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What she order, fish fillet?

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By: Shea Harris

For a few months, I’ve been on this healthy kick and I can’t seem to let it go. In my previous blog post about fitness, I spoke about my four week journey with #OperationGetFineAF. After completing the challenge, unfortunately I wasn’t as active as I should have been. I didn’t necessarily gain weight, but I did lose my muscle tone from the challenge. The only thing that saved me from gaining weight was lent. For those who are unsure of lent, it is a time of sacrifice from ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday (40 days). During this time I sacrificed meat and sweets/desserts. I know y’all are probably reading this post like “girl whet?!” But yes, for 40 days I gave up the two things I absolutely love the most.

I’ll be honest, I had two slip ups during lent with the meat part but other than that I was good. Having no sweets/desserts was not that much of a challenge, but it was very tempting, especially when Publix had a 2 for $7 deal on Talenti Gelato. As a person who loves pork chops, steaks, burgers and other deliciousness I took it upon myself to become a pescatarian for lent. I am huge seafood lover and I must say I had some of the best meals during this time, especially since I’m located in Miami.

As long as I cooked my own meals and avoided swiping my debit card, the price didn’t really differ as I took on the pescatarian journey. The only thing I felt uncomfortable and uneasy about was having dinner with my peers. I’m not a picky person at all but with me sacrificing the main source of protein majority of my peers eat, I became that pain in the butt. My response to every restaurant was “as long as they serve seafood or a vegetarian option, we can go”. I hate being a picky person, but at the same time I’m trying to live as long as my great grandmother did (she was 100 years old).

After awhile I didn’t put that much thought into being one of the few people that was pescatarian, I actually began brag about it. I took so much pride in being able to give up such a major part of my diet. Instead of me saying “oh I cant wait to eat chicken and pork chops on Easter”, I said quite the opposite. On Easter Sunday, I ate seafood gumbo for dinner and welcomed my family to join me on this lifestyle change. I’m proud to say that after Easter Sunday, I am still going strong as a pescatarian. Now as far as the fitness part goes, I just started going back to the gym on a regular basis this past Monday (the Lord is still working on me y’all).

Did you give up anything for lent? If so, what was it? Are you a pescatarian or vegetarian? Let me know in the comment box below! 🙂

 

 

 

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Get it Right. Get it Tight.

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By: Shea Harris

A few weeks ago I shared my Vision Board with you all in a blog post. In one corner of my board I pasted pictures of workout clothing, running shoes and the Planet Fitness logo. One of my goals for the year of 2016 is to be the healthiest version of myself. 30 days ago I began two challenges with Campbell University alum. For 30 days I participated in #OperationGetFineAF and I also said no to sweets and deserts.

When I started these challenges, I didn’t necessarily have an end goal. I honestly just wanted to push myself physically and mentally. I hadn’t really worked out this intense since about Thanksgiving. Once the holidays arrived, I didn’t have an urge to workout or even eat healthy. I was eating pints of Talenti Gelato through out the week. If you’ve ever had Talenti Gelato, you would understand why I had a problem kicking this bad habit.

One random Monday morning, I saw a fitness tweet from a fellow Campbell alum and I had to jump on it! The fitness challenge I participated in was #OperationGetFineAF, organized by Rudi Fate of Believe in Fate. Through this challenge each participant was encouraged to work out Monday through Friday, as well as eating specific things on certain days. In addition to this challenge, I also didn’t eat sweets or deserts during this time. Here is a sneak peak of what I did for the past 30 days:

Nutrition:

No meat Mondays

Say no to all sweets Tuesdays

Turn up on a gallon of water Wednesdays

Eat yo 3 servings of veggies Thursdays

2 Servings of fruit Fridays

Workout:

Monday

Pyramid

35 Jumping Jacks

30s High Knees

25 Sit-Ups

20 Mountain Climbers

15 Reverse Lunges per leg

10 Burpees without push-ups

15 Jump Squats

20 Superman

30s Butt Kicks

35s Plank

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Not only did I complete the workouts Rudi provided throughout the week, but I also added cardio and weights. Once I added cardio and weights to #OperationGetFineAF, that’s when things got real. I began waking up being more sore than week 1 and my metabolism sped up. As I increased my mileage, I increased my speed as well.

Week 1 1.5 miles
Week 2 1.75 miles & weights
Week 3 2.0 miles & weights
Week 4 2.0 miles & weights

I enjoyed the challenges, but Lord knows I’m glad they are OVER (at least the no sweets and deserts portion). The craving for gelato and Hershey’s cookies and cream bar was insane! Although the challenges are over, I’m thinking about doing them again and continuing to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I encourage you to reach out to Rudi Fate at Believe in Fate and take part in this challenge if you are looking to improve your fitness lifestyle.

Day 1 of #OperationGetFineAF

Day 30 of #OperationGetFineAF