Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'm Back!

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Well I'm back , even though I really haven't been any where.
Typically I update my blog while at work and I really have not had good cell phone reception to be able to upload my photos.   I have still been Stalking Jazzwife and Sabrina P. on their blogs and have been continuing with my Natural Hair Journey as well as my Weight Loss Journey.   Lets get to Weight loss first.

Well I am down only about 15 pounds total since April 4, 2011, but I am down at least one dress size.   I have been continuing my Brisk Walking in the morning at 5am and have added weights to my hands, pushups and other Strengthening and Toning exercises.   Even the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (Not consistently doing at this time). I havent used my new GF Evolve Grill yet but have been sticking to a consistent Caloric Intake.   Still Logging my diaries on a wonderful tool for people who not just want a diet but motivation to make lifestyle changes.   I'm looking pretty good if I do say so myself.

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As for my Hair:
It is thriving!

My summer routine of Wash N Go's is keeping my hair moisturized, nourished and Looking Sweet!   Notice the pics above.   This is my new style that got rave reviews from people around me at work and play (love the curls/shrinkage).  It was a style I tried one day after having an old wash and go and decided after working out that I did not feel like doing my hair all over again so decided to pin to one side and adorn.  ( You know I feel really sexy with my hair pulled to one side) .   This has become a style that I have worn to Work, Funerals and/or a Night on the town.   It is very sophisticated and super curly and cute.   

My hair in the Summer really thrives with WNG's better than the twist styles.   I have little to no shedding, ssk's and tangles.   Gotta love that for length retention.

Here are the products that I am using.

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
Aussie 3 minute Miracle
Curl Junkie Assurance Smoothing Lotion (Leave-In)
Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle(finisher)
Ecco Styler Olive Oil Gel ( keep frizz down, rake through sections)
One N Only Argan Oil Treatment (Sealant- Yes it has cones)

I know some of these may have cones but I find that in the super humid summer/fall of Maryland these cones help to keep the moisture in and frizz at bay!  My hair has been super moisturized, frizz free and has great sheen.  My ends are looking great and I have had a demi color put over my highlights with no drying effects.
Gotta keep up with what works and don't get caught up in the hype... do whats best for your hair.

I find that my hair and Glycerin products are not good during this time and reframe from products with Glycerin within the first 4-5 Ingredients.  Maybe I will see how the Winter regimen evolves by the end of this summer.
I am not spending a lot of time on wash day at all and really just Shampoo to rid myself of the cones after 3-4 days.  I did decide today to maybe add a bit of protein treatment once a month to see the effects as well.  I am a little afraid and this is maybe just an egg/mayo protein treatment.

I am enjoying my summer, getting fit, bowling (OK) and feeling great.   My company moved to new offices where we get all the natural daylight and the entire front wall and door is all glass.  These offices are Laid Out... Upscale.

I hope everyone's summer is going well and I will continue to update my blog more often even if its without photos.   Remember check out as a good health and fitness tool.   There are many naturals on their as well.   I think Natural hair automatically gives a consciousness for so much more regarding Lifestyle choices.   

I know.. Bathroom Shot (Don't Judge me!)
Talk to you again Real soon!