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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Reasons to start drinking Apple Cider Vinegar


I really should go to bed now - anyhoo just quickly thought to share the uber amazing Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV is simply the bomb diggity - I kid you not since I began using it I've needed little to no make-up, my skin is clearer, I feel uber great inside and guess what it helps control appetite , thus great for weight management. It is also known to be a good hair clarifier and skin toner but I use it orally - I believe tis better to start working the internal 1st before external. All in all I LOVE ! I LOVE





Recipe - I initially following the recipe on the bottle - which is simply a mix of water, stevia and honey - but now I skip the sweetener and just mixed with water

1 to 2 tsps Bragg Organic Vinegar in 8 oz
Glass Purified Water and (optional) to taste.
1 to 2 tsps Organic Honey, 100% Maple Syrup,
Blackstrap Molasses or 4 drops herb Stevia.


Where to buy: can be found at most grocery stores, wholefoods , health stores and ofcourse online. Be sure to pick up Braggs or any organic undiluted kind.




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Quotes of the day









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How do you want to be remembered?


How do you want to be remembered? have you ever thought about that? yes it's a bit sad and depressing - but this question was asked at a recent google hangout I attended - - it's kinda deep eh - when you think about it we're all going to die - and all we leave behind are memories and hopefully a legacy.

So how do I want to be remembered ? hmm... that I brought light to the world - that I was able to positively impact and change people lives. I want people to say my life turned for the better the day I met Jojo . I want my family to say I loved and loved and loved and supported them, I want my friends to not cry but laugh out loud at the joy I brought them - - I want to have left the world having fulfilled my destiny and purpose - I don't want to leave without fully expressing myself and sharing my gifts and talents. I want to be remembered as a being blessing to humanity.....and lastly I want leave with a strong legacy - So help me God!!

How about you?



x

Jo



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[Song of the day] You are my God - Nicol Sponberg

This song was more applicable to me circa few weeks ago - I needed God to turn my winter to spring and revive me again. Today things are looking up -but I'm on the journey again.
Sometimes in life we need to be cleaned out so fresh water can come in - it is usually a painful process - but you always come out better, improved and refined....



LYRICS
I'm at a loss for words, there's nothing to say
I sit in silence wondering what led me to this place
How did my heart become so lifeless and cold
Where did the passion go?

When all my efforts seem like chasing wind
I've used up all my strength and there's nothing left to give
I've lost the feeling and I'm numb to the core
I can't fake it anymore.

Chorus:
Here I am at the end I'm in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
What I've lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again

You speak and all creation falls to its knees
You raise Your hand and calm the waves of the raging sea
You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering

Chorus 2:
Here I am once again I'm in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
What I've lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again

You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering 



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Thankful 2013 - Fill up your JAR!

I came across this idea sometime last year and decided to try it - already I have one major note of God goodness and mercy and love and kindness - I've added it. I can't wait to add more.

2013 is going to be EPIC!!




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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Video of the week - A Pep Talk from Kid President!

watched this today - loved it - lil encouragement from kid president. This kid reminds me of my son T. Well isn't quite 3 yet but he's such a ray of sunshine - so full of life and energy - I'm beyond blessed to be his mother.

A Pep Talk from Kid President



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OMG! January is over

I can't believe I haven't posted  anything in such a long time - Phew!! been crazy busy doing a lil bit of this and that. I haven't worked out in a days - - what a month eh! I'm back now -Woot! Woot!!
How are you doing?




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Thursday, January 3, 2013

[Song of the day] PLUMB - I need you now



This past Sunday; I went to church with a heavy heart - I really didn't feel like going, I did anyway and was hoping I could talk to someone about what was going on - but I couldn't - it was all hey , how are you?  fine and bye - so I wonder on the days I feel 100% are they other peeps out there just wanting someone to pray with or share their thoughts - or is 'fine' suppose to end conversation.  Then I began to wonder if broken people go to church at all or are peeps just hiding their pains.
Anyhoo long story short I went home and do what I always do when I'm down - I cried to God and then this song came on the radio - Plumb - I need you know.

And shortly after this bible verse


Isaiah 41:10

New International Version (NIV)
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.





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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

[UPDATE] Jamie Eason's 12 weeks fitness program- END OF PHASE 1


Woohoo! I've just completed Phase 1 of the Jamie Eason's LiveFit program. What can I say I don't like it I LOVE it! It's truly the bomb diggity . I really should've taken some before and after photos but I really don't see that much difference in body size - a couple inches off my thigh and waist but the real money is the incredible amount of strength I've gained - for sake of rambling I'll state the pros and cons

Cons:

1) No cardio  - if you cardio regularly then you'll definitely would not like this. I couldn't cope without cardio - so instead I reduced to 7-10mins interval training. Just be sure you don't treadmill after a legs workout -pssh! I learnt the hard PAINFUL way - set me back 2days :(

2) Gym - for the most part you'll need a gym membership -  this is not a home workout program. Jamie does provides a couple workout for days you can't get to the gym - but to succeed you'll definitely need a gym

3) Time - I feel the workouts were not intense enough - so not only did I add cardio - I increased the reps where possible.

Pros

1) Intro to gym equipment : I've never really knew how to effectively use the gym equipment. I've always played it safe with the treadmill and elliptical - but this program will see you come to play with the big boys - # hello barbells, leg raises, calf raises etc

2) Excellent how-to videos - all the workouts have accompany how to videos - excellent for explaining good form - so even though you may know how to already -it sure doesn't hurt to watch

3) Muscle strength - I can attest to my new muscle strength - I can now squat using a 70lb barbell - from 50; dumbbells now 20-22.5 from 10  (note I still use 10 for laterals ) - that's a killer . Me arms are much firmer and stronger - my push ups more sturdy - I'm now able to do 10 good push ups (from 5 ) - as my son T will say - I'm so proud of me ....YAY!!

4) It's free ! you can't go wrong . I guess they make money off the supplement sales - but I'm not into taking supplements - I'm perfectly ok with the free program

Wanna do some real workouts  then I totally recommend Jamie's program. Totally ROCKS!!








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My 2012 hair update

2012 was my 3rd year Natural - but in reality it was my 2nd year as I damaged my hair at the start of the year (hello product junkie) - Anyhoo I believe my hair is fully restored - so technically i'm back at my 2nd year growth. I've kept my regimen and products pretty simple: - still using Trader Joes Nourish Spa shampoo and conditioner , wash  & steam biweekly. Oils : coconut , olive and emu oil,  Moisturizers/Stylers - unrefined shea butter,   -   I must admit I did 'indulge' in the Miss Jessie's BOGO last month - might brave it again sometime this year

Per styling - I've found I'm really not interested in any other styles but fros - usually wash and go and when I really do have time I use perm rods for longevity

March - wash & go
May - using perm rods
Dec  - no styling /no products right after wash


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Essence Ageless Beauties 2012


If this is what 60 looks like then HOT DANG I can't wait :). To see more of the fanfreakingtastic ageless beauties click here





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Sugar : Bitter Truth by Robert Lustig

If you have 1.5hrs then I urge you to watch this video. Dr Lustig makes a compelling argument on why/how sugar is the devil - most especially High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). In my opinion sugar is sugar and really should be eaten in moderation - that said anything 'modified' should be avoided. HFCS is found in a ton of food beverages and products and even baby formula - - err wondering why you can't stop eating or drinking a certain product? - check out the label... probably has HFCS - it's so cheap that companies opt for it to cut costs . Dr Lustig describes the digestion process - essentially fructose can only be processed by the liver and the liver can only process a small amount; the excess is converted to FAT - so yup sugar is key in gaining weight not necessarily FAT - so be safe I'll be sure to read all those 'LOW FAT' stuff (eg  yogurts) - low fats usually equates to high sugar and sugar turns to FAT.





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Songs of the Day


Ok I super pumped and excited - just got back from church where they did renditions of the below songs - essentially made it pleasing to God's ears . The performances were pretty incredible - in true Generation X style . Loved it

Beyonce : Love on top

Miguel : Adorn

Chris Brown : Please don't judge me

Rihanna : Shine Bright Like a Diamond

PSY - Gangnam style (gangnam was replaced with Buckhead :))













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Happy New Year!!!!!


Really excited about this new year!! This is my year to shine and take over!!
Wishing you all the very best this year ....whatever you dream you can do BEGIN it today - YOLO baby - It's going to be EPIC!! Woot! Woot!




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