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Two Months of BBG

Fashion, Healthy, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Let’s do a little catching up. You may have already read my one month of BBG post where I shared a Q&A about starting BBG. Now that another four weeks flew by it’s time for an update. If you look at the first picture you will note BBG week 1 (pretraining) and BBG Beginner Week 3 (but I took the course twice - so I’m on week 8 but in BBG Beginner it’s the second time I’m did Week 3). Here’s the follow up Q&A for Two Months of BBG.

Why did you redo BBG Beginner?

I felt like I needed to get through more laps and push myself to do the full 7 minutes. The first time I went through the course my goal was just to get through one lap on each circuit.. This time I did close to two laps for most of the exercises.

What changes have you noticed?

First of all, I am a ton stronger than before. I am doing deeper push ups, I’m less sore than I was eight weeks ago after a workout. I’ve also increased my cardio. I’m logging an average o 12,000+ steps a day. This helps work out the soreness from the day before.

Have you adjusted your diet?

Starting at the beginning of October I removed alcohol, most dairy and am eating meat a couple times a week at maximum. Mostly plant based. I also removed as much sugar as possible and now am adding fruit back in. I did not cut out caffeine. I also take a few multi-vitamins, enzymes and probiotics every day. Finally, I am eating around a schedule as much as possible.

Have you lost inches?

Absolutely! You can see from the before and after picture that my waistline and upper thighs have slimmed down. There’s more work to do to reach ideal toning, but I am much further along.

How will things change for your lifestyle over the next four weeks?

First, I’d like to add HIIT cardio at least 1-2 days a week in place of my 12k LISS steps. I also am beginning BBG 1.0 next week and will look forward to what it has in store for me. Finally, I will start incorporating a medicine ball and weights.

You can read more about one month update for BBG here.

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Houston Hotspots: Cornelius Nursery

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style, Travel, HoustonCrystal JacksonComment
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If theres’s one thing you do this weekend I recommend heading to pick out pumpkins to decorate the house, your doorstep or just to pick up one for Halloween. I recently found this nursery here in Houston which was surprisingly in the middle of the city! It was HUGE. It had every pumpkin imaginable and tons of plants. Cornelius Nursery was found over 30 years ago is an is a staple for succulents, perennials and evergreens. I loved getting to visit this week and found my favorite pumpkin was the white “Enchanted pumpkin.”

After spending some time exploring the garden, I decided it was time to see what was in the neighborhoods surrounding this area. Cornelius Nursery is located just outside of the Galleria area in Houston where there are lovely town homes. Houston is a strange mix of historical homes, modern architecture and industrial. I found a sweet little street lined with various styles of town homes right across from the nursery. Most of them look like they dated back several decades and had such charm! Their doorstops were decked out in fall wreaths and pumpkins.

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I love walking around neighborhoods when I travel or even just drive into the city. Each one has it’s own character and over the years I’ve found so many adorable spots. I try to take notes of things I would like one day when I finally decide to purchase a home. I’ve been a notorious renter for the past decade and would like to find a quaint place to call my own eventually.

Although our nights have really cooled down and it’s crisp in the morning we are still getting mid-high 80’s degree weather in the middle of the day. I’ve been wearing pants more frequently than I do throughout the Spring and Summer but I’ve had to be sort of creative incorporating Fall into outfits. I wore a poncho earlier in the week which was plaid over a tank top and jeans but for today I decided to grab this lightweight plaid scarf instead of wearing a cardigan.

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Scarves are one of the easiest accessories you can add to your Fall wardrobe and they are not only pretty but practical. You can wear them traditionally or as a shawl. If they are on the smaller side they can be worn in your hair or tied around your purse. They add an element of chic to most looks and can take a basic outfit and make it special.

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I love picking scarves up from vintage shops, street vendors and then also some of my favorite retailers such as Old Navy. I have purchased numerous ones from Old Navy and this one came from there, too! I love the way it’s more on the lightweight side instead of a thick heavy wool one. Makes it perfect for our warm Southern days.

What are your favorite types of Scarves and how do you like to wear them?

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Houston Hotspots: Siphon Coffee and a Cozy Poncho

Fashion, Lifestyle, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Today was fun! I spent the entire day hopping all over Houston preparing this post for you guys. You may remember this poncho I wore two years ago when I was experimenting with back lighting in photography. I bought it after seeing it on Julia’s trip to New England and couldn’t help but run out and get one of my own.

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I wore it all last year and this year I’ve decided to have it reemerge. This time instead of wearing it with moody deep jewel tones like eggplant or dark denim, I pulled out these amazing orange hued jeans! The color couldn’t have turned out better. I still wore it with my favorite leather loafers but added a more modern bag and my floppy brown hat.

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I ran over to a few places today and my first stop was Siphon Coffee. It’s a local place over in Montrose near downtown Houston. The coffee shop has a utilitarian yet hipster feel with clean lines and rustic furniture mixed with brown leather. The patio was really colorful with large bulbs hanging above and lots of greenery.

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I had a flat white with almond milk (no sugar or sweetener) and the hummus with crudites. It was a perfect late breakfast. One of the things I’ve been working on is eliminating most sugar and sweeteners from my regular daily diet. At first it was really tough, but I’m now on week two and found that if I fill my coffee half coffee and half almond milk I don’t need sweetener.

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What are your favorite coffee shops? I love recommendations whether you are in Houston or not!

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