1 month progress picture | Insanity

One month of insanity, with it’s ups and downs, along with a 90% healthy diet gave me this body.

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Now, my problem area was and has always been my stomach hence the reason for it being the focal point of the pictures however, once I complete month two I will post a full body picture.

Also, be mindful that I am also a breastfeeding mom. Why is that important? Because, although breastfeeding alone won’t burn your baby fat away, it does influence how much size you lose over time. I do believe that babies can L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y suck you dry! So eat up mamas out there, whether or not you’re slimming down the way you want to, you still gotta make sure you eat enough just like everyone else but salads alone won’t cut it.

Keep it clean and healthy and get down to sweatin’!!

Meet the new Mrs.

Here it was, the day of the wedding, but not just THE wedding, it was MY wedding, OUR wedding!

I didn’t know what emotions to expect and could not even begin to anticipate how it would feel finally being married but it was actually happening and to my surprise I was not as emotional as I thought I might have been.

Turns out I’m not as big of a sap as I thought I was!

I was composed and ready to make it happen. Everything wasn’t complete but I didn’t let it bother me.

What could go wrong??? As long as he was there and we were pronounced husband and wife nothing else mattered.

Everyone was hustling, sweating and working, my make-up artiste was running late, guests became lost because the road sign was repainted without it’s name (great timing right! smh), DJ didn’t have some of my songs, my fiance was busy at the venue and I was ready and waiting for my mum to be organized so we could leave.

Jitters yet? Nope! But damn was I hungry! lol

My driver then needed gas and of course the gas station was full! But you guys get the drift, I was late.

However, there was not one bit of panic in me. I just kept thinking about the food….yeah food not the groom! I was that hungry!

But, when I finally got there he was all my eyes searched for. Everyone else became a blur and my face was plastered with smiles. There, at the top of the aisle, was my groom, my fiance, my husband-to-be, the love of my life, my other half, my forever…….

I dreamed about this moment for so long, being in the moment was so surreal! For the first time, I experienced being on cloud 9. I felt, light, overjoyed, calm and satisfied. The ultimate high! This was it!

No matter what the ceremony was like, unrehearsed and a bit long, my mood could not be shifted. And at the moment of I do  confidence never left my side.

Holding the shaking hands of my groom I knew this was the beginning of a new journey. For all the years that I’d known him before and all the time we spent together, all that we’d been through,NEVER have I witnessed nervousness in him and here it was. Emotions flooded in from father-daughter dance into our first dance…simply because I couldn’t be happier. The tears were testimony of that. Our lives were being joined as one, it was never going to be the same, only better!!

For the rest of the day, my heart felt joy beyond measure. Not only did I become a Mrs., I became HIS Mrs. and he, my Mr., husband and wife. Together with our daughter, our family was finally whole.

I could not have asked for a better day, with all it’s flaws, it was the best day of my life!

Four days later and my soul is still in all it’s glee, celebrating, ecstatic and at peace. A weight has been lifted and our new life is in the making.

You know that you’ve found the one when you feel like you couldn’t be happier and then that happiness is increased by that same person. When you thought neither of you could love each other more and then it happens, your hearts grow fonder of each other more than ever before. This is when you know that your love will stand the tests of time because only true love can increase extensively beyond measure without strain.

I have found my true love….

 

I look forward to what each day has in store for us, may God continue to richly bless our family. This is happiness!

Love,

Impartial me 

Before you start….I have a very good reason!

Have you ever begun a sentence like this? Ready to explain yourself or pour out the excuses LOL. Well here’s my explanation for being so absent in the past month (or was it longer than that, I really can’t recall at the moment argh!).

I AM GETTING MARRIED SILLIES!! DUHH!!

hahahahaa!

Let me tell you! Wedding planning is crazy! Especially when you’re working with a tight budget and a short space of time. This wedding was officially decided upon only two months before it’s date!!

yes, we’re crazy folks!

Not to mention the fact that I have to get stuff done with my 7 month old tagging along because she has no babysitter yet (and I say yet as in, I will be arranging that soon and it’s really because she breastfeeds and doesn’t accept milk any other way!). And the guest list keeps increasing.

did I mention that THE BIG DAY is one day away after today??

HAAAA! So for those of you who have been here, you know that I’m running on E making sure everything is set. For those who haven’t been here yet or had planners then in a nutshell, I’m going a bit crazy in my head but trying to keep it cool on the outside and my body is extremely tired by the end of the day but my brain keeps thinking about stuff that I need to get done and new ideas so sleeping is a bit of a fight sometimes.

However! It’s been too long and I just wanted to share a little of what’s going on with you guys.

No, I’m not getting cold feet, neither am I excited at the moment but I’m sure I will be pumped and maybe a bit anxious once I see the decorations going up and start getting ready on the day.

Until then,

let’s go! let’s go! let’s go people!!

Just a little time for myself….a little…..

With my wedding just one month away, the stresses are piling on with planning especially since “that guy” just isn’t co-operating very efficiently and I have a very active 7 month old to deal with 24/7. So I’ve decided that at least twice a week I will dedicate a little time to pamper myself. And of course that’s understandable, we all need to make time for a little pampering but I especially do not want of lack of sleep and planning stress to be evident in my appearance on my wedding day! blehh!

Your best friend and even lover can become very bitchy and frustrating when it comes to planning events such as this, so alone time is also recommended lol. However, pampering together is awesome to calm the atmosphere and mend the little cuts and bruises suffered.

My house suddenly has lots of avocados since it is in season so I decided to do an avocado and honey face mask. Also, since I don’t pamper my hair enough, I gave it a little brushing and moisturized it and left it to rest a little for sum lovely curls up in my shower cap.

For a few minutes after, I was embracing the relaxing sensations of “me-time” and then my daughter woke up insisting she gets to me and almost rolls off the bed…BUT of course it was wonderful while it lasted and I had a great time looking at her amazed expression as she gazed upon my new look!

Like, “mom…wth!” lol!!

Best thing is, when she became curious enough to touch it, it was ok for her to do so and lick her fingers after. No worries 😀 it’s all natuuuralllee! 😉

I love this girl!! ❤

Though it was short lived, I savored it and got a smooth, clean face and shiny, curly hair out of it! And!! Fun pictures too!

Avocado&honey mask

 

 

Postpartum hair loss?? or just plain old I-pull-my-hair-back-too-much kinda hair loss?? Here’s your miracle!

For most, if not all, of the moms out there, you know oh to well the experience of luscious, healthy hair during pregnancy. The lovely joy it can bring to a girl who has never had that kind of hair growth in her life! Only to be shut down by the blow of postpartum hair loss.

Whether it be by the chunk or at the temples, we’re all horrified and annoyed by the endless amount of hair in our brushes/combs, bathroom drains, pillows and floors! But most of all, the fact that our heads look like a complete disaster!!!

On top of all of that, if you’re nursing, there is only so little that you can resort to since taking certain medications can affect your baby.

I for one found it extremely distressing and ultimately gave up and instead of trying to hide my balding temples, I just decided to live with them and wait it out. I got used to the comments from my friends and resorted to the ever-so-faithful bun and combed my hair once every two weeks! YES! I swear by it! And for those of you who have curly hair, you know how much of a tangled mess that turns out to be!

However, that did not sit well with my boyfriend and he sought out remedies for my situation until we decided to try pre/postnatal vitamins after doing some research; some women shared that it helped.

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The art of tucking in!

Do you relate with the picture below?

Is it just your transition into a messy, more lazy person from your long day or is there more to that story?

10477093_826597624017404_3725259453429754247_nAs soon as I laid eyes on this I could relate to it in only one way that has been a part of my life for years!

Tucking in my tummy!

Growing up, I alwaysssss had a punch. That stubborn lower belly fat stuck with me as the years went by and upon entering my teenage years, I became very conscious of it.

I resorted to loose fitting clothes to prevent the bulge from showing and then one day my aunt introduced me to her temporary solution, tucking in.

She referred to it as an art and ever since then, I’ve been calling it the same!

When I would go out, I would consciously suck it in until I got home where I could relax and just let it all go. Until eventually, it became an unconscious habit that I was doing once I was awake. I mastered the art of tucking in! And it worked for me.

Of course it never really resolved my self-consciousness but when I admitted to having a punched tummy, no one would believe me. I became THAT GOOD! 😉 lol So when I told people I was working out to get me a flat belly they were all confused and thought I was making an issue out of something that wasn’t there!

Up until this very day, I still tuck that belly in but now, I have much less to suck up and by the end of the year I will no longer have need for such art as I would be showcasing a flat, toned, sexy tummy.

I am very excited to know what it’s like not having a punch, not having to tuck it in or suck it up! Come December I would relate to this very picture in a totally different way!

What’s your self-conscious struggle? Are you in the same boat?? What crazy arts have you mastered?