Alright, I know this is a hair blog, so I’ll open this with a little hair update. LOL!! I’ve been doing the least as my priority right now is getting my body/health back in order … hair is secondary. But, it still has its needs ;). So, last weekend, I did the following:
- Pre-pooed with Vatika Oil mixed with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose conditioner overnight.
- Shampooed with diluted Shea Moisture Raw Shea Moisture Retention shampoo.
- Conditioned and finger detangled with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH) and rinsed.
- Deep conditioned with Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment with added EVOO, JBCO and VCO.
- Cooled and sealed with diluted HE HH.
- Applied a modified kimmaytube leave-in conditioner (2 tbsp KCKT, 2 tbsp AVJ, 2 tsp JBCO/EVOO).
- Set my hair in 8 twists (I think … I’m going off memory at this point).
On Monday, I wore my twists up and on Tuesday night, I removed them to stretch my hair further by placing it into 6 braids. Tuesday, I wore my hair in a low bun. On Wednesday, I placed it in a mid-height bun using a banana clip made two big twists, and wrapped and pinned them around the banana clip. I wore my hair like that through this past Sunday, re-setting it twice.
It stayed well-moisturized, which was a relief. My ends in the back crown had been feeling rough and dry lately, so this was a welcome result. I’m definitely back to the kimmaytube leave-in and protective styling … oh yeah, I was supposed to be extending that bun challenge to right about now, wasn’t I?!?! LOL!! Well, it continues.
Oh, and I didn’t wash it this weekend … had the henna thawed for the second time in two weeks … but, just wasn’t feeling like dealing with an all day hair event and didn’t even feel like washing it period. I will definitely have to do something this weekend … henna may not make the cut again however, even though it’s sorely needed. But, for now, I put it in four braids after henna and it’ll be in another bun for the week … maybe even the same one! I should try to be more creative though, shouldn’t I? *shrugs*
Health & Fitness
Okay, now to my real focus for the week :). I’m at the halfway point of my personal 28 Day Fitness Challenge!!! I’ve lost 5-5.5 lbs since starting 2 weeks ago and I’m feeling better and motivated. Morning work-outs are definitely a necessity for me right now as I am so burned out after work. I know that although I might start the day with the best intentions, at the pace I’m going right now, there is no way I’d have the energy or motivation to get it done after work. It also feels really good to be done exercising shortly after starting my day. The one thing that sucks is that I can’t workout longer when I’m feeling good as I have to get to work. Right now I’m getting up at 5:30 a.m. to give myself 30 minutes to get my cup of coffee in and wake-up. But, I always end up taking 45 minutes to get it together. So, I may need to get up a little bit earlier if I want to get a little extra in.
Anywho, here is how week 2 went down (click on pics to enlarge and read captions). If you follow Hairscapades on Instagram or Facebook, you can skip this part as you’ve seen these already ;).
Day 8: C25K treadmill Week 1/Day 1: Walk intervals at 3.8 mph; jog at 5.0, except I did the last at 6.0 mph.
Day 9: 12 minute Lauren Brooks Full Body Blast Kettlebell workout. I L❤VE that this is done barefoot!! Feels like it improves my natural stability! Also L❤VE my Bob Harper contour kettlebell. The normal spherical ones can be awkward during certain exercises and hit hard during cleans. The contoured bell cradles the arm when it’s held or lands.
Day 10: Week 1/Day 2 of C25K
Knew I couldn’t get her 40 minute routine in, but needed more than the 12 minutes, so did it twice! The push-ups, burpees and mountain climbers are the killers though!!
Day 12: C25K Week 1/Day 3. I increased my speed to 5.5 for 6 run intervals and 6.0 for last 2 run intervals. You’re actually supposed to run at an easy pace for yourself, but I like to do sprints to work on building up my speed.
Day 13: Angie Miller Kettlebell Bootcamp (approx. 45-50 min total) with a 15 lb bell and 10 lb for some of the shoulder and abs exercises. This kicked my butt.
Day 14: Hot yoga (Vinyasa Flow). Not my best practice. I was sore from Kettlebell and had to take ibuprofen because my left shoulder/chest was hurting. But, yoga helped stretch and work it out. (p.s. I’m loving this new hoodie that I picked up from Marshall’s on Saturday!!)
Okay, that was the fitness, this is the health. For me, weight loss has always required both exercise and a good diet. They work hand-in-hand and I think contribute equally to allowing me to reach my goals. This is because mentally they are tied together for me. If I’m not eating well, I don’t exercise … if I don’t exercise, I don’t eat well. So, I’ve definitely been focused on making certain that I eat breakfast every day, bring a healthy lunch and snacks to work and eat a balanced dinner. I’ve also been drinking a protein shake and taking my vitamins with my cereal post my morning work-out.
Top left: Nectar Strawberry Mousse protein (this is really good stuff! Mixes easily and tastes great!); Bottom left: My supplements; Right: My daily fortitude (Dole frozen blueberries are delish!).
My baby food snacks. Aren’t they so colorful?! These are new brands I’m trying.
I ate BRUSSEL SPROUTS!! Check out my FB page or IG to see why this is HUGE!!
The thing is, because my body has gotten used to more calories, I’m hungry, so I’ve incorporated a few snacks that I’ll eventually wean out.
The Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola is to die for!! OMGosh, this stuff is so good … and so easy to overeat with a serving being only 1/3 of a cup (140 calories/6-7 g of fat). The Cranberry Orange Cashew tastes like crunchy nuggets of Fruity Pebbles!! Ooooooh weeeeeh!! But, I’m trying to keep it together … I wasn’t even planning on buying anymore of this stuff … until I saw it in the line of Marshall’s for $1 less than it cost me in Shop-rite! DANG!! Oh, and the dry roasted edamame is about the same calories, but with a lot more fiber. Also, it’s not so sweet and delicious, so it’s easier to control my serving size. That’ll be my longer term snack as it doesn’t set off my sugar/carb addiction!
Blueberry, Banana, Strawberry Mousse Protein Smoothie
And finally, I want to start incorporating some smoothies, especially green ones, into my diet. I don’t think I’ll do them daily, but I can at least make time to mix some up a couple of days a week. This Sunday, I made a nice strawberry, banana, blueberry protein smoothie to power me up for hot yoga and it was awesome!!
8 oz. almond milk (40 cals)
8 oz. water
1 scoop Nectar Strawberry Mousse protein powder (100 cals)
1 banana (105 cals)
1 c. frozen Dole blueberries (70 cals)
1 tbsp whole flaxseeds (47 cals)
2 ice cubes
Total: 362 calories
I debated throwing some frozen spinach into the mix, but didn’t want to take the chance that it would make it nasty. But, I’ll give it a try on a smaller batch on another day. In fact, this was a LOT of smoothie, more than 2 large cup fulls. So, I can definitely half the recipe and save some calories! I need to hit the grocery store (should have done that yesterday) to get some fruit and veggies with which to experiment. I’m going with frozen as much as possible as I like the convenience and shelf life. More importantly, I’ve also read that frozen fruits and veggies tend to retain more nutrients as they are picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness, whereas fresh fruits and veggies are picked early to allow them to make it from farm to shelf without spoiling.
Alright, I’m starting C25K Week 2 this morning!! How did my 28 Day Fitness Challenge ladies do this week? What day are you on? Are you feeling better? Seeing any changes?