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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LADIES' SURVIVAL GUIDE TO THE WORKOUT


Getting Started

1. Create a short-term & long-term goal. Why are you working out? Is it to be healthy? Do you wanna tone that flabby booty, girl? Are you looking to build muscle or lose weight? Do you wanna die? Why are you subjecting yourself to this? Whatever the case, just make sure you have your ST & LT goals written out. It'll help you to commit & will give you guidance when it comes to choosing a workout.


2. Create your own plan.  Do things that you actually enjoy doing starting off. To be completely honest there are some workout that I just will not do--lol. BUT,  I'm tired of wearing high-waist tights & sucking my stomach in for every picture...soooo! My workouts are mostly lower abdominal drills. I know what has worked for me in the past so I try to stick to that while incorporating some new things along the way.

-EXERCISES I HATE

  • Running long distances
  • Burpees
  • Push ups
  • Weightlifting of any kind (I already have an athletic build. I don't wanna look like a young man with a goals)
  • Leg raises (I'll do these though)
-EXERCISES I LOVE
  • Sprints (I can do them until I'm dog-tired)
  • Cross crunches
  • Elbow planks
  • Lunges
  • Squats (Owww!)
  • Russian Twists
  • Any leg workouts (I'll do weights too)
The only workouts that concern me a cardio, legs, & abs. Maybe even back stretches. Center your plan around the goal. If you don't have money for a personal trainer, YouTube & google are your besties. Also there are tons of fitness videos! 

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3. Start SLOW. Not that your lazy butt was EVER gonna jump right in-- LOL. Limit your time to maybe 15-30 mins each day so that you don't feel stressed about it.  I know it's hard when you see your favorite fitness guru on IG but they didn't develop that type of stamina & endurance overnight! Take your time. #issaprocess #teyanataylorbodyloading #pleasewait


4. Make smart decisions with what you stuff into that pie-hole. You do not need a nutritionist to tell you that eating McDonalds everyday is killing you. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! I've been following Dr.Sebi pretty closely for for a lil while and although I haven't committed to being a vegetarian, I did FINALLY start somewhere. I haven't eaten beef or pork in over 3 months & I have no desire to. Next, is chicken & fish! What you eat is probably more important than exercise. Take care of YOU!!! Oh, and eat a few hours BEFORE you work out.

5. Be happy with the body you have. If you are not happy with yourself, NOTHING can fill the void. Look at the countless celebrities who keep getting surgery after surgery after surgery. Changing your appearance may feel good for the moment but loving yourself will make you happy forever. God made you marvelous! Look atchu! Lookin like ya self!!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mother's Day 2018


Welcome back! I just wanted to give you guys a few quick pics & let you know my Mother's Day was so awesome. The kids took my out to eat & they bought me a lot of cool gifts! I got the dopest mini blender to make my juices & smoothies. Preston & the kids also made me the cutest video which you can check out HERE. WARNING: It's a tear-jerker! Thanks for tuning in to curvybrittnie.com! Don’t forget to subscribe by e-mail.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

4 Super Quick Shopping Tips For The Cheapo


Save money while shopping by following these simple steps
1. Try on everything first.
2. Dress up while shopping & do NOT purchase anything unless it looks better than what you have on.
3. Shop clearance first to get what you need, then splurge on retail markups. 

4. Set a budget for your trip to the mall. Set smaller budgets per store! If you keep your budget, treat yourself to your favorite desert. 😂💕🍦 It works for me.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Why You Should NOT Workout After 30+

Your friends have been lying to you. If you’re reading this, let's just call a spade a spade, they are all LIARS! So, since nobody's being honest in 2018-- I'll be the REAL friend you need. Are you 30yrs or older? Thinking of starting a new workout regime to get your body right for the summer? Read THIS first. When your finished, be a friend and SHARE!
First OFF. You will die. Don't do it. Especially if you have kids to get back to. They're more important than saggy gut meat, sis. Think about your son & walk away. Do it for Lil Saint... 
2. You can't breathe. Now let's just say you made it past number one, you still won't be able to breathe, sooo? You'll be all huffing & puffing, turning blue, and still trying to be cute. Now, that's just unattractive. Trying to be cute about not breathing can get you dead too. This is not what we mean by "puff, puff, pass". Get in the car and go home, Joanne.
3. Jerrod does not care if you have rolls. He still want you girl. If he really loves you, he will love you exactly the way you are. He ain't going nowhere. Where's he gonna go? YOU'RE THE CATCH! Relax. 

4. The pain after exercising is equivalent to being run over. By a truck. A garbage truck. Twice. You will regret it every morning for the next week. A week is a long time. Does your lace frontal glue last a week? See. You won't either, Janine. A week is a long time to hang in there. Just...don't even.

5. You already have a nice butt! Aren't you a nice person? Ok, well your butt is included in that too somewhere. So, BOOM. You're welcome!
6. You mad old. Your meat is already slipping off the bone. You have to think about your safety first. So, right. I hurt my ankle doing a dumb new dance with my 9 year old son right after a workout. (It was a battle. I won. Neither here nor...) The enemy is sneaky. He will creep up on you right in the middle of dancing to the devils music & throw your ankle out. He is always looking for a "foot-hole". Literally. But by the grace of the good Lord I only walked away with a sprained ankle. I could've had a hole in my foot. #ButGod

If you are still considering working out AFTER ALL OF THESE FACTS, "You got strength, Ma." *in the words of my Liberian best friend Mahdi* Number six was my last attempt at talking some sense into you. If my testimony didn't work-- nothing will. Do me this one favor though; Before you venture back to the gym--share this with your friends who work out & those that are thinking about it. Don't be a hater. Let them know the truth. LOL!! I too will be back at it this week cuz I gotta get it TIGHTTT for summer 2018!!! 



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Monday, April 9, 2018

The Baecation That Changed My Relationship

I'm not gonna tell you what resort this is. This is our secret spot. So boo-hoo!;) 

These are some pics that you didn't see. It was such an amazing experience--the pictures do it NO justice.


No kids. Just us. Reconnecting. Having fun again. Getting closer. Freezing moments. Finding #US.
The moments we shared were not just pictures. We actually ENJOYED our time together. *sighs*
At night we went to an empty night club on the resort & played Jumbo Jenga and some new UNO game. We made our own rules because the instructions were in spanish. I haven't laughed as hard in YEARS.  
We randomly danced everywhere. At dinner. On the beach. On the balcony. Out shopping. I felt so FREE. Is this what it's like to not have kids?! LOL!
 Now get into this room. OMG. I could've spent the entire time here but I was forced to get out and venture off of the resort (SAFELY).






 Preston made my 30th so special & the food was sooooooooooo good! I chose this resort for the food. They did not disappoint. Later I'll create another blog of the food for you to be jealous of.  




Leaving Mexico (hint) was so bittersweet. The time that we spent together was priceless. I wasn't gonna blog this because I wanted these pictures to be OURS. Then I thought about how amazing these moments were & decided to share it. Every single picture has a story. 10 years from now I'll be able to look at these SPECIFIC photos and smile at the stories that you can't see. That's my life with him. You see beautiful pics of us together but you have no idea how amazing our relationship is or how deep our bond is. We're not perfect but we choose each other. Everyday. <3

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Monday, March 26, 2018

If I Were A Song, The Title Would Be...

If you could be a song, what song would you be? Even better, if you could be a 90's song, which one would you be? Who influenced your style? What artists shaped your childhood? Which songs can you hear and immediately go right back to  that time? Nostalgia is so magical. There is nothing like it.

If I was a DMX song, I would be 'How's It Going Down'. For those that were kids in that era, wasn't that song a vibe? Play it. Doesn't it take your right back to 1998? I'm not the album cut. I'm the version with Faith Evans. Yasssssss! Her voice just takes the song to another level. So angelic. This has to be the song the made me love DMX. Remember when music had substance and the artists told stories? You would be surprised how many of those songs actually happened.

If I was a Soul For Real song, I would beeeeeee. TOUGH one. I'd be 'Every Little Thing I Do'. While 'Candy Rain' was classic it doesn't resonate with me as much as ELTID. As far as music, harmonies, vibes, background vocals, beat, & visuals--this is IT! I wanted to go to a skate party so bad like the older kids. My mom ain't wanna let me live. Do yourself a favor & watch this video. "I can't get over you. I think about you all the time." Man, oh, man. It's criminal how time just escapes.

If I was a Total song, I would definitely be 'Can't You See'. That's a staple in 90's girl group music. Well, mid-90's music period. "Every time I see you, I get this feeling. Telling me you are the one". They were so melodic. I cannot get over how they were hopping & bopping in this video. Watch this one too. Puff created a wave. When Bad Boy was on top, life was so good. Take me BACK! #RIPBIG

If I was a TLC song, I would be 'What About Your Friends'. Listen. If I could dress like TLC did in the early 90's, NOW--that would complete my life. "Well, is it me or can it be I am a little too friendly/ So to speak". They birthed The Spice Girls in my eyes. What girl group had a more controversial content than TLC at the time? No girl group inspires my style more than them. Oh, & shoutout to my best friend GiGi!!! She proofreads all my blogs because she loves me! <3#CrazySexyCoolForever

If I were a Tupac Song, I would be 'Keep Ya Head Up'. "Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots. I give a holler to my sisters on welfare. Tupac cares--if don't nobody else care. I know they like to beat you down a lot & when you come around the block brothers clown a lot. But please don't cry, dry your eyes, never let up. Forgive but don't forget girl, keep ya head up". Tupac's music speaks for itself. Uplifting, inspiring, high emotions, & flat out honest. When he said "While the rich kids is driving Benz, I'm still tryna hold on to surviving friends", I felt that with my soul. It's expected growing up in Trenton, NJ.

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The great thing about technology is that we now have access to all of our favorite music at any time. Do you remember ordering cd's from those mailers & waiting a week for them to come?
I would order them in my aunts' name & throw the bill away when it came to the house.
I'd pick all my favorite albums which was a struggle because the would only let you order like 5/6.
I checked the mail EVERYDAY for those cd's until they came.
Had to secure the package--LOL!
Remember CD players? Remember how you felt when the battery light would come on?
Remember sneaking them into school?
Security guards were on the prowl!
#Throwback
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