Focus!

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. ”

 

Use this quote for every aspect of your life, relationships, getting fit, or anything!

I have started using this quote in my life, and I deserve the results!

Let me know about your journey.

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Tips to staying on top of your workout regimen in college

 

fit and curlyLate nights, junk food, catching naps in between classes and stress, all of these things affect your health. One of the things that can help with these things significantly is exercise. My doctor told me a few weeks ago while getting my annual check up that her job would be easier if everyone just exercised regularly and ate right. Less people would get sick, that crazy thing that happens when you are stressed would go away because now that you are working out (and managing your time) there should be less stress in your life. So what are some of the ways to keep up your regimen in the midst of tests, papers, and the math homework you don’t understand.

1. Get a buddy – I know for me personally if someone doesn’t go with me, I am less likely to work out. I’ve always been that way and sometime its a bad thing but in this case its good. Having someone to work out with will push you to get up, get out and get it done. You and your friend can help each other reach the goals at hand.

2. Work out in the morning –  Its hard to do, I know, but it’s not impossible. Studies show that if you work out in the morning it sets the pace for the day. You will have more energy throughout the day and are more likely to choose healthier choices throughout the day. Also this way you get the work out out of the way before the other distractions of the day hit. I run three mornings out of the week at 6:30 in the morning. I feel great the rest of the day and I know once I go back to my dorm room at the end of the day its a wrap on leaving to go work out.

3. Create a playlist – Exercising with music distracts you from the fact that you are completing physical activity. Finding that place within yourself and the music will help you to continue on. Create a banging playlist that will get you hype for the workout a head of you.  As long as the playlist is going, you have to push through and finish the reps. You find yourself more into the music than into the current exercise you are doing. before you know it you have worked out for an hour and burned tons of calories.

4. Switch up the exercises – If you do the same old routine everyday or even every other day, of course you are bound to get bored and possibly give up half way through reaching your goal. Switch it up! There are tons of fun and interesting things that can be done to lose weight, or lead a healthy lifestyle. College opens doors for you to try new things. Take a zumba class or kickboxing class, try a cycling class or equestrian. Going to the gym and using weights is great but spice your life up and have fun while reaching your goal.

5. Don’t get discouraged – results are not instantaneous. One workout is not going to give you those hard rock abs you desire. In reality, it takes you four weeks to notice your results and others about six weeks to notice. If people do not say anything don’t think its not working, they may not have noticed yet. Also have somewhere to keep some motivational quotes to encourage you, when you feel like you are not encouraged by others around you.

These are just some tips on staying on track when working out. They will be beneficial in the long run. Happy exercising!!

 

-Averi Simone

Natural hair is just a trend….

twists

A few weeks ago I was at a birthday shindig that resulted in me being very awkward because I was surrounded by people from high school that I associated with from a distance. Anyway, while sitting at a hookah bar (which made it awkward x2 because I don’t smoke) one of my friends got into  heated discussion with this girl about weave and natural hair.

My friend who is a male, stated that “Only black girls wear weave and its usually because they have no hair. This natural shit just became a trend and now everyone wants to wear their nappy hair.”

<> on January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

The girl he was saying this to took offense to this statement, and I have to admit I did too, and retaliated with “Actually white girls wear more weaves than black girls, they started it. And don’t say that black girls don’t have hair because I have been natural my whole life and my hair comes down past my shoulder.”

Needless to say I was a little offended when my male friend stated that natural hair is nappy and that it has just become a trend. I know that is not true. I have been natural going on 6 years and yes my hair has gone through a lot but up until recently you would not have known my hair is natural because I kept it straightened. My dad used to always ask me why I had to keep straightening it, or why can’t you wear your hair in plaits like you did in the 6th grade?

I tried to tell him that it was socially unacceptable, especially in high school, to walk around with braids in my hair. I had a friend who did that and people thought she was weird. I had to stick to the status quo that nobody anywhere near me or in the media was wearing their hair in plaits without some sort of extension. That is until my senior year in high school.

curls

It was like an unveiling to the world that now twist outs and braid outs are acceptable. That you didn’t have to have that wet and curl hair and when it dries your curls would be flawless. It really all started with Chris Rock’s movie Good Hair.

Natural hair is not a trend, it is now socially acceptable, I mean if it grows out your head its natural anyway. Whether you want to put creamy crack in it, straighten it, or braid it up, its up to you. It is still natural. Not everybody’s hair is nappy, and let me tell you, don’t judge a book by its cover because shrinkage is real. Her hair may look like its 3 inches long but let her straighten it, there’s a possibility that her hair comes a little past her collar bone.

Being natural is a way of life. Trust me I know, finding the right products for your hair is difficult and doing your hair in the right amount of time so it dries is a struggle. However, once you go natural, usually you love it so much anything else really is just for a quick second to wonder what you would look like if….

It doesn’t matter because you love the way you look natural.

-Averi Simone

Let’s get physical!!

Okay Dolls and Gents, I understand that Christmas was just yesterday but while you are finishing up those leftovers you can also be getting ready for the summer. Why wait for the new year to get started when you could get started today? My work out regimen really started  as soon as I got home from school for winter break, but I decided that I wanted to do a 30 day challenge. There are a gazillion challenges out there but the one I want to start with is the 30 day Guns, Buns, and Ab Challenge.  Lets tackle these 30 days together (in addition to cardio of course) and get the bods we’ve always wanted. Its going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but we can do it! On your mark get set go!!

30 day challenge

– Averi Simone