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Don’t Let Food Control You

2 Nov

So as some of you may know I really enjoy eating…..I mean I LOVE eating! Precious praise the lord!

However, eating whatever I want is not exactly the best recipe for getting the healthy body that I want. So what is a girl to do? Between completing assignments for school(which I will be doing as soon as I finish this post),going to work, and trying to balance time between the gym and sleeping enough…..my days are starting to seem a little chaotic, in a good way. To be quite honest I actually enjoy being really busy…..I feel like I am actually doing something with my life and not just sitting around waiting or being idle.

Anywho, I have always enjoyed watching food network. I love seeing the competition shows and the regular cooking shows with all of their different recipes and ideas. It makes me want to jump in the kitchen and start whipping up a ton of different things to try. Downside is, I do not have the time or financial resources to ruin a perfectly good roast or cornish hen and on top of that a lot of the recipes I am dying to try require a truckload of butter, salt, cream, cheese, sugar, or a combination of three or more of these ingredients. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not saying that these foods are bad for you but too much of them is not exactly the best thing either. It’s all about balance…but for someone like me who loves rich and hearty foods…..well the balance thing kinda is not my strongest point. I am still working on learning when to tell myself “That is enough” ESPECIALLY when something tastes really good to me. I tend to lose focus on my fitness goals and dive right into whatever it is I am eating.

Frog...I am so full
What can I say? I really like good food! So since I know what my problem is concerning cooked meals and junk food alike I have come up with a few suggestions for those of you that are like me…..

1.)Eat to Live…not Live to Eat

This can be pretty challenging with all the great foods you have access to. Trust me….I get it. That chinese food spot is your go to after a long day….or you HAVE to have that crab tray every weekend….(yes that is me lol) I am not saying there is anything wrong with snacking on some cookies or eating the fried chicken but don’t let food consume you….unless of course you are a chef/culinary student….then I understand and respect your love for food. However it does not mean you have to overindulge…moderation is key!

2.) Be honest with yourself

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We all know what our weaknesses are. For me it is sweets….some people have sweet teeth….but I have a sweet MOUTH…especially for chocolate! Since I know what my weaknesses are…..keeping chocolate snacks in my apartment may not be the best idea….although I do actually have some Oreos in the pantry right now LOL *kanyeshrug* what can I say…I am a work in progress.

3.) Set realistic goals

This is something that I have really started to better understand. I have all of these fitness dreams and aspirations that are almost reserved for people that have the time to dedicate countless hours in the gym. See….the way my life is set up now….I have a solid hour that I try to commit everyday…but honestly sometimes I fall short either because I am being too lazy or really just do not have time…or maybe I just don’t make the time….hhhhmmm questions that need answers….

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Anyway bottom line is that as you ocntinue your fitness journey you don’t set these astronomical goals and then give up because you don’t reach them. Maybe you could start off with weekly goals. For example, this week you can commit to walking at least 20 mintues everyday. As you progress you can up the ante and turn that walk into a power walk or light jog. So instead of focusing on your ultimate goal of say, losing 30 pounds, start off small.

4.) Get an accountability partner

Oh this makes SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!!! When I was in undergrad….having someone workout with me made me make much better and responsible choices from what I ate to how often I worked out. We motivated each other to continue to improve and it has such an impact on your overall well being. When you know your gym partner is going to call you out for missing the gym for a week straight or for how you ALWAYS eat junk after you leave the gym…it makes you more aware of the choices you make.

5.) Don’t be so hard on yourself
Finally….we will not always get it right. Sometimes you will fall off. Sometimes you will be at the top of your game. Either way….the ultimate thing is to keep going….even if you have to crawl.

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Fitness and being healthy is a daily lifestyle choice. Just like you choose to brush your teeth each morning(hopefully) because you are aware that it is necessary….the same applies to your health. Because you know that it is necessary…you have to learn to choose the healthier options. Of course you can have the occasional indulgences….but do not be like me and indulge so much that you end up back at square one…because it can be discouraging to see yourself set back.

Comment below and subscribe! I really love feedback and interacting and even getting more tips and post ideas from you guys and gals too!
xoxo-fitgirl

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Shake What Yo Mama Gave Ya!!!!

18 Oct

Fit4FamilyFun

Did I get your attention with that one????  LOL! For those that don’t know, my fitness journey has been full of peaks and valleys!  Lately I have been in a VERY DEEP VALLEY!  I’m slowly working my way back up the peak but I must say it is not easy….even with all the previous experience I have had in the gym.  Once you fall off the wagon it can seem like you have to practically sprint to get back on it.

Here is the thing…don’t sprint…don’t even jog…..just dance.  What I mean is try a Zumba, Jazzercise, or Hip-Hop dance class.

Personally I have only done the Zumba dance classes but I will certainly be trying the Hip-Hop dance class so I can have an excuse to twerk LOL!  Seriously though, for those of you just starting out, or just picking back up going to a beginners zumba class is…

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Clothing Optional?????

16 Oct

Fit4FamilyFun

Hopefully that somewhat risque title got your attention…..and hopefully my mama doesn’t kill me for putting it on her blog LOL!!!! Anyway, we are approaching our cruise slowly but surely. We all know it’s a little less than a year away but it’ll be here before you know it! So to get back on track, we all want to look and feel our best during the cruise….and might even want to rock that itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini….or some variation of it so here are some tips to help motivate us to get moving! *cues song I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT!!

Spongebob Dancing

1.) CRANK UP THE MUSIC!!!!

Whatever you like to groove to BLAST IT!! So when you go for that half mile walk, 3 mile run, or you’re pumping iron you’ve got something to keep you “turnt up” LOL. Personally, I desperately need music to…

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100 Happy AND Healthy Days Challenge

14 Oct

Hey fam!!! Have y’all heard of the 100 Happy Days challenge??? Long story short, 100happydays.com is challenging people to be happy for 100 days in a row! How awesome is that?????
So with this challenge for 100 days you are supposed to post a picture of something that makes you happy on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter(I’m starting my challenge tomorrow on Instagram…..follow me at misskurlykutie13). I’m going to take the challenge a step further and make it 100 happy AND healthy days. I will try to document how I’m being healthy along with the little things that’s making me happy!
I know this challenge has already taken off online but I want to keep promoting it so that it reaches even more people! I think this is such a fantastic opportunity for everyone to take the time and appreciate the little things we take for granted on a daily basis.
I haven’t even started and im already wondering…..do I really have 100 things that can make me happy?? The answer is YES! It doesn’t have to be something huge or anything like that. Even something as simple as a sunrise or a cup of coffee….if it makes you happy snap a pic and SHARE!!! I’m really excited to see how my mood is going to change and what awesome things will be in store just from being happy on purpose! Won’t you join me?
xoxo-FitGirl

The Black Woman’s Struggle: Sweating Out Your Hairstyle

11 Oct

This post has been a long time coming but I think it’s very befitting considering my current situation.  There have been MANY DAYS that I have paid $50 or more to get my hair done and my gosh it will be LAID!!!…..but the issue is after a good workout it will not be laid.  It will be flat and lifeless and needless to say my $50 will have been wasted.  Now for a sister that has natural hair a wash and go may be all she needs.  For those of us with relaxed hair or transitioning to natural hair (like I am) the task is not quite simple.

See black women have a different kind of hair.  It requires a lot of care and attention because if not it can and WILL run wild.  If I know anything about black women and hair we do not play about it at all.  It requires too much work, too many long hours in a salon, and TOO MUCH MONEY for it to only last for a day or two.  I searched the web for tips on ways to preserve hairstyles with only a few styles that actually worked for me. The types of hairstyles I’m referring to are things like the body wraps and loose curls.  For those of us fortunate enough to invest in $200+ sew-ins you’ve found your golden ticket.  But for girls like me that can only afford $50 a month for professional hair styles….WHAT DO YOU DO????

Clearly you don’t want to sacrifice a week of gym time for your hair…..but that $50 isn’t coming back and try as you may it never feels like you’ve got that professional quality swing and bounce when you flat iron it yourself….well maybe that’s just me. Speaking of flat irons, if you’re like me, you are trying to avoid the heat because you 1.) Fry the life out of your hair , 2.) Use it EVERYDAY which can result in heat damage causing breakage and/or split ends, or 3.) you’re transitioning and the internet has told you heat ruins your curl pattern…..that’s a topic for another day. 

To get back on subject, I’ve come to grips with the fact that I have to make sacrifices to get what I want…..including a hairstlye (that would get washed out in a week anyway).  So here are some hairstyles that I think are helpful for those of us that are transitioning, have relaxers, or are just need something that will last.
BRAIDS
So for braids you can get cornrows/scalp braids or box/patra braids and depending on who you go to and how small they are…..it could take quite some time to complete this style. However, the good news is, you’ll be able to keep it in for at least a month and protect your growing hair. I like box braids and cornrows but my go to style with weave has become Senegalese twist!
SENEGALESE TWIST
Senegalese twist and I have a love hate relationship. For those that know me personally and have done my hair you know that I have A LOT of it! So even though I love to get them it is still such a pain cause I am in the chair for at least 8 hours *le sigh*
TWIST/BRAID OUT
This style certainly does not hold up as long as weave but it’s relatively simple to do. I have actually come to prefer the braid out while I am transitioning. I love how it blends the two hair textures in my head. It certainly makes the transition easier and I don’t sweat it out AS FAST as a wrap lol.
WASH AND GO
I’m jealous of my fully natural sisters. Y’all have the option to wash your hair and go so it’s ok if you break a sweat in the gym. Im certainly not saying the wash and go is always an easier route but you don’t have to worry about losing a style all the time.
Well that’s all for now. Anybody have some tips for how to make a hair style last when you go to the gym on a regular basis? Subscribe and comment below luvs!
xoxo-FitGirl

I know, I know…..

11 Oct

Yes, I know…..I am HORRIBLE at blogging consistently…but hey…..I’ve got a lot going on. I’m currently enrolled at UCF as a graduate student so I don’t have much free time. Any who, this will be a really short post. Basically this is just to let y’all know I am going to try to do better with posting and keeping you updated on my fitness journey. Graduate school has made staying on the wagon sooooooo much harder. I’m going to start posting videos in addition to writing blogs. Thanks for keeping up with me you guys are the best! 🙂

xoxo-FitGirl

Aloha, Bonjour, Hola, Howdy, Hi, Hello, Hey Y’all!!!!

9 Oct

Make Sure Y’all Follow!!!

Fit4FamilyFun

Welcome to the world of blogging…..where I sometimes will sporadically post faithfully for a few weeks…..and then fall off the map for a few months…..but I digress…so as many of you know, we are in the process of planning and preparing for our family and friends vacation….*cues the song TURN DOWN FOR WHAT????!!!* Now I know many of you are excited about the time we’ll get to spend together…others….weeelll not so much. For some it might be a case where traveling on a boat in the middle of the ocean just isn’t your thing *cue the “I can’t drink all that water” chorus*

Here is the thing, although you can’t drink all that water, your cruise ship is the size of several football fields and are typically over-equipped with lifeboats…should the worst happen. The chances of your cruise ship sinking….are about as slim as a number 2 pencil. Each incident…

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