How’s that Bulk going TY?

So as yal know, I bulk during the winter. I can’t waiitttt sometimes to start my winter body prep. I get to be pudgey. I get to add PB to my shake. I eat food on food on food. It’s lit. Yal it’s so lit.

Last year I started my bulk at the end of July/beginning of August. I gained around 20 lbs last winter.

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Natural Hair and Working Out

So I’ve been getting TONS of questions on how I manage my hair with working out basically every morning. This post will be disappointing for yal because truth is – I don’t do much.

But now that i think of it – there are some things I do that make it easier for my hair to keep on flourishing. Here’s a real quick list. Continue reading “Natural Hair and Working Out”

Gon n buy you something nice, sis – daylight LED lights

Yal. So I did a thing.

First let me explain. I am sad in the winter. Depressed sometimes. I feel like a cloud of dreariness follows me around until the days get longer and it warms up.

I️ used to work in a lab in a basement and a few offices with no windows – so some days I wouldn’t see the light of day all day long.

That’s affects my mood. I️ mean physically without daylight we can’t process vitamin D. And a symptom of low vitamin D can be depression. But my vitamin D isn’t the issue – just the lack of daylight bothers me. Continue reading “Gon n buy you something nice, sis – daylight LED lights”

My baby can run! – Stephanie’s half marathon

My sister and I are pretty close. We are 3 years apart and basically both crazy. So she gets me. I can tell her something weird I’m thinking or feeling and she gets it. I don’t have to explain. I don’t have to try to make it sound less crazy or less weird. She just gets me.

Ain’t she cute? I just love her.

I would dead jump in your fight. I WOULD DEAD JUMP IN YOUR FIGHT now what’s poppin?! 😂😂😂

Anywho, my sister has struggled with her weight her whole life. I’m older than her and I always remember her being a little ‘tubby’ (what we used to call it). Once college hit it got pretty ‘bad’. I never noticed it until she started losing the weight. She blames me for not letting her know she didn’t have a neck. Who knew! LOL

She started working out and counting macros about 14 months ago (yes I assign macros. I’m a macro magician – hit me up for details). Macro counting is a type of flexible dieting where you can eat whatever you want, as long as you eat your target amount of protein, carbs and fat each day. At first she started with workouts hubby suggested, then moved on to running.

Guys. This girl like Forest Gump. She just… kept… running. Continue reading “My baby can run! – Stephanie’s half marathon”

Diastasis recti – how I got my flat tummy post C-Section

One of my pet peeves is when people tell c-section moms that it is impossible to have a flat stomach again. It’s not. It’s harder. It’s harder for any mom to have a flat stomach again. Our bodies go through so many changes! But it isn’t impossible. Granted, I still have some loose skin but I feel like my belly is pretty flat and fabulous. However even when I got past the belly fat (which is what most people are referring to when they say you can’t have a flat stomach. Yes, you can – but not at 35+% body fat. haha).

I wasn’t fit pre-pregnancy. Not even close. I do, however, have a naturally small frame and I am an apple shape. So I got pregnant, and I was still as inactive as before, if not more. I had just switched from my job in the chemistry lab to a job in regulatory so I was sitting instead of standing.

I gained 50 lbs while I was pregnant. Which is a lot for someone of my build. My belly button was herniated a bit and my abs were totally separated. All of my weight gain was in my belly (both baby and all the fat I put on). So people always said “oh, you’re all belly! You’ll bounce right back.” No.

I’m not a ball, ain’t no bouncing. I aint no rubber band either, ain’t no snapback. And that’s ok.

Anywho, It was awhile postpartum before I started on my fitness journey. LB was born via unscheduled C-Section and I knew my abs were weak. My core had never been incredibly strong but even like 12 weeks after giving birth I felt like I couldn’t sit up in bed. I had to roll to the side to get up. That was the first time I looked into diastasis recti. I did the test (we will discuss this earlier) and my gap was 4 finger widths apart. I assumed it would close with time and kept pushing. Continue reading “Diastasis recti – how I got my flat tummy post C-Section”

Don’t play yourself.

I posted on social media today about my dislike for transformation Tuesday.

I don’t like it. I think we (including me) use it as an excuse to knock our former self and our current progress. I see women all the time with BOMB transformations who post basically ‘disclaimer’ captions. “I’m not where I want to be but…” “I know I’m not bikini ready but…” “I still have long to go but…”

Wtf yal. What if your significant other said that about you? What if you said that about them? Your kids?

You’d be an asshole.

But somehow we make it acceptable to be an asshole to ourselves. And it ain’t cool.

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Natural hair poppin for the low

Listen. I’m a bad natural. I still use silicones. I wash with a sulfate shampoo like 2x a month. I don’t finger detangle. I don’t prepoo. I ain’t right.

But I can get my hair poppin for like a month for under $20. And though I LOVE some of the pricey, healthier lines (kinky curly, deva curl to name my faves) – I used to be a college student. And ima forever be cheap. Scouts honor.

So here’s a few of my favorite cheap hair products that do awesome on my hair. They ain’t organic. But they’ll have you poppin.

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