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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

My Last Day- No More Fast Food

1 Apr

Please take a moment with me to say goodbye to the worst relationship I have ever had and that is with fast food restaurants like Popeyes, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Five Guys, Taco Bell…..just to name a few.  We had a great run but you’ve been nothing but trouble for me.  Your addictive over-processed and harldy nutritional food has been such a major obstacle for me!  I can be the biggest gym junkie in the world (literally and figuratively)  but still see no real results because of your unfortunately deceptive easiness.  

 

So here is my goodbye to you all.  Trust me, this is as hard for me as it is for you but I’ve gota let you go! You’re holding me back from the body I really want.  Some of you we can’t talk ever again…..some of you…..we’ll just be occasional acquaintances(like Chik-fil-a for those blessed milk shakes. Good thing is the closest one is an hour away so I won’t be having many of those either).  My kitchen has become my new best friend and I won’t leave you again. Sorry it took so long for me to come back to you…..and no this isn’t an April Fools joke.

Embrace the Body You’ve Been Given

20 Mar

Alright, so I notice alot of people in the fitness world have that one person they look up to whether it’s  friend, co-worker, relative or Shaun from Insanity….everyone’s got someone they admire or aspire to be like.  I was thinking about it and made me think….that can be unhealthy. I know you’re thinking, “Kyra, there is nothing wrong with looking up to someone or wanting to improve”  and I would say you are absolutely correct.  I would also say that some of the people we aspire to look like can sometimes be unrealistic. For example you have the Victoria’s Secret models who have been touched by the god’s…well maybe I won’t go that far…but they are genetically predisposed to have a lean figure. For the guys you’ve got the Hollister and A&F male models who seem to have been carved by angels and everything in between. 

Of course I know the groups of people I just mentioned are not everyone’s ideal body goal/type/aspiration.  Some women may prefer to be on the more curvy side like Jennifer Lopez or Beyonce.  The fellas may be more interested in looking like Shaun from insanity…maybe, I don’t really know. I can’t speak for the guys.  Maybe they want to have football players build….or a  basketball player.  Those are the body types I find extremely attractive but I digress. 

So to get back on track, everyone has this idea of what they want to look like and sometimes we have a goal in mind and lose sight of who we are. 

The purpose for exercising and being healthy has gone from ” I want to be healthy.” to “I want to look like: x, y, and z.” It’s great to have healthy goals to aspire to but be careful because you can end up compromising your house.  If you get so caught up with this “ideal look”, you can develop eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia nervosa.  Or, you can get caught up in the plastic surgery craze.  So many people have ruined their bodies and lives trying to reach these unattainable physiques.  Now I’m not saying you can not or should not want to become a better you.  What I am saying is, putting your body through countless surgeries, endless hours in the gym, injections, or supplements that are not FDA approved (and even some that are) can give you results you DON’T want.

It’s great to want to ever improve but no one is perfect. There is always room to grow and improve so don’t beat yourself up because you don’t look like x, y, and z. Embrace the body you were given, flaws and all.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN???? Back in the swing of things!

18 Mar

Okay….okay….so I have to apologize for my extremely horrible blogging pattern.  I have a pretty good excuse I think….I was getting ready for one of the most important days of my life….GRADUATION!!! I am proud to say I am officially an alumnus of the University of Florida and I will forever bleed orange and blue!

Now back to this blogging business, so the issue is now I am living an in area where major companies like Comcast and AT&T  do not provide wireless internet….I’d have to get dial up.  So the only access I have to the internet world is the public library or my cell phone and blogging from a cell phone ain’t gona cut it.   NO

In regards to all things fitness, it is safe to say I fell off big time.  Two days after graduation I moved back to my hometown in Arkansas and a few weeks later I started working.  I did go to the gym consistently initially but awful winter weather kept me locked in the house with plenty of good ole country cooking.  Needless to say, I quickly got out of the swing of things and I noticed my body changing almost immediately.  The tight abs and toned arms were getting softer.  Every day I’d say “tomorrow I’ll go” or “it’s too cold”.   All I had was a bunch of excuses.     Then at the end of February, I lost my Papa LC and I turned to food for comfort.   Sweets and fast food became my best friend( I’m pretty sure I was having some serious emotional eating going on).  It is a daily struggle but I am slowly coming out of it.

Today will be my first day in almost six weeks back in the gym so of course I’m going to hate myself with every rep and every step I take during this run tonight.

It’s going to be challenging these next few weeks but I had to remind myself why I wanted to be healthy in the first place!  At the end of the day the core issue is making time for what’s important….even if that means sacrificing an hour of sleep to get in a workout.  Not only that, I’ve got to get back in the habit of cooking everyday and buying more fruits and veggies to have on hand to snack on.   THANK GOD I didn’t put on any weight but I’m certainly not as toned or in shape as I was but hey, I’ve got a good eight weeks before summer starts.  Let’s get it!  Back on track and loving every minute of it.  Y’all won’t be ready for this summer body!!!! I’m getting fit and staying that way!

 

Video

You Want to be Successful?

10 Sep

Some inspiration for all of my fitness enthusiast out there! Of course this video can apply to more than just fitness. Enjoy!

My Ongoing Battle With Healthy Eating and Self-discipline

9 Sep

Ok so I have been considering (weakly I might add) giving up meat.  Now…..I used to be one of those people that said I can not live without meat….I must have it with every meal….you know I was “that guy”.  I have learned that meat is not in fact a necessity in one’s diet.  Don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoy it….in fact I think I may sauté some chicken tonight but that isn’t the point.  The point is, I still do not eat enough fruits and veggies.  THERE I SAID IT!

During Spring semester of this year I was doing really good with eating right and exercising everyday religiously and then I went home for the summer and my parents sabotaged me….yes I blame them.  I can’t put all the blame on them though.  It’s not like my parents were in the car with me when I drove to that Wendy’s.  It’s not like they forced me to order that Papa John’s pizza or that Chinese food.  So all summer I’ve been battling the bulge and it’s still ongoing.  Thank God I haven’t fallen completely off the wagon but I’ve definitely set myself back :(.  Thankfully I don’t have a bulge….I did just enough to basically maintain.  Instead of getting depressed and grabbing the nearest box of cookies or carton of ice cream, I’m going to go ahead and jump right back in it.  I know what to do and I can’t allow myself to slip back into the habit of exercising only once every other month or eating past a certain time, or eating fast food so much( that adds up really quick by the way). 

The first step is just buying better food.  Yes, we all have the things we love and that’s ok.  You can have it but just remember moderation is the key. That is where I messed up this summer, moderation.  But THANK GOD FOR MUSCLE MEMORY and being young! Give me three weeks of non-stop intense training and I’ll be close to my pre-summer body.  One lesson that I did learn about myself this summer is that I am weak.  As soon as my surroundings changed I almost reverted back to my old ways of horrible eating and being sedentary.  Because of that,  I have decided to make a journal for myself. This journal is  not just about food but it is for everything.  It can give me a chance to reflect about the day and I can hopefully start to recognize what triggers certain cravings and how to avoid falling into the temptation of eating bad food or not making time to exercise because I’m “too tired” or “too busy” . 

Along with all of that,  I really have to learn how to have discipline. I am moving after graduation in December and I will be close to my granny who cooks gloriously unhealthy foods all the time.  I mean dressing, ham, turkey, greens, macaroni and cheese, pies, cakes….I could go on and on.  I feel like I need to go to the gym just thinking about her cooking.  Yes all of her food has great taste but it’s not so great for the figure.  I love that woman’s cooking……*licks lips*….and if I couldn’t handle the not healthy food at my parents house…who by the way do not cook often…..what am I going to do when Jordan swells?????? In other words, what am I gona do when I get close to granny?  So I have to buckle down now and really get on the ball because I refuse to let my weight and health become an issue when I get older because I was too tired or too lazy to get up and move!!!

They say the first step to correcting a problem is admitting that you have a problem….welp  y’all I have a problem!  I recognize that I don’t have self-discipline down yet so I’m making a goal to go to the gym everyday for the rest of this semester and to make sure I eat the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies everyday!  I’ll keep you guys posted about the transformations my body is about to make.  I may stumble sometimes but I’m not giving up!! Fit for life!!!

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