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5 Days Out + Hair Status

My menu for today:

 

Breakfast: Perfect fit waffle topped with blueberries

Snack: Grapefruit

Lunch: Skinless drumsticks

Dinner: Semi Healthifed nachos (whoops!)

Water: 2 liters *sigh*

Workout: 30 min (HIIT Max + Jump rope) (I didn’t hit the gym in the PM).

Definitely was not on point today. But tomorrow is another day and I’m still feeling good! In other news, I rarely delete photos on my iPhone so I was scrolling through this past 4th of July weekend and came across my hair in a puff from 4th of July of last year! All I can say is that being a lazy natural is paying off for me and I don’t think I’ll ever quit unless my hair turns against me:

 

Growth *claps*

Growth *claps* July 2014 vs. July 2015

I love my hair more and more each day <3. It’s pretty empowering, glad I saw the light by way of other naturalistas.

 

– Udeme

 

 

6 Days Out- Tone It Up’s 7 Day Slim Down

Dear Time,

SLOW DOWN. I’m trying to keep up with you. So many things to do!

From moving across the country (again) to wedding planning, job hunting (again), finalizing passport details (which has been an extremely annoying process) for my out of country trip this month and beyond etcetera. I’ve been doing a bunch of praying and wooosaaahing and I’ve even had to make daily to-do lists (who am I?).

It’s been tempting to put fitness on the back burner. BUT, I am still sweating for the wedding consistently and it’s been my outlet of escape from all the changes and responsibilities that come with adulthood (it never ends).

On the fitness front, I began Tone It Up’s 7 Day Slim Down yesterday! Kyra did a very similar routine here.The event that is coming up for me is my bridal shower which is hosted by my lovely maid of honor(s) and bridesmaids :-)

7 day slim down

Here is what I’ve been eating according to my Lose It food tracker:

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: 3/4 cup egg whites; 1/2 cup black beans; 1 cup spinach; chopped and grilled onions
  • Snack: Grapefruit
  • Lunch: Skinless chicken thigh (I had some left over); Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup KIND granola
  • Snack: Spicy hummus and 1 cup carrots
  • Dinner: 1/3 cup brown rice; green bell peppers & white onions sauteed fajita style; chicken thighs &1 c broccoli
  • Water Intake: 3 liters!!! Woo hoo :-)

Monday

  • Breakfast: Perfect fit protein pancake (I added some PB to this mix); 4 sliced strawberries
  • Snack: Grapefruit
  • Lunch: 2 cups bell peppers (red and green); 1/2 chicken thigh; 3 cups butter lettuce; Greek yogurt; 1/4 cup KIND granola
  • Snack: Carrots; Spicy hummus
  • Dinner: Skinless drumsticks; 3 cups romaine lettuce; 1/3 cup brown rice
  • Water Intake: 3 Liters (yaassss)

I was supposed to work out on Sunday, and what had happened waaaaasss, seriously, I worked out 6 days in a row so Sunday had to be a rest day. My AM workout was an early morning run (30 min) and I completed 30 minutes of cardio + the Alpha Abs routine in Nike Training Club.

I’ll be back tomorrow for another update or two!

Have you ever had to get in shape for a quickly approaching event? Did it work? Any tips? Share!

– Udeme

Hair Chronicles: Update &Top Knot Bun Style!

I must say that my hair has been thriving since I said goodbye to hair relaxers almost three years ago. As a refresher, I had my last relaxer in October 2012. And I transitioned and chopped off the majority of the relaxer in November 2013:

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I still had some relaxer in the above pics but I cut the rest off myself around Christmas time ’13 . Anyways, I finally had my hair pressed out again this past April since I had engagement pictures:

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I had a trim the week prior to this press and I’m happy with my progress so far! I’ve mentioned that I am a lazy natural and will continue to be one because it is working for me. Though I’m lazy with my hair, I did manage to pull off this style seen here on YouTube:

 

Deep conditioning. Also, I had no heat damage from my press! #curlspoppin

Deep conditioning. Also, I had no heat damage from my press! #curlspoppin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blow-dryer broke, so blow-dried using a diff technique.

Blow-dryer broke, so had to improvise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ta-da!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Done!

I was going to add Marley Hair but I realized my own hair would suffice *happy dance*. I am currently still rocking this style (Day 5); I just wrap my hair at    night in this style and moisturize and slick down the edges in the AM.

Here are the products I used:

 

      tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask Deep Conditioner for Natural Hair, 12oz        Gold 'N Hot GH8135 Professional 1875-Watt Dryer with Styling PikProduct DetailsECOCO EcoStyler Styling Gel, Olive Oil, 16 oz [748378001112]

 

How’s your hair health?  Any new style variations on the horizon for summer?! Any new products you love? Share in the comments! 

-Udeme

I’m Still Here–Where I’ve Been…

Work. Outside running. Wedding planning. 3Fit studio. Running errands galore. etc. etc. etc.

WHERE I AM NOW:

Trying to slow down a bit.  Today, I feel focused, centered, content. My wedding is just about 5 months away which sounds far, but we all know how fast time is flying, so 5 months is more like 3 weeks tops. I’ll blink and boom, I’ll get to snag my groom :-).  I’ve been really looking forward to getting married, the wedding hoopla is nice and all, but the marriage is what it’s all about for me. It’s what gives me that extra pep in my step, can make my eyes water (I’m emo, yes) and brings me so much joy.

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Engagement picture courtesy of Nicole Lennox! Link in photo :-)

FITNESS LIFE:

Currently, I’m trying to get my physique ready for not only my wedding day, but my marriage. My goal is to be able to achieve my fitness goals and maintain my progress during my union! How? Well, I’ve been working hard on analyzing my thoughts toward food in order to see what needs to be shifted. I love food oh so very much. After much self reflection, it became evident that I am a true over-eater. I struuuugggggle with portion control and it’s my biggest downfall fitness wise, so I’ve been really trying to keep myself in check and stop eating when I’m full.

What’s Been Helping Me:

The Tone it Up Bikini Series by way of Kyra has been helping tremendously!

The Bikini Series is an 8 week fitness and nutrition program that has the potential of getting any lady bikini ready! What I love most about the program is the amount of times we eat during the day (five times) and the easy recipes! The hardest part of the program is meal prep! Since we eat a bunch everyday, my grocery shopping trips are much longer, ugh. So instead of shopping after church on Sundays, I try to shop on Saturdays and prep on Sundays.

Technically we are in Week 6, but I paused so much due to travel and various events that I decided to start over in conjunction with my personal training. Yes, you read that right. I have a personal trainer! I work out with him two days a week and do my own thing the other days. We’ve been working on my form and been doing a ton of weight training.  He said I’m one of his most athletic clients which was so great to hear. Back in the day, I was the super overweight kid with slim to none athleticism so to hear that gave me a huge jolt and reminded me that I am in much better shape than I give myself credit for.

My goal is to hold myself accountable on our beloved blog so I will start checking in (hopefully each week). Also, I decided to change my weigh in days to Mondays so that I’m not as tempted to run wild on the weekends! Wish me luck.

–Udeme

Where are you with your fitness goals? What’s been helping you stay on track? Share in the comments!

 

Your legs are not giving out, your head is giving up. . . keep going!

ubuwan:

Great post, change your inner thoughts!

Originally posted on My hair is my hobby.:

This commercial has been coming on frequently as I binge watch America’s Next Top Model this week. And everytime I think the same thing. . . “That is totally me.”

The girl that walks into looking for that middle seat, because clearly it is the only acceptable one, the front is just much to exposed but in the back I could get lost. The girl at her first day of yoga just hoping it is going to somehow make me better, less stressed, more peaceful, stronger, more in tune with my yogic breathing whatever that means. The girl who is running, if you can call the turtle like crawl, that is probably slower than some peoples walk running. But Every time you get to the end as the sweat pours down your head and you think I did it

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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

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