Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

Around the Way Curls Gets Me to Dish on Love

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You guys are familiar with the gorgeous and sweet Antoinette and Shanti, the curly beauties behind Around the Way Curls, right? Well, I met them at the Curly Nikki NYC meet-up this past summer.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship ;).

Well, a couple of weeks ago, Antoinette asked if I’d do an interview about me and “my boo.” LOL!! Well, of course I agreed!!! You guys often get to read about my relationship from Wei’s perspective through his feature, S.O. He Says. Now’s your chance to learn a little about my take on it and my thoughts on love ;)!

Check out my interview here!!

One of the questions in the interview was:

 My mother told me that every woman should have a list of non-negotiables when it comes to men and relationships. For example, he has to like and want children, he has to be independent and self sufficient and so on and so forth. Do you agree and if so, what were/are your non-negotiables? Or do you think having a list limits us and could potentially result in us missing out on someone great?

You read my thoughts on this. What are yours?

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Bunning Challenge: Week 3 Recap

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Nothing much to report on the hair front! I pretty much wore a high or mid-height bun all last week. I did try a new shampoo and deep conditioner on wash day. I’d bought the Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo and Anti-Breakage Mask at a CVS BOGO sale a couple of months ago, if you recall. Well, after a less than illustrious start with the Y&B Thickening Hair Growth Milk, purchased during the same sale (see this post if you missed my review of that), I decided to return the whole line without even trying the shampoo or maks. They were sitting in a bag in my car for the last month waiting for me to make time to make that stop (well, also waiting for me to find the MIA receipt too!). Then, “What happened,” you ask? Well, first, CurlyNikki talked about how awesome the Y & C shampoo is in this post and then, TheManeObjective talked about how amazing the Mask is in this one. *Sigh* What’s a PJ to do? Bring the products back in the house *hangs head in shame.*

So yeah, I used those on wash day. And, they were fine. And, I can use them. But, nothing spectacular happened, so my PJ curiosity is quelled. And, other than applying the “mystery” product to my scalp and learning something about shedding (which will be shared shortly, like in a day or two … just need to write the post), nothing new in the hair category.

But, I’ll share a few more pics of hair goings on throughout last week (besides the ones that you already saw. ;)):

prepoobunThis was a pre-poo bun that I wore to work Monday.

photo 4-7This was my Wednesday and/or Thursday bun, I think! It’s all a blur now!

photo 2Friday night I put my hair into two braids as I debated whether I was pre-pooing. I opted out.

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On Saturday morning, I experimented with making my two ponytails into a crown braid. But, they started
too far apart to make it around my head. I’ll have to try it again with them set close together at my nape.

prepoo_workoutSaturday night, I applied a pre-poo of Vatika Oil mixed with Aubrey GPB. Used my thermal heat wrap for about an hour, then hit the sack. Sunday morning, gave the pre-poo some more heat while I got my kettlebell with Angie Miller on.

Operation “Get Right”

Yup, that is correct. I’m at it again! And Lord knows that I need to be. On Monday, I started the day horribly depressed. I had to return to the house to change out of my “fat-fat” jeans because they were suffocating my thighs and butt. These are the same jeans that were a little snug, but not choking the life out of my pear-shape two to three weeks ago. Forget the fact that I’ve worn the inner thighs of some of my favorite jeans so thin that they’re almost see through and I’m afraid to wear them before I can apply patches for fear that I’ll have a “wardrobe malfunction!!” Can you say, “Disgust?”

Thick_legged_girl_problemshttp://instagram.com/p/SiT9W1s1a3/

Needless to say, I ate properly that day and the rest of the week, with very few exceptions. I even tried to eat halfway decent when I went out for a birthday dinner with my college friends on Saturday night. We went to a soul food restaurant in New Brunswick called Delta’s. Y’all know that there ain’t much healthy about soul food. But, I did the best I could absent eating a plain garden salad and drinking water. I had grilled salmon, sweet potatoes and collard greens (I ordered macaroni and cheese first … and boy did it look good … but I stopped myself and switched to the greens). Ummm … *whispering* I did have a piece of cornbread … it was small though! LOL!

Anywho, so yeah, I’m back to alternating C25K with kettlebell workouts (3 days of each a week). Just gotta keep motivated, because not fitting into my vast wardrobe is NOT cute.

And here are my “health and fitness” pics of the week ;)! LOL!

photo 5-5Like my ladybug earbuds?? 

 I’ve been killing this right now!! This is my first download to in over 2 years! Long story.
Ed_Sheeran
Want to know why? Frickin’ LOVE this song!! And Kiss Me. And U.N.I. and A-Team and …

“And if your DVD breaks today, should have got a VCR, because I never owned a Blu-ray. True say.”

photo 3-8Getting my meals and snacks together.

healthymealMy tips for eating healthy frozen meals? Place the contents on a plate and fill half the plate with frozen veggies
(I always keep broccoli florets, sugar snap snow peas and spinach in the freezer)!!!
1. It looks more appetizing on a real plate (plus I try to avoid cooking in plastic in the microwave).
2. There is so much sauce in these meals, the veggies allow break it up.
3. Get 1-2 servings of vitamin-packed and fibrous veggies!
4. Adding veggies make the meal more filling.

SupplementsStarted to take my vitamins and supplements again too.

I have to say that I’ve been feeling better, happier and more energetic every day that I’ve eaten right and the exercise helps even more!! I also know that my skin and hair, in addition to my physical and mental health, were suffering because of lack of proper nutrition and exercise. Seeing as how we’re on this bunning challenge to gain some new lengths, I know that it is just as important for me to protect my health and well-being as it is to protect my ends if I want to see progress! Also, buns are the perfect, easy peasy lemon squeezey style for exercising!! SCORE! SCORE!

Finally, I’ll leave you with an inspirational and motivational video that I came across this weekend.

via DivaSlimsDown

This video is from 2011. Currently, she’s lost over 180 pounds and weighs 157.2. Let’s just say, I subscribed.

Happy Monday!!

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Okay, my bunning ladies, there were, like, SIXTY of you!! Where you at?!?! How is everything going? Any questions you want to ask? Topics that you’d like addressed? Challenges with bunning? Everything going great and you wish you’d done it sooner ;)?