, too. In excess. I find myself making great choices throughout the day and then I’m derailed at the end of the day. Multiply that by 7 days a week and you get gain.

At this point, I don’t have a plan in place to keep myself on track. I’m open to suggestions from other folks in fitness journeys, though. I’m trying to stay motivated but it seems to be a vicious cycle where I make a bad choice, feel bad about myself, and then make another choice because I feel bad. Feel me?

How do you stay motivated? What is your nutritional kryptonite?


Weigh-In Wednesday: I’m Sore But Smiling!

Workouts: 1/3
Eating Habits: Kept on track ?/7 days
21 Day Water Challenge: N/A
This Week’s Weight Change: +0.7lbs
Overall Weight Change:-16lbs

I haven’t been tracking my food or drinking as much water so that’s why I’ve gained. I’ve decided to restart the water challenge this Friday since I didn’t remain consistent this time around. Despite all these factors, I’m still smiling!

If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know that exercise isn’t really my thing. I wasn’t an athlete in high school, I was in chorus. I have never been a runner so it was just as random to me when I started researching C25K. Even while I was finding the information, I didn’t really believe I would do it. Well, I finally started yesterday and I feel so accomplished! Yeah, it was only the first day but I’m still proud. The most awesome part about me starting C25K this week is that it’s in line this week’s BLMGetFit Challenge: Switch It Up Challenge. 

Today I am sore all over. My arms, back, abs, legs, everything. I’m not in too much pain but I know I had a solid workout yesterday. I really feel like this is something I’ll stick with. I feel so blessed that I’m even able to move that in between my huffing and puffing, I was thanking God. I have been toying with the idea of becoming a runner but never took it seriously. *Cedric the Entertainer voice*Well, now I’m so sinsurrr!  C25K calls for workouts every other day but, depending on how sore I am, I may wait a few days or do Turbo Fire instead.


Weigh-In Wednesday: Weekends Suck

Workouts: 1/3
Eating Habits: Kept on track 2/7 days
21 Day Water Challenge: Day 8 of Round 1
This Week’s Weight Change: +5.8lbs
Overall Weight Change:-15.2lbs

I think the stats are pretty telling of my week. But, to be fair, my weekend was my undoing. I didn’t track faithfully and I didn’t show any restraint when eating. Like, eating from a huge bag of chips without setting aside a specific portion. Or demolishing my little sister’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. 

As if that wasn’t bad enough, I continued eating poorly through the rest of the week. Weekends are tough because I have the chance to unwind and catch up with my family. Then, I didn’t workout even though I had ample opportunity to. The result? Nearly 6lbs of gain. That’s crazy.

I’m bummed out but not defeated. I stayed on target for my water and feel good about that. Like, really good. So good, in fact that I’m still speaking to myself in a positive voice. This is a lifestyle change and won’t happen overnight, even if I want it to. I’ll continue tracking everything I eat and keep on keepin’ on with my water. I’m determined to achieve my 3 weekly workouts this week. I’ll schedule them on my calendar and will report back with my success next week. 

How are you holding up this week? What’s the one thing you want to change moving forward? Are you being consistent with your water?