My hair is a ratchet mess. So, as a result I am going to ignore my hair and post about my workouts because this hair needs to be shaped and dyed. Lawd have mercy.
Anywhoo, I have changed my workout regimen and I wanted to share. Since this summer I have been working out with a trainer. I started out doing 30 minutes of cardio and weight training about 4-5 times a week, alternating between chest back and shoulders and abs arms and legs. I haven’t seen a difference in my weight but I have seen a difference in my body and I have felt an overall difference in terms of strength. The reason I haven’t seen much of a difference in my weight is because my body was converting fat into muscle and getting stronger.
Now that I have my strength up I am changing my work outs. It’s all about toning and sculpting right now. So, I am spending less time in the weight room and focusing more on body weight exercises (strength training exercises that don’t require free weights). These workouts are also all the cardio you need. It’s no joke. I hate them but they are definitely worth it. The exercises I love to hate most are Burpees, Mountain Climbers, Plank Walk Pop Up, Pike Push Up, Squat Jumps, Dragon Walks, Hindu Push Up, Assisted Pull Ups, Pike Elbow Up, Driving Knew Push Up, Side Plank… etc… See the video below to know what I am talking about.
I have to admit I’ll miss the weight room though. I loved being the only woman in there representing and lifting more weight than some of the men but I need to chill out unless I plan on looking like a damn man. So… the dance room it is for now… and the weight room will be only twice a week with less weight and more reps.
This video is no joke. I can’t do all of these exercises but I do what I am able to do. Check it out.
Let’s get it ladies so we can be butt nekkid in deez streetz!. I kid. I kid.
Onward and upwards er’body! Let’s meet our new goals this year and learn from the best!
Interesting article to share via Marc and Angel Hack Life Practical Tips for Productive Living
By Sam Of Financial Upside
The day may have 24 hours of equivalent length but every hour is not created equal. Beginning the day with a purpose and a plan increases your chances of success.
In her book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam writes, “Seizing your mornings is the equivalent of that sound financial advice to pay yourself first. If you wait until the end of the month to save what you have left, there will be nothing left over. Likewise, if you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, ponder how to advance your career or grow your organization, or truly give your family your best, it probably won’t happen.”
Here are 11 smart ways to start your day. I would suggest that the most successful people do the majority of these things during the first couple hours of their morning as part of their daily routine.
- Get an early start.
- This extra time will help you avoid speeding tickets, tardiness and other unnecessary headaches. In addition, most markets and businesses open by 9 A.M. Whether you work from home or commute to an office, the more time you’ve had to digest the day’s news and obstacles ahead, the greater advantage you’ll have over your competition.
- Review your Focus list.
- What is your number one goal right now? What’s most important to you? What makes you happy? Design your time around these things. Remember, time is your greatest limited resource, because no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8.
- Review your TO-DON’T list.
- A ‘TO-DON’T list’ is a list of things not to do. It might seem amusing, but it’s an incredibly useful tool for keeping track of unproductive habits, like checking Facebook and Twitter, randomly browsing news websites, etc. Create one and post it up in your workspace where you can see it.
- Other than the obvious health benefits, movement increases brain function and decreases stress levels. Developing a consistent habit of exercising is a discipline which will carry over into your business day – Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is in the gym by 5 A.M. every morning. If you can, go outside for a walk, or jump on the treadmill and start out slow. This will jump-start your metabolism and your day.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Your brain and body speed are a function of what you intake. Bagels, muffins and sugars have the tendency to slow you down. Fruits, proteins and grains help provide a consistent stream of energy without the sudden drop-off. Try a mixture of orange, apple and lemon juice with a spinach omelet one morning and let me know how much better you feel.
- Kiss your partner goodbye.
- It sounds cheesy, but most truly successful people have a great home life. Acknowledging your partner (and kids) mentally relaxes you, allowing you to focus on the day ahead. Don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re striving to be successful so they may benefit as well.
- Practice 15 minutes of positive visualization.
- In his program Get the Edge, Tony Robbins explains the importance of gratitude visualization first thing every morning. In a nutshell, spend roughly 15 minutes thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize everything you want in your life as if you had it today. The effect? Elevated certainty in everything you do, and always being in peak state. Despite how ‘new age’ it sounds, it’s had incredible effects on associating success into my every-day life.
- Put first things first.
- Successful people recognize that not all hours are created equal, and they strategically account for this when planning their day. For most of us, our minds operate at peak performance in the morning hours when we’re well rested. So obviously it would be foolish to use this time for a trivial task like reading emails. These peak performance hours should be 100% dedicated to working on the tasks that bring you closer to your goals.
- Eat that frog.
- Brian Tracy’s classic time-management book Eat That Frog gets its title from a Mark Twain quote that says, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day, and nothing else will be more difficult. In others words, get the tough stuff done first.
- Connect with the right people.
- Relationships are the basis of business – communication is the basis of relationships. Successful people associate with people who are likeminded, focused, and supportive. These people create energy when they enter the room, versus those who create energy when they leave. Connecting with these positive people in the morning can set you up for a positive day.
- Stay informed.
- Whether you prefer National Public Radio or the Wall Street Journal, spend a few minutes each morning learning about what is going on in the world. Not only will it educate you, it may change your perspective or inspire your actions for the day.
I have to be honest… I haven’t always taken care of my hair. My hair used to break off, have excessive split ends, and at one point fall out. In 2007, I became a vegan and charged my overall diet and that is when I began to see a huge change in my hair. IT STARTED GROWING… Like a weed! I started taking better care of my body, exercising, doing yoga- vinyasa and Bikram, and taking vitamins- a Multi- vitamin, B-Complex, Biotin, and Vitamin E.
My diet and exercise regimen has continued and evolved since. I am now a vegetarian/pescatarian- I do eat eggs (organic cage free) which are great sources of protein, a major component of maintaining healthy hair, and fish, organic salmon in particular. Most of my diet consists of vegetables and some fruit, nuts, and protein. I attribute my length retention to my diet, nutrition, and exercise. However, maintaining the health of my hair has been a new learning process for me.
My ends are quick to split! So I’ve recently been religious about sleeping with a silk night cap to prevent damage to my ends while I sleep. I also started to give my ends a weekly overnight grape seed oil treatment and I am very careful about combing and brushing! I used to rake through my hair with a vengeance but I am now more careful and patient and I always apply a conditioner in the shower before to soften the hair and help with set detangling. I try not to brush my hair when it is dry and I always brush from the bottom of my hair to the top. I also do a weekly protein treatment and deep conditioner which leaves my hair looking healthy and keeps it strong so I won’t be forced to cut too much hair when it’s time for a trim.
(BUT SHE STILL DOESN’T LISTEN TO ME WHEN IT COMES TO MIXING HER LEAVE-IN WITH ALOE VERA GEL SHE IS STILL USING NON-LEAVE IN AS A LEAVE-IN AND I WANT TO PUNCH HER FOR IT. SMH. THIS IS ANT BTW AND CELESTINE IS MY SIS IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW)
Surprise, Surprise! It has to do with her diet. Hey Fran Hey is somewhere shaking her head like, “I BEEN told you snitches that!”
I know no one understands why that title “I got DANdruff in my hair” is so funny to me. My dad told me when he was in grade school he and his best friend would terrorize his teacher by yelling “I GOT DAN..druff in my hair!” Say it out loud. Do you see why the teacher was so annoyed by his psuedo-cursing? Isn’t that funny??!!
Anywhooo, real rap I have dandruff. It happens every winter. For some reason, my scalp thinks it is doing me a favor by creating layers of dead skin to shed and keep my head warm. It isn’t severe dandruff but it is enough to notice. I have also been dealing with a really tender, throbbing head. For some reason, after washing and moisturizing my hair, my scalp will ache afterwards. I can’t figure out for the live of me what is going on but with the help of Antoinette (although this can easily be done solo), I attempted some self medication to relieve and revive my scalp using tea tree oil as the active ingredient and jojoba oil as the carrier (it can be any NON-mineral or NON-petroleum based oil).
I hate to gross you out but I wanted to provide a visual of my dandruff. It is not that bad but it is consistently shedding.
My hair was previosly washed, so I did this treatment on dry hair. I started by mixing my Jojoba and tea tree oil together in a bowl. You do not want to burn your scalp with the highly concentrated tea tree oil so make sure you are putting 5x more jojoba than tea tree. I did not measure anything but I can guess-timate that I added 1 and a half capfuls of tea tree oil to 1/4 cup of jojoba.
In order to make sure that this mixture was reaching as much surface as possible on my inflamed scalp I decided to put my hair into 8 straight backs and apply the oil to my exposed scalp area. Honeychild, it felt like heaven.
I know that I will have to repeat this process about twice a week to stay on top of the dandruff because just one application does not do it for me.
I hope this helps any of the tender-headed, dander sufferers out there like me. We in this together!