Natural Hair vs. The Gym

Keep your heart rate up-0843So many black women, choose not to go to the gym for fear of messing up their hairstyle. It’s no secret we try to make a look last as long as we can. But when we are spending an hour sweating every other day that cute hairstyle may not last very long.

One question I get often is how I work out, without it affecting my hair. I think I’ve mastered the trick. But let’s be honest here. I do wear my hair natural more often than not. When my hair is straight, I am most likely not doing any heavy workouts (prob. just yoga lol).

My secret is… I do my hair twice a week. I wash or co-wash my hair on Sunday, do my style depending on what I am feeling that week. usually a twist-out. Then I go about my life. Every night I pineapple my hair, which means putting it into a really high ponytail. Then on Wednesday night I spray my hair with water and re-twist to get me through the rest of the week. This routine has been working for me for about a year. Sometimes that Wednesday refresh doesn’t happen and it is a bun for the rest of the week. Which is fine because I love a big curly bun. I think the major key is, to pineapple. I work out in a high ponytail and I sleep in it at night.

What are your tricks to help your hair last through your tough workouts? I would love to hear.

Work Out Chic

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I have been wanting to work out for about a week now! I have been sick back to back and it kicked my butt, knocking me off my game. Tomorrow I should have time to go to they gym and I am going to go take a run which I am excited about it.

You may think I live in Old Navy, I do, but only because they have great things that are always on sale. I found this workout top in the spring for under $10. It is very comfortable, I love how it has a loose fit. I love wearing all back especially going to the gym. It makes working out chic.

 

What’s in My Gym Bag

Today I am giving you all quick fitness check in. I am happy to share, I am pleased with my progress. I have been working out consistently for about three weeks, which was a big goal for me… be consistent.  While preparing to go to the gym today, it hit me. Maybe you would like to see what I bring with me to the gym.

1. Work out clothes
On a normal day, I head to the gym straight from work. Which is why my gym clothes are in my bag 🙂 just in case you were wondering.

2. Headphones
I need my headphones in order to work out. I really have to emphasis this point. There have been times when I left my headphones home and would skip my workout because I wouldn’t be motivated to do much without music.

3. Micellar Water
I like to wipe off my face makeup just incase. I am crazy when it comes to keeping my skin in the best position possible. I say, better safe then sorry. Another easy option is makeup wipes.

4. Wet Wipes
People are gross, I like to have antibacterial wipes with me when things are not looking as clean as I think they should. At the gyms I go to, I have noticed they ran out of disinfectant spray. I went home that day, and put my wipes in my bag imminently.

5. Perfume
After a hard work out I still like to smell like a lady. So I spritz myself just a little to freshen up. My mom always tells me “you never know when you may run into someone.” Scentbird provides a great service, you can get a 30 day supply to try out before you make a big perfume purchase.

6. Water
We have to hydrate.

What's in my gym bag

Top Five Resolutions

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Happy New Year Friends, now is the time we share our resolutions. Typically, this time of year I like to think back at the year past and think about how I want to make this year better. So here we go…

  1. Be Healthy- Just like every other person I want to get fit and toned. On the flip side I do go to they gym on a regular basis but I want to be more consistent with my gym time and actually have a set schedule of when I go and what I am going to do while there.
  2. Love Everyone- God wants us to love our neighbors and I need to get better with that. Sometimes when people rub me the wrong way I can just write them off even, when I know it is the wrong thing to do… My plan it to just love everyone and be kind to everyone.
  3. Vacation Often- If any of you have followed me long, you know there are times I get that itch to go on a vacation. I am scratching it this year a lot (lol) I want to visit  quite a few places this year. I will let you know where in a separate post.
  4. Smell the Roses- Typically I find myself to be quite high strung, I have a never ending list of things to do. I want have a lot more moments of peace in EVERY day.
  5. Decorate My Space- I have to admit I have lived in my house for five years, and I haven’t even begun to decorate the bedrooms. I need to get that done this year. Frank and I have already starting thinking about what we are gong to do. Coming soon.

Gym Time

Ever since I could renumber I have always had a love for being healthy and taking care of myself. Over the course of the years I have started and stopped so many work out regiments, that never seemed to stick. Until now, the longest I have worked out on a consistent basis was four or five months. Back in January Frank and I decided to get a gym membership to help get in shape for the wedding. I thought to myself it is cheap enough that if I don’t go on a regular basis it wouldn’t hurt so bad, but it turns out I love the gym. It is a great stress reliever, amazing for your health, and I love workout clothes. Lately, I have been going anywhere between 3 and 5 times a week.

Normally, I am a little high strung and I find it difficult to relax. I have no idea why and I think I have been like this my entire life. When I feel like I have a lot going on, which is usually always, I try to find things that calm me down. Working out dosen’t exactly calm me down but, it does help me to relive stress. After my session, I’m usually clam and mellowed. It could be because I am tired, but that is neither here nor there.

Having a healthy lifestyle is extremely important to me. I want to age gracefully in a healthy way. To be honest, I love love love french fries and I could eat them every day. Not the most healthy thing to do, oh and ice cream, pizza, did I say french fries? Nonetheless, working out is so good for us humans. It keeps our heart healthy, keeps our blood circulating and other great things that someone with an MD could tell you.

Is it just me, but when you get home from a long day the first thing you do is find a comfy pair of yoga pants? I do! I whenever I am out at various clothing stores I always make a pass through the workout section to see if i can find any workout clothes on sale. Usually, I find really cute things for less than $10. Which is amazing!


xx

Jazmin Mac

New Year Resolutions

Good Evening Everyone I hope you are enjoying the first six days of the new year. I wanted to share with you all what my new years resolution are for 2015!

I would like to work out more. Growing up I was an athlete, when I got to college I still tried to maintain going to the gym 3 times a week, I kept it up my entire freshman year! Then I began to work out off and on, until recently I am in it to win it! ~hopefully~

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Blog and Vlog more consistently. I would like to think I have been doing pretty well with the blog. Youtube not so much. Over all I would like to be more consistent an and provide better content for you all.

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So I have been obsessed with taking pictures for as long as I can remember… I always had a camera. As I have gotten older I find myself not caring to snap as much shots as I did in my youth… I have an amazing camera (two to be exact) I need to use them more.

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Attend more church related functions. Last year one of my resolutions was to read the Bible more. CHECK! Currently, I do read (listen) the bible every day. This year I would like to actually attend more church functions and be more of an active member of my church.

I would like to have more fun and live more in the moments. I find myself in situations where because I am trying to control the situation, organize something, or just being your typical Type A personality I forget to have fun in life and the cherish the good times.

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xx

Jazmin