Saturday, May 19, 2007

6 pack in 6 weeks

I got my belly button repierced a few weeks ago…

See I got it pierced for the first time on February 08, 2006. I remember the exact day cos I got it done the day after my birthday… some sort of 'self-gift'

It hurt for a while especially as I kept irritating it when I slept(I sleep on my stomach… or in an inverted 'isosceles triangle')

or(without the pillow)

I felt like such a vixen… I mean my ear piercings had gotten a bit old..

Speaking of piercings… I think the sexiest is an eyebrow piercing(which I can't get cos I don't want my mama to catch pneumonia… due to the countless hours she will spend in church praying for my 'deliverance from the powers of darkness'.

My other piercing favorite is the tragus (inner ear) piercing… which I actually do have. To borrow from my mentor Goldmember in the 3rd Austin powers movie 'it's very toight'. Because I still want to leave you under the impression that I'm an oyinbo who just happened to grow up around Nigerian people… I won't put up a picture of my fantastic ear.

But to sate your appetite for all things tympanic… I've inserted a picture I googled:

Tres sexy… yes?

(and yes I actually do have the decency to be ashamed that I'm a citizen of a bilingual nation and only speak three phrases of 'the other' language- bonjour, merci beaucoup and au voir)

so as I was saying... I got my belly button pierced about 15 months ago…

… there's something about a piece of sterling silver in your stomach

Unfortunately, my skin rejected it a few months after… and I developed a keloid(apparently most black people have keloidal skin... maybe it's the 'fried chicken')

Anyways... being the braveheart/ daredevil that I am... I decided to go and repierce earlier this month... I guess I felt the need to give some money away... and if 'Amy my piercer' with her 12 tattoes and 7 'visible piercings' is not a good candidate... then frankly I don't know who is.

*It hurt like childbirth*(actually I can't really say that seeing as I've never had a child before... but it hurts like I imagine it would if I actually had a kid...)

Now here's the thing...
I've decided that I'm actually going to show my stomach this summer

I'm a size 10(technically I can claim size 8 because I've bought two skirts in recent times that fit perfectly and were 8's... so yes... from 'henceforth' I consider myself a size 8!)

Don't want to become 'maga' (cough cough... Jasleene) but I do want to tone my belly...
Yes... I want a 6-pack with those fries...

Here's the 'before picture'... in exactly 6 weeks... you'll see the 'after'... I'll keep updating inbetween times...


I realize it's not as easy as 'knocking a ball in the park'... and I'm not a diet chick... but to help me along, I've decided to:
  • Take 30 minute daily walks starting from tomorrow
  • Continue with my 'no drinking pop except its mixed with vodka' theme
  • Eat more vegetables and keep eating whole wheat(grains?)
  • Stop eating after 11pm(this is actually a big deal because I eat till whenever I sleep... which can be at 4am sometimes)
(any more tips?)

I'm not a gym person... I had a membership for one year in 2005 and I only went twice...

I don't mind doing crunches but I heard that if you don't do cardio with em... it's all in vain...

Is tae bo the answer?

Please leave any suggestions... because quite frankly, I would love to have my 6pack in 6 weeks!!!

50 comments:

The shopaholic. said...

Yes, you need cardio to get those flat abs. Do some running, jumping rope, skipping etc etc.
Calorie control and smaller portions is another idea.
err. what else? Do those crunches, but cardio is important sha.
I will update soon luv.

The shopaholic. said...

Errm where is the before pic?

azuka said...

Yeek! I can't stand even a pin prick!

Anonymous said...

DLK said.....

OMG.... ur abs are like totally amazing! like totally

am a fatso I envy you sooo bad
I think I try for some abs too

Nice guy said...

wow 6 wks is pushin it...more like 6 months...u need to find a sport u enjoy since u dont like going to the gym

Anonymous said...

Your stomach is already tres sexy in my eyes(to borrow your term). My concern is that steroids tend to recur in susceptible individuals so I don't know if repiercing was a good idea. They do occur more in black people and rarely occur b4 5 years old which makes it a good idea that our ears are pierced as babies in Nigeria.


About your 6 pack...crunches with cardio is definitely the way to go.

In my head and around me said...

Are those the Mimi nails?

I think that belly looks alright the way it is.

Patrice said...

You should keep in mind that as a general rule, you can't 'spot reduce', so restricting calories/increasing energy expenditure will likely produce weight (hopefully mostly fat) loss throughout your body, including your face, and not just your abdominal area.

Doing crunches only will not be in vain, since they will tone, maybe even hypertrophy (enlarge), your abdominal muscles. As you lose fat around your mid-section, your 'six-pack' will be more noticeable if you have exercised your 'abs' than if you have not.

Good luck. Lose the piercings, please. By the way, how did you get rid of the keloid?

P.S. You are 'officially' bilingual, never let anyone think otherwise. Oh rivwar.

Idemili said...

I will slap you nwa! So, your stomach is like this and you're bovverred! I cannot even see my feet!

Soul said...

hmmmm...
My best advice is... email London Buki..
She is the fitness doctor for real :D (she should be getting paid sef)
aside from that look tres sexy! and please go and learn some french!!!
I will be checking your home work from time to time :D

Anonymous said...

I'm soory..I meant keloids and not steroids

SET said...

I agree with re-evaluating your diet and not eating too late. PORTION pORTION IS KEY. i am a lazy person, thank God I am thin naturally. I never excercise, my excuse is that I try to walk at work as much as I can for health purpose.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@The shopaholic: cardio can be walking right? Lol… I’m such a lazy bum… running fit hard me small… but I will try sha. I put up the before pic… but I guess I hadn’t by the time you commented… hurry and update oh

@Azuka: lol… chicken!!!

@Anonymous: totally amazing? You dey dream? Good luck if you wanna work out… I wish I had some tips cos I’m as clueless as anybody else..

@Nice Guy: a sport… that’s a good idea… but 6 months ke… I no get that kind time… you no get quick-fix/accelerated kini for me?

@Anonymous 2: it probably wasn’t a good idea…I’m actually looking into getting it removed… but I remember my sister had one and consulted with a plastic surgeon and they said that there was a higher chance of it coming back bigger… (and it would’ve been free if she’d actually done it… CANADA HEALTHCARE ROCKS!!!) so they’re going to put in steroids and freeze the muscle or something like that(I forget the exact explanation but I’ll ask my sister later)… see I’m not exactly sure if walking constitutes cardio cos I don’t mind doing that for 45 minutes every day… but treadmilling and all that jazz… I’m not so sure…

@In my head and around me: lol… yes… how’d you guess? I wish you could’ve seen them up close… mami me I don’t want alright stomach oh… I want a 6-pack

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Patrice: thanks for the heads-up bilingual brother mine. Lol… what’s wrong with the piercings? Didn’t get rid of the keloid… I’m gonna consult with a plastic surgeon soon to find out what I can do to get rid of it… au voir(lmao@ oh rivwar)

@Idemili: chineke nna me… achorom six-pack ah bad maka afom adirokwa flat ma cha… only luck thing bu na shape afom mere ifucharo the fat obu nime… lol. But enwerem a feeling na mu me ya too much exercise o ga adika nke pink(the singer… ima very manly stomach with the cuts by the side) cannot see your feet ke… nwanne tell me something more believable… lol. Oburu na ichoro… anyi ba the 6-pack regimen together share tips na and all that… maka aburom onye workout ma chaaaa… kedu ka idi.. I hope birthday gi gara ofuma

@Soul: I will email her… because I need all the help I can get. Now I realize I should’ve paid more attention when she and a few others were doing the 21 day challenge thing… but it’s not too late sha… lmao I know you adore my French… but I’m currently on a ‘learn Yoruba perfectly’ thing so when I finish with that one… the next language will be French… so I will consult you on my Yoruba first… then when we’re doing with that we’ll move on seeing as my egbon is a ‘multilingualist’

@anonymous: I figured… thanks sha

@set: I’m trying to actually think about all these things because I realize I need to change some stuff I do in order to reach my goal… cos I’m such a lazy bum with regards to exercising…

Ugo Daniels said...

Yu look edible enuf. wait till i enter jand this summer...lol!

Well...am not a piercing person. I go more for tatoos.

And btw, nowadays, its 8 packs no longer 6...lol! And i think i gat jst wat yu need! Yu game?

catwalq said...

no piercings for me. I barely survived the one they did for me as a toddler so I could wear earrings. As a result, one is always slightly higher than the other and I am not getting it fixed!!!

Simply Gorgeous said...

ONB- Try walking since you do not like going to the gym and light crunches. No wahala!

As for your piercings, all I have tosay is that you are very brave-very , very Brave!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Ugo Daniels: lol… na you sabi oh… yeah most guys I know aren’t really piercing people… man there’s nothing sexier than a guy with a tattoo on his neck… come to think of it… I wonder why for all my love for certain tattoos and piercings… I’ve never actually dated someone with one… well except for this old trini guy I was talking to who had a cross tattoo on his chest…
lol… 8 packs ke… I never manage common 6… na 8 I go fit? Abeg what is it you got for me… shey na the clue to the 6-pack?!

@catwalq: lol@barely surviving your piercing as a baby… abeg my dear no yarn that one… we hardly ever even remember that one once we’re a little grown… but I think I’m done with piercings though… if I ever had the chance to… I think the only other thing I’d like to do would be my eyebrow piercing… but it doesn’t seem like that’s gonna happen anytime soon… so for now I’ll just take care of the ones I have… the tragus piercing and belly button are fine for now… your story about your slightly higher piercing reminds me of when I went to pierce my cartilage a year or two ago… the yeye Indian man made a mistake and pierced them in different places. I complained and told him he did it wrong… the yeye man had the audacity to tell me that the shape of my ears is the weird one… lol… all I could do was laugh really… but you bet I never went back there again.

@Simply Gorgeous: yeah I think the walking thing works for me… maybe after I’ll upgrade to running(or maybe not). Crunches are fine by me… hopefully this works out for me as I want it to… and I actually remain committed… my dear no bravery involved… piercings aren’t as painful as you’d imagine… and I guess it’s one of those things that if you wanted to get… you’d just do regardless… now the people I give props to are people who get tattoos… I used to want a cross on my leg… but I think I’m sort of over the idea.

nameless.poetical. said...

my advice: sleep all day so you won't have much time to eat; party all night to lose what you accumulated during the day...hehehehe...sound good? =D

dolly said...

Try walking since you don't like going to the gym........ but to moi your belly is okay like that

Pink-satin said...

so jealous of ur belly piercing ..but i dont have d liver to do it

TaureanMinx said...

NONSENSE!!!!! I have no tips for you. HISSS. Thats my beef right there lol. Hi mama, how r you? I have a belly ring too, loveit becaise I can hide it. Wierd right. And seeing as you don't have a child, you can't possibly compare the pain to childbirth lol.

Freaky Deaky said...

First the legs and now the stomach. Pretty soon I'll be able to piece together a picture of you. LOL!

Uzo said...

LOOL>.....I have no words...from the so-called chubby tummy to nthe insanely painful piercings...This woman..Saw the nails and they look good

36 INCHES OF BROWN LEGS said...

Lol @ pain is like childbirth, how owuld u know??? i got my belly button re-pierced 3 yrs ago as well, as the first one i did, 6 yrs ago 9shit i sound really old with all this six yr ago stuvs) took forever to heal, but dont know what else ur looking for o madam, cos u belly don flat already!!! another cool pirecing is a tongue pirecing. fabulous!!

temmy tayo said...

hey, u dey try o. I run away from anything that can pierce my skin. I am a weakling when it comes to pain.

6 packs in 6 weeks all the best hun. I dont even exercise, i am lazy!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@nameless poetical: lol… that seems like the best way to go(lol… it seems to be working for you just fine… so maybe you’re onto something… but are you sha using style to tell me I party too much?!)

@dolly: yeah I started walking today… and some ab exercises… I’ll write a weekly log of what I’ve been doing… perhaps put it up every Saturday or Sunday or something… so if it works someone else could use it… and if it doesn’t… then I guess it’d be an example of ‘what not to do’… lol(imagine say I do the exercise finish my belle come swell up… that one no go good oh!)

@pink-satin: my dear you have the liver oh… I’m sending cyber-liver your way… lol… tell me when you gerrit!

@Taureanminx: ahhh my sweet orange minx… why you no get tips for me now?abi you don’t want everybody to have 6-pack like you fine tomato girl?! My dear I’m alright oh… enjoying the small small improvement in my Canadian weather. lol@being able to hide it… ifeel you on that one… but I sha have a feeling my mom suspects I’ve repierced my belly button I’ve been catching her lately looking at my belle sha. She found out I pierced my belly earlier cos of the keloid I developed after… but this time around I’m going to be very very careful. Lol… shebi it’s ok to have an imagination now… madam how you enjoying Sweden self.. you this international travel lady… takeirez(take it easy.. lol) I’ve sha missed you

@Freaky Deaky: lol… loving the teddy picture… you really are freaky. lol@piecing a picture together… if you ever came to Canada and saw a girl with legs and a belly you imagined to be mine… and yelled out ‘Overwhelmed’… lol… just picture the look on the girls face if she’s not me…

@Uzo: my dear so you self see say I get plenty crisis for hand ehn… hopefully this works out for me cos I’m gonna work hard oh for the first in my life… I will no longer be oppressed… me self wan show belle… lmao.

@36 inches: hey mami… you see me and you have too many things in common… from the legs to the belle… see why I call you my sister from another mother. Tongue piercing.. my mom will not sleep for one month straight… I’ve seen cute ones on people but never felt the desire to get one. Now eyebrow piercings… eyebrow piercings are about the sexiest person there is… other than the belly button(and possibly nipple… but that one na story for another day… I no want do that one sha) my belle no flat oh… it’s just not huge and the shape is sort of like a manly shape(you know like Pink the singer… just not as toned… I imagine if I spent 4 hours in the gym every day working on my fitness… my stomach would look something like hers as opposed to janet jacksons)

@temmytayo: lol… shio how come most naija babes dey tell me say them no like pain/piercings… I mean it’s just a one time pain now…
I hope it works out for me sha… cos this summer suppose be die! Hope you doing great mami…

The shopaholic. said...

Yay!! I was actually first. *cheeses*
Cardio can be fast walking, even regular walking too but speed walking will be more effective.
And your stomach looks fab to me o.

laspapi said...

you's fine anyhow, Storm.

Bitchy said...

ONB, your stomach is pretty nice already you know! Word of advice with the belly piercing though - some people just aren't cut out to tolerate them. I had one done when I was about 14 (yes I was an early starter!) and it gave me hell for 2 years. You're supposed to be able to stop cleaning it everyday 3 months after the piercing, but I had to clean mine everyday for 2 years, and then the ONE day I didn't clean it because I pulled an all-nighter with friends at my house, the thing got infected - no joke! I was so mad. Lol!

And also, cardio is essential when trying to flatten the tummy, but cardio + crunches (immediately after/during your cardio regime) is a brilliant way forward.

Good luck! Xxx

Vickii said...

Hey hun, can't believe you think you need to 'flatten' your stomach, I don't think it's just me but it's pretty flat already!

But since you're not happy with it, and that is the most important thing, I'd suggest you do a little more than walking, maybe try running following London buki's six week starting plan ... and also sit ups. Cardio will remove the (invisible) fat and crunches will tone it up!

Good luck!

Suby said...

All I will say is ,good luck, I don't think I can get a six pack in 6 months if I tried :(

Suby

AN IBO DUDE'S CORNER said...

Not crazy about piercing..
Do u really need a six pack?
those abs with those piercings are "IT" if u ask me. u look good(sorry ur abs look good)

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@The shopaholic: lol… the grandprize for coming first… a walk with me downtown in my fabulous ‘legedis benz’… lol(you think say na Cadillac I been want yarn before?!). speed walking… that’s like when you walk fast and swing your arms back and forth right? I started walking yesterday… did it for like 45 minutes… my joints are pretty sore today… but no pain no gain right…

@Laspapi: lol… you’re my shrink… you’re supposed to say that.

@Bitchy: thanks mami… I guess it’s alright… I just want it better… cos it’s not totally flat… my belly shape just gives that illusion(if that even makes sense). wow@getting a belly button piercing at 14… my mama would’ve killed me forreal(actually come to think of it I think I was in Africa them times… and I don’t know that I would’ve trusted anyone with my belly piercing then… who knows if they’d use unsterilized stuff for economy… hiv for free… no thank you oh.. lol) dang… I have a feeling my piercing my be like that too cos I have weird skin but na me and the thing… this time around I’m dedicated to taking care of it… and having it stick around for a while.(I think I’m gonna be going in to the piercing place every 2 or 3 weeks for them to check it out and make sure I’m doing the right thing… I don’t want a repeat of last time(the keloid thingie)). Yeah I started talking walks… hopefully in a week or two I can graduate to running.

@Vickii: lmao@invisible fat… my dear e dey oh... I’m not skinny(which isn’t a problem at all… I just want some Janet Jackson stuff for belle. I’m gonna go and study buki’s workout stuff cos I need to learn from the master. I started doing sit-ups two days ago… about 200 in total… some variations in between… I’ll do a weekly log of how I’m progressing.. maybe put it up on Fridays or Saturdays or something. Thanks for the advice oh…cos even you are already a serious relay abi na marathon racer… lol

@Suby: my dear you can oh.. if you want… follow me jare let’s go on the challenge together… maybe we’ll both be surprised

@An ibo dude’s corner: lol… I don’t think I ever met a guy who was crazy about piercings (on himself at least)… maybe I need to start putting my eyes into oyinbos oh cos that eyebrow piercing when I dey yarn about… I need person whey get am for my life… lol. Lmao… abeg I take the first compliment jare.. lol.

Mona said...

wow ive missed so much :-/

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Mona: it would seem so… but no worries…

LurLar said...

Chei so person no fit get 6packs without cardio? am a lazy bone oh....lol

omo-obanta said...

I'm back lol (finals are over!)
i love piercings too i had 4 normal ear piercings as well as the top tip of the ear piercing which i closed up because Maami almost had a heart attack lol...
i'm contemplating a belly one...
in any case i recommend crunches with an exercise ball is recommended and cardio

ic_ said...

talk to mad bhookey
she'll have great ideas about the 6-pack-in-6-weeks quest

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Lurlar: lol… I lazy pass you oh but I’m sha gonna really try cos I want this real bad(I’ve been saying this for 4good years but this time na 4real… lol)

@omo-obanta: ahh welcome back mami.. I for say whether person don kidnap you abi wetin… I have like 4 piercings on each ear as well but I don’t think I’ve ever worn all my piercings at the same time. I have the inner ear(tragus)piercing which is my favourite ear piercing… then I have an upper ear(cartilage)piercing… then the one my mom gave me as a baby and one right beside it. I usually always have the inner one and the top one on cos I loose my earrings like no tomorrow. Lol… holla if you want me to pep-talk you through the belly piercing cos trust me it doesn’t hurt as much as you’d think… and it looks so hot after… I mean I really can’t imagine my belly without it now… yeah I’m doing my exercise(well beginner stuff)… I’ll write a post about it later

@ic: oh mad bhookey… I’ll go search her cos I don’t think I have her link on my blog… can you provide it please if you have it… thanks… anybody who can help me with this my request is highly welcome abeg… I serious abourrit

omohemi Benson said...

What? I need cardio before crunches?
Oh! my goodness! I have just been wasting my timeevery morning. chei!
Thanks for putting this post up, I have learnt alot o!
What?! What?! you piereced gini?
I hail o, na fight,I dey take collect injection, I go con pierce for where?
Good luck with 6 packs and get to work. Your belle be fab.

Spook E said...

work it out lol! we're you holding your breath? sucking it in? lol Anyhow, its a fine stomach.

let me play doctor phil for a sec...working out should be incorporated into your life not for six pack abs lol

*don't listen to me, i just hear trainers say it all the time :)*

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@omohemi: lol this is the first time I ever saw you speak pidgin oh… my dear you have no clue. This cardio stuff don do me bad… I remember sometime last year I started doing crunches too… I did em for like 2 months… no results… only after I stopped I found out that the reason I wasn’t seeing any improvements was cos I wasn’t doing cardio.. damn shit!!! Lol. I’m glad I put up the post too cos I wanted to make sure that this time around I’m doing it right… cos I have a timeframe jare… I’m working towards it… I’ll update my fitness challenge about once every week or so… lol… if you wanted to… you could pierce it as well… only God knows how that’ll go in Nigeria(but then again it could be just me thinking that Naija is not capable of certain ‘technology’) thanks oh my dear… we dey try

@spook E: lol… no my dear… I just have a weird belly shape jare… I should’ve taken a side view cos you’d see that I sort of have a cut down the side(a bit manly… I know… but I’ve heard it’s sexy… lol… or that could be my friends just trying to make me feel better… lmao). Yeah… I’m trying to incorporate it into my life sha… we’ll see how it goes.

Ubong Da said...

Look don't tempt me o!. I beg u. Kai. Infact I need to go for confession and tell the preist I have seen your stomach and unholy thoughts are now propagating in my mind. Cahi this one "odikwa risky"

Thoughts said...

U're a size 10 or 8 9whichever).Girl that's hard to believe.Cos you look so skinny and streamlined.Are you sure?
On another note, walking is the bom- diggitty

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Ubong Da: lmao… I’m a spiritual authority… so I will commit you in the lords hand for your iniquities and kini kon kini kon… lol… you’re not serious at all.

@Thoughts: what part of the world are you? Cos sizes might be different from Canada. Cos I have a 30 inch waist(which is a size 8 or 10 here)… I’ll google it and find out for sure sha… but no oh… I’m not skinny at all… more like a medium. lmao@streamlined... That sounds like a sexy ship… but I’ll take it. I took a walk last night and I’m loving it… went with my mom though… I don’t think I’ll be doing that again cos she walks so slow and doesn’t want to walk as long as I want to… I’m the one who needs the 6-pack in 6 weeks, so I gotta work really hard and step my game up.

Daddy's Girl said...

Ha, na your belle be dat, ONB!! Haba! You be hot chick o! First the hot legs, then the hot behind (thanks to dude), now the hot tummy! Ha! You be hot chick o, I no dey lie. Seriously though, I have no advice for you - when my tummy is like your 'before' pic, I can start advising. LOL

jadedKiss said...

we are cyber sistahs for a reason!
i pierced my belly in 2004 the first time, but they did it wrong- trust naija!- and i had issues with it for the year plus i had it. then i took it out for like a year, or moe.. and redid it december 1st 006!
anyway now they did it right, needle and al, it hurt but not as bad as childbirth.. lol!

anyway yeah i lso want a six pack!!!
ive been doing like 100 crunches daily but ure telling me its useless without cardio?
i cant run! cant walk either- more than neccessary anyway- cuz its hot here in 9j and i'll be soakd thru my 'fly clothes' and stanked up and all and THAT aint purty.

i also say i'm an 8.. but i feel so much more comfortable wearing 10.. but considering you're tall you prob look skinny and i look fat! ok maybe not fat, 'plump' h whateva. same difference!

anyway if u get any tips babe please share.. maybe e can do this thing together and see who gets there first!!!!
x

luminousnubian said...

you already have nice abs, i think all you really need is cardio that will make your body look fantastic all over. crunches help too. i dont do them,i just run every day. see what works for you. good luck with that 6 pack girl!

Omosewa said...

Hehehehe, your tummy looks perfect. I guess a six pack wont hurt sha, your plan seems perfect, but that 11pm part odikwa funny, its supposed to be 7pm or something like that, lolol. Maybe those ab machine things will work, doesnt look like you have too much work to do. I went to the gym the other day, i almost passed out, buhahahahahaha too funny. Anyways you go girl, i'm sure your success will motivate me more. I want to pierce my ear so bad, but i know my mom will really pass out.:D