Monday, September 30, 2013

October Fitness Challenge

                               October Fitness Challenge

     Getting fit for many is usually a bit of a challenge. We usually start off with a lot of energy, hope, and determination but quickly burn out from drastically changing our lifestyle. When I decided to eat clean and become more active I learned that more is not always better (at least not in the beginning). On Sept 1, 2013 I decided to make a lifestyle change that fit MY LIFE and MY SCHEDULE. Remember everything is not for everyone. I had not eaten pork or beef for years so that part of my journey was easy. Now comes the hard part. ELIMINATING some things that I love *sighs. For 30 days I decided to cut out all artificial sweeteners, sugar, (most breads), white starches (rice, pasta, and potatoes) and all soft drinks. I replace these things with lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, proteins, apple cinnamon water and my favorite smoothies (made from fresh fruits and veggies). I also decided to detox using a colon cleanser. This help to eliminate all the junk that was already in my body. To help me stay active I decided to do 20-30 minutes activity each day. Some of my favorite activities are skating, bike riding and jogging. I eventually included the Insanity program into my routine every other day. I am now going to give you some tips that will help you change and continue a NO EXCUSE fitness journey.

                                      OCTOBER 30 DAY CHALLENGE

Step one: Detox your body- Whether you purchase a colon cleanser or use detox smoothies, cleansing your system will help you feel more energized not to mention help you have healthy nails, hair and skin.

Step two: Eat clean- Some people try to cut everything out all at once which will usually lead to them going back to bad habits. I personally cut a few things out at a time. I first cut pork and beef from my diet. Next I cut out soft drinks. Eventually I cut out starch, breads, and sugar. By doing it in steps, I gave my mind and body a chance to adjust to the changes I was putting them through.

Step three: Get active- Many people use the excuse that they don't have enough time. Well, if you have 10 minutes you have more than enough time. One of the things I love about the Insanity program is you do as many as you can in 60 seconds! Choose 10 exercises like jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, lifts, squats etc. Do each exercise for 60 seconds. You just did a great workout in 10 minutes. Make workouts fun! Bring out the kid in you. Have you ever thought about bike riding, skate boarding, skating, hula hooping or swimming. Get a group of friends together and build an obstacle course. Challenge each other! A gym is not necessary to stay fit. 

Great Tip: Keep a journal of all exercise and meals. Keeping this journal will help you stay focus. If you have a bad day a journal can definitely help you get back on track. It's also a great way to celebrate your fitness journey. Seeing what I accomplish every 30 days always make me smile.

I would love to see some before and after pics of you guys. Send them to

For Super colon cleasner Super colon cleanser

For recipes on great detox smoothies go to Whole Living Detox Smoothies
For apple cinnamon water recipe go to  Raw for beauty

For A-Z benefits of fruits and vegetables go to Benefits of fruits and vegetables

Here are some great you tube videos to help get you active. 




Saturday, September 28, 2013

Honey Avocado Mask

Honey Egg and Avocado Face Mask

Benefits of a honey,egg and avocado mask:

Avocado helps heal dry skin and eczema. The oil in avocado helps increase the amount of collagen found in skin. Avocado contains Amino acid which cleans and protect skin from eviromental damage. It is rich in Vitamin A, which helps remove dead skin cells from your body.

Honey helps moisturize skin by absorbing and retaining water on skin leaving your skin soft and radiant. It is an antibacterial, which helps fight acne and pimples.

Egg Yolk helps make your skin firmer. It also reduce inflammation and redness. Egg yolk contains Vitamin B2, B3 and Zinc. B2 helps alleviate stress, B3 Improves circulation and Zinc boost the immune system according to

Things you will need:

1/2 Avocado
2 teaspoons of raw honey
1 egg yolk
Spoon or fork
Blender (optional)


Cut avocado in half.
Use a spoon to remove the flesh of the Avocado and place it in the bowl.

 Add two teaspoons of raw honey.
 Add 1 egg yolk.

Mash all ingredients in the bowl together until the avocado have little to no lumps.
This next step is optional! If you have a blender, blend for 15-20 seconds. This will eliminate all lumps.
 Apply mask to your face using a circular motion. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes. Gently rinse mask using warm water. Gently pat skin dry using a clean hand towel.

I use this mask once a week. If helps my skin to stay healthy and moisturized. The mixture can also be used for a hair mask. Simply apply to damp hair. Leave mask on hair for 15-20 minutes. rinse using warm water. Shampoo, condition, and moisturize as normal.

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Video Tutorial Below

Quick and easy Mohawk

       Quick and Easy Mohawk Tutorial

Things you will need:

A wide tooth comb

Your favorite oil

A brush

A banana clip

Eco olive oil styling gel

Video Tutorial below
I use a two strand twist out to do this Mohawk. You can use a twist out, rod set or wash and go for this style. This is great for 2nd-3rd day hair :)

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Big Chop

     On May 24, 2012 just one week shy of my 38th birthday I decided to do the BC (Big Chop). I had been thinking about it for a while but was afraid to take that big leap. Going natural is a very personal decision and I knew that once I cut off my permed ends there would be no turning back. Having long hair most of my life and getting relaxers since I was 12, I had to be sure that I would be able to live with this new lifestyle. For eight months I watched youtube videos on transitioning hairstyles such as bantu knot outs, two strand twist, buns, and rod sets to name a few. Once I had grown about four inches of hair I decided to build up the courage to cut off my permed ends. I washed my hair so that I was able to see the permed ends and went to work with my brand new shears. I would not recommend cutting your own hair! After 30 minutes of watching my hair fall to the floor my nerves kicked in but the decision had already been made and executed. 
     In the beginning I had a love hate relationship with my new natural tress. Some days I loved my short curls and other days I wanted to hide them under a hat or scarf. My lack of knowledge and experience played a huge part in my insecurities. I began to research natural hair products and how to properly use them. I followed some great natural vlogs (Taren Guy, Nikkimae and Beautifulbrwnbabydol) that showed me hairstyles to wear during each stage of my journey. I am now 16 months natural and I'm so happy with the decision I made.
     My goal first an foremost is to have healthy hair. I would love to have waist length hair in the next three years. If I do not reach that goal, retaining whatever length I have and keeping my hair healthy will suffice. I have made many mistakes and learned a lot through trial and error these last 16 months. I plan on sharing both the good and bad on my continued journey. I am by no means a hair expert. Everything I post on this blog will be my personal experience. If you have any questions, advice or tips on natural hair please comment below. Below is a link on my big chop video and some hairstyles I wore during my journey thus far. Thanks for reading :)