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Week 3. EATING CLEAN

In Communication, fitness, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, weightloss on September 14, 2016 at 5:07 am

healthy-living-emojiWell I’m 3-weeks into my 2nd round of clean eating in 12-months. The first time I did it for 11-weeks, dedicating 6 of those weeks to abosolutely no carbs, sugar or fat IN ANY FORM. Stevia is my friend. The remainder weeks I slowly reintroduced foods back into my diet that I like, but I was acutely aware of the fat grams in each. If it’s full of fat, I won’t eat it because I’m training my body to digest the necessaries and very little of the unnecessary. Post my 11-week clean eating run I was 30 pounds down. I lost an additional 3-5 pounds over the last 9-months that allowed me easy fluctuation during PMS. In other words, I haven’t regained the weight back, not even during PMS. Yay!!!!

So why am I doing it again? EATING CLEAN
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Honestly, there’s absolutely no feeling like it. The clarity of mind reminds me of my teen years. The ease of control over my emotions is amazing. I laugh more. I’m conscientious, more (I don’t know if you consider that a plus – but I actually do. 🙂 ). Also the change in my physique is amazing to the point that it’s almost hard to believe IT’S MINE. I mean, I had been a size 12-14 all of my parenting life (since having children) and I have tried every fad diet, fitness treadmill, boot camp in-the-park regimens and OTC weight loss aids on the market and not ever did I achieve such success.

In fact, I thought losing weight or trying to adopt a new “diet” to change my body after 40 would nearly be impossible because most of my elders were pudgy. And when I say “my elders” I don’t mean in my family, but in the work place, my neighbors… you know, the people that are older than you, regardless of their race who seem to have retained more mass space as they got older – or so they tell me. Not only did I believe them, I saw it happening to my own waistline, and couldn’t explain it. My Mom calls it “the middle-age spread.” I am happy to report my dress size is comfortably an 8-10. It has returned to what it was before I had children. Well, actually I was a size 7 before children. Not sure I won’t to be that small again. I kind of like these curves.

Click the image for the RECIPE to make YEAST ROLLS

Click the image for the RECIPE to make these YEAST ROLLS

Sweet on Bread.
I won’t lie BREAD is the culprit. I love bread with or without butter or meat. Carbs have been with me through some of my most difficult times in life. Oh! You don’t know chocolate chip cookies like I know chocolate chip cookies or even chocolate – for that matter. Ours is a special love. My guy and I have been together since high school. He used to bring me chocolates on every visit and I would happily accept. Heck, I expected it, looked forward to it and probably would have had an attitude, had he not. 🙂 Anywho, we’ve been together well over 2 decades now and he was stuck in a sweet groove with me. The chocolates were weekly, if not daily until 11 months ago. I quit cold turkey October 29, 2015 — 2 days before HALLOWEEN. I quit for 11-weeks. I have since put my hand (not hands) back into the cookie jar and the candy good bag, but consciously. 2 Oreos instead of a row and now I take all day to eat a stick of ROLO’s instead of consuming them all in one sitting (60-120 seconds). The changes seems elementary, but it is little changes like these – that has kept the weight off. However, today, I am eating clean and on week 3 – so there will be no cookies or candy, in fact, there are no carbs, sugar or fat (not even to cook with) and I will be in this mode for another week or 2. I’ve gotta tell ya’ I feel great! This feeling of good health and sound sleep is better than any desert I could chuck down in a minute or so. This feeling, to me, is far more addictive. Wooo! Good morning!

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Click the image for a delicious LOW CAL Pan Seared Shrimp recipe.

Shrimp before bed.
It’s not a great dietary idea, but I have been a bit hungry before bed over the last two days and was quick to pan sear shrimp and consume it. I don’t recommend eating and going to sleep, but if you are faced with hunger pangs that make you think of cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets;  if you are able to identify a call for protein – CONSUME IT – the protein. If  you don’t… well I don’t want to think of the fast food alternatives that may take its place and quickly. The last time I went on a clean eating journey eating unlimited strawberries did the trick when I was hungry before bed and I’m still using strawberries as a goto “suffice hunger” food, however, the last two nights have been protein specific. I’m hear to report that my shedding of fat ounces continued still. I have not gained one pound over the last two days. Woo! Ounces add up! 11 pieces of pan seared shrimp is only 70 calories and yields like, 1 gram of fat — YOU FEEL ME?

The Take Away.
Beyond shedding unwanted pounds naturally, looking better in my clothes and understanding how to use food to help and even heal my body I also found this insightful write up I thought I’d share with you: CHANGING THE SIZE OF YOUR STOMACH. It’s a piece about whether or not changing your diet and eating habits will shrink or enlarge your stomach. My personal weigh-in on the topic is light, 😉 but I’m going to say that my stomach has shrunk a bit. Quite a bit. I just don’t eat like I used to 11-months ago and I’m HAPPY WITH IT. I am full faster and again, I am 30 pounds lighter. Now, I’m no doctor but I do think that a GREAT PART of my diet and fitness success is knowledge. The difference between my dieting in the past and my dieting now is I understand food. I finally understand what happens once food goes in and how the breakdown is distributed. I’m not interested in eating chocolate every night anymore, mostly because I simply don’t crave it like that and when I’m not eating clean, I do indulge seldom. Halloween is coming bags of candy will be purchased by me to hand out and while I won’t be eating clean, I am mindful not to keep too much in my own hand lest it lead to my mouth. lol!
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I’m 6-pounds down and that’s great too!
I’m working out – like an elliptical-machine-lovin’ youth. 😉

I eat a lot of ruffage, because it keeps me full.
I make my own fat-free dressing – that over-the-counter stuff is bull.

Need a good fat free homemade recipe to get you through?
Look online, any recipe other than one you buy will do!

Be encouraged – because I mean business.
Eating Clean is for us all, YOU CAN DO THIS.

I’ve got your back – meet me in fitness ally.
The ounces will fall off without cost
You’ll be overwhelmed at keeping tally.

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Eating Clean is easy if you say it is.
Your body wants it, your mind enables ‘the biz!’

Say it, research it and craft supportive help (links) before you even start.
The food from the garden is good for your mind, your spirit and heart.

I’m no nutritionist, but I’m feeling fitter with every meal,
I’m Qui
HUMP THIS from me: Research #CleanEating and find your appeal.

You COMPLETELY Deserve It.

Eating clean omits bathroom scene…

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on November 23, 2015 at 7:17 am

scene-omissionOh my goodness gracious child, the weekend was great!
I had a lot of steak on my health conscious plate.

I’ve run into an issue on my clean eating diet,
I  add no fat or oils – my system is stoically quiet.

Not quite the potpourri riot one would think – poo is very necessary.
And to eat so well and have no potty spell can be a little scary.

Oh my goodness gracious child, are we talking about poo?
Yes honey love – this is what grown folks do. 😀

It’s not a party topic – not really.
But to act like you don’t do it – is to be bloated with silly.

Any who when you don’t poo, sometimes your body needs a kick start.
A big juicy sirloin steak is considered choice smart.

It invigorates your body to start working internally to process it through
and within a few hours you’ll be well to take a potty spell and do what you do.

Or so I have read.
I ate the steak. I have been fed.

I’m down 20 pounds since my kid went off to school.
It’s easy to forfeit fast food – no pressure to be cool

when you don’t have a skinny-mini teen riding shotgun.
I miss her like crazy but eating clean is so much fun.

Even though poo has eluded me for days now
my weight is down 4 pounds (in a week) anyhow.

You do the math. I don’t understand at all.
To write about it, and not be shy about it? Yes I have the gall.

You know I am family to y’all and I endeavor to keep it real.
Eating organic meats and fresh raw green leaves seems to be my fit niche deal.

I’m loving the way my body feels and I’m pushing to make it better.
I know it’s time to put on a sweater, still I’m looking forward to Spring weather.

And so we are days away from that holiday of thanks
I’ll be heading up dinner, I’m the female with rank.

The kid will come and will likely invited friends.
I’ll be the cutie in heels cooking cornish hens.

But we shan’t eat a thing until we pay the “sweat cost”
of running early in the morning in the Gilbert Turkey Trot.

It’s going down.
I’m ready to pound the 5K ground.

After such run we will come home, eat, watch a movie or go shopping.
I’m Qui
And I won’t stop until I cop a way to re-insert that bathroom scene.

Cleaning Up

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement, weightloss on January 27, 2017 at 3:53 am

cleaning-mop-mickeyOkay, the days are coming and going fast
I’m always in search of something “to last.”

Perhaps a lovely moment I don’t want to pass
I want to #DoIT slow, #EatClean and #BurnFat.

So I’m doing that! Today is (again) day one.
Holiday eating was good, the endless cookies were fun.

But this arse of mine – in width needs to run.
The junk food and I, again have reached DONE.

We all have a relationship with food and it is a give and take.
You can have it deep fried, freeze dried, pan seared or baked.

Pan seared and baked are better options as Spring is set to arrive.
So knowing there’ll be more of my skin showing I’ll do this right.

No fat, no sugar and absolutely no carbs.
My thoughts: focused. My help from the Lord.

Good health is a detoxers reward.
Eating clean isn’t easy – nor is it too hard.

In 2014 I dropped 30 pounds from just dropping fast food.
I’ve enjoyed a drive thru or two since then and find myself in the mood

To detox again, though I’ve gained nothing on the lost 30.
I’m eating clean again because Oct-Dec doc’d me eating dirty.

Today is Day 1. of my 2017 clean up.
Care to join me in the detox cut?

Care to shape up your gut and your butt?
Go clean, no candy, cakes or ice cream – Give it up!

Yep, #ScrewIt, let’s do it. Let’s polish up for Spring with no rut,
I’m Qui
Looking for a finer she – I’m committed to Cleaning Up.

Hand me that lettuce….

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Usher yourself into it.

A MORE Fulfilled MONDAY

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Politics, Self Improvement, Video on September 5, 2016 at 5:09 am

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Good morning
, good morning! Whatever will we chat about?
LIFE is MOVING FAST, we better have a blast
before the lights go out.

Today my desk is full of many posted notes,
but not HOT lucrative leads, mostly of interesting folk.

Relating to people is where I learn the most.
And if you’re not careful, relativity will up and get ‘ghost.
You know?

You gotta “stay-on-it,” YO! You have to
if you intend to be a much more fulfilled you.

Dimensions are added as character is built.
There’s nuggets of gold in the wisdom of passing folk
Please DO TAKE TIME to sift.

That’s what sets us apart from others, what we find in the sift.
Don’t assume that clump is a bump of mud – dust it off, it may be your gift.

How’s your vision? How do you see most unforseen things?
Is that a hunk of metal or is a pile of unpolished rings?

Look a little closer. You must. Therein lies the truth,
It’s that thing that you’ve been missing, that thing that completes you.

Ah! It’s just a suggestion that I’m tossing out in griot say,
but on the real if you give it a moment of thought you may reap

A MORE Fulfilled MONDAY

I’m not gonna go all Donald Trump on ya’ and say “What have you got to lose,”
I’m Qui
Life is full of awesome options, remember to use wisdom on each ‘pick and choose.’

MONDAY is metaphor for NEW START. It is an opportunity.

Thanks for stopping by on this Monday. I appreciate you vibing me.
XOXO.

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GOOD Eating – a FULFILLING Reason

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Please do not confuse GOOD Eating with #CleanEating. The two are on almost on opposite ends of the menu spectrum. GOOD Eating consists of stuff like Texas smoked BBQ, Gumbo, CAJUN SAUSAGE-POTATO SOUP, and the likes. Good eating is the stuff that’s good for your soul. #CleanEating is what I’m doing. This consists of grilled chicken, fish, shrimp or sirloin steak. All pretty great options, but no carbs fat and sugar are allowed. After eating like this for a prolonged period your body almost feels new and this diet by far is the way to go long term. However, there’s still room for GOOD Eating, in moderation.

How are you feeling today on “moderation?” Me, personally, I am still eating clean so I can’t partake in the meal that comes to mind but I’d love to get in the kitchen and whip it up for you. On second thought, it only takes 30-minutes total from prep time to serve. If you’re up for GOOD Eating, this recipe should FULFILL your desire. Pull out your apron and wash your hands. It’s time to get busy.

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GRILL Away on LABOR DAY

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Click the image to enlarge the PHILLY-STYLE STEAK SANDWICH

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HAPPY LABOR DAY! It’s so good to have a day of appreciation for all of your labor. Thinking about firing up the grill today? DO IT. Clean eating demands that I do it  daily. Still good eating. YES!  But isn’t LABOR DAY dubbed ‘the last real grilling holiday,” (not withstanding mandatory tailgating during NFL season)?  So by all means break out the grill and lets get some smoke in the air!

Stumped on the menu? I’ve got your back. The other day I was in the checkout line and picked up a Woman’s World magazine — because I’m a woman and THAT’S what I do — it was chalk full of Labor day grilling recipes. There’s one for Barbequed Spare Ribs, Philly-Style Steak Sandwiches with Grilled Onions and Provolone, Beer Marinated BBQ chicken, Blue Cheese Burgers with Red Wine Onions and Hot Dogs with Avocado Salsa and Sour Cream.

Again, I’m eating clean, so it’ll likely be grilled chicken for moi, but don’t let that stop you. MANGIA!

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Jot down HOW TO achieve these:

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With that, I only have three more things to say,
I’m Qui

I love thee and
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News Peruse

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 4, 2016 at 4:54 am

monique-pressley-huffingtonpost-liveWhen it comes to the NEWS that we love to PERUSE – just how much does it cost thee?
First out of the gate, a staple headline page: The accusations on Mr. Cosby.

When women began to come out of every piece of woodwork and out from under every rock
saying Mr. Cosby tried to ‘get all up in their pudding’ – I have to admit, I was shocked.

Why would the JELLO man do that? How much gellin’ can there be?
Or is this another societal pitch to change the good of a mans history?

I don’t mean to sound dismissive, I don’t mean to sound femme insensitive;
but I remember what they said about Michael Jackson and the things they said he did.

Turns out we can’t find one former molested kid with a legal leg to stand up and say
that MJ molested them in that day. Back then ‘twas the trend for the yield of a big payday.

And today many women have come forth to say Mr. Cosby has done the same.
If the man is guilty – charge him in court, tho I’m wary of those seeking fame.

If we fail to heed history it will keep happening to us.
MJ was accused of molestation until his legacy was crushed.

O.J. Simpson is fighting the same. Legacy death is riding his coat tail persistently trying to befriendglen-rogers-killed-nicole-simpson

another black male who wore fame for a spell, only to face a lethal rumored end.

Now back to the begin – I am not saying that Mr. Cosby is innocent. I’m still gathering facts – God bless me.
But I am saying that my judgment is wide open to Defense Atty. Monique Pressley.

She makes a great case, but then again, this ain’t court,
I do believe INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY should remain the peoples sport.

The Affluent teen was given “such grace” and this is – after he mowed down four lives, while driving drunk.
Bill Cosby put in years that should leverage the fears of society wanting to toss his contributions in the trash dump.

After all the Affluent teen put in nothing to help any type of culture.
Still history is showing up to degrade and cut off another good legacy brother.

King Solomon won’t ever live down having several wives of different races…
We’ll never get over black guys reigning in ‘white guy places’.

waka-flocka-believes-bill-cosbyPresident Obama only has one wife and he has been with her for many years.
Infidelity and molestation isn’t his accuse. The blackness of his skin, alone – raises fears.

In the world, race relations have a wickedly short fuse.
I mean not to light a single wick in this News Peruse.

But if we don’t start looking at things differently we lose.
Folks defaming folks is historically something folks like to do.

Don’t join that crew.
There in the balance is the legacy of you.

Don’t jump on to facts — that you haven’t proved.
Don’t jump on and it be proven wrong. Then you look like the fool.

Monique Pressley has something to say. Attorney Pressley is fact reliant.
I do believe I’ll wait for her day in court when she can properly defend her client.

Now all is not lost and not all News Perused is sad,
tell me when you look at this picture, it doesn’t make you laugh:

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Those Jacksons, those Jacksons, they can not be stopped
and for “most hairdo’s at once” – Jermaine can’t be topped.

My goodness, I laughed at this when I read the caption.
I noticed his hairline of paint — good Lord what happened?

Anywho, no one is defaming Jermaine Jackson – his stylist has taken great care
to do whatever it is he has requested them to do with his multi-styled hair.

In fame, style and love — apparently ALL IS FAIR.
If you need a good laugh today, come back and look at Jermaine’s hair. 😀

Last but not least, it’s a new year and with that comes new stuff,
I’m still eating clean and working on getting buff.

I’m still pulling for you if you want to change too,
Hit me up, I’m Qui
Lifestyle Coyote; something like Harriet Tubman Pt. 2.

Mayhem’less Monday

In Communication, fitness, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, weightloss on November 9, 2015 at 9:29 am

super-hero-womenAnd so all of the weekend long
I remained strong & in my dome.

I watched a little TV & went out a short bit.
I ate so caloric little – I thought I’d have a fit.

Yeah I’m on a health kick but dare I say
I couldn’t even eat my lettuce because of TMJ.

I do say — but that has gone away
and your girl Qui is a skinnier she on this health kick sway.

I’m happy, I’m healthy and out looking for MORE good
So I perused for bright spots via the Internet hood.

And I’m glad that I did – peep what i’ve found –
There’s some nourishing GOOD going on in the Flagstaff town:

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🌀CUPCAKECHIQUE’s article🌀

To read more about it – Click HERE or on the pic,
This is positive proof of NAU’s Project: GIVE.

There’s so much life to live – someone didn’t wake up today
So as hard as you remember to work, please don’t forget your play.

But when it comes to politics – they ain’t playing & it ain’t funny.
Each candidate is on the hustle for top billing, power & money.

Sister Carly Fiorina, Im gonna have to have your back.
Your intelligence more than makes-up-for what your smile may lack.

How dare folks stack like that on your visual reflection???
The hair of Trump? Christies fat rump? I see “uglier” connections.

Your intellect is beautiful and I want to credit you
for the connecting response you gave to Joy on The View.
Ooo!
Yay YOU!

Kick ass & vie swiftly for the head of the class.carly-fiorina
Waters mid-way; how do you see your glass?

Go for it!
You’ve got the GOODS to score it!

I may not share her political views but forget not that WE ARE SISTERS.
You don’t see this topic of nonsense between the political misters.

Let’s get it together ladies if we are to have any kind of sister hood at all.
We love jumping “the new picked-on” – not realizing it’s OUR OWN historical FALL.

hillary-clinton-jimmy-kimmelI feel the same way about Hillary Clinton – why are women in a race to hate on her?
Do unto others as you’d have done unto you… suddenly YOUR OWN LIFE becomes a blur.

Choose not to stand by, respect and understand women? Then choose the same for you.
While women are insulting women, men are winning the race and bidding us adu.

I love a woman who won’t succumb to the poo.
We need more unity between me and you.
XO!!

I think Carly’s response strengthened her stance in dimension.
Also, I’ve got more good to divvy on my new ‘health kick system.’

So I’ve been EATING CLEAN since about June, but more seriously since September.
I have currently lost 15 pounds and am seeing a NEW ME I barely remember.

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I quit all processed foods, I don’t even use canned goods.
I let go of the chocolate candy and became a new girl in this hood.

I feel great and I’m happy. Being good to my body is my play,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee. I bid you well on this Mayhem’less Monday.

A Happy Heart

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, News on February 17, 2017 at 5:31 am

a-happy-heart.jpgA happy heart is what I’m working with
I’m happier than the cast of Chapter 2, John Wick.

Have you seen the interview/trailer shtick? It’s got potential burn.
I was captivated by the behind-scenes look at Larry Fishburn.

Isn’t he calling himself Laurence and not Larry now?
Laurence/Larry, Clean face/hairy — I love him anyhow. 😀

A happy heart is mine today! Dare I try to shake it.
It’s deeply rooted in my soul. I’m high and wouldn’t think to fake it.

An opportunity to share goodness? Everytime I see it, I take it.
I’m high y’all with heralding gall – Good is in progress. I make it.

A happy heart is what I’m dealing with. What is it that you’ve got on your chest.
If it’s something other than love, drop that bug and get to doing what works best.

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Lighten your burdened load of mundane
and elevate your heart and elongate this chain.

Chain of Love, I’m trying to link it.
No haters in this click. Those suckers will sink it.

Speaking of Chains, I heard that soon there’ll be a halt in melodic excitement
as The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has announced she’s going into retirement.

Retirement? Now? Isn’t she a spring chicken?
When it comes to Gospel tones Ms. Franklin’s vibes are bone stickin.’

I hate that she’s calling it quits – still pending a few more tour dates.
I do love Aretha Franklin and pray that PROSPERITY remains her life long fate.

Yay!
A Happy Heart is mine today.
I promise you that I’m going out to play.

My retirement is far off.a-happy-heart1
I’ll spend my youth…a productive cost.

I’m learning the ropes and minimizing losts.
I’m utilizing and executing, preparing to be boss.

A Master at the Art of Living draws little distinction between his work and play.
I’m working at mastering the art. Living good yields my heart happy today.

Hey-ey! Whatchu say? Life is tricky and that I should watch out?
A happy heart means vibing smart and cautiously moving about.
I’m not into the wince nor the pout.

Life is at hand and things are looking pretty golden.
I’m Qui
Saying Oui-Oui! I’m producing goods to be beholden.

Approaching life with A Happy Heart
is me doing my best to hold a productive charge.

On the lam

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Video on July 18, 2016 at 5:45 am

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On the lam, On the lam –
I am, I am.
I could go for boarding a train in the rain
with NO green eggs and ham.

That’s considered #BadFood – ham should not be green.
And if you’re of Black DNA – pork will mess with your #BP scene.
Ya know what I mean?

Anywho, back to me and you – yes child, you need to know,
ol’ Qui is tired of NEWS TV so I stay on the active GO.

I’m still #EatingClean, cutting back on fat and Facebook.
Focusing on me and what’s real is a much better look.

Not following a timeline or having one to follow me
leaves me plenty of time to focus on the 1-2-3’s and A-B-C’s.

Yes, I’ve got a toddler and she is 3.
FREE TIME? I’f it ever shows up – is duly reserved for me.

We’re seriously due a meet; in waiting I am,
I’m looking to change up the beat – Qui is On the lam.

Doesn’t mean I don’t give a damn, however as far as “running news relations”
I’m not going to be able to do the “Ambush Cop Killings” thing – if it’s a FABRICATION.

I’ve never rallied for any deaths on either side of the fence. That’s nonsense chatter
and I really hope the cops aren’t riding on this rhetoric to work against #BlackLivesMatter.

When things get silly – I tune out quick.
I’m Qui 
On the lam and saying “HOT DAMN. It’s already Monday? Schtick!” 😀

Surely this brand new MONDAY
is due to be a WORRY FREE FUN DAY.

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#StopShooting
Period.
#StopMakingStuffUp
Please.
I love you.
One Love.
Peace.

Let’s talk about…

In Communication, Griot, Politics, Self Improvement on July 5, 2016 at 6:16 am

Let’s talk about YOU – what’s on your mind today?
I hope you haven’t been hostage to the news,
but instead did opt to play.

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BREXITThe world is in a silly state, via self-inflicted and voluntary reasons.
#Brexit is the first country casuality to be devoured by the #HateWave season.

In an effort to not want anyone else in their space or to weigh in on their council,
Britain exited the EU and are now financially, a country-distressed damsel.

But that’s not what we’re talking about today. Today is about you
and what in the world is Jamie Foxx doing with Tom Cruises familial deux?

Checkout stand tabloids tout that Katie Holmes is preggo
and that she and Jamie “fear” Tom’s reaction will be “no-no.”

But you know, I don’t think she’s preggo at all,
I think tabloids seek to sell volumes with no stall.

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Jamie is a talent staple, his love life thrives best in a bubble –
would it really be so bad if the two are secretly a romantic couple?

Rumor has it, he’s happy with her and that they’ve been courting for a while.
Whatever it is, “the real deal or publicity glib” – I’m happy to see CONTENT FOLK smile.

Who cares if they are dating, who cares what they are doing?
Does anyone know who Katie Holmes’ stealth ex – is screwing?

I didn’t think so.  Therefore  let us bid the speculative topic adieu.
Besides I didn’t want to talk about THEM, I want to talk about YOU.
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What’s on your mind today? Highs or pangs?
Did the 4th of July yield you a good bravado bang?

Me? I had a blast. Among family and friends I did my thang.
The smoker smoked the brisket and links — so easily my bell is rang. 😀

Betty Boop 4th of JulyPotato salad wasn’t made this year. I usually take “preparing it” – to heart.
But clean eating is the reason that I’ve put the breaks on a lot of starch.

It hangs around too long on the body [as fat], but my God it tastes so good.
Yes fam, I’m INDEPENDENT from eating fat to NOW burning fat in my hood.

Enough about me though, I ate well and now I’m making a plan
that lays out what I’ll eat this week – SWEETS are back on the ban.

The 4th is a great time to reason with rhymes about eating gum balls and candy
though I must admit, I enjoy being fit so returning to LETTUCE this week feels dandy.

What about you? How did you hold up? Did you dance, did you crump?
Did you fall into the broadcast reel of The Clintons or Drumpf Trump?

I didn’t see too much –it was on the background, but I was interested in the fore.
I mingled with folks, and laughed at weak jokes — It was a great time with no bore.

I thought about YOU often, and hoped you were doing the same.
What good is your independence if the environment is lame?

Inequality of person, double standard laws and the likes
are what drive up division… a #HateWave spike.

If there are character traits in your life that you do not like, this is the week to set it free!
The 4th of July 1776 was a battle cry: “YOU DO YOU and let ME DO ME.”

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT is recorded United States history.

It’s an individuals voting battle though collectively we have the capacity to conquer all.
I’m Qui
Love thy neighbor, celebrate independence – and OPEN up to new lines of DIALOGUE.

If we are to rise above the lot of fray it’ll require the will of all, no doubt.
Good morning baby, I’m a rambling lady just wanting to to talk about…

YOU.

Humping Good Fashion

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on January 13, 2016 at 7:30 am

a-lion-is-like-a-LyonThere are a number of fashionable women that showcase on my 55″ flat screen weekly that I love. There’s Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating, the women on RHOA: Phaedra, Porsha and Kenya to name a few, and of course we can’t forget that diva at the top of EMPIRE. My goodness — I’m surrounded and because I’m a workaholic I rely heavily on my DVR to hold the 411 until I can dedicate an entire day to going through 3-4 episodes at a time to peep garment styles. It’s a necessary.

So let’s review a pic or two where hair, make-up and wardrobe all came through. Ooo! Nothings excites me more than:

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Besides being an attorney and a funeral home owner Phaedra Parks is “hair and makeup.” I don’t care what this woman is wearing her hair and makeup is always on fleek. Eyebrows, lips and her fabulous eyeshadow color blending is always stunning. Watching Phaedra give me face makes me miss Married to Medicine’s: Quad Lunceford.  I can’t wait for the new season to fire up.
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.The USA twirls every time Kenya Moore is doing her thing. Have you ever seen a woman so flawless in action? If you haven’t check her out on BRAVO: Real Housewives of Atlanta every Sunday at 8/7c. I’ll never forget how flawless she looked when she took that lick from Porsha during a reunion episode. She recovered like a true diva with a mouthful of damnation — that played out royally for Porsha at the start of the following season. Kenya is the real deal. I like everything about her. As for those who feel otherwise — they will just have to get over it. I have a feeling she’s on display for the long run.

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RHOA_PorshaWhat can I say about this lady? She’s just so darn pretty. Porsha is a member of the RICKY SMILEY MORNING SHOW in addition to being a fashionable, eye candy cast member on the RHOA. From head to toe, this lady knows how to work it! Check out her INSTAGRAM view too: OooLaLa! Porsha lends fashionable insight every time the camera is pointed her way. THANKS Porsha! #ShineON.

 

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.Life is a SCANDAL and you very well know it, but good God I love the way ABC’s Olivia Pope shows it! I can never miss an episode of ‘a day in the life of Olivia Pope.’ The writers, hair, make-up and wardrobe designers are spot on – episodically. And while different retail outlets claim to have an Olivia Pope fashion line,” unless I hear it from the lips of ABC’s Scandal Wardrobe Director that this is her choice, I’m not buying it. Recreating a similar line at an affordable price is a nice try, however, Olivia’s look cut’s no corners and is not cheap. Let the spending scandal begin. #CopTheLook

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htgwm_annalisekeatingHow to get away with staying on top of the fashion chain is much tougher than learning HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Yeah? Sometimes it feels like it may be, but Annalise Keating seems to have no problem staying on top of the a.m. fashion conquer regardless of what mayhem the midnight hour throws her way. Fashion, make-up, stunning shoes and the right wig is crucial. Annalise knows how to “put it on” and get away with it. I like that.

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But wait! Don’t nobody move until Cookie comes in!!
Those shoes, that bag, that hat — that grin.

Whenever I feel edgy and want to start a fire,
I channel the fashions of that Diva Cookie, from EMPIRE!

Bossy & Bad — her attire fits the bill.
I resort to Cookies wardrobe for any battle that may be uphill.
Never thwarting the hat or the heels.

Humping Good Fashion is for real.
If you can’t own the streets — you know the deal:
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Today is Wednesday and I’m Humping GOOD FASHION.
A guide to what’s right is all I’ve been asking.

I still cop the magazines in the checkout line,
however the RHOA girls make it all come alive.

I DVR a few shows and suddenly my fashion thrives.
Using fashion as revenge is enough to make a girl cry.

I love it. Clean shoes and a nice hat always compliments sweet,
I’m Qui
Visiting the MAC counter for the flawless face of me.

Clothes works wonders,
but the right face brings all the thunder.
#AddItUp
#SoSharpYouCut