Products used….(bought in recent Carol’s Daughter sale)
That’s right….today I turn the big 2-6! I am so grateful to God to have seen another year of life and to be so happy and fulfilled right now, eagerly anticipating what else He has in store for me 🙂
And yup! Got the privilege of doing another photoshoot with Mr. JusPose! But this time, I also got to do it with my little seester! Most of you already know this, but my birthday is on September 28th and my younger sister, Tanya’s, birthday is on September 29th. So every year we do a faux photoshoot for invitations to our annual Sabbath Birthday lunch that our parents so graciously throw for us each year (I told them 25 was the last time and they basically ignored me lol). So this year instead of fumbling to do it ourselves, I asked Justin to make us look pretty on digital film and he did just that! lol. Check out the shots below! 🙂
Isn’t he awesome you guys? And I’m loving my hair these days 🙂 Shout Out to the lovely Amanda B. for hooking my hair AWL the way up as usual. Love her!
Now off to enjoy the first day of 26! Can’t wait to celebrate next weekend with all of my loves in the DMV!!! Muah!
Love and God Bless,
Over the past few months I’ve been getting a number of comments/compliments/concerns (lol) about how my body has changed. Basically, I look like (and I have) lost a teeny bit of weight (mostly in the right places) and apparently it’s noticeable enough. So of course, people have been asking if I’ve been working out and what I’ve been doing to “get into shape”. Well this is the post to answer all of those questions 🙂
To be perfectly honest, it’s been so long since I’ve worked out that I don’t even remember what the inside of a gym looks like or how it feels to wear my running shoes (says the doctor; shame indeed SMH). And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with my thyroid that’s making me lose weight. BUT I have made some small adjustments to my diet and daily lifestyle that I think have made a pretty big impact on my body.
1. Make Healthy Food Choices
As much as I love a good cheeseburger and fries, the truth is, you really can’t stay healthy with that as a staple in your diet. I’ve definitely been paying attention to the nutritional value of what I consume and the benefits have been awesome. Not only am I maintaining my body, but I also have more energy, and just overall feel better. So oftentimes instead of having the fries, I’ll choose salmon, grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, broccoli, spinach, corn, etc. Basically, I’ve been eating my veggies and it’s been great! I’ve tried new things and honestly, variety is the spice of life…and health.
2. Portion Control
This has been my saving grace, honestly. Learning to really start small and NOT to eat with my eyes has been a challenge, but it’s been great. And I’ve developed the habit of splitting my meals in half. For example, if I go to Chipotle (you guys know I LOVE me some Chipotle!), I rarely ever eat the entire bowl, unless I’m just abnormally famished. That bowl gets split in two and divided into two meals. Similarly, if I go out to a restaurant to eat, I almost ALWAYS leave with a doggy bag. Never mind the fact that I’m making sure I have room for dessert….*hides face*. But I’ve also learned to identify when I’m satisfied an not to push my stomach to have more just because I’m feeling greedy. And that 20-minute rule really is legit! It takes your stomach about 20 minutes to know if you’re actually still hungry or not. So if you slow down and take 20 minutes to eat, and still feel hungry afterwards, then by all means enjoy having seconds! But even then, watch your portions and lay off the carbs (rice, pasta, other starches) the second time around.
3. NEVER Skip Meals, ESPECIALLY Breakfast
I HATE the feeling of skipping meals because that hunger attack is unlike any other! And you know what that leads to? Overeating. And the only way to prevent that is by never skipping meals especially breakfast. Even if that means grabbing a piece of fruit, drinking an Ensure (I always get made fun of for that but hey! Breakfast is breakfast! lol), a granola bar. Anything for breakfast is better than nothing. Truly. Get into the habit of eating regularly scheduled meals daily and if nothing else, it’ll sure make you a happier person lol.
4. Reduce Juice & Eliminate Sodas
Real talk,one bottle of juice in my apartment lasts….for weeks…sometimes months on end. And I VERY rarely have a soda. I just don’t feel the need to have it with or after my meals. If I’m thirsty, I usually reach for water. This is actually the advice that I give to a lot of my pediatric patients and their parents: If you’re trying to cut out empty calories and lose some of the extra weight, cut out juices and sodas as much as you can. They really are just empty sugar calories with zero nutritional value that does nothing but pack on the pounds. You will really be amazed at the change you’ll see if you cut out juice and sodas.
5. Water, Water, Water
See above…lol. Replace your juices and sodas with glasses of water and you’ll see an overall improvement in not just your body habitus, but your skin will flourish and your intestinal system will thank you as well.
6. Cook More; Eat Out Less
Yup, if you don’t know how to cook, there’s no time like the present to learn. And these days, there’s really no excuse with tutorials for EVERYTHING be on YouTube these days, tons of food blogs, and Pinterest??? Listen….cooking for yourself allows you to control what goes into your meal and ultimately your body. So try it! And even when you eat out, the key once again is to make healthy choices and watch your portions.
7. Take the Stairs & Walk When You Can
Like I said, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the inside of a gym. But just making the simple decision to take the stairs and walk whenever I can has helped me to stay a little bit active. And luckily for me, the hospital campus where I work is pretty big and walking from one end to the other (which I do almost every day) has got to be at least half a mile. So I try to do that often and stay moving.
8. Get a Good Night’s Rest
This is definitely something that I’ve been working on for quite some time and still haven’t perfected. I’m a night owl. I come alive in the nighttime! lol But…that doesn’t correlate well with 5:30/6 am wake-up times. And getting a good night’s sleep really helps the body to relax, unwind, rest, and re-energize for the next day. You’ll definitely feel better and less sluggish, and your body will thank you for it.
9. Listen to Your Body
When your body has had enough, it will let you know! Whether it’s feeling sluggish after eating certain foods or neglecting to stay active, or having narcoleptic episodes because of lack of sleep (Pray church…smh), your body tells you what it needs. Listen to it and respond appropriately. You’ll see a difference when you pay attention.
10. Don’t Obsess Over Losing Weight
I NEVER think about or try to lose or gain weight. Obsessing over that fact will do nothing but stress you out. So not worth it. Just focus on being and feeling healthy and the weight loss aspect will come.
Hope these tips help some of you out there especially if you’re jus trying to maintain and not really lose weight. And remember, nothing can substitute a good workout! I definitely always feel better and more energized after a good jog or Zumba session. *sigh* I really need to get my life together and get back in the gym! But until I have a bit more time, these tips really do help me fight half the battle.
Until next time…
Love and God Bless,
My goodness, it has really been almost 6 months since my last blog post! And I have missed you all so much!! *INSERT GIANT HUG HERE!* lol
First of all, THANK YOU so much to all of you faithful supporters who have continued to visit the site despite the complete lack of posts over the past several months and to all of those who said that they missed my blog posts and hoped that I would soon return. You are all amazing and I appreciate you so much!
The past few months have been…character-building, to say the most LOL. That’s what I like to call the moments in my life that test my sanity, Christianity, and resilience: character building moments. Winters have always been tough for me (yes, I have diagnosed myself with SAD, although I have yet to do anything to help combat it during the winters and I really should….but that’s another post for another day). That along with work and life just being a lot busier this past year AND deciding to be smarter with my coins and not spend as much trying to keep up with the latest trends kept me away from blogging for a while. Plus…I just really felt like I had lost my motivation and inspiration and needed a break.
BUT! Spring has sprung and so have I! I have quite a few fun posts & ideas coming up, and as I had shared in a post quite some time ago, I definitely want to get back into the “Life” part of this Life & Style blog as well.
So here’s what you can look forward to seeing in the upcoming months:
– New posts every Tuesday and Friday of each week starting TOMORROW May 2nd, 2014!
– New Series! Including, but not limited to:
– recaps of my inspirational IG/Instagram posts for each week –
– a series detailing the key items that I consider to be essentials in every fashionable woman’s wardrobe –
– basically me sharing personal thoughts and opinions on various topics, so you’ll get to know me just a little bit more –
– Updated flawless face routine/products with Demo Video
– Updates on being Naturally T and the hair products & techniques that help make the process easier
– Product Faves
– More OOTDs/OOTNs (which will force me to actually have a life…maybe. Anyone wanna help with that, though?! lol!)
– More YouTube videos
– AND MUCH MORE! (of whatever comes to mind to share)
I hope you guys enjoy what’s to come on the blog and once again, thanks so much for sticking with me and to those of you who are new, welcome, and get ready to learn more about what makes me “Perfectly Imperfec_T“.
Love and God Bless,
Happy Tuesday everyone!
This past weekend I got to go home to the DMV to celebrate my 25th Birthday (once again) with all of my family and friends. It was so much fun. I just really enjoy being back home and being with the ones I love 🙂
I bought this dress about a month or two ago in anticipation for the “event”. I just loved it so much because it was clean and elegant.
Oh…and the braids are back! Surprise! lol. Box braids life has commenced! lol
Dress: ASOS / Shoes – Forever21
I definitely enjoyed the day celebrating. And then I got to spend most of the following day out and about with two of my very close friends brunching and roaming the streets of DC! But….I’ll save that for tomorrow’s post 😉
Love and God Bless,
Y’all. I’m about to be 25 years old. In exactly 30 days, on September 28, 2013 I will be turning 25. Two and a half decades. A quarter of a century. Halfway to fifty. Five years away from thirty. Late. Twenties.
And I’m perfectly fine with that. lol I am truly grateful for how far I’ve come and the successes I’ve had thus far in my life. I can honestly say that I have GROWN sooooo much!!! Spiritually, emotionally, professionally. I’m truly content. Not complacent whatsoever, though. I know that I have a ton of things to improve and I’ve started working towards those goals and have definitely been presenting them to God as well…
I want to be a better steward in several areas of my life, ESPECIALLY when it comes to time, finances, and health.
I want to continue to learn how to love others the way Christ loves me…
I want to be unselfish and more giving….
I want my new relationship to continue to grow and blossom so that we support and motivate each other to be better in every possible way…
I want to get married, have an awesome wedding, and be a wonderful wife and mother…
I want to continue to be a reliable daughter, sister, and friend…
I want to advocate for the wellbeing of adolescents, especially African American adolescent females and be a living example of what she can become….
I want to travel the world with loved ones, eat great food, see great sights, and shop 🙂
I want to organize medical mission trips to my home country, Guyana….
I want to buy a modest home with my future husband…
I want my home to be a place for young people who just need somewhere to escape from the world…or just eat Sabbath lunch…
I want to have 3-4 children…
I want to continue loving the path that God has created for me and continue to follow his leading for my life….
Nope. This isn’t a 30 before 30 list. I’m not expecting to do all of these things before I turn 30 years old (most, but not all).
But yes, this is me
rambling putting on paper some of my goals and objectives for life. I definitely believe that when you write things down, speak them out loud, and present them to God, you’ll be surprised by how much you work to make them happen and things fall into place.
What do I want for my birthday? Just for it to be a happy day filled with love and laughter. I’ll be post-call (working Friday night and ending my shift the morning of my birthday) in the NICU, so I’ll definitely be spending the first half of it sleeping lol. But as for physical things? *shrug* I won’t say I don’t want anything, cuz that would be a lie (lol). I definitely don’t NEED anything though, that’s for sure. But I’ll take what I can get lol.
I’m just praying that I make it through these next 30 days alive, by God’s grace, so that I can celebrate these 25 years of life that He’s given me.
Love and God Bless,
I’m super excited to share with you all that To A T has become Perfectly Imperfec_T! I have officially purchased my own domain for the blog in the hopes that this will motivate me to remain consistent with posting and sharing with you guys.
Once again thanks so much to all of you who continue to stop by the blog. Knowing that someone out there is reading definitely makes blogging even more worthwhile on top of doing it for myself 🙂
Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions down below and stay tuned for today’s official post!
Love and God Bless,