Each month since the beginning of the year I have hosted a fitness or nutrition challenge. The challenge for the month of May was #corechallenge . I challenged my followers, friend and clients to do at least 50 crunches and or sit-ups each day for the entire month.
A few of the ladies on Facebook and Instagram took this challenge to a whole other level. They posted every single day, encouraged each other to not give up, in spite of the initial soreness and even inspired others to accept the challenge. The ladies who were consistent showed results and while I am super proud of each and every person who participated, I am especially proud of my high school pal and track team mate Racquel. https://www.facebook.com/racquel.bryanaljoe Racquel did not miss a day of the #corechallenge and reported losing 3 inches from her waist in the 31 days. Consistency is the key you all. 1 month later and she is still doing her core exercises daily and has accepted this month’s challenge #pushupchallenge and is killing it.
If Racquel and the rest of the ladies can do it, you can do it too my friends. Set your self a monthly goal and stick to it. Find a friend to workout with, someone who will encourage you and help keep you accountable. #getyourassupandmoveyall
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On July 4th I competed in the world’s largest 10k, The AJC Peachtree Road Race in my home city of Atlanta. This year was my 8th year running in this event and was super stoked about this one, not only because it was the 50th anniversary of the race, or that their were of 60,000 of my pals runners, but this year I was happy to be sponsored by Mizuno Running.
I was given a pair of the limited edition Peachtree 50th Rider WAVEKNIT™ that were made in celebration of the 50th running of the AJC peachtree road race.
I had a little over a month to train in and get by shoes broken in for the race and I did just that. My WAVEKNIT™ were soft, comfortable and stylish. Most of my runs leading up to the race were after a long day of work, and if you have ever met a hotel manager you know, we are always on the move and tired feet comes with the territory. That did not prevent me from running 3-4 days per week in the month leading up to the race, as I was confident I had a great pair of running shoe. The Mizuno WAVEKNIT™ were comfortable, light, and soft on the inside, but had the support, stability and balance I needed to help me reach beyond and get me through my after work runs.
As expected the weather in Atlanta was hot, humid and sticky, but my shoes were on point with the top mesh that allowed my feet to breath and stay cool throughout the race. The red, white, blue and gold colors had me running not only in comfort and style, but also in honor of the American history.
I can truly say this was one of the most comfortable shoes I have ran in and wanted to thank Mizuno for the opportunity to rock these babies on this special day. Mizuno, you have totally won me over.
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Jamaican Style Steamed Snapper Fish
- Medium to large sauce pan depending on size of fish.
- 1 whole red snapper fish gutted and cleaned
- 1/4 each red, green, yellow, orange bell pepper chopped
- 2 stalks thyme
- 1 clove garlic shopped
- 1/4 medium onion chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Jamaican jerk seasoning
- 1 dash sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 small carrot chopped
- 1 small potato chopped in small cubes
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp seasoned salt
- Place whole fish in a sauce pan
- Add add all ingredients in pan on top of fish
- Cover and let steam for approximately 10 minutes on medium heat
- Lower temperature to low heat and let simmer for another 15 minutes or so until potatoes and carrots are tender.
For the month of May, I decided to challenge myself and a few of my followers to the Barrett Fitness 30-Day Apple-A-Day Challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to push myself to commit to doing something for 30 consecutive days and to inspire others to improve their eating habits. During the 30 days, we made no other changes to our diets. We only added an apple a day every day during the month of May.
We all know the saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” I do not think that is entirely true; however, apples can aid in the prevention of certain illnesses and could ultimately save you that visit to the doctor. According to my sister, who participated in challenge, “I felt more energetic and have more frequent bowel movements.” Apples are high in fiber and will definitely get your bowels moving more frequently. Regular bowel movements can aid in weight loss, help to maintain a healthy colon, and prevent certain cancers, such as colon cancer.
I lost 4 pounds, believe me this was not my intention, my body fat percent went down by .5 of a point, and I felt more energetic in the late afternoons. My weight loss was not a direct result of eating an apple each day, but I noticed was that I ate less food each day. By making a single change to my diet, I felt less hungry, causing me to eat less with each meal and, in my opinion, resulted in me dropping a bit of body fat. By the way, this is not a bad thing. Additionally, the apples I ate were usually sweet and caused me to drink more water, again not a bad thing.
Apples are tasty, nutritious, and are packed with a plethora of health benefits, including aiding in regular bowel movements, cleaning your colon, aiding in weight loss, and preventing certain cancers and chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Like most foods that are high in fiber, apples helps to promote a healthy gut and digestive system.
Apples are low in calories and high in fiber, and vitamin C.
So go ahead and accept the 30-Day Apple-a-Day Challenge or start your own challenge with your friends, family and co-workers.
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