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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Where's Natural and Fab?

Hi lovelies! I'm sure you're wondering, where has this chick been!? Well, I've been taking a much needed break for the past month. I could talk about natural hair all day long but instead I decided to take a self-imposed vacation from everything.

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Don't fret; I will be back soon with more updates about my hair and natural hair in general. The World Natural Hair Show will be in Atlanta April 25-27, maybe I will see you at one of the events ;)

Monday, March 10, 2014

We have a winner!

Congratulations Moniek of Fit While Brown. You are the winner of the As I Am Coconut Cowash. Please email your mailing address at naturalandfab(at)gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Giveaway Time




Giveaway time! Time for my first giveaway of 2014. I did a review in the early part of 2013 of As I Am products. I have to admit that all of them had pros and cons but I did like the Coconut CoWash. This pudding like mixture is great for cowashing while adding protein to your strands.

I am giving away one (1) 16oz. jar to one lucky winner. To enter, leave me a comment with your name and I will enter it into the random drawing. This giveaway closes on March 2 so act fast! Good luck!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Down 5 Pounds

The month of January was a success for me. I went into the month without a strict fitness plan to follow and somehow managed to lose 5 pounds. This is not a HUGE loss but one of many baby steps I'm taking to improve my overall health. How did I do it? Let me tell you...

Exercise
I kicked the month of with a 21 day Shut Up and Train cardio challenge with my friend Moniek of Fit While Brown. Check her out when you get some time. About halfway through the month, I hurt my ankle. I'm not sure how that happened but it put me out of commission for almost a week. Prior to, my fitness routine would include 20-30 minutes of some type of cardio. Some nights I would do kickboxing videos by Fitness Blender on YouTube, other nights I would play Dance Central 2 for 30 minutes with my son. My goal was to move by any means necessary. On really cold nights, I would opt for running in place or around the house for about a mile or two.

Food
I cut back on my carb intake and snacking. I have a weakness for strawberry sundaes from Sonic so I limited myself to one for the month of January. When a sweets craving would hit, I would make a smoothie as a supplement; it wasn't quite a sundae but helped...a little. I also watched my portions and cut out fried foods. It's amazing what can happen when you don't go back for seconds or pile your plate. I'm not a big soda drinker so I didn't have to worry much about that.

Sleep
I am a horrible sleeper. Combine that with a 5 year old who loves to climb in bed with us in the middle of the night, I rarely get uninterrupted sleep. I made it a point to get at least 9-10 hours of sleep each night, sometimes going to bed as early as 8:30 pm.

Stress Control
I ALWAYS have a lot of different things going on and can often cause unnecessary stress on myself. To kick off the new year, I promised myself I would do better about controlling my stres levels and just going with the flow more.

Water
Thank goodness for my husband. He texted me every day at Noon to check on my water intake. I have  to admit that I can go my entire workday without a drop of water. I made sure to drink some water every hour on the hour for the month of January.

Avoid the Scale
I am obssessed with the scale. I used to weigh myself every single day and would get upset with every single ounce I would lose and then come back. For the month of January, I threw the scale away. I refused to get on it and subject myself to any disappointment I may feel. Instead, I waited and when I got on it for the first time in 31 days, I saw the fruits of my labor.

That's it. Just a few simple steps resulted in a 5 pound weight loss. I personally can't see any physical changes but I was able to simple on a pair of jeans I could not previously fit with ease and room to spare. My goal for February is to incorproate more weight training (I'm listening, Moniek!) and press for another 5 pound weight loss.

What are your fitness goals for February?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Year, New Fitness Goals

Did 2013 go by fast or what? So much happened to me both personally and professionally in 2013 that I can't wait to see what happens in 2014.

While some people believe that new year resolutions are a waste of time, I believe differently. I love the idea of setting new goals at the start of a new year and working towards them. It's like, you finally get to try-try again in a brand new year - the slate is wiped clean and you& nbsp;. Personally I find it super motivating and thought I would share a few of mine with you as it relates to my health....


1. EXERCISE! I feel like I started the year off strong with this and then completely slacked the closer it got to my wedding. Before I knew it, the summer was over and my weight loss was shot. This year, I want to be more dedicated to exercising more frequently.

2. EAT BETTER. I've always opted for more healthy foods, but towards the end of the year, I began to stray from that path. I took a health scare to remind me that food is not pacifier, but rather fuel for our bodies...but it's still ok to indulge from time to time.

3. TAKE BETTER CARE OF MY HEALTH. See the previous post.

4. REST MORE. 2013 was non-stop for me but rightfully so. I mean, I did get engaged, plan a wedding, watched both my brothers graduate and I get married (all in the same weekend!), add extra duties at work and start some new hobbies all within a 6 month window at times. I think I have earned my rest.

5. RUN WITH BLACK GIRLS! RUN MORE. I didn't get a chance to spend as much time with BGR as I wanted but I plan to start the new year off right but doing more Saturday sessions with them. I don't know about those 5am runs but I got you for 7am on Saturdays :).

6. INVEST IN MORE WORKOUT GEAR. Call me vain but when I'm wearing a cute and comfort workout outfit, I feel more inclined to workout. Plus I need to start buying wicking socks, compression tights (or socks) and tutus for races.

Do you set new year resolutions? What are some that you are setting for yourself?