Hair | My Big Chop

Soooooooo, I know I said that I would break this up in phases, but the frustration took hold. I jumped the gun and big chopped Saturday, 9/26. I couldn't have waited any longer. Below is Vlog #24: My Big Chop!, chronicling the entire day.

Side note: I still don't know how to feel. I don't hate it, but I definitely don't love it. I've accepted it, but haven't quite embraced it yet. 

Current products:

  • Leave-in mixture: KinkyCurly leave-in, coconut oil and water
  • Coconut Oil
  • Raw shea butter / Coconut oil mixture

Barbershop deets:

  • Legends The Barbershop
  • 431 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • (323) 658-7000

More to come...

Hair | Phase 1 - Mission Bald Baddie: Poetic Justice Braids

As we close out the month of August, I entered Phase 1 of Mission Bald-Baddie. I've been working out tough [almost] everyday and am starting to see some crazy results [Thanks, Shawn T!]. This past weekend, I received my Poetic Justice braids and you can't tell me nothin'. 

Boyyyyyy, what can happen when you get a new-do. I'm in rare form. 

Now to stick with my new diet [eating a raw breakfast every morning, being smart about what I put in my body on a daily, and drinking water like it's going out of style] and exercise routine [Insanity], and I'll be that much closer to becoming a Bald Baddie.

If you live in the LA area, and are looking for a good braider with decent prices, hit up my bestie Doma [@domajay on Instagram and @Prima_Doma on Le Twitter], or fill out the contact form in the top right-hand corner of the page so that I can connect you with her!

And yes. That's a gold bead you see in the photo. I told you... I'm in rare form.



Waiting for my "Adam"

As young girls, we're taught to wait on our Prince Charming. As young women, we're taught to go for what we want. It's confusing. I was torn between waiting on "fate" to take its course and making things happen for myself. I spent so many years trying to navigate through this crazy world of dating and relationships, that I've completely missed the mark. Boyfriend after boyfriend. First loves to numerous lusts. No one really did "it" for me. I was never satisfied - always searching for more. In the beginning of my "relationships" (both official and not so much) there would be sparks and they would slowly fade over time. By the 2nd or 3rd month, I was completely over them. And I'm not writing this to shade any of them - most were pretty great guys, but not for me. I just simply lost interest. I would be so excited in the beginning, and once the excitement started to wear off and I was no longer blinded by our "firsts", I would get realistic with myself.

What's underneath the surface?

Do I even really like him, or do I just like the idea of having someone?

Sad part is that I was a complete coward when it came to breaking things off. I would just stop talking to them, cold turkey. No warnings. No explanations. And that's pathetic. I would be "all in" in the beginning, and made them believe that we were on the same page.. I mean, we were. At least I thought we were. But in all actuality, they were only place holders until I found something "better".

The list.

All women have a list. Even though you may not want to admit it, or even if you've never written it down, you have a list. A list of characteristics that you would want your husband to have. While dating in my college years, I always had "the list" in the back of my mind. I would check one thing off at a time, hoping that this particular guy would be "the one".. But he was N E V E R the one. You know why? Because I chose him and tried to make him fit into my life, instead of waiting on God to bring me the man who He created with me in mind.

YouTube: Heather Lindsey, Let God Write Your Life Story

Sis, click the link above and W A T C H  T H A T  V I D E O . Now. 

I came across Heather Lindsey's YouTube channel a few months ago. I was watching beauty videos, and one of the guru's made a video about not dating and waiting for her Adam. I thought it was a bunch of brainwashed malarkey until I compared her words what the Bible says.

Proverbs 18:22 

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

So pretty much, I need to sit my impatient self down somewhere and wait on the Lord. I should be focused on my God-given purpose, not on finding a husband. His job is to find me. I'm not a hunter. Which explains why I haven't had the best of luck with men (or boys, depending on who we're addressing). 

Now, this isn't the first time that I've heard this verse, but it's definitely the first time that I've taken it seriously. As I'm becoming closer to God, I'm beginning to trust Him with my life. It's kind of hard when you've been taking matters into your own hands your whole adult life. I just know that I've been crashing and burning for the past few years, not making any real progress - so why not give God the chance to make things right.. You know?

That's not to say that I don't plan on dating - I actually don't "plan" on anything right now, seeing as my "plans" never seem to work too well. I'm just going to take things a day at a time, and for exactly what they are. If I'm interested in a man and he happens to ask me out to dinner, I'm going to dinner. He didn't propose. We're not hopping in the bed together. We're just going to dinner and having (hopefully) great conversation; nothing more, nothing less. 

Listening to His word and waiting on my "Adam" is just one aspect of my journey with Christ, but trusting Him with my life is a more daunting task. I can touch on that in another post, but just thought I'd let you guys in on more of my "dating stories".

Are you struggling with the same thing? I listen to a few motivational podcasts to help to keep me on course and I'll link them below :)

Heather and Cornelius Lindsey: The Gathering Oasis

Jay Mayo: The Right to R.E.A.L. Love 

And another YouTube video from Heather Lindsey that I absolutely love : He's Just Not That Into You

Health | JJ Smith's, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse | Day 5-10 Update

Yes.. You've read that correctly. I'm on Day 10 of the cleanse, T H A N K  G O D . Here's the breakdown of days 5 - 10:

Days 5-9 were a breeze. Seriously. I felt great. One of my biggest fears was going out in public, like the mall for instance, and not being able to resist the pepperoni pizza pretzel from Wetzels.. I had to go to the mall on Sunday to shop for a few things, and I did just that. Stood in line with my preggers best friend as she ordered her pretzel and didn't even flinch. 

As promised, I dreadfully post my before and afters - From Day 1 to Day 6. 


I'm mortified. 

Day 10. I didn't have a chance to take a progress pic this morning, but I've definitely lost a few lbs since Day 6. I'm feeling a little bummed out that the cleanse ends tonight. This means that I'm now fully responsible for creating a meal plan and managing my results. Pray for me.

Total weightloss. I wouldn't know. I don't own a scale, so I didn't weigh myself before I began. I can guess that I've lost a total of 8-10 lbs. My pudge is still there, but it's definitely shrunk a little. 

Maintaining. I'm excited to try a slew of health-concious recipes that I've seen online, but to tell you the truth, I'm nervous about food. I'm a foodie by nature. I'm thinking that if I meal prep on a  weekly basis, I should be good. Any maintaining tips? Tweet me: @bashinla

Working out. I'm getting back to it over the holidays. And by that I mean half-marathon training. I'll speak more about this in a separate post. 




Health | JJ Smith's, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse | Day 3+4 Update

Day 3: I felt good in the morning. Woke up with a ton of energy, but by the end of the workday I wanted to cry. I didn't pack my snacks for work, so I only had smoothies, water and detox throughout the day. 

Tip: If you're trying the cleanse, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO EAT YOUR SNACKS. 

Day 4: I feel great! I woke up with a ton of energy and remembered to pack my snacks this morning.

What I've eaten: I had my smoothie, one cup of detox tea, roughly 24 of the 64 oz of water, celery and 2 tbsp of peanut butter, and a handful of raw cashews - all between 7 am and noon.

Mood: Eating my snacks made a world of difference to my mood. I'm definitely not as cranky as I was yesterday.

Health | JJ Smith's, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse | Day-2

I'm dying.

Not really.. But this is definitely harder than I thought.

Hunger pains / cravings: I'm not hungry (I've been snacking a little too much on the raw cashews), but I'm craving EVERYTHING. Pizza. Cake. Cookies. Pasta. Chips. Pickles.

Mood swings: Yes. I've been snappy all day. I think it's just from frustrations of not being able to eat what I want.

What I'm missing: I still didn't have a chance to pick up the detox tea, and apparently I should grab a pack of laxatives to ensure that I'm having at least 2-3 BM's daily. TMI? Well, that's to be expected when you're sharing detoxing deets.

I'll prep the rest of my 2/5 smoothies tomorrow, and will go shopping for the other half of the cleanse on Wednesday. 


Health | JJ Smith's, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse | Prepping + Day 1

I've been eating like a complete heathen since the week of Thanksgiving, and just about fell off the fitness wagon. A close friend of mine just finished JJ Smith's 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse and her results were crazy good. She recommend that I give it a try to give me the boost I needed to get rid of the last bit of belly fat.

Prepping was easy. I followed the suggested grocery list located in Chapter 3 and went shopping for the first 5 days of the cleanse. I then prepped smoothies for the first 3 days - keeping Day 1's batch in the fridge and placed Day 2 and 3's in the freezer. 

Day 1: I'm hungry. Haha, no but seriously - I feel fine. I had my breakfast smoothie pretty late in the day and ate a handful of raw cashews to subside my "need to chew" cravings (JJ Smith says that snacking on raw fruits/veggies/nuts is acceptable, but I want to keep it to a minimum). I'm also drinking the recommended 64 oz of water a day. 

What I'm missing: Detox tea. I forgot to grab this from the store, and I don't want to take my sick kid back out for some darn tea. So I'm going to improvise with hot water and lemon until I can get to the store tomorrow morning before work. JJ Smith suggests using the Yogi detox tea which is perfect. I love Yogi and used the breastfeeding tea when I was nursing Jace, so I'm familiar with the brand all too well. 

Support: I'll definitely be reaching out to my friend when I'm feeling like crap, haha. There's a Facebook group for those participating in the cleanse, so I'll check that out too. 

Workout regimen: I've been running/training for next October's half marathon (not since my binge week though), but I intend on keeping that up throughout the cleanse. My guess is that it's not too smart to work out hardcore while I'm detoxing, so I'll be doing light yoga and pilates to "keep it tight". 

FitspirationBeyonce. Duh.

Before and afters. You'll have to wait until I'm finished to see those. But check out the prepping pics below :)