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Challenge!

1 Mar

Wait, I haven’t blogged since August? Yikes! I am sooooo incredibly sorry. Truth be told, I am such an introvert that as soon as anything goes off balance in my world, I shut down. Shut down everything. I was quite off balanced in 2012 and I’m just now getting my groove back. Thank you for sticking with me. You deserve a Patience of Job award!

So why am I finally writing? I’m writing because I have been inspired by so many challenges lately. Let’s start with hair first.

So this is me:

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I’m all natural, everyday. No wigs no weaves. It’s something I’m really trying to do. It is super hard for me to be natural in the cold months because I can’t wash and go and apparently, I am ze worst at natural hairstyles. I keep trying and failing, trying and failing. Plus, I don’t seem to run across really cute styles for naturals with short hair. It seems to be those with longer, thicker hair that have the most success with hair styles. Thus, I need to focus on retaining length so that I am finally happy with my hair. That brings me to the hair challenge I stumbled upon! In one of my facebook groups someone mentioned that Kinky Curly Coily Me! Is having a Castor Oil challenge beginning today!. The purpose of the challenge is to lengthen and thicken your hair. You can use any castor oil that you would like to, but you must apply it to your hair/scalp at least 3 times a week. You must also check in each week from March 1, 2013 to June 1, 2013. Now, I’m not going to do the challenge on the blog because if you haven’t noticed, I have a little problem with checking in :-/ Also, I know everyone loves Shea Moisture, but my hair simply doesn’t anymore, so the grand prize means nothing to me. However, I am interested to see if Castor Oil will make my hair thicker and longer, so I will personally do this challenge. If you are interested in joining  the real challenge and vying for the grand prize, go here! I will check in here the first Saturday of every month to do a length check starting tomorrow.

What else has been challenging me? The C25K. The daggon C.2.5.K.

This isn’t my first time at the rodeo. I’ve tried to complete the C25K at least 3 times before. Welp, I’m on it again. Obviously I have a problem with quitting things lol. But I am determined! I am currently on week 4 – go me! Although you know, I’ve been warned about week 5 and I must say that my first thought was “It’s quitting time!”. However, I can’t give up. I just can’t. I refuse to let jogging beat me! So once I get this running thing down, I plan on doing this:

Just to be clear, I’m all about the 5k. Not one part of me is interested in doing a half marathon – yet. Let me get this jogging thing down first, and then I’m on it! It will happen in the area’s wine country and I am here for that! All of it. The feather boas, the blinged out medal…did I mention the wine? Ha! I’m so there! If you are interested in checking it out, visit the Divas Half Marathon website. The marathon is also happening in other areas of the US, so even if you are not from the DMV area, check it out to see where you can participate. Upcoming dates are as follows:

Right in line with the marathon is my healthy eating challenge. I’m back to taking to writing in the my fitness pal diary. I love the my fitness pal app. It really does work for you if you allow it to. I also enjoy plugging my exercise activities into the nexercise app. I love being rewarded for working out! Anyway, I stumbled upon yet another challenege (hey, I’m getting good at this!) on facebook. This one is a foold journal challenge for the month of March. During this month you have to food journal for 31 days. Every single thing you eat must be included. I’m definitely all in for this. I need to be held accountable for my eating actions.  You can find out more about the 31 Day Food Journaling Challenge here.

So there you have it! Good luck to all of you that are joining any of these challenges. If you do decide to join, let me know which ones. If there are others you are apart of for the month of March, please feel free to share them.

God Speed,

~ACG

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Jogging is my "thing"

14 Apr
Ever since I was a little girl about 6 years old I’ve had a problem running. In elementary school we use to have to run around this park 4 times to complete a mile. I was always the girl in the back. I could never breeze through it like other kids. I always wished I could though. I felt like a failure, and I felt even more alone than being one of the few Black kids in the class already made me feel.
Not too long after I fell inlove with soccer. Running after a ball? No problem! So running just for the heck of it should be easy, no? Yeah, no. Just as I would as a child, I would get cold built up in my chest and sometimes spit a little bit of blood out. What was wrong with me I never knew, but it was then that I just left running alone.
I’ve tried countless times over the years to fall inlove with jogging. I’ve tried building myself up at the gym, jogging/running for 2 minutes, walking for 1, blah blah blah. I was never able to run for more than 10 minutes, and that was extremely uncomfortable. Then I met MB.
MB is a friend that reminds me a lot of myself. Vain, funny, yet loveable, and an only child. One of the things that sets us apart though is that MB jogs, like, for real. She does 3 miles every morning before work. 3 miles…every morning…BEFORE WORK!… Ugh, hate her. Because she’s fluffy like me and able to do this I thought well, I can do it too. Right now I don’t have a gym membership, so I have to jog outside. Horrid! Smashing my feet on to the pavement with passersby looking at me. Why would I want to do that? Ugh. But I did it. The area around me is equivalent to the size of that park I couldn’t conquer as a kid. This piqued my interest and enthusiasm.
My goal is to run around once the first two weeks, twice the next two weeks, and so on. So last week, I got started. That first night it was h a r d. Going around was difficult at best, but I didn’t stop. Since then I’ve jogged around approximately five more times, and last night for the first time not only did I not feel like I was dying, I also felt like if I really wanted to I could push myself further. I even, dare I say, enjoyed it *gulp* Is this really me? Enjoying jogging? Like, jogging is my “thing” now? Wow.
This may not be a big deal to a lot of you, but for me this is huge. I feel like I’m about to do something big here. Like I’m about to conquer something. Like I’m about to smash the fear of failure into little tiny specks of dust that will all fall down screaming “we are not worthy”. Yeah, this is bigger than jogging.
I think that running outside has something to do with it. Feeling the breeze, watching the scenery all really helps. However, I think the biggest thank you goes to MB for showing me you can be fluffy, sexy, and fit. Don’t ever tell her I said that. Her head is already big enough.
~HG