Thursday, 31 July 2014

#Workit challenge: Day 1 Tips.

8:16 pm 21 Comments
Are you fully ready for this challenge? I am so excited, will be going fruit shopping tomorrow. I am also in this challenge guys, so watch out because if i win, i take my money back!! Lol.  Don't mind me, just kidding but, i will participate. 

Firstly, i chose the name #workit for this challenge because i would love for us all to put in more effort in the exercise area. So here are this week's activities. I will keep updating as time goes on. 

WEEK 1 (DETOX WEEK) ACTIVITIES:
  1. Detox: Yes, this week is detox week. Its the best way to start. There are many ways of detoxifying the body, find what works for you, just make sure you do it right. If you need to order my detox plan, kindly mail or call me. chelizruby@gmail.com 08025806183.
  2. 1400 squats: Lets start strong guys. If you are a beginner, then try 500 squats. MissB the time has come! This means that we will do an average of 200/72 squats a day for the next 7 days. This will help kick start our engines in the strength area. 
  3. Always add a form of cardio daily (at least 30 mins), aside from the squats. Try skipping, jogging, running, speed walking or jumping jacks. 
  4. Stretch before and after your workouts to warm up and relax the muscles. This is very important, so as to prevent injuries.
  5. Do not weigh yourself daily please (those that have a scale under the table at work, take note. lol) Weigh yourself only on weigh in days which is on Saturday mornings. Which brings me to the next item.....

HOW TO WEIGH-IN:
  1. Do not weigh with clothes. This is why you need your own scale, because i know you cant strip in the gym. Lol. Weighing naked, will help you know if you are actually losing weight and to know your actual figures. It is only the scale weight that you are meant to send to me every weekend on chelizruby@gmail.com
  2. Get a measuring tape: this is the same one that tailors use, its sold for N100 or N50 in some places. use it to measure your: NECK, BUST, UNDER BUST, WAIST, HIPS, INNER THIGH, UPPER ARM. When you measure these areas, write them down in your log book, or weight loss journal which i requested you buy. This journal is for you to keep records.
  3. Do a tape measurement check every 2 weeks and write the new figures beside the first one. You can make a table format if you like. this will help you keep record and know if you are actually loosing the weight. 
  4. You may also wish to use an outfit a size smaller than you currently are to check your progress. Try it on every 2 weeks also.
THE SCALE DECEIT:
  • The scale can be very tricky sometimes, in the sense that you may actually be losing weight, you feel lighter and your clothes are loose. But when you weigh, the figures are not as big as you would have loved. 
  • Note an average of 1kg (2lbs) a week is advised and very normal. So don't get discouraged when you don't lose much. Your goal should be to maintain a constant weight loss weekly at least, (depending on your size) till you reach your goal.
  • Also note that the heavier you are, most likely, the weight will come off faster than a slimmer person. This will not affect the results of this challenge, i will factor in other things when choosing the winner, so don't worry sweets.
All the best and dont forget to #workit real hard!! Put fear aside, you can do this. If i could do it, you can too. Start and see where it takes you. If you don't challenge your body today, it will remain the same, and you might never be able to unleash your greatest potentials just because of fat. Step out and WORKIT!!! God bless.
Cheliz.
*Dont forget the blog address is changing to 'the shape cube' from tomorrow.



A list of Foods that boost sexual energy and fertility.

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*kindly book mark The Shape Cube  its the new blog address. This blog address is about to change, (every other things stays the same) come 1st of August. Don't forget please, I don't want to lose you.......

Hey Sweets,
Did you know there are RAW foods that can boost libido and enhance fertility in both men and women. Couples looking for the fruit of the womb, heads up!! You need to eat healthy generally, but more of these foods are recommended for extra sexual boost and fertility. Please this is for married eyes only, if you are single, cover your face! Hahahaha! Don't mind me o.


Here are 10 items, find the FULL list (over 60 items) on my food blog, including the ones readily available here in Naija. Enjoy....

  1. Apples
  2. Bananas
  3. Oats
  4. Mangoes
  5. Onions
  6. Black beans
  7. Blueberries
  8. Avocado
  9. Garlic
  10. Saffron


You really don't have to eat these foods alone, its all about mix and match, play around with healthy food and have fun while maintaining a balanced diet. After all said and done, its wise to check the lifestyle you live. If you don't eat good foods, you will experience a decreased libido. Bad foods affect your hormones, glands and organs. If you've been eating these already, keep it up! *wink wink* God bless.
Cheliz.
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

#workit weight loss challenge UPDATE!

10:10 am 4 Comments
Good morning Sweets,
This is just an update on the upcoming challenge. I like to be fair and realistic so here are a few things i would like to add:


  1. Because i know some people are working and wont have time to snap themselves, so i have decided to extend the deadline for sending in pictures to Saturday 12 noon GMT so anyone outside the country will be able to send also.
  2. Please send to chelizruby@gmail.com.
  3. Kindly reduce the size of your image, pity me so you don't eat up my data. Lol
  4. I wish you all the best of luck and please no cheating, Hehehe! God is watching.
Cheliz.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

#Workit Weight loss challenge 2014!!!

2:57 pm 34 Comments
Hi Sweets, hope you all are having a fab holiday.. I am, i rested...a bit. Lol! So its about 2 days till we begin our weight loss challenge. I trust that anyone who truly wants to lose weight has prepared for this. No excuse guys, this time we must see changes.


There will be a cash prize this time. A large chunk of it is courtesy of a very good friend of mine, she wants to stay anonymous, she offered to do this on her own, such a darling. I pray that God will reward her for this. God bless you dear.

The Prizes:
  1. N15,000 cash prize. If you stay overseas, and you win, please provide a Nigerian account for transfer. 
  2. A branded product.
  3. As time goes on, i will add other stuff to this as the spirit leads me. Lol. 

The rules to enter:

  1. This time around, the winner takes it all. If there is a tie, the prize will be split 2 ways. 
  2. This challenge will run for 8 weeks. Starting on the 1st of August and ending on the 27th of September 2014.
  3. Must Like our page here on Facebook
  4. You must use a digital scale to weight yourself and take pics. No analogs please. 
    Digital scale. Easy to read.

     Digital scale. Easy to read.
    Analog Scale difficult to read.
    Another analog scale.
  5. You must send in your current pics, front and side view showing you holding up the sign just like last month. This time its called the #WORKIT challenge. Please send to my email: chelizruby@gmail.com

  6. Deadline for sending pics is 9pm GMT on Friday 1st of August 2014.
  7. You must also send in your scale pic showing your current weight with the sign #WORKIT challenge on it.
  8. You must send in your weigh-in every weekend of the challenge. If you miss a weigh-in, you will be disqualified.
  9. The final weigh-in will determine the winner. If you don't send in your weigh-in that day 27th Sept by 9pm GMT then i guess OYO is your case.
So my sweets, this is the time to prove them wrong, show them you can do this, lose weight, feel good, discover yourself and be the real you. Like i told a friend today, "fat hides potentials" and she replied, "it also hides ones destiny" Gbam!!! 

Stay Focused and be disciplined, you will reach your goals. All the best and may the best man/woman win!! God bless, 
Cheliz.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

How to manage your wardrobe while losing weight.

1:46 pm 6 Comments
Yesterday, a friend (MissB) was asking how i managed my wardrobe while on my journey. She's been losing weight and some of her clothes are getting loose. She asked me to make it a post today so others can benefit from it as well. Sweetpie's testimony made it more obvious that it is very much needed.



I went from a dress size 20-22 to a size US6-8. You can imagine the difference. I practically gave up all my clothes eventually. When one is on a weight loss journey, especially if you started out as very overweight, you find out that almost every month or two you drop a dress size(depending on how hard you work) That would mean you changing your wardrobe frequently? Lets be realistic, who wants to keep spending on new clothes like that? So here are some tips to help with the changes.....
See the huge difference? I don't have any before/after picture with a particular outfit. I so hated my big clothes that i tossed them instantly. Lol.


  1. First of all, buy a dress and/or a  pair of pants in the size you want to stop at. Lets say you wear a size 20 now and you want to slim down to a size 10, then buy a dress in size 10 keep it. It will help you know when to stop and it will give you motivation to keep going as you keep fitting into it.
  2. Look for a tailor or use your sewing machine to adjust the clothes that have become loose. Adjust your gowns, dresses, tops etc. Take advantage of the obioma guys, they are good at it. I did this a lot and it paid off. I saved my money for future small sizes.
  3. If you have to buy new clothes, maybe because of work or because some of your clothes are just not workable, then go slow. Buy them one or 2 at a time. If you go on a shopping spree, then be ready to give them out. 
  4. If you have to buy, then do basic colors like black or white. No one will know if you wear your black pants to work 3 times a week. Just change the tops. Hehehe!! At a point i had just 2 pairs of black denim pants. Nobody knew except me Lol!!
  5. Don't give away your small-size clothes. Even if you haven't decided to lose weight yet, just keep those old trendy clothes you have, they will come in handy someday. I made this mistake and regretted it a bit. I feel better when i realized that i wouldn't have been able to wear them because i am now slimmer than that size. 
  6. Look for cloth sales. If you really need to buy new ones, then take advantage of sales all around you, buy then cheap since you'll soon get rid of them anyways.
  7. If you have a younger sister or relation that is smaller in size, then seize the opportunity (like i did) My younger sister don hear nwii hahahaha! I kept raiding her wardrobe, i saved my money. Who'd have thunk it? Shout out to Fomeli!!  But this small girl showed me pepe sha chai!! *wink wink* 
                                               Here we are, wearing the same dress. Hehehe!

      8.  When you have reached your goal weight, go through your wardrobe, sort out all your clothes (wanted and unwanted)then freely go shopping and replenish. Enjoy your body and your new found figure.   
    9.  As you give away those clothes, don't ever look back and promise yourself never to go back to that size again. You know how hard you worked for it. Even better, you know there's nothing for a 'big' you to wear. Congrats!
Keep using your old clothes to track your progress(Don't depend on the scale alone.) Once you fit into one size, toss it and move unto the next size, keep fitting into it till it becomes loose (depending on your goal weight.) If anyone had told me that i would wear a size 8 dress today, i would never have believed. The day i finally fit into a size 14 dress that i kept (never wore)since 2008, it felt like a miracle. The only reason i kept that dress was because it was very expensive. The sad part is that its currently too loose on me. I tried to fit it, but it just refused to come out right. From 2008 till today, i wore that dress just once to church last year. Sad! Thanks for making me post this MissB, God bless you real good. I know it will help someone today.
Cheliz.

Photo credit: facebook

Thursday Testimony: Sweetpie's Story

8:57 am 10 Comments
Morning Sweets,
I got a mail from a fabulous lady yesterday, shes also a constant reader of the blog. Shes part of the people that make me want to do this daily. She really wanted to share her testimony/progress with everyone, though she's yet to reach her goal weight. I applaud her for this. I know she's determined and will surely reach her goal by the Grace of God Almighty. Please read:

Hi Cheliz darling,

Before I begin to share my weight loss progress i want to thank you for this wonderful work you are doing in our lives. 
Last year around November, you know Christmas was fast approaching and we from the east always travel home for the celebrations. We buy new things and all that. One day, I was window shopping online, so I came across a lovely pair of 'peg pants' that i liked it, I wished I could have it but the company doesn't ship to Nigeria. Some other day on OLX I saw the exact pair of pants, I quickly called the person that advertised it and she sold it to me, it was size 10 and I was size 10 as at that time. When when the lady left I went inside the house to try it on, it didn't fit me. I said to myself "let me leave it till i slim down"( for my mind.) I began starving myself to slim down because i will be traveling home for Christmas and my mum had warned us her female children never to get fat as long as we are still single. She said "if you want to get fat, then do that in your husband's house." So each time I want to travel home, I just have to slim down by all means but, last December with my starvation o, I did not drop anything. Eventually, I couldn't travel with my new pair of pants that I had planned to rock with. There was also this top that I bought during that same period but, when I got back from the market after i purchased it, I discovered that it was a size too small. I just kept the 2 clothes in my box. I tried them again around April 2014 it was even worse, this time it didn't even enter at all. At this point I made up my mind to resell them. I told my colleague at the office about it showed her pictures of the clothes, she quickly accepted to buy them so I gave her a condition that she will come to my house to pick them up, she accepted. She kept telling me I will come today, I will come tomorrow, so I stopped reminding her about the clothes because at the back of my mind I was wishing to wear them someday. when I came across this blog I was soo happy to be here, I was soo encouraged by the people on this blog. I did the June challenge secretly, after the June challenge I decided to continue on my own. So on Saturday last week when I woke up something just said to me 'why not try those clothes' I just laughed and said "not possible" but I decided to try them anyways. Lo and behold, Cheliz they FIT me!!  I still need to lose a bit more weight for a PERFECT fit. I never knew I will ever make this kind of progress, i'm happy and I wont stop here.  Just like you said determination is a starting point. Nothing is impossible if you are determined. Who said we can't be sexy ever again? Its a big lie. I just want to encourage people on this blog that we can make progress if we do it right. I'm also going to join on this August challenge.  FAT MUST DIE! Together we can do this. Let's keep encouraging one another. Cheers.

I attached the picture of the pants I couldn't take the picture of the top before sharing. Thanks. 

Sweetpie.

Wow! God bless you Sweetpie. Again i pray God blesses you with the grace and strength to reach your goals, both in weight loss and life generally. *hugs and kisses*
Cheliz.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Weight loss myths...Part 1

11:40 am 20 Comments
Hi Sweeties, are you getting ready for the August weight loss challenge? If you thrive in competition like me, then this is a good opportunity for you to shine as well as shed some unwanted weight. I am so happy, many people are in for this, i just hope they don't run away after the first week like the July challenge. Lol. We shall soon find out.....

I stumbled on some weight loss myths online and i want to share 10 of them with you. This could help clear some doubt and ginger you for the coming challenge.

WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS.

  1. Don't eat after 8pm: Its not when you eat that counts, its how much you eat. Some people tend to binge more at night, you know...when they are back from work and watching the telly, before you know it, 2 bottles of coke and 3 bags of chips are gone. Its best to stay disciplined. Personally, i don't eat after 7pm because i go to bed early, so it works for me. If you feel hungry after your dinner, say by 11 pm, feel free to have an apple or a small portion of something healthy.
  2. Avoid red meat when you are on a diet: This is false. Its not the fact that you are eating red meat that counts, its the amount you eat. Moderation is key. 
  3. Starvation will help you lose weight: This is never the same thing as Intermittent fasting which i wrote about last week. Intermittent fasting is a technique used to break a weight loss plateau, i.e for those who want to shed their last 5kg or so. Plain starvation is what i'm talking about here which many people like to do. They avoid breakfast, drink water for lunch and eat crackers for dinner. If you starve your body, it will hoard fat, das it!! 
  4. Excess water will make you gain weight:  I cant even stop laughing at this. I was with a client some weeks ago, and she told me that the reason she doesn't drink water is because it makes her fat. (like really?)  She told me that she drinks only half a glass of water daily. I screamed!!! Meanwhile, her feet were swollen. After just a week of changing her diet (she used my detox plan) and drinking more water, she saw a huge difference and the swelling went down. Water can never make you fat, on the contrary, it helps flush out toxins from the body and keep you hydrated, keeps you full and helps food break down faster. It definitely helps with weight loss. So please go ahead and drink your 8 glasses of water a day. 
  5. Carbs are the devil: This is false. The body definitely needs a carbohydrate for energy. This doesn't mean that we need to overload our system with carbs. We can get carbs from healthy sources like whole grain rice(brown rice), whole wheat bread, brown beans etc. Avoid white bread and pastries, sugars, etc. Too much of carbs is bad for weight loss though.
  6. Skipping breakfast will help you lose weight: Actually, skipping breakfast will make you gain weight. According to Goodhousekeeping, a recent British study that tracked 6,764 people found that the breakfast skippers, gained twice as much weight over the course of 4 years than the breakfast eaters. If you skip breakfast, you have the tendency to binge more through the day, this is so true.
  7. If you are not sweating while working out, you are not working hard enough. Well, personally i have to be sweating by the time i am done working out, because it tells me that i have done a good job, Lol. I just need to be sweating. But really, the truth is that you can workout for just 15 minutes a day, not break out any sweat, and you are good. The point it to make sure you did something at least. The body keeps burning calories through the day so, the more you put in, the better.
  8. Your genes determine your metabolism and body weight: I thought this was true till i lost all the weight. I have been fat all my life and there i was thinking that its because fat runs in my family. Hahahaha! (We have to blame it on something, don't we?) Only 25% of our body weight is determined by our genes, the rest 75% is determined by our behavior. So, stop blaming your mum for giving you 'FAT' genes, get up and workit!
  9. Early morning is the best time to exercise: I was just discussing this with a friend yesterday. Yes, early morning exercise is good because it helps you keep to a routine and i feel you burn more calories in the morning due to glucose depletion in the body. But if you workout in the evening you still get to burn calories. Like i said earlier, our body burns calories all day long, even when we are asleep. So don't give the excuse that its already night time and you cant exercise. When i first started my journey, i worked out morning and night. Lol. 
  10. You can isolate (spot-reduce) to lose weight:  This is false. You cannot trim down the fat in a particular area of the body, be it thigh or upper arm. There first has to be a total body fat loss and muscle gain, then you can tone and sculpt that area of the body to your desired shape. Muscles are needed for toning the body and keeping fat away. 
Have you been a believer of these myths, please feel free to share your thoughts on them, or if you disagree.  No more excuses guys, nothing must stop your weight loss this year. Take care and God bless.
Cheliz.

Photo credit: Things mybellylikes Redbook









Monday, 21 July 2014

What not to eat.

8:25 am 2 Comments
Good Morning Sweets, happy new week. And i pray for God's favor in all you do this week.
As a health conscious person or a weight watcher, do you find yourself at a party, confused about what to eat? Are you on a work training in a different country, or even in the same country but a different location? Are you newly married and your hubby or in laws don't understand you and don't allow you cook what you need? I totally understand you and know how you feel.


I was chatting with a friend last weekend, she wasn't happy because she had gained back all the weight she lost.  Her eating habit changed because she found herself in a different location (job related) She succumbed and ate whatever was available in that place.

Another lady also told me a while ago, that she was at her uncle's house and wasn't allowed to cook her own 'healthy' meals. Hmmm.....

Often times, we find ourselves in a bit of a fix, its especially hard for those that are just beginning their weight loss journey. Most times its because of work. Maybe a 3-day job training where you have to eat what you are served, or a holiday in a different country where the food is strange, etc...  Here are some tips which i think could help you when you find yourself in such situation....

  1. First of all you need to be prepared. Be prepared in the sense that you need to get a journal. A book where you write down all the kind of foods you need and all the kinds that you shouldn't be eating. Get acquainted with those you need (to stay healthy), be friends with them. Know their colors and tastes. Don't laugh o. This is important so that when you find yourself in a different location, you will be able to identify them or substitute them with something similar. I always tell people to avoid what they cannot pronounce or anything that doesn't look like a fresh plant or fruit. 
  2. Before traveling, get some packed snacks like dried fruits and nuts, you could even go with your own teas, coffee, yogurt, crackers, energy bars etc. Just in case you need a snack. At least you can get on a plane with these. Don't be taken unawares, and don't abandon your morning exercises just because you are in a different location. 
  3. Before going for a party, fill up at home with your own well cooked meals. Don't be going there with the hopes of loading up on party rice and coke, etc. You have a different life now, embrace it. It is not a sin to eat clean. 
  4. When at a part/buffet, (lets assume you went there under duress) *rolling my eyes* remove your throat from that oily red rice and co. (note to self, Hahahahaha!) Ehen, remove your throat from it, look for where you have salad or ask for some salad and chicken instead. If there is no chicken, ask for fish, if there is no fish, ask for ponmo, if there is no ponmo, drink ice water and go home. Gbam!! If its an all-you-can-eat buffet, then the Lord is your strength. My advise would be that you should just move to the pepper soup and/or salad section. 
  5. Drinks: This another tricky one since so many people have no idea of how many calories they drink per day. For the sake of parties, if you have to drink something like your life depended on it, then go for ice tea, zero calorie soda, or a glass of wine. Stay away from brandy and vodka. They are NOT fat burners (yes, you know yourselves). They think that by drinking more brandy, they will be burn fat, Na big lie!! 
  6. If you find yourself in a home where you are not allowed to cook certain meals, for instance, they want to fry plantain, and you want to make salad. Here's what to do: take out time to explain to all or a member of the family, tell them the importance of eating healthy and the benefits. If they still refuse to listen, then you got no option than to pray and tag along but keep PORTION CONTROL in mind. 
  7. Portion control: In all i have pointed above, be it a party or whatever, remember to eat small sized portions. Lets say you are left with no option, and you are very hungry at a party, then take some spoons of rice and eat your meat, drink lots and lots of water and excuse yourself. The earlier you left the party, the better for you and your body.
  8. It's not every where that you must go to. If you have a choice, chose the safer one. If you know that going to a party will mean you eat cake and sugar and lots of sin foods and your friends will taunt you till you drink 10 glasses or alcohol, then excuse yourself and stay home. Don't let all your hard work be in vain. 
  9. If your case has entered another level, meaning you have already done it and its showing, then you have to re-evaluate and start from square one. Identify your mistakes and go back to the drawing board. Start from number 1 again.
  10. After all said and done, its always good to put in a few minuites of exercise just to help burn more calories. E.g if you just got back from a party where you ate more than you should, then be ready to work out a bit more the next day. This will help you maintain a steady weight loss. 
Be wise and always do your best to make the right choices. No one is perfect including me. At times, I have my bad and worst days, but i still get up and get going. When i remember 110 kg, fear grips me, i know i never want to experience it again by God's grace. Find your strength and keep moving. Be reminded that food is only fuel for your body, eat wisely and stay healthy. Bottom line in all this is determination, if you are determined, not even a bowl of red jollof rice and friend chicken can move you, trust me.  God bless.
Cheliz.

*Are you ready for the August challenge? Hehehe!......

Friday, 18 July 2014

My (natural) Hair history.

8:59 pm 4 Comments
I want to digress a bit from the usual weight loss topic. Even thought the two are kinna connected (you gat to eat well if you want great hair, skin and nails) I want to share a bit of my hair history with you. I know the relaxer babes and Brazilian queens will hiss at this post hahahaha!!, but just read for reading sake ok? Kiss kiss!

    As some of you know, I have been carrying my natural hair for a while now. I cut my hair after i gave birth it was sometime in January 2013. I cut it again around my birthday in Nov 2013, ever since i have been carrying my natural hair.

Eating clean and exercising has really influenced my life in many ways. It made me even more determined to keep my hair, free of chemicals. I don't even fix artificial nails anymore (doesn't mean i will never tho). Also it trickles into ones spiritual life. I think it has made me a totally different person. Have you felt the same way? Kindly share. I love to see things differently now, i love to stay on the positive side of things. I feel very confident with who i am now, and its not about having money or not, its inner peace i guess.
My home supplies for the sealant.

So back to my hair gist, i have been looking for ways to improve my hair texture and growth. I have very dry and brittle hair.  I don't like my hair greasy at all, so i don't use much other than my normal deep conditioner in a cup, leave-in conditioner and hair creams. A while ago, i read a rather funny hair regimen from a friend; Nicole's blog. I thought nothing of it till my hair kept breaking, i decided to give it a try.  recipe below:
* Please note that i have really dry hair,i had to adjust the recipe for the sake of my hair texture. So any recipe you see here is for really dry, itchy, full, and brittle hair. Lol. 

Nicole's HAIR SEALANT:
Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of Shea butter
  • 3 tbsp of CRISCO veg. shortening (yes the one for frying and baking)
  • 3 tbsp of pure aloe vera gel.
  • 3 tbsp of my home-made mix of oils. (you can use any good oils you have or just olive oil)
  • 3 drops of any fragrance oil.
Method: 
  • In a plastic cup, mix the Shea butter alone till its light and fluffy, then add the Crisco and mix together till they are free of lumps.
  • Add the Aloe Vera and olive oil, mix well.
  • Add the essential oil and mix again. You should have a creamy mixture that isn't runny. 
The finished product. Notice the texture?

I have been using this mixture daily for a week now, i tell you it has totally transformed my hair. my hair feels soft all day long and it has totally coiled back. I also changed my deep conditioning routine to 2 times a week. Maybe that added to it. Here's my deep conditioning recipe:

My home made DEEP CONDITIONER;
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp pure honey
  • 1 spoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 spoons edible mayonnaise.
Method:
  • Mix all in a small plastic bowl.
  • Apply after your shampoo and cover with a shower cap and tie a towel on top, wait 45mins to 1hr.
  • Rinse off with cold water.
I also make my own home made hair rinse, to see if it will strengthen my hair and increase my curls.

See the difference after one procedure. The difference is clear right? More volume, more shine.

MY HOME MADE CLARIFYING RINSE: 
  • 1 cup of lemon juice.
  • 1 cup of moringa juice (will explain how i make this later)
  • 1 cup of water.
Method:
  • Mix all in a bowl .
My Hair spa procedure: 2 times a week.
  • After shampooing, i apply the deep conditioner, making sure every single corner and strand is covered. I cover with a shower cap and then wrap a towel over my head. I wait for exactly 1hr.
  • After 1 hr, i rinse off the DC treatment with cold water. 
  • I then rinse with the moringa and Lemon mix, i wait 5 minutes then rinse off with cold water again. I am doing this 2x a week for now till i am satisfied with my hair texture. 
  • I blot my hair and apply my leave-in conditioner. I use Nene's secret LIC.
  • I then apply my 'home made sealant' (recipe above)
  • Style and allow hair to shine!
I need my hair to stop breaking at the tips, so i will be following the above procedure for at least 4 weeks. After this spa day, my hair (which is usually dry and brittle), is just so soft, coily and bouncy to touch.
Every other day, i use just water spray, LIC and my sealant. My hair stays soft all day long. If you have dry hair like mine please try the procedure and let me know how your hair feels. 

In future, maybe i'll share more of my hair(and skin) regimens with you. But remember the first rule of living healthy.....eat clean and exercise!!! Take care, have a blessed weekend and God bless you.
Cheliz.



Thursday, 17 July 2014

August Weight Loss Challenge.

11:10 am 23 Comments
Hey there sweets,
What a rainy morning!! I got drenched on my way back from school runs. I kinna liked it though, It felt good to play a bit in the rain. Thank God for my natural hair, if not, I wouldn't be smiling by now.

Eheeenn!!! To the bizniz of the day. Hope you are getting ready for the August weight loss challenge? Well i know some people are, they cant wait to shed that unwanted weight. This is just a subtle reminder to give you a few hints on what you will need, what to do and how it will play out. This Challenge is for those that really want to lose weight and keep it off, so be ready to work hard. Here goes;


  1. We will start on the 1st day of August by the grace of God and end on the 27th of September. 
  2. It will last for 8 weeks. Yes, so that we can really see results.
  3. You will need a DIGITAL scale and this is compulsory. No weigh-ins with manual scale please.
  4. You will need a food and exercise journal. This is for your personal use. To help you keep track and count calories. In my opinion, this is very important.
  5. You will be required to send in your weigh-ins every weekend for the whole 8 weeks. The final weigh-in will be the results.
  6. If you have a meal plan, you are at an advantage. It will help you eat a balanced and healthy meal. You wont be bothered about what to eat the next day because you have it all planned out. A relaxed mind is a healthy mind.
  7. Before that day, make sure you sort out your shopping list, your gym subscription, your workout dvd, your workout clothes, skipping rope, dumbbells, bicycles,  etc. No excuses.
  8. This time around, the winner takes it ALL!  The prize for this challenge is quite something, i don't think you would  be happy to miss out. hahaha! Hmmm, Let me not talk too much.
  9. Anyone above the age of 18 can enter. But, please be sure that you are healthy enough to participate, my hand is not dia ooooo!!!!!! 


Later on, I will give rules on how the entrance pics etc would look like. These are just a few pointers, there will be more to come in the following weeks. We have exactly 2 weeks to the 'd' day so HEADS UP! God bless you all real good.
Cheliz.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

How to buy and store Fruits and veggies.

10:11 am 3 Comments
Good morning Sweets,
I know some people will read this topic and wonder, 'how else can I buy fruits?' Hahahaha! Ok I feel you but please just keep reading.....


I often get complaints from people, mostly students who want to lose weight or eat right. They complain that they can't do the whole 'eat fruits and veggie' thing because they don't have the time to prep them and most importantly, they don't have a refrigerator to store the items they need for 1 week or so. Some other people complain about power supply. Yes, the power situation in the country is pretty bad but there are ways to beat the system if you know what i mean. If you really want this healthy lifestyle, you have to understand that there are many battles to be fought, it is not an easy road. Please read on....


  1. When buying fruits, buy some semi-ripe and some already ripe. E.g: you want to buy 3 pineapples for the week, buy 2 semi ripe and 1 ripe one which you can eat same day or next day. Or buy 1 ripe, 1 semi ripe and 1 unripe, so that by the time you are done with the ripe and semi ripe, the unripe one is good to go. I hope its not confusing. lol! Same goes for every other fruit like apples, oranges, water melon, paw paw. This way, you get to save money and time. You get to shop only on weekends. that's what i do fridge or no fridge, no excuses..
  2. Buy more of fruits that have a long shelf life. E.g: Apples, oranges. Apples especially can stay for over a week without going bad. Same rule (1) above applies. Make sure the seller doesn't hand them to you. Pick out what you want by yourself, some of the fruit sellers are fund of selling rotten fruits to unsuspecting individuals (i have been a victim, once bitten though). Shine ya eyes o.
  3. When you buy veggies like carrots, cabbage, green beans, etc, store them in the (crisper section) fridge immediately, most of them stay long there. Make sure you store each one separately, or separate with some newspaper or separate ziploc bags. If you don't have a fridge, just air them in a cool area of the kitchen and sprinkle water on them every morning and night, that way, they stay fresh but not as long as those in the fridge.
  4. As for green veggies like pumpkin leaves, and scent leaves (yes they are my must-haves)what i do is that i buy the ones that are not wet, i pluck them from the stems and pack in ziploc bags, then store in the fridge. In a case where you bought wet ones then air them to dry on a newspaper before storing in the fridge. If you don't have a fridge then spread them on your veg rack and sprinkle water on them daily for freshness. get a spray bottle, Shoprite sells.
  5. Buy enough fruits and veggies that you need for the week so you don't have to worry. Although there are some fruits that ripen very fast like bananas, avocados, mangoes etc so if you don't have a fridge, stick with method 1 above or just buy as you eat. Lol!
  6. Invest in Ziploc bags. This is a MUST-HAVE for anyone on a diet or healthy eating. These bags help a lot to keep food fresh (in the fridge). Shoprite stocks them.
  7. If you don't have a fridge (students) Invest in a plastic or wooden kitchen rack where you can spread your fruits and veggies when you buy them. Remember not to store different fruits together, always separate them. Some fruits make others go bad faster.
  8. If you have left overs, cut then into cubes and store in the freezer for yummy smoothie which can also be frozen till you can eat it like ice cream. Don't let anything go to waste. 
  9. You don't have to buy every kind of fruit in the market all at once. Hint: Buy oranges and apples with some greens this week, next week do some pineapples and avocado, the upper week, do mangoes and watermelons and cucumbers etc. That way you get to save money as a student.
  10. But wait o, (students) it wont be bad to invest in a fridge, would it? A small cute one so that this healthy eating habit of ours can be sustained. Just saying ooo. *runs away* hahahaha!

I really hope these few tips of mine go a long to help. I found it a bit difficult when i started my journey, but i had to find ways to improve. I didn't just want to give up because 'nepa' refused to give me light. I had to go to market every 2 days to replenish my fruit supply. It was really frustrating, but i got through it. I use all of these methods above till today, and it gets easier because its a total lifestyle change. No more excuses guys, suck it up and get going!! Lol!  If you have tried any of these, kindly share your experiences with us. Gof bless.
Cheliz.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Motivation Monday: Stay strong!

10:31 am 21 Comments
Hi sweets, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  I wish you all a blessed week. I may not bring you any motivational weight loss story today, but i bring motivational words which i think are as important.


This blog isn't all about weight loss and looking fab. Feeling good about yourself, loving yourself, feeling healthy, and loving others around you is more important to me than anything.

This is for those that can't seem to find the strength to do what they really need/want to do.
Before trying to lose weight, or looking fabulous, you need to check off somethings on your list so that you can go on that journey and reach your destination (goal). Here are some tips:

  1. Love yourself. Love who God has made you to be, look within and you will see.
  2. Identify your weak areas, is it food is it excess sleep, is it that you always feel tired (you might need to see a doctor) Some people could be really ill (God forbid) and not know it. Early diagnosis will go a long way.
  3. When you have identified your weak areas, now work on them. If you cant, then ask someone for help. Don't hide yourself and keep bottling them in. Self denial will get you nowhere.
  4. Look for a support system. Be it a good friend, your family, a good book. Just something or someone you can talk to or fall back on when the going gets tough.
  5. This may be hard for some people to do. You need to cut of bad friends. Some friends are so bad that they go to bed angry at you for nothing and wishing you negative things and unfortunately, some of those thoughts have a way of affecting you that is their friend. Be wise. If you cant identify such friends, then ask for divine help.
  6. Pray about it. Prayer always works trust me. Jesus is just waiting for you to open up to Him. 
  7. Try and pay it forward. Show kindness to people around you. Make it a rule, pay 2 or more people each a compliment daily. There is just something about showing kindness to someone, it makes you feel so good, no amount of money can buy that.
  8. Try and create a work-life balance. All work and no play makes .......a .....girl/boy. Hahahaha! Fill in the blanks. 
  9. Start small, think big. Write down your goals and draw a path with which you will follow, know that you have to start from somewhere and work your way up. Every journey begins with one step, Its not magic.
  10. Now when you have mastered these things above, set out on your journey with a lighter load and a softer heart. lol.


I know lot of people are struggling these day, i know. Yes they really, really need and want to shed weight but that's like the last thing on their mind right now. Some aren't even sure about tomorrows lunch or their children's next school fees or maybe they have parents sick in the hospital, family problems, marital problems, loads of issues here and there. I totally feel you. All i can say now is stay strong, very strong and pray. Take it to God in prayer, He will lighten that load and make you feel better. I leave you with the bible verses below.

  • Psalm 34:15-17
  • Psalm 37: 3-4
  • Luke 10: 41, 42
  • Jeremiah 17: 5-8

Take care and God bless.
Cheliz.
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