Fit Life, PCOS

Happy Holidays + Great Life Updates

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Hey loves! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah!  Whatever you celebrate I hope that each one of you are finding a way to be thankful, find peace, and realize how important you are.  No matter what you may be going through, know that this WILL pass and there is so much more for you on the other side of any curveball that life throws at you.  I promise!

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Fit Life

Lay It All Out On the Field

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This past Sunday was my church’s 2nd Annual Women’s Field day and it was so much fun!  Even though two days later I feel like I’ve been caned,  the healthy competition, teamwork and workout made for a great time.

My team was called, “TuTu cute but, ready for war” or Tutu Cute for short.  We would gain points based on our uniforms so, we had to have something nice yet original.  Our colors were berry pink, black, with a hint of camoflauge.  We wore tutus that we made ourselves from tulle and ribbon, and had berry-colored t-shirts made with the team name on the front.

Events

There were team events and individual events which included:

  • An obstacle course
  • A relay race
  • A hula-hoop match (I surprised myself by hula-hooping for 2 minutes straight!)
  • Bean bag toss
  • Softball throw
  • 100 yard dash
  • Over, under

I competed in all except for the bean bag toss and softball throw.  I felt really good at the time but, every inch of my body is extremely sore even now!  I have a slight competitive edge so, I know I pushed myself to do more than I would normally.

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Skin 101

Skin 101: Masks

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Sundays are my days to reboot, relax, map out my goals for the week, and do a little pampering. One thing that I do for sure weekly is a face mask.  They have many benefits and always take my skin from dull to smooth and glowing every time.

Some of the advantages of face masks include:

  •  tightens the pores
  • removes dead skin cells
  • hydrates the skin
  • removes excess oil

I have oily skin that is sometimes prone to breakouts periodically so, face masks are a must-have for me.  When I skip using masks for a few weeks, my face looks like oil slick city (super frustrating and really not the look I’m going for).

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Whether you have dry, aging, oily, or combination skin there is a mask that is specially formulated to help you reach your skin care goals.

Some of my favorites right now are:

  1. Aztec Indian Healing clay mask with apple cider vinegar– this is the mask I use when I’m having serious skin issues and need help quick! It is super powerful and you can feel the mask actually pulsating, working to get those impurities up out of those pores.

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2.  Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin enzyme mask – I picked this up from Sephora a few months ago and although it is a little pricey, it is well worth every penny!  It has a very light, pumpkin scent and it doubles as an exfoliator and a mask.

I gently rub it all over my face–very gently– and then let it sit for about 2 minutes so that the enzymes can take effect.  I rinse, apply a little moisturizer, and my skin is left baby soft smooth with the right amount of hydration.  This is definitely my new favorite.

What’s your favorite skin care mask?


Fit Life, PCOS

It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

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Hey loves! September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and it is one of the cancers that can be the most deadly because of the vague symptoms and the fact that many women are diagnosed when they are already in the advanced stages.

This is not a “get-scared” post but, more about becoming educated and aware.  Simplistic Chic is all about learning and making changes instead of living in constant worry and fear.

Lower Your Risks

Too often we wait for something to be wrong with us, and then go scrambling to find a cure or solution when sometimes it is too late. There are a few things that every woman can do to to lower their risks for ovarian cancer

  1. Use non-conventional feminine hygiene products. Many of the products on the market are full of chemicals and toxins that can wreak havoc on your reproductive system.   Check out this previous post with some of my favorite feminine hygiene products right now.
  2.  Eat clean.  For me this means I do not eat a lot of meat (when I do I try to eat organic meats), I limit my dairy intake (no cow’s milk/very little cheese), and very little refined sugar (on most weeks!)
  3. Exercise.  Get up and get moving!  Get that blood pumping and sweat those toxins out.  Find what works for you.  Exercise should not feel like a chore all of the time.  Dance, run outside, take a pole class, or go for a bike ride.
  4.  De-stress.  Stress, worry, fear, anxiety, unforgiveness, and bitterness can all have a negative physical effect on your body.  For the love of your body and mind,  find a way to deal with these emotions and effectively manage them!  I recently learned just how important this was.  Like seriously.  Read more here.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

 • Bloating

• Pelvic or Abdominal pain

• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

• Urinary urgency or frequency

Other symptoms may include:

 • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea

• Extreme fatigue

• Shortness of breath

• Backaches

• Weight Gain

 Currently, pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer and there is no screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages.

If you are having any of the above symptoms or you just “feel off”  for two weeks or more, please go see a doctor.

Take care of your body and mind ladies!  Change something today that will impact your life for years to come.