it’s all good.

Who ever came up with that phase? Better yet, who decided to change this phrase to “it’s all gravy”. What does that even mean? Are we referring to brown gravy or country style gravy? I prefer the gravy my mom used to make which had little pieces of fried chicken batter scatter throughout it. Mmmm, gravy. Who is the victor in this gravy war anyway? I prefer brown gravy, if you are asking my opinion, but gravy smothered anything is pretty good.

Have you ever found yourself back into a wall? I have. Hence my absence from MWA for a few days. Without going into too much detail and being, well how should I say this, tastefully, in spite of the circumstances.

Recently, I posted this:its all goodLess than 24 hours later, I never knew my world was going to be rocked more than I could ever expect. 

A wise person once told me that, “doubts mean NO!” In this last year I felt confident about many plans had set before me this year. But, there was ONLY ONE speed hump in this journey which made me have doubts. And this hump finally reared its ugly head on Friday.

Isn’t it astonishing how one portion of your life can make you feel like everything in your life is spiraling out of control. Turns out, that’s not how life works. Although portions in life may not be exactly where I want them to be right now many, if not all, other aspects are. 

After shedding a tears, erupting with anger and confusion, I’m finally able to consider this a blessing. 

How do I know it’s a blessing? Blessings are followed by peace. 

It’s all good.

<3 Krystal

coconut & avocado oil deep conditioner.

After all these years of being natural, I finally realized my main curly girl dilemma. It has been my battle with properly conditioning. When I first BC’d (big chopped) my hair, wash-n-gos were a way of life. They required very little maintenance. As my hair has grown, I’ve found it more and more difficult to maintain length. Mostly because I am stuck in the wash-n-go way of life. This month during my 30 Day Challenge, I have been discovering new ways to care for my hair. Including new styling, washing, and conditioning methods.

Coconut Milk & Avocado Oil Deep Conditioner adapted from my new favorite curly girl Naija Curls
1- can full fat coconut milk
1- 2 tablespoons of avocado oil

Whisk well. Refrigerate overnight.
Divide hair into four sections.
Apply conditioner from root to tip of hair, twisting sections as you go.
Wrap hair in shower cap and towel for 30 minutes up to overnight.
Rinse hair by sections.

Style in desired protective style.

Flat Twists

Still working on my protective stylings, but here’s a start.
<3 Krystal

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Hey there friends!

I have an exciting announcement for you!!!

But, first, let’s take a selfie!

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Can you see my excitement?

I have been chosen as a #FoamFanatics Ambassador!

What exactly does that mean?! Watch below!

As a Foam Fanatic, I have the opportunity to participate in a 5K Foam Fest! I also get the opportunity to earn prizes when friends use my discount code (FF5672) to register for a race. Along with that, this unique code gets YOU $5 off your race registration!!! How awesome is that? Tell yo kids, tell yo wife, tell yo husbands, too!

I will also be participating in the 5K Foam Fest this fall in Dallas!!! Not in Dallas? 5K Foam Fest is taking place all over the globe click here to see when the next one is near you.

Hope to see you in DALLAS!

i can’t wait…

Ever find yourself living for the future?

Hear me out. I’m gonna be honest with ya’ll, is that okay?

I’m not talking about planning for the future, I mean living for it.

I mean forgetting every moment of your present “living” for your future.

Your honor, I’m guilty.

My biggest realization of this and my need to change came this weekend.

Since starting back to school, I’ve been caught in this “I can’t wait,” mentality.

It goes a little something like this:

“I can’t wait to finish school and get back to making real money.”
“I can’t wait to move back out of this house.”
“I can’t wait to get married and have babies.”
“I can’t wait to get back in shape.”

You get the picture.

There’s a slight problem with this.

While I’m so busy living for this future, what’s happening today?

I’m so blindsided by everything “I can’t wait” for, I’m not appreciating the moments and time I have now.

I think this is also one of the reasons I’m so forgetful. I never truly appreciate the moments present because I’m too busy thinking about what’s to come. I’m sorry.

So, in the post of ramblings, here’s my challenge for the next 30 days: 30 Days of Living for the Day. (I was thinking 30 Days of Self-Love, but that sounds kind of weird.)

30 days to take the time to appreciate the moments and reflect on the now. Planning is not a bad thing, but I personally get so wrapped up in planning.

30 Days to LIVE for the day. Go for a walk. Take time to stretch. Read a book. Call a friend. Color. Pray. Refect.

<3 Krystal

throwback thursday: relax, relax.

Originally posted August 22, 2011:

To be straightforward, most of us are just plain busy. Between work and other commitments with friends and family, we tend to forget that we all need time to relax. That’s the toughest pill I had to swallow this weekend. The good ol’ mom recommended chill pill accompanied with steroids and antibiotics prescribed to me from the emergency room doctor. Okay, my mom neither the doctor prescribed me the chill pill, but advice from friends and family made it evident I need to step back and take a breather. The past six months have just been go, go, go for me. Right now, I find myself four weeks deep into training for my first half-marathon in November. In the meanwhile, I am currently working a full-time job and a part-time job, while trying to spend time with Eli, stay faithful to my LifeGroup, attend to a garden, begin prepping to facilitate Financial Peace University at work, run at least three days a week, play on an outdoor soccer team, and all of this while keeping commitments with dear friends.

I think it was only a matter of time the God finally said, “Krystal, you are not superwoman.” So, this week, I am taking a break from just about everything to relax, catch up on some books, and bake.

Besides the fact the my Saturday morning run ended disastrously. Katie and I have found some fun ways to liven up our run. I am almost hesitant to share them, because I feel like they are such hidden treasures. First, if you are looking for a running app for your iPhone or smartphone, check on RunKeeper.com. It is pretty cool. You can add your Facebook friends that already use the app to your street team, that way you can cheer each other on, as well as track your miles/kilometers, calories burned, speed, and so on. You also get “badges” for longest runs, fastest runs, and what not. Check it out if you are looking for a new app. It also maps your run, so you can check it out on your phone or log in on your computer for all your stats.

Okay, so the hidden treasure. Check out RunningAlphabet.com. The goal is to run in EVERY letter of the alphabet. You can map out your runs prior to running them and then let the fun begin. If you are better at navigating you can try running to letter as you go. You can submit your completed letter to RunningAlphabet.com. Just follow the guidelines placed by the site creator on your letters.

Next week, after a little R&R I should be back to my training again. I will keep you all posted. If I have time. :)

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my fit fam.

Tomorrow I begin my summer nutrition course. Although I’m slightly excited to get back into the “groove” of books and school, I’m apprehensive. Apprehensive because I don’t think I’ve been able to find a good balance of school, work, and personal life without feeling like I’m lacking in one or more area at any given time. I used to be very diligent in writing everything down. I mean, EVERYTHING! Plans, budgets, workouts, schedules, ideas, to-dos, etc. I’m sure if I got back into creating my list, I would have an easier time transitioning back into school mode again without feeling overwhelmed, rushed, or flaky.
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This weekend I made it out to Trailhead at the Trinity River. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. After my last post, Carrie texted me because she was just as excited as I was. Our friend Kristin “KK” was in town from Oklahoma for the weekend, so we all ventured down to Trailhead.

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As we showed up, they were just starting to lay mats down for the class. Carrie was hesitant, thinking we were heading to a yoga class. Which would probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for me at this point. My butt still hurts!

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For the next 45 minutes we endured series of squats, leg lifts, crunches, Spiderman pushups, side planks, planks, jumping jacks, and to top it off, sprints!!!

The look on KK’s face was priceless at the mention of sprints. All in all, we had a good time. I’m so proud of my girls. They rocked it. I have a lot of work to catch up on.

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We survived and lived to tell about it. We even got to enjoy the afternoon on the lake! Yeah, we workout!

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I plan on returning next week for a HIIT class. Anyone wanna join?

Have you ever gone to free classes in your area? Did you like it? Would you return?

<3 Krystal

fueling better.

Today, I ran. My muscles are sore and my body was telling me “no.” I didn’t run hard. I didn’t run far, but I ran.
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I lost vision of the goals that I had this year with my running hiatus. I still plan on competing in the TWU Sprint Tri this summer, so therefore, I ran.

Being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has not only provided with me a community of encouraging and inspiring women, who have helped me regain my focus, but sweating pink sometimes means trying out awesome products to tell you all about.

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Vega Sport is an affordable plant-based nutritional supplement unlike any other on the market.

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My issue lately has been finding the “energy” to get out the door, and that’s where Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer comes to save the day.

I’ve been using Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer before heading out on my runs. I mix a packet of pre workout with 8-12 ounces of water depending on the amount of “punch” I need. And lately, I’ve needed a lot of punch!

I had the best results consuming Vega Sport Pre Workout 15-20 minutes before my run.

Vega Sport takes a few seconds to really dissolve in my water, but once well dissolved, this pre workout goes down smooth without the artificial fruity flavor found in most pre workouts on the market.

This taste is not as sweet as other pre workouts I’ve used in the past. I enjoyed not having an overwhelming sugar taste in my mouth before a workout. Also, Vega Sport Pre Workout didn’t leave me with the “tingly” feeling. Which was a relief!

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Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer really helped me get energized and helped with my endurance.

With my return to running, also brings the return of the fuel belt. PS_10f0755f-75f5-4d1a-ba1c-bd52859b5ba6

No better way to fuel better all around.

#FuelYourBetter

<3 Krystal