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In search of the perfect face washing regimen

African Black Soap

African Black Soap

You’ve heard the old adage – Black don’t crack – right? I mean haven’t we all? But, as I approach my mid-forties, I can say that Black may not crack, but it certainly does bend a bit. I am finding that no one is immune to fine lines and wrinkles. I see more and more of them on my face – and quite frankly, I don’t like it. Additionally, I have also noticed that my skin looks dull and has lost luster. It sounds cliche, but it is true. Of course there are tons of articles on the internet to address this and one could easily go down a rabbit hole in search of answers. I know some people think we should just grow old gracefully and embrace every line and wrinkle as an indication of acquired wisdom…NOT me. I say don’t go down without a fight.

In preparing my arsenal, I happened upon a product that makes my skin feel amazing – and wouldn’t you know, it’s from the Motherland. African Black Soap from Okay Pure Naturals is my current face wash of choice. The packaging says it is imported from Ghana. I am sure there are other brands, but this is the one I am currently using. It doesn’t lather up with thick white suds; quite the opposite. It has a subtle lather, but when I put it to my face and started gently massaging in a circular motion, I felt something happening. There was a simultaneous moisturizing and cleansing effect. My face didn’t feel dry afterwards and I felt that I looked better. It is hard to explain because its is linked to a personal feeling. I encourage you to give it a try. The price ranges from $4.99 – $8.99. I got mine at Marshall’s for $5.99, which is a small price to pay; search Amazon, I am certain you can find it within the price range stated. I think I am pretty late in the game as far as finding a steady regimen for my skin, but better late than never right?
Let me know what you use and I would love to hear your story if you decide to try African Black Soap. Onward fashion soldiers!

Spring Fling -Two-Week Challenge

It is now May. I started writing this post back in March because I naively believed I could lose weight in 2-weeks. It is quite humbling to admit that I cannot. In fact, there is only one person I know who has that kind of wherewithal. I have a good friend who, whenever she decides, cuts out sugar, carbs and alcohol and is able to drop 10 lbs for virtually any event. I am now realizing that I do NOT have it like that. The problem is, not only did I not lose the weight, I actually appear to have gained a few pounds. See the picuteMarch pic


Back in March I wrote about spring cleaning. I posted a video (which my niece later told me that no one could access because it was set on private). I came to some realizations while cleaning out my closet in what I call the spring fling. I was so confident offering this advice:
1 You should clean out spring/summer clothing after the season passes: not when embarking upon the season. If the items are worn after the season has passed, you can feel more confident about flinging them
2. I was throwing out too many items because I couldn’t fit them. Here in lies the challenge.

After throwing out stuff, I surmised that there comes a time in every girl’s life when she has to decide to buy a new size or lose weight. I opted for the latter and challenged myself that over the next 2 weeks (back in March) to lose three (maybe four) pounds. I wanted the weight to come off of my stomach. I thought it was doable and it would get me back into a few of the items that I had placed in the throw away pile.

I think we all know that weight loss is a matter of diet and exercise. Calorie intake and calorie burn.
This was the challenge —
1. Go to a gym and exercise on a machine for 30 minutes. The machine should allow you to see a calorie burn count. Rationale: Doing this sets the tone. When I realized after a 30 minute low tension ride on a stationary bike at 24- hour fitness, I had only burned 200 calories, it makes me think twice about ordering a Venti drink at Starbucks that is well over 500 calories, I think twice.
2. Go grocery shopping immediately after working out.

3. Let the first thing you eat in the morning be a piece of raw vegetables or fruit. I like eating a broccoli spear first thing.

Well, I think this is still true, but the discipline to do so is what is the problem. Also, it doesn’t help that I’ve been an athlete all my life, so I tend to think I can just quickly return to my glory days. Not so.

So, in recent weeks, I have enlisted the help of a trainer, which is something I have never done before. I hope to report back before summer to show some progress. I have certainly been taken down a notch with this experience – but the goal is to take my weight down a notch. We’ll see – stay tuned.