Did you know that black women are are about three times more likely to die at the hands of a current or ex-partner than members of other racial backgrounds?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join Toni Carey, co-founder of Black Girls RUN! as she discusses domestic violence in the African-American community with Farriah Hickson, MA, clinical supervisor for a therapeutic foster care agency and domestic violence survivor Kimara Preston.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233
Over the past few weeks, several people have asked, "What's the big deal with the '21-Day Clean Eating Challenge'? What's the hook?"
And every time, my reply has been the same...."Nothing! That's the beauty!"
First and foremost, the "21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" isn't some scam or weight loss quick fix. It isn't magic. And it's not a pyramid scheme. Could you start clean eating on your own? Of course! Do you NEED this course in your life? That's for you to answer.
I've been a fan of Danielle Omar ever since I met her. Her approach is straightforward and simple. She makes you ask, "What would happen to my body and how would I feel if you cut out processed foods and other things that may unknowingly be negatively affecting my body?"
It's seldom that we, as stressed out and time crunched human beings, ever take the time to truly evaluate what we're stuffing in our mouths between meetings, on our way to soccer practice or, dare I say, after a good workout. Don't feel bad. We ALL do it, and old habits are hard to break! But, it's my hope, that our "21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" will make you *pause*, take inventory and get HONEST about your eating habits and how they may be impacting you physically and emotionally.
This isn't some gimmick, and yeah, you could pay $0 to go through a clean eating course, but I believe Danielle and her Nourish program are something special. If it wasn't, I wouldn't recommend it.
If you would like to learn more about Danielle Omar and the "21-Day Clean Eating Challenge" check out the video below or head over to the blog to read some FAQs about the program. You can also check out what others had to say about the program.
Did you know that black women are are about three times more likely to die at the hands of a current or ex-partner than members of other racial backgrounds?
I was shocked and disturbed when I read this and wanted to do something about it- or at least help the victims already suffering from domestic violence.
So, this month we are announcing the Love. Peace. Sole. virtual race on October 24. A portion of proceeds from this race will go to YWCA. YWCA's mission is focused on eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA serves over 500,000 women and children each year through women's shelters and domestic violence services.
We're also adding two items to the BGR! store that will also support YWCA. This includes a BGR! necklace with a heart pendant, to remind women to love themselves first. It also includes a Love. Peace. Sole. performance tee, which is purple, the color for domestic violence awareness.
Tees will be pre-order so we can deliver before Oct. 24, and you can wear them at virtual run meet-ups.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, visit, www.ywca.org. To find your local YWCA, click here. Or call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). For the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
The 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge is kicking off on September 14 and we are looking forward to eating clean and feeling good! While many of you are just as excited as we are, we’ve had a few questions about the program. So, Danielle Omar, registered dietitian and leader of the 21 Day Clean Eating Challenge stepped in to answer your questions and squash any reservations about the course!
1. What can I expect out of the 21-day clean eating challenge? Will I lose weight?
You can expect to recreate your relationship with food! You will learn that you can eat less and feel full. You will learn that nutrient dense foods satisfy. And yes, you will lose weight...most people do.
2. What do I do if I have questions along the way?
There is a group kick-off call where you will have the opportunity to ask me questions directly. You will also get support from me throughout the program in a private online group.
In addition, you will have a community of fellow participants who support each other during the entire process!
3. I’m a working mom and don’t have a lot of time to cook. Are the recipes quick? Will my kids enjoy the food?
There are a variety of recipes that cater to both the beginner and the experienced cook. Your children can eat everything you're eating. I’ve created specific recipes that are "Family Friendly."
4. How will the program improve my running?
Your running will improve because you will learn how to properly fuel yourself on and off the track!
5. Should I do this if I'm training for a half marathon?
Yes, I provide modifications for anyone who is very active or in training.
Still have questions?? Post below and Danielle will be happy to answer!
No questions and excited to register?? Sign up here!!
At BGR! headquarters, we are inspired every day by our community. No doubt, when I hear a story of a woman changing her life, I think... can it be that I'm really a part of this? That I co-founded this movement!!!?? I am so honored to have that small part in your stories.
Little did you know, but other black women are inspired by BGR! runners too. And they're not just runners. They're from the beauty, fashion and music world. I really want you all to meet Crystal, Bridgett and LAMIK founder, and hear it straight from them.
Crystal Monee Hall is one of the most talented, extraordinary singer-songwriters in music today. Over the course of her career, Crystal has replaced Jennifer Hudson in a Disney production, starred on Broadway in RENT, backed Mariah Carey and Elton John, and toured the world for two and a half years as the lead singer of The Mickey Hart Band. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her new album, produced by the core team behind John Legend’s Grammy-winning “Love Into the Future." It is a work replete with themes of love, equality, activism and the importance of the arts in giving a voice to the unheard.
Black Girls RUN! has inspired Crystal in her songwriting and motivated her to be an even more positive role model for Black women. She believes that, "to be the change and inspire change, whether through fitness or activism, you have to be willing to change yourself first," and BGR! has been an essential piece of this change. Since engaging with BGR!, Crystal has adopted a regular workout regimen and a clean eating diet, both of which have improved her energy and restored her voice after periodic vocal problems. Although she says “Black girls walk briskly in the meantime," she is excited to be a part of BGR! and is on track to completing her first 5K with the organization! Over the fall and spring, BGR! will be getting exclusive access to her new project, behind the scenes studio content, and live performances at our BGR! race events. Keep your eyes open for Crystal's new hits dropping this fall!
Bridgett Artise, designer at Born Again Vintage, has reinvented the ways of sustainable fashion and changed the ways of affordable luxury. She shares how her business began and what inspires her. "Starting out as Reconstruction Designer was very challenging, there very few to no one else doing it. I couldn't look to another brand for inspiration nor guidance. I was doing something that I was passionate about and at the time, that was all I was concerned about. It wasn't until I got the book deal did I take any of it seriously or did I realize how "green" or sustainable what I was doing really was. I've always been an outside of a box thinker and it has paid off for me tenfold. I say all of this to say, your passion very rarely steers you wrong. Perseverance is key!
BGR! runners inspire me because it makes me think of me just starting out and knowing what I wanted to accomplish but how it looked so overwhelming and just like you guys, you keep at it. You keep at it days when maybe you don't want to run or you are not feeling good but you keep your eyes on the prize. To stay motivated is an accomplishment that rarely gets acknowledgment...I acknowledge YOU and I salute YOU!" - Bridgett Artise
Kim Roxie, founder of LAMIK cosmetics is building an empire that began in her apartment. Kim tells BGR! U what inspires and motivates her to succeed."LAMIK began in my apartment while attending Clark Atlanta University my senior year. I created LAMIK (an acronym) based on the mission it stands for Love And Makeup In Kindness. Love and Kindness is your true makeup, because Beauty is revealed, not applied. Pursuing our mission daily, creating products that bring that mission to life, it is the most enjoyable 24 hours 7 days a week calling I could be driven by! The LAMIK Company Rocks!
I'm inspired by the Beauty of my Mother Loretta. She had Love for everyone, showed Kindness to anyone, and had flawless milk chocolate skin, she enjoyed Makeup! When I started LAMIK, my mother invested $500 dollars. Last year, When we were celebrating a decade of being in business, I also had to celebrate her life, because we laid her to rest in October to Breast cancer. So what continues to inspire me is my mother's beauty which can be translated by the acronym LAMIK. Loretta Always Madeup In Kim.
I'm looking forward to the Black Girls RUN! & LAMIK Partnership being a life changing agreement. It will signify to black girls that beauty on the outside most be transparent of the inside. I remember going by the BGR! Convention in Atlanta last year, and seeing the excitement and enthusiasm the girls possessed while there! That's when I knew LAMIK has a place within the BGR! mission & family. Since BGR! founder is black and I'm black it shows Black Girls Running together for Success, which means we all Win!!" - Kim Roxie
Thank you to Crystal, Bridgett and Kim for being part of our All Access Summer Series. You're incredible.
Want to follow these ladies?
Shop LAMIK at www.lamik-beauty.com.
Deneen Young shared the story of her first BGR! meet-up with us recently. She had been running outside by herself at 4:30 a.m., and decided it would be safer if she found others to run with her.
She asked the BGR! group... and soon she was a run coordinator, an ambassador and then became a Health and Fitness coach. And motivational speaker. And life coach.
It's amazing how change is set in motion with a first step forward. Deneen made a decision to love herself, and like herself, and then she took action. (Check out the podcast here).
I want everyone to consider another first step.
We launched 21 days of clean eating this summer, and we're doing it again this fall beginning September 14. This time, there's a weight loss protocol to follow, and different recipes for fall.
Check out the experiences of some of our summer series participants -
“BGR! U has been a welcome change in my daily routine to become a healthier person. Nutrition plays a major role in living a healthy lifestyle; therefore, it’s very easy to lose track of what foods are good for us. We are a very taste conscious society so if it doesn’t taste good we mostly likely will not eat it. Since I have started the 21-day challenge, I had to refocus on what it takes to get more healthy and fit. Although I run a lot of half marathons and long distance bike rides, I wasn’t eating the right types of food to properly fuel my body for endurance. I had always been a big fast food eater, but the clean eating challenge has significantly reduced my junk food habit. I never thought that I would be able to kick my Coke addiction again, but I haven’t had one since July 1st. I have lost nearly 10 lbs and several inches off my waistline. The 21-day challenge has helped me become more conscious of what I’m eating because I’m learning how to read food labels. Thanks for offering a great program.” -Vivian Prewitt, BGR! Memphis
“At first I was a little nervous about being able to follow this program, but that feeling quickly diminished on my first day when I started drinking the smoothies. My favorite is the Papaya Greensicle and my 8-year old grandson liked it too. After 2 weeks into the program, I realized that I have more energy, I don’t feel bloated, puffy or aching when I wake up in the mornings. I eat less meat and more vegetables. I’m glad that I can add more green vegetables into my diet at every meal. I thought I ate healthy before but now I have learned what I was lacking and will definitely be eating this way from now on.” -Phyllis Johnson, BGR! Tampa
I'm blown away by the results for these runners, and also for myself (more on my experience here!). I hope you'll all consider joining in for the fall course. As runners nutrition is SO important, and it's a critical part of getting what we want out of our run.
I bet some of you still have questions! Share your questions or concerns in the comments on this post or on Facebook. We'll ask Registered Dietitian Danielle Omar, who leads the course, to share her answers! In the meantime, book your spot and register here!
By: Bambi Sharpe (BGR! North Jersey, Run Coordinator for Jersey City)
Running the Newport Liberty Half Marathon will be the second half marathon that I will run. The first half marathon that I ran, I had no strategy what so ever, but to finish. This half, I am aiming high...well higher. I would like to finish in less than two hours and thirty minutes. Between participation in BGR! and service in the military, I am a runner but rarely do I log long any miles over four to five.
To motivate myself to get where I need to be and hold myself accountable, I set up a training schedule through an app that plans the number of miles I am to run within the time leading up to the Newport Liberty Half Marathon. I, also, have a running partner. It is easier to give up on yourself. But when you have someone that has committed to the same challenges that you have, it’s hard to leave that person out there hanging. Between the partner and the app, I am held accountable, I increase my mileage at a steady rate, and I build up my endurance. I workout a total of six out of seven days.
During the week, I run at least five days incorporating three of those days with strength training to help build muscle and core training to help improve my running posture. Day six is low impact cardio such as elliptical, stair master, or walking on the treadmill. Day seven is a rest day. You must always give your body time to repair, recover, and build muscle (muscle is built on the rest day). Adequate sleep is
Along with the physical aspects of training, there is also diet and emotional well being. Although I want to try to drop 10 pounds before race day, it is important that I have a well balanced meal that accommodates and supports the amount of increased exercise that I will be conducting in the days leading up until race day. I feel that the lighter that I am the easier it will be for me to sustain on the other hand I believe that training at my current weight will only get me accustomed to running at the weight that I currently am. My body getting the correct amount of nutrients is essential. I don’t want to go down in the training process nor race day. Ensuring that I am well hydrated and replacing the fluids that I sweat out is also important (I am a sweater). I am trying to drink a gallon of water a day. I have not been able to achieve the entire gallon within a days time but as long as I have consumed at least three fourths of the jug, I feel as though I have accomplished a lot.
The final and most important training aspect that is a must is to ensure that I am surrounding myself with people who have similar goals, positive, and encouraging. Every dog had its day so it is very important that when I have those day when I don’t believe in myself that I can always go to my winner’s corner for some positive affirmations and encouragement. Having someone that believes in me, other than myself, helps get through the rough times when I am doubting myself.
I see the Newport Half as a stepping stone for me. It is the race were I increase my standards of just being the average runner. It will be the race where I see if I can stick to my plans of preparation and to see if my hard work and dedication pays off. I believe that it will. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
More information on the Newport Liberty Half Marathon:
When: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Racers take their mark at 8:30 a.m. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.
Where: Newport Town Square
100 Town Square Place
Jersey City, NJ 07310
What: Jersey City’s popular half marathon championship marks its 21st year! Recreational and elite runners from around the country can compete for $3,000 in prize money on a USA Track & Field-certified course that interweaves with the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway from Newport to Liberty State Park.
The open-air race has been called the most beautiful course in the Tri-State area with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge.
Winnings and records will be awarded immediately after, during the Post-Race Party with refreshments, a local DJ and several prize drawings for gift cards and event tickets. All runners will receive finisher medals.
Social Cause: Proceeds are being donated to the Jersey City Medical Center, the area’s newest regional teaching hospital, proving the highest level of care for women, infants, and trauma and heart patients.
Registration: $50; waived for VIP bloggers
Fashion and Fitness go together like peanut butter and jelly or hummus and pita bread...why you ask?
Generally people work out to improve themselves, their weight, their health, their state of mind, their overall well being. All of these things take time, though we sometimes wish it was an easy fix, it is not. What is an easy fix however is dressing up the outside. While we work on everything else we are still able to put our best foot forward by dressing up!
Fashion has always spoken for us, especially women. It allows us to make a statement without speaking. When we couldn't vote or didn't have equal rights, those were the times when we were our most glamorous because our clothes articulated for us what we couldn't say. Decades later a lot has changed but we are still speaking through our wardrobe.
Fitness is a priority in most of our lives if we are to live long healthy lives. When we are able to match our sneakers with our hoodie, or our neon leggings with our t-shirt it shows we are excited about improving ourselves, that we want to look our best and feel our best. Am I saying you have to look like you are about to hit the runway when going out for a jog, absolutely not! I am saying that when we present our enthusiasm to the world via fashion it speaks volumes.
Ladies, Let your inner Fly Fitness Self be heard!
bout Born Again Vintage & Bridgett Artise:
Bridgett Artise is a wonder to fashion. The way she has snuck up on our beloved industry has only left us wondering where she has been all our lives- especially in those moments when we had a few yards of fabric to spare and lacked the wondrous vision she so greatly possesses. Surprisingly, she is a FIT graduate who’s path was to be a buyer, and after working for the likes of Claire’s, Strawberry’s and Bloomingdales it seemed to be a done deal. Nowadays she wears many hats, some of which include designer of Born Again Vintage, event planner, professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, titled Vintage Expert by the New York Times and most importantly, mother of two beautiful children. To learn more about Bridgette and Born Again Vintage head over to www.born-againvintage.com.