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Fail of the Day

July 26, 2010 3 comments

Just No!


I’ve been staring at this picture for over an hour trying to think of witty words to express my disgust over this “look” & I really have no words. Just no! Twelve shades of wrong. I can’t. Discuss among yourselves.

Edited to add – Foxy Brown gets a chop for trying to match her nails to her panties.

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More Beastmode Workout Tracks

July 22, 2010 1 comment

I enjoyed sharing some of my workout songs so much that I had to share 10 more of my workout jams. I felt so bad about songs I didn’t include that I furiously created a new list!! Let me know your thoughts & please feel free to disagree with me (though I’m sure you won’t, I have a great ear!!).

10. Black Eyed Peas – Showdown
First, let me say that it pains my heart to include a BEP song since they saturate the radio forever & a day when they release a new record, but I cannot deny their skill of creating a dance jam. I included this obscure song, clocking in at 4:27 minutes. As much as I cannot stand Will.I.Am, he is a genius at inescapable creating ear crack music.

9. N.E.R.D. – Kill Joy
Anyone who knows me knows my irrational, unconditional love for all things Pharrell. They also know about our awesome moment at 930 Club in DC, when he came off the the stage, grabbed my hand, and sang to me. I make it a point to support N.E.R.D. whenever they go on tour, either as an opening or main act. I had to include Kill Joy on my list because this always brings the house down in concert, all 4:10 minutes of it!

8. Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Once again, I cannot express enough how much I love the 80s. And this song was included in one of my favorite movies, Clueless!! Those two reasons are precisely why this song has made my workout list. 4:02 minutes of new wave goodness!!

7. Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam – Let the Beat Hit Em
Don’t deny the love you have for this iconic jam, & group for that matter! Club banger from way back in the day (and WAAAYYYY before I even knew what a club was), I love surprising my ears with all 4:35 minutes of this jam!!

6. Sarafina! Soundtrack – Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow
Admit it, you were jammin hard to this in the movie theater way back when you saw Sarafina! I know I was. Powerful song & who can resist moving their hips to this beat? This song has so much meaning, & the best part is that the meaning is completely personal to each person. I keep this on repeat, all 3:15 of it!!

5. Madonna – Dress You Up
“You’ve got style, that’s what all the girls say.” No good workout mix is complete without vintage Madonna. I love ALL things Madonna so it was very hard choosing ONLY one song from her collection but Dress You Up narrowed out Jump & Get Into the Groove. I truly respect Madonna’s musical transformation (as well as body transformation )over her 25+ year career. I love the playfulness of this song & at 3:56 minutes, you’re right in the fat burning zone!!

4. Sean Kingston – Fire Burning
No, Sean Kingston is not that svelte Adonis but his jam Fire Burning will get you that svelte, hot body!! Envision yourself in Jamaica with a fruity drink in a coconut with your dream body! I know I do when I’m going full speed to this jam at the gym, all 3:53 minutes of it!!

3. Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
One of the main reasons I go to the gym is to release tension. Nothing releases my negative energy more than belting this scorned woman’s anthem!! Believe me, you will sweat hard working out to this & realize how much tension you needed to release. All 4:09 minutes of this song still goes hard, 15 years later!!

2. Michael Jackson – Working Day and Night
If you do not own MJ’s BEST record Off the Wall, immediately get up, put on the DUNCE CAP, and sit in the corner. Seriously, this record is beyond amazing, & this song is so sexy, dancetastic, & fabulous, all 5:15 minutes of it.

1. Hot Chip – I Feel Better
Can you believe I have a CURRENT song as my #1? Hot Chip is the business and their new record One Life Stand does not disappoint. Clocking in at 4:42, this song has an excellent dance buildup to have you exerting your last little bit of energy into finishing your 700+ calorie workout.

I cannot express how much I enjoy sharing my workout jams with all 15 of you my audience!! Since I shared with you, you gotta share with me. What are your favorite workout jams? Have I introduced you to new great jams (please say yes!!)?

Fail of the Day

July 22, 2010 1 comment

Britney, I love you girl, I supported you in your comeback concert last year (thanks Sarah), but honey, I cannot, in sound mind & spirit, support this. You make over $700,000 a month (and that was before the Circus record), & you walked out the house like this? This is 1 million trillion percent unacceptable. Ten shades of wrong! Clearly, you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. Sadly, it makes me yearn for her Dog the Bounty Hunter look –

Actually, no it doesn’t. Britney, I love you girl, you made my workout list, but get your casual look together. This cannot happen again. Sadly, I see her making my “Fail of the Day” in the very near future…

My Favorite Workout Songs

July 21, 2010 1 comment

So, I’m a curvy, West African chick & I love it! But, for the past 5 years of my life, I’m been trying my hardest to tame my curves, not lose them. Kim Kardashian is my body icon since, like her, I’m a 5’3″ chick with boobs, hips, & a butt. It’s a struggle but I will tame my curves. My favorite trainer girls Nikki Baksh & Deborah Horton have been instrumental in teaching me the right way to tame my curves as well proper workout methods. First thing first, something I didn’t know until May, 1 lb of fat = 3500 calories. That little fact awakened me & made me realize that everything I used to do in the gym wasn’t enough to even lose 1 lb a week. BTW, this is what 1 lb of fat looks like –

So, for all of us folks who remember basic math, if you want to efficiently lose weight each week, you gotta burn at least 700 calories, 5 times a week. And that’s to lose one pound. So, with that nugget of knowledge in my brain, I chose to combine taking some Total Body Conditioning classes, combined with treadmill & elliptical (the one with the “Stride Length”, as that is harder) work. You’d be surprised how fast (and painless) you can burn 700 calories mixing the classes with machines, or even mixing the treadmill & the elliptical. My key to working out is NOT focusing on how hot is it, or how long it will take. I focus on the MUSIC & the fun of working out to the music. Luckily for me, my girls Nikki & Deborah have awesome music mixes for their classes. But unlucky for me, I cannot work out with them every single day so it’s up to me to find great music. So after much chatter on my end (you can’t be surprised, it’s me!!), here’s 10 of my favorite workout songs to get me through my 700 calories. I will be periodically changing my workout mix, as you gotta keep it fresh. If I can help one person discover new music & add it to his/her workout mix, then this whole blog is worth it!!

Here’s my 10 songs that keep me on beastmode at the gym:

10) Destra – I Dare You
This is 3:32 minutes of Soca goodness. Pretend you’re in Trinidad for Carnival with that gorgeous fit body & wine it out in the gym!!

9) Danity Kane – Pretty Boy
With lyrics like “It’s soakin over here come and wipe me down,” it’s no wonder why this workout jam made my list. Clocking in at 3:59 minutes, this is such a hype song to keep you pumped in the gym!

8) Bonnie Tyler – Holding out for a Hero
Anyone who knows me knows I love the 80s. This song was featured in Footloose & I love a workout song that I can belt while running. I feel the lyrics (cause I’m definitely “holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night”) & clocking in at a whopping 5:50 minutes, you’re already way in the fight by the time this song is over. & yes, this is THE “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Bonnie Tyler.

7) a-ha – Take on Me
This is one of my FAVORITE songs on Earth. There is never a time when I hear this song that I’m not up & dancing. I love shocking my body with this song right when I’m in the thick of working out. This song is 3:47 minutes long of new wave goodness. Plus, who can resist a song with synthesizers?

6) Mya – My Love is Like…Wo
I have to show love for my DC urea girl Mya. This is my favorite Mya song & she WORKS IT OUT in the video (YouTube it if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it). She has an enviable body, one that you may want to keep in mind as inspiration to continue working out. This song is 3:29 minutes long.

5) Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
You need some sassy songs in your workout mix, as well as a great Michael Jackson tune. Voila, this song fits both criteria & clocking in at 6:04 minutes long, you will be sweating even more by the song’s end. Plus, since you know the words front & back (at least I do), it’s the perfect jam to keep you motivated to finish the fight!

4) Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom (Coming Home)
One of my favorite covers of a great 80s jam. Not much I can say but I love the interpretation & I love belting it, especially at the end! This song is 4:11 minutes long.

3) Britney Spears – 3
Pre-babies & post-babies Britney body is another body I covet. Say what you want about this chick but she knows how to make a workout jam. This video is HOTNESS PERSONIFIED & the lyrics are laughably wonderful. You need lyrics that will keep you awake & a body image to imagine as you start to tire out. At 3:25 minutes, this song provides both!

2) Julian Casablancas – Left & Right in the Dark
NEW WAVE is back, & my boy Julian Casablancas of the Strokes is leading the resurgence. This is one of my favorite current songs. Such a feelgood record, clocking in at 4:59 minutes. When you think you’re tired, Julian starts screaming at you to “Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up!” Yep, I’m awake & working out!

AND COMING IN AT NUMBER 1…..

1) Lady Gaga – Alejandro
Yes, I love my girl Gagita! And I loved this song way before it was released as a single. For everyone who love 90s Ace of Base circa “I Saw the Sign”, this song brings me back to that time in life when I was a young girl in elementary school. Lady Gaga makes great dance songs & this is my favorite one. This actually stays on repeat in my workout mix. 4:34 of summer goodness!!

It was very hard choosing 10 songs to showcase. What do you think of my choices? I’m always looking for more songs to add to my mix & I plan to keep posting more songs that I love working out to. Like I said, if I’ve introduced you to a new workout jam, then this blog was well worth it!! Keep up the good workout!! I know I will!!

Categories: Fitness, Friends, Me Likey, Music

Kaptain Obvious AKA Kim Kardashian has snagged another footballer & I’m PISSED!

July 1, 2010 2 comments

And before you call me a hater or jealous, I’m not hating on her snagging another football player. I’m all for her getting her chocolate on with the NFL. I’m hating because it’s Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys. Anyone who remotely knows me knows that I bleed burgundy and gold & piss on blue stars. As a die hard Redskins fan, I hate the Cowboys with the fire of a thousand suns (though their fans seem to love me, even Marc Columbo follows me on Twitter). These dang Kardashians are clearly good luck for their men’s teams. So yes, I admit it, I’m pissed! I’m hoping & praying she has the Jessica Simpson effect on Miles & as some poster on The YBF put it, “I hope his ashy ass drops the ball every time he gets his hands on it this season.”

I waited to post about this because I needed proof that they were a couple. Of course my gossip loving self saw the articles on People & US Weekly but I needed photographs, which The YBF provided for me this morning.

My eyes water as I see this picture because I cannot deal with the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl this year. I have too many Cowboys fans that will throw it in my face & I’m not trying to get arrested for punching Cowboys fans.

So, I end this blog with a plea to Kim Kardashian. If Kim or anyone in her camp reads this blog, don’t date Miles Austin!! He’s a cornball!! Complete cheeseball & an opportunitist (think Tony Romo). He craves the spotlight & did I mention he’s a cornball? I have evidence!!

You can do better!! I know you like those dark chocolate young football players & I have the perfect one for you. In fact, I have two. Check out my boy, Washington Redskins player Fred Davis. He’s an up & coming tight end in the league & he’s chocolate & ready for you!!

If he’s not your cup of tea, I introduce you to my other boy Devin Thomas. He’s of course on my team & he’s a Wide Receiver. He made leaps & bounds in his development last year & he’s going nothing but up this year. Plus, he’s not craving your spotlight cause he’s already got his own spotlight in Fantasia’s new video “Bittersweet”, below for your viewing pleasure. He’s available to be your leading man too!!

Thanks to all who read this & I do admit, this was a very pathetic blog, but as you all should know, I’m a very irrational & die-hard Redskins fan. I gotta do whatever I can to win & whatever I can to prevent the enemies from winning!! I cannot have the Kardashian good luck infecting the Cowboys. GO REDSKINS!!