Saturday, July 20, 2013

Launch of Be PHAT Not Fat!

What is BE P.H.A.T.?
Be P.H.A.T. is a meal plan, a support system, an exercise guide, a d.j.. It's everything you need to get started on your weight loss journey to start reshaping your body and to keep you on track to a healthier, happier you. Sometimes it can be easy to start but you lose motivation along the way, that what Be P.H.A.T.   is here for you will have weekly questions to not only get your physical body in shape, but health starts from the inside, so we're working on the mental as well. 

******My Story******

My name is Alcyone, though most people call me Al or Cici. I'm 27 years old and since i started my weight loss journey in October of 2012, I have lost 103 lbs and on my way to losing 45-50 more. I guess i'm still considered a newlywed i married my best friend and biggest pain in my side last October which was the starting point of my journey, when I got my wedding pics back i was really unhappy with how they turned out. I tried just about every diet known to man before coming up with my own plan that finally helped me to shed the pounds. A good thing too since I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in March 2013, thankfully with my lifestyle changes I have been able to bounce back from surgeries and chemotherapy, thats why I know with all that I have gone through if I have been able to be sucessful with my journey you will too and we will reach our goals together. That's why I started Be P.H.A.T. As  I think, as I live, as I am Powerful, Healthy, Athletic, and Thick and I refuse to let anyone or anything get me off track. 

Check out the site to sign up today. :) 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Diet Sprite Confetti Cupcakes

I've been itching to try this since I saw it online and finally got around to it today. Its really a very simple recipe and the results that are very tasty.

Baking pan and baking cups.

 Box of cake mix, measuring cup, and Sprite Zero.
Mixing bowl :)

Now would be a good time to preheat the oven to 375.
 Put mix in the bowl.
Add sprite and mix together.

 Fill baking cups 2/3 full.
Bake 18-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let sit and cool down before eating.


Total CalsL 170 per cupcake.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Day 5 of 240:Operation Mrs. Gunn/Wedding

I started this challenge last week, figuring why wait for the first or beginning of the week, the best time is right now, so I started tracking then.

Basically, I'm tracking my food with, trying to keep my calories between 1200 to 1500 cals, focusing on healthy grains, fruit, veggies and lean protein. Aiming for 96 oz of water daily and burning at least 500 cals per day. I seem to have a hard time sticking with one particular program, so I am starting with Jillian Micheals Body Revolution, 30 mins every morning, and then 30 mins of some type of cardio every evening. :) Simple and easy, I weigh every Friday and track everything in my journal.

My goal for my wedding is to lose 100 lbs from where I am now, and with 6 months it breaks down to 4.2 lbs per week, doable I know, especially since when I weighed in on Friday, I was already down 8.4 lbs, so definitely motivated.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hello lovely people :) I have been a terrible blogger lately lol, but I have been super busy with wedding planning and work but as promised when I got ready to start with the Body Revolution I was going to try to do a daily blog when I started it. I finally received it after numerous issues with customer service, and after reviewing it is going to be murder but fun. I will start officially tommorrow.

This is where I am beginning and I can't wait to make a change, 90 days here I come.

Monday, February 27, 2012

*Back to Blogging*

Ok, wonderful blog family and new subbies, been on a bit of a hiatus, unintentional of course but life happens. Anyways some updates, we had considered this a few years ago but it is now official :

We got engaged on 2/14 and we're getting married on September 29th and since starting to plan I have been extra super busy. Fitness and eating better have been going well, and I am in love with Turbo Jam, I also had been debating about getting Turbo Fire and placed an order for it last Saturday, but something else caught my attention:

I am always up for a 90 day challenge and Jillian is one of my favorite and my most feared trainers, and when I saw this it seemed like the perfect thing to do to get ready for wedding dress shopping and its something he will do with me so thats an added incentive to stick to it. I cancelled my Turbo fire order and opted for this instead, I ordered Saturday so really hoping its here by the end of the week. I've already checked out the FB fan page and got some great insight on it, and got a jumpstart on the meal plan which will be 1200 cals, 3 main meals, and 1 snack per day. I've already been doing 1500 cals so that won't be that big of a challenge. And I intend on getting back to daily blogs and food pics of my meals, which seems to the best way for me to stay on track.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

1st Month Natural

So I will be one month natural this coming weekend and its funny but I have learned more about my hair in the last 3 weeks than I have in my entire hair journey and I'm continuing :)

The last two pics are of my second attempt at a twist out which resulted in a textured fro for me and I love it. I've been cowashing nearly every day since my BC and my hair loves it. Sadly though tax season is about to go full blown and I'll need to give my hair a breather so I don't neglect it I will be getting tree braids this Wednesday and will continue with my GroAut regimen but switching to the ORS Herbal cleanse to keep my scalp clean.

Happy Growing everyone!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Natural Hair Haul

Hello lovely people :)

Had the chance to hit the BSS for some goodies for my hair as I'm learning about it, and just a side note I was right my fiance did freak lol but its growing on him and personally I'm loving it :) Though its been a trial and error process to find some products to keep my hair moisturized and figuring out my curl pattern, I think i'm somewhere between an 3c-4a/b, it doesn't really matter much to me though lol, its kinky, curly, healthy and all mine, so the type doesn't matter much to me. Anywho moisture has been a slight problem but I've finally found some products that I think I will be using as staples.

What: Curls Curladda
For: Midweek Deep Conditioning
Cost: 11.99 @Target
Firstly this product smells amazing and that seems to be my preference when looking for products I hate products that smell medicinal or overly herby, this is actually very moisturizing and leaves a light scent to my hair, also my curls were defined a bit without any additional product so this air dries well.

What: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
For: Daily Cowashing and maintaining moisture
Cost: 2.83 @Target
Verdict: This will probably be my go to for daily cowashing, my scalp gets cleaned and my hair feels moisturized definitely a win win and the Hawaiian Orchid scent is quite nice.

What: Kinky Curly Knot Today
For: Leave In Conditioner or daily moisturizer
Cost: 11.99 @Target
Verdict: I actually bought this product last, I try not to go for the overhyped products as usually they are a waste of money and do little to nothing for my hair, but after trying quite a few things that didn't work for my hair and tired of wasting money this was definitely worth the try and I am so glad I did :) This product is light on my hair, gives my curls definition can be used daily and smells great, kinda wished I had started with this one would have saved me a lot of time and money.
What: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
For: Repairing and strengthening hair
Cost: 11. 99 at Target
Verdict: I deep conditioned with this for about an hour with a shower cap and I love the consistency of this, but not fully in love with this product, my hair felt a little eh, not the best deep treatment I've used so I'm going to use this since I've bought it, but this probably won't be a repurchase. 

What: Twisted Sista Curl Activator
For: Defining curls and removing frizz
Cost: $4.99 @Target
Verdict: Love it!!! I tried Ecostyler and Carefree Curls Instant Activator as well as Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 and they either made my hair hard, dry, and just didn't work, this is moisturizing and instantly defined my curls and has a really fresh scent and 8 hours later my hair is still soft, so my only complaint with this is I wish it came in a bigger bottle.

What I have learned while shopping, Target has a really nice selection of products for natural hair, but at WalMart and most beauty supply stores you have to really check and read the labels to find products that fit into your regimen, I really wanted to try some of the Miss Jessies products but $32 for a small tub of curling product just seemed ridiculous but I think I will be getting the sampler pack in the near future just to try out her products. Well thats all for now have a great one everyone!