Monday, March 30, 2015

Wash Day Two Weeks Post

Sunday after my family dinner and the kitchen is clean is my typical wash day.  At the beginning of my HHJ my wash day was Saturday but it quickly became hectic.  As i pulled out the products I was about to use for my wash, I realized that the other members of my family also have their Sunday evening routines. Funny things happens when you are not paying attention.


The #WashDayExperience

Anyway here is how I went about my wash day;

Prepoo- I coated my hair with my prepoo oil mix and detangled in small sections.  I then trim about 1/4 of inch from each sections.  After the detangle and trim I saturated my hair with the oil mix and sat under my dryer for ten minutes to get a hot oil treatment.  

Shampoo- Once my air was cool I rinsed with warm water then shampooed with Creme of Nature coconut ans sunflower detangling conditioning shampoo.  As usual I only lather once before rinsing with warm water.  I then wrap my head in a towel to get rid of the excess water.

Protein Treatment-  Even though I did a mid step protein treatment during my relaxer touch-up my hair was looking a feeling as if it would benefit from a protein treatment.  Therefore I used Aphogee Keratin  2 minute reconstructor to give it the boost it needs.  After leaving the treatment on for two minutes I thoroughly rinsed with warm water.

Deep Condition-  After wrapping my hair with a t-shirt to get out the excess water I deep conditioned my hair with Crecepelo, JBCO and avocado oil and sat under my conditioning cap for 30 minutes. I love this deep conditioner and it is even better with the black castor and avocado oil boost. I then allowed my hair to cool while I peruse Facebook; when I caught myself an hour later I rinsed with warm water followed by cool water.



Leave-in and Moisturizers- T-shirt dry for 10 minutes then applied Aphogee pro-vitamin leave in conditioner and air dry to 95%.  When I was satisfied it was dry enough I applied Lotto Body moisturize me and OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum and set with roughly 30 flexi rod. 



I think I over did it with the flexi rods because the curls were too small and too tight.  Anyway I put a few drops of my Ettenio seal and shine serum on my finger tips and proceed to separate and fluff the curls. 



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Exercise and Menu recap (03/23)

This week was a very trying week, but thank God by the end of the week I was feeling like my old self once more. Due to me not feeling well over the weekend I only made Sunday dinner. This was my third week of kickboxing and it did not help that I felt like crap, but I push through and got my workout in.

Here is a recap of my exercise and what I ate this week.

Exercise-

There was a time when I would use something as simple as being tired to veg-out in my bed for a day or so, these days I'm kickboxing through migraine and blood pressure level which are off the charts. We often here the saying that getting and staying healthy is a lifestyle, well it is true.  These last few weeks has proven it to me.

Monday- one hour kickboxing
Tuesday- one hour kickboxing
Wednesday- one hour body pump followed by a 2 mile run
Thursday- one hour kickboxing
Friday- one hour Pilates followed by a 2 1/2 mile run
Saturday- rest day
Sunday- rest day


Menu-

If you have read any of my weekly menu and exercise recap you will know that even though I am a fairly good cook, I hate cooking.  So when I am under the weather the cooking part of getting healthy is the first to go out the door.

Sunday dinner consist of

  • curried red snapper
  • rice and peas Jamaican style
  • jerk chicken tenders ( seasoned with jerk spice and baked in the oven for roughly 20 minutes)
  • large green salad
Leftovers last through Wednesday dinner but my lunch was mainly grilled cheese and progresso can soups.



Hope you had a healthy and productive week!

#FitnessFriday on @SavingOurStrand

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wash Day- Texlaxed Glory

Last wash day I did a relaxer touch-up, it was a great wash day.  Even though I added three tablespoon of olive oil my hair felt as if I did not leave enough texture.  About mid-week I realized that the lack of texture was due to the hair being blow dried.

Oh how far I've come! Not too long ago I was relaxing my hair every four weeks to ensure it remained straight. These days I don't like the look and feel of super straight hair.  Maybe these feelings are a precursor to me transitioning to natural.  Who knows I may get to that point on this journey.



This weeks wash day was super easy and I got my nice fluffy and big hair back.



Here are the details:

Prepoo-  Did a hot oil treatment using coconut oil, avocado oil and grapeseed oil under my hood dry for 15 minutes.  I then allowed my hair to cool for 30 minutes.

Shampoo-  Lathered once using Creme of nature sunflower and coconut conditioning detangling shampoo before rinsing with warm water.

Deep Conditioner- After towel dry to get rid of the excess water, I applied Crecepelo deep conditioner along with a tablespoon of JBCO and sat under my conditioning cap for an hour.  Once my hair was cool I rinsed with warm water, followed by cool water.

Leave-in and Moisturizer- T-shirt dry for 10 minutes then applied Aphogee keratin and green tea restructurizer and air dry. Divided hair in four sections and applied Ettenio Moisture Reign , Ettenio creme de la creme and OGX coconut milk anti breakage serum to each section before roller setting.



Hope you had a great wash day.

The #WashDayExperience

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Exercise and Menu recap (03/16)

This week did not go as planned; but I did manage to fit in my three days of kickboxing.  Since starting my journey to a healthier me, I have finally gotten to the point were eating healthy and exercising has become second nature.  I am more conscious of the food choices I make; I even feel bereaved when I miss a day of exercise.



Anyway, here is this week's exercise and menu recap;


Exercise-

Monday- one hour kickboxing
Tuesday- one hour kickboxing
Wednesday- had a late appointment so I missed body pump ( I love, love body pump)
Thursday- one hour kickboxing
Friday- we had a snow storm so I had to forgo Pilates
Saturday- Rest
Sunday- Rest

I am loving kickboxing and cannot believe that I've done two weeks already.  With only two more to go i will miss it; maybe I'll get someone to sponsor another month for me.

Menu-

I do not like to cook and when i'm not in the mood cooking can be a tedious chore.  This past week was one of those times.
  • I made a baked chicken which served as Sunday dinner and protein for my salad during the week.
  • Made a large green salad with lettuce, carrots and red bell peppers
  • On Wednesday will waiting for the repairman I baked salmon and made,
  • pasta primavera from a recipe I got from my friend, it was delicious.
Changing ones eating and fitness habits takes time but once you have changed it for the better there is no going back.

Hope you have a great and healthy week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

What I'm loving about - Cardio Kickboxing

I have being looking for way to change up my exercise routine, so I enrolled in a cardio kickboxing class; this class is three days a week for month. This week was my second week and I'm loving it.  At the end of day three with a very sore body I thought about the benefits of cardio kickboxing.

I have taken several cardio kickboxing classes but those classes are glorified aerobics classes  in comparison. This training is a precursor to contact kickboxing, which I may never do because I don't plan on standing around fighting the bad guy, bu one never knows. I am learning self defense moves while strengthening and toning my body.

So far I found five benefits (1) it helps to release stress and tension, (2) it has increased my energy level, (3) it will tone and shape my body, (4) it is a full body workout, (5) it incorporates cardio with strength training.

The kicking and punching helps to get out all the pent up aggression. There are times when I close my eyes and imagine the person who pisses me off the most bloodied and lying on the floor moaning in pain. Yep, I have a little anger management issue.



Even though my body feels as if it as gone through the ringer, I feel much more energized in the morning.  It may be due to the comatose sleep I fall into after these sessions. Whatever the reason my energy level is up.

I am loving that kickboxing is a full body exercise, and even though I'm not doing contact kickboxing it does feel exhilarating.  There are moments when we are going through a circuit where realized that my cardio strength needs to improve. In a good kickboxing session you should be working, core, legs, arms, and back and have elements of both strength and cardio.

In the past two weeks I felt like a superhero and even having thoughts that I could be the next wonder woman.  Well anyway aside from my fantasy that I could be a kicking and punching crime fighter, i am loving kickboxing.  I probable won't be able to defend myself with the moves i have learned but I feel great practicing them.

I have two more weeks left of the program, so I might become a crime fighter, yet.


#FitnessFriday on @SavingOurStrand

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Wash Day - Relaxer Touch-up

Without intended to I made it to nineteen weeks post relaxer.  My normal threshold is twelve weeks but this stretch took me into unexpected avenues.  I had crochet braids for five weeks and with the mishaps from taking out the braids I wigged it for six weeks.

After making the decision to wig it to the beginning of spring my normal restless self took over and I need a change; and I needed it know.  So six days short of the beginning of spring I did my relaxer touch up.

Here is how my relaxer touch-up and subsequent length check went.

Prep- 


  1. Undid each plait and divided in four sections, detangled and based my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO).  Applied JBCO to my ends and coat with Loreal total repair 5 conditioner.
  2. Added three tablespoon of olive oil to the African Best relaxer; i normally do two tablespoon but wanted to maintain much more texture going forward.
  3. Divided each section into two and applied the relaxer; at first I thought I added took much olive oil but after the comb through I was happy with the results I was seeing.
Protein Treatment-

After my final comb through I rinsed the relaxer out with warm water.  I the applied Palmer's Coconut Oil deep conditioner protein and covered with a plastic cap and head tie for ten minutes. This is the second time I am doing a mid step protein treatment and will keep it in my regimen, because I like the outcome.  




Shampoo-

After rinsing out the protein treatment, I lathered twice with ORS creamy aloe shampoo.  Even after lathering twice my hair felt soft, it maybe due to the protein treatment but I'm happy nonetheless. I thoroughly rinsing my hair I wrapped in a towel to get rid of the excess water.

Deep Conditioner-

Deep conditioned with Organics cholesterol tea tree oil conditioner, coconut oil, avocado oil and castor oil under my conditioning cap for 45 minutes.  After allowing my hair to cool I rinsed with warm water followed by cool water. I've always loved this conditioner I think boosting it up with the oils gave it a wow factor that my hair is loving.  It resulted in very soft and moisturized hair.

Leave-in Conditioner and moisturizer-

After ensuring all the conditioner was properly rinsed out I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for ten minutes.  I then saturated my hair with  Creme of nature strength and shine leave in conditioner and left to air.  When it was ninety-five percent dry I applied Ettenio moisture reign and Ettenio creme de la creme. I the applied OGX coconut oil anti breakage serum and blow dry on warm. 




 I am a little past my one year HHJ anniversary and I an very happy for the progress that I have made. I have met the goal of getting to shoulder length and I have really healthy hair. I need to get  a trim but will do it my next wash day.

This was a very good wash day.  How was yours?


The #WashDayExperience




Friday, March 13, 2015

Exercise and Menu Recap (03/09)

When an opportunity arises one must drag it with both hands, and make very good use of it. I was given the opportunity to participate in a kickboxing class for a month, which is great because I was looking for something new to rev up my exercise routine.

I was super excited to start something new and to punch a few bags, but was a little disappointed that it was not contact kickboxing.  Anyway I will participate three day per week for the next month and hope to not only get healthy but also learn son cool moves. Kickboxing works the entire body and is also a great cardio workout, so i'm loving it.

Here is a recap of my menu and exercise routine for this week.

Exercise-

Monday- one hour kickboxing- I thought I was fit but kickboxing kick my butt.
Tuesday- one hour kickboxing- I'm a glutton for punishment
Wednesday- one hour body pump; (the instructor makes the class seems easy) followed by a 1 mile run
Thursday- one hour kickboxing; not sure if I could make it through the entire class but I did, so yeah for me.
Friday- one hour Pilates; (I joke with my gym buddy that we are not longer beginners but intermediate) followed by a 2 mile run.
Saturday- rest
Sunday- rest

A soak in the tub was exactly what the doctor order for this very sore body.  I think three more weeks of such an intense routine will put me on the track to achieve the goals I've set for this March.

Menu-

This past weekend I wasn't up to cooking so my choices for this week was very limited.  So as you will notice did not have a wide selection but I my son was happy because his beloved Salmon as on the menu.



  • Baked Salmon
  • a large green salad, I always make a green salad because it can be paired with any protein.
  • Quinoa with red beans Jamaican style
  • Roasted whole chicken



Hope you had a fabulous and healthy week.

#FitnessFriday on @SavingOurStrand


Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day- 2015

Today March 8th is International Women's Day 2015, this years slogan is "Make It Happen".

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights" Gloria Steinem

Inequality affects women from different races, ethnicity, culture, religion and class. Since the early 1900's women have been fighting to get heard, fighting to be seen, and fighting for equality. So after more than a hundred years of  feminism we now seen, and heard but still fighting for equality.  Equal pay for equal work seems to be a hard concept in the very patriarchal society many of us lives in.

The black hair movement to me represents us as women standing up saying no more; no more will we listen to your opinion of us; no more will we let you tell us how we should define ourselves. We are now saying who we are, what we are and how we define ourselves.

So even though we may not think of ourselves as feminist, we should continue to work hard and fight so that our daughters will enjoy equality and recognition.


Happy International Women's Day to my follow feminist!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wash Day- Castor Oil Edition

Growing up in Jamaica we had a few castor oil tree or oil nut tree in our yard. My grandmother would have us pick the seeds from the tree and then she would make the castor oil.  As small children we were allowed or was privy to the process of making the oil.

Castor oil was used for medicine, hair oil and skin moisturizer.  At the end of summer just before the start of school we had a week long castor oil treatment.  We all had a take a teaspoon of castor oil once a day for five days known as wash-out to Jamaicans.  This was meant to get rid of any worms or bugs so you won't get sick during the school year.

Our scalped was oiled with castor oil to ensure we did not get lice and it was also used as a lotion.  Imagine the little country girl going to school in the city with glistening skin, yep that was our life.  This is were I developed my aversion of castor oil and vow never to use Jamaican black castor oil.

Well some vows are meant to be broken; so this past weekend I was in my beauty supply store and the bottles where eyeing me, so I broke down and bought a bottle.   



Here is how was Castor Oil influenced wash day went;

Prepoo-  took down my plaits and applied JBCO to small sections from root to tip.  Once all my hair was coated with castor I put on a plastic cap and sat under my conditioning cap for an hour.  The smell wasn't as bad as I remembered, which is good. My hair felt really soft and the castor oil melted right in.

Shampoo- After my hair was cool, I rinsed with warm water then shampooed with Creme of nature sunflower & coconut detangling conditioning shampoo. As usual I only lather once before rinsing with warm water. My scalp needs to be properly cleansed so I have to shampoo, and this shampoo gives me the cleansing I need without making it hard.



Deep Conditioner- After t-shirt drying to get rid of the excess water I coated my hair from root to tip with JBCO.  After the castor oil treatment I coated my hair with Crecepelo deep conditioner and sat under my conditioning cap for an hour.  My hair loves Crecepelo and from the prepoo session it may also like castor oil so I didn't think it was a bad idea to combine them.  



After my hair was cool I rinsed with warm water and finished off with cool water.  Well let me tell you my sixteen weeks post relaxer hair felt and look so great that I could not stop running my finger through it. Once I got a hold of my self I cleft the hair to air dry.  

Leave-in and moisturizer-  When my hair was about 90 percent dry I applied Ettenio Moisture reign to my hair and let it dry completely. Once it was completely dry I applied a few drops of castor oil along with Ettenio creme de la creme and put my hair in two plaits.



The healthy hair community have been raving about Jamaican Black castor Oil and even though I know the benefits first hand I stayed away from it based on my childhood memories.  Now that I have allowed myself to move past the memories, I too will enjoy the wonderful benefits of castor oil.

How was your wash day? What if any childhood memories do you have of castor oil?


The #WashDayExperience


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Weight Loss - January/February in-review

Having healthy and realistic goals makes achieving said goals much easier than if they were idealistic. My goals for January was to 1) have a weekly exercise schedule, 2) run 3 mile at least once per week, 3) lower my BMI and my waist size, and 4) continue to prepare my meals.  I was able to stick to my goal but since January was such a busy  and stressful time for me I did not achieved a lowered BMI or waist line.

With January behind me I renewed my efforts and continue to focus on my goals.  The job of being an employee, and a mother can sometimes steal time and energy from taking care of you as a person. February was one such month were the competition for my time and energy was like a rodeo on steroids.  Between science projects, meeting my deadlines at work  and enduring the coldest February on record, I just wanted to just curl up in a ball and not move for a month.  However, these are the situation where you dig deep and push hard to continue your forward momentum.

Having survive two months of pure chaos, I am happy to say that I made great stride and kept my noise to the grind.

Here is a recap of my weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals of the last two months;

  • I kept to my weekly exercise schedule of exercising five days per week. I must say my energy level is up compare to what it normally is at this time of the year.
  • I worked myself up to running on average 2 miles twice a week.  Running has become my drug, it helps to calm me down, it energizes and redirects my chaotic mind.  I cannot wait for the warmer weather so i con take my running outside. 
  • Each week I shop and prepare my meals and on average I pack my lunch four out of five days. This has certainly help me to keep my blood pressure stable and my Gastritis under control. 
  • I did not achieve my BMI and slimmer waist goal, but all is not lost.  My BMI went down 1/2 a point and my waist line shrunk a little over 1/2 and inch.  I have also lost 2.4 lbs in the last two months, so I'm definitely on the right track.

My goals going forward-
  1. keep my weekly exercise schedule
  2. be able to run a 12 minute mile
  3. continue to prepare healthy meals
  4. lose 5 pounds within the next month
  5. get my BMI down by 1 point and lose 1 inch off my waist
Getting healthy and staying healthy takes constant work. We all want to have the sexy, curvy, two piece wearing body but getting that body does not happen overnight.  There is no magic pill so when you feel discourage remember that a healthy lifestyle will keep on giving.