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Painted Ladies: COLOR ME RAD!

Color Me Rad was wonderful! My sister accompanied me for the day :-).

I must confess, I didn’t run the whole time. Reason being, the race was held in the most popular theme park of my yesteryear, Great America (formerly Paramount’s Great America), and I was too swept up in nostalgia to not pause and look around at my childhood! Also, I wanted the experience to last. This race was FUN. From getting blasted with paint in various forms, to dancing to the playlist of an awesome DJ, to having barre and Zumba instructors help the crowd warm up!

I foresee running another 5k very soon. In the meantime, here are some colorful pictures!

After!

After

Before!

Before!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Magazine sponsored this race.

Self Magazine sponsored this race.

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Photo op

 

Running to the finish

Running to the finish

VICTORY

VICTORY

 

-Udeme

It Was Fun While it Lasted (Which Wasn’t Long) – Crotchet Braids & More!

Confession…I haven’t been too focused on my hair as of late, but luckily, it hasn’t suffered.

I consider myself a lazy natural, meaning I do the bare minimum with regard to styles and maintenance (basic easy styles and water, coconut oil, deep conditioning). However,  because I have been SUPER lazy, I decided to take a trip to a stylist by the name of Altaress (Ms. Ally) that specializes in natural hair care! Here is my photo diary of the many changing styles of Udeme:

At the Salon

I had a great wash, deep condition and a much needed detangling session. Ms. Ally utilized a Thank God I’t’s Natural (TGIN)  deep conditioner and it worked wonders, my hair was supple and super soft. This stuff is pricey though, but it seems like a little goes a long way. Dare I say this could possibly dethrone my beloved Giovanni deep conditioner? Time will tell. After my deep condition and detangle session, my hair was blow dried and very lightly pressed to avoid heat damage and since I was going to be getting crotchet braids anyway. I had a great experience at this salon because I was listened to! This is crucial. And Ms. Ally took the time to understand my hair and take care of it! Huge points. Lastly, I walked away with free natural hair goodies; I was a happy camper.

In progress

In progress

Hi Hair.

Hi Hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And another

And another

Free Goodies!

Free goodies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crotchet Braids

I went back and forth about a million times regarding what type of hair to utilize for my crotchet braids– regular kanekalon, Marley kanekalon, a curly variation?? I finally decided on the Rasta Afri Marley Kanekalon brand seen below. I went to my local hair braider and had her install the braids. After installation, I could tell we used too many packs but I was a trooper and I headed home to downsize. I ended up blow drying the hair and also thinned it out on my own–I was super proud of myself. The front of my hair was left out to give a more natural look.  I liked the versatility of the styles, it was perfect for me since I get bored quickly with my hair. But the party didn’t last long as the crotchet braids became a tangled mess. However, I will say that there were nights that I didn’t wrap this hair (A BIG NO NO, don’t judge me) so I can’t throw this style under the bus. If I revisit this style, I’ll do better, promise!

 

Here goes...!

Here goes…!

Mufasa flow.

Mufasa flow.

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One side blow dried

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Shaped up.


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Another angle, hair is left out the front for blending purposes

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Bun!

 

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Another angle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any new natural hair styles you’ve tried out lately? Salons you’ve visited? What makes your salon or hairstylist trips worthwhile to the point that you’ll revisit? Share in the comments!

-Udeme

7 Takeaways From My E-Training Adventure & February Progress Recap

Four weeks ago, I embarked on a new fitness journey which was definitely out of my comfort zone. I solicited the help of my favorite fitness Instagrammer @TameikaG and I promised myself that I would give 100%.

Ready!

Ready!

Here are the seven main takeaways from my experience which I truly hope will be beneficial for you as well. My program ended this past week :-(, but I’m still implementing everything that I’ve learned!

1. Eat Your Veggies

Arugula is my friend

Arugula is my friend

Seems self explanatory, but there’s more. And Kyra has talked about this on the blog a few times, case in point here. When I say eat your veggies, I mean for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Yes, incorporate those vegetables, especially green veggies. Why? For one, they are low in calories and fat. And the bonus is the fiber helps provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.

2. Cook. A lot Before starting the training, Tameika emailed me a questionnaire  which covered my fitness history, likes/dislikes etcetera. One question asked about whether or not I ate out for lunch. I RARELY eat out for lunch. I’m that co-worker that you give up asking to grab lunch because I have my lunch bag in tow and read to go. Therefore, Tameika laid out meals that I would be cooking and I cooked A LOT. It was time consuming, but necessary for my progress. Ironically, I didn’t prep on the weekends out of laziness (besides stocking up on groceries). The recipes were quick and easy so I just managed to make them at night or in the AM before heading to work. If you cook your food from scratch, you are in control of what you’re eating. There’s no difficult ingredients to decode or pronounce and you can truly track your calories accurately.

You can never go wrong with pizza.

You can never go wrong with pizza.

3. Eat Up, OFTEN – I’m on a food schedule now and it has been wonderful. I feel way more organized and my metabolism has seemed to kick up a notch. I eat at 8AM, 12PM, 4PM and 8PM; if I’m hungry between those times, I snack on those veggies or something that’s healthy and rich in protein. These aren’t completely rigid times, most recommend eating every 3-4 hours which is ideal for my schedule. It’s great because my body doesn’t get deprived for too long. This is the first time in my life that my body feels like a machine of sorts—my meals are NECESSARY to my fitness routine, especially due to numbers 4 & 5.

 

#LegDay

#LegDay

4. Hit Those Weights – Oh my best frenemy. I have a love/hate relationship with weight training. However, my emotions are starting to shift more toward love. My Mondays – Fridays were dedicated to specific muscle groups, including my core. I’ve been looking to drop my body fat percentage and weight training is helping me reach that goal. As I build muscle, the more calories I’ll burn while resting. Therefore, my metabolism has sped up and base on my before and after pictures, I’ve shed some fat over these four weeks.

 

 

Walk to min, sprint 2 min. REPEAT until 30 min complete

5. HIIT IT – High intensity interval training aka smart cardio. I did HIIT about 3 times a week on this plan. It challenged my body and helped me torch calories. I also implemented classes which utilized this training method (spinning and Insanity class).

 

 

2015-02-01 12.31.06-16. Drink a ton of water- Self explanatory. I aimed for 2 liters on days that I didn’t train (Weds and Sundays) and 3 liters all other days. I either drank out of my liter or drank unsweetened tea.

 

 

Slow and steady wins. Before, Left. After, Right.

Slow and steady wins. Before, Left. After, Right.

 

7. Be Patient – I was frustrated at times due to my fluctuating statistics. Tameika assured me that if I stuck to the plan, I would see results. I pushed through and the results did come. I’ve built some muscle and cut a little fat in this short period of time. My goal is to keep it up so that I can see more results!

FEBRUARY PROGRESS

My goals for February were: 1) Keep up with my workouts consistently; 2) Follow my 4 week e-training plan and go hard during workouts; 3) Lose 4 pounds; 4) Lose an inch off my waist

I was consistent, I finished my program and I went as hard as I could. In the end I lost 5 pounds in the past month  and 2.5 inches from my waist! For remainder of March, my goal is to SWITCH IT UP! I want my workouts to be unpredictable so that my body doesn’t get too used to routine. I still intend to do weights on the designated days. However, I’ll be doing different forms of HIIT and general cardio. Specifically, I’d be happy to lose 3 more pounds and get into the 20s on my waist, it’s currently at 30.5.

Have you ever had a personal trainer? How are you keeping up with your overall fitness goals? Share in the comments!

-Udeme

Last Weeks Workouts Vol. 4

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday :) Sorry for the delayed post but daylight savings really messed me up yesterday! Anyway, here’s what was on my workout agenda last week:

Sunday: my normal heavier weight day at the gym with the husband. Ten minute elliptical warm up then we did 3×10 of the following exercises: deadlifts, bench press, tricep pull downs, cable pull downs).  I like purely strength days because I keep my heart rate down (no sweat!) and still feel super strong and accomplished :)

Monday: Butts & guts!

Tuesday: Tone It Up Day! Hump Day HIIT x2, bikini abs, love your arms & abs

Wednesday:  Boot camp class – this class was really hard as we ended it with 4 minutes of pure cardio tabatas.  I hate tabatas but they’re so effective!

Thursday: OFF

Friday: this fitsugar interval swim workout

Saturday: Love Your Body with HIIT

I amped up the HIIT last week (and will continue to do so this week) in preparation for Miami at the end of the month!  I do my best to do HIIT on non-consecutive days as to not put too much stress on my body and deter fat burning.

How many days a week do you do HIIT?  Let me know in the comments! Any fun new workouts you’ve tried recently? I think I may check into a Zumba class soon!

-Kyra

Fit For Anything. Thank You Nike Women!

Christmas came very early!

Yesssss

Yesssss

If you’ve been up to date on the blog, you will have noticed that we’ve been participating in various Nike challenges and/or completing workouts by way of Nike Running and Nike Training Club. See herehere and here too. Typically, we share our updates  on Twitter where viewers can see what workouts were completed. Case in point:

By the way, follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already! We dish about our current workouts, foods and everything in between on there. Anyways, NikeWomen noticed our completed workouts, would ask questions about what workouts we were planning next and  even cheered us on in the process.  And then, they took it to another level when Kyra and I received this in the mail:

Nike Tights Collection

Outer packaging

Fit For Anything Packaging

Unwrapped…

Nike picture

Opened! Here’s Kyra’s set  :-)

We EACH got a set of amazing leggings for our workouts!  Aren’t they super cute?! And let’s discuss the awesome packaging. This is not just an ordinary box. It’s three separate, sturdy boxes which we fully intend to utilize for storage of earrings and random knick-knacks. Here are pictures that I took last month:

Nike Burnout Legging

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Nike Epic Lux Tight

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Nike Legendary Lava Tight

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Here is the round up of the entire spring collection. And here are the details of the leggings in the pictures:

Nike Burnout

Nike Epic Lux Tight

Nike Legendary Lava Tight

These leggings are awesome. We’ve utilized them for spinning, running, weight training, circuit training, Insanity classes etcetera, etcetera. They conform to your body with ease which is essential for an effective workout.  Besides having new, stylish clothes for workouts, we also have a new dose of motivation to keep going hard with our fitness and overall health! We’re fit for anything and for that, we thank you Nike Women. Salute.

Cheers,

– Kyra & Udeme

*Note, we are not Nike affiliates; links are for reference only

Last Weeks Workouts Vol. 3 featuring a SUPER SWEATY circuit workout!

Hey! How was your weekend? Try any delicious recipes or new workouts?  Well, if you’re looking for an awesome workout to try this week, I have one for you!!! Here’s a peek at my workouts…

Sunday:  My husband and I met up with our friend Greg who put us through an incredibly hard circuit workout.  Here’s what we did:

3 circuits total, each circuit repeated 3 times before moving on to the next.  We performed each exercise in the circuit for 45 seconds, rested for 15, then moved on to the next (I’ve provided links to some exercised you may not be familiar with)!

Circuit 1

Circuit 2

  • Jump Rope
  • Plank jacks
  • Back Squats (I used a 30 lb weighted bar)
  • Rows (I used a 20 lb weighted bar)

Circuit 3

Monday: Butts & Guts

Tuesday: Tone It Up Day! Did their fat burning treadmill routine and the abs playlist

Wednesday: Boot camp class

Thursday: HIIT the Beach 2 and bikini arms from the beach babe DVD

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minute abs class at the gym

Please let me know if you give the workout a try!  It’s a doozy :) Have a good week!

-Kyra

Last Weeks Workouts Vol. 2

Last week was a pretty good week as far as workouts go!  Keep reading to take a peek into my workout log :)

Sunday: this was a short strength training day with my boo.  We did a 10 minute jogging warm-up on the treadmill and then focused mostly on upper body; lifting heavy for chest with a few sets of squats thrown in for good measure.

Monday: Butts n guts, per usual

Tuesday: 30 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical, 7 minutes ab workout from the Nike Training app, and tone it up’s love your arms

Wednesday: HIIT the Beach 2 from Tone It Up’s Beach Babe DVD, Thailand Tush workout

Thursday: 45 minute treadmill workout with my friend lolo, tone it up’s sleek & slender abs

Friday: Active Rest — 60 minute yoga foundations class

Saturday: Tone it Up’s swim workout (repeated two times)

As you can see, last week was Tone It Up heavy!  I normally take 1-2 days a week completely off from exercise, but a yoga class per week is just as good with the added benefit of relaxing my tight muscles after a week of tough workouts.  Let me know in the comments if you enjoy these types of posts! I have a killer circuit workout coming for you in next weeks edition that I did yesterday, so keep your eye out for that!

-Kyra

Last Weeks Workouts

I thought it would be fun to share a log of sorts of my weekly workouts to keep me motivated and accountable with my fitness goals!  So, here it is:

Monday:  Butts n gutts class!  I know I talked about this class all the time on our twitter account but I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into it on the blog.  The basic format is the class starts with about a 5 minute warm up which mostly consists of a million plie squats with a weighted bar.  Then, for the first 25 or so minutes of class we do some HIIT (high intensity interval training) which always involves kettle bell swings and plank jacks (sometimes burpees, bicycles, or mountain climbers are thrown into the mix).  Then, the last 30 minutes of class is more strength based: we do a lot of squats and lunges with weights and the BOSU ball.  We also do a lot of planks, side planks, etc. and often get in a bit of upper body too with tricep push ups, bicep curls, etc.  In short, IT KILLS ME. EVERY TIME.  My thighs are usually sore until at least Thursday when I go to this class.

Tuesday: I followed the loveyourbody weekly schedule and did 30 minutes of treadmill running and a few of the follow along videos (upper back and arms).

 Wednesday: Active rest day! Took a 75 minute yoga class with my mom and did 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill

Thursday: More tone it up videos!  Did HIIT, abs, and arms

Friday: this was an “I don’t know what to do at the gym” day.  Did 10 minutes on the stairmaster, a random arm circuit (bicep curls, overhead presses, tricep extensions, bent over rows), and 15 minutes of intervals on the treadmill.

Saturday: OFF! Valentine’s Day!

What did you do for last weeks workouts?  Try any new classes?  Let me know in the comments!

-Kyra

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

Weight-Loss Talk: Excess Baggage,Travel Weight

Plane, train, automobile.

I’ve used each of these modes of transportation over the past year. I love to travel when I get the chance and I stay checking my PTO to see when I can plan more getaways! It’s so nice to unwind and go off the grid for a few, but it can lead to some unwanted detours if you’re on a fitness routine. In the past, my motto was always, “what’s a diet anyway when you’re on vacay?” To be honest, I’m still aligned with this simply because if I’m traveling to a location I’ve never been, I have to check out the local cuisine! It’s only fair and life is short. For instance, you can be sure I’ll be indulging when I venture on my honeymoon!

The type of travel situations I’m referring to are more habitual and/or less for leisure, i.e. work trips, visiting a loved one. Here are two common scenarios that I personally encounter and how I currently attempt to stay on track:

Travel situation 1Visiting a loved one, case in point: My fiance lives in Dallas so we both travel A LOT to see each other. I packed on pounds not just due to the love bug (that’s a whole different story and I’ll post about that too), but also because I treated every. single. trip. like it was an indulgence vacation. It really threw off my progress. Since I’ve been on a solid routine for the past month, I vowed to not let travel destroy me! My first test came Super Bowl weekend:

STRATEGIES –  (1) I’m honest about my fitness goals and I urge my fiance to help me stay on track and hold me accountable. In the past, I would tell him about my plans and sort of waiver and cave in immediately. This time, I stuck to my guns and we were on point! I will say that he is also about that #sweatingforthewedding life so that helped since he was  great at sticking to his healthy living tip when I was in town.  But even if he wasn’t, I still would have made my intentions clear and planned accordingly. (2) In the past, we always managed to squeeze in a walk or run regardless of how on point we were with out diets. This last time, we kicked it up a notch (ran about 4 miles and walked two; this workout also coincided the last day of my Nike Running challenge). It was nice to go outside and walk his dog and talk about life. (3) I also made sure to reserve my cheat meal for that weekend so we did get to enjoy some wings and fries from Wingstop. (4) And, I took my water bottle with me everywhere. Therefore, a potential cheat weekend was solely a cheat meal. Success.

Travel situation 2: Random trips that I didn’t plan a.k.a. this is not a vacay. I’ve had to travel unexpectedly, wherein I found myself staying at hotels. I happened to be on the east coast where it’s currently frigid for this Californian.

STRATEGIES – (1) I checked to see if the hotel had a gym so I could avoid the unforgiving climate.  (2) I also had handy workouts I could do in the hotel room as well (Nike Training Club) or this one we discussed a while back. (3) In terms of meals, I selected low calorie/high protein options since my cheat meal didn’t fall on those travel days (boo). (4)And, I took my water bottle with me everywhere.

Takeaways: 

* If you’re a habitual traveler to a particular destination and you’re on a fitness regimen, let the person you’re visiting know! If they know you’re really serious about your plans, they will work around it and possibly try to help you out.

* Try to have a cheat meal and cheat drink land during the time of your visit so that you can get to indulge a bit with your loved one and so you don’t feel deprived, especially since you’re bound to eat out.

* Exercise with your loved-one! Whether it’s 30 min or a full hour, a little goes a long way.

* Traveling for work or some other occasion? Try to stick with healthier options and get some workouts in at the hotel to combat those extra calories that you might not be able to forego

* Don’t forget that water bottle and try not to drink you calories! Traveling presents unpredictability (what’s available to eat at the airport, what’s on the menu when you’re dining out etc.) but at least you can be in control of your water intake and save some calories.

* On a real vacation?  ENJOY and relax :-)

 

Do you have any pointers for staying fit while traveling habitually? Share in the comments!

 

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