Got Waist? …

Well QUICK…get rid of it! Having a waist is sooooo 1990! Only insanely gross people who don’t care about what they look like have those! *gag*

So, unless you have been living under a rock for the last year… you probably know what a “waist trainer” is. You may possibly own one, know someone who does, know someone who is thinking about purchasing one, or has been sent to the hospital from wearing one. Either way, you know what it is.

Waist trainers have actually been around since the early 16’th century, it’s true… everything in fashion always comes back around!  Anyway, this is what women tortured themselves with back then to cinch their waists.

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Charming, isn’t it? A few months ago I decided to purchase one of these said waist trainers and see what all the hype was about. After suffering daily for 8-10 hours (the reccommended dosage) I felt like I could not breathe and I was left with insanely deep marks all over my tum. That was just day one…they say to wear it for a minimum of 30 days to see at least “2 inches fall off your waist.” While I love the idea of dropping 2 inches from my waist, I quickly decided (after about a week or so of consistent use) that this shit was not for me. I was also left with bad bruising that took over one month to fade away.

We get so caught up in celeb endorsements, quick fixes and crazy weight loss gimmicks *myself included*…that we don’t even stop to think about how realistic what we’re doing may be. Had I of stopped and really thought *hmm,will wearing this chinese torture device daily really shrink my waist permanently?* I would be $150 richer, yes I just said $150…shoot me, I know. Let’s also keep in mind that the Kim K’s of the world shovel out massive loot and under go multiple surgeries to look the way they look. While they may wear these crazy ass things, that’s not how they achieve or maintain their shape.

At the end of the day most experts and doctors will tell you that it is dangerous for your ribs and with extreme usage, the internal organs of your body. Welp, looks like the only real solution is dedication in the gym and the kitchen. *Duh, Taccara*

::If you still don’t believe me:: click here to read this article posted by friends over at Women’s Health Mag.

Don’t be like me in the picture below…all sad, miserable,hurting and hungry *cue feed the children music*. Ditch the stupid waist trainers and have a pizza! Welllll, I guess not the pizza part if you’re trying to lose weight, but seriously don’t “waist” your money on these things! Say it loud, say it proud…

#WeWantOurWaists

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Your Daily Dose of Morning Joe…

So this morning I will be bestowing upon you more knowledge of the magical powers that are…..TA-DA, coconut oil. *Ooooo, Ahhhhhh* oil-pulling


I am lucky enough to have a brother who has fully immersed himself in all things health and fitness related. He is a certified personal fitness trainer and health consultant. About a year or so ago he passed along this little nugget of gold that has changed my life for the better. That little nugget of gold is none other than Oil Pulling. I have been oil pulling for at least 6+ months and love my results. I used to suffer from TMJ, sore/bloody gums after brushing my teeth and horrible pain around my wisdom tooth area. Since oil pulling all of the super annoying/terrible/horrible/can’t deal aches have gone away! Just likeeeeee, you guessed it…Magic. Another plus, it definitely brought my teeth up a shade or two. I mean, who doesn’t want super pearly whites ?!  😉

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Doesn’t it sound amazing?!?! Best part is *besides the white teeth and amazingness for your body* is that it’s super simple. Just grab yourself a tablespoon of said *magic*, swish around in your mouth for 20 mins, then neatly dispose of the oil in a trash bag. It is very important you dispose of the icky oil in the trash, sending it down a drain or toilet will clog your pipes and lead to larger, more costly issues than poor oral health. (Or maybe just as costly, seeing as how a trip to the dentist costs an arm and a leg* Nevertheless, just follow those simple instructions and you’ll be a happy camper.

I PROMISE once you get done reading the article below… you will want to kiss my little round cheeks 🙂

Oil pull with me! I want to hear your feedback and the results you are experiencing…leave comments below! Happy oil pulling!

Thank you to my friends over at FoodMatters.Tv for the read…

Click here for the goodness

Click here to contact Jalen Holmes, personal trainer extraordinaire

::More healthy/happy to keep you looking and feeling fabulous::

Let’s Face It ::Nightly Edition::

Today  I received my first “requested blog post” from a follower. *Yayy, I have a follower requesting stuff after just one day of being LIVE*.. Ok nerd moment over, back to the request…

I was asked by a lovely lady what my night time routine is for beautiful, glowing, acne free skin. I for one think she is giving me way too much credit, as I myself still struggle with the occasional zit *hooray*. Nevertheless, I have a wonderfully amazing au naturale routine that is easy to follow and makes your skin sing “Happy” by Pharrell.

What You’ll Need To Grab

1.Young Living Essential Mint Satin Facial Scrub

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Then scrub-a-dub-dub in circular motions like so….

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Rinse off with lukewarm water and then proceed with step numero dos

2.Carrington Farms 100% organic extra virgin Coconut Oil, or any brand you’d like and Young Living Essential Oregano Oil 

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Take a smidge of coconut oil and two drops of oregano oil *these little oils pack a punch,not much needed*

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3. Apply this powerful, life changing mixture to Pete the Pesky Pimple (Yes, I just gave a super cute name to a pain in the ass cyst-like creature that pops out of your face.) Voila, after just a night, or so..pending on the size of that sucker, gone! Poof, vanished, finito, bye bye little guy!

The best part of all of this is that it is natural, so your totally dodging all the super harmful and chemical ridden pimple-be-gone products in stores. Leaving your skin supple, glowing, happy, healthy annnnd pimple FREE! The skin gods will be shining their light on you and the angels will be singing. You’re welcome 😉

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Click here for Young Living Mint Satin Facial Scrub

Click here for Young Living Oregano Essential Oil

 

 

Drink up…

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If you’re anything like me and your summer bod is not so…well, summer-y shall we say… No need to fear, water is here *dun dun dun*. Yes, you heard me. Apparently it’s as easy as drinking a mere minimum of one gallon per day. Not so hard right?

*Insert super sarcastic face here*

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Now don’t get me wrong and go around quoting that only the consumption of mass amounts of water will make you shed 30+ pounds and have you looking super slim and svelte. I’m only a blogger, not a doctor. However, water is a great way to aid in the weight loss process. Water has so many great effects on the overall body. From skin, hair, detoxing your organs, giving you energy and elevating your mood, etc. Don’t believe me? Check out my friends at Greatist, who have this to say about water and the beautiful effects on the body.

I’m currently embarking on the 30 day water challenge and I invite you to try it with me. I was super motivated after reading this article in which a woman drinks one gallon of water per day for 30 days. Her results after the 30 days are truly astonishing (pics to prove it too!)


It is 1:42 pm and I am currently on my second bottle, this is a 33.8 FL OZ Smart Water bottle. Just a few more of these bad boys and I’ll be good for the day. One thing is for sure, you will increase your activity level just from the numerous trips you will be making to the restroom…but hey, I’ll take it where ever I can get it.

Until I make the dreaded next steps to the gym *cue horror music*… water will have to do 🙂

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::If you are happy and healthy from within, you will sparkle on the outside. Unless you are my Mom, in which case you sparkle no matter what.::

Your daily dose of morning Joe

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As I lay here in my bed (after having snoozed my alarm 4 times already). I can feel a little bit better about getting up to go to work. Cus hey, if 50 Cent has spent the last 10+ years trying to get rich or die trying… I think it’s safe to say we all need to get our asses out of bed, sit in CT’s wonderful morning traff, and sit at a desk (or whatever you do) for 8 hours to get a damn check. Here’s the article that put a little pep in my step this AM….

::It’s all love 50, we all know that not everything that glitters is gold::