#12DaysOfFitmas – Day 10

So, I lied AGAIN, in my last post, when I said I was going to double up on that particular day, to make up for missing day 3’s workout, early on in this challenge.  But, it turned out, that was also a day that I would lock myself out of my apartment, rushing to take Miss Ray out for a bathroom break, and not being in my right mind, during the mad dash.

It was well over an hour before I was able to get back inside, and I was underdressed for a chilly night– chilly, even for L.A.– during the wait.  Boring story made short, I was in no mood to do a second workout, by the time we were finally able to get back into my cozy apartment.

The following days were a series of false starts on making up that workout, but I finally did it!  Like, literally just now!  I started off the morning with a bodyweight circuit from MBody Pro, and then for the evening I did the quick Fat Burner workout from Lauren Brooks’ first Ultimate Body Sculpt DVD.

I leave for San Diego tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to not having any extra workouts to have to do, on the last two days of this challenge.  It truly has been a bit of an albatross, throughout this year’s Fitmas.  The hotel at which I will be staying does have a gym, so I’ve already worked out what one of my workouts will be, but I’ll still have to sort out the other.

I’m really pleased to be getting sweaty on a regular basis again, even though it’s fucking miserable, during the process.  And, once I start eating right again after Christmas???  GIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLL.

In the video above, I allude to a YouTube channel that I’ve discovered that has been a massive help in me wrapping my mind around the tedious, complicated process of counting macros.  And, I finally feel like I’m equipped to take a crack at it, in the new year.  I’m genuinely excited, which is weird, because it’s still going to suck dick.  I think I’m just excited to finally be empowered to tackle this, and to see if this will yield the results that have proven to be so elusive for me, for the past 2 or 3 years decades.

Anyway, there’s a good chance I won’t have a chance to post again until after #12DaysOfFitmas is over, so just in case I’m right on that, happy Christmas!  xx

FYFF Challenge & Protect Ya Ends Are ON!

And, we’re off!  I’m pumped to have another fitness challenge kick off on my YT channel and here on the blog, with you guys.  It’s going to be a bit trickier than I expected to work out my exercise schedule.  Here’s why.

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That’s my new roommate/best friend. It happened pretty fast, but to make a short story even shorter, she’s a rescue. Found in a bucket on the side of the road with the rest of her litter. She was the only black puppy in the bunch, and I fell in love with her immediately.

She was turned over to me from her Watts Project foster on Friday, which was sooner than I was expecting.  I also didn’t truly expect to have a dog, quite at this point in my life.  But, after our first two days together, I can easily say it’s the best decision I ever made.

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Not entirely sure on the breed, on account of the whole bucket on the side of the road thing.  My guess is that she’s got some Rottweiler, as well as some terrier in there, because she was not just the only black pup, but the only one with these long, wiry hairs randomly around her face and body.  But she’s TINY.  She’s 11 weeks, and only about 5 pounds.  We suspect there may have been different dads for the litter.

The rescue had named her Raspberry, which is a pretty cute name.  But, since she’s from the hood and all, I’ve been calling her RayRay.  Funny enough, she actually responds to “Ray” or “RayRay” far better than “Raspberry,” so I guess I was onto something.

I’m lucky enough to work in a dog-friendly office (and my job even offers pet health insurance!), so we’ll be doing the 9 to 5 grind together.  As far as working out goes, I’m going to experiment with crate training her, just for while I’m at the gym.  I’ll also have the help of the boyfriend, to look after her.

I always felt badly about using crates/cages, like it was mean to the dog.  But, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos to help me learn how to train her (she’s doing so well already!), and crates really aren’t puppy prison.  As long as you do it right.

So, hooray for hair and fitness challenges!  But, I’ll be super distracted raising this little girl over the next few weeks, which will mean less frequent check-ins for the challenges, at least in the short term.  Just keeping it real.

 

Things! All Sorts of Things!


Right! So!  I have, for sure, been kind of M.I.A. on here.  Less so on YT, as evidenced by the video I just put up today (above), and a couple of others, in the past few weeks.  I started yet another one of my backslides into a chaotic life of no routine/structure, mainly due to changes with my work situation.  I have a new job, even though it’s really my old job.  It’s a long story.

Thus, workouts have been in the 1-2x/week range, whilst I try to get a handle on a new work schedule/commute.  And, I’ve been indulging in all sorts of bread, sugar and alcohol, because of…reasons.  Basically, I took August off from living right.  Frustrations with my failure to lose weight were at an all-time high, and I had had it.

Fuck carb cycling.  Fuck macros.  Fuck everything and GIVE ME THAT CROSTINI.  That was/is my general attitude.

And I actually haven’t put on a ton of weight.  I might be up maybe 5 pounds, but it’s really not bad at all.  Not to toot my own horn, but I still look mad decent.  I just don’t look nearly as cut in my upper body as I tend to do in my “after” pictures, from my various challenges.

But, when I caught a cold last week (which is lingering, much to my chagrin), I knew that it was time to get back in the groove and/or zone, commit to eating cleanly MOST OF THE TIME and working out a minimum of 4 days per week.  I had sort of been planning to do a September challenge, here on the blog, anyway.  Getting sick just confirmed that it needed to happen.

I started on Tuesday, which was September 6th, and this’ll run until the end of the month, on September 30th.  Following that, I’ll be starting a challenge on my YT channel, which will be the Fuck Yeah Fall Fitness Challenge.

Here’s what I’m doing for this one, the September challenge (haven’t bothered to come up with a snazzy name, this time around):

  • 4 workouts per week, minimum
  • NO sugar, dairy, grains or soy Sunday through Thursday
  • NO alcohol Monday through Thursday
  • full glass of water with every meal

It’s pretty simple, which is by design.  With this setup, I can still relax at home and have mimosas on Sunday with the boyfriend, or go out for tacos on Friday night.  But, there’s no allowance for fuckery, throughout the week, which’ll keep me in line.

I need to have a doable set of goals, since I’m just getting back into the swing of things.  Then, in the FYFF Challenge next month, the car will be all tuned up and ready.  (Editor’s note: That is a metaphor.  The “car” = “my body.”)

I can tell you one thing.  My body is already sore as shit from getting back into the gym, this week.  One or two workouts a week is definitely not a way to maintain any modicum of fitness.

I’m also embarking on a long term protective style challenge, which I began this week– the beginnings of which I talk a bit about in the video I posted above.  I’ll talk about that more, soon.  Just not right now.  I have to go blow my fucking nose.

My Most/Only Requested Makeup Look EVER


Okay, so a while back, I must have nailed my makeup in a couple of my videos.  Because I had a bunch of folks asking me for a makeup tutorial, under said videos.

I don’t do makeup tutorials.  I don’t do any tutorials.  But, I finally decided to just get on with it, and do a Get Ready with Me, where I recreate the look that seemed to tickle the pickle of so many of my YouTube homies.

Below is everything that I used, to achieve the look.  Warning: I used a lot of expensive makeup.  So, you know, that’s not for everyone.  I’m just telling you what I really use/used.

Everything I put on my face, including the stuff I put on it off camera:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Skindinavia the Makeup Primer Spray, Oil Control
Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, Peach Lustre
Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, BD60
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, 355 Coconut
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, Mona Lisa
Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner, Black
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil, Black
Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, Black Angel
Lilly Lashes, Tease
Callas Eyelash Adhesive
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil , Universal Taupe
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, Mahogany
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15, 110
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash‎
Charlotte Tilbury the Retoucher Pen Concealer, 7 Deep Medium
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Celestial Powder, Candelight
Inglot AMC Face Blush, 88
Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Luminous Light
Lena Lashes More Matte Than Matte Liquid Lipstick, Frederique
Skindinavia the Makeup Finishing Spray, Oil Control

The earrings I’m wearing are made by BorderHammer, one of my all time favorite YTers, and they are right here – https://goo.gl/IskjWm
And, she has them in silver now! – https://goo.gl/ioiynV

The hair hat I’m wearing is Outre “Neesha,” in S1B/30.  This wig seems to be hot shit all over the internet, because it STAYS sold out.  But, I wanted to try out a straight style, and was able to snatch one up on a restock at Elevate Styles, a few weeks ago.

On my nails: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, “Echo.”

That is all!

I’m…Kind of a Big Deal.

Obviously, I am not.  But, Naturally Curly reached out to me about doing a feature a few weeks back, and it just went up today!

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Back in 2010, when I first decided I wanted to start growing my hair to its full potential, Naturally Curly was one of few resources that were around back then.  It really means a lot to have been noticed by them, because they’re kind of a big deal!

I’m also really happy that they wanted me to talk so much about fitness, for the feature.  Health and fitness matter so much more than hair, so it’s nice to see the focus shift a bit.

I hope you guys take a moment to check out the writeup, and thanks to all of my blog and YouTube supporters.  Without you, none of this would be possible!

That Time I Put Food in My Hair (Greek Yogurt Edition)


Above is a YouTube video.  In it, I talk about using Greek Yogurt to deep condition my hair.  I am very much against putting food in my hair, for the most part (coconut oil, coconut vinegar, honey and coconut butter are notable exclusions, of course).

But!  I kind of liked this!  I think it did good things for my hair, and I’m going to try it again.  I’m thinking I may try adding some marshmallow root next time, because it’s known for adding slip.  I’ll keep y’all posted.