Hey my loves,

I have finally written down my workout goals and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. I took my measurements and everything. So here are my goals and I want to accomplish all of this by the end of April. I think that’s a fair timeline.

Goal Weight: 130 lbs- I gain most of my weight in my upper body. My face has gotten fatter, my arms are getting bigger and it’s not muscle, and my midsection is not bikini ready.

Target Areas for Toning: Thighs, Arms, Abs– this will require lots of cardio and strength training. I’ve been consistent the last week with my strength training, but I can’t tone muscle if it is covered in fat and so I need to step my cardio game up. I’ve been consistent with my lower body workout as well. The amount of squats and lunges I do is record breaking for me. I also started this ab challenge to tone that area. Dr. Oz says that a waist size over 32 inches means that you are at greater risk for heart disease. So I would like to lose about  3″-5″ off of my waist. I want to make sure that I am below 32. That’s the largest that it should be.

Miscellaneous: Improve my eating habits. I’ve really gotten better with this over the last month or so. I did have a few set backs, like when I went to Philly and one day at work when I was bombarded with every carb you could imagine. Since my small slip ups I’ve been increasing my water intake, my protein intake, and minimizing the amount of bad fat in my diet.

I’m seeing small results, but I am seeing something. I’m surprised at how much my upper body strength has improved. I gain most of my weight in my upper body so cardio is important and also strengthening my core, arms and shoulders.

I’m using my Prabal Gurung for Target dresses as measurements of progress. Both dresses were a little tight in the upper body so hopefully I see results soon because as soon as it gets warm I’m wearing those dresses!

Here is the new cardio circuit that I’m going to try. This is in between workouts that I have at my job’s bootcamp. The trainer said we need to do at lead 2-3 workouts in between our sessions. I had to go on YouTube to figure out how to do some of the moves but I have them down now. So here is the new circuit I’m starting today. I’ll do this 3 times this week in addition to other strengthening and core workouts.  I found it on Instagram by the way lol

I’ll report back next week on my progress.

What are some of your fitness goals?

“Fitness is always in Fashion”

Last Thursday I left work at 2:58 (yes I know that is a strange time) and made my way from Brooklyn to Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in Manhattan by way of the D train. I have been talking about this event since I got the invite from Melissa of O So Chic. Lady Foot Locker teamed up with New Balance and celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak for boot camp style workout session.

At the beginning of the year when I created my vision board I designated a large spot for fitness. It says in bold letters “EAT HEALTHIER AND FLATTER BELLY” right next to a picture of Angela Simmons (We are the same height, close in weight, and have similar body types). I have been eating healthier and have seen a significant decrease in the belly area, but I have not been putting enough time in at the gym to see real results.

When I got this invite I thought this will be the thing to get me out of my workout slump which I have fallen victim to over the past month. As soon as I made the decision to attend I hopped on Google to learn more about Harley Pasternak. He has trained everyone from Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, to Rihanna. He uses what he calls the 5 Factor Program for dieting and fitness.

When all of the atendees arrived, we were given fly workout gear from New Balance including the newest line of sneakers from the Minimus Zero Collection. This sneaker is sleek and chic (was that too corny?). It comes in n array of colors and is extremely light weight. The light weight sneaker provides more comfort and the technology of the sneaker allows you to work your legs, thighs, and glutes all with a few easy steps.


Harley designed a workout plan that would target cardio, lower body, upper body, and abs. My lower body is probably the strongest because I am always doing squats and lunges. My challenging areas are definitely my core and upper body. I managed to get through the upper body workout but those planks were not working out for me. I thought I was going to be the slacker of the group but I kept up with the entire workout, well with the exception of the planks.

At the end we had a Q&A session with Harvey and also received signed copies of his latest book 5-Factor World Diet. We also received a copy of his book the 5 Factor Diet complete with recipes to help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. During the Q&A session we munched on the 5 Factor Snack Chips. I had sour cream and onion and they were actually really good. With me it is always a hit or miss when it comes to healthy snacks, but these were actually good.

Since last Thursday I hav tried to keep up with the workout routine. I have not been back to the gym but I have been doing 30 minute workouts in my house. Spring will be here next week and summer is right around the corner. I will be ready for the beach in no time.

Overall Boot Camp was an amazing experience. It motivated me to continue on my journey of living a healthy lifestyle. I want to make eating healthy and exercising normal routines in my life, not just when the spring and summer time hit.

Thank you to Lady Foot Locker, New Balance and ofcourse Harley Pasternak for a wonerful experience and the extra push I needed moving forward with a healthier lifestyle.