I've always seen people tweet about the shadiest tv stars, and their rivals who they loved to hate. A few of those are Maxine and Kyle from "Living Single" and Cece and Niles from "The Nanny." As I was binging some of my old faves while social distancing...sheltering at home...all those extra ass terms- I thought of a few myself. Check 'em out!
Dee Dee & Phyllis, "Half & Half"
Not only was the show underrated, this duo never got their flowers for being the comic relief and icons they are in their own rights. They would go at it and roast each other so badly, it hurt MY feelings. In fact, they're the reason for this post in the first place. Just watch (on YouTube) and see for yourself!
Penny and Lacienaga, "The Proud Family"
Ok, so they weren't underrated. We know these rivals very well. HOWWWWEVERRR, we were too young to really catch ALL the shade and it hits way different watching while grown. So get ya Disney+ free trial and binge. You ain't got nothin' else to do.
Mary and Sandra, "227"
Another one that's not so obvious. But anytime I watch this show, I'm reminded of how bad of a friend Mary was to Sandra because times were so different. If this show came back, Mary would be dragged for the way she slut shamed Sandra so damn much. And she was persnickety as hell. Was Mary a Taurus or a Virgo? What y'all think?
Beth and Rio, "Good Girls"
It's very rare in TV that we see rivals with sexual tension remain rivals. These two both want each other dead but both want to make love anytime they see each other. They're a fan favorite, and also why this show needs a renewal so more people can join the bandwagon.
Briana vs Everybody, "Growing Up Hip-Hop"
Of course I had to add reality TV. If you would've asked me at 12 years old if I thought Mary J. Blige's step-daughter would be beefing with Pepa's daughter just 14 years later, I would've looked at you so crazy. But now it's my Thursday night guilty pleasure. Tune in with me at 9 P.M. EST on WeTV. Not sponsored (but shoot, I wish).
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I shouldn't have to explain how essential Texas is to the South. The BBQ, the TexMex cuisine, the fairs? Most importantly, the music. These are my Texas Favs. No new school, just old school and some early '00s. Put some 24's on your car and enjoy.
Did I leave any of your favs out? Tweet me @AlexisJadeL so I'll know.
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I've been committed to working out at home for two years now. Something about going to the gym for 30-40 minutes to touch equipment 60 other people used, not trusting the bathrooms and having to brave Atlanta traffic just doesn't sit right with me. You also pay for that lol. I have hit all of my fitness goals by buying all the equipment I need on Amazon and finding my favorite YouTube trainers. Here's my schedule and a few trainers I love:
High Intensity Interval Training
Low Impact Cardio (Days I'm not feeling well)
Trainers: MadFit, Massy Arias
Upper Body Training
Trainer: Fitness Blender
Booty & Leg Day
Trainers: Fitness Blender, MadFit, Joie in Life
Trainer: Yoga with Adriene
Trainer: Dansique Fitness
Trainers: Blogilates, Chloe Ting
Monday through Friday, I also do a 5-minute ab circuit before or after breakfast to maintain my abs.
How to Stay Motivated
1. Put it on your to-do list.
Schedule your workouts like you do your meetings, nail and lash appointments, and any other priorities. When you look at your list and realize it's not done, you'll be excited to check it off.
2. Know your body.
I like to work out in the mornings. I know I feel less anxious throughout the day if I'm not thinking about how I still have to change into workout clothes, lay out my mat and do burpees or sumo squats. I also feel more confident knowing I prioritized myself and got so much done so early in the day. So, if you feel most confident and energized by taking it easy in the morning, then schedule your workouts for evenings.
3. Choose cute workout clothes and equipment.
It's like those days you laid out your first day of school fit. Do the same with your fitness gear. Get kettlebells, weights, mats, etc. in your favorite colors and designs. You'll feel more compelled to wear and use them!
4. Set attainable goals.
If you excessively worry about your weight, try not stepping on the scale for a while. If you find yourself comparing your body to everyone else's, unfollow them and follow women in fitness whose body types are more similar to yours. Then, start setting goals to be stronger mentally and physically. If it normally takes you forever to do 10 push-ups, set a goal to be the Push-Up Queen by the end of the month. If you normally can't make it through a 30+ minute video, repeat it once or twice a week until you can! You got this!
5. Stop doing workouts you hate!!!
I mean it. Just because others love mountain climbers, deadlifts, etc. doesn't meant you have to. If minimal equipment makes you happy, there are PLENTY of workouts for you. If you'd rather do more Pilates and yoga than kickboxing and HIIT, that's fine too! Do what you find yourself actually looking forward to doing, and you'll naturally be more consistent.
Whatever workouts you choose, just keep it moving! Your body is beautiful and strong, and so are you. Let me know if any of these tips worked.
Thanks for hanging with me! See you in two weeks.
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