Low Carb? No. Slow Carb: Weight Loss Edition

For the month of November, my goal is to lose a few pounds before the holidays creep up on me. Yup, Thanksgiving, and Christmas sneak up on me like a thief in the night every year without fail. Well this year, I’ve devised a plan to cut off the holiday pounds before I even think of piling them on. It’s pure math, numbers. If I can lose a few now then I can afford to indulge in a hearty and savory meal or two. Plus, hopefully, I’ve put in enough work for the month that I won’t want to undo my hard work and indulge in every meal wholeheartedly.

I came across a blog/twitter post from Tim Ferriss recently that introduced me to a slow carb eating plan in order to really drop pounds rapidly. The plan is to eat a very limited variety of protein, veggies, and beans. It’s super simple. It looks a lot like the Atkins, Low Carb plan we all know but the addition of beans is a new concept for me. I love beans and they are packed with protein. The stern rule is to not have any white carb. Like any.

 

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These delicious, crispy truffle fries…I can’t have any.

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I can still have my black coffee (no sugar) to help me get through the day.

 

Clearly, this isn’t a sustainable plan and should not be followed beyond a month. It’s important to have a balanced eating plan and the low carb and even this slow carb plan ain’t it. The overall goal is to eat right and exercise but sometimes a girl needs a jumpstart. I need to see the number on the scale decrease. It’s motivating to see movement.

Oh, and don’t forget self-care. It can come in any form that is comfortable for you and should fit your lifestyle and budget. There is no need to buy a pricey plane ticket just to say that you took that vacation and post that passport picture on IG. If you can afford it the jet away but we can’t always flee. We can indulge in a home message (from your significant other) or spruce up your space and make your house feel like a home.

 

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Take a long bath and then slather some awesome oil on your skin. @Sheamoisture

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Upgrade your living space with a vibe that fits your lifestyle. @consort

 

 

 

 

 

Curlbox Brings SheaMoisture Nirvana. @Curlbox @SheaMoisture4U

So, I just mentioned that I needed to try the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line from SheaMoisture a few weeks ago and just like that my September Curlbox delivered my wish! Hey Curlbox, If I ask to hit the Powerball Lottery will that wish be granted too? Since you guys are making wishes come true and all I thought I would ask. LOL. All joking aside folks, this is a MEGA box with four full-sized products and 1 trial size tube of “Extra Moisture Detangler”. All of the products can be used separately or in conjunction with each other (with the exception of the Treatment Masque). I love when I can use the products in the box together. It gives the box a more cohesive feel. Lets get into this September Box!

List of SheaMoisture Items in this month’s Curlbox:

The products couldn't get any better or bigger. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil line smells divine. There is a light vanilla scent that is just right.

The products couldn’t get any better or bigger. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil line smells divine. There is a light vanilla scent that is just right.

The 12-oz, "Strengthen Grow & Restore Treatment Masque" has a pudding like consistency and smells out of this world. The "Strengthen Grow & Restore Edge Treatment" came just in time for my Winter routine.

The 12-oz, “Strengthen Grow & Restore Treatment Masque” has a pudding like consistency and smells out of this world. The “Strengthen Grow & Restore Edge Treatment” came just in time for my Winter routine.

The "Styling Lotion" will be a staple for my daughter's hair while I may run through this "Hair Serum" like it's water.

The “Styling Lotion” will be a staple for my daughter’s hair while I may run through this “Hair Serum” like it’s water.

A little bonus sample of "detangled" is always a good idea. Every wash comes with a detangle in curly world. I'm happy to see the St. Jude's reminder in the box as well.

A little bonus sample of “detangled” is always a good idea. Every wash comes with a detangle in curly world. I’m happy to see the St. Jude reminder in the box as well.

 

You can get SheaMoisture’s line at your local CVS or Target store.

 

Essence Superb Brooklyn Block Party Celebrating #StreetStyle. #EssenceStyle

What better place to throw the quintessential block party than Brooklyn! Essence held it’s first annual block party in DUMBO on September the 7th and it was beautiful. The people were beautiful. The vibes were beautiful and we got a chance to see some of our favorite brands represented like, SheaMoisture and Chevrolet. SheaMoisture provided booths for kiddie face painting, make-up application, hairstyling and massages. They did this all while showcasing some of our favorite @SheaMoisture4u products. I can’t wait to try the Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo. We saw one of our favorites, A Tribe Called Curl, working with SheaMoisture bringing us all of the behind the scenes look from the SheaMoisture tent. Ms. Joy Layne was on the scene interviewing and bringing us all of the happenings from the event.

Chevrolet was at the #ChevyChic booth @chevrolet. You were able to take a picture for your IG and Chevy gave you a cool print of your picture after it went on your Instagram. Nice keepsake. Chevrolet also provided three wrapped cars to represent the work of three cool designers who were featured by Essence:  Melody Eshani, Ron Bass and Kimberly Goldson.

The stage was the hotspot for performances from Jazmine Sullivan, a street style fashion show (which was crashed by the ever gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross), keynote from the First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray and Vanessa Simmons. This was one of the best NYC free events that I have attended in some time. Brava Essence!

Checking #EssenceStyle

Checking #EssenceStyle

The Essence Street Style Red Carpet. All of the street style fashionistas had the chance to capture their own image on the carpet.

The Essence Street Style Red Carpet. All of the street style fashionistas had the chance to capture their own image on the carpet.

A cool look from featured designer and one of my favorites, Melody Ehsani.

A cool look from featured designer and one of my favorites, Melody Ehsani. @MelodyEhsani Designer and @Lunaangel Model

The elegant Kimberly Godson look.

The elegant Kimberly Goldson look.

The edgy yet casual Ron Bass man. Nice!

The edgy yet casual Ron Bass man. Nice! @BassbyRonBass

Jazmine Sullivan rocked the stage.

Jazmine Sullivan rocked the stage.

A tribe Called Curl's own jay Layne did interviews from the SheaMoisture tent.

A tribe Called Curl’s own Joy Layne did interviews from the SheaMoisture tent. @iamjoylayne @tribecalledcurl

 

Now lets get to some fierce street style!

Loved this cool retro look.

Loved this cool retro look.

Its all about the details...elegant bag.

Its all about the details…elegant bag.

scarf and shades.

scarf and shades. @nimaford

Bold color with the shoes.

Bold color with the shoes.

Fly Afro.

Fly Afro. @Onlyzipporah_

Elegant Updo.

Elegant Updo.

Casual Clutch.

Casual Clutch.

Always say, "yes" to torn denim.

Always say, “yes” to torn denim. @feliciaverna

Hair and jewels for the free spirit.

Hair and jewels for the free spirit.

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They aren't a couple just great friends. FlyLifeImages.

They aren’t a couple just great friends. @FlyLifeImages.  @feliciaverna

The guys were stylin' and profiling' too.

The guys were stylin’ and profiling’ too.

All Photos by John Ricard: http://www.johnricard.com

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http://www.kimberlygoldson.com

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