Let's get ready to be dope together! We're nearly 3 months in to 2017 - how them goals and resolutions looking? If you're ...
I got some pretty darn good feedback from you all about #30DaysofDope - and most of it revolved around the fact that it seems like it came out of nowhere, and that you guys wish you had more time to get on board.
I hear you - loud and clear! In fact, that was one of the main critiques I had myself. Two days is not enough time to prepare for much of anything - not to mention, preparing to be your best. So this time around, I'm going to make sure we (not just you, but me too!) have ample time to get things situated so we can commit to pure, unadulterated dopeness for 30 days. Let's just consider the last round a beta test :)
With that being said, I'm OFFICIALLY launching #30DaysofDope on Thursday, September 1st 2016. That's right. September is about to be off the CHAIN! I'm tweaking #30DaysofDope from the last time around, but the idea is the same - pushing the boundaries of personal excellence. Committing to being the best version of you for 30 days.
Here are the three areas we'll be focusing on starting September 1st:
September is all about personal growth and perspective. And rather than be guided by some ambiguous notions of betterness doing, I've decided to get concrete with it. To get intentional. Because at the end of the day, the greatest barriers to our success lies within the mind. To lay the mental landscape for success, I'm enlisting the help of a book that I loved but need to read again - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. You don't have to read this book with me, but if you did, that would be pretty darn dope. Why? Because the agreements in the book are pretty much the blueprint for dopeness:
- Be impeccable with your word
- Don't take anything personally
- Don't make assumptions
- Always do your best.
I purchased my copy years ago from Google Play Books (back in my Samsung Galaxy Note days) and luckily, theres an iOS app for that so I'm good to go. But just in case you need a copy here are some links:
If you're a better listener than I am, Audible has a free 30 day trial and you can get the book here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/The-Four-Agreements-Audiobook/B002VA3GJO
For Kindle download or to order a physical copy for under $7, here it is on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aXuvka
Make sure you're on the e-mail list for this one (www.30daysofdope.com and drop your info in the popup box) because each week, I'll be chatting with all my dope folks about some major takeaways from the book. Even if you can't join me in reading this time around, you'll still be able to get some gems and join in on the conversation about practically applying the reading.
Confessions time: I can no longer ignore the correlation between what I put in my body and how it functions. During the July #30DaysofDope trial run, I noticed that when I ate better, I felt better. And when I kept a close eye on what I put in my body, it showed on the outside. For September, I've got a plan of attack. I've enlisted the help of my friend Kohran by way of supporting him in his new business - A-1 Lifestyle. I paid Kohran (because you don't always ask your peeps for freebies when they're tryna run a business) to create a custom meal plan for me. The results were very thorough, and tailored to my specific food quirks and preferences. And if you caught me on snap this past Sunday and Thursday, then you saw a little bit of my meal prep go down. As we get a little closer to launch, I'll share my experience, a snippet of my own meal plan, and some results. But for now, click here to like his Facebook page. And if you're interested in a meal plan of your own, e-mail him at a1lifestyle247365[at]gmail.com.
|Just a lil' taste of meal prep, a la Christina Patrice|
|This was 450. I'm at 500 now!|
I may get some upper left clicks and unsubscribes for this, but I am Christian. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose on the third day. I also believe that Jesus did not have blonde hair and blue eyes. With that being said, I'm not on a conversion crusade. Your belief system is your belief system. And if you'd like to know more about my personal journey to accepting Christ, e-mail me at christina[at]30daysofdope.com and I'm more than happy to share (but if you came to argue, spare yourself... I won't reply). I say all of this to say, #30DaysofDope is not for you if you don't believe in something bigger than yourself. My personal focus for 2016 has been to live out Matthew 5:16, and I'll be continuing that path with daily Bible verse readings from YouVersion. I'm also reading the Before the Cross: Fruit of the Spirit devotional, because I believe it aligns perfectly with living out Matthew 5:16. It's only a 9 day devotional, but rather than rush through all 9 fruits of the spirit and on to the next, I want to marinate and reflect on each one for a few days. If you need some more context about the fruit of the spirit, check out Galatians 5:22-23.
We've covered a lot of ground, and I'm super excited about the path ahead. To get the official prep list breakdown for #30DaysofDope September 2016 click here or go to www.30daysofdope.com. Note: I'll also be e-mailing this prep list to my #30DaysofDope e-mail fam.
I'm super excited - can't wait for the 1st!
www.30daysofdope.com Hey peeps! I got some pretty darn good feedback from you all about #30DaysofDope - and most of it revolved aro...
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (SN: maneobjective), then you know I've been on a healthy cooking crusade. I love cooking (seriously, I cook every day if time permits), and I've taken a special interest in making meals healthier for myself and Mr. Samuel.
One thing I refuse to compromise on though, is taste.
Ain't no way you can convince me that riced cauliflower tastes like rice.
Or that stevia ain't satan's sweetener. (that aftertaste is for the birds)
See, here's the dirty little secret about Instagram, Pinterest, and all these food accounts and "healthy" dessert recipes you see floating online. They look amazing - dense and moist with layers of chocolatey flavor and nutty goodness. Oozing sprinkles and cream - yet packed with protein, low in sugar, and high in fiber.
Let me tell you something.
80% of them are nasty.
I mean, if you can convince yourself that protein powder is a 1:1 substitute for cake batter, then more power to you.
But I'm here to tell you that if you love sweets, but want to pivot in a healthier direction (cause, life), you're going to be sorely disappointed.
I've made mug cakes, regular cakes, waffles, cookie dough, and tried several variations of frozen desserts. My protein cake? Looked and smelled delicious, but looked, felt, and tasted like hot rubber. Waffles? No comment. Mug cake? Recipe tweaks still in progress, and coming soon. That cookie dough I made with garbanzo beans? A COMPLETE AND UTTER DISASTER. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, E-V-E-R MAKE COOKIE DOUGH WITH GARBANZO BEANS. You will be angry, upset, and have strange smelling blended beans in your trash can 30 minutes later. I promise.
Don't (in my Bryson Tiller voice).
I know part of it is re-training my tastebuds, but cold turkey ain't my style.
You know what is amazing and actually tastes good, though? These here High Protein Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls! I got the idea for this recipe from Sarah Lynn Fitness - I stumbled across her cookie dough bites on my Instagram explore feed. I checked out her blog post with the recipe, and make some tweaks as I saw fit (see above comments about stevia and protein powder). The nutrition breakdown is similar, but the taste is off the charts!
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Flour
- 3 tablespoons PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter (Original)
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Greek Yogurt (I used Trader Joe's brand)
- 2 tablespoons You Fresh Naturals Cookie Dough Muscle Frosting
- 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I use Califia)
- 1 dash Sea Salt
- 2 tablespoons Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 tablespoon Turbinado (Raw Sugar)
Feel free to swap out any of the ingredients or tweak measurements.
In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients (Coconut Flour, PB2, Sea Salt, Turbinado) thoroughly. Add in wet ingredients (Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Muscle Frosting, Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk) and mix. If your mixture isn't doughy enough, add more Greek Yogurt or Almond Milk until you achieve the desired consistency - moist and thick, but not runny.
Lastly, fold in chocolate chips.
Spoon out dough and roll into individual balls and place into a freezer-safe container.
Freeze for 15-20 minutes or until firm.
Remove from the freezer and enjoy! Store in the fridge for safe keeping.
Serving Size: 1 Ball
Sugar: 5.8g (I'm working on that)
Amazing right?! One little tasty ball has nearly 5g of protein! Perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth, or late night craving. Or breakfast. #nojudgement
Let me know if you try the recipe in the comments below! Happy healthifying!
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (SN: maneobjective), then you know I've been on a healthy cooking crusade. I love cookin...
|Not gonna lie, my selfie game is bout to go wayyyy up! (lol)|
I've written before about managing psoriasis, especially when it comes to the scalp. You can find that information here. Utilizing a variety of tips and information I've learned over the years, I've managed to well, manage my psoriasis. I knew that my skin would always look clearer in summer months (hey there, sun), and would flare up in fall/winter as the air got colder and skies resigned to pitch blackness at 5:42pm. But here I am, at the beginning of December with a face that is about 96 - 97% psoriasis free. How did I do it? What sorcery did I employ?
Keep reading to find out the 7 steps that took my face from broken out and inflamed to smooth and radiant. Fair warning: the 7 steps go from easiest to most difficult (in my humble opinion).
7. Switch to All Natural Facial Cleansers
|I use this as a shampoo, and facial cleanser. Up next: as a body wash!|
|My current other facial cleanser and body wash.|
|Tip: make them last longer by using only 1 glove at a time. Store the second glove in a ziploc for sterile keeping.|
We don't want to wash our faces with products that contain irritating ingredients, and we most certainly don't want to use those same irritants when applying masks and toners that remain on the skin for 10 minutes or more. That was a huge mistake I made with my skincare routine last summer -- I was using cheap masks packed with synthetics, and paid for it when the fall season rolled around. This time, I'm sticking to masques that are 100% natural, and contain carefully crafted ingredients to heal and restore my skin. For me, those masks are Ashley's Naturals Pumpkin Mask, and TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask. I'm going to review them both individually soon, but they both deliver some stellar benefits:
Ashley's Naturals Pumpkin Mask: Brightens, evens skin tone, eases inflammation, smooths skin, fights breakouts, heals blemishes, and delivers blessings beyond what you can even imagine.
|Do you SEE all that pumpkin-y goodness?! +AshleysNaturals|
TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask: Detoxifies, lifts impurities, revitalizes, fights blemishes and breakouts while smoothing skin and minimizing pores.
|A little bit goes a looooong way! This jar lasts FOREVER! +TruSelf Organics|
|MUST have. MUST. +TriDerma|
4. Drink Plenty of Water
|Click here to read about my undying love for Hydro Flask! #FreedomFromLukewarm +Hydro Flask|
|Working out +Coast Fitness - South Bay|
2. Take Your Vitamins
|My current vitamin lineup. Details coming soon! +The Vitamin Shoppe is my favorite!|
|Sprouts brand ACV is about $2 cheaper and just as good as Bragg's.|
- lower blood sugar (sugar triggers psoriasis inflammation)
- balances acidity and inflammation in the body
- assist in weight loss (nothing major, but weight loss is good for psoriasis)
How necessary are vitamins and supplements? Read more here.
1. Decrease Stress
I know, I know. Reducing stress is by far the most difficult thing to do, yet it is the single most beneficial step in improving not only psoriasis, but overall health. Our bodies stress responses are triggered by so many things -- the self-consciousness that comes along with psoriasis, terrible traffic, work deadlines, screaming children, family conflicts, financial challenges, and more. When our bodies are stressed, cortisol production raises, and alters our immune system. It's no coincidence that stress causes our bodies to retain/gain weight while causing all sorts of inflammation. No matter the source of the stress, we psoriasis suffers must learn to get a handle on it before it manifests itself as more inflammation and outbreaks.
Three of my favorite ways to reduce stress are prayer/praise, working out, and washing my hair (don't judge me). During this #EveryDayFitness journey, I've learned how to do one thing really well -- call on God when things (or people) are getting on my nerves and stressing me out. I'll go into prayer mode, or start singing a praise and worship song until I calm down. Trust me, it works! Exercise has multiple benefits, and there's no feeling like pushing weights when you're frustrated. It's an amazing, yet often untapped source of power. And ever since I tapped into having the easiest wash day ever, it's been a source of therapy for me.
Now that I've shared my 7 tips, here's the moment you've all been waiting for: the proof in the pudding! Check out where i started in July 2015 (before #EveryDayFitness)
|Peep the transition!|
|Pardon my ashy fo'head this month... I snapped this picture pre-moisturizing.|
I look in the mirror every morning, and I'm so thankful that I've experienced the remarkable healing that I have. Please share this article with friends and family that may be struggling with treating psoriasis naturally. There is hope, and I am proof.
Up next: clearing the psoriasis on my body (which I'm happy to report is in progress)!
Questions? Leave them below in the comment section, right under the "You Might Also Like" area! Thanks for hanging with me on this #EveryDayFitness Journey! XOXO
Not gonna lie, my selfie game is bout to go wayyyy up! (lol) Back when I began my #EveryDayFitness , I stated plainly that one of my goa...
I'm going to start off this post with a question:
Do you ever get on your own nerves?
That pretty much sums up September for me. I entered August with a bang, and attacked each day with enthusiasm. Then September showed up, and my enthusiasm waned.... until I hit what I considered to be rock bottom. Looking back at September, I was suffering from some pretty serious burnout. The more I tried to make myself go, go, go, the more I didn't want to.
So I backslid. Hard. So much so that I didn't even want to write about September because I was disappointed in myself. Plus, I didn't want to dedicate an entire blog post to sharing all of the cool things I had discovered, while being dishonest with you all (and myself) about the work that I was actually putting in (or lack thereof).
There were some good workouts done in September, along with a few decent meals. But overwhelmingly, I felt myself slipping back into those bad habits that stall progress. You know which ones I'm talking about -- Chocolate. Eating late. French fries. Hooters wings. Not going to the gym. I'm not going to be embarrassed or feel bad, because I believe in owning my truth. I messed up in September ya'll, and there's no way around it. There's also no way to go back in time and get what was lost. My only resolution is to move on!
That's where October comes in. I spent some time assessing why September was so horrible for me, and I came to the realization that I was trying to do absolutely too darn much while being under a lot of stress. Working out every day is is taxing in and of itself, and when mixed in with trying to balance work (and the commute from hell) alongside all my other interests and obligations, I got overwhelmed.
Throughout October, I spent more time being intentional about reducing stress. While there were some things I couldn't control (hello, 405 during rush hour), I realized there were things I could control. I could control how I reacted to stressful situations. I could control what I ate. I could control how much time I spent with God. I could control the intensity of my workouts. I could control being more mindful and present in my relationships. I could control my perspective.
Little by little, the pieces began to fall into place, and I found myself reaching a happy place within #EveryDayFitness, and remembering why I issued the challenge to myself to begin with. #EveryDayFitness isn't a race to be an Instagram fitness model. #EveryDayFitness isn't about putting myself on a pedestal and preaching to everyone. #EveryDayFitness is about being a better version of myself in every way imagineable.
I won't make this a long and drawn out post, but I wanted to let you all know that as November picks up steam, I've recalibrated, refreshed, and renewed. I'm making some changes for the better, and I'm stepping my game up across the board. I can't be satisfied with my own status quo.
Not much to see (except my arms are looking a little better), so I'll drop this here "progress pic" because I'm about that accountability life:
I've got tons more #EveryDayFitness stuff to share -- recipes I'm working on, healthy food swaps, and even some AMAZING psoriasis progress. Stay tuned for that plus more in the coming weeks!!! Oh, and I'm about to get back to more consistent blogging too! More tea on that later :) Til next time, catch me on Instagram @maneobjective! XOXO
Check out my previous #EveryDayFitness posts and updates here: #EveryDayFitness
Have you ever started a fitness journey and fallen off the wagon? What was the kick that jumpstarted you back on track? Share with me in the comments below -- right past the "You Might Also Like" section!
I'm going to start off this post with a question: Do you ever get on your own nerves? That pretty much sums up September for me. ...
Thank you so much for embarking on this #EveryDayFitness journey and sending me encouraging e-mails, DMs, leaving comments, and more. I'm definitely feeling the love. I'm super excited that August is over and done with -- one month down, 4 more to go! It definitely hasn't been an easy road, but I'm so here for September and beyond. If August has taught me anything, it's that your physical limitations are not what keeps you from your goals. It's your mental ones. But before I have y'all thinking the past 4 weeks have been all sunshine and rainbows, let's get real about it:
August: The Highs
I did something physical every single darn day of August. Even if y'all don't clap it up for me, I'm gonna clap it up for myself. That's a tremendous accomplishment for someone who pretty much didn't used to believe in physical activity of any sort. I also did a bit better in the eating department. Now, I've had my fair share of flubs in August, but all things considered I think I gave it a B-/C+ effort in the eating better department. As a result of my commitment, I dropped 4 pounds by the end of August. Not a tremendous amount, but definitely enough to keep me going. Don't take this to mean that I was extraordinarily motivated to work out, either. There were days that Samuel practically had to drag me, and downright force me to do a workout of some sort. His line? "You said you were gonna do it, so do it." Welp, you can't argue with that logic.
|Some of my gym essentials, including @champagnepapi|
It ain't much to show, but here's a tiny bit of maybe progress that I'm documenting as I go. This is about 3 weeks work of #EveryDayFitness. I'm hoping that small changes really do start adding up!
On a related note, my psoriasis (especially on my face) is looking clearer as the weeks go by which is a blessing. Some of you guys may think that those lighter patches on my forehead look weird, but I'm proud of them. Those smooth-esque, light patches used to be raised, inflamed dark patches. All progress is good progress. I'll be sharing some of my skincare fresh finds and HGs a little bit later.
Everything about #EveryDayFitness isn't all physical. There's a spiritual and internal component to it as well. I'm still searching for balance, and trying to find ways to better manage and prioritize the things that are important to me. At the tail end of August, I purchased a journal with my favorite scripture on the front (Jeremiah 29:11). Unfortunately, I only wrote in it once before the month ended. For me, journaling and reading my Bible go hand-in-hand. During August, I struggled to carve out the amount of time I wanted to devote to spending time with God and writing. My goal in September is to find different ways to make that happen. I'm open to advice and suggestions :)
I also need to do better with drinking ACV nightly and taking my vitamins daily. I did it when I remembered, which means skipping like 3 days a week on both. Not good! I definitely need to get back on my game. How do you remember your daily vitamins? I keep mine in a 7 day pill thingie, but forget to pull it out and actually take them.
Because there's no point in assessing without moving forward, I'm committing myself to the following for September:
- Reduce the "minimum activity goal" days to 2 for the entire month. August held 3 or 4, I believe.
- Follow the 80/20 rule daily when it comes to eating. 80% on point, 20% aiight.
- Cook more -- start getting into meal prepping for the week.
- Carve out time for God and journaling daily
- Drink my ACV nightly
- Take my vitamins daily
- Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep every night (eventually I want to move to getting 8)
- Improve my time management skills (I have the tools...implementing them is another thing totally lol)
Throughout the month of August, I've made some pretty cool discoveries and used some pretty awesome things to help keep me on track. Here are some of my essentials from August:
This watch has seriously been workout BAE! I use it daily without fail. I'll do a full comparison and breakdown soon, but to catch more of the features, read my article about 5 reasons to wear a fitness tracker here. It's a good motivator, workout tracker, and must-have fitness tool in my opinion.
TriDerma Psoriasis Control
OMG...can I just tell you how much of a blessing this stuff has been?! The shampoo doubles as my face wash, and has been instrumental in helping to calm my psoriasis. I use the Psoriasis Control Lotion daily on my skin and face. Talk about a blessing in a bottle. Read more about psoriasis relief with TriDerma here.
Speaking of bottles that are indeed blessings, let me introduce y'all to HydroFlask. For the longest time, Samuel's mom has been raving about these bottles and I'm just like yeah, yeah, yeah... not really paying it any mind. It wasn't until Samuel and I were going golfing that she recommended I try one out. She gave me a second one she had stashed away, and I've been hugging that bottle ever since. If you're someone like me who does not like room temperature water, THIS IS FOR YOU. If you love ice cold water while working out, THIS IS FOR YOU. If you drink water throughout the day and you like it cold allllll day long, THIS IS FOR YOU. I took my HydroFlask on the golf course in 90+ degree weather, sweated like crazy, and all the ice was still in my bottle 2 hours later! I fill my bottle with ice water for work at 7am, and at 7am the next day I still have ice. Believe me when I say this thing WORKS! No more lukewarm water for me ever again! And because I like cold water, I find myself drinking it more which is perfect for #EveryDayFitness!
Be Kekoa Be Clean
Since August found me being more active than I've been like, ever, I had to kick my cleansing efforts up a notch. Be Kekoa Be Clean (Bae Clean) has been my A1 since day 1, and has not failed me yet. It's the perfect gentle, yet effective cleansing conditioner that actually cleans your hair. Because I have to wash my hair twice (and sometimes 3 times) a week, I need a product that saves me time on wash day. With Be Clean, all of my hair is cleansed and detangled in 15 minutes or less. No lie. Keep a staple in the stable, ladies!
BuffBake Peanut Butter
I spent the month of August trying to wean myself off of the delicious albeit nutritionally terrible snacks at work. Thanks to BuffBake, I've been fairly successful. Judge me if you must, but every day I take my package of rice cakes and jar of BuffBake to work. When I'm hungry for a mid-morning or afternoon snack, and trying to resist cookies, cakes, and muffins, I pull out a brown rice cake, and get a spoon of BuffBake. Buff Bake is a better for you nut butter enhanced with extra protein, chia, and flax seeds. It contains 11g of protein and only 3g of sugar per 2 tbsp serving! Each serving is 200 calories, but remember nuts in general are verrrrrrry dense nutritionally. I started with Red Velvet Peanut Butter and when that's done, I'm moving on to Chocolate Chip. BuffBake is super delicious, and puts a healthy spin on peanut butter while allowing me to indulge a little and not feel guilty. I'm a forever fan!
Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Bars
I raved, and raved, and raved about Combat Crunch bars here. My rave continues. I need to get my hands on the Cookies & Cream bar, because apparently that's what's hot in the streets. I did order the Birthday Cake flavor, and while it is good, I'm all about the chocolate covered bars. I shared the joys of Combat Crunch with both my mom and Samuel's mom, and both of them are in love with them! They said the same thing -- it keeps them from wanting to eat candy. Yassss to Combat Crunch!
Ashley's Naturals Pumpkin Mask
My ride or die daily mask. It's a part of my daily facial care routine. It brightens, tones, eases inflammation, smooths, and just blesses my face. Read more about how I use it daily in my facial care regimen for psoriasis and troubled skin.
TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask
TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask is a newbie to the rotation, that I've begun incorporating as a part of my weekend facial care routine. Packed with bentonite, rhassoul, kaolin, Moroccan, and other clays plus pure collagen, it revitalizes, detoxifies, and lifts impurities from the skin. I blend about half a tablespoon of mask, and mix in about half a teaspoon of aloe vera juice, and half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. The result is a finely mixed, easily spreadable mask that I leave on for about 20 minutes. The end result is smooth skin that feels tightened, toned, and revitalized.
Well lovelies, September is already in swing, so look forward to more #EveryDayFitness updates! I think I'll be switching to twice a month (mid-month and end of month recaps), because weekly is a little more than I can manage. I update virtually daily on social media, so keep up with my #EveryDayFitness moves on:
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By the way, leave your comments, questions, feedback, and ideas after the "You Might Also Like" bar on this post! Keeeeeeeep scrolllllling! XOXO
Hi lovelies! Thank you so much for embarking on this #EveryDayFitness journey and sending me encouraging e-mails, DMs, leaving comment...
I'm only 1 day away from week 3 of #EveryDayFitness going down in the books, and I've gotta admit it's been a pretty interesting ride. Throughout the tremendous adjustment it takes to commit to everyday wellness, there's been one little gadget by my side pushing me forward: the Polar A300 Fitness Watch.
I'm no stranger to fitness trackers, I've had a Polar FT4 for over a year now that served me incredibly well. But when it came time to step up my fitness game for #EveryDayFitness, I knew that I needed to step up my wearable tech fitness tracker game, too. Ever since the A300 came into my life, I've been in love with it. I'll break down the full functionality of the device in a future review, but today I wanted to dive into why I think fitness trackers are an awesome and essential part of any fitness journey:
1. Motivation. I'll be honest, working out every day is tough. There are days where I feel super motivated, and there are others where I'd rather eat a cupcake, watch Netflix, and take a nap. My Polar A300 keeps me motivated through those less than stellar days by showing me in real-time how close I am to meeting my daily fitness goal. Because I work in an office and spend a lot of time sitting, I love getting a little buzz on my wrist when I've been sedentary for too long. And there's nothing like syncing my watch with the Polar Flow app every night and seeing how close I've come to (or how I've totally smashed) my fitness goal for the day.
2. Precise Monitoring. I'm sure you've seen several articles about how wildly inaccurate calorie counts are on machines at the gym. And to be honest, the calorie estimations in MyFitnessPal aren't much better. Having a fitness tracker like the FT4 or A300 (or any fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor) is the most accurate way to track your calorie burn. It's already been shown that when left to our own judgement, we grossly overestimate how much energy we expend (calories we burn), and totally underestimate the calories we take in. Take it from me -- that's the best way to stall out on a fitness journey. Having a fitness tracker with heart rate monitor solves half the problem :)
3. Accountability. One of the awesome things about having a fitness tracker is seeing in real time how hard you're working (or not working). When I'm working out, my A300 (the FT4 did it too) shows my target heart rate zone for activity. When I fall out of the zone, seeing it on the display of my watch is a nice kick in the pants to get my booty moving.
4. Inspires Smarter Decision Making. I'm new to the 24 hour fitness tracker life, but there's one thing I've noticed since I began wearing the A300: I'm more inclined to make smarter decisions throughout the day. Seeing my activity percentage inspires me to walk upstairs at work, or out to my car just to get some movement in. Seeing the tracker on my wrist inspires me to totally avoid or tread super lightly on the bad snacks at work and drink more water. Simply put, it's a visual reminder that I'm on a total wellness journey.
5. Let's Face It...They're Cute! Polar especially does an awesome job at making wearable tech look super cute. With fun colors and visually appealing display designs, having a fitness tracker that enhances your personal style is an added bonus. I especially like that I can swap out the band on the A300 to match my outfit. Right now I only have pink, but I'm definitely looking into getting yellow and white. But let's just keep it real, shall we? Who doesn't want to wear cute stuff?
Are you convinced yet that you need a fitness tracker of your own? Good, because I've got a surprise for my Mane baes: A GIVEAWAY!
I haven't dropped this giveaway yet on Instagram, because I wanted my readers to be the first to know! I've teamed up with Polar to give away their new 24 hour fitness tracker -- the Polar Loop2 in pink! Here's how you enter to win:
1. Follow @maneobjective and @polarglobal on Instagram
2. Save or screengrab the photo below and repost it on your Instagram with the hashtag #PolarMane
3. Repost the photo up to 3 times per day (don't forget to use the hashtag #PolarMane)
All entries must be complete by Monday, August 24th at 11:59pm PST! Winner announced Tyesday August 25th, 2015.
Enter NOW! Good luck everyone!!!
The Fine Print:
No private profiles. No "contest only" accounts. Winner must reside in the continental United States. Contest prize has no cash value, and cannot be redeemed for cash. Entries that violate the rules of the giveaway will be voided.
I'm only 1 day away from week 3 of #EveryDayFitness going down in the books, and I've gotta admit it's been a pretty interes...
I can't believe it's been two weeks already! So much good is happening, and I can't wait to share!
I'ts just now sinking in that I've been moving my behind for 14 consecutive days. I'm still sore, but its that "feel good" soreness, if that makes any sense. To be honest, my workouts from Monday to Friday were decent at best. I didn't feel good about what I accomplished (or rather, what I didn't accomplish). I was hitting 30 minutes of cardio (low to moderate intensity), and on some days, maybe picking up the weights. I was disappointed, but I didn't beat up on myself too badly. I just picked myself up and kept pushing through, knowing that I'd eventually find my stride and get back in the saddle.
My "back in the saddle" moment happened Saturday, after I got my newest tech obsession: the Polar A300 Fitness Tracker. It's a swanky addition to Polar's fitness wearable tech line, and although I've only had it for 2 days, I'm in LOVE. It's leaps and bounds ahead of my trusty (but never forgotten) FT4, but not too complicated. It works as a 24/7 activity tracker -- giving you insight into your sleep, helping you set daily activity goals, alarms, and even alerts you when you've been sitting/idle too long. When you put on the heart rate monitor (word on the street is they're the industry leader in this category), you can track your workouts -- indoor, outdoor, cardio, walking, strength training, swimming, and more. You'll get a breakdown of your min and max heart rates, how many minutes you spent burning fat versus working on heart health/endurance, and of course, time and calorie output. What I love the most is the Polar Flow app, which gives you awesome insight into all of the above and more. Plus, it syncs to MyFitnessPal and tracks your activity there. Can you tell I'm obsessed with the watch already? Let me know if you'd like a video review/tutorial/breakdown on the watch, and I'll make it happen!
Psst....word on the street is I'll be doing a really special giveaway soon. Stay tuned!
Remember when I said to ask me about eating better? Ehhhh.... I'm making small changes in this area, but it's hard! I keep having to remind myself that I can't out-exercise a bad diet. If that were the case, I would be much farther along in my wellness journey than I currently am. I'm making small changes, like completely kicking soda to the curb, drinking tons of water, avoiding the snacks at work as best I can, and trying to take my lunch as often as I can -- which was like twice last week.
I'm really proud that I've been super successful this week in making smarter swaps. I have a huge sweet tooth, and chocolate is my weakness. I've been making these swaps to make the transition to healthier eating a little easier:
Nutella: Nutritionally terrible, but Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend is infinitely better with less sugar, and wholesome ingredients. I buy packets that are already portioned out (a little more expensive, but it saves me time in the morning), so as to keep a lid on calories because nuts are nutritionally dense. Instead of eating it with bread, I squeeze it on a Lindberg Brown Rice Cake. I buy my packets of Justin's and rice cakes from Sprouts.
Coffee: I like my coffee creamy, sweet, and strong. Two out of three of those things are no bueno. Instead of using the super sweet and nutritionally questionable Coffee Mate creamer at work, I use Trader Joe's Organic Soy Creamer or Silk Vanilla Non-GMO Soy Creamer. For extra flavor without tons of sugar, I sprinkle in Flavor God's Chocolate Donut Seasoning. Yes, it's good. If you're a fan of Mexican Hot Chocolate (Abuelita or Ibarra), you'll like Chocolate Donut Seasoning from Flavor God.
As far as snacks, substitutions, and pre-workout supplementing goes, I did stumble across an AWESOME bar that makes a great meal substitution, sweet tooth killer, and pre or post workout snack. That bar is none other than the Combat Crunch by Muscle Pharm. I bought these 4 from Vitamin Shoppe to try out, and I'm in love! They're low sugar, non-GMO, high in protein and fiber, low in carbs, and only 210 calories per bar. I wouldn't eat like 5 of these a day, but one a day as a meal swap, as pre-workout fuel, or to quench a random sweet tooth seems perfect. So far, I've tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter & Chocolate, and I'm hooked. I need to find that Birthday Cake flavored one though...
I'm still kicking strong with my TriDerma Skincare products, and seeing great progress. Psoriasis is a condition that takes time to rectify, and there are no quick fixes. But I'm happy to share that my skin is continuously improving. I can't wait for a few months to go by, so I can share an amazing side-by-side reveal. Click here and here to read more about how amazing TriDerma Skincare is.
I'm also ecstatic that my tried and true hair products are still holding me down as I become more active. The wash and go below is 3 days old, and still looks good after a Friday workout and playing football Saturday. My product? tgin Twist & Define Cream only. I've been maintaining hydration and keeping the curls refreshed with Bee Mine Organics Luscious Cream Balanced Moisturizer (a seriously underrated gem), and it works beautifully with Twist & Define -- no white balls, no flakes, no stringy hair -- just hydrated and shiny curls.
This past week, I got some disheartening news about one of my future-building endeavors, and it put me in a bit of a funk. You know those funks where you just have that one thing you want to go in your favor and you'd be happy? And then it gets reeeeeeally difficult or doesn't pan out like you thought it would...and into the funk you go? That was pretty much my disposition throughout week 2. I know Jeremiah 29:11 like the back of my hand, and Philippians 4:4-8 is where I try to base my perspective. But sometimes, even the most assured in God get a little shaken up.
I read, I prayed, I listened in church, and still found myself in a funk -- until Spotify came through and blessed me. Driving home one night, I turned on my gospel playlist, and got ministered to something serious by two songs I've heard dozens of times: His Blood Still Works, and Awesome God. An overwhelming sense of gratitude washed over me, and suddenly the thing I was disappointed in became so minuscule against the backdrop of how God has shown up and shown out in my life. I couldn't help but praise God for keeping me thus far.
I love how God sometimes uses the least expected avenues to reach you. I put on my gospel playlist because the radio sucks and I didn't feel like listening to hip hop, but I wasn't expecting it to take hold of me how it did. Even though I know both songs forward and backwards, ad-libs and all, it spoke to me in a new way as I push through this particular endeavor. Through music, I was reminded that God is in charge. And when I say in charge, I mean really in charge. My personal battle with God has always been one of will. I'm used to being persistent and muscling my way through to make stuff happen my way. I'm really stubborn and impatient about it, too. But when I agree to do things God's way, taking heed to His plans means conceding mine. And more often than I'd like to admit, I struggle with giving up that full control.
As I work through some of my frustrations, doubts, questions, and control issues, I am more comforted now than ever that in due time I will reap if I faint not. Cheers to another week of #EveryDayFitness. I can't wait to see what week 3 brings!
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As I write this post, I'm sitting and trying to stretch at the same time because umm...I'm sore. #EveryDayFitness got really real, really quick. But overall, I am encouraged, and really looking forward to this second week kicking off with a bang. So how did I make it through my first week? Keep reading to find out!
|#EveryDayFitness Week 1 - What's In My Gym Bag?|
Ehhh.... I'm not gonna lie. I'm still struggling a little bit to get on the healthy eating bandwagon. Working full time and jetting to the gym right after work (and not to mention battling the infamous 405) leaves very little time for cooking. But I can't continue to let that be an excuse or crutch. Nor can I continue to blame the very delicious, very sugary snacks that my job so graciously provides in abundance. I feel like I'm getting a good grip on moving my body every day, so week 2 I'm looking forward to finding different ways to make sure my body is being fueled properly. If I gotta bust out the Foreman Grill at 9pm while writing blog posts, then I'm gonna do what I gotta do. Hold me to this, guys! On my week 2 post, be sure to ask me, "how you doing on food, Christina?"
As far as haircare goes, there's not much new to report. My mainstays are my mainstays for a reason. I'm still rocking ridiculously tough with Be Kekoa (especially my Bae Clean), and my $5 Wash and Go is proving to be everything I need it to be. Oh, and I absolutely cannot forget about Eden BodyWorks Kids Berry Natural Smoothing Gel. Wash and go's are holding me down for sure. I highly recommend them if you're going to be doing a lot of intense workouts. I'm sticking more closely to washing my hair every 3 days because the every day workout sweat game is real, and a stinky scalp ain't cute.
As far as skin and scalp are concerned, TriDerma Skincare was generous enough to support my total wellness goals by sending me a 5-month supply of their Psoriasis Control Lotion and Shampoo. If you recall my empties video, then you know I've been buying TriDerma Psoriasis Control Lotion for a minute to help manage my psoriasis. I stopped using the prescribed medications from my dermatologist, because I learned about the hazards of using steroid-based medications constantly -- which include everything from resistance to treatment and skin damage, to salt and water retention, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, and Cushing's disease. It's been a long transitional road, but I'm glad I made the switch now instead of waiting until it was too late.
I'm using TriDerma's Psoriasis Control Lotion on my face and body with great results. My skin is looking a little clearer as the days go by. I'm super pumped about the Psoriasis Control Shampoo though! It's the answer to my medicated shampoo prayers. Once a week on wash day, I apply the Psoriasis Control Shampoo directly to my scalp before hopping in the shower and allow it to sit and penetrate. I then massage and cleanse my scalp in the shower to remove any flakes (which are diminishing, by the way), and rinse. I then continue the rest of my wash day per usual with Bae Clean and deep conditioning. A lot of the psoriasis I used to have behind my ears is fading away, and my scalp isn't nearly as itchy and flaky as it used to be (thank you Jesus). I'm sure TriDerma would not endorse what I'm about to share, but I've also been using the shampoo as a face wash #dontjudgeme. In my facial care routine, I've replaced my Desert Essence face wash with TriDerma Psoriasis Control Shampoo and the payoff has been even greater. I'm going to share some progress photos with you guys eventually, but just take a look at this photo from the end of Week 1:
I think it's safe to say that #EveryDayFitness is paying off. What's exciting is that this is only the beginning!
TriDerma Skincare has tons of all-natural products for all types of skin conditions or concerns. Psoriasis Control Lotion is available at Target, and TriDerma.com.
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