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Walk of Heroes

Oh. Man. I am so lame.  I participated in the Walk of Heroes 5k two months ago and I’m just now blogging about it.   Let’s see…I only ran half and walked half. I think when you are training for these kind of things you do not anticipate the control that competitive spirit will have over you.  The problem with me is that I wanted to run really fast because there were all these people around me running fast so I did not pace myself.

I also did not realize how polluted it would be. The closer you get to the downtown area the more smog you have to breath in. Anyway….Do I remember anything else? Thinking…thinking….

Oh yeah.  Although the 5k was supposed to raise money for people with mental illnesses and drug addiction, there were definitely some 5k crashers: people who love to run and just go to any 5k that’s in town.   I actually think this is good because it demonstrates that 5ks are (or can be) good fund raisers. Keep running people! Oh yeah and I discovered a group called Black Girls Run . I would totally run with them, if I had a car to meet up with them. Soon enough, I will get there.  Black Girls Run is free and it is in most major cities.

Look at the video documenting the Walk of Heroes 5k Event. I’m at 2:39 in the video. Also check out Michelle Mobley of Transcend Fitness.  They introduce her at 1:13 She’s cool!

1 comment November 25, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 21 and 22 and important announcement

Hello everyone. I have to make an important announcement.  Although I was not premed in college, the next 10 or 11 years are going to be committed to becoming a dermatologist, which is a specialty of medicine if you did not know. I did not know until last year myself.  That means that the next three years will be committed to getting an MPH and getting into medical school. I decided that dermatology (or medicine in general) is the only profession that will satisfy all my interests and that will allow me to utilize all of my talents.  That being said, I did not exercise like I should have yesterday and today.  I have been trying to settle issues and questions for my post-baccalaureate classes at Georgia, such as how I am going to take the classes and how I am going to pay for them.

I made this decision after much prayer, deliberation, and some unexpected experiences this summer.

Because of this change in life plans, I will not be committing as much time to this blog.  For the 5k training I will still do it, but I will upload and chart for the week instead of updating you daily, which is probably better for you, because this blog is supposed to be about hair.  I will probably also have more guest bloggers since that would be much easier time wise.  I cannot make any promised but I will work something out so that you all will get all of your hair questions answered. I am not giving up on this blog but I just wanted to notify everyone so that people would not be frustrated with the lack of blogs.  Please keep me in your prayers.

Add a comment August 17, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 20 and 21

Sunday and Monday I did 5k training even though I try never to work out on Sunday, but I am really mad at my church and frustrated with the churches I have gone to. Is that really why? I don’t think so. I’m just making stuff up.  But I have not found a good church in Atlanta yet, so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know.

Sunday, my mom and I finally settled my gym membership situation, so I have gym membership at the YMCA.  This is great because I can lift slightly heavier weights and get better results. You should see my new guns (bicep muscles), but I am a bit shy about them though so maybe some other day.  I may even teach a group fitness class or course at the YMCA. YAY!!!

As for the running part, yesterday, I really had to run much more than ever.  My chest hurt a little.  It always hurts when I run but I never die and the pain does not last so it must not be too bad. Uhh…I am glad I typed that because that sounded foolish.  I need to do some research on that.

Yesterday, I got so much work done  and I think it may have to do with the fact that I did not blog.  Blogging really sucks up my time.  I am applying for jobs and I may be starting classes next Monday so I really don’t have the time to blog, just wanted to let you know that I am on track with the workouts and Sunday, I made up for Thursday Hallelujah.

God is faithful. I will explain what I mean later.

Add a comment August 16, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 18 and Day 19

First of all yesterday was a fail.  Secondly today I woke up so late. At 8:30 and started running at 9am. Don’t think that’s a big deal.  Well. It kind of was because it was already getting hot.  So hot you could hear the heat. Does anyone know what I am talking about?  And the hair quality was really bad.  Smog alert. I am an asthmatic. I have got to wake up early.

Btw, I am watching How to Be a Player and realizing that Bill Bellamy is not cute at all.  He looks like a bratty little kid. Boris Kodjoe is way better looking.  My mom changed the channel to something else.  I really don’t watch TV these days.

People keep making references to Mandingo warriors in these films. What is that all about?

Anyway, please check out the Dekalb Community Service Board: http://dekcsb.org/

Add a comment August 13, 2011

Walk of Heroes Day 17 and maybe 18

Hello all. So…Yesterday but I did not blog because I was distracted by something.  I have been watching Nollywood films for the past 4 days. Ok.  I have not watched one today and I am resisting but I have watched one hour of one (Rihanna and Beyonce) Monday, finished it Tuesday and started another one (Blackberry Babes) the same day, Wednesday I finished Blackberry Babes and started Evil Forest but Youtube did not have the complete film, then I watched Sacred Lies with Genevieve Nnaji, the most beautiful and elegant woman in Nollywood from what I can see so far.

But that is not the one I want to discuss and this relates to my life issues with exercising.  I want to  discuss Blackberry Babes.  In the film, these Nigerian university girls are completely obsessed with owning Blackberries.  They will exclude you in some ways if you don’t have a Blackberry, etc.  Some were sleeping with these older men in order to get Blackberries.  One girl was not as clever as the other two and she slept with these men and still did not get the Blackberry.  Two stole their BB from people.  One from a relative and the other from Al-Hajji, one of the other lady’s sugar daddies.  Another two girls fought over a BB and also did not pay their school fees in order to get a BB and therefore did not graduate.  And one was even using her BB to scam men.  She was 419. I could not believe it.

There was only one sensible girl in the entire 4-hour film, who used the Blackberry to read her school books since she could not afford them, to get a scholarship, and to out a criminal and the other women in the book had the nerve to call her a classless girl.  They were quite foolish themselves.

But I like the movie  because it teaches us an important lesson that technology can really distract us from our goals if we let it, that is by overindulging in it, specifically by spending a lot of time on useless websites, by using it to hurt people.  Yet technology  is so pervasive that we cannot run away from it and if we do we may also suffer for it.  But also if we spend so much time and senseless energy on technology then we do not control the technology but the technology controls us.  It can ruin our lives if we allow it to and are no careful and it can distract us from our goals.  Even if we think we are controlling it in the end it will defeat us.

But honestly 7 out of 10 of those girls were seriously wicked and the other two were just senseless. The was one sensible girl as I said. One out of the seven was wicked and foolish.

I am talking about this because technology is at the moment defeating me and has for maybe 5 years now I think. Oh goodness. Even this film has distracted me from my 5k goals.  Yesterday, I ran for the amount I was supposed to, but guess what. I ran inside, in place (since I don’t have a treadmill), watching that Blackberry Babes film.  I was so addicted.  You know that film is almost 4 hours?  Knowing good and well that running inside is not going to prepare me for a 5k race and today I have yet to do my weight training.  At least yesterday since I was glued to these movies, I just started making my GRE flashcards. Yes I am going to grad school and vocab is the most difficult.

Are you asking me if I recommend these films to you?  I would say under certain conditions, yes.  They do have sex scenes, but so do American films (this is why I prefer Bollywood over Nollywood and Hollywood because if people want to express their love they dance and in these Nollywood films there was very little real love as far as I could see. Mostly just foolishness). I would also say only watch these movies when you really absolutely have 4-6 hours to spare. The great thing these about the films is almost never the cinematography unless we are talking about Ije: The Journey or Niger-Delta: Black Gold.  The women are also hoochies. Straight-up.  Especially the fair-skinned (Onye Ocha/Oyibo) women they pick. I would say Genevieve, Omotola, and some other dark girls are elegant, however. Are they trying to prove a point by doing that? How rude. Anyway, the cinematography is poor, the music is usually poor, but the plot and the themes are pretty amazing actually.  They take patience I will say. Sometimes the acting is terrible (Nadia) sometimes it is great (Genevieve and Tonto) but it’s worth it.  Whoever writes them is quite genius, but I will say that if you are sensitive to sexuality do not watch the ones I listed except Evil Forces. In fact, I probably should not watch them myself because I was outraged by the movies No Strings Attached, Friends with Benefits and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, but that is for another day.

This is about the 5k Training.  I have done nothing today and don’t know if I will. I am really slacking!! If I accomplished my mission I will just have a blog post saying check.  If I did not I will say fail. As I learned from the film I cannot allow technology to destroy my life.  I need to use it to my advantage.  Let me go so I can find another Nollywood film.

Oh goodness, I am running to health people with mental illnesses and here I am with a mental illness.  Media addiction. But I don’t receive that. Do not forget to visit the Dekalb County Community Service Board website to find out more about the Walk of Heroes 5k: http://dekcsb.org/

Add a comment August 11, 2011

Walk of Heroes Day 13-16

Oh wow. I am so behind.  I have not blogged about my exercise stuff for a while.  I have been so tired and I spent all day yesterday braiding my hair.  Five hours. I’m never doing that again.  But I have done my exercises.  Yesterday I jogged/walk for thirty minutes.  I have to get up really early because yesterday was the first day of school and if I am not up before the kids, I will stop and talk to them and their parents and get distracted.  Speaking of getting distracted, for the past five hours I was watching a Nollywood film.  It should be called a mini-series because those things are so, so long.  I think they were created so that women would have something to distract them while they get their hair braided.  Maybe next time I braid my hair, which will not be for a long while, I will watch one with Genevieve.

Anyway, because I completed all of my exercises the last two weeks I bought myself some new shoes and some insoles.  I have a very high arch and the shoes these days don’t have the support you need.  My brother recommended The Nike Free Runs but I got the Reebok Version because they are prettier to me.

I know that once I get a job this exercising thing is going to be much harder because there is no room for me to get up late like ever.  Last night an old friend called so I stayed up.  I knew that I would not be wanting to wake up at 5:40am so I turned off my alarm click and did not wake up until 8:30am and did not work out until 11.  I don’t know why that keeps happening.  Like when I wake up at 5:40 or 6:30, I start at the most an hour later.  If I wake up after that I start 2 or 3 hours later. Beats me.  Maybe it’s  because it’s cooler in the morning.

Okay.  Sat and Sun I rested big time.  Sleep in. I need to stop staying up late.

My new shoes. They are prettier in person

Add a comment August 9, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 12

Okay. I will tell you that today I ran today, but that is not really important.  What’s important is that today I did not feel sore when I woke up in the morning.   In fact, I could have comfortably gotten up at 5:40am like I had been planning to do, trained, and been okay with that.  Out of bad habit and laziness I didn’t get up that early.

But the question is, what’s the secret? Why was I not sore?  What did I do to prevent the soreness?

One possibility is that I actually went to bed early.  I went at 10:40 when I usually go to sleep at 12am and even 1am.  You really need to allow your body to heal by sleeping enough.  Another possibility is the stretching.  Yesterday after circuit training I stretched every major muscle group.  One day last week I skipped stretching and I paid for it for about a week or so.  Do not skip stretching.  If you do, you will pay for it through injury and that will be a major set back.  You also may get soreness which will can also be a setback.

Here are the stretches I do:

UPPER BODY

Upper Back

Triceps

Chest and Shoulders

Biceps

LOWER BODY

Calves

Quads

Hamstrings

Groan

CORE 

Abdominals

Abductors/Adductors*

Lower Back*

*There is actually some controversy on whether these are apart of the core or lower body, but when I do exercises for them they are for the core.

I also want to add that I hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds.  You muscles are in shock stage for the first twenty seconds which is why you need to hold the stretches for at least 30 seconds.

Oshé! I’m exhausted. Went showing today and will update you about that later.

Add a comment August 6, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 11

Same as usual. I did the circuit training but I had such a difficult time getting up.  I was so sore.  It does not seem that the soreness is going away.  It makes it difficult to get up in the morning and when I exercise I feel exhausted. So exhausted.  But it makes sense because what happens during weight training or resistance training is that the muscles are exhausted which is why you should allow the body to rest on the in between days in order for the weight training to be more effective.  The only thing is I think I am resistant (haha!) to that advice because I do not understand why you should rest for 4 days out of the week and only exercise only 3 days out of the week. Our bodies were made to move not rest.  If you rest all the time you will not get any work done and the Bible only says to rest once per week not 4.  That is a lot.  Although a lot of health and fitness experts say that you should completely rest 4 days out of the week but you should practice less intense exercise on the other days. I do not know what I would do. Dance? That is not so intense.  Maybe that means I would do the running and the circuit training on the same day.  That might actually be better for me.  Maybe I will try that next week and I dance anyway.  Every single day. I don’t even need a DJ, my IPod or my computer, I can sing the music myself.

For the sore muscles, maybe I should hire a masseuse!! hehe.  Don’t quite have that kind of money unfortunately.  Ok. I shall leave you now.  Good day.

Add a comment August 4, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 8

Today I hit the snooze button 5 times but I made it out at 6:40am. Don’t want to talk about it too much because I have to study Physics/GRE.  I was a little worried because last week I walked for 5 minutes,  then ran 60s, walked 90s alternating for 20 min in all. 5 min cool down, static stretches for 15 min. And it was done. This week, I have 90sec running and 2 min walking so I did not know if I could do it.  Was easier than I thought, but definitely not so difficult.

Oh some bad news. When I was running….(get your eyes ready)….I saw dog poop on the street. I used my stick to see if it was soft. And it was!! That meant that the dog was near. I learned this trick from The Parent Trap Movie with Lindsey Lohan. Anyway, I kept running (only had 15 more minutes)because the Holy Spirit told me it was okay but I did my warm up inside. I don’t know if I need to wake up earlier or what, but I don’t want to be attached my a dog. I will just have to keep carrying my stick.  I don’t know why people can’t have the courtesy to keep their dogs chained up behind the fences. I will knock a dog out if (s)he tried to attack me. I’m definitely going to keep carrying my stick.

I have to keep writing blogs about this stuff because it is a great accountability tool.

Add a comment August 1, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k training: Day 6 and 7

I rested. What more can I say? Oh. I was thinking about not resting on Saturday.  The Bible says you only need one day to rest, but technically I was not resting. I cleaned a lot and then I made Sunday dinner for my parents, brother, and sister-in-law. =) Does that Sabbath rule really apply to women? Because it seems as though a woman’s work is never done.

Add a comment August 1, 2011

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