Skip to main content

My Body Challenge


For the last few years, I've been feeling a strong desire to live out some of my dreams.

One of  my goals is to get my body to its increase my fitness level. I want to be stronger and healthier. Working out, eating well, and staying hydrated is a start but I know I have ahead.

The 5K Nike Toronto Run with Hart (yep-yep the Kevin Hart) on August 2, 2015 was my first step. The run inspired me to become a lot more driven. I've decided to share my commitments with you and make a promise to report-back on my progress in the near future. Here are my fitness commitments:
Image: Wendy Smith 

  1. I'll have to keep my body moving. To start, I'll either run or speed walk for at least 20 minutes three times a week. 

  2. Recently, I was inspired by an article, 5 Reasons Running Makes You Happier on It  explains "runners' high, the positive impacts of running on your self esteem, and the benefits of joining a runners club versus running along, and a lot more. Hmm, fitness and happiness.

    On rainy or cold days, I'll use my elliptical or treadmill that's sitting in my basement catching dust. Yes, I have equipment that I don't use, don't you? Lol.

    Courtesy of
  3. I'm going drink at least 6 glasses of water each day. That's a big step for me. I'm pretty sure I drink about 4  per day max. There are many ways that water will benefit my "fabulous at 45" goal. Water will help my digestive system, my hair, my skin, my nails, and the list of beauty and benefits goes on and on.

  4. Image: FitMommyDiaries

  5. I'll do the plank for as long as I can, 4 times a day. Plus, I'm going to do the Diary of Fit Mommy's Plank You Very Much Workout  that I found on Planks are well known for helping to achieve an hourglass figure.

  6. Image: ThankGodI'

  7. I will do at least 10 push-ups per day to start and work myself up to a minimum of 20 per day. Check out the Diary of a Fit Mommy's Plank You Very Much workout. I'm also going to do exercises to strengthen my core, like the ones I found on Thank God I'm Natural.

  8. Image:Wendy

  9. I will sign up for a group run scheduled for the spring. It will give me a goal to work towards while I'm out doing my daily runs/walks. Nike is a great resource for upcoming Toronto races.

  10. I will eat 2 fruits and 2 vegetables every least. I know I should do better but it's a start.

    Image: Wendy Smith

  11. Although, my daughter is already an aspiring basketball player on a Toronto rep team, I will encourage her to join me in my workouts and  to continue to make healthier choices. 

  12. It's going to be a journey but I'm sure I can do it. If  I lose my way, there's lot's of help out there. See below for some helpful sites with workouts and fitness tips.

    Am I missing anything? I want to hear from you. 

    Nike+ Training Club is outstanding. It's got people running and working out all over the world. You can download some pretty sick workouts to do at home, sign up for a group run or workout, etc. Just download the app on to your phone, tablet, laptop, PC, whatever.

    Get Ready for Summer: 5 No Gym Exercises at a.k.a. TGIN...this summer's over but we can start getting ready for next summer, no?

Let's see how I do...



Popular posts from this blog

Parkas for 2015 Winter in Toronto

2015's fall/winter in Toronto has been pretty mild but the cold, snowy days of winter have started. If you don't have a good winter coat yet, I suggest you get out there and find one ASAP. Finding the right coat at a good price is not easy but I think I can help.

Check post, updated in 2018, on where I've find warm winter coats or parkas in Toronto.

Here are some places where I think you may get lucky...

From Curly to Straight in Less Than 1 Hour

My hair has grown a lot since I stopped relaxing. The transition took a long time, about two years, so I'm not about to damage it again. Wearing my hair natural has helped my hair to gain strength and thickness. But sometimes I just want to wear it straight and that means being careful not to damage it.

You've been sending me question about blowouts and how I go from curly to straight without doing severe damage. When it comes to hair growth, I have two key pieces of advice for you. Make sure to give your natural hair moisture and go the extra mile to protect it from heat. That's how I achieved the results in the before and after growth pic below.

These results are all me. I haven't been to a hairstylist in a very long time. Not because I can't find a good one, there are many talented stylists in Toronto. I just prefer to do my hair myself myself. Actually, anyone that knows me will tell you that I LOVE♥ doing my own hair. It comes out exactly how I want it to.


Blessed and Beautiful You

Feel like you've lost your sparkle? You don't like what you see in the mirror? What is it that you don't like? Don't just sigh and walk away. Stop and take a closer look at your face, your arms, every part of your body. What do you really see?