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MY FIRST HIKING EXPERIENCE

I know its been a long time coming.

So here it is, whew!

I went hiking for the first time in my life, and this was huge for me.

Firstly, I’m so sacred of heights! My first airborne transport journey wasn’t any easy, (I’ll share that later) so it happens with heights. I literally prayed to God for this one, for help, in my widest dream never thought I’ll ever go hiking but I did thanjs to my college friends!

I sat in the driver’s neighbor’s seat after successful meeting up with Portia, who had little patience for my mis-track of time. I didn’t want to go, was told its a big rock, I left the kids at home sleeping, they said we’ll finish before the sun comes up, it would be fun, they said; all these and many thoughts filled my head as I put my hands in between my legs out of anxiety. What if I fall, ah! Who will I say that sent me…

I left out a silent gaseous release from my bowels, I perceived it and it didn’t disappoint me, so I knew it won’t embarrass me. You have paid the 1k, I said to myself don’t let it waste o, after all they said you can stay at the entrance of the mountain so don’t worry. I smiled to that affirmation, not knowing what lay ahead.

“Are you for the hiking?”, a man asked when we approached our destination. I noticed my water poured on Portia’s car mat, kai, maybe this is a sign, take your things and go back home, but I couldnt retire in defeat. I had come and I was going to see the end of it all.

We got to the feet of the mountain and as I looked up I knew I was definitely making a wrong bold move. I swallowed my fear and followed. A mountain climber had come down to help us up, and I was thankful because Portia had gone ahead of me I couldn’t even see her break light, how could she be so fast and betraying! To have left me all by myself. I beckoned to tge other ladies who had come minutes after us and I got a very polite “agba”, they didn’t want to yab me at the same time they did, I’m sure they’d be like – see this girl o, me that I have not finished holding myself I would now add your fat body to mine!

I got to a point where the mountain climber left me with some hot dudes! 
Yup 😍

Not just one or two but three heavy macho black niggas worthy of being a companion. In my heart there was this leap of joy…. I weighed them with my eyes just incase I fall, let me be sure they can deliver; 6 packs fit check, strong check, energetic check, willing to help check; okay that settles it! I told myself I wouldn’t move an inch from their sight, no way!

They really helped me a lot, especially this one dude – he was so helpful ehn that I wanted to give him a big warm hug after jumping and telling him to carry me all the way 😂😂😂. Nonsense girl!!!

My eyes started rilling and my tummy started acting funny, this was the time I knew I might embarrass myself. I held onto a stick as I was told it helped and tries to puke but it was fruitless, thank heavens.

The guys broke out into a conversation, apparently they were connected somehow, and they talked well enough for me to forget my fears then I joined in about my university but that was it, I couldn’t go further as I was reminded of my fears.

We reached a certain height where I thought was our final destination because I saw two fat ladies taking a selfie. I was excited, so I asked and my fears were once again reconfirmed – the mountain top was still up ahead. 

This isn’t happening!

I felt helpless…. I just allowed myself to be helped, I wasn’t gonna do any feminist thing here, I’m strong yes, bold yes, fierce erm yes, not too fierce though but on this mountain these dudes gotta help me out. As we approached the top, I saw my people – the ladies i was supposed to start this journey with, I saw Portia teaching yoga, aah Portia you left me abi? She’s like what is she supposed to do. I’m like how did you even move so fast…….

Okay let’s get back down…

I looked back in shock – you say? Like I just reached here, I’ve not even taking a selfie not to talk of a picture. At this point I had left tue dudes that saved my arse and ran over to gist with the girls, kai, I need to go back to them o because I’ve been told that coming down is more intense that going up….

And so we started down, and you know I was the “second to the last” lady that made it down, if that’s any consolation!

I almost fell! I looked up from the top, my fears won’t let me appreciate the sight but it was beautiful….

My outfit was a total mess but I was glad there was some zobo and puff puff waiting for me. You may say after all the climbing, I’m still eating Puff puff, well, what can I say, I cannot come and kee myself

It was a fun experience I would never forget because it taught me a lot about approaching the fears and conquering them.

So would I like to go hiking again? You already know!

My next fun adventure task would be to ride on a power bike…. My help during the climb has one, I might just volunteer for a tour!

Yipeee….. 

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FITNESS DRIVE

Hey.

Honestly, this is not my style, writing fitness and talking fitfam but i always have an “ebb and flow” fitness motivation here and there.

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Six years ago, I was involved in a violent experience which caused me to struggle with severe pains around my hip/waist region. The hurting affects my emotional state because it leaves me resisting growth. I know the Lord would use that pain for my good, because I am so tired of hurting and thinking of how the pain would go away and not cause any harm! Had tummy crisis years back too, so it also affects my ability to do intense tummy exercises, i really wanna try new fitness goals out but then i think of my tummy and i’m weak, whew!

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NO SUGAR CHALLENGE

Hi guys!

I’m excited and not about this.

So i opted in for a no sugar challenge on instagram with a lady who owns a detox business called Dazzle Fresh Nigeria.

It’s been amazing o! How everything just fits to my goals. She has this detox drink that’s a sugar detox but the challenge is that she’s in Lagos and I am not that committed to have it delivered to my location.

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HEALTH FOR ALL

I am a rare advocate of fairness.

I really do not like seeing people being discriminated, owing to the fact that their present condition makes them vulnerability.

And I do not like being in such instances.

But I was, and I have been.

Today is World Health Day and this concentration this year is on Health For All, not just for senators or Governors, or rich and influential people in the society  but for the ones that have been tagged “less privileged” etc.

The other day, i really needed to use the Hospital so i started out on this epic journey with my colleague Oby, we got to the Hospital amidst the unavailability of our cards called our HMO and finally got through.

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LOVE; A CATALYST FOR FOOD SECURITY

Feb 20, 2018 | A Call To Action

“LOVE is our true destiny. We do not find the true meaning of Life by ourselves alone….We find it with another”.

These words from Thomas Merton ring loudly in our ears this beautiful Valentine’s Day morning as we reflect on how love affects food security in Nigeria.

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Homemade “Boost Juice”

Just Brittany Moments

I came up with an awesome concoction of something I’d like to call “Boost Juice!”

Ingredients:

*2-3 cups of Water

*Chamomile Tea (1 bag)

*Green Tea (2 bags)

*1 dash of Turmeric

*3 cap fulls of ACV

*2-3 tbsp Honey

*1-2 Lemon and/or Orange slices

Directions:

1. Brew green tea and chamomile tea in my Tea Kettle. Then I transfer the liquid to a bigger container.

2. I then add the Tumeric, ACV, Honey, and squeeze 1-2 slices of lemon/orange juice into the mix.

3. I stir the mixture and let the flavors marinate in the fridge and cool down.

4. Then I pour the juice into my bottle that I take to work and squeeze an extra orange slice into it.

5. Drink up!

It has a nice light citrus flavor with a hint of green tea. I really love this self made “boost juice” because it adds…

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Annual Visitor…. 

December 15, 2016 | A New Season. 


Harmattan has graced us with its presence… 

This “August visitor” is a dry breeze associated with dust the blows over the West African subcontinent.  Along with this season comes  a certain coarse or rough feeling of the skin, dryness of the lips that can often lead to peeling, easy laundry activities due to the dry wind and DUST! DUST! DUST! 

It also lowers the humidity, dissipates cloud cover, prevents rainfall formation, wide fluctuations in the ambient temperatures of the day and night and sometimes creates big clouds of dust which can result in duststorms or sandstorms, etc or better still just ask wiki 

This particular season requires adequate care and consciousness which is why I’d be sharing tips on how we can embrace this visitor with no fears. 

Use warm water for bathing.

Early mornings come with cold temperatures due to the early wind breeze form the seas, and a warm bath before heading out would make your body temperature moderate and prevent you from catching a cold. Make sure the water temperature is warm and not hot! 

Use oils and moisturizers

Due to the effect of the dry wind on the skin, moisturizers are needed to keep the skin moist and smooth. Oils assists by making the skin glow. Good oils like coconut oil and palm kernel oil can be used during this period. Apply these at least twice daily to secure your skin. Hand creams are advised to be carried about in our bags.

My favorite combo


Lip
 Balms, Hand sanitizers

Our lips aren’t left out in the war against dryness. There are protective lip balms that keep our lips moist these should be applied, and also to keep ourselves away from germs brought in by the dust hand sanitizer are needed especially when we’re on the go!  

Laundry Care

This is a time to air out your clothes, and wears especially the ones that have been laid up in boxes and bags for so long. It’s also a good time to wash because the dry wind  and hot sun assist in getting the clothes ready. Also when drying out the clothes in the sun, don’t leave them out for long and use a clothe peg or clip to hold the clothes steadfast to the rope or hangers to avoid them flying away.

Drink lots of water

Due to its low humidity, there’s this itchy sensation that goes down the throat line. It’s adviced to take water to prevent dehydration. Be creative: introduce cucumbers or apples into a glass of water this has an nutritious advantage. During this period, some watering holes and rivers dry up, so store up water in good as clean storage cans to prevent shortage. 

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Cleaning 

Recently, in my area there has been this outbreak of black soothe everywhere, even in someone’s nose 😕 that’s why it’s important to clean every corner of your space because dirt and cobweb can hide anywhere. I recently observed cobwebs beneath my cupboard and I screamed. Your windows, kitchen counters and cabinets, toilet and bathrooms deserve all the love they can get this period.

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Use disinfectants while cleaning; this also helps you maintain a good hygiene. Also don’t leave your windows open regularly. I open my windows in the morning and close them in the late afternoons to avoid dust. 

So guys, these are just a few stuffs on how you can care for yourself this period. What other ways can be used, do share. 

Cheers… 

@amarachukukere 

Harmattan haze over Ho, Ghana

World Diabetes Day 2016

November 16, 2016 | Preventive Care. 


World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:

  • Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year
  • Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

The theme of World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2016 will be ‘Eyes on diabetes’. The key messages guiding the campaign are:

  • Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing all types of diabetes.





Common Symptoms Of Diabetes: 

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed:

Urinating often 

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating. 

Extreme fatigue 

Blurry vision 

Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)

Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the Complications of Diabetes

See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/#sthash.QCcUwjjp.dpuf

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Health is wealth 

@amarachukukere