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How To Survive The Harmattan

Tis the season to be jolly, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, Who else is exited for Christmas. I know I am. Over here, that means the harmattan season is here to stay. Harmattan is that time of the year when everywhere gets really dusty and dry and chilly. The nights and morning are usually cold. This is what we love most about it. The afternoon are dry and sunny and the evening are usually cool and dusty. I’m not complaining but the harmattan, it leaves your skin dry and rough. Don’t forget white and sometimes cracks start appearing in your skin but we will survive.

Here are simple everyday ways to get by during the harmattan

1. Body oil – a must: Applying body oil to your skin this season is a must to combat against the dryness of the hamattan. Baby oil, shea butter, Vaseline is a yes this period.

2. Lip Gloss; a necessity: Never make the mistake of leaving, your lip gloss/ lip balm / chap stick home. It should always be in your purse. To keep your lips moisturise, if not it will end up dry and cracked and start looking like one of a fever patient. Don’t let fifty shades deceive you, licking your lips every five second is not sexy.

3. Socks? Yes, Yes: Socks are a must this season to prevent your feet from being all white and dry when you go out.

4.  Water: Like I always say you don’t have to be thirsty before drinking water. By that time you’re already dehydrated. Make sure to always take a can of water every where you this dry season. That’s what I do.

5. Sweatshirts: This period, the morning is undeniably cold but if you are a lazybum like me, you can just cuddle in bed all morning but if you have places to go, then sweatshirts / jackets are a yes to keep yourself warm. Make sure its something you can conveniently pull, if the weather becomes hot later.

6. Skip the white powders this period, you don’t need it.

7. Open Fires? NO!: Unfortunately this period I have had to watch two cars on different occasions get burnt to ash. What starts as a little fire ignites really quickly because of how dry and. windy the season is. I’m thankful no life was loss but other stories I’ve been hearing hasn’t been so good.
People also have the habit of burning dirts outside at night which is totally unadvisable. So lets stay safe this season.

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Misguided Ideas on Weight Loss

A lot of people are talking about their weight and doing anything to lose it. Recently I have discovered that they are a lot of misconceptions and ideas concerning this weight losing of a thing and dieting.

Let me tell a bit of a story

So a family friend, she’s also a neighbour…

She’s said she wanted to lose weight because she thinks she is getting too fat and she does not want her husband to come and see that she has gained weight because that wasn’t how he left her. Her husband stays abroad.

She embarks on a weight losing journey but it isn’t as effective as it should be.

Why?

Because she have some misguided ideas on weight losing;

Which are;

1. I want to lose weight, so my husband won’t look elsewhere.

2. To lose weight, I must stop eating.

3. I’m not going to eat in the morning before I go to work.

So my friend will miss breakfast and come to work. When she arrives, after sweeping and cleaning the office, and working on her computer, later in the morning lets say 11, she’s tired and her stomach is empty, so she buys one bottle of Miranda or Fanta ( a soft drink that is basically water and sugar) with a pack of biscuits. When she decides to eat at noon, she buys street food. She gets home late and when she does she probably eats a little or not at all.

What’s she doing wrong?

A lot of things.

Now lets correct those misguided ideas

Never miss breakfast:

Studies show making breakfast a daily habit can help you lose weight – and keep it off.

By Jeanie Lerche Davis

Some people cut breakfast thinking they are cutting calories but at lunch you are starved and you start nibbling for anything you see. Making you opt for junk food.

Your body needs metabolism to burn fat. Eating early (breakfast) helps your body to produce enzymes to create metabolism to burn fat through out the day.

Don’t starve yourself:

Starving yourself is unhealthy. The last thing you need is you fainting all in the name of weight loss, then your neighbours will start asking you, “who send you?” Besides it won’t work anyway.

Not eating will make you crave more.

I know word is out there that starving yourself isn’t the best way to lose weight but people still do it out of desperation. If you are losing weight because you are insecure about your relationship or to fit in a particular crowd, then that’s low self esteem talking. Lose weight for the right reasons.
 Instead of eating three large meal, switch to five smaller meal. An healthy breakfast, a mid morning snack; a light lunch, a mid afternoon, then dinner. And when I say snack, I mean something healthy.

Eat slowly. It takes a while for your stomach to know its full. When you rush and eat, you end up over feeding yourself.

Have you noticed that sometimes when you eat and then its like you’re not full. So you go to the kitchen to make another meal but when the meal its ready, it seems like you lost your appetite. You might eat a little but you find out you’re not as hungry as you were when you decided to make the meal.

Eat slow and you will get filled up on time.

Avoid Street/junk/fast food: Of course you shouldn’t always deprive yourself when you’re on a weight loss journey. You can treat yourself once in a while. Opt for a healthier option. But don’t make eating Street/junk/fast food an habit because its calorie filled. Home cooked meal are the best. There’s nothing wrong with packing your lunch to work.

 

Staying Fit should be an every day thing.

Once upon a time, my mum sold gymning equipments and her main customers were older men and women who were over weight. It’s funny how some people eat anyhow just because they have this slimy perfect figure and if you ask them if they gym, they’ll tell you, “What for? Am I fat?” That’s a common misconception. Staying fit; exercising and eating right should be a part of everyday lifestyle not necessarily to lose weight but to keep healthy.

One easy way to exercise is by walking. Avoid the shortcuts. Don’t take a taxi everywhere.

I’ll leave you with this;
Love Yourself, Love your Body. No matter what size, shape, figure you are, you are wonderfully and beautifully made. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad or insecure about it. God loves you.

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So a few weeks back, I sent a mail to Pulse Nigeria to be part of the Pulse Blogger team. I got a mail back that I’ve been accepted as a three months probatory contributor. My first article was published on Saturday and I will love if you check it out and if you can leave a comment.

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Thank you.

For everyone who followed, likes, comments, you guys are stars. I really appreciate.

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So tell me what you think of today’s post. What other misguided ideas do you think people have on weight losing? Share your thoughts on anything and everything.

For more fitness and weight loss tips, check out these articles / posts

Losing belly fat- 15 effective ways

Lose the belly fat

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Bad Days

We all have one of those days that it seems nothing we do turns out right. Even when we try it’s like the universe is screwing with us.

That particular day when you’re hungry and you decided to cook, only for you to get distracted for a bit and end up burning the food. You try cooking again but discovered you are out of groceries and cash. So you decided to go to the nearest ATM but so it happened that everyone chose that day to withdraw, as you meet a long queue and have no option but to wait in line on an empty stomach.

That day when you walk to class and something happens to make your dress to get torn in not the most convenient of places, only for the lecturer not to show up at the end.

Or the day you decide to wear a white dress out but got stained because your period decided to visit early.

Then you feel really down and it likes it can’t get better and nothing can cheer you up. Well here are some tips that could really help lift your spirits on those days…

1. Read a Book: Some of you are probably thinking “That would be the last thing on my mind”. I still stand on my point. Books have a way of pulling you into elsewhere but on a bad day, I’ll say opt for a light read or a comedy or your favorite book. Personally I can’t read anything with a serious theme on those kind of days, so I go with something light, mostly a Sophie Kinsella book. It helps cheer me up.

2. Watch a Movie: Watching a movie is a really good distraction from the stress of a bad day.

3. Talk to Someone: No matter what you the do, nothing seem to work out right today . Sometimes talking to a friend about how shitty your day has been is one remedy to help lifts your spirit up. There’s nothing like letting all the stress out.

4. It’s okay to cry: Sometimes when my day just keep stressing me out and I really don’t know what to do. I just go to a corner and cry. Now now, you might think that’s insane. But it’s okay to breakdown, you can’t always be on top of the situation on all times. As long as you know that when you do stand up, you are 100% on your feet.

5. Give yourself a treat: You’ve been having a horrning,  give yourself a treat – you deserve. It probably wasn’t on your budget. Have fun. Make yourself feel better.

6. Turn on your playlist: If you’ve done your research, you would know music is like a balm to the soul, it soothens the mind and an amazing form of therapy. Okay a lot of us know this. So what the heck. What better way to lift your spirit on one of those days, than playing your favorite songs. 

7. Pray: This is the last on my list but by no means the least. A friend of mine one told me that when she’s having a bad day, she prays. She talks to God in prayers and asks Him to have mercy on her if there’s anyway she had sinned that is making her day not go right and that He should take control. Her statement really got to me. The thing is, as human beings, we feel so busy that we leave God out in the lurch of things. When we sleep we have no idea what happens to us. We are clueless like unconscious. There are perfectly healthy persons who had passed away in their sleeps. But God in His mercy woke us up this morning, and we bother to utter one word of gratitude but think it’s perfect to blame Him when things start going wrong. It’s not good enough.

Do you find any of this tips helpful to you? Any you want to add? I love to know what you think about everything and anything.

Bad Days shouldn’t stay bad.

If you are new to this blog and like what, stay up to date. Don’t forget to follow and share.

Nessa. 

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Losing Bellly Fat- 15 effective ways

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Always found that belly fat a nuisance? Well, here are 15 tips to help you get rid of them.

Tip 1: First thing first, you need to be motivated. Losing weight takes a lot effort and time so you need to be properly motivated so you won’t give up easily.

Tip 2: Choose a fitness routine that’s just right for you. You can browse them out on goggle or youtube.

Tip 3: Rather than eating three large meals every day, switch to five smaller meals: a light breakfast, a mid-morning snack, a light lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and a balanced dinner. Smaller portions more often will keep you from feeling hungry. And by the way, when I say “snack,” of course I mean something healthful, not a Twinkie! 

Tip 4: Doing your weight bearing exercises – one of the best way of losing belly fat. think you’ll need to spend the rest of your life doing sit-ups and crunches only, so you can burn belly fat and keep it off, that’s not quite true. You’ll need to do all sorts of exercises, in moderation, including weight bearing exercises, like brisk walking, jogging, and the like. Remember, overall fitness and nutrition is the key for losing stomach fat, and making sure it doesn’t come

Tip 5: Do your non-weight bearing exercises too. In addition to the weight bearing exercises to help you burn belly fat, you’ll also need to add non-weight bearing exercises, like biking and rowing. These two (weight bearing and non-weight bearing), combined with weight training and cardio, and some yoga thrown in for good measure, will give you a lifetime of fitness and good health — and of course will melt that belly fat away for good.

Tip 6: Never skip breakfast. It can actually be one of those things that cause stomach fat! If you don’t eat after many hours of sleeping your body goes into ‘starvation mode’. This is bad news for shedding belly fat as it slows your metabolism down in an effort to save energy and burn less calories. In fact a lot of dietitians advice that the best breakfast is a heavy one.

Tip 7: One of the best ways to lose stomach fat fast is to try and eat more fat burning foods such as brown rice, whole grains, vegetables, natural fruits, skimmed milk, lean poultry or meat, seafood and egg whites.

Tip 8: Cut down or eliminate the consumption of alcohol. Because of the effects alcohol has on the liver, drinking alcoholic drinks slows down the body’s natural fat burning proces.

Tip 9: I hate the scale. We all think of it as the end-all, be-all of weight loss measurement, but it’s not. First of all, as women, our weight is prone to fluctuate a little on its own with our own natural cycles. Also, as we build lean muscle and lose stomach fat, we’ll actually gain a little weight, though we’re losing inches. Ignore the scale. Or, if you just can’t help yourself, keep the weigh-ins to a minimum, maybe once a week or every two weeks.

Tip 10: Drink, drink and drink. While trying to lose belly fat, its important to stay hydrated. If you are dehydrated your liver won’t function, making the fat losing process ineffective.

Tip 11: Want a quick tip to make it look like you’ve lost inches, even when you haven’t (yet)? Suck your tummy in, put your shoulder back, keep your head up, and, with this good posture, you’ll look (and even FEEL) much fitter — it’s even easier to breathe this way! In a way you’ll be toning your abdominal muscles, and as you know – they are essential in losing stomach fat faster

Tip 12: Swim. I know I sound like a broken record, but if you don’t exercise regularly, you’ll never lose belly fat. One of the best ways to exercise, and the most fun this summer, is to swim!

Tip 13: Eat slowly – an effective way of losing stomach fat fast. Get into the habit of taking smaller bites and chewing them slowly because that will ensure that you consume fewer calories and do not over-eat. How? Well, it takes our brain about 20 minutes to register that we are full. So if you don’t take your time to eat, chances are you’re eating past the point where you’re full. Eating slowly gives you enough time to realize when you should stop.

Tip 14: A good night sleep. If you are not sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night you will find it difficult to find the energy to work out and eat well. Studies show people who are constantly tired have slower metabolisms.  So, make sure you get a good night sleep every night!

Tip 15: Skip the junk food. Skip the fast food. Why? It’s loaded with calories.

Once you’ve got the body you want (no belly fat in sight!), that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest on your laurels. Don’t stop exercising. Don’t stop eating right. Keep up with your plan, and you’ll keep your new hot body!

More tips? Find them in this previous post

Lose the belly fat!

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Fashion: Ankara Styles

Heyy guys, hope you are having a great week? Mine is rather boring though I’m working on it.

I love fashion. Though I won’t call myself a fashion freak, but I love dressing up in clothes that are stylish and make me look really chic. Who doesn’t? So in this post, you will be seeing some pictures of dresses, really nice pieces, that I just love. They are all classy, trended styles sew with Ankara pieces.

Every year has its fashion trends and 2017 is no exceptions. Ankara fabrics are so unique and colourful that all you have to do is, buy the material and give it to a your local tailor \ fashion designer to sew your own unique piece for you.

Ankara clothing is loved by Nigerian women as aso-ebi fabric, sewn into different styles and worn at weddings. It’s common to see ankara combined with lace, chiffon or other materials.

So here are fifteen of my favourite pieces in no particular order.

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N.B: For the benefit of those who don’t have an idea about the origin and history of this fabric, ankara is the name of the popular, patterned, cotton fabric extensively worn by Africans. Some call it ankara print, ankara wax, or simply ‘wax’ or ‘print’. Ankara is synonymous with ‘traditional wear’ in Nigeria. Popular brands of this fabric include: vlisco ankara wax, uniwax, Ghana wax, English wax, Dutch wax, Nigerian wax, woodin print and a whole lot of other African prints fabric

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 I love these styles because they are simple yet sexy, reserved yet classy, chic with the right blend of everything, perfect for that girls night out or that traditional ceremony. You can never go wrong with dresses like this.

So I love to hear what you guys think? Do you like it? What’s your favorite piece?

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Lose The Belly Fat!

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Whatsup babes and guys, am opening a new category called Style It Out. In this category I would be blogging about health, fitness, style and fashion. It’s something to look forward to. So this is the first official blog post of Style It Out.

Pointers On Reducing Belly Fat:

Statistics has shown that a lot of young adults are not happy with their abdominal muscle tone. They would prefer it to be lower or better more, lose the belly fat all together. Its really annoying when I wear a body fitting dress, and then my tummy bulges out. So my ultimate goal is to lose it all together. I admire young ladies who are really comfortable with their skin, no matter what size.

Tip 1: Before you start doing push up and sit up, decide how much fat you want to burn out. Make up your mind that this is what you really want to do. Losing weight and belly fat takes a lot of work, so you really need to set a goal to help you keep an eye on the progress.

Tip 2: Find an appropriate exercise routine that fits well for you. You can browse different moves out and try them at least thrice a week.

Tip 3: Water Therapy. Drinking a bottle of water or two first thing when you wake up in the morning has been proven to help flush away excess belly fat in the body. Did I say, it helps for a radiant skin.

Tip 4: Stay hydrated. Even with your exercises  and work out. You need to stay hydrated because it helps the metabolism in your body burn out fat faster. This might involved you taking a can of water everywhere.

Tip 5: Don’t over eat. Have you noticed that when you are thirsty you tend to eat more. So drink water first before eating. It takes your stomach a while before noticing its full. So don’t rush your food, take small bites.

Tip 6: After a couple of weeks, you see you are not losing weight anymore. Don’t give up. That’s just a plateau, your body is adjusting to all the positive things you are doing.

Tip 7: Even if you just want to lose belly fat, its important to do a general exercise of your body. To keep fit.

Tip 8: Do not exercise immediately after eating. It isn’t effective and it will get you feeling sluggish. I ll recommend in the morning before breakfast but not on an empty stomach. Drink water or eat a small snack first. You don’t want to end up fainting.

Tip 9: Join a group. If you are in college and stay in a hostel, you and your friends can set fitness go. It’s so much better when you do it together. You don’t get discouraged easily.

Tip 10: Never miss breakfast. Its the most important meal of the day.

Tip 11: Avoid junk food. It one of the highest constituting factor of fat. You want something sweet?, take an apple, any fruit instead. You cat eat it junk food once a while to take the edge off the cravings.

Tip 12: Of course you can visit the fast food on occasions but don’t make it an every thing. That’s because the food are loaded with calories. Home cooked meal are the best!!!

Tip 13: Avoid the shortcuts. You don’t always have to take a bus home or to school. Walk it instead. Not only does it saves money but it helps to get rid of excess body weight.

Tip 14: Don’t starve yourself just because you want to lose weight. Avoid calories but starving yourself is terribly unhealthy and it won’t work anyway.

Tip 15: Don’t take any sort of pills to lose weight. Its a scam and completely unhealthy.

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Not to overwhelm you, next week I’ll be posting more 15tips on losing belly fat. Don’t miss out. If you are new to the blog, don’t overthink it, join the community.

With love,

Nessa.