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?

(SarahEverything. 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?

(SarahStay 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?

(SarahI 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?

(SarahIt 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? 

(SarahMy training split is as follows:

Monday: Legs

Tuesday: Arms, Back, and Core

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Chest and Obliques

Friday: Legs

Saturday: Cardio and work on functional movements (deadlift, clean, jerks etc..) or mobility exercises

Sunday: off

Favorite body part to train?

(SarahLEGS! (quads, hammies, glutes, calves) I love it.

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(SarahMy 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)

Drake- Energy

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?

(SarahYes. Xtend BCAAs. I switch off between Amin.NO.Energy and C4.

 

What are your staple fitness products?

(SarahMy staple fitness products are:

Dymatize Whey Isolate Protein

Xtend Scivation BCAAs

Amin. NO.Energy

 

 Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(SarahMy favorite food is French fries!!!

 

One interesting fact about you?

(SarahI 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?

(SarahI 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.

 

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