Effortless Weightloss

Every Fall I decide that I will start working on my Summer body  in the Winter.  This Fall I put together a detailed workout plan.  That’s about all I did.  I never actually started.  Last month I noticed that I was losing centimeters around my waist.  Of course I was not complaining but I did wonder how.

I spent days off mostly in bed.  The dropping temperatures made my bed irresistible.  I wasn’t working out.  I wasn’t stressed.  Sometimes stress will cause me to lose weight.  That wasn’t it though.  I was actually unusually content.

I continued to go over my actions and  inactions in an attempt to figure out the cause of this welcomed weight loss.  Then it hit me; breakfast.  That’s what I had been doing differently.  I was eating breakfast mostly every day.  Some days it would be as simple as fresh fruit or cereal.  Other days I would prepare a hot breakfast but I ate breakfast mostly every day and I lost weight without an exercise plan. Imagine what I could accomplish if I actually start my exercise plan.  I am still working on that.  In the meanwhile I am thrilled with my effortless weight loss.

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Mexicano Square

My day was saved by a food truck. I have not decided whether it is healthy to get this level of comfort from food but there are worse things I could be doing. The day started off pretty well until I ran into one of my enemies, traffic.

On this particular day I had a shoot in Washington D.C.  It is probably best to navigate the city by train or Uber but I drove.  I arrived in plenty of time despite traffic only to face my other enemies; restricted parking and construction.  My call sheet alerted me that there was limited parking and listed two parking garages as options.  Street parking was permit only.  I didn’t want to risk a ticket so I proceeded to the first parking garage which turned out to be a parking lot that was also permit only.  Frustrated I proceeded to the second garage.  I was turned away.  The second garage was solely for government employees.

I ended up parking in a garage I found about a half mile away from set.  I was still making good time though.  Then it happened.  I exited the garage at Patriot Plaza and walked right into Mexicano Square.  There was a row of food trucks but Mexicano Square stood out.  I am happy to say I chose the right truck.

I ordered a burrito and in changed my entire mood. How good was it? So good that I couldn’t put it down long enough to get a good picture.  I did however get a pic of the social media handles.  Mexicano Square sells tacos, quesadillas, and burritos; pretty much exactly what you’d expect.  If this truck is near you, you have to treat yourself to this fresh, fast, and authentic Mexican Cuisine.  You will not regret it.

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Peace

20161112_112817Lately my mind has been racing. Though I haven’t been able to formulate my thoughts into words. Today I concluded that it is okay to take time off, to not speak, to enjoy silence, to disconnect from the world and reconnect with myself. A quiet drive and a trip to this beautiful place did the trick. I hope the images bring you some of the peace it brought me.20161112_111627 20161112_111627
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What I’m Loving Now – Drinking Vinegars

I recently attended the Natural Products Expo East.  What a grand experience! Four floors of wall to wall natural products.  I spent three days visiting vendors from all of the world.  In those three days I managed to visit hundreds of vendors; however, I still missed so much.  There was everything from specialty foods to supplements to health and beauty products.  Although the expo was weeks ago, I am still sampling products I received.   Right now one product that is standing out to me is drinking vinegars.

I have fallen in love with drinking vinegars by KeVita and Suja.  Before the expo I had no idea the product existed.  Over the years people have shared with me that they would drink small amounts of apple cider vinegar to promote weightloss.  What I have discovered in these drinking vinegars is so much better than taking a shot of straight vinegar.  The drinking vinegars come in a variety of flavors so you don’t just tolerate them.  You actually enjoy them! Of course they support digestive and immune health but more importantly, they taste good! I rerecommend the Meyer Lemon by KeVita and the Strawberry Balsamic by Suja Juice.


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Your Hair IS Good Hair

If you happen to run into me over the coming months there is a good chance you will see me in a wig.  Why do I wear wigs? Simply because I want to.  That’s it.  I follow the natural hair community and I am still amazed at some of the assumptions I see made about people based solely on how they choose to wear their hair.  To me it is truly absurd.  You know what else I think is absurd; the thought that some hair is “good hair.”

As far as I am concerned all hair is good hair.  It is not limited to solely long or short or kinky or curly or straight.  It is all good.  The sooner we all really start to love ourselves and our attributes, the better we all will be.  Self love is a necessity.  That brings me to my next point.  To assume someone is hiding something, or lack of something, under a wig or weave is ridiculous. (Even if they are, how is that your business?) To assume things about a person’s character based on a hairstyle, also ridiculous.  However, I see it all too often.  Really what is the point? To those people I say, “worry about yourself.”  Figure out why your focus is on someone elses choices. Perhaps it comes from a place of self-doubt or insecurity and possibly a need to deflect.  Let me remind you, your hair is good hair and self-love will prevent you from tearing down others.  Start with that reminder and see where it takes you.

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Rollers You Can Actually Sleep In

I have been doing this since I was a teenager. Don’t ask me why I am just now sharing it with the world. Over the years I have tried nearly every sort of roller. I even still have my lock and rolls.  Remember those? Different rollers, curlers, or rods have different purposes. They are made of different materials. They come in different sizes. They produce different curls. There is one thing though that they all have in common. Sleeping in them is unbearable.
The good news is many years ago I found away to sleep with a certain type of curler in my hair. The not so good news is it only provides one type of curl and it isn’t effective on every hair type. It works for me though. Maybe it will work for you too. My secret is paper. That’s right paper.
Let me demonstrate. I start by tearing paper into rectangular strips. Then I roll the paper like so.

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I can now use this paper to curl the ends of my hair.  I typically use this technique for a twist out or braid out.  I wrap the end of the braid/twist around the paper like so.

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Then I bring the two ends of the paper together and twist.

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Voila!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Summer is nearly over but the heat will remain a while longer. While I am anticipating Autumn and all the joys that come along with it, my current focus is Summer Clearances. Yes, seasonal clearances fall into my box of favorite things. Though of all the seasons Summer clearance is the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Well sandals are timeless.  They never go out of style.  It doesn’t matter whether your preference is flats, stilettos, or chunk heels because all of them are on a constant rotation.  This time of year you can find your favorite summer styles for as much as 70% off.  With the current weather forecast, there is still plenty of time to wear whatever you buy now this year.  Even if you don’t it is perfectly fine to save them for next summer.

Since the prices are so low this time of year, you may want to try what I did.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought some chunky heels and wedges.  Typically, my feet are adorned with strappy stilettos and island platforms in the summer.  On casual days, I love a FitFlop.  With the summer clearance I could get my usuals and some new additions for about the same or less than I would have paid for just my usuals.  It’s a win win.

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Happy Shopping!