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Well this week has been quite trying for me at work. To say I am dealing with micro manager would be an understatement. My boss is bored so he has been on my back. He is like did you get this done yet, or that done yet, I did this because I was curious....WTF! I don't have plans to go into 2008 doing the same thing that I am doing in 2007 at this job. I know I don't react well to micro managing. Plus I have been sitting at my desk right through my lunch, staying late, and doing what I have to do to get the job done. No more! I thought back to when I was working in Detroit and a group of us used to do Ballys on our lunchbreak. We would do a Powerflex class (strength training), shower and be back at work in an hour and 15 minutes. I lost 15 pounds and several inches off of various parts of my body doing that. So I researched and there are two gyms within a mile of my job. Both of the gyms have worked out special memberships for us. So I go down to Gold's gym and they give me a great rate. Wonderful! I sign up and pay for two years up front. My entire goal is the incorporate a lunch time workout 3 to 4 days out of the week. I am also doing a 30 minute treadmill or Tae Bo early morning workout. This gym has resistance and strength classes around noon most days of the week so if I can attend a couple of those a week that would be great.
Today was my first day with an hour workout to break up my work day. I have it to a 3o minute elliptical machine workout and 5 to 10 minutes of stretching. Then it is off to the shower (which are private showers with a small dressing area outside of the shower). This entire routine roundtrip was an hour and 10 minutes. I feel great!! I am drinking a ton of water right now because that elliptical machine whipped my butt.
Stress is not a good thing and I am not about to let any job stress me out, so my way of dealing with this is to work it out. With reducing my stress levels I can lose this excess weight as well. It appears to be a win win situation. What do you think??
Friday, December 21, 2007
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Thursday, December 6, 2007
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Here are the results of my first attempt at using Soft Spikes. If I must say so myself I think I did a pretty good job. I like the soft spike curls better than the perm rod curls. These curls appear to give my hair a layers look with the back being a little shorter. I put a little flower on the side and rocked it like that to work. I am going on a week long business trip so the real test will be how long thes curls will last me with traveling. If they don't last I will just bring my soft spikes and roll it up in the room. That is the beauty of the spikes...light weight.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I may need to admit myself into cosmetics anonymous or something because I spent $150 on cosmetics while there. They had the great deals though. We went into the Cosmetic Company while at the outlet mall and let me tell you they had the MAC clear lip glass 3 pack for $24 WHAT!! That is unheard of so I had to scoop that up. They also had my all time favorite Trance Plant for $10 and Sweet as Cocoa Shimmer tone blush for $12.25 WHAT!! I had to get it. Then we went to Sephora. WHY!?!?! I subject myself to such terrible temptation. I purchased some Clarins gentle exfoliator and while I was walking my girl was talking to an associate concerning foundations. E and I have such hard times finding the right foundation for both of our skin tones. She has red undertones and I have red, gold, and some yellow undertones. You can imagine how hard that is. MAC has me looking green, Clinique has me looking ashy, and everyone else has me looking orange. I have been using the Queen Collection powder which has been cool. The associate brings out some Smashbox for my girl to try. What? Smashbox? She applies to E's cheeks and I am looking like you didn't put anything on there. Put some more on the apples of her cheek so we can see. The lady does that it and voila it is like she is wearing absolutely nothing compared to what she already had on her face. A naturally soft hue that enhanced her face not overpowering it. Awesome! She asks me over and over again Trina is this okay. I am like it is more than okay it is beautiful and I would have never thought Smashbox would create something like that for our skin tones. I guess you should never stereotype from a name. So of course you know I am pumped up like ME ME ME next. She brings out the D1 and I am prepared for the worst. My girl was Trina you need to purchase this ASAP. I look in the mirror and I am like OH MY GOODNESS. Guess you know what happens next....I am in the checkout line with my Smashbox D1. LOL! I am going to admit myself into CA (Cosmetics Anonymous). Hi my name is Trina and I am a Cosmetics and Hair product junkie.
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Monday, November 12, 2007
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I haven’t blogged about my weightloss in a while because I have come to this plateau. I hate when I plateau during major efforts in weight loss. It really de-motivates you in some ways. So today I am going back to basics. I went to Super Target and guess what I found. NEW TAE-BO programs! I was excited! This one that I bought has 5 DVDs included with a new 3 pound expanding stick that Billy incorporates into his workouts. I don’t know if anyone out there has tried Tae-Bo before, but I can tell you from my personal experience that Tae-Bo was the only thing that worked for me with AMAZING results. I tried it when I was 23 or 24 and I was trying to get in shape before Black Beach (Panama City, Florida). I did the basic and advanced tapes for like a month and some change and I dropped a total of 15 pounds as well as totally transforming my body. I think I was the leanest I have ever been during this timeframe. I didn’t even modify how I was eating I just did the tapes around like 6 AM 3 to 4 days out of the week as well as an afternoon kickboxing class with an instructor maybe 3 times a week. I looked at those pictures and I was like WOW how did I do that. That is what I am talking about going back to the basics. So I have the DVD’s for an evening Tae-Bo blast this tonighy. I already did a 5:30 AM treadmill and weight workout. What I am going to do is switch that up. It will be Tae-Bo in the morning 4 to 5 days out of the week and a treadmill workout with strength training 2 days out of the week. Oh I can’t forget about my Funk Jam classes two times a week. So if this doesn’t jump start my weight loss back into gear then I don’t know what will. I will let you know how my progress goes with this on Sunday. Then that will be a full 7 days of Billy and his crew and my new back to basics workout. I am sure something will fall off by then. LOL!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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Today is a great day! I am so filled with joy and pride to live in a metropolitan area that truly reaches back to the community to help others. It all started yesterday while riding in to work. I was listening to V103.3 of Atlanta and a listener called in to vent about her current situation. A small summary of her background….she had just moved to Atlanta from St. Louis and moved into a section 8 apartment without any lights, gas, or phone. What she found out when you move to Atlanta is the utility companies require that you pay a deposit solely based on your credit score. I can understand why the companies do this to protect themselves and lower the risk associated with providing services. Anyway the single mother had nothing but $20 and her mentally disabled son. She barely got her phone turned on so that she could call the radio station. She didn’t have a car and she had to walk 45 minutes to get to a main street to catch the bus. Her biggest problem was a HUGE rat (I will call Ben) that was in her bedroom and refused to leave. I am talking about Ben was angry with her he basically jumped at her to attack her. She closed the door to prevent Ben from coming out. While she was venting Frank decided to help the woman so he left the studio to drive to her location. He gets an exterminator out to her location and they solve the problem. The amount of compassion that came flooding the radio stations phone lines was overwhelming. Wanda and the radio stations fielded the phone calls while Frank and his intern proceeded to help the woman set up her washer and dryer so she could wash clothes and purchased some groceries for her. This all happened yesterday and today the blessings were still flowing. They had the young woman come into the station. There was a representative for the Black owned McDonald franchises of Atlanta present offering her a management trainee position at one of the 30 locations around the metro area. There was a Honda dealership there to present her with a certified used Honda, a check for the insurance, and gas money. The calls continued to flow in to help this woman. There were calls from everyday people like myself offering what little they had to help her. A business owner called in to offer the woman $25,000 (I don’t know if this was genuine or not but it happened) to help her.
I have never lived in a city that showed so much support for the community before. I don’t know if it is just the southern hospitality or whatever it is they need to put it in a bottle and give it away to other people around this country.
Monday, October 22, 2007
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I have been a little ghost lately...a bug took me by storm on Friday morning. I don't even know what happen or what hit me...bite me...jumped on me whateva. All I know is I put in a great workout at the gym on Thursday that lasted a good 2 hours then I went home got in the shower and ate a little dinner and drifted off to slumber land. When I awoke on Friday I had a terrible headache, congestion, and a sore throat...YUCK!! Good thing is there was no cough just sinus pressure and other sinus things. I am trying to get myself well again so I can hit this gym tomorrow. I hope you are all taking your vitamins and plenty of vitamin C something is in the air, so don't catch it, like it caught me.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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I am not feeling so great! Whoozy to say the least. I did some craziness this morning. I mixed up my protein shake and I grabbed my glucosamine supplements (for my joints and knee pain after working out). I thought I would be okay because I take my protein shake as a meal so I swallowed down the two horse pills with my protein shake. WRONG MOVE TRINA!! Now I am sitting here and I can feel the pills in the bottom of my stomach and nothing is in there that can really absorb it up. I don't usually eat meat or breads during the day so all I am eating is fruits, veggies, or yogurt and that is not doing it. As long as I am full I am not feeling it...but as soon as that stomach is empty the swaying begins. Lesson learned....take your supplements on a full stomach or prior to going to sleep. Blah!
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My mane is progressing and I am noticing she is becoming flakey. My mane flakey??? Nah not her! Yes her! I am flaking up now more than ever due to this extreme dry weather we are having in the ATL (I am so sure you guys have heard about the drought). Now the flakes are getting caught up in my locks. Dang it! Plus with me working out 4 to 5 days a week I have to wash more frequently because my scalp will start to itch like CRAZY. I can not stand to have strange things up in my mane so I immediately took a stroll through www.nappturality.com and was immediately reminded about brushing locks. The brushing of locks will loosing the objects trapped in your locks and stimulate the scalp. Can I tell you that I can't wait to get home to get to brushing this mane of mine. I can picture it now...*Dream Sequence Begins* Getting home doing my 2 to 3 mile treadmill workout. Once done on the treadmill, I will whip out the brush and brush loose those strange flakes and thangs. Rejoicing!!! Then hitting the shower with my Pure Tea Shampoo by Fantasia and the spritz bottle of conditioner. Hmm...I can see it so vividly. Stepping out drying the mane and body....then get my jojoba, lavendar, and rosemary oil mixture and apply it to my scalp. Massage in and get the brush again. Ahhh! Heaven!
If you guys haven't tried the jojoba oil mixture please try it...I am here to tell you it is great. My godsister was at my house and she needed some oil...so of course I told her she could use my oil mixture. She also has a relaxer. She came out of the bathroom shaking her hair like that commercial by Herbal Essence and proceeded to talk me out of my mix. I was like OH NO MY SISTA YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR OWN. :)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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I finally received my Brunsli hair tie and let me tell you I am so thrilled. I received two for the price of one. I wanted a headband…thinking with the short hair mentality and to my pleasant surprise this is how it turned out. I love it! Thank you Brunsli your hair ties are a heaven sent.
What an informative day I am having today. I tell you as I am walking this walk of faith I feel myself growing more and more each day. I recently missed out on attending my church’s women’s conference (I was attending my dad’s wedding), but I was able to purchase the CD set to listen to in the car. OH BOY! I can’t even get off the first CD! Elder Deneen Humphrey started the series off with “Girding your waist with TRUTH!” or spiritual warfare. WHOO WEEE BABY! Let me tell you this…Elder Humphrey is on FIRE! She gave an amazingly similar situation of how she learned how to fight in Cleveland, Ohio (A fellow C-Towner). She was in 3rd grade and was being chased home by 3 females from her school. As she was running just about to reach her porch she saw her mother through the door and guess what her mother did….locked that door and asked her if she wanted to get beat down by the 3 females or by her (momma). Of course she took that whooping from those 3 females but the next day she came back ready. Wow! I thought my mom was the only parent to do that to her children. That is exactly how I learned to fight. Two twins chased me up on our porch and my mother locked the door and watched with her belt in hand. She was like you don’t run from NO FIGHT get out there now or I am going to beat you like you stole something. Don’t you know I got out there like a wild cat on those two girls. I may have gotten slightly beat up but don’t you know I was ready the next day with a brick in my book bag. I learned how to fight that day. She compares that butt whipping to how the enemy is whipping us every single day. In Ephesians chapter 6:14 NIV it states Stands firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. WOW! Just like I came prepared that next day with a brick in my book bag…I am coming prepared with more than a brick in my arsenal today…I am girding my waist with truth. The enemy has been whipping my behind all week long and it is only Tuesday. Arguments amongst friends over petty she said she said, old temptations rearing their ugly heads, and stealing my study time. The enemy has definitely been busy on me. I wanted to do a little studying this weekend and yesterday but the enemy kept me busy engaging in minor arguments amongst friends until it was time to go to bed. Well guess what I got a brick for the face of the enemy right in my book bag waiting. I took back my time today during lunch and I am so happy I did. I took the time to study an article called stop being a concubine. I went back and read the scriptures quoted as well as read the scriptures quoted in my Women’s Conference CD set. I am talking about I am breaking it down and building it up and taking it apart and applying it to my life. Take that enemy!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Well, as my hair is growing at a rapid pace I got a little tired of my hair catching on my necklace so I took about 10 minutes in the mirror and twisted her up and this is what I came up with. This is similar to how my hair was styled at Kinky Awakenings but without any curls. Totally freestyle. It is funky and I received quite a few compliments on it. I didn't know my twisting skills had developed so well. This pic was taken yesterday and my twists are still here today. YAY!!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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My 10 year reunion at Wilberforce University is coming up towards the end of February, so I am in the process of shedding an extra 20 pounds that I found in Detroit. I don’t know where I found this 20 pounds but I know one thing this 20 has to go. I am following the Fat Smash diet loosely and I am incorporating more raw veggies and fruit into my diet. In my efforts to eat more raw veggies and fruit I stumbled upon a great salad recipe. I was trying to recreate a salad that I had at the Atlanta Bread Co., but I came up with something all my own.
Here is the recipe to what I like to call Craisin Blue Granny Salad (What do you think of that name??)
1 cup of Spinach Leaves
1 cup of Romaine Lettuce Mix
¼ cup of Craisins (Ocean Spray dried cranberries)
½ of a Granny Smith Apple (Sliced in thin sections)
2 tbsp of red peeled onion (sliced very thin)
¼ cup of Dry Roasted Sunflower Seeds
1 small Tomato
1 small Cucumber
¼ cup of Crumbled Blue Cheese
3 oz. of grilled or baked chicken breast (You can omit this if you like)
I used Light Balsamic Vinaigrette but you can use any clear salad dressing. Italian or Raspberry Vinaigrette
Just throw it all in and enjoy
I know when I first heard of fruit in a salad, I was totally turned off. That just comes from no exposure as a kid. My mother stuck to what she knew and nothing else. Now that I am eating new things my sister and other family members call me Country Club (another word for uppity or booshe (sp)). Or they say…Oh Trina is cooking those Country Club Meals again. They can call me what they like but I know that by eating more raw fruits and veggies will help me to get rid of the extra weight as well as help me feel better. The new fruit and veggie combinations have my taste buds doing the cabbage patch right now. I never knew that fruits and veggies could taste so good.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Well, I am back from my dad’s wedding celebration. I had a good time seeing everyone after 10 months. My dad’s wedding was nice. There were some things that happened that I personally would not have tolerated but hey it wasn’t my wedding. My dad hasn’t been married in over 30 years so there was no way he wasn’t getting married in a church. His wife was married two times previously but it wasn’t in the church so this was her first wedding. There were a lot of things that she didn’t know and relied on her family for, but certain family members used that as their time to shine instead of saying hey I don’t know how to do this or researching how to do it. For example there were two coordinators. Yes 2!! Well actually 3 because the niece’s mother decided to join in. The reason for that is the niece is a Jehovah’s Witness and her religion prevented her from entering the sanctuary of other churches. So the seamstress/makeup artist/ cousin acted as the coordinator. Okay in my opinion if my religion prevented me from doing the entire job I am going to bow out completely and just help out where I can. I would just allow someone else to be the coordinator. Nope! That is not what happened. With two coordinators that lead to a lot of confusion which included no DJ because no one called to confirm with the DJ, a mad stampede to the buffet line, the wedding ceremony started 30 minutes late and the reception started over 1 hour late. This is a great example of too much of a good thing can be bad for you. So three wedding coordinators = less work accomplished.
I had an opportunity to spend time with my nephews. I love my nephews and my sister so much. I noticed some things while there that I understand are not my sister’s fault because here is only so much she can do as a single parent. That thing is my nephews are craving male attention. The children’s fathers are not present in their lives and it is such a shame. My youngest nephew Javon aka Peanut was all over my husband. “Uncle Charles” “Uncle Charles” was all that came out of his mouth. While Peanut loves Uncle Charles he has the utmost respect for him. If Peanut acted out all I had to say was “I am telling Uncle Charles!!” and he would cringe and say “NOOOOO!” Peanut requires a lot of attention so I can see how my little sister can spend so much time and sort of neglect Jalen. While I was there I tried to spend as much time with Jalen (the oldest nephew). Even if it was just a dance with just he and I during my father’s wedding that is what I did. When I lived in Detroit I would come and pick just Jalen up and take him to a basketball game to let him know that he was special too. He is missing his father as well! He is an Auntie baby though. He flocks to me and remembers everything we do together. I just don’t understand how a man can walk away from their children…their own flesh and blood and leave them wanting. Shame on them!
During the time home we ate so much great food I feel like blah. Plus I haven’t been in the gym in like 2 weeks. Bad Trina! I know!! I would say I gained like 2 pounds from my trip home. My dad’s friends all know how to cook and were throwing down whether it was on the grill, on the fryer, or just period in the kitchen. They made sure I ate too. Come on girl eat up!…You know you want some more! So you all know what that means. I am officially back on the Fat Smash and my workout plan. I want to begin using my home equipment more so I am going to make an effort to get up on the weekends to do my running and workouts. I lost 10 pounds on the Fat Smash diet last month and plus my monthly symptoms were non existence so if for nothing else but to alleviated cramps and bloating I am back on the wagon.
Monday, September 17, 2007
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Last week I attended the National Black MBA Associations conference in Orlando, FL. Tuesday through Saturday. My company sent me for recruiting purposes but hey why not take advantage of the professional development classes that were available. This conference was amazing. Professional men and women networking and sharing experiences and having a great time doing so. I love it! I had the opportunity to listen to a Keynote Speech from Susan Taylor Editor and Chief of Essence magazine. There were concerts featuring KEM, CON FUNK SUN, and Midnight Star. There were all kinds of receptions with cocktails and food after a hard day of recruiting and seminars. I met some wonderful people from different departments of my company. It feels good to see others just like you doing big things in a big company. I collected like 20 business cards that I must follow up on this week or next just to establish and maintain the network. Expanding your network should be something that everyone of us should do. Hey if the other persuasion can do it so can we. I even saw one of my fellow ATL Sisterlock Sisters there. HEY Valerie! If you are reading this.
Now on to the hairstyle I am rocking in this pick. Yall remember that curly mohawk that I wore to the ATL Sisterlock Gathering? That was like a week and some change ago right? Well I made a visit to Cia at Kinky Awakenings who took the still tightly curled mohawk and twisted me up into an elegant updo for my dad's wedding that is scheduled for this weekend the 22nd. You think those curls can last? I do! The curls keep going and going....like the energizer bunny. I will make sure to take plenty of pictures for your guys .
Monday, September 10, 2007
On Saturday I attended a Sisterlock Gathering for women in the Atlanta metro area at Pappadeaux. Good food, great networking, and great personalities. I learned so much during the 4 hours we dined together. I am also so very proud of myself for doing my own hair and receiving so many compliments. All the ladies were so interested in how I obtained my curly mohawk. They wanted to know the styling cream, the style rods, and what how I covered my hair. I am so proud. I even retighten my own hair which was a shock to them.
Sunday, was a beautiful re-birth for me. I was baptized yesterday morning and I am so happy I did it. I feel like a ton of bricks has been released from my shoulders. WHEW!! I sat yesterday and just felt like everything that I did in my past doesn't even exist anymore. It is really hard even to remember. It is not even important to me any longer. God is good!!