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Monday, May 8, 2017

WHOLE30 Week 1 Experience

Happy Happy Monday loves! 
Today I'm excited to share that for 1. I have started the Whole 30 and 2. I have stuck with it a full 7 days as of today!! Can I get a hallaluigh hand clamp please?! In this post I'm going to share with you my thoughts and lessons learned so far. 

So let's just start with the basics, what is Whole 30?! Whole 30 is basically a diet focused around eating Whole Foods in an effort to cut out food addictions and identify allergies or food sensitivies. I have been uncomfortable with my weight for some time but I also felt tired ALL. THE. TIME, was having stomach issues and pain in my knees. After much research I determined this was the diet for me. Ultimately, it is a kickstart to a much healthier lifestyle for me and after reading the rules and benefits I determined this was the diet for me! 

The rules are as follows: 

That's basically the gist of it. Now, most processed foods have some of these things in it so you need to be very careful with reading your labels. VERY careful. 

So let me admit right now, I FAILED the first week. 100% FAILED the whole30 program. I had 2 slip-ops and in the world of whole30, slip ups are not allowed and you FAIL the program. I will admit that I did not FULLY read the rules of this program before I started. Sadly, I purchased the book skimmed through the basics and checked out some recipes that I knew I could live with and jumped in. I did not do ALL my research. Little details caught me up this week. 

Fail #1. Chewing Gum. 
I chew gum just about everyday and didn't think twice about popping a piece of sugar-free watermelon in my mouth. Psssstt, FYI, chewing gum AND mints are NOT whole30 approved. 

Fail #2. Condiments
Ok now, this is tricky. There are some straight off the shelf condiments you CAN have such as Red Hot hot sauce but ketchup and salad dressings are a No-No. You can make your own ranch dressing but I will admit on one sleepy afternoon I caved to a dip or two....or three. I have since stocked up on the following whole30 approved condiments and feel mighty prepared for week 2!

Fail #3. I stepped on the scale. TWICE (EEEK!) 
I just couldn't help myself, I seriously just wanted to know if I was on the right track. Human moment and I honestly am NOT sorry for it. 

Hold up now, let's talk about my week 1 WINS! 
WIN #1. I have NO MAJOR slip-up
A MAJOR slip up for me is coffee. Starbucks coffee or Dunkin Donuts coffee, hell even the coffee I make at home is typically loaded with sugar and goodness and I will admit I am FULLY addicted to my one cup a day. I've had not a one. GO ME!! Other major slips for me are sodas, I was up to a 2 coca-cola a day habit before I started this challenge. SMH. No ice cream, I mean I LOOOOOVE me some ice cream. 

WIN #2. I'm cooking more
I have cooked every single day during this challenge and I don't mean heating something up in the microwave. It is not entirely uncommon for me to go a full week without turning on my stove. Shameful, I know. I actually really like to cook but I've learned that I do not like cooking for 1 person or eating alone. While I often eat alone it doesn't feel like it when I'm plopped in front of the TV, so fast food and then home to eat on my couch is normally the route. 

WIN #3. I feel better
Like, my stomach feels better. Less cramping and nausea. I know once I do it 100% (no more slips-ups) I will feel even better.

WIN #4. I've lost 6 lbs so far
WOO HOO!!! Seeing that number go down is all the motivation I need to keep going and confirmation this was the right thing to do. I am so so happy with win #4 that I can't wait to hit day 30. No more scale for me though, I promise. 

So that's it dolls, the good and the bad of my week 1 whole30 experience. I can't wait for week 2 and feel even more prepared with the right information and products at my disposal. If you would like more information on whole30 program visit this site HERE. Also, follow me on Insta-stories and Snapchat (@NAJADIAMOND) for my daily struggles and triumphs with this program. I've been having a lot of fun sharing what I love and don't love on this journey so far. I would love it if you would follow me along this journey and cheer me on if you can, even bit of encouragement helps!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

3 Spring Wardrobe Staples

Shop The Look:

If I could put 50% of my Spring wardrobe staples in one outfit it would be this look right here. All the beginnings of a great basics wardrobe all in one. The white top by Eloquii is a gem and just so easy to style with multiple looks, my fav is obviously the jeans and heels look, last styled HERE.

A good pair of torn denim is huge this season also. So versatile and this pair from Charlotte Russe fits me so great. Here are some other super affordable styles!

Last but not least this pair of espadrilles by UGG are the cutest most versatile shoe ever. They will be so cute with summer dresses and short shorts alike. I can't wait to rock these cuties all season long.


Friday, April 28, 2017

5 Ways to be Nicer to Yourself

The Look:
Top: Forever 21 Plus // Jeans: Charlotte Russe // Heels: Steve Madden //Bag: Coach
Shades: Quay X Desi Perkins // Earrings: Charming Charlie

1. Do unto YOURSELF as you would do unto others. Not sure why we as humans will have sympathy, compassion and understanding for a stranger but not for ourselves. You are worthy of the grace you would extend someone else. You would never (at least I hope you wouldn't) go up to another woman and tell her to her face that she is ugly, fat and stupid. You wouldn't dare. So why do you do it to yourself daily?? That woman looking back at you in the mirror is worthy of the same respect you would give another. Pray for her don't put her down.

2. Remember your wins. We are often so focused on our flaws that we forget to congratulate ourselves on our wins. Never forget your accomplishments because your so busy pouting about your failures. We are often so focused on where we're going that we forget the treacherous path we conquered to even get that far. Next time you forget take a moment of reflection and remember your journey up to this point.

3. Speak words of affirmation. Ok now hear me out...this really works! I used to see people doing this and was always skeptical thinking to myself does that really work? Can repeating the same thing over and over to yourself actually make your body do something or make your mind think something? The answer is YES! Tell yourself every single day that you are awesome, you are loved, you WILL be successful for just a few moments at the start of your day and see what happens. After all, if you can tell yourself the bad words over and over, "gosh I shouldn't have done that", "I'm never gonna pass", "I'll never lose this weight", what will it hurt to try it the other way around?

4. Do something nice for yourself. It can be something small. My suggestion is always to take a nice bath with a good book or buy a new lipstick and wear it boldly. I have to be careful with this because I like to buy stuff (haha don't we all) and will give myself ANY excuse to do so. So my action of doing something for myself usually doesn't involve me spending money. A nice bath or talking a walk at a park I keep passing or cuddles with my puppy all counts as DOING something nice for Naja.

5. Forgive yourself. Ok now this is a big one. You will fail at times...often. You will most certainly fall short once or twice but you must always remember that you are HUMAN and you were built with flaws. I am particularly hard on myself because I truly know me, I know what I'm capable of. I am incredibly smart, strong, resilient, creative and resourceful; you have to be to have overcome some of the trials and tribulations that I have. So when I F up or fall short I'm hard on me because I know I could have done better. But the thing is we have to fail to learn the lesson and you have to learn the lesson in order to grow. GOD forgives so you should too, start with yourself.

What are some ways you dolls are nice to yourselves? I want to know in the comments below!



Monday, April 24, 2017

Dashiki Top & Pink Pumps

Top: Gift, similar HERE // Jeans: Charlotte Russe // Pumps: Miu Miu, similar 
Purse: Zara, old// Shades: Nordstrom

Hey loves, Happy Monday! Today I'm rocking this gorgeous Dashiki printed top gifted to me by a friend. I love rocking African print, THIS skirt is one of my favs! When I seen the vibrant colors I knew I wanted to go bold so I paired the top with a hot pink pump and lips. Let's just say I'm not scared color at all.

I hope you all had a great weekend and off to an amazing and productive week. I binge watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix yesterday and it has me behind causing me to play catch up on this Monday. Great show but DO NOT start watching it if you have things to do. You have been warned ;-)

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