SportyAfros.com helps black women achieve optimal health by being the first site to connect the dots between hair care, exercise and nutrition. Sporty Afros has been featured on sites like Essence, Fox Sports, Black America and USA Triathlon. Co-founders Whitney Patterson and Alexandria Williams, named hair and fitness experts for "Today’s Active Black Women", keep busy with national speaking engagements, hosting workshops and expanding the first hair care line specifically tailored for active women.
Hair Styles While Working Out: This week I kept my hair in it’s natural state like the photo above. It was easy to maintain. All I had to do was wakeup, fluff out my hair, spray it with G+ spray and head out the house. During my workouts, I would pull my hair back in a puff with the Save Your Do Headwrap.
At night, I made sure to keep it moisturized and to sleep in a satin scarf. I sealed my ends with Ayurvedic oil and added a dab of leave in conditioner during mid-week.
Grocery Shopping - I am loving Trader Joe’s! Shopping at Trade Joe’s allows me access to new foods and huge cost savings on my normal staple items. Since I have a salad every day, I can pick out a variety of salad toppings and bagged lettuce but also save $1-$2 per item in comparison to my usual grocery stores. Healthy food and cost savings, awesome!
Food and Choices – The biggest diet change I made was my snacks. I choose healthier fruits such as strawberries and blueberries because they have fewer calories and sugar, and are high in antioxidants. I also snack on raw veggies such as snap peas and steamed spinach. I also added a daily dose of omega-3 supplements as well.
Office Food - As soon as the holidays arrived, the office was flooded with cupcakes and candy. It looked like a Willy Winkers’ factory at 8am each morning. Skittles for breakfast?!
I decided to stash healthy breakfast items in my desk and even brought some to share with staff. This helped offset the growing amount holiday treats that arrived daily. Boiled eggs, organic toast with few grapes on the side is an easy, healthy breakfast.! Ironically, the healthy food disappeared within a few hours of me placing it out.
Scale Deception - I’ve discovered that when I don’t see the numbers change on the scale, I should also take a look at my clothes. I took a photo of my new pair of jeans verses my old jeggings. The change was amazing!
Time Off - My doctor has recommended that I reduce reducing my stress level so I am making sure I get my 7-8 hours of sleep each night no matter what. I am drinking a lot of tea. I recently discovered a new tea to help me relax and bring down stress levels.
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By day, Alexandria is a Media Relations Manager where she is a go-to resource for travel media worldwide. By night and phone, she is the Co-Founder of Sporty Afros.com. Alexandria has completed numerous endurance races, a triathlete and featured in countless media such as USAT Magazine, JET, Essence and Fox Sports. She is speaker, blogger, foodie and avid Dallas Cowboys fan.