Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Sarah Jane
Tell us about yourself
- Name Sarah Jane
- Age 25
- Height 5’11
- Weight 175
- Occupation: Sales Account Executive
Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.
(Sarah) My “fitness journey/lifestyle” evolved almost two years ago, however as of four years ago I decided that I needed to make a change in my life If I really wanted to be happy and appreciate what I saw in the mirror. Two years ago, I picked up CrossFit for recreation and to keep the weight that I lost off. I would’ve never imagined that a sport that literally tests your fitness level and mental capabilities would be something I truly enjoy doing and maintaining the lifestyle that comes along with it.
What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?
(Sarah) Everything. I didn’t know about health or fitness, all I cared about was weight loss. My biggest struggle was staying off the scale and not getting so upset when the numbers wasn’t moving in the direction that I wanted or move at all. I could not comprehend why my body wouldn’t cooperate even though I was doing all the things that I was supposed to; eating right (counting calories) and exercising. Also, I wasn’t fair to myself in the early stages, I got upset when I would “fall of the wagon” and eat the “good food that is bad for you”, as a result I rarely enjoyed the process of losing weight and body transformation.
What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?
(Sarah) Stay off the scale! It’s easier said than done, trust me I know it is, but you must give yourself time to adjust to a lifestyle that you most recently adopted. I believe that the biggest hurdle to overcome is the extremely high expectations that we set with little to no room for failure. I think it’s great to set the bar high, please continue doing so, but also remember that the difficult part comes from the realization that enduring a new lifestyle will be difficult at first. Health and Fitness shouldn’t be viewed as a mean to an end, that perspective is temporary and one of the main reasons why its easy to become discouraged. A lifestyle change is the equivalent of learning a new language or skill, you will mess up a few times at first, but with consistent preparation and focus you will naturally get better at it. As cheesy as it may sound *eye roll*, Enjoy the process.
What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?
(Sarah) I don’t diet and exercise. I eat and train. I don’t believe it boils down to semantics because diet and exercise sounds restrictive and temporary. My goal is to maintain a level of consistency while continuing to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I eat to fuel my body to perform at a level that is acceptable to me. Eating is good! I love to eat lol. If I miss a meal I get cranky, if I get cranky I am not productive, and If I am not productive, I am wasting time. Time is of the essence and once it’s gone, that’s it. Every minute I waste not working towards my goals is time wasted and puts me one step back from the potential of where I could’ve been.
What’s a typical day of eating like for you?
(Sarah) It depends on the day and what my training looks like, but it can vary anywhere from 6-8 meals or times I eat. I eat about every two and a half to three hours.
Breakfast is always big (tip: you’ll burn more throughout the day if you fuel your body early) it can vary from 500-820 calories. 1 cup of spinach, 2 pieces of whole grain bread with protein (toast with a tablespoon of almond butter), 3 strips of turkey bacon, two boiled eggs (white part)
Meal two: Protein shake
Meal 3: ground turkey, asparagus, sweet potatoes
Meal 4: Arugula salad mix; light vinaigrette dressing
Meal 5: Chicken Breast, spinach, and brown rice
Meal 6: Chicken and Broccoli
Meal7: Protein shake and whole grain bread
Meal 8: Greek yogurt and strawberries
What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?
(Sarah) My training split is as follows:
Tuesday: Arms, Back, and Core
Thursday: Chest and Obliques
Saturday: Cardio and work on functional movements (deadlift, clean, jerks etc..) or mobility exercises
Favorite body part to train?
(Sarah) LEGS! (quads, hammies, glutes, calves) I love it.
Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?
(Sarah) My playlist varies between Gospel, Reggae, Dancehall, African Music, R&B, Rap, and Pop. If I had to choose a playlist of 12 songs that when I’m tired and really need that extra push to finish strong it would be:
R Kelly- World’s Greatest
Christina Aguilera– Fighter
Brian Courtney Wilson- Worth Fighting For
Nicki Minaj- Win Again
Rocko- Umma Do Me (remix)
T-Pain- Up Down
Cardi B- Bodak Yellow
Lil Jon- Get low (remix)
Mobb Deep ft. Lil Kim- Quiet Storm
Chief Keef – Faneto
Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You
Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?
(Sarah) Yes. Xtend BCAAs. I switch off between Amin.NO.Energy and C4.
What are your staple fitness products?
(Sarah) My staple fitness products are:
Dymatize Whey Isolate Protein
Xtend Scivation BCAAs
Favorite food/Cheat meal?
(Sarah) My favorite food is French fries!!!
One interesting fact about you?
(Sarah) I collect Wine. I have over 150 bottles in my collection. I worked in the Wine and Spirits industry for three years and developed a taste for good wine, I have an extensive knowledge of appellations, growing regions, and grape varietals.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
(Sarah) I am a Certified Personal Trainer, I am pursuing an MBA in Marketing with a concentration in Kinesiology, and I’ve launched a website, and business all in 2017 . None of that would’ve been possible without Jesus Christ. I am beyond grateful for where He has me right now and where He will continue to take me. It has been a busy year to say the least, but through it all I’ve found my passion in life that I believe is worth fighting for. Thank God for all the ups and downs this year has brought, I have learned so much since I stopped operating in fear. I encourage everyone, especially women to do the same. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want.