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Diva Skin? seriously?

Yes I have issues with breakouts a.k.a “eruptions”, discoloration , and just general stuff that only I can see, haha ha! Anyway, short of hiding yourself beneath a vail or becoming one of the mole people, the only sane and effective way to love the skin you’re in, is to KNOW your skin. What does that mean? S.I.M.P.L.E.! GET to know the skin you’re in; literally, make a, what I like to call, “a skin diary” in which you catalogue all the things you love about your skin, what you hate about it, and THEN make a list of ALL the products you’ve been using on your skin for the last month (longer, if you can actually recall it).

Once you’ve completed that list (yes, that’s why I said make a “diary” ’cause this is gonna take a minute ), break everything down from what you use on your skin daily as well day vs. nighttime skincare regimes. Believe it or not, this actually WORKS!! So well in fact, that Β  Β in my case, I actually started saving money because either I found out that I was doubling up on unnecessary product and or over stimulating my skin; which equaled D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R. for my Diva skin. While I love my skin now (thank you mom and dad, for good genes, plus sage skincare advice from both doctors and a knowledgeable mom-yes natural and ancient / traditional skin remedies that minimally processed win out every time! Boomsies!), this was NOT always the case.

In my teens and twenties, I ignored a lot of the advice that was handed down to me and I usually ended up crying and babbling to my momma about my terrible skin, my life was over, blah blah blah; you know the usually teen scream, ha haha. Anyway, once I got over myself and started really caring about my skin, what I put on it, and IF my Diva skin was loving my skincare regime, THAT’S when I had my AHAH moment. Once you start treating your skin like it’s a living thing, only THEN will it give you a break (no pun intended *wink*).

This brings us right back to, exercise, diet / nutrition, and mind-body wellness. I don’t think I need to beat that dead horse again BUT, I will; what you put into your body, whether or not you exercise, mental health, etc, ALL of these “THINGS” impact YOUR SKIN!!! Β Stress and poor nutrition will kill your skin from the inside out-Those eruptions you’re so “frustrated” about? Yeah, they’re probably tied to your those ding dongs, burgers and fries you’ve been chomping on at work because you were too harried to pack a healthy and nutritional lunches this week alone. I don’t know about you, but it’s been my experience that when overly stressed, I eat crap (junk food is the panacea of emotional and stress eating), don’t really feel like exercising or engaging in anything productive.

I’m just being REAL about my issues, and maybe it’s something you have or have not experienced, BUT this was an area I felt like ranting about so here you’ve got it! For all of you have “celebrity star” skin, you know, the kind that NEVER seems to have issues; just perpetually PERFECT skin (yeah, STOP lying!), this may not be all that informative to you. But for the rest of us on planet earth, STOP and evaluate your skincare regime, your health and fitness as well as your mental health. Blessings on the Journey!wp-1461196251819.jpg

With both hands…

With both hands…

It’s been another crazy week full of ups and downs, but I’m NOT letting that stop me; nor should you.πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š I had to remind myself today that yesterday  was yesterday, and today is A NEW day!
With this realization came the thoughts of that enormous list of things that I have yet to complete-yeah life’s B.I.T.C.H sometimes and the only way to get past those struggles is T.H.R.O.U.G.H.πŸ‘Š So yesterday gave myself a pass and a kick in the rear today, and you know what? I FEEL FREAKING AWESOME! πŸ˜‰

😀πŸ’ͺ🌞 It’s not because I totally conquered every fear and self-doubt; it’s because I literally pushed through all of that and GOT SOMETHING DONE. That something was powering through a kick ass workout (I’m totally in love with beach body’s hammer & chisel workout 😀) that forced me to face what was right in front of me!
Sometimes to get through a difficult or challenging point in your life, you have to just PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER!πŸ‘£ Bottom line is, change, improvement, and growth WILL NEVER be comfortable or easy.
D.E.A.L W.I.T.H .I.T.!!
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What is perfection?…

What is perfection?…

I took some time the other day to “catalog” all my “imperfections” (yeah, you know the ones you see and can’t see, *wink and sigh*) and it was a bummer! Really what sane individual does that? Well, we women do of course! DUH! Every day we allow others to define perfection for us; for society, media and “tradition to tell us, “if you want to be perfect, to need to be or do…”.

Witness ALL the magazine (and other print and digital media) categories of perfection, societal references, practices and “code” words (i.e. slim, plus size, thick, fair, ethnic, etc) and the infinite list of other such descriptions, and that’s ENOUGH to let ANY woman know that she is a slave to others. That is, until SHE comes into the knowledge of SELF, HER worth in the universe, and HER place in it!

All the diets, and yes “procedures” in the world WON’T and CAN’T change the perspective of an enslaved, unawakened, or uninformed mind and spirit. Neither will spending 3 plus hours at the gym or starving yourself in to a size “0”! In the words of the Borg Collective (yes, I’m making a reference to the Borg from Star Trek MG because I’m an unashamed Trekkie, deal with it! He hehe), “resistance is futile”. The hard truth is that with the such fluid and subjective standards, it’s literally insane that we women even try to live up to this crap!
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Needless to say, it’s exhaustive, toxic and cruel and has been designed to both limit and “keep” us in our place. I’m not even going to try to make the claim that this is a conscious effort by men or society in general (although it may have at some point in time, and has been conditioned and made more complex through the machinations of culture and other factors, etc). All that DRAMA? I’m over it! It took me a while to see it and I must confess that im still on the journey to self-discovery and empowerment, but OH WHAT A RIDE, Boom Shaka Laka, BOOOM!

Other than a real desire to be healthy and fit ( it was actually a necessity if I wanted to actually live longer and stronger ), I embarked on this journey because I recognized that being fit and healthy on the OUTSIDE requires that I ALSO be “WHOLE” on the inside. The irony? Getting PHYSICALLY fit is actually a lot easier than internal stuff, ha! My take away? Damn, I’m SOO WORTH IT! The question you’ve gotta ask yourself is, ARE YOU? Boomsies and get on the journey to fitness, health, and wholeness…πŸ‘£
P.s. follow my fitness journey here and on facebookπŸ‘£
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In memoriam…Done with the past and on the future!

In memoriam…Done with the past and on the future!

Yes, really! It’s the Memorial Day Weekend and in the spirit of it all I say, “Good riddance to the past”! (that includes yesterday tooπŸ˜‰). Days like this just help me to put the past and the present in perspective-haven’t hit that fitness or life goal yet? Forget yesterday, and keep pushing forward until you get there! I’ve come to realize that no matter what I’m going through, the whole point is, I LITERALLY have to go THROUGH it in order to get to the otherside.

No one else can do it for me; just me, myself, and I πŸ‘£πŸ˜‰ While it’s true that you can “bring” a friend along for the journey, the hard truth is that YOU have to find that core strength within, that will help YOU push forward to the finish line.😀πŸ’ͺ
As the saying goes, “you can take the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink!” MY thoughts on that one, drink up, ’cause NOTHING will happen until YOU do!😀πŸ’ͺπŸ‘£
Here’s to the >>JOURNEY!
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Learn to Color Outside the Lines…

Learn to Color Outside the Lines…

Hey, hey hey! It’s that time again- time to see what all the fuss is about  or not! So the other day I thought I’d make my day off a “spa” and outdoor therapy session πŸ’„πŸŒž Can I just say, EVERY one needs time to recharge and release stress and negativity on a daily basis.

Anyway, I picked up some skincare goodiesπŸ˜‰ along the way, as I get ready for the glorious intensity of summer (*skincare freak alert*) and just, YEAH!! I know, I admit it, summer is my favorite season and I’m going to spend most of it outdoors🌞

I loaded up on some goodies from LUSH , Kiehl’s Fresh, and few odds and ends from my local Fruitful Yield. The big surprise disappointment? The ultrabland fave cleanser! πŸ˜• It was greasy, unwieldy and called for waay too much drama than I was prepared to deal with at the end of the day. Yes it was hydrating, but the clean after the CLEAN UP? NOT worth the drama; look, I might have diva skin, but my skincare can definitely NOT be diva in kindπŸ˜₯
As for the shower gel (it’s called beautiful, still not sure why)? Meh! They discontinued my favorite one so my LUSH journey continues.

Another surprise (in a good way) came in the former of an awesome organic black soap by Alafia. I always get a kick out of seeing beauty secrets from back home getting the spot light πŸ’„πŸŒžπŸ˜‚. I remember my aunties using black soap for literally every skincare mishap, and remember thinking , “wow! This stuff is ugly but it’s like magic)πŸ˜‚

Anyway, given the diva nature of my skin, I decided to try the commercial version with a few drops of my vegan essential oils and, BAAM! AWESOME! This is now on my list of skincare favesπŸ’„Uh did I mention it only cost nine dollars and some change for that awesome bottle, plus it’s WAAY cheaper than the LUSH brand of shower gel that left me feeling less than impressed!πŸ˜‰

Bottomline, investigate and find what works for your skin and DON’T be afraid to try something new-color outside the lines for a change….BoomsiesπŸ˜‰
P.s. I’ve got tons more stuff to check out so latersπŸ˜‰
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Fun day…Getting some balance back

Fun day…Getting some balance back

So it’s Tuesday, and I’m still feeling “elevated” πŸ˜‚ from a day off from the craziness of work, demands of life, blah blah blah! I had to take time to reflect, de-stress, and just stop with the overthinking EVERY LITTLE THING! Yeesh, sometimes I think we women drive ourselves batty from stress and majoring in the minorπŸ˜‰πŸŒž
I’m still learning to let go and just embrace life, my fitness journey (with all my fitness buddiesπŸ’ͺπŸ˜‰), AND the unknown. ALWAYS make time to for self-reflection, internal growth and healing-balance, balance, balance, is what I try to remember in the midst of the crazy! If you don’t take care of the “inside” you WON’T be able to take care of the outside beauty that is you!πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ πŸ‘™
The journey to fitness and health continues along with my review of some great skincare, workout gear and… πŸ’„πŸ”° Starting >>here<< with more to follow…

When the defecation hits the oscillator! …

When the defecation hits the oscillator! …

Yep it’s been a “min” since my last post,buuut let me just say, when things go all kinds of crazy sometimes you have to just L.E.T. I.T. G.O.πŸ‘Š It’s been a busy couple of days full of mishaps, work, physical setbacks and today? Well, let’s just say that I’m not a violent person or else the heifer who side swiped my car would be missing a few teeth πŸ˜¬πŸ‘Š

Yeah I know it’s not the adult response but dang it! There are people and forces that can really get you riled up and off balance-distract you from your goal! As I sit here ranting away, I’m so ticked off about it all and yet, I’m also shouting out loud that this has just “MOTIVATED” me to not let all those negative forces divert me from my prize! That prize is SUCCESS- Success in my health and fitness, success in my business, and just being the positive and gifted person I’ve been called to be!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ Next stop, putting ALL of that into action…BOOM SHAKA LAKA!!
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P.s. Happy Friday and don’t let the NEGATIVE keep you from embracing the POSITIVE and all the power that comes with it! Get Fit and Fabulous this beautiful weekend in the sun…😎🌞

Thursday push…

Thursday push…

It’s not easy but I’ll say it again, IT’S SOO WORTH IT! Once you get started on this journey you’ll find it challenging but it will also make you the happiestΒ  (with yourself and your achievements) that you’ve been in a long time!

Speaking from my own personal experience, although I’ve not hit all the goals I’ve set for myself, I’m HAPPY to say I’M JUST DOING ITπŸ‘Š
That’s right, IT’S A PROCESS and if you’re looking for over night success or some magic pill, I’m here to tell you, you ain’t gonna find it here!
To me, “shortcuts” to achieving good health and fitness are ALL masquerading as so called “meal replacements,Β  fat burning pills, “fibre” bars, etcπŸ˜‚

That smiley face is my response to that B.S. because it makes me both mad and sad to see soo many people especially women, falling for this stuff because they’re desperately seeking help. This is why I do what I do and I’m happy that people are finding this is a place to be real, committed and EXCITED to change their livesπŸ’ͺπŸ‘£πŸ‘Š

Bottom line? Nothing WORTH having comes easy or without some amount of sacrifice! Besides, while I’m all for racking up discounts and getting designer clothing for 80% off *wink* (it’s all about coupon save and pixie dust πŸ˜‰) THAT DOES NOT WORK when it comes to your fitness and health so DEAL WITH IT! Anyway that’s my story, what’s your’s? In the meantime, Happy Thursday y’all and keep fighting! Boom Shaka Laka!πŸ’ͺπŸ˜‰
Get on board here:https://goo.gl/mMfcx9

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Getting jiggy with it!…

Getting jiggy with it!…

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Tuesday and at first I was bummed out at this Chicago weather that seems to be in pms mode. I mean really, it’s almost the middle of May yet the sky is gray (yeah, yeah I know all about the tornado weather sweeping into the Midwest, etc) BUT still, a little bit of sun would have been nice.

I know the world’s weather patterns don’t revolve around your’s truly, but I AM from the tropics after all,  he hehe! πŸ˜‚What was I thinking?  Moving to the Midwest?  C’est la  vie! It’s home sweet home until the next adventure πŸ‘£πŸ‘Š

I’m still working on meeting my goals and I’ve got an awesome space right >>here<< and IF I've got a little jiggle here and there, all I've got to say is JOURNEY ON AND BOOMSIES!πŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺ
In the mean time, it's a good day to take stock of things, get in a sweat generating workout and be damn grateful for being alive and still on this awesome journey to fitness and freedom! I wonder who else is on this journey with me? hmmmm….πŸ‘£
P.s. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pet…hello kitty?πŸ˜‰πŸ±

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Monday fitness goals…

Monday fitness goals…

Hmm so what’s the plan? Do some HIIT, yoga, hit the hiking trails real hard, head to the gym for some group exercise class (*yawn*), go for a run? Just WHAT? Aright, rant alert here! I’m so tired of the excuses as to why a large number of Americans are so unhealthy, stressed out, keeling over at their desks from being overworked, etc!! YES that’s ALL TRUE! But what’s also true is that we Americans are kings and queens of fear driven bondage-bondage to our employers, our jobs, and just plain old mediocrity! Sorry that smarts but I’M ALSO included in that sad number, so Baam!

We all have our issues, but at some point you have to be WILLING and COMMITTED to breaking the yoke around your neck and just crying out “enough IS enough”! Enough with being overworked and underpaid by employers, enough with being afraid of taking the risk of becoming your own boss, ENOUGH with living an unhealthy lifestyle-JUST ENOUGH! This is where I’M AT on my fitness and lifestyle journey; I’m done with working for someone else and his/her narrow assessment of my skills, gifts and potential and definitely DONE with being overweight and unhealthy! I look back this Monday and all I can say is, WOW! I’m finally doing it; stepping out and taking the risk to becoming my own boss, and literally controlling my own destiny, BOOMSIES!!

I love the NEW ME I’m becoming and I love the fact that there are other positive women out there pushing and supporting me on this journey! It’s HARD to get started but it’s definitely worth it, and here is where I end my little rant for now , ha haha! THIS is why I started this journey AND NOW it’s time to share that opportunity with other people who WANT and are WILLING to do the same for themselves and their families-DO IT because you know YOU ARE WORTH IT! Enough said and onward to the JOURNEY!

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