2nd Week Update/Meals: 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Well hello there! It is the 2nd week of me starting the paleo diet. It has been hard to say the least. Unfortunately the cravings have increased. Below I have listed the meals I have eaten all week.

Breakfast: 2 egg muffins

egg muffin

Lunch: chicken salad with a side of fruit

chicken salad

Dinner: tilapia with a side of veggies (no picture, sorry forgot to take one)

If I got hungry in between meals I would eat either raisins or carrots/banana with almond butter.

I will admit I cheated 2 days out of the week. On Wednesday my job had an employee rally. Of course they only had fatty foods, sigh. They had pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn. I had it all. I told you the cravings got real.

Remember when I told you I go to a new place to eat once out of the week…well I don’t think I’m going to change that even throughout this Paleo Challenge. My sisters and I went to Village Burger Bar and enjoyed a nice juicy burger lol. (Review coming right after this post!)

All and all this week went by ok with 2 cheat days. Bloating still was at a minimum even with the cheat days which is awesome!

Comment below if you would like the recipes. They are super easy and only require a small amount of ingredients.

Comment below if you would like the recipe for the egg muffins or chicken for the chicken salad.

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DIY: Cute Work Out Shirt!

photo 1(1)Meow!! I love this new shirt I got, but it was way too big for me…soooo I made it into a cute little workout shirt. I cant wait to wear it out. Real quick I just want to share how I made it.

Step 1: Cut out sleeves in the shape you want it. I like my workout shirts to show my sports bra and back so I cut all the way down the shirt, as shown below.

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Step 2: Cut slits up the bottom of your shirt and pull all raw edges to make a fun little fringe. (TIP: when you pull raw edges it will fold over the edge making it look more neat)

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…and whoolah, you have a fun, cute workout shirt! Quick and easy for all of your oversized shirts.

side view
side view
back view
back view

 

 

 

 

1st Week Update/Meals: 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Confession time…eating Paleo isn’t really that hard but I do have my moments. First let me tell you what I ate for the 1st week of this challenge.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 avacado
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 2 slices of bacon (i used low sodium turkey bacon, which I don’t think is paleo…opps)

eggs, ava, bacon

Lunch:

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 avacado
Doesn't look to appetizing but it was really good
Doesn’t look to appetizing but it was really good

Dinner:

  • grilled chicken
  • veggies

chicken, veggies

If I was hungry throughout the day I would snack on fruit. Immediately, I started seeing results. My stomach was flat and I didn’t feel bloated by the end of the day like I usually feel.

The con of this diet is I started having more cravings. I craved chocolate and other fatty foods :/ I was going to try not to have a cheat day like I usually do on my fitness journey, but that didn’t happen. Me and my sisters went to Johnathon’s on Sunday lol (see previous post for my 1st time impression of Johnathon’s) I obviously like this place if I’m going again lol…anyway also throughout the week my sister had a potluck at her job. She brought back cake:/ which i couldn’t pass up. It was a small piece, but still!

With a few mishaps last week, I am back at it this week! Join me on this journey, let’s get healthy together!

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30 Day Paleo Challenge

I hope everyone is having a great day! I am coming to you to explain the new challenge I am doing. Last week I started feeling more bloated than I usually do.  I personally have to switch up my workout and diet every now and then throughout my fitness journey or I stop seeing results. Different kinds of challenges help me with that… Soooo I have started this 30 Day Paleo Challenge that I have found on Pinterest.

What does a Paleo Diet consist of ???

Paleo diets are based on a simple belief –if a caveman didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t eat it either. That means no processed foods, sugars, or fats. Anything cavemen could not hunt or find is not Paleo.

What you can eat:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • eggs
  • meats (turkey, pork, chicken)
  • fish
  • nuts (no peanuts)
  • leafy greens
  • seeds

What you cannot eat:

  • cheese
  • dairy
  • processed meats (i.e store bought fajita meat, or sandwich meat)
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • sweets
  • ice cream
  • soft drink
  • fruit juices
  • grains (pastas, breads, cereal)
  • legumes (beans)
  • peanuts (including peanut butter)
  • artificial sweeteners
  • snack foods (chips, wheat thins, cookies)
  • alcohol

I started on August 18th and will end this challenge on September 15th. I have seen results in less than 1 week!

Check back periodically under my 30 Day Paleo Challenge Category to get recipes, meals, and updates on how I am doing:) I will upload my week 1 meal plan and update shortly after this one.

Comment below if you want to try this challenge with me! We can get through this together.

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Thrifty Finds: Lookbook

Hello Lovlies!:) I’m back with another post! This time it is a lookbook! I am very excited about this post.

I think everyone loves finding great deals! I, in particular love going to the thrift store. It is exciting to me to find great items in the midst of all the chaos of a thrift store. The one I will be featuring in this post is THRIFT TOWN! It is located on 1516 South Westmoreland Rd. Dallas, TX 75211 Between Illinois and Jefferson in Oak Cliff. I love going to Thrift Town because it is one of the bigger thrift stores that I have been to. They have loads and loads of clothes, appliances, books, and jewelry. It is very organized and doesn’t have that “old” smell that some thrift stores have. Now, you still have to look really hard to find good things just like at any thrift store, but it is worth the tussle and bussle!

First Thrifty Finds: Gap Gray Crop Top $1.00 and Rosetti Vintage Looking Backpack $7.99

Found this simple crop top in the sportswear section. Found the backpack/purse in the purse section.
Found this simple crop top in the sportswear section.
Found the backpack/purse in the purse section.
selfie crop top
Paired the crop top with simple jewelry (midi rings and necklace), bold lip, and geek glasses

Second Thrifty Find: XXI High-Waisted Shorts $5.99

Paired these little lovelies with an essential white t-shirt and dangly necklace
Paired these little lovelies with an essential white t-shirt and dangly necklace
Round animal print glasses with a bright lip finishes the look
Round animal print glasses with a bright lip finishes the look

Third Thrifty Find: Chia Black Leather- Like Top $5.99

Long pearl necklace with maxi skirt adds a girly touch to this tough looking top!
Long pearl necklace with maxi skirt adds a girly touch to this tough looking top!

Bonus Look w/ Black Leather-Like Top

Bonus Look is with a black skirt, blue jean button down, and statement necklace...edgy look don't you think?
Bonus Look is with a black skirt, blue jean button down, and statement necklace…edgy look don’t you think?

Do you like to thrift? If so, what is your fav part about thrifting??? Comment below.

Until next time,

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Bantu Knot Out: Curls for the Girls!

Quick hair update: I have been transitioning to texlax for a little over 6 months. Texlax is simply a healthier way of relaxing your hair. You leave the relaxer on your hair for shorter time compared to the time you would leave it on if you wanted it bone straight. The result is thicker, healthier hair. Comment below if you would like me to go into more detail on texlax hair! Below is a texture shot of my transitioning hair. (Its kinda like I’m transitioning to natural…eek…but I’m not…not yet anyway!)

6 months post relaxer
6 months post relaxer

Ok, ok this post is named “Curls for the Girls” for a reason! I do not use heat on my hair, so to get curls I have to manipulate my hair a little. After I took down my marley twists that I had in for a month, I pampered my hair and put bantu knots in.

How To: Make sure you wash your hair and deep condition. On 75% damp hair, grab a small section similar to the pic below.photo(23)Moisturize, seal with an oil, and detangle. (I spritz a little water to moisturize, sealed with coconut oil and my shea butter mixture, and detangled with a wide tooth comb) Next, twist the hair along the length of you hair and wrap. You should be left with a donut shape. Below is how your bantu knots should turn out.

Bantu Knots
Bantu Knots

…Sleepy time(go to sleep with them in)….put a little oil on your hands to take the bantu knots down. The oil will help with friz. photo(17)Separate each section to your desire….and whoolah, you have curls using NO heat! This should last me for about a week before my next wash day!

Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 Comparison
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 Comparison

For more info on texlax hair, hair tutorials, hair products or more, comment below!

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It’s the Foodie in Me: Healthy Style #1

Hello Lovelies! I’m back with another post! In my previous post you read how I stay motivated through my fitness journey. Well to go along with that, it is very important to plan! Plan your meals, plan your workout schedule, plan your activities. Meal prepping can be very fun and very rewarding. I meal prep at the start of EVERY WEEK. (fyi: meal prepping is when you cook for more than one day). When you meal prep you do not have to worry about what you are going to eat everyday– you already have it made. You don’t fall into that trap of saying you are too tired to cook so you just go and get fast food. NO, NO, NO! We don’t make any EXCUSES around these parts!

This week’s healthy food prepping meal is a Greek Pasta Salad. Tangy and Tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fusilli pasta (or any pasta shape of your choosing
  • 1-2 tbs salt
  • 1/3 c red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1 tbs oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1.2 red onion, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 c kalamata olives
  • 1/2 large cucumber, diced
  • 2 tbs chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1 c crumbled feta cheesephoto(13)

Instructions

1. Bring water to a boil for your pasta.

2. Make vinaigrette while water is coming to a boil. In a medium bowl combine red wine vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, oregano, and salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil and sun-dried tomato oil.photo(11)

3. When water comes to a boil add salt and pasta. Cook. Drain. Rinse.

4. Place pasta in a large bowl and toss with 1.2 of vinaigrette. Chill in refrigerator.

5. Once pasta has chilled for about 30 min, add remaining ingredients EXCEPT remaining vinaigrette. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hr and add last half of vinaigrette.

P.S I added shrimp to my greek salad just to make it a little heartier and get my fish intake for the week.photo(12)

I made this on Monday for my sister and I for lunch. It will last the entire week. That’s the awesomeness of food prepping!

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