Hair Dilemma

I do not play about my hair. If I get it done; I want it to last for more than eight hours at least. Meaning, I want people to see how good my hair looks.

Sometimes, though, it’s hard to keep a hair style when your constantly working out.

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How I normally wear my hair. Pic via Pintrest 

Every time I get my hair done, I know the moment I workout – my hair will start curling up at the edges and it completely messes up the style. It’s because I’m natural which means sometimes my real hair will curl up against the ‘straight extensions’. So the problem is – that right after I workout my natural curly hairs start taking their form and curling up.

A simple solution for this is wrapping my hair. Which means covering my real hair with some kind of scarf while I workout. Not only is that uncomfortable while working out, but it doesn’t guarantee that my hair will not curl up. I think the best solution would be to wear my hair in braids for a while. But for what I’m trying to do out side of work, I need to actually have my hair look somewhat straightened.

So you see my dilemma here. My dilemma is so real that I haven’t been to the gym all week because I just wanted to preserve the ‘do’ for as long as possible. But that ends today because I plan on getting a nice good sweat at the gym. It’s very possible that my hair will look a hot ass mess. But I’ll work on that to try to make it look somewhat presentable for work.

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This is the kind of hairstyle that will last when you workout Pic via Pinterest 

Really, I just need to find some kind of balance. Perhaps when I do get my hair done initially not work out for the first three days and then go hard for the next four and keep that kind of schedule?

We’ll see.

Does anyone else out there have this problem? Want to preserve the hairstyle but the gym doesn’t really let you. I tell you what. I follow Massy daily and her hair always looks good every time she works out. Now, I’m not sure if she’s getting her hair done everyday or what she’s doing to keep her hair looking right. But I believe she’s natural like me. The only difference is, she has short hair and wears it short but I also think she has a different texture so – that’s another blog where I will break down hair.

So how do you guys cope with this?

Is it even a problem?

For Massy’s page see below.

Featured image of black excellence is by Jaime Cofrade via Tumblr.

Happy Friday Tribe! In Partnership with @ListerineUS I’m bringing you this bold stretching routine to help loosen up all those tight upper body muscles and get bendy. I always make it a point to take these small moments to work on my mobility at least twice a week and it makes a big difference in helping my muscles recover. Let me just tell you, your body will thank you for it later 🙌. What are some things you all do at the start of your day to help #UnlockYourBold? Let’s chat below! #FBF _____________________________________________________________ Como les prometí mi gente, aquí ya he publicado esta rutina pero como me pidieron ayer una rutina para la parte superior del cuerpo aquí está. Esta rutina se enfoca en el pecho, tríceps, espalda, hombros, y bíceps. Recuerden, realiza este tipo de rutina dos veces a la semana. Aguanta cada respiración por 6 respiraciones profundas y repítela dos veces. Dale!

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Heavier, but not defeated.

Yo, 1-2 1-2..

Weird way to start a blog, but I’m listening to the Insecure season 1 soundtrack

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Currently my favorite series.

and I’m feeling good.

This is despite the fact that I’ve gained 30lbs. That’s right 30 lbs. And now, I stand at a good 170lbs. I was upset this morning – not going to front – but am I defeated? No sir. Because in some weird way I am motivated. Like a real fire. Seriously. I know, I know, I’ve been on kind of slump but that doesn’t mean I have to stay that way. While I am heavier I still have some what of a slim appearance; that tells me that the little bit that I am doing at the gym (once or twice a week) works. What doesn’t work is what I’m putting into my mouth.

In fact (now my favorite segway, so if I say it a lot sorry y’all) last night I had a Whopper with cheese and bacon, and fries on the side. And it was good – but it wasn’t great. And as much as I want to deny this — it wasn’t worth it. At all.

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even when you want to stop

That’s why today I started fresh. A lot of water, an energy drink, pork rinds instead of chips (less calories true life) , chicken tenders with veggies and baked beans; tonight I plan on having Turkey with Veggies or just a protein shake after the gym.

 

I know I’m not the only one out there that has to constantly start over – but the main thing about starting over is that your not giving up. Frankly, I’m motivated to keep going, I deserve to be happy with my self. I will do right by my body and health – with a couple of wine glasses on the way, but I’m going to do it. Real talk ’cause I’m motivated.

Olympic Motivation

I’ve been on vaca for a minute and that allows me to watch as much of the Rio Olympic games as I want. And guys, I can’t get enough of it!

Those athletes work so hard that it just makes me want to work harder. There’s just something about that competitive spirit, and we’re not even going to talk about their

USP OLYMPICS: SWIMMING-EVENING SESSION S OLY BRA

That moment Simone Manuel realized she made history as the first African American Woman to win gold in a swimming event. Image Credit: USA today

 

bodies. I mean really almost every athlete, in the Olympics, are in tip top shape.

My favorite events are in track and field which start today — but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the swimming and gymnastic events! So good!

I mean Michael Phelps? Really? He’s 31 and still beating these new and upcoming swimmers. Is that dedication or what? That man trained hard, worked on his speed, his breathing and his technique and he’s coming out on top. Literally. We’re talking about the world’s most decorated Olympian here.

And we’re not even going to get on the Women’s Gymnastic’s Team, better known as the “Final Five.” They are so amazing! Ofcourse, they won gold in the Team Event and then two of them: Simone and Aly won gold and silver respectively in the All-Around Event.

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That’s so awesome and so inspiring. When I learned more of their backstories these girls (and other athletes, I’m sure) gave up a lot to put their all into their sport and their craft. Training day in and out, eating right I’m sure and really just keeping their heads in the game.

The beauty of those athletes and the Olympics in general is that — regular people like myself can do the same thing. Meaning if I work hard, focus on my goal and really give it my all I can accomplish it.

So you know what? My gold medal will be my banging body, great health and really just a sense of accomplishment.

That’s why I love the Olympics because those athletes make me want to do better. They also make me want to train in a specific sport (like track) day in and day out — but you catch my drift.

Use the games as motivation to be the best you — and get that gold. 😉

Weight, nothing but a numero

This topic has been on my mind for a while. Sometimes, we all stress about the number we see on the scale; but if you haven’t heard, that’s not always the most important thing. In fact, when you’re first starting out it should be the least of your worries. Why? Because honestly the number won’t go down as fast unless your doing something that could really jeopardize your health.

Instead, listen to your body. Now, I’m no expert. But what I do know is how good I start

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Image: Hayathfitness

feeling once I start eating right, drinking water and hitting the gym. No lie, I start sleeping so much better, my skin starts looking better and my overall being just feels good. And who doesn’t want that? And once you start feeling good, my friends, every thing starts falling into place.

That’s where I currently am in my path to fitness. I’m feeling extremely good being mindful of what I eat and exuding positive energy that I’m ultimately receiving back 😉

I do check my weight at least once a week to see my progress, preferably in the a.m. That helps me see what I’m doing right or if I need to change something.

But you know what’s even better? When your clothes start feeling loose. Yes God!

Happy energy 😉

At Home Workout Song

I like to listen to a little bit of everything.

This morning, I’m working out to this:

It’s mellow. It’s cool. It’s perfect. I listened to other songs today too — but this one was on repeat for awhile. I thought I’d share. Currently, trying to get my sexy back. I’m still off. Still pretty busy — but I’m trying, guys. I haven’t give up yet.

Today’s at home workout (since I couldn’t make it to the gym) consisted of:

3 sets of 15 lunges; 3 sets of 15 squats; 6 sets of 12 leg lifts (for the glutes) and 100 crunches.

Something is better than nothing, right?

🙂 Hope this motivates some of you lovely people out there!

What’s on your playlist?

Alba’s Got Her Groove Back

Yeah, you read right. I AM getting my groove back, and can’t nobody tell me nothing.

My life is finally aligning the way I want it to be… I’ve got my dream job, my relationship is going great with my love and my family, and not to mention I’m feeling good about everything. Including my body!

I mean..  Take a look at this pick and decide for yourself. Don’t I look good?

When you feeling yourself at the gym. 👌😏😉😅 #fitness #gymtime #igetsitin

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I am truly feeling myself. I’m giving life everything I’ve got making sure every effort doesn’t go unnotice. You feel me?

Currently, I’m working the grave yard shift but I find time to run and go to the gym. (I have reluctantly went back to my old gym… But that’s another story for another day.)

It’s crazy. Although, I’m not at the weight I’d like to be in, my state of mind is happy. I know that I’m working towards the goal, as well as working in my career and just going about life. It’s surreal. And I thank God – because I’d never thought I’d be in such a place. Loving yourself and being where you want to be, not only physically but in life (and mentally) is like SO IMPORTANT.

I’m working on… something special for this blog, I’m excited to take you guys on my journey. I’ll be writing again soon!

20 Min HIIT Workouts are THE Best

travelLast week, my gym membership expired. I had been attending this super popular gym, that was located pretty much in every neighborhood of Jacksonville, for two years straight. But to be honest, I wanted out. I had issues with the way they handled business. So, I figured in the meantime while I look for a gym, I will just workout at home.

Easier said then done, my brothers and sisters.

When you live with someone and sleep schedules are different, finding the time to workout can be a little difficult. If I tried to wake up early in the morning, I ran the risk of waking my boyfriend up. Then when I get off of work, I would have to cook (so that I don’t eat late) and then I’m normally working on something else that’s important! It just seemed like time wasn’t on my side — and I get it, it happens.

Well, for some reason I thought “HIIT”! All I need is 20 minutes!

HIIT stands for high interval intensity training! In a nutshell, the way I see it,  you burn a good amount of calories in a short period of time. Sounds pretty idealistic for someone with not much time in their everyday schedules. Someone like me!

The most recent HIIT workout that I tried (and it kicked my butt, but I loved it) was this one: Brutal HIIT Ladder Workout – 20 minutes HIIT Workout at Home

We started off stretching and then we did four exercises, each 60 seconds long with a 25 second break. Then the same four exercises but 50 seconds long with a 25 second break. We did the same routine up until 20 seconds and it was in fact thebomb.com (Not a real website by the way 🙂

It’s exactly what I needed, and I felt like I actually did something instead of being lazy and not doing anything because I didn’t have “time?” You know what I mean?

It was so convenient because I was able to do it within the hour that my better half would be waking up!

So, I mean if you haven’t tried it yet — or are afraid to, don’t be. It’s convenient, you get a great workout and remember no one is judging you.

With that being said, I’m probably going to incorporate more 20 min HIIT workouts because they’re pretty convenient.

Sexy in Shape

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of working out with my girlfriends at this Sexy in Shape Stiletto Dance class. To describe it in one word: amazing.

The beginning of the class was an uptempo hip-hop fitness routine. It incorporated squats, lunges, a little bit of fist-pumps and a little bit of dropping it low. It was great. Something comparable to the likes of Zumba, Tae Bo and Shaun T’s Hip-Hop Abs. It was THAT good. After the cardio, we cooled down with a slow-tempo song (last week it was JoJo’s, “Demonstrate“). We learned the dance in sneakers and then changed in to our heels. Talk about a cool down.

Not only do you feel yourself working for a body you want — but then you feel sexy. We moved sultry-like and seductive.

Sexy in Shape Class.

Sexy in Shape Class.

This is the third time that I’ve been to the class, and each time I have sweated my butt off. I plan on making this apart of my weekly fitness routine.

Going to the gym is great, but it doesn’t hurt to try out different forms of working out — like taking a dance fitness class. Whether it be Zumba, Tae Bo or a Hip-Hop Fitness Dance Class with a Stiletto cool down — the point is to burn those calories and feel good about it.

I felt so good about it, I wrote about it. And I’m so glad that there’s a class in Jacksonville that allows me to experience that.

Have you ever been to a class like this?

Starting New 12 Week Get my Body Right plan !

Today I started Lee Labrada’s 12 Week Lean Body Trainer. Why? Because I’ve been goofing around a bit – I mean I’ve been working out – but I haven’t been on a plan. So, I decided why not try a stable plan by someone who’s pretty well known in the fitness world, with his own company that provides a line of nutritional supplements and functional foods and once got the fattest city in America fit (that was Houston, Texas by the way). The plan seems pretty challenging but I LOVE a challenge.

I will follow the fitness execercises to a Teee – but not so much his food recipes. I have to work with what I got, however that’s not to say that I’m going to be eating like crap. That wouldn’t make sense. I will eat the appropriate foods and follow the guidelines for which foods I should and shouldn’t eat. And now I’m super excited to be able to document my experience with all of you… I mean I could just get my body builder’s physique that I’ve been so desperately wanting by the end of these next 3 months.

If you feel up to it and want to join the lean body 12 weekly daily trainer – hit me up and we can do this together!!! I love having a workout partner, even if we’re just motivating each other via online – what better way then to have someone encouraging you back? Right!

If not, stay tuned for the ride to see my progress and get inspired!

Today, I began day one. It was “Back/Biceps” workout.I did four exercises, two for back, two for biceps and 3 sets of each exercise. The last set I completed to failure.

When doing the last set to failure, Labrada make’s sure to point out what it means. He says performing a set to failure is, “That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of movement with strict biomechanics.” And that my friends, was my first time EVER doing that in my life with a back and bicep workout; and I’ll tell you what – I’m totally feeling it right now.

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At the end of my weight training, I did cardio, and although cardio is my thing the plan’s cardio kicked my butt.

I ran on the treadmill but in intervals. For example: Minutes 1-2: level one (Easy resistance), Minutes 3 – 5: level two (Moderate resistance) Minutes 6 – 9: level 3hree (Difficult resistance) and so on and so forth for 30 minutes. I tell you what, it’s not easy doing that while running.

The reason for the intervals is so that I can challenge my metabolism. I’m sure if my metabolism could speak it would’ve been like “oh, so your just going to try and switch it up on me now, huh!”

Lol. Humor me.

Needless, to say today was pretty successful… And I can feel the pain in my biceps. Like serioulsly, it’s just a good soreness. I’m ready for tomorrow – it’s chest, shoulders and triceps!

Woot. Woot.

When it rains outside, make it sweat — inside

It rained today. A lot.

It rained so much, I did not want to get on the road to go to the gym. So, I did the next best thing. I worked out at home. I worked out so hard, if I didn’t have 18inch ceilings there would have been water dripping from them. Yeah, that’s how hard I worked out. My workout went as follows:

475 jumping jacks

5 sets of 1 min planks

200 crunches

5 sets of 1 min high knees

45 leg lifts

5 sets of 10 side crunches (on each side)

At a glance, it may not seem like a lot but believe me I worked up a sweat! I was huffing and puffing and drinking water and giving it all I had.

It felt good, and I was comfortable. There are so many pros to working out at home. For instance, today I worked out in my sports bra and felt good about it! So what, if I don’t have a six pack (yet), there was no one there to judge me. I was literally in a judgment free zone – in casa de Alba.

I found a way to still be proactive and keep myself moving on this rainy day, and if I can – so can you!!!  Here are a few tips for when working out at home. These get me by, and get me going!

  1. – Choose some great music and turn up: I personally like to listen to dance music, hip hop and
    How I turn up at home when I'm about to work out!!! Image provided via Tumblr.

    How I turn up at home when I’m about to work out!!!
    Image provided via Tumblr.

    anything with a pumping beat. It gets me moving, and helps keep me in the zone.

  2. – Pick a designated area: My living room is huge. So, whenever I’m at home working out, I do it in front of the TV (with the TV is off). There’s enough space to stretch, do crunches, mountain climbers – you name it and I have the space for it!
  3. – Away with distractions: Turn the TV off. Shut the blinds and close your curtains. Remember this is your work out time, so you want to be comfortable and focused.
  4. – Have a plan: I designed the workout I was going to do, literally, like 15 – 20 minutes before actually working out. The goal for me was just to get my body moving and do some cardio. I wasn’t really trying to lift weights. Now, if today was a day for “weights” and I couldn’t attend the gym then I would find substitutions for workouts that I would normally do. No sweat. 😉

 

My point here is that there’s always something you can do, even when it seems like you can’t. So, next time you can’t make it to the gym, or really just don’t feel like going, workout at home.

It’s judgment free, comfortable and you can turn up your music as loud as you want!

Here are some exercises that you can do at home WITHOUT any equipment – thanks to writer Suzanne.

Next time you work out at home, don’t forget to make it sweat!!!