“At Home” GOCer: Janay


As many of you know, I cut-off the “GOC” waves at 10 with 50 “official” participants (not including me;). I would have loved to include everyone, but from a management perspective, I had to cap it. However, if you remember, I suggested that anyone who wanted to participate, but didn’t submit in time, could play along by following all of the “rules.” Well, Janay did just that. Everyone, say, “Hi” to Janay:)!!


J a n a y

Current State: Hair – Slightly below Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – ranges from 130-134 (size 4), depending on my level of activity.

Goals: Hair – Maybe graze waist length (WL), but right now I’m comfortable with maintaining what I have in the healthiest way possible (low manipulation styles); Fitness: I’m actually comfortable with my size, but would like to start toning up, since I’m beginning to pooch out if you will.  A petite me with a gut is clearly not the business. Incorporate at least 50 oz of water/day in my diet.

Hair Regimen:


  • Shampoo (biweekly when the weather gets cooler)
  • Deep condition
  • Apply leave-in and moisturizer
  • Put hair in large braids to air dry
  • After drying, style stretched hair in one of two ways:
  • Two strand twists
  • Buns or other pin-up updos


  • Re-apply moisturizer to ends
  • Seal with oil (usually a castor oil blend or EVCO)


  • Henna/Amla treatments

I’m also contemplating dabbling in clay treatments as well.

Health & Fitness Regimen:

  • Zumba (or another cardio workout) twice a week for one hour.
  • Weight training twice a week for one hour.
  • Focus more on the nutritional value and portions of what I’m eating, less on counting calories.
  • Limit to one non-water beverage per day (100% fruit juice, green or herbal tea).
  • Limit to two “bad” drinks per week (soda, alcohol, Starbucks *sigh*, etc.).
  •  Cook at home at least 3 days a week.  Hubs and I dine out more than I care to admit.
  • Incorporate more vegetarian meals (suggestions welcome!).

Reward: Going to my annual checkup and being the SAME weight as last year! Also, a wardrobe overhaul. After my first year married, I put on 20 pounds. Loved it, but putting on weight that quickly left very few classic staples in my closet (i.e. my black wrap dress, suits, jackets, etc.) that fit.  If I can maintain until spring, I’m replacing my favorites with new stuff!

5 responses »

  1. I am trying to incorperate more vegetarian meals as well and came across a cookbook by Bryant Terry called Vegan Soul Kitchen which is a healty take on African American cuisine. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but everything looks and sounds really good. Give it a try and good luck on you challenge.


  2. Pingback: October/November GOC Update: Janay « hairscapades

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