No to the lemon cake…..you are what you eat!!!!

Hey Loves,
Each and everyday I promise myself to do better at eating and exercise, somehow it’s not happening. I know mainly because when I am studying I snack more, I get less sleep, I miss meals and I don’t get to exercise. Plus it doesn’t help going on a cruise where the processed meals are prepared for you after being sick for 2weeks. Well I have noticed the difference so since I am out of classes for 2weeks I am back at it again, reaching for a healthier lifestyle and saying no to the lemon cake and cocktails. I am going to try my best and change my eating and exercise patterns to incorporate them into my lifestyle and make them a habit. So all this week I exercised at least an hour per day and have been conditioning my mind not to eat the sweets I crave. I have been drinking more water and staying out of the sun. Despite how much I love being outdoors the doctors order says “avoid the sun” so I am trying to protect my extremely sensitive skin.

20140523-074405-27845541.jpg with time freedom At the break of dawn I rise, get ready and walk to the pool, swimming this morning before the sunrise as I shouldn’t stay in the sun too much. A chance to reflect on the peacefulness of everything as everyone around me is still sleeping and all my neighbors are indoors.

20140523-074654-28014148.jpg it’s not dark out the beauty of almost summer weather not too dark, not too hot and not too cold in the mornings. At first the water feels cold and I want to get back out bundle up in my towel and run back to my bed but I am disciplined, though I am only being accountable to myself. So for today my activity includes swimming and water aerobics, then I must wash my hair and afterwards reward myself by sipping on some fresh cut mint tea with a teaspoon of honey. No I won’t have pastry for breakfast this morning and hopefully no other morning. It’s a work in progress that will become my lifestyle.

20140523-080112-28872181.jpg I am ready for this change I just have to remember reduce the sugar and sodium intake, drink more fluids especially water, exercise and live a little more than I do now…….

20140523-080330-29010418.jpg On that note the sun is rising its time to get up and head to my garden cut a piece of mint and set it on to boil while I wash my hair.

20140523-081013-29413708.jpg Stay tuned for my more updates on the change to a healthier lifestyle …..psst maybe you should challenge yourself also, strength is in numbers.

Until next time ………..thanks for stopping by its always a pleasure.
Simply Jyune
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Have Faith, DIY fruit infused water!!!!!

Hey Loves,
It has been a minute since I posted any or shared with you all. The last few weeks have been rather difficult….seasonal allergies, hay fever, outbreaks, food allergies you name it and its like I have experienced more than I ever want to relive. On top of it I had to attend seminars and classroom sessions at Residency. Just a burdensome time within a 7week period. I must say being a believer my faith, helped me during these trials in my life. It would have been easy to seek comfort in all the available comfort foods and talk to whomever would listen. Unfortunately with growth comes changes.

20140501-063250.jpg At the beginning of my ordeal I had just joined a Small Bible Study group of women to study Beth Moore’s “Breaking Free. I must say sharing and studying this book totally freed me of the pain and fears from my past. I learned how God created my past to help me get through life now and I clearly see the direction and the life that’s ahead for me. Overall I have developed a relationship, an intimacy with The Lord, no more bondage, I have learned to say no. In keeping my mind healthy I have also taken the extra step to keep my body healthy so my eating habits have also changed. I have decreased my sugar and carb intake and started eating more salads and protein. Yikes, yuck but it it’s getting better. As a result I am loving DIY Fruit Infused Water daily

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20140501-064111.jpg For years I have loved spa water that’s right the water with the slices of fruit when you go the spa but I never tried it at home. Well finally this year on my quest to being healthier and to consume more water I added a few packets of liquid or powdered fruits however my taste buds did not like the after taste from those additives.
If you are like me and experiencing the same then you should try this:-
Grab some fresh fruit, small berries Or Slice some vegetables and make it a way of life because fresh fruits, vegetables and water infused together actually helps to improve concentration and keeps your body hydrated………..

on the quest of good health and improved concentration for the hot months approaching buy less pastries or use the fruits before they go bad get a pitcher, water bottle and water preferably natural artesian or alkaline water to get your pH levels where they need to be:

strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cucumber, ginger, mint leaves, lemon basically add a handful of these fruits or vegetables to a large pitcher or water bottle keep them refrigerated and you can sip all day. If you are on the go like me most of the day then an/a fruit infused water bottle would be ideal for you. Drop your fruits or vegetables into a infuser insert with perforation so that the fruit/vegetable can properly infuse. This can be done overnight or right before you are headed out. There you go fresh healthy water on the go, tasting so good and refreshing which reduces your intake of sugar filled juices and carbonated beverages.

20140501-065246.jpg Give it a try do it yourself today, stay hydrated and healthily avoid the juices with improper labeling for corporate and commercial benefits which offers no substance to your body. drink more infused water and less sugar filled juices and you will discover a difference in your body, mind and health. for the next 21 days I will be challenging my mind and body to go against carbs and sugar, will you join the challenge? it will be a struggle but you can do it too and guess what if you forget momentarily because we all get cravings don’t fight or beat up yourself. Just toss the rest of the uneaten foods and get something healthier and better for you in the long run.

It’s all Mind Over Matter anyway so have infused water everyday.

Much Love
Simply Jyuneβ€οΈπŸ’ƒ

Oh give me another Chance…..giving my body another chance!!!

Hey Loves,
Here in Atlanta, the winter storms came and left, as I got dressed for church I realize that it’s too warm out for an overcoat or winter like boots. I chose to wear a lighter dress and I realize I popped the zipper on a brand new dress, smh I realize my weight gain is just too much, studying and eating has gotten the best of me, finding comfort in foods while I try to stay awake. The rewards are great as I am an excellent student, however I love my old clothing. It has been a struggle but after two weeks of making better choices I have seen a difference in myself. Even though I would love to shop for new clothes but I love my old clothing! With that in mind I am challenging myself to not necessarily lose weight but to make better food choices and incorporate exercise into my daily routine.

20140225-085122.jpg I have seen the change in me and I want to give me another chance as well as encourage others that its ok to give your body another chance. To start this process I am changing my food mindset quitting all that is bad for me and choosing healthier foods on a 7 day challenge after which I will have them in moderation.

20140225-090439.jpg Won’t you join me in a get fit challenge give your body another chance, to look better, feel better and be healthier .

20140225-092438.jpg With the sun shining so brightly and the temperatures warning up I am able to remove one layer (my favorite leather sleeve blazer) and remain comfortable.

20140225-092918.jpg It feels absolutely good, to develop fortitude and be able to discern what I need to do to get to my vision and being able to wear this dress without it clinging excessively to my body.
One more Chance ensemble
Green & Black color block dress – Enfocus Studio
Black leather sleeve blazer –The Limited
Quilted bow bootie- Sam Edelman
Nerd glasses- Ray Ban
Lip gloss- See Thru gloss ware by Color U
Jewelry-Dainty necklace, earring & bracelets by Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
Black envelope chain strap clutch- Vieta
With the weather changing removing layers is refreshing, even more so when you feel good about the way you look. Often times it is difficult to develop a mindset to exercise or make better food choices but when it is done it makes a difference in our lives. So join me and challenge yourself to give your body another chance.

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Let me know if you are taking this challenge………Thanks for stopping by!
😘Simply Jyune😘

Mental Health Awareness- 10 Ways to Boost Mental Health and Relieve Stress

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Hello Loves,
It’s the end to the week and a start to the weekend. Was it a great week? Or is it the start to a great weekend? well it depends on your mental health status!! The way we do things and our behaviors are shaped by our mental health status. Healthy minds create healthy thoughts and shapes our behaviors accordingly. Therefore if you are mentally well then by all means you will feel better physically, contribute more to society and maintain healthy behaviors. It is important to acknowledge or recognize when someone around us has a mental health problem as early detection and treatment can save them from further treacherous behaviors. The simplest of things or events may push someone to the edge or so close that they develop anxiety attacks, panic attacks, sleeplessness, sweat, irregular body temperature, withdrawal from others, incoherent speech, salad talk, attraction to dangerous behaviors. Mental health education and awareness should be taught in school to everyone, as well as posters should be everywhere to encourage maintaining good mental health. After all it is vital to our success in life so many shortcomings can be attributed to a break down or shift in routine without any source of support.

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Mental health and Counseling knows no color so no matter what your ethnicity there is counseling available for you. Even more so the diversity of today’s society will even afford you a mental health counselor of the same skin or online counseling service without face to face interaction.
10 Ways to Boost Mental Health and Relieve Stress
1. Be open and accepting that things will not always be perfect.
2. Create an awesome team of people as your friends/source of support.
3. Maintain healthy loving relationships-everyone needs love.
4. Talk about issues or situations which are bothersome.
5. Know and understand the limitations of your fears.
6. Eat foods which promote health and wellness.
7. Incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise in your day (walk is good).
8. Get enough sleep- believe it or not insufficient sleep impacts functioning.
9. Create balance in your life and work.
10. Be aware and avoid stressful situations, seek help at the time of the onset or shortly afterwards.

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Ensemble:-looking good means feeling good
Jersey sweater dress~ BCBG Generation
Blue faux fur vest~ Designer Consigns Atlanta
Blue pointed heel boots~ Charles David
Blue bow purse~ Kate Spade
Silver San Tropez jewelry~ Traci Lynn Fashion jewelry
Lip gloss~ Lip gloss by MAC
It is certainly true that when you are feeling good then you are going to look good as good mental health is wealth so create healthy friendships and remember having a friend means being a friend.

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Spotted at Footprints Cafe in Lawrenceville GA, Sunday Evening Jazz with Radio Dj Rene Miller
Let’s focus on increasing mental health awareness in our communities…….thanks for stopping by

πŸ™‚ Simply Jyune πŸ™‚
Your fashionable School Psychologist and Blogger

National Wear Red Day

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Hey Loves,
People everywhere today should be wearing red in significance of our support for women living longer, stronger lives and the fight against heart disease. As we all know heart disease is the number one killer among women.. Once per month we wish that everyone would wear red, in recognition of Heart disease and even volunteer services to benefit the American Heart Association. Wearing red encourages others to live healthier lives and promote the fight against heart disease which has no value on color, age, race, nor gender. Knowing the signs of a heart attack can save your life or some one else.

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20140207-122110.jpg The Awareness of heart disease has increased the fight against heart disease, increased research and the support for heart disease, resulting in a 50 year celebration.

20140207-123317.jpg We all know people whom suffer from heart disease as there are millions of Americans living with heart disease, strokes and cardiovascular conditions. Education, yes knowledge of the signs, treatment and care can improve someone’s life. My dad had Congestive Heart failure (CHF) about 10 years ago his heart worked at only 10% from severe damages today his heart works at almost 40% because knowledge of heart disease has taught me how to care for him. Thanks to research I still have my Dad (72 years old) with me, he is living with heart disease but he is here with me.

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with everyone take care of your heart, live a healthy life style, make smart food choices, have healthy relationships and exercise.

Thanks for stopping by hope you will join in the fight against heart disease and support the American Heart Association. (Pictures courtesy of the American Heart Association website).

πŸ™‚
Simply Jyune πŸ™‚

Up Close and Personal with Jazz extraordinaire Joey Somerville in Lawrenceville, GA

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Hey Loves,
Last night after church when I walked into Footprints cafe I had no idea the treat and the good time I was about to experience. I thought since I already have reservations I am going for 30minutes. I took my pictures to share with you all before I even sat down because I knew I wasn’t staying, I had no clue about Joey Somerville.

20140120-143326.jpg so after my pics I sat down with my meet up group and one of my associates. did a quick scan of the room while my body went into relax mood. here comes the struggle the waitress wants to take my drink order but I’m juicing I can’t have liquor right now. I managed to squeeze out a polite no thank you though I really wanted a glass of Riesling and a shrimp platter. After a few songs there was intermission and I moved around and got comfortable with the folks performing. I met the host for the night Rene Miller and she was super awesome in letting me use her charger because my phone was on the blink.

20140120-150728.jpg I met the jazz extraordinaire Joey Somerville up close and personal my self a breath taking moment.

20140120-151206.jpg shared my new found appreciation of his music and picked up a copy of his latest album The Get Down Club which he personally signed/autographed for me.

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20140120-151750.jpg The intermission ended and now I’m starving because I had no dinner, basically no food all day but 2cups of Organo gold Mocha latte. I scanned the menu and found something pleading that wouldn’t mess up my attempt at vegetables and fruits diet this week. a salad, gosh I don’t like salads, I like warm comfort foods, anyway I ordered with a glass of water with lemon, made a face and proceeded to enjoy the music while waiting.

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20140120-152701.jpg Joey Somerville Serenaded the audience with a new demo “Rebecca” which he is currently working on as a tribute to his grandmother and a local talent Xavier Lewis of Lawrenceville had the crowd rocking with his R&B tune “a woman has got to have it”

20140120-153155.jpgMy Caribbean salad was quite enticing and tasty, cubes of mango, pineapple & belle peppers mixed in with greens makes me want to eat salads on the regular so now I know where to grab a good salad locally. my 30 minutes turned into 2 1/2 hours of jazz, great ambiance and good company promising to return on February 16th for the Valentine’s night of Jazz at Footprintscafe

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20140120-154036.jpg and then the night ended I was back to my reality 15 minutes later to write a 15 page paper in a few hours.

Ciao
Simply Jyune πŸ™‚

A splash of Polka Dot……..

Hey Loves,

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Do you love Polka Dots? Well polka dots should be every girls best friend, they are made of various size dots and you can dress them up or dress them down. Overall polka dots are fun designs. They blend well with almost any color and will transform a basic outfit into a glamorous fashionista outfit. This week I was home all day on Wednesday working then I remembered I had a dinner date with my son and his friend. School had been out and their extracurricular activities had ended so I had to hurriedly throw an outfit together. I reached for a polka dot skirt, a polka dot dress, a polka dot sweater, and a polka dot blouse, which means I was in a polka dot mood ahhhhhhh yes!!!!! this lady loves polka dots. I had to wear something polka dot with but a few minutes to spare I threw together a splash of polka dot put my hair in a ballerina bunand ran off to spend quality time with the teens.

20140118-110751.jpg A simple yet quick meal, Thai coconut shrimp and bang bang shrimp for appetizers then Blackened Tilapia with mango salsa served up with grilled vegetables for a meal complete with water. Yes, I skipped dessert and I passed on the wine. Afterwards I dropped the teens to youth church and went off to an online conference in a splash of polka dot feeling confident and pretty!!!!

Simply Jyune’s splash of polka dot ensemble:

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Pearl & Bling Fashion jewelry- Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry
Black platform zipped bootie- Steve Madden
Black leggings- Michael Kors
Polka dot blouse- Fancy Qube
Black layered vest – h&m
Fuchsia blazer- f21
Herring fuchsia clutch- Steven
Hair-ballerina bun
Lip color- MAC

Simply styling a polka dot layer with your winter layers can transform your entire outfit with a splash of polka dot.

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Happiness can be a splash of polka dot to brighten your day.

Thanks for stopping by stay tuned for more ways to style your polka dot .

πŸ™‚ Simply Jyune πŸ™‚