In the Home Stretch!


March 28th is the big day and I’m super excited. I’ll be video blogging most of it so you guy will get to enjoy the ups and downs and ups again. These next few weeks I’ll be blog happy so sit back and enjoy! We’re coming down to the wire, and that means the training has to step it up. I’m getting a T-shirt made that says “JG* Runs The City” and I’m thinking about setting up an online store for Ladies Run The City.

I’ll keep y’all posted.




JG*’s back in the gym!

New Vlog for you guys!

Y’all know I was getting my cardio in the Church last week, so my actually gym participation was down a little bit. But I’m back, and I’m sharing! Like always, nevermind the hair. THIS IS HARD WORK! THIS IS A STRUGGLE! No time for cuteness! LOL Even though I did put a little lip gloss on. 🙂

Enjoy! Work hard!


An amazing blessing!

As a member of Berean Christian Church I am also on the dance ministry Lions of Judah. Last weekend we had our Black History Month performance and i have to say that it was a BLESSING! We danced to Youthful Praise’s “The Blood” and when I tell you, the experience was AWESOME! When I think about what God has done for me, my family, my friends, this country, and this world, I can’t help but be extremely thankful for The Blood!I just hope our performance really ministered to the people, and it was such an honor to be able to use my talents to give honor to God.

Well, to bring this back to my fitness (lol) I have to say that this was pretty challenging on my body. We practiced pretty much every day last week and I have to tell you, we went full throttle each time. I told my trainer that I thought I was gettting enough of a workout from dance practice so he actually let me slide a little bit on the cardio workouts, however he did encourage me to continue to do some weights. Did you know that you burn calories throughout the day after lifting weights? When you only do cardio, the calorie burning ends when you have finished the exercise. Just some helpful knowledge.

So with 2-2 1/2 hour practices daily, I felt like I was really getting the fitness in last week! Now I’m feeling a little lazy and I’m slacking. And I hit up IHOP last night after church for my free short stack. 🙂 But I’m back on track and I’ll be in the gym TONIGHT! So perhaps there will be a video blog coming soon!

Have a great day, and ALWAYS be thankful for THE BLOOD!


the morning after… my workout in review

hey guys… another vlog comin at ya!



My Trainer only means the best…

For  Valentine’s day my trainer thought it would be a good idea to give me functional gifts instead of things like chocolate and candy that would seriously derail my training. Before he met me at the gym he texted me: “I have some surprises for you!” At this point I have come to know that this cannot be anything that I’d actually enjoy.

But alas! It was (kinda). I have a strong aversion to water and my trainer knows this. I don’t like it. I especially don’t like tap water, or anything that didn’t come from a bottle. But we’re in a recession and buying 40 bottles of aquafina isn’t really in the budget. So, my trainer first presented me with the wonderful and fabulous:

Brita Water Filter!

Brita Water Filter!

Seriously. How cool is he?

The next surprise meant that he was serious. He got me a Workout Log which is similar to this but I write in which workouts I do myself and it came in a book. It’s very detailed and it allows me to remember what workouts I need to be doing, how many reps, etc. Additionally it also helps him keep tabs on me. The sneaky man…..

The last surprise was dreadful, but I’ve learned to appreciate it.

That's me and that's his 3rd surprise

That's me and that's his 3rd surprise

That’s right a jumprope. Oh the pain and the misery. But luckily this was just for the 5 min cardio warm up. It looks easy as I was reminded of my elementary school years in which we had to jumprope for a certain amount of time for our fitness tests, but trust me. It aint what you think. But I’ve come to love this, better than being on the treadmill anyday!

Hope you all enjoyed my surprises as much as I did. 🙂 Next stop is another run!


morning workout: 2/17/09

morning guys… 

now that i’ve gotten rid of my migraine from yesterday, i’m back at working out hardcore (i promise JG* i do!!!!) so check out my vlogs here…



post workout


this morning’s workout was completed with the help of britney spears’ blackout album… this album is like non-stop upbeat tracks that when i was losing energy, they kepy me going… THANKS BRIT!



A workout is a workout

No matter how you do it! Get it in! 😉 




Me looking a mess as always. I took this picture after the West African dance class I took at the Alvin Ailey studio. Those who know me and know how much I love dancing, can probably understand how honored I was to walk in and take a class here. I went to NYC last weekend and couldn’t WAIT to get to the Alvin Ailey studio. It was an hour of fast-paced instruction and dancing. I was sweating even in the 40 degree weather! 

I want to encourage my ladies to get out there and do what you can to get your daily workout in. It doesn’t always have to be in the gym on the treadmill, or running 3 miles. Take a really fun class at your local YMCA or even go to a fun salsa club. Getting your heart rate up is an important part of getting your cardio and will ensure that you are burning calories all throughout your day! 

If you are in NYC or will be soon, please make sure you stop by the Alvin Ailey studio, and if you have seen or will be seeing (like me!) their 50th anniversary show in your area, let me know how it goes! 



“Running for THEIR lives!”