The holiday season is definitely here! Before we could even think about making over our Thanksgiving leftovers folks were bumping Jackson 5 Christmas and buying holiday cards. And if you are like me, the party invites have already rolled in too. I love a good party and plan on RSVPing to most (and crashing some), however you can count on one thing: I will enter 2013 the same size I was in 2012. And you can too, here’s how:
Forgive, Forget and Refocus. So you didn’t lose those last five lbs this year. Don’t beat yourself up…a new year is upon us and you have a better chance dropping those five lbs when eggnog lattes and gingerbread cookies aren’t staring you in the face. Temptation is too strong right now, so unless you are trying to win the title of “Most Willpower In The World,” don’t even go there. Instead focus on why you didn’t reach you goal this year and devise a plan on how you will make the necessary changes in 2013. In the meantime, enjoy the flavors of the season (in moderation of course).
Go Harder Not Longer. Here’s a better way to keep your dress size in check this holiday season. Spend less time at the gym and increase the intensity of your workouts instead. Basically if you normally ride the elliptical for 30 minutes while reading Essence magazine, try throwing in some intervals (bursts of high intensity followed by bursts of low intensity or rest). You may have to scale back to 20 minutes or so…but the calories burned both during and after your workout definitely trumps the time you normally spend on cardio autopilot. Don’t want to go to the gym? Well then shop until you drop. Literally. Shop like you got somewhere to be. True power shopping sessions count as cardio and lugging those heavy bags can leave you feeling like you pumped some serious iron.
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Werk The Party. As you get ready to slip into that sequin holiday dress remind yourself that there is more to a party than the buffet and the bar. The holidays are also a great time to catch up with friends and family, so this year enjoy the whole experience…not just the eggnog. Eat a snack before you head out and when you get there werk it girl! Werk the room, werk your mouth and werk the dance floor.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"