It seems weird to do a recap when you seemingly can't go anywhere, right? Well, here we are, folks! Surprisingly, I felt like I didn't do anything all week, but that turns out to be false. I actually had a pretty productive week, and while I didn't do as much cardio as usual, I did manage to get in more strength training and recovery than usual. Sunday  I went for a 14-mile social distancing bike ride with friends. Since I'm still fairly new to carb cycling, I really underestimated my need for additional calories - especially carbs - for my high cardio days. Unfortunately, I got very lightheaded and dizzy during the ride. Whomp whomp. Sunday was Mother's Day, so I played Mother's Day fairy and dropped off surprise flower delivers for the moms in my immediate family. It was really nice seeing everyone in real life for the first time in months, even if only from a distance.  Sundays are also my meal prep days. I've been getting so much better a...
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, "what is your skincare routine?" I thought I would put together a video  (scroll to the bottom to watch!) that explains my current process so that you can see it in action. I've also written out my steps below, and have included affiliate links to these products where noted. Please note that I may receive a commission if you purchase any of these items using my affiliate links. This helps keep this machine running! Thanks for your support! One thing that I will add prior to getting into this explainer is that I tend to follow this routine for both my face and my neck, and I will often use the excess products on my hands as well. This leaves my face, neck, and hands feeling soft, smelling good, and practically sparkling. Step One: Cleansing Oil Step one is using a cleansing oil. I know that it sounds really weird to use oil to clean your face, but it really is a game-changer ! I am currently using Heali...
This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.  Earth Day has come and gone, but that does not mean that you can't continue to celebrate the Earth moving forward! One way that you can practice Earth love year-round is by embracing eco-friendly products. Want to level up? Practice Earth love and self-love at the same time! Say what now? What is "Self-Care?" According to the Oxford Dictionary , self-care can be defined in two ways: The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health, and The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. Sound like something you need more of in your life? Looking for ideas for practicing self-care? As we enter May, which is National Mental Health Month, here is a short list of tips to practicing eco-friendly self-care: Go For A Walk I know this so...
It's been a while since my last Tasty Tuesday, so I thought I'd bring it back today! It's not like I haven't been getting my Tuesday snack in, so why not? I'm going to try to get back in the habit of posting these every Tuesday. Please hold me to it, people! I first learned about Bohana Popped Water Lily Seeds from my first ever Expo East . This is a woman-owned company that participated in a BINGO challenge, and they were on my BINGO board, so I paid their booth a visit. And boy, am I glad I did. These snacks are SO GOOD! When I first heard of popped water lily seeds, I thought, that doesn't sound right . I wasn't even sure what it meant, but I knew that it was something I had never heard of before! Of course, once I saw a booth with them, I couldn't stop  seeing booths with them! It's sort of like how I had never heard of oat milk a few years ago, and now it seems like everyone makes oat milk these days. But I digress. There are a ton of h...
I had been talking about starting my own podcast for a while, and I finally did it! It took several friends and colleagues asking, "what do you have to lose?" to inspire me to get my act together and go for it. They were right; the worst that could happen would be that my podcast stinks and that I'm the only person who listens to it! ...
Over my adult life, and in particular the last two-plus years, I have been working to "green "my lifestyle. I have begun transitioning to more clean beauty brands, I've used more sustainable cleaning products at home, and I've worked to reduce my consumption of energy while increasing my recycling and composting efforts. Many of my friends have also taken on greening their lifestyles, and we've shared experiences, best practices, and tools to make transitioning simpler. You can check out these posts to read a sampling of what I've written about how I'm transitioning to a greener lifestyle: How I'm Transitioning to Using Only Natural Beauty Products 9 Things I Learned from Completing an Armpit Detox My Top 5 Must-Have Items from Grove Collaborative Follain on the Brain An Earth Day Challenge Prana Cozy Gear is Everything Now, let's talk about a serious challenge for people who are looking to buy products from brands that support su...
You guys have heard of my #4Kby4PM giveaway, but this month, I'm doing something different; this month, I am joining my friend Tikima  (of Tikima Renee Fitness) for a #5Kby5PM giveaway challenge! We want to challenge everyone to try to get in 5,000 steps by 5pm each day in the month of April. It's more of a challenge this month, as most of us are stuck social distancing in our homes, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! Instead, it means we're going to have to get up and move around a bit more than we might have in the month of March. ...
This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. It's been a long time since I last wrote about my experience with Grove Collaborative , so I thought it would be worthwhile to share with you my top five must-have items from this awesome company. There are a lot of things to love about Grove Collaborative , and a ton of green cleaning products I now can't live without that I've discovered through Grove. ...
Week 2 of social distancing has had its challenges, but I learned a lot from Week 1 and set goals to manage my sanity moving forward. Week 1 was hard y'all, and learning that I would have to telework for at least another month sent a chill down my spine. I knew I had to change the way I was doing things, and so I have. On last week's episode of the Fit Black Queens Podcast, " Social Distancing ," we challenged each other to do something new this week. I made this my mission this week, and even downloaded a couple of apps and set up my bike trainer for this first time ever! Scroll down to learn what the other queens did differently this week. ...
Earlier this month, I completed my first 7-day armpit detox . Believe it or not, I learned a lot after doing this detox! Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's definitely not necessary before transitioning to natural deodorant, but as I shared in my previous post where I highlighted some of the research I found on the topic, it didn't hurt me to try it. In fact, I learned quite a few things while running this experiment on myself! I'm sharing 9 of those things in this post. ...
Today, I'm going to teach you all how to make Triflin' Tacos. Excuse, me, what  tacos??? You read that right! I'm going to teach you how to make a super quick, easy, under 30-minute taco recipe, and you're going to love  it! ...
It has been a few months since I was first introduced to Follain . I thought I was doing pretty well with natural skincare until I first found Follain's Restricted Ingredients list, and it really changed the way that I shop for beauty products. I haven't swapped out everything yet because, well, I don't want to waste it, and that stuff was not cheap! Nonetheless, I really am transitioning to using only natural beauty and skincare products. ...
Day 5 was rough. Work was crazy busy, it was the end of the first full workweek while social distancing, and I did not get any fresh air all day. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? ...
Day 4 wasn't so bad. Admittedly, I did a ton  of work on Day 4, but I managed to break it up with a trip to my office to pick up an extra monitor, a grocery store trip to restock on vegetables, and a nice, short run. The weather was pretty nice, the sun was shining, and it didn't feel quite as miserable. It's probably because I left the house. On days where I stay inside all day and don't get any fresh air, I feel absolute dread take over. Yes, I worked until my eyes got super heavy and I had to hit the hay at 11:00 p.m., but I wasn't upset about it. ...
:: In my Ice Cube voice :: Today was a good day. While I didn't do most of the things I planned to do today (my sincerest apologies, yesterday ), I did  manage to get some serious cycling in - I biked just over 18 miles today! ...
It's Day 2 of our statewide quarantine, and I'm doing a little better with combating monotony. I got in a bit of exercise today, got some fresh air, and took a few work phone calls. Was my day exciting? Absolutely not. Was it more interesting than yesterday? Totally! ...
Today was the first day that I was required to telework and break from my regular routine. I'm such an extrovert, and I'm always on the go, so staying put in my apartment was not ideal. Nonetheless, I completely understand why! Most of my day was filled with me sitting at my laptop and working. I had an office conference call in the morning, but for the most part, my day was pretty uneventful. I suppose my greatest excitement came from trying to figure out if the gym where I was supposed to sub for indoor cycling this evening was going to hold classes. ...
Have you listened to the new podcast I'm co-hosting, the Fit Black Queens Podcast ? We interviewed The Philly Bra Lady on a recent episode , and she taught me so much about bra care, maintenance, and basic facts. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable, but it turns out I know nothing, Jon Snow. It was because of this interview that I decided to go for a bra fitting. It had been way too long since my last bra fitting. In fact, I don't even remember the last time I had it done! Was it less than 10 years ago? More than 10 years? I honestly can't remember, which is a big problem. According to the ladies at  Soma Intimates , I should've had my last one last year. Whoops! ...
Ever since my last visit to Follain, and the eye-opening experience that brought with it, I have been trying to transition/phase out my makeup and skincare products with natural products and brands. Prior to my Follain experience - and ever since - I have dabbled with natural deodorants. The only brand I've found thus far that hasn't given me any allergic reactions was Tom's of Maine  ( affiliate link ); however, I felt like that deodorant made me sweatier and stinkier than I cared to be. (It might have been the fragrances that they use that don't gel with my body, so to speak.) I've tried Schmidt's and Smarty Pits, and they gave me pretty bad rashes, turning my armpits black. Definitely not ideal! I have a couple of other brands I'm getting ready to try out, but I decided that I want to give this whole armpit detox thing a shot before I get too deep into this. ...
If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you may have noticed that I’ve recently partnered with Fabletics on several campaigns. Let me clear be completely clear and transparent: I was a huge fan of Fabletics before they contacted me! I was thirst trapping them for at least two years to no avail. I told anyone who would listen that they needed to buy some Fabletics leggings. One day, the clouds parted, they reached out to me, and I was in hog heaven! ...
I am so excited, you guys: I was selected to be a Balega Impi Ambassador! ...
Last week was busy ! I did a lot of activities, and while I wish I could say that I feel so refreshed because of it, that would just be a lie. By Sunday morning, I was so rundown that I had to cancel my morning running plans because I felt so terrible I couldn't even get out of bed. Rough! Eventually, I was able to log some extra zzz's into my sleep bank and feel a bit more energized before going about my day. I think the funky non-winter-winter weather has really been messing with my mind and body! Yesterday was exhausting as well, but I'm already starting to feel the week change course, and I'm hopeful that I can get back on a regular sleep schedule before the end of the week. And now, without further ado, let me walk you through my last week, starting with yesterday! ...
I was sitting here a couple of days ago talking to myself, trying to figure out what blog post I'd been forgetting to write when it dawned it me: I needed to write a recap of my very first triathlon! On January 5, I participated in the Life Time Indoor Triathlon Series . I signed up for it with my friend Tikima because we wanted some triathlon experience as sort of a baseline test for June, and we weren't ready for anything in open water or outdoors just yet. This was perfect because it was indoors, timed, and simulated a lot of the basic challenges of a triathlon, i.e. transitioning, endurance, competing in a swim, etc. ...
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com . All thoughts shared in this post are my honest reactions to the products in my very first BabbleBoxx. To help me start my 2020 in a health-focused way, I received an awesome BabbleBoxx  filled with some sweet products! Keep reading to learn more about what was included in this box! ...
For my first studio visit of the new year and new decade, I decided to try out Sculp'd in Alexandria, Virginia. I had the day off of work, so I was able to take a mid-day class - something I never get to do! That morning, I taught my first indoor cycling class of the year (my 45-minute, 7 a.m. class), so I had some time to come home and chill out a little bit before I hit the road. Because I can be an airhead from time to time, I totally misread the location of the studio as Arlington instead of Alexandria, so I totally miscalculated how long it was going to take me to get there, and with random mid-day traffic, that mistake almost cost me a spot in the class! Fortunately, I was able to call ahead and let them know I might be getting there right on the dot instead of 15 minutes early like they preferred (and as I had planned if it was indeed in Arlington). This actually says a lot about how much the boutique fitness market has just totally exploded in Arlington. It seems that...
I kicked off 2020 with a 5k! This was my first time running a race on New Year's Day, and I actually convinced my lovely SO to join me. I've gone with friends to do the Polar Plunge in Coney Island (I was comfortably bundled up on the beach, dry, natch), I've slept in until mid-day because I was out partying until 4am, and... yeah, that about sums it up! ...
I've done a lot of workouts over my lifetime, and I've done some really creative sweating over the past year. As we transition into this new year, I thought it would be a fun exercise to write out how I've sweated over the last year. I don't know what 2020 will bring or how I will sweat from now until December 2020, but I'm hoping to add some new things to this list! I've broken down the list into groups, and I've included some commentary on selected items in the list. (Maybe next year I'll have commentary for each one?) I think it also helps guide my adventures for next year. Maybe I should try to sweat more in the X category, you know? It also helps guide me as I notice fitness trends (existing and emerging) while I build my sweat calendar. Anyway, check it out, and let me know if you have any recommendations for ways to sweat this year! ...