|Nakeisha’s with short and longer natural hair|
Name: Nakeisha James
Profession: Owner Of Zipporah Beauty, LLC and the Creator of Fit4life Sisters
Natural Since: June 10, 2009
KiK: Why did you go natural? (if applicable)
NJ: I wanted to finally embrace my God given hair texture. For years I didn’t like my natural hair. Growing up I always heard negative things associated with natural hair. As a child when I turned on the TV all I saw was straight silky hair. I thought the straighter it was the better. So that’s why I got it relaxed. So for years I had scalp issues and my hair never really grew. Well it did grow it just broke off as fast as it grew. I just came to a place in my life where God really began dealing with me about my hair. So I decided to go ahead & just start wearing my hair naturally – the way God made it. After only transitioning for 3 months, I big chopped on June 10, 2009. Another reason I went natural was to be a good example to my girls so they can know that their God given curls are beautiful. So, remember to love the hair God gave you. 🙂
NJ: I started my fit4life journey in October of 2011. I remember reading in the Bible Proverbs 31:17 and it says “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” I knew if her arms are strong she must be strong. I wanted to be like this woman God talked about in His Word. So I knew I needed to get in shape. Also my midsection was a big problem area for me and I researched on the health risks associated with having a waist measurement of 35 inches or higher (heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer and other diseases). That was a wake up call for me too. I’ve lost a total of 33 lbs. My starting weight was 185 lbs and my current weight is 152 lbs. My goal was to get 145 lbs. I’m still working on sculpting my body even more.
|Front profile showing weight loss between September 2011 and November 2012|
NJ: I try my best to workout 6 days a week. It’s a combination of cardio & strength training. I do a variety of workouts that range from Taebo workouts, Jillian Michaels workouts, power-walking or jogging. At the moment I’ve been rotating through my Jillian Michaels workouts
KiK: Have you developed a new natural hair regimen since starting to workout?
NJ: Not really. When the weather was warmer I did cowash (wash with conditioner instead of shampoo) more frequently & wore my hair pulled back in a banana comb. I still try to wash my hair once a week. I don’t really have a certain hairstyle I rock for working out. Sometimes my hair is pulled back in a bun or I just rock a puff.
A quick tip! While working out, it’s a perfect time to Deep Condition your hair or you can give an extra boost of moisture by doing the baggy method while you workout. Just apply your deep conditioner or moisturizer to your hair,put on a plastic cap & work out. After your workout take off the cap..either rinse your hair if you applied the conditioner or style your hair if you applied the moisturizer 🙂
|Nakeisha with shorter shrunken natural hair|
KiK: What has been your key to weight loss?
|Nakeisha’s weight loss from January – November 2012 shows that she is winning|
KiK: Any words of encouragement to natural-haired women seeking a more active lifestyle?
NJ: Don’t allow your hair to rob you of a healthy lifestyle. Even though I love rocking my natural hair I don’t place a higher emphasis on it like do with being healthy. You may just now be starting your fit4life journey and it looks impossible to lose the weight. Remember it is “Possible” to do it you have to make the decision to do it for you. I made the decision myself to get in shape for me. I wanted to set a good example for my kids & those around me to put a high priority on the health & fitness of their body.
This was a slow progress for me. It didn’t happen overnight. It took some hard work & dedication on my part. It took pushing harder when I didn’t feel like doing a thing. It took pushing harder even when I wasn’t dropping sizes. It took pushing harder when the scale wasn’t budging. I still kept at it & didn’t give up. There’s no hidden secret to how I got to where I’m at now.
I chose not to diet. I make sure that most of the time I eat my best (lean meats, more veggies, fruits, smoothies, protein shakes, etc) I don’t count calories because truthfully I never liked doing that. I know some like to do that but for me I had to do what works for me. Do I eat perfect all the time No! I still have my moments when that cookie sure looked good & I ate it. Do I plan to eat some pumpkin pie this year? Yes I do. 😀 I may add in some extra cardio to burn it off but you know you got to do what you got to do. 🙂 I make sure to do workouts I enjoy doing. Taebo is one of my favorite workouts. I also like dancing workouts and Jillian Michael workouts. I also like to power-walk, jog, and play tennis. As a mom of 3 children let this encourage you that you can do this at home without even stepping foot in a gym.
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