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Being Nanekia…UPDATE- Weight Loss Journey

1F234308-FEEE-4A06-B707-A18D0FF9417BWe are still on this journey!!! For the last year and a half I’ve been doing what everyone says will help me lose weight. From taking a bunch of workout classes, to adjusting myself to different diet plans, trying weight loss shakes/teas and supplements. All of these things are popular because I’m sure just like I do, you see them all over social media and along with them you see the pictures to prove their results. So what have I lost?!

When this journey first began I wanted to lose 50 pounds, that was my main goal. I focused only on that and nothing else. From week to week I would see loss and gain. This rollercoaster was driving me crazy, there was so much to keep up with. And then the devastating fact that I had not lost 50 pounds within the time period I’d given myself set in. I was disappointed. Would I ever drop this 50 pounds?! As I was getting dressed I noticed my pants didn’t fit anymore, they were significantly bigger. I was annoyed thinking something happened with the laundry, I go look in the mirror and there I saw it. I looked different. My body had formed this nice little shape that I had not noticed. I was so stuck on losing 50 pounds that I never took the time to embrace the changes I could actually see my body going through. I was looking and feeling better! Should that have been my goal?

What have I gained? A new-found respect for others and their weight loss journey, an even greater dose of self-confidence, the ability to be consistent with my workouts and love for myself at all stages of this journey. I’ve also learned about what I really want on this journey and as much as I want to look good, feeling good has become more important. I can keep up with the people in my workout class, I’m not out of breath when playing with my daughter, I’ve become even sexier (eyebrow raises) I feel good. I’ll take those gains over any amount of loss!

What journey are you on? Are you taking the time to enjoy the course or are you so focused on the goal you can’t enjoy the journey? Take time out to enjoy it all, it will be worth it in the end.

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What the Workout?! What Am I Using to Maximize My Workouts?!

nik workoutSo a few of you have asked what I’ve been using along this weight loss journey, there are so many products out there to aid you and all you want to know is the TRUTH! Well I’m here to share my truth with you.

Waist Trainer & Vests

I have two waist training vest that I rotate between for each work. Both help with supporting my core and getting the best sweat for my workout bucks. For ladies with a heavier bust I recommend the FeelinGirl Women’s Vest Sport Girdle Waist Trainer Trimmer XXL. This training vest wraps around your waist area and has a zipper sports bra area that helps keep your girls intact! We all can use that support. The other vest I use is Junlan Womens Shapewear Weight Loss Neoprene Sauna Sweat Waist Trainer Corset Tank Top Vest Sport Workout Slimming Body Shaper (M, Black Sauna Waist Trainer) I LOVE the corset part of this vest. The snug and secure feeling it gives during the workouts assures that not only is my core supported it forces me maintain proper posture during a vigorous workout session

Hair Care

The biggest issue I’ve had with this journey is maintaining my hair. I am not a natural girl so the flat irons and I are really good friends. Two things how can I maintain great undamaged hair and style. To help maintain undamaged hair (with color) I use the following shampoo and conditioner Vibrant Sexy Hair Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Set Liters. The constant washing of my hair was bleeding my color with the products I mentions I was able to maintain my hair color for 10 weeks, that’s right 10 WEEKS!

Now what do i do with all the sweat I work up. It has to go somewhere. All that moisture builds up I call the puff, which means I can’t tame this wild mane. So to cut down on the puff I use French Fitness Revolution Yoga Headbands for Women/Sweatband for Sports, Workout or Running, Insulates and Absorbs Sweat, Head Bands for Girls from this draws the moisture from my scalp into the headband, and then POOF no PUFF!

Undergarments

The vest and workout gear are just one part of getting fit. One of the most important components of your workout outfit is what you wear underneath your workout clothes. I can honestly say not having the proper underwear deterred me from working out at one point. If you are top-heavy person like me,  you need something that will properly support you, that’s why I wear SYROKAN Women’s High Impact Support Wirefree Workout Racerback Sports Bra Top Black L. This sports bra is amazing and helps keep everything in its place while I bounce around. For my lower half I keep it cute and simple with a boy short. My thighs still do a slow clap so to place a pause on the applause this shorts do the trick, G3 Womens Sports Underwear 6 Pack. Womens Boyshorts Panties Boxers. Pure Stretch. I’m all about fitness and being comfortable while I’m getting fit.

So there you have it! A few products to help you get started on your own fitness journey. You can also check out these items in my store. What are you currently using and willing to share? Drop that info in the comments.

(Amazon Associate post)

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Tune in!!

Here are a few of my favorite guest and podcast episodes from the last year. I appreciate all my guest giving me the opportunity to share their story. Tune in! Click the links!

No Longer Powerless Featuring Sharone ThomasNo Longer Powerless Promo

Policing Our Communities Featuring Jamaal Ansaripolicing our communities

#BOSSMOM Featuring Sherita Carthonbossmom

Dating After Divorce Featuring Clotea Mackdating after divorce

Donnie Lynee Artist SpotlightDonnie Lynee Promo

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Being Nanekia…Feelin’ Pretty

feelin prettyAs most of you know I spent a lot of time last year working out preparing for my friend’s wedding.  We had an amazing time, check out the photos Girls Trippin. We all looked amazing and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. Maybe we enjoyed ourselves a little too much, since returning home the joy has continued and the pounds have inched back. As life would have it I just began to accept the pounds as HAPPY to be alive weight and went on my merry way.

It was a lie. These were not HAPPY pounds they were you are not watching your health, you are being careless, you need to get real. I had to be honest with myself I can be happy and healthy, what could I do to make sure I was able to achieve both?! Although I never had a problem working out, it would get boring sometimes, I mean I could switch up machines but being in the same gym every day seeing the same things over and over caused me to get bored. I headed outside to walk around my neighborhood, the track, local parks, still I was bored. I NEEDED A WORKOUT MAKEOVER!!!!!

What do you do when you need a makeover, YOU CALL YA GIRLS! My main workout partner for the wedding had started a new workout regimen and said I could join her. I was like I’m not really into having some pushy workout instructor yelling, thinking that would motivate me. Little did I know, this workout group would change my whole way of thinking about working out. #PrettyGirlsTrain #TrainPretty

This community of beautiful women of all shapes and sizes welcomed me with open arms. It’s a place where I can dance, which I love to do and get the encouragement I need to take back control of my health. Each week I go there I sweat like crazy I enjoy some me time and I get healthy. Could a girl ask for much more?! I’ve got a long road ahead of me, but with each beat drop I’m one twerk closer to achieving my goals. What’s something you need to do to take back control of your health or at least maintain it?

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Being Nanekia…Transparent Moment!

just let me be greatSo let me be all the way honest with you for a moment…February may be the shortest month of the year but I find it to be the most exhausting. It’s like BOOM, I didn’t complete any of my goals in January and now here comes February rearing it’s ugly head to remind me that I should have more accomplished by now. Do you ever feel this way, like you should have more accomplished? I had it all mapped out for January and how I was going to take this year by storm. Then life happened and none of the things I planned came to pass. I was disappointed, how could a whole month just go by and I not be feeling on top of the world. Damn you February how did you get here so fast?!

I know I’m not the only person who has felt this way. But at the time when I’m going through it I want to be selfish and bratty, I want to live in this funk of why me. I want to drown my sorrows in all the foods I love, but I can’t cause in January I told myself I wouldn’t. Why did I do that?! I feel as though life is passing me by and each goal I set I am further and further away from reaching. I’m not sad about it, I’m more pissed off. Why can’t I just pull it together, live this fabulous life and have all these adoring fans. Why can’t February just let me be great damnit.

Reflective Moment: I had to step away from the keyboard for a few seconds, because in the above confession I realized I was getting more frustrated. Not with other people or even February but with myself. It’s my own expectations that have me feeling disappointed, searching for comfort foods and wanting to punch a wall. It’s my own frustrations that prevent me from making the next move, from allowing myself to be vulnerable. It’s ME! February has done nothing wrong. Don’t you hate when you have to grow up and admit that you may be the cause of your own frustrations/problems. UGH, growing pains!

So what can I do…I know I have the answers but it requires me to get on my own damn nerves. I look in the mirror and tell myself the truth. Then I begin to speak LIFE back into my spirit. I remind myself there are more months to come, that there is more living to do, that there are more goals to reach. That I’m the only person that can stop and start me, that these expectations are mine and mine alone and I am the one who can adjust them. I then pop my hair, put on my red lipstick and my 6 inch stilettos and get to work! Simple right? Wrong, I pout for at least 2 more hours, then I got ready.

Are you getting in your own way? Whats’ stopping you from achieving your goals?