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Health Nut Wednesdays: MADFREE #30For30 Movement

Image activist Michaela Angela Davis is well known in the fashion and media community. She was the fashion editor for Essence, the founding fashion director for Vibe, has styled celebrities such as Oprah, Beyonce’ and Mary J. Blige. She is also vocal when it comes to the image of women and she has appeared on numerous television programs and documentaries discussing issues affecting black women as well as discussions regarding race. She was most recently seen on CNN’s Soledad O’Brien’s “Who’s Black In America” which aired last week.

Michaela recently launch #MADFREE, a platform for women to discuss image and beauty. #MADFREE recently launched it #30for30 Movement where participants work out for at least 30 minutes a day, every day, for the month of December. The initiative has a loyal following on Facebook and Instagram and I suspect that it will continue to grow throughout the month.

I suggest everyone participate!! Find 30 minutess a day to do some type of exercise. Walk, run, do yoga, something!! Just get moving!!

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Health Nut Wednesdays : Couch 2 5K

Success!!!

Success!!!

I’ve been working on getting back on the healthy road. A friend of mine suggested I look into Couch 2 5K. C25k is a mobile app in which you can train for a 5k marathon with out paying for a trainer. I had recently rejoined my gym and thought this would be great to try out. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I figured why not give it a try. I wasn’t necessarily the running type so I figured this would be a great way to get me moving.

The way the app works is it builds your resistance up. You only run 3 days a week and it alternates between walking and running. So the first week you run for 60 seconds and then walk for 90 seconds. Week 2, run for 90 seconds, walk for 2 mins.

This week I started week 3. I admit I was extremely hesitant because this week it got intense. Run for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, run for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes.

Yes 3 minutes.

I’ll admit it. I doubted myself. I’m not the smallest person and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. I was really nervous. So what did I do?

I went to the gym, got on the treadmill turned on my music and started the program.

And guess what? I ran for 3 minutes without stopping! TWICE!!

I believe that 50% of exercise is physical, the other 50% is mental. When I was running, my legs were hurting. It was hard. But I had my music pumping in my ears and I just push myself.

“Keep it going, Malikah. You got this.”

So happy right now!!

So happy right now!!

After I finished, I felt so GOOD!! I had the biggest smile on my face. Running for 3 minutes straight was a personal threshold for me. I would have never thought I’d be able to run for 3 minutes non-stop. After I got done, I felt like I could run for 30 more minutes. My mind set completely changed at that moment. Physically it was tough, but mentally I loved it. My inner runner has been born.

I’ve made the decision to not look at exercise as just something to do. It’s a lifestyle. I’m incorporating it into my life. Since I’ve adopted that mindset, exercising has become much more fun. I used to say “Running isn’t for me” not because I didn’t like (I never did it) but because I was afraid. Now that I have overcome that fear, I love it. Can’t wait to do it more.

What are you doing for exercise? Leave a message below!!

*sidenote: Both times I ran, J*DaVeY was playing on my iPhone. Go figure!!