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Off My Playlist…

So I’ve started working out again. I’m trying to lose about 20 pounds and I’m giving myself until the end of the school year to do it. I’m doing it the good ol’ fashion way – with my treadmill, diet & weights. Here are five great songs that I worked out to tonight. Warning: most of the songs below have explicit lyrics and include Hip Hop & House. I will share a variety of songs throughout this journey but these are the songs that came up on my playlist tonight :)

(1) Hoez Get Naked by DJ Assault (Available on ITunes) Listen here –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_9Tt4i9oBg

(2) Bend It Ova Remix by Lil Wayne Feat. Drake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWg6vIvMeWU

(3) 6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz) by Lil Wayne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7tOAGY59uQ

(4) Juke Dem Hoes by Mic Terror: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OgGZjtOtA

(5) Stankyy Legg Dirty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pne1C8yD7Zc (great for weight-lifting & squats)

Also, if you haven’t downloaded Rihanna’s new album “Unapologetic” what are you waiting for. I like most of the songs but this is my favorite right now. Rihanna makes great music to clean up to. It always puts me in a good mood. This song is called “Numb”:

 

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Pin Up Your Goals

“When you become mom, you become the frame instead of the picture,” Lorna says a friend revealed to her. Becoming a mom is a shock to the system and its evident by the extra pounds, the extra sensitivity and the hickies the universe leaves on our skin (stretch marks).

On most days Lorna can be found at work, chasing after her beautiful baby boy or working her body out. Her second priority after motherhood is fitness. She is flexible when she does it, “either getting up early in the morning, at the lunch hour or when he goes to sleep. Fitness is a way of keeping a piece of myself” Lorna developed her love of running in High School and recently picked up the baton again last year after having Kaden. She wasn’t 100% happy with her post-baby body so she did something about it.

After researching on the internet and based on the recommendation of some friends she settled on Vavoom – Chicago’s premiere pinup and boudoir photography company that specializes in Vintage looks. It would serve the purpose of celebrating her new chiseled physique and it would be a tangible reminder to remain committed to her new active work-out regimine.

 

As Lorna reminisced about her photoshoot, you could hear the excitement in the pitch of her voice. It was a personalized experience from start to finish created by a former teacher who Lorna describes as “warm, patient and amazing.”  After entering the loft-style space, you are sent to Hair & Makeup with an “outgoing and friendly” staff, “by the time they’re done you feel pampered and pretty” and ready for your close up. Women can be comfortable in knowing that the entire team is all female. You can choose from their wardrobe collection, bring in your own or mix and match. From there, you are taken to the studio where Heather, the photographer goes out of her way to help you choose poses and props that flatter you. Lorna says “you’re immediately comfortable with her.”

 

After the process is over, you have a “plethora of products” to choose from including books or prints. “They will retouch a photograph right in front of you. They do stuff that highlights your assets. They don’t take out things that aren’t innately yours.” The pin-up shoot is truly a celebration of your beauty. In fact, the editing process takes place after each wardrobe change, and images are narrowed down to those you like. It also gives you ideas for different ways to pose. “She also edits one photo completely for you so that you can see what it looks like.” The final decision is like a delicate dance that you lead and anything that you love stays and everything that you hate goes. Your gallery is ready within 24 hours after the shoot.

When asked about self-image issues that women have, Lorna says “they stem from the media…we are always comparing ourselves which extends to our everyday life. You have this mentality like how do I measure up? In they gym, in the workplace, not just how I look, but performance wise and dealing with different aspects of our lives…” Her advice is to “surround yourself with activities and with people who support you being yourself.” If you’d like to consider a pinup shoot visit Vavoom here: http://www.vavoompinups.com/

 

P.S. I plan to sign up for my photoshoot in a couple of years to celebrate my 30th Birthday :) It also makes a fun group activity for a bridal party or a special gift for your significant other!

 

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Serena Williams Work-Out Secrets

Serena Williams is an professional athlete so her muscles are ripped, but she’s also naturally curvaceous. Williams also, like me, hates working out. She said “I actually hate working out. I hate working out more than anything, but I have to… when I’m running. I think about how much I want to win.”  In an interview, she said,

“I don’t look like Mary Kate Olson or Nicole Richie. I’m all black and I’m all woman baby. I have hips, curves, butt and boobs… I will never be a size 2. I will always be bigger. And there are tons of other women and people out there that share my same body type…”

Here are some of her workout secrets:

- Pilates 2 or 3 times a week (lengthens the muscles)

- Bikram Yoga (heated room around 105 degrees – can lose up to 600 calories per hour)

- An hour or two of cardio daily (following by strength training)

- Only eats grilled or baked chicken or fish + steamed veggies

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Manifesting The Manifesto

I always enjoy when I accomplish something from my personal manifesto! Not only did I go out to get my skates today but I went to the rink! I will now be going skating once a week. The DJ played great music, I got to “break in” my skates and I broke a sweat ;) I’m definitely a happy camper.

Here is the evidence:


Me rocking my skates and cute Pink skate bag. Skating brings back so many memories! It’s the closest I feel to flying.

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Michelle O. Dancing To Beyonce’s “Let’s Move”

Our first lady is the General of a fight against flab with her “Let’s Move” Campaign. You guys know how much I stalk love/honor/respect our first lady and it’s nice to see her let loose. It’s really cute how she puts her hands in the air like her hubby. Not to mention that “serious” dance face that we all make when we know we’re being watched lol:)

Couldn’t get the video to upload but check out this link from ABC here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/dance-michelle-obama-dances-dc-school-13520446

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Weight Loss Update

Approximately 2 months ago, I purchased a pencil skirt from one of my favorite sites. Once I got it, I couldn’t fit the skirt above my thighs!!!! It was so cute and I was incredibly sad & disappointed. Rather than return the skirt, I kept it around for motivation!

This morning, I put the skirt on and not only does it fit above my thighs, it ZIPS up and can be worn out of the house now :)

Now that’s what I call progress. Celebrate with me by taking a bite of my lovely e-cupcake because we’d NEVER celebrate weightloss with unhealthy calories off line :) (tee-hee-hee!)

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Beyonce’s Workout

Standing at 5’7″ and weighing an average of 139 lbs. The pop diva works hard to maintain her shape. She claims to be predisposed to chunky genes and fights flab in the following ways:

  • Every morning she does 30 minutes of cardio + 45 minutes of free weights
  • runs 6 days per week doing 4 miles in 40 minutes
  • yoga once per week for strength and toning
  • she enjoys biking and dancing (during touring season she practices up to 9 hours a day for her tours)
  • limits calories to 1,600/day
  • does 100 squats/lunges and step ups
  • uses 5 lb. weights and does bicep curls to the tune of a song
  • uses 3 lb. weights and boxes to the tune of a song

To maintain her figure, Beyonce works out everyday. Her fitness regime is strict, she’s consistent and she varies her workouts.

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An Inspiring Weight Loss Story

It’s amazing how much weight loss can really change your physical appearance. I’m inspired by this sista and her 100 pound weight loss in 1 year. She’s managed to keep it off for 4 years now!

BEFORE:

AFTER

It’s always nice to see real world examples of weight loss.

She has a wonderful collection of YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/BeautifulBrwnBabyDol#p/a/A522E1BFA6BC8645/2/e965rT9Wxlc

This beautiful sister who blogs here: http://www.beautifulbrwnbabydol.com/weight-loss

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Work Out Mix

Tonight, I did 30 minutes on the ‘mill (treadmill). I started with 15 minutes of step and ended with 15 minutes of power walking. I then used 5 lb. weights to do my arm exercises. My favorite music for cardio is called “juke” or “ghetto house music.” DJ Clent always remixes some of the new songs.

Here are some tunes in my workout playlist:

1. DJ Clent “Stanky Leg”

http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#DJ+Clent:Stanky+Leg:133871500:m28064115

2. DJ Clent “Blame It”

http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#DJ+Clent:Blame+It:133871499:m28064113

3. DJ Clent “Bounce”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKc9Wvr2pmA&feature=related

4. Destiny’s Child “Lose My Breath” Peter Rauhofer’s Breathless Club Mix

http://s0.ilike.com/play#Destiny%27s+Child:Lose+My+Breath+(Peter+Rauhofer%27s+Breathless+Club+Mix):837150:m4753531

FOR MY ARM WORKOUT, THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG TO LIFT TO:

5. Beyonce “Why Don’t You Love Me”

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Weight Watchers Check In…

So here is what I’ve learned so far on my weight loss journey.

#1. Diet really matters. All the experts and everything that I consulted said that diet is at least 50% (but more 75 or 80%) of the weight loss battle. I started eating more fruits and veggies (which are worth 0 points on the plan). I replaced potato chips with raw cut green, red, and orange peppers (I love the crunch). I started eating veggies and fruit for breakfast and snacks. I stopped eating after a certain time (9 p.m.) where before I was truly a “midnight snacker.”

I have been going WAY over my daily point allowance… which means I have to figure out how to have healthier meals and how to control my portions. A part of the problem is because my family is so busy, we go out to eat A LOT. So I’m working on making better choices when I do go out.

#2. Consistency is key. For 5 days, I worked out for one hour each, walking 2 miles each day. The thing about exercise is that you can’t think about it, you just have to do it. My inspiration quote for January was, “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley. My proudest moment was after leaving a 3 hour meeting, rather than running home and crashing in the bed, before sitting down I threw on my workout clothes and hopped on the treadmill.

#3. Listen to something, read something or watch something. On most nights I listend to the Kardashian sister’s new book Kardashian Konfidential. It really helped to pass the time along. I encourage you to download a book that you haven’t been able to get to and listen to it while working on. On another night I read the new edition of Real Simple Magazine. The print was large enough for me to see and it took my mind off working out. Finally, I watched an episode of Basketball Wives on my laptop. That was a 45 minute episode and before I could even think of being tired or “mad” that I was working out, it was over. Many people work out in front of the TV for that very reason. You can catch up on your favorite episode(s) and lose some weight in the process.

So far I’ve lost 8 lbs! My goal is to lose at least 20 lbs and at most 50 lbs.

A little inspiration from Christina Millian:

 

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