Category Archives: health

FIT Motivation Mondays: 

Good Morning Babies,

Although my posting on Instagram and Facebook has decreased regarding fitness….doesn’t mean that behind the scenes I’m not working on greatness. Now that I can fit a new size in my workout clothes, I have rededicated myself to meal prepping again….only this time, I’m challenging myself not to mimic restaurant favorites with a healthy spin. This week I decided to make Chicken Corn Chowder inspired by Paneras new Corn Chowder for their Summer menu. 

I added more meat and less potatoes to watch my starch intake but otherwise the recipe is amazing. The recipe is for 5 to 6 at 512 calories a bowl. I doubled the recipe and plan to eat a cup to go along with my salads, making the serving size about 300 calories. 

To try this recipe out follow this link: http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-corn-chowder-317022
If you love it, leave some feedback and let me know what you think. Have a wonderful FIT week Curvy family.

With Love,

LoLo

First Blossom

Good Evening Lovelies,

So today I had a ladies brunch, and even though I felt like crap about my body….I was excited that a pair of jeans that usually fit so tight I can’t walk were actually manageable. It let me know that progress had been made and that I indeed am slowly getting myself to a healthier place. What’s even better is I didn’t finish my dessert, which lets me know I’m growing in my journey! Here are some quick shots of today’s brunch attire for the coming of spring: 

Top: Forever 21 Plus

Jeans: Fashion to Figure

Vest: Ashley Stewart

Boots: Torrid 

This Weeks Whole 30 Recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage

Good Morning All,

So I am still going strong with Whole 30 and I must say my entire perspective for food has changed. Additionally, I also discovered that the crockpot is my best friend throught this process because so many meals can be thrown together quickly for seamless meal prepping. This week’s adventure was stuffed cabbage and by far this recipe is amazing!  Its hearty, flavorful, and super healthy. I added 1/2 thai curry chicken broth to the recipe below and it truly kicked up the flavor.  For step by step instructions hit the click the link below and follow my pinterest.


Let’s start the week strong!

Love,

LoLo

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Check this Pin out on Pinterest! -Whole 30 Breakfast Idea

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Good Morning Loves,

As promised i am sharing my whole 30 recipies with you to give you ideas to spruce up your morning routine. Check this one out and follow me on Pinterest ❤ at MsLoLoAlexis for more ideas!

Sincerely,

Lolo

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year All,

So how happy were you to get rid of 2016???? I know I was ecstatic to move forward with a fresh year to succeed in. This year the blog, my personal life, and my goals will take a huge upswing.  One thing that I am really big on is health… Although last year, I slacked off. This year it is more about training my body for my hormones to work for me and not against me. PCOS really is about lifestyle modification, although sometimes I just want to eat anything I want and not gain a pound. However, that is not realistic. What really triggered my  need for change is this week I ate out almost every day but then late on Friday night, my chest began to pain.

It was the first time I actually felt like I may be having heart trouble. I am good at keeping in tune with my physical checkups and making sure I am okay, but this alarmed me. I knew then that I had to really stop playing around and make a change. So this year on the blog, things will be centered on my health journey and of course fashion. However, it will mainly be a digital diary of my health journey for all PCOS sufferers and those with other endocrine issues alike. I will also post some more of my philosophical thoughts as well.  I think that one thing that I don’t do enough is share my wisdom and growth with others. I am by no means perfect, but I love helping people, especially women become the vessels God intended on us becoming. So definitely look forward to some of those posts as well.

For now, I am starting Whole 30 body detoxification and will keep all of you posted on some of the recipes I attempt and post them so that if you are interested, you can try them out.  I look forward to another great year with you lovelies!!!!

 

Sincerely,

Lorna

Winter Chap Attack: Top Lip balms to beat the winter

Good Morning Loves,

So it is officially winter (I actually wiped snow dust from my car this morning) and you know what that means; CHAPPED LIPS! You guessed it! With me having full lips, its even harder at times because I feel like my lips are always more susceptible to drying out. However, after research, I share below with you the top 10 lip balms that will get you through this dry season:

Crafted from mostly plant-based ingredients (shea butter! essential oils! argan and jojoba!), the Love + Sage lip balms are super softening for lips and don't contain any synthetic toxins or fragrances.$12; loveandsagenyc.com.
Minty Salve by $12.00 loveandsagenyc.com
This beloved Philosophy lip quencher can also double as an overnight mask, since it's meant to repair lip wrinkles, intense splitting situations (ouch), and dryness. It's subtly scented, too, so you'll go to bed happy. Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy, $21; philosophy.com.
Kiss Me Tongiht by Philosophy at $21.00 sephora.com

 

 

 

Go on vacay year-round with this coconut-scented lip balm. The natural product relies on coconut oil instead of petroleum to deliver the moisturizing magic that *only* coconut oil can. Yes to Coconuts Naturally Smooth Lip Balm, $3; target.com.
Yesto Coconut Lip balm at $3.00 target.com
Because I am addicted to lip-dessicating red lipstick, I have tried virtually every balm imaginable—and this is the only one that really delivers (meaning: it's not too slimy, it doesn't smell of menthol or fruit, and it works equally well as a lipstick primer or smoothing topper). Enriched with rose oil, vitamins, and shea butter, it moisturizes like nothing else I've ever tried. And yes, it costs $30. But hey, it's pink, it comes in a chic white container, it provides SPF 10, and it smells like rose heaven. As indulgences go, completely worth it. — April Long, Executive Beauty EditorDior Crème De Rose Soothing Plumping Lip Balm, $30; sephora.com
Dior Creme De Rose Soothing Plumping Lip balm $30.00 at sephora.com
We like the unconventional shape of EOS' spherical lip balms because they're much easier to locate in a bottomless hand bag. The Kardashian beauty favorite boasts an organic blend of antioxidants and pampering shea butter and oils, too, for a spa-worthy lip treatment. EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, $3; amazon.com.
EOS available at your local drugstore or grocery store $3.00
When lips need a major rescue effort, swipe on Superbalm for immediate hydration and healing. Superbalm Lip Treatment, $16.50, Clinique
Clinique Superbalm $16.50 at sephora.com, ulta.com, and department stores
Beyoncé loves using Smith's retro rosebud salve to prime her lashes, and it's the multi-purpose appeal  of the balm that makes it a celebrity and makeup artist favorite. Use the subtly tinted salve to keep stray eyebrows in place or use as a moisturizing blush for some extra glow. Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6; sephora.com.
Rosebud Salve $6.00 at Sephora.com
Yes this stuff smells vaguely medicinal; yes its color scheme is somewhat cafeteria-linoleum-theme; yes its overall look is more suited to granny's pocketbook than chic tote. I don't care. This stuff is a miracle balm. It's the best defense against the polar vortex and the best salve for the summer sun. — Chloe Schama, ELLE.com Executive EditorBlistex Mediucated Conditioning SPF 20 Daily Lip Treatment, $2; bedbathandbeyond.com
Blistex Medicated Daily Lip Treatment $2.00 at select drugstores
This may be the grandma of all lip balms. It doesn't have a cute or clever name, or esthetically pleasing packaging, but it has been a staple since day one, as I was reminded by my mother. She used to use it as a diaper ointment or for any skin issue I had as a child; it's both mild and effective. I have made the mistake of buying Aquaphor's "lip repair" which for whatever reason doesn't quite cut it. Aside from the tub that I keep next to my bed, I think I have one of these guys in every other coat pocket and bag I own. — Mariel Tyler, ELLE.com Photo EditorEucerin Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment, $5; amazon.com
Aquaphor Healing Ointment $5.00 at target.com

 

Shea Shea Bakery Update

Good Morning Loves,

So I am following up on my post exactly a month ago regarding my skincare trial using Shea Shea Bakery’s skincare kit. My review is I love the charcoal mask and the scar healing oil. The acne mist didn’t really do anything for me and the liquid black soap was a wee bit messy, though the scent was amazing. On my next order, I definitely know that I will be ordering a bar soap instead and

It’s November 1st: Fitness Challenge Two Begins

Good Morning Loves!!!

So October has now come to a close and it is time for another challenge. Last Month the challenge was to try and go to the gym 5 days a week….. and although I wasn’t perfect. I will say for half the month I went 5 days and the second half on average 3 to 4 days once I git busy. As you see there is a slight difference from that work. This month I want to step it up another notch and add doing 100 planks and 100 push-ups a week. Now I know that seems simple enough, because you can do between 10 to 15 a day, but for someone like me who hates both of those exercises…… it will be a challenge. I also have learned setting small realistic goals in fitness will increase your success. Today, I have already completed my 20 push-ups, and have planks left. My goal at the end of the month is to see if there will be an increase in my upper body strength (my ultimate area of weaknesses).

As for the planks, it has often been stated that this is one of the best exercises for the midsection….. which for me is my trouble area. I wanted to add this challenge to see if I begin to see a small difference in  that area. I am really excited about this challenge as these small changes are keeping me motivated. I hope you guys join me!!!!  After all who doesn’t want to look great before Thanksgiving?#HappyGymming 

Love,

LoLo

DIY Flat Tummy TEA

Good Morning Loves,

Recently, tea has become more popular than ever before for its health benefits and its uncanny ability to assist in reducing all things that puff out the stomach. Social Media has been set on fire with brands such as; Flat Tummy Tea,  MateFit, FitTea, KaOir Slimming Tea, and TinyTeaTox.  These teas which range from $23.99 to $49.99, for a couple of weeks worth of tea that ensures a flatter more toned physique. Celebrities such as Nene Leakes, The Kardashian Sisters, Blaque Chyna, and many others. It doesn’t stop there, many plus models and bloggers have also hopped on the band wagon of “tea-ing away the lbs”.  I don’t know about you, but for me budgeting is essential in this new phase of my life, so spending $50.00 on two weeks worth of tea is just not feasible. So after careful research I bring to you the effective DIY teatox for my budgetnistas!!!!

Flat Belly Tea Recipe

  • 1 cup organic hot green tea
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from a lemon half
  • Stevia or raw honey to taste

1. Brew 1-2 tea bags of green tea in 8oz of filtered water.

2. Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and stevia to taste.

3. Stir and enjoy!

Read more at http://www.awakenednutrition.com/blog/reduce-belly-bloat-with-this-flat-belly-tea-recipe

Flat White Tea Recipe

  • 1 cup organic hot white tea
  • cinnamon
  • Juice from a lemon half
  • raw honey to taste

Best to drink after a heavy meal if feeling bloated or just as a replacement to your coffee every day to keep your stomach flat

Read more at Pintrest.com

Secret Detox Drink Recipe

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Warm the water.
  2. mix all ingredients together.
  3. Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.

Read More at https://draxe.com/recipe/secret-detox-drink/

Dr. Oz’s Swimsuit Slimdown

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup grapefruit, orange, or pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons of applecider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)

Drink before each meal to breakdown fat cells.

Read More Here at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/463730092857219476/

Blueberry-Carrot Smoothie Flat Belly Drink

Two of the best sources of antioxidants in one rich drink? Start your day the healthy way with fresh fruits and veggies containing the vitamins and minerals that our bodies crave. To keep that slim waistline, use non-fat milk or yogurt.

Combine 1 cup of non-fat milk or yogurt in the blender along with 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries,  1 small peeled carrot, and 2 tablespoons whole oats. Add 1 teaspoon honey if desired. Blend until smooth. Enjoy this delicious breakfast flat belly drink!

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe | Calories: 125 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 3 | Total Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 42 mg | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 7 g | Protein: 7 g |

Grapefruit and Rosemary Flat Belly Drink

This grapefruit and rosemary drink combines nutrients that are beneficial for your health. Freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice is a powerhouse containing vitamin C, which helps to detoxify the body and lower cholesterol. Rosemary helps to detoxify the liver, which improves digestion and increases blood flow.

Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary needles (place in a tea infuser if available) and 1 tablespoon honey. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, remove the rosemary needles and allow to cool slightly. Combine the rosemary mixture with the freshly-squeezed juice of 1/2 grapefruit.

Yields: 1 serving | Serving Size: 1 glass | Calories: 27 | Previous Points: 1 | Points Plus: 1 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 0 g |

Read More Here http://skinnyms.com/5-flat-belly-drink-recipes/

Breast Cancer, Obesity, and My 365 Challenge

Hello Loves,

So it is the Mighty Month of October!!!! Meaning it is Time to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness and continue to fight for the cure and promote wellness  for all women.  Now, as a woman of color, and statistically at a higher risk for breast cancer, I took this time to research links, causes, and ways to eliminate risks. However, contrary to what many may think, Obesity actually reduces your risk for breast cancer prior to menopause and increases the risk after menopause.  Unfortunately, another aspect of my research revealed that  PCOS actually increases my risks for other types of cancers due to my hormonal imbalance, excess weight, and insulin resistance. More specifically, thyroid cancer and endometrial cancer, along with diabetes and higher risks for strokes and cardiovascular issues. Of course, after reading all of this, I knew that my days of being hot and cold with my health was over. Now that I am 30 years old, I know that things within my body are going to slow down and it will become harder to attain my ideal health if I don’t start now.  With the encouragement of my love and my wanting of a healthier overall lifestyle, I started a 365 challenge with him. We both want to be at our healthiest for one another, but more importantly I need an accountability partner and he offered to be it.

Our current challenge is that in one year, I have to reach losing 25% of my body weight or I’ll have to be at his beck and call for 30 days. Seems like that isn’t a huge incentive, but if you knew him, it will be a tortuous situation. I decided to step it up a notch and give myself monthly challenges to push my competitive spirit to the max . So this month is all about working out 5 days a week for 30 days.  Seems easy right? No! Of course its not when you may tell yourself “Oh I worked out once this week, I’m great”. That is usually my inner coping mechanism, but I realized that if I’m going to be healthy, I can’t afford once a week and be okay. I invite all to join me because I want all my curvy divas to push towards health while maintaining the curves. The first step I took was buying a calendar on my fridge and mapping out my workout schedule and crossing off days once I achieve the workout. It is almost like a mini celebration every time I get to put an ‘x’ on a day. My second step is just really looking at my model crushes and remembering that I want to be in that phase of my career by next year. I spoke on this on my Snapchat and I will share it here “Being a Plus Model also has standard sizes and is not the same as the Body Positive movement, although size acceptance is still encouraged in the industry”. The standard size for plus size models who work is between size 10 to 14/16.  I currently am 4 dress sizes above being where I need to be to feel like I can truly be able to live out my dreams.

So with that said, I invite all to help me achieve my goals while you reach your own. Each month I will put up a monthly challenge to keep everyone focused. I look forward to receiving feedback and your honest opinions on the challenges I post.

With Love,

LoLo