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Body goals by Victoria

How to Gain the Body You’ve Always Wanted

I’m sure we all love hearing advice from health and wellness coaches about body goals and healthy eating habits. But, listening to a person that was once in your shoes gives you a different type of motivation. So, I decided to interview, Victoria, a teacher and former cheerleader that worked diligently for the body she once had.  Q: Prior to reaching your body goals, explain the state of your health? A: After graduating from college, I gained 25 pounds. As a teacher, I would drink soda and eat white cheddar popcorn almost every day. After a long day of running behind kids, I was exhausted after work. I felt lazy, sluggish, and I knew I wasn’t myself. Growing up as a cheerleader, I was always in...

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Don’t Shy Away From Powerlifting

When it comes to weight loss or wanting to maintain good health, most women shy away from powerlifting. They’re afraid of bulking and being compared to men. But, wouldn’t it be awesome to deadlift or bench press 300 - 500 pounds without losing your femininity? Absolutely and it’s totally possible! Brittany Jade Brittany Jade is a 31-year-old strength athlete and powerlifter from Las Vegas, NV. She can deadlift 565 pounds, squat 495 pounds, and bench press 320 pounds. Jade is also a drug-free female competitor, which means she doesn’t consume anything to enhance her body nor her performance. Now, this is #blackgirlmagic.         [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdF9t26Gm48[/embed] Benefits of Powerlifting Improve Strength   Powerlifting is a strength sport that incorporates exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and bench press.  While squatting works the muscles in your...

Vegetarian Photo By: elizabethstilwell

Vegetarian 101: The 3 Mistakes Beginners Often Make

Becoming a Vegetarian Have you ever considered becoming a vegetarian? I know, I have!  After watching What the Health, a documentary that highlights the benefits of veganism, I went vegetarian for a month. Surprisingly, a few of my girlfriends did as well. But, over the course of 30 days, I knew I was doing the right thing for my body. Since I already practice healthy eating, I thought cutting out meat would be a breeze. And to be honest with you, it was. However, I wasn’t losing any weight and traveling to South Africa didn’t help me stay on track. If you’re transitioning from a carnivorous diet to a vegetarian diet, there are three mistakes that ought to be avoided in order to promote a more efficient...

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Looking to Get in Shape? Follow a Fit Mom on Social Media!

Being a fit mom is no easy job! As women we tend to juggle it all - take care of the house, raise the children, be a good partner, and manage our career. With all that is going on in life, sometimes we can’t even make time to hit the gym. As a mother, you often find yourself putting your family first and health second. Unfortunately, if you aren’t giving your body the “me time” it deserves to stay motivated and fit everything else will fall apart.  Here are some women that continue to set examples for all future fit moms to follow. Natalie Nunn From Bad Girls Club to health and fitness entrepreneur, Natalie Nunn dedicated her time to get in shape prior to having her daughter...

Chemical Peel Results After a Glycolic and Salicylic peel

Chemical Peels That Will Make Your Skin Look Flawless

Switch up your skincare regimen You ever wonder why certain celebrities like Nicole Murphy, Karrueche Tran, and Brandy Norwood have impeccable skin? It's because these ladies have found a skincare regimen that works well for them. It's now time for you to try a new skincare routine, chemical peel, that will have everyone turning their heads. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuK7s1MZUlA[/embed] What is a Chemical Peel? A chemical peel is a procedure designed to remove dead skin cells of the face and make the surface of the face appear smooth and fresh. There are various forms of chemical peels ranging from light to deep, dependent upon your skin type, per Skin Tightening Sage. Light chemical peels are known to have mild penetration when applied and all skin types can experience this procedure. Your skin will recover immediately after...

The 81-year-old bodybuilder that’s defying all odds

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBo2dl3PBc[/embed] When we think of bodybuilders, we often think of men and women who are young, athletic and ripped. One never thinks about an 81-year old black woman fighting the odds and becoming a record-holding world’s oldest bodybuilder. Well meet Ernestine Shepherd, she is motivating women around the world to become healthy and fit. At the age of 70, she started training to become a bodybuilder. Shepherd trains more than 30 hours a week in the gym and runs ten miles a day. Aside from participating in bodybuilding competitions, she conducts a workout class with a group of women every morning at her local gym. And here’s a secret - Shepherd works out in heels! If she can do it, why can’t we? This woman is the...

Top 3 Ways to Detox Your Body After the Holidays

New Year, New Body Goals! If you’re anything like me, I know you couldn’t resist all the delicious food during the holiday season. From the taste of macaroni and cheese and sweet potato pie, your taste buds were in heaven. However, despite the satisfaction of your taste buds, your body is yearning for nourishment. By this point, you might feel bloated and may have even gained a few pounds, but don’t get discouraged. Your body just needs to detox! A detox will help the body reset its metabolism so you can start incorporating a balanced diet. Here are the top 3 ways you can detox the body after indulging in some of your favorite foods. 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse – Drinking three green smoothies a day can help eliminate...

Flawless Skin

Nicole Murphy’s Secret to Flawless Skin

By this point, we think it’s safe to say that black women have a certain knack for aging gracefully. No matter our age, our skin is known to have anyone second guessing just how young we really are. So how do we do this? Well, it’s a mix of genetics, good diet, fitness, and we can’t forget, a really good skincare routine. And according to one of the Queens of the black women don’t crack committee, Nicole Murphy, there’s one skin care line in particular that every woman should have in their stash. At 50, Nicole Murphy is the epitome of skin care goals. With not a wrinkle or blemish to be found, we were beyond excited to learn exactly what skin care product she attributes...

Protein Powder

Why Pea Protein is the Only Protein Powder to Use

For some of us, dealing with acne breakouts is a thing of the past. For others, we only have to really worry around our skin acting up during a certain time of the month when our hormones are already out of wack. And then, there are those few who seem to have breakouts more often than normal, and sometimes without reason. But, what if we told you that there may be a reason behind those “not so random” breakouts after all? It’s no secret that one of the most popular post workout supplements to hit the market in recent years is protein powder. And when you think about it, protein powder is the perfect match for a successful workout routine. A good one can help you lose...

Holiday Beauty

Black Girl Beauty Holiday Lookbook

While we’ll always love getting all dressed up for the holidays, it’s the beauty looks that we love the most. When you think holiday beauty, shades of red lipstick and the perfectly placed sparkle are the first things that come to mind. And the hair? The bigger the better in our opinion. If you’re looking for some holiday beauty inspiration to make your look complete this season we have just the ideas for you. Big Hair, Don’t Care [caption id="attachment_5259" align="alignnone" width="300"] photo via @naturalhairloves[/caption] This is the holiday beauty look for the girls who want their hair to be the center of attention. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve mastered the perfect twist or will rocking a protective style, the point of this look is to let your...