Tag Archives: fitness

What’s Really Going On?

Guys I’m not here.  Well, I mean I’m here, but I’m not writing or do I have plans to write anytime soon unless I get a request. (Oh, I will still have my pop-up fitness sessions at the Art Museum) Okay so let me explain:

This year, remember “the year to build?” Well it’s been very interesting in the last 5 months. I thought I’d be building my business (The Tenth Muse.) I thought I’d be working towards creating

Gotta step away from this for a minute.

Gotta step away from this for a minute.

a hybrid organization that uses sports to bring people together. I thought I’d be loving everything and working on it frequently after work. I thought all those things in December/January. But now, nah.  I am not sure what’s happening, but what I do know is that I need to take time to figure out where exactly  The Tenth Muse going.  So questions that I need to answer are:

  1. What are my gifts, skills and talents?
  2. How can I best use those to impact my community?
  3. Which community? Meaning which audience?
  4. How will I start and keep going with all my other obligations and do it well?
  5. Now that I’m done with my Board Prep Program, should I build a board or still keep it solo and build up?
  6. Jordan, what do you want to do? What can you do well?
  7. Why are you struggling so much with making major first steps and getting it from idea phase to tangible phase?
  8. Why do you feel like you need to speak to more people and keep doing research before making a move? Haven’t you done enough?

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Exercise and Eating

Whenever people ask me for some help & advice they always throw in, oh I don’t drink soda. Or something like I eat breakfast almost  daily too. I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of  individuals know that diet and nutrition play an important role, and working out on its own won’t solve whatever the problem is solely.  The issue people deal with, is learning how what you eat and drink impacts your body and to what extent AND how to workout effectively and efficiently. Yes, you’ll get results by just changing your diet and neglecting additional physical activity. Yes, you can see results by working out  while not changing your diet.  However, you will see maximal results when you adjust what you eat, when you eat, how you eat, and your workout principles: intensity/frequency/duration/rest periods. Here are a few questions I have. Think and answer these questions. You’ll find out where you’re going right and wrong AND where you need help. [That’s why I am here! 🙂 ]

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POLL: March Challenge?!

Be Sure to Like the Facbook page on the right side that’s the main way I’ll post updates. ALSO, if you have a specific fitness or diet aspect you want to work on let me know.

I want to do better with drinking water and pushups.

Get There. New Levels.


My Story

I have quite an uninteresting story on why I am the way I am and how I got into fitness and health.  Let me take you back to my youth:

Young J

As a little girl, I played tennis and did various other sports, but tennis was always my number one. Fast forward to high school– I played tennis all four years, did indoor track 2 years and outdoor track for 3. Also, I started running with a traveling club team during the summers. All during this time I was eating a whole bunch, not really bad, but not really healthy. My nickname for my track club team was “Salad” because when we went to fast food places I only got salad. It was too many decisions and I never ate out when I was younger. So yea, my name was Salad. At college I gained weight yall, I gained my freshman 15-20 lbs and it was in my cheeks…. BOTH SETS OF CHEEKS! Moving on, I did intramural and club tennis at Rutgers. I really enjoyed club until they told me they wanted me on the traveling team and their first match was in Wisconsin. Ummmm no thank you, my load is way to packed to be traveling..nah I’m good. 2009-2011 I worked with our football team as a student athletic trainer In the training room and a little bit on the field. I really wanted to…. no yall don’t understand—

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I took a month off & It was great!

Happy 2014!

Dec 13 I traveled home for my winter break. I had all these plans. Plans such as:

  1. I’m going to shop around and get a month membership to a gym.
  2. I’m going to reunite with Black Girls Run Philly.
  3. I am going to  etc etc you get it, I was very ambitious with less than 30 days.

LET ME TELL YALL WHAT HAPPENED! For about 6 days this was my life:

Winter Break

Yup. Just like Tiana… the bed was my boo.

I didn’t realize how sleepy and worn out I was until I had that chance to do nothing. I didn’t have to study. Work. Exercise. Clean. Cook..Nada.

What did I do?
I didn’t get a membership or even look for one. I have quite a lot of exercise equipment in my house so I did home workouts and I went on about 5 runs. I went back to my hill and realized how much I miss my hill sprints.  It was WAY too cold in Philly to meet up before 6am for BGR so nah, I’ll just keep running with BGR Columbia.

I was starting to stress out about not working out a few days before I went back to school, but I eat EXTREMELY well at home so ..we good.

Am I happy that I took this break?
Yes. Very. In Dec I realized my knees were bothering me a bit. Because of finals stress and the semester winding down, I really was fatigued. However, I needed I finish strong so I kept pushing. [one way for me to offset school stress  is to workout.] Now that I am back in SC and working out daily, my knees feel GREAT! My body is sooo refreshed.  On my first day back I took it light, but I know this semester I am hitting New Levels.

In Conclusion [ the point of all of this]:

Please take breaks in your workout schedule. Maybe every 2 months, take 4 consecutive days off. A month is a bit excessive, but it worked for me. Your body DOES need to recharge and recover, especially if you have been putting it under stress, both physically and mentally. You’re taxing your body systems and when you don’t let them recharge, you could get injured or ill.  If you are feeling pain somewhere, take a break and guarantee you aren’t injured before restarting. You have one body. It is your temple!

Get There. New Levels.


Black Girls Rock & Your Fitness

BGR 2013

This Sunday on BET was their annual award show entitled “Black Girls Rock” The organization was established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. The award show highlights various black girls and women who put in work EVERY DAY! making the world so much better in their own way. This award show has been televised for the pasts 3 years, and every year I’ve loved it, but the 2013 show was by for my favorite. I am so encouraged every year by the messages that the honorees tell the audience- they are very empowering. One of these years I’m getting recognized…believe that!

Often I find myself upset that I don’t have a mentor and figuring with a mentor everything could really be great because this mentor would be able to help me off the ropes and steer me through the system and I won’t have so many failure. But I think about what I’ve done thus far, and I didn’t have a mentor! I’ve had people who recognized what I love to do, recognize that I can do it well and are willing to step out on faith and use my skills…. NO mentor was there! I have to have faith in myself.

I was reminded once again that you have to be a catalyst for change. Waiting around for someone to offer a hand, being disappointed in past failures and fearing the future won’t get you anywhere in life. Queen Latifah had a great quote ”

Never let anyone tell you that you should stand behind them. You are the leader, you stand in front…Whatever it is that you do, you have to give back.

So …. What’s the connection between Black Girls Rock and your fitness?? Work hard! You don’t know who is watching you to see you succeed. You don’t know how far you can get if you do not quit. Every honoree had their share of challenges and tribulations, but giving up was never an option. Set a goal (or few) that will eventually force you out your comfort zone. It is so rewarding to know that, while you were doing what you said you would do and sticking to your goals, somebody is watching and getting encouraged whether you know it or not.  And even is nobody is watching you, you accomplished it! SHOOT!!

Blacks Girls Rock, and so do you. [iRock, I know that much.] No matter what, keep going after your dreams and goals. I am. And one day yall will see me up there.

Get There.

PS: Ava DuVernay’s speech at the Independent Film Fest has totally transformed how I am thinking about life.

If yall watch let me know how you feel now.