Curve Maintenance Episode #9- Top 5 Workout Must-Haves

Happy Friday Darling Divas!
Welcome back to another day here on the blog. Today is another Curve Maintenance video, and it’s all about my working out essentials. I have finally found a consistent workout routine, and if I don’t have these 5 items then my workout will be no good! I did give you a bit of an update on my lifestyle journey. You can click here to check it out! If you would like to check out all the episodes in the Curve Maintenance series then click here to catch up! So let’s get into the video, and meet me below for more details!

Did you enjoy the video? I hope so! I am only going to be doing Curve Maintenace videos every so often so if are interested in this topic be sure to follow me on social media. I post all about curve maintenance related things every Wednesday on my social media platforms. You can click on the links above to find me online!

Items mentioned in video
1. Sports Arm Band 
 These bands you can pretty much get any and everywhere, and they fit into anybody’s budget. I would suggest going to your local Five Below, Target, or Walmart to pick up one. I highly recommend getting one because it keeps your phone protected,  and keeps it out of the way while you workout!
2. A good playlist
An awesome playlist can really make any workout amazing! I use Spotify to create different playlists that help keep me pumped and motivated. You can also use your phone’s music to create playlist, Pandora, or IHeartRadio to add some tunes while you sweat 
 Image result for spotify
3. A bandana 
The one thing I def don’t want to worry about is ruining my hair during a workout. A simple bandana can keep your hair up and out your way, and protect your hair from any harsh weather conditions. They also come in a variety of colors and I like to match mind with my workout outfits. 
4. Waist Trimmer Belt & Albolene 
 When you see the word Waist trimmer belt I know you automatically think of all the IG models. While they have amazing pictures and bodies, there is definitely a more inexpensive and safe way to use a waist trimmer. This dynamic duo I have been using for about 2 years now, and it def makes a big difference when I’m working out. You can purchase Albolene in your local drugstore in the skincare aisle, and click here to find a link to the waist trimmer belt I usually purchase from Walmart. 
 
 5. Proper Footwear
 This must-have may seem like a ‘duh’ moment, but it’s really important to wear proper sneakers when working out. This ensures that you have a safe workout, and the last thing you want to do is injure yourself! I only rock Nike’s. ( a personal preference) And I actually got mine discounted from Nordstrom Rack. You can find brand name inexpensive shoes from discounted stores like that one and DSW, so check there if you want to save some coin. You can also check out Payless. They have some affordable and cute workout sneakers. 
  
Ladies that’s it for today’s blogpost! I hope it was informational, and helped you out in some way! If you have any more questions feel free to comment them down below, or hit me up on my social media. Be sure to come right back here on Monday for a new week of blogposts. I love you lots like tater tots, and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Curve Maintenance Episode #8- Curve Update

Hello, All My Darling Divas!
Welcome back to another week here on the blog! This week’s videos are are going to be Curve Maintenance related blog post. For all my new darling divas who have just joined the NoMinus family, or for my OG darling divas that need a refresher, Curve Maintenance is the health  and fitness portion of this blog. You can click here to watch the first 7 episodes of this series. It where I talk about my own personal journey of maintaining healthy curves while promoting self-love and appreciation. If you want to loose weight do it! If you don’t that’s cool too. All I hope is that my personal lifestyle journey will inspire others to love themselves at any number. So today’s video is just going to be a little update on my journey. Enjoy the video, and meet me below for more details.

I hope you ladies enjoyed the video! If you want to share your story leave it below! If you want to privately message me, then hit me up on any of my social media. They are all linked above, and my personal IG and snap chat are BrieLikeMe. On Wednesday’s I talk all about healthy and fitness, so if you enjoyed today’s video be sure to check my social media posts on Wednesdays for more! Be sure to come back here Friday for another Curve Maintenance video. Until then I love ya lots like tater tots, and I hope you all have a great week!

Curve Maintenance Episode #7- The Fitness Experiment

Hello All My Darling Diva’s!

Welcome back to another day here on the blog! If you checked out yesterday’s blogpost I mentioned that for the month of March I am going to be doing two experiments. Yesterday I walked you through my food experiment. If you want to check that out then click here. Today I am going to walk you through my next experiment for the month which is all about fitness. Any successful health journey incorporates both healthy eating, and a good exercise plan. You can successfully loose weight without working out, but I don’t want that to be the case for me. I want to be active, and make working out a regular routine for me. So that is why I decided to also include a fitness experiment along with my food experiment. I am hoping to show myself how eating right and working out consistently will help better me in my journey, and in the long run. This experiment is simple, so lets get to the breakdown.

The workout experiment is simple. I am going to workout consistently for 3 days a week for 30-60 mins. I started my workout today, and it was pretty good to get moving again. Working out has always been a favorite of mine, and I must say that it feels really good to be working out again. By working out consistently for the month of March I am also hoping that this creates a habit, and I will continue to consistently work out. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. I will definitely be putting that theory to test. 
I am looking to create some-type of fitness routine that works for me. I am hoping that by working out for March I will create a routine to carry out for months to come. I will of course update you on this experiment just like I will with the food experiment. 
So that’s it for the experiment’s for March! If you want to join in on either of the experiments then let me know on my social media! They are all linked above, and my snapchat is BrieLikeMe. I would love to know if you joined me on any of my experiments for March! I will be sure to update you once its all over on April 3rd. So that’s all for the curve maintenance videos for February, and the first one for March! Hopefully you are enjoying this series as much as I enjoy sharing it. So I will see you darling divas next week with two new blogpost! Until then I love you lots like tator tots, and I will see you all next week.

Curve Maintenance Episode #6- The Food Experiment

Hello All My Darling Divas!

Welcome back to another day here on the blog! This week will be your monthly dose of Curve Maintenance videos. If you don’t know what curve maintenance is it is the health and fitness series here on the blog. If you want to check out any of the other episodes then click here for the playlist! For the whole month of March I am going to be doing two different experiments. I will explain the food experiment today, and then tomorrow I will come to you with my other one. Now this was supposed to be video, but time got the best of me, so I’m going to just carry on with out the video. So lets get into the food experiment!

The purpose of me doing this food experiment is to introduce my body to different foods, and challenge myself to try new things. My regular day to day meal prep was getting boring, so I decided to switch it up and make things a bit interesting for the month of March. Every week I created a different food challenge for each week of March, and I’m going to go through each one and explain what I hope to learn from each week. I have recorded my weight and measurements  to see how much I will loose from doing all this. I’m not looking to loose a lot of weight, and the number really doesn’t matter to me, but I just want to have some data written down so that I can compare.You can feel free to join me if you would like! Or create a challenge of your own. I am starting this tomorrow ( 3/1/16) and ending it on April 3rd! After it’s over I will of course update you and let you know how the challenge went for me!

Week 1: No Eating Out 

I have a habit of breaking my healthy eating once the weekend hits. I basically reward myself for eating healthy for 5 days straight by eating whatever I want all weekend. This is NOT good. I want to break this habit, so with this first week of not eating out I am hoping to teach myself to stick to my diet!! There is going to be temptation all around me, but I have to be able to say no!  Cheat meals are ok, but cheat weekends have got to stop! I need to stick to my meals, and stick to the plan. Rewards can come later. 
Week 2: No Carbs 
I have got to stop consuming so many carbs! Although I mostly eat brown rice, whole wheat bread, and a whole bunch of alternatives, I still eat way to much. With this week I am hoping to teach myself to not to rely on rice, bread, and other starches. I pretty much have a starch with every meal, so I am looking to add some variety to my diet. 
Week 3: Vegetarian 
I have always been interested in becoming vegetarian, but never actually went through with it. A couple months ago I actually challenged myself to be vegetarian for a week, but I actually ended up eating so badly and ending up gaining weight! I learned how easy it can be to eat unhealthy while being a vegetarian. I assumed that its automatically healthier, but you have to plan just like any other diet. So this time around I am going to incorporate more veggies, and not rely on so much carbs. I am actually very excited for week 3. 
Week 4: Juicing
Now this is the week that I am most excited for! Juicing has always been a favorite of mine, but I have never done it for a week. I have only done it for one day, and I felt really amazing after it. You can see my juicing experience in episode 1 and 2 of the curve maintenance series. I decided to go all out and juice for 7 days. I am so excited, but at the same time nervous! But I know I can do it! With this week I am hoping to teach myself that I can get full on liquid just as much as solid foods. I am also teach myself about discipline. Not eating food for a week requires discipline, and I know I’m for the challenge.
Week 5: Try New Foods 
The fifth and final week for this food challenge will be about trying new foods. I get so stuck in the routine of creating meals with the same foods, so I decided to break out and incorporate some new foods that I have never ate before. There are so many amazing foods out there that I have always wanted to experiment with, so I figured why not finally get around to trying them out. 
That is my mapped out food experiment for the month of March! I am so excited to be switching things up with my journey! Whenever things start to become
boring switch it up! I found myself getting bored with my same ol’ food, so I decided to challenge myself and make it a bit fun. If your going to join me with my food experiment for March then let me know! All my social media are linked above, and my snapchat is BrieLikeMe! Feel free to let me know your joining me on any of my social media, or by commenting below! I will be sure to update you on how everything went after the experiment is over. Be sure to come here tomorrow to check out my second experiment for March! I am really looking forward to switching things up! Ladies I love you lots like tator tots, and I will see you all tomorrow!

Curve Maintenance Episode #5- Weight Loss Journey & Current Health Plan

Hello All My Darling Divas!

Welcome back to another ther day on the blog! Yesterday we talked about the reboot of The Curve Maintenance series. It was the health and fitness series that I started last year for the blog, but it unfortunately didn’t go the way I planned. This year I am back with a better mindset and plan for Curve Maintenance, and I am so excited for you all to see what I have in store! If you want to check out yesterday’s blogpsost which pretty much explains the story behind why it fell off then click here! In that video I mentioned that I would come back and talk about my journey so far, and what I have been doing in regards to my diet since we left off in episode 3. That is what we will be doing in today’s blogpost! Today you will learn all about my weight loss journey from the very beginning, and what I have been doing in the last couple of months to maintain my curves! I was nervous making this video because I talk about my journey since I was little girl, but I’m happy I could share my story with you ladies! So check out the video, and meet me for more details below!

Did you enjoy the video! I hope that it was inspiring and motivation! What’s you weight loss story or journey? Comment below and share if your comfortable. You never know how your story will motivate others! I discussed in this video that I am currently using the Center For Medical Weight Loss or CMWL so far in my weight loss. You can click here to find a center near you, and find out more information about the program on the site. I was going to list the center that I currently go to, but I went to my CMWL meeting yesterday, and my doctor told me he is retiring! I am sooo upset about that! So now I have to figure out if I want to continue on CMWL, or go about doing things on my own again.  I will give you an update on that later on that!

So darling divas revamp your lifestyle changes! Try a new food, a new workout, or call in some outside help if need be! Whatever you do be comfortable in what you do, and do it for you! Make goals and make a plan and get it done!

That’s all for The Curve Maintenance videos for this month! I will be back next month with two new videos in this series, and I’m excited for them already! If you have any ideas on what you want to see on The Curve Maintenance series then send an email over to Nominusplusblog@yahoo.com with Curve Maintenance in the subject line! Follow me on social media! I am always post my healthy meals and healthy tips on my IG, and I just started doing little mini cooking videos on Snapchat! (BrieLikeMe) So feel free to stay connected with me and the blog! I will see you ladies next week with two brand new blogpost so stay tuned! So until next week love you lots like tator tots, and have a fabulous weekend!

Curve Maintenance Episode #4: The Reboot

Hello All My Darling Divas!

Welcome back to another week on the blog! Today’s post is going to be about The Curve Maintenance series! I started up this series last year with hopes that it would be really inspiring and motivating. Well unfortunately it didn’t go the way I planned, BUT that doesn’t mean that were going to give up! So this year around I am going to do the curve maintenance series the way that I wanted! So in the video I am explaining to you what went wrong with the Curve Maintenance series last year, and what changes will be made to make it stick this year! So enjoy this video, and meet me below for more details!

Did you enjoy the video? I hope that this introduction to the reboot of this series was inspiring, and made you excited for the series! I have alot of great things in store for this series, and I cant wait to share them with you all! Be sure to check back here tomorrow because I’m going to be giving you pretty much an update my journey, my weight loss story, and what consist of my diet at the moment! If you have any ideas on what you want to see in the Curve Maintenance series, then send me an email to Nominusplusblog@yahoo.com and put Curve Maintenance in the subject line. I would love to hear any suggestions from you all! Also be sure to follow me on social media! All of my links are provided above. I would love to be connected with you all! Be sure to come back here tomorrow for another blog post! So I love you lots like tator tots, and I will see you ladies tomorrow!

Curve Maintenance Episode 3: Mini Cooking Videos

 

Hello All My Darling Divas!
On my Facebook Fan Page a couple of weeks ago I posted a mini cooking video on how I made this amazing agave glazed salmon. Well I decided to make 3 other mini cooking videos, and I honestly have been having so much fun creating them! I have been very familliar in my kitchen since switching over to being healthy. I love trying out new recipies, and making my favorite not so healthy meals healthy. Today I’m going to show you how I make 4 of my fave recipices. You have an Egg White Frittta that you can try for Breakfast,turkey meatball cups that would be perfect for lunch, agave glazed dinner that is perfect for an evening meal, and of course you can wash any of thease meals down with some fruit fusion water! All of these recipes are really easy and really yummy!
 Im not able to make full out cooking videos yet since my schedule is a bit crazy right now. So until I can really full out do cooking tutorials, I figured mini ones would do the trick! I love to cook, so I am happy that I can finally show you what I can do! So enjoy the mini video and meet me below for more details!

Did you enjoy the video? Which recipe could you see yourself trying? Now If you want to check out the agave glazed salmon video click here. I will still leave step by step instructions for this recipe below. So lets get to the deets and pictures!

 Ingredients list
1 pound of lean ground turkey meat
1/2 cup of Salsa of Choice
1/2 of Bread Crumbs of Choice
2 Eggs
Instructions
1. Pre-Heat Oven to 400
 2. Place Turkey Meat, Salsa, bread crumbs, and two eggs in bowl.
 3. Mix well with spoon or hands
 4. Grease a cupcake/muffin pan with olive oil coking spray or any oil of choice
5. Spoon meat mixture into cupcake/muffin tin, and press down so that it fills the whole cup.
6. Bake for 25 mins
Ingredients
Any fruit of your choice. Just make sure its NOT bananas! 
Water
Ice
Instructions
1. Find a glass for jar with a top
2. Fill bottom of glass/jar with fruit of choice
3.Mash fruit at the bottom of glass/jar with the back of a wooden spoon
4. Fill glass/jar with ice
5.Fill glass/jar with water
6. Secure on top and refrigerate for 2-3 hours
 Ingredients
Anything you want to put in it is fine
If using veggies satuee first and if using meat cook first
Leftovers work best with this recipie so im using turkey meat and brown rice
Cheese
5-8 Egg Whites

Instructions
1. Pre-Heat oven to 350
2. Add ingredients to pan and stir together to heat up and mix together
3. Add Egg whites to pan
4. Tilt pan so that egg white completly covers all the ingredients
5. Sprinkle cheese on top
6. Place in oven and bake for 5-8 mins or until egg isnt runny
7. Slice like a pizza and serve

Again Click here for the video for this recipe 
Ingredients 
Salmon Filet
Agave 
Spicy Brown Mustard
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Instructions
1. Pre-Heat oven to 400
2. In a small bowl mix agave, spicy brown mustard, and low sodium soy sauce
(I used about 1tbs of each)
3. Place thawed out Salmon filet on a foil lined pan
4. Spoon glaze over salmon
5. Bake for 8-10 mins
So ladi
es I hope you have enjoyed these four mini cooking videos! I will be sure to to be back up here with lots more! Let me know if you try any, or which ones you want to try. Feel free to follow me on my social media. They are all linked above. Until later this week love ya lots like tator tots, and see you later!

Curve Maintenance Episode 2: The Follow Up

Hello My Darling Divas!!

Welcome to another episode of Curve Maintenance; the health and fitness series here on NoMinusPlus. This is a follow up video for my juice vlog that I posted earlier this week. In the vlog I showed you what juice I drank, when I got them,what times I drank it, and even my facial expressions on the taste of each juice. ( All of them were soooo good!) Since the vlog was about 10mins long, I decided to come back up here with a follow up vlog on my juicing experience. I figured I could talk more about how I feel after a couple of days have passed. If you missed the Juice Vlog video, then click here to check it out. It’s filled with alot of info including a groupon for the juice packaged I ordered from JusbyJulie! So enjoy the video and meet me below for more details.

Did you enjoy the video? I tried to be as detailed as possible! Overall I really loved doing the juice cleanse! Next time I do the cleanse( YES I WILL DO IT AGAIN!) I’m going to juice on my own. I am going to experiment with making juices and I figured that would also be alot more fun! I would definitely order from JusbyJulie again though. It was the perfect start to my healthy journey, and I wouldn’t mind just having a bunch of these drinks hanging around in my fridge!

Post-Cleanse Eating
As stated in the video, I am going to show you what I have been eating since my juice fast ended. I would have to say eating was the hardest part! I know, sounds crazy right? I was actually craving so much healthy stuff, but didn’t have the right items in my fridge. I ended up working with what I had on hand, and ended up creating some really awesome creative meals! I plan to start some healthy cooking videos pretty soon ,so let me know if any of the meals below you would like me to show you how to make!

A list of the foods pictured below
1 Green Apple Topped with Peanut Butter with Omega 3’s Granola and Raisins
 Morningstar Veggie Burger with white American cheese and Sweet Potato Fries
 Grilled Salmon with Black Beans
A Chicken Ceasar Salad Wrap from Blimpies
Breakfast Frittata with Brown Rice, Broccoli, Chicken, Cheese, and topped with Salsa 

So that is all!  I hope that you all have enjoyed this video, and the curve maintenance series so far! For those of you who aren’t into the healthy stuff don’t worry! All the fashion, beauty, and makeup videos are coming for the next couple of weeks! Feel free to follow me on social media! All of them are linked above! So until next time Love ya lots like tator tots, and see you soon!

Curve Maintenance Episode 1: Juice Vlog

Hello All My Darling Divas!!!
I’m reallllyyy excited because today is the first day of the Curve Maintenance series! As stated in my update blogpost last week, I’m going to start incorporating health and fitness in the blog! If you want to know more about what to expect in the Curve Maintenance series, then click here for that blogpost.

Ok so I have been interested in juicing for a longgggggggg time now, but was always afraid to do it. So I decided that I would stop being a punk and do my first juice cleanse! I decided to only do it for 1 Day because I wanted to first see if I could actually do it. There are a couple of amazing benefits to juicing such as

  • balanced pH and blood sugar levels,
  • a cleansed and regulated colon,
  • weight loss (fat, not water),
  • diminished toxin load,
  • strengthened immune system,
  • increased mental clarity,
  • heavy metals cleansing,
  • increased liver function capacity,
  • loss of cravings for sugar and other stimulants,
  • cellular cleansing and rebuilding,
  • radiant, glowing complexion,
  • diminished pains and allergies (some disappear completely),
  • blood, tissue and organ cleansing,
  • restored liver function capacity,
  • increased energy levels,
  • emotional cleansing and release,

Now I’m sure that one day of juicing is not going to make me loose 20 pounds, but the reason that I’m doing this is beyond weight loss. I decided to do a juice fast because I wanted to introduce my body to something new, wanted to challenge myself, and I wanted to flush out all the bad foods that I have been consuming since THANKSGIVING! Now juicing for more than a day would produce maximum results, but I feel that one day of juicing will start the cleansing process, and get me on track to eating better.

If you would like to do a juice cleanse then I suggest doing all your research and talking to your doctor. You want to make sure that you are healthy enough to begin this process even if it’s for a day! I don’t want anybody passing out from juicing them blaming me!(lol)

I decided that I would vlog my juicing experience so that both you and I can see the process. It’s always good to document things that happen so that you can go back to them later on as a reference. So lets see how good I did on my juice fast.

Did you enjoy the vlog? I have to say I really enjoyed vloging! I have never vlogged before, but am so obsessed with watching other people’s vlogs! 

Now I’m going to do a follow up video later this week telling you how I felt during the fast, and how I feel after if your interested. I feel that this blog has given you enough to watch and read, so I’m going to break it up.

As stated in this video, I got my juices from a company called Jus by Julie located in NY. Click here to visit their website. Jus By Julie also has a groupon, so you can save some coins! Click here to check out that group deal! There are plenty of other juice company’s, so if Jus by Julie doesn’t have what you want, feel free to look elsewhere. You can also juice at home! Grab some fresh veggies and fruit, grab yourself a juicer from Target, Walmart, or order online, and get to creating! The internet has a bunch of different juicing recipes, so you don’t have to get them delivered to your door. I just ordered it because I cant turn down a good groupon deal!( lol)

Ladies (and gents) I hope you have enjoyed the first episode in the Curve Maintenance Series! Be sure to come back later this week for Episode 2: The follow up! Feel free to follow me on any of my social networking sites. They are all linked above. Until next time, love ya lots like tator tots, and see you soon! 

It’s 2015!!!!!

HAPPY 2015 DARLING DIVAS!
Oh god it felt so good to say that! I hope that your NYE was as fabulous, fun, and safe as mine! I decided to kick off the new year by updating you on what’s being going on, and new things coming to the blog for 2015. I’m really excited about the new things coming ,and I hope that you will be too! So enjoy the video and meet me below for more details!

Are you excited about the new additons to the blog? I know I am! Remember to leave any video/blogpost ideas in the comment section below. Or you can let me know your ideas by posting it to me on my social media. They are all linked above! Also if you wanted to check out the Holiday Bombshell series then click here for all the videos.

So just a recap of the new two topics coming to No Minus Plus
Hair Style Battle: Me VS ( Different Hairstyles, products, and hair tools)
A series catered to experimenting with Natural Hair! Testing out different hairstyles, products, and hair tools on my Type 4 hair. These blogpost will be filled with alot of information and resources on each hairstyle, product and hair tool so that we call all learn from my mistakes. If I succeed I will tell you why I think this hairstyle worked for me, and if I fail then I will tell you why it didn’t. I will also be listing the different videos and/or websites that I learned each hairstyle from so that if my video doesn’t help you out, somebody else’s might. So be ready for alot of hair talk!
Curve Maintenance
A series catered to a healthier you! This series includes healthy recipes, fitness tips, and other health and fitness related topics that I have tried and will try. Being healthy and maintain curves is the goal! So get fit and stay curvy with NoMinusPlus!
Ladies that is all! First Curve Maintenance videos will be up next week and I am sooo excited! I hope that you do enjoy the new topics coming to No Minus Plus because I think  you definitely will! So until next week, love ya lots like tator tots and WELCOME TO 2015!