Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wash Day- The struggle is real

I'm currently six weeks post however my hair is feeling and looking like it is at least eight weeks post. As the weather gets warmer my hair loses moisture so quickly, at times I'm at a loss as to how to keep it moisturized. This wash day I went back to a some of my staple and possible will have to put into play my summer regimen very soon.

Here is how my wash day went;

Prepoo- Detangled with coconut oil and prepoo with Cantu shea butter repair cream under my conditioning cap for an hour.  I must say that my shedding is at such a minimum that at times i wonder if it is real.

Shampoo-  After rinsing out the prepoo I shampooed with Creme of Nature Red Clover &Aloe.  As usual I only lathered once before rinsing with warm water.

Deep conditioner- I toweled dry to get rid of the excess water before applying JBCO and Ettenio Cocolicious balancing penetrating conditioner.  After applying my deep conditioner mixture I put on a plastic cap and head tie, then sat under my conditioning cap for an hour.  I can't wait to visit Jamaica this summer to stock up on the conditioner; it smells great but most of all it conditions like WOW.

After allowing my hair to cool I rinsed out the conditioning mix with warm water  then followed up with cool water to close the cuticle; then t-shirt dry for ten minutes.



Leave-in conditioner and moisturizer-  After t-shirt drying I applied Creme of Nature Perfect 7 and air dry to 95 percent. Once my hair was dry I applied Ettenio moisture reign and OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum before blow drying the roots on cool.  I then roller set with roughly fifteen 2 inch rollers.



The set was fantastic in the morning however it did not last the day before looking like a rats nest. At the end of that day I moisturized with ORS hair lotion and setting with roughly twenty-five perm rods.  This set lasted much longer than the roller set, so this may be my go to style for the summer.

Do you have a summer regimen?

The #WashDayExperience

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Exercise and Menu Recap ( 04/20)

Last week I basically limped through the week; however I got myself in top gear this week because I have a family reunion in August and I want to look and feel fabulous for it.  I subcribed to Dailyburn.com at the beginning of this month to supplement my exercise routine. I thought it would be like doing a dvd, no ma'am it is kick ass almost like having your own personal trainer.

Each week you get five workout assigned to you or you can choose your own workout from the different categories and workout.  I only go into the gym twice per week but dailyburn is giving the workouts I need to get to my goals.

Exercise-

Monday- Blast N Burn Cardio Sculpt 35 minutes, I felt as if I was the one being balested and burn not my fat. 
Tuesday- Cardio Ball 45 minutes, who would have thought that using a medicine ball during a cardio exercise would be so damn hard?
Wednesday- one hour Body Pump followed by a 30 minutes run on the treadmill
Thursday- Upper Body roller coaster 45 minutes
Friday- on hour Pilates and  one hour body pump, I used less weight than I do on Wednesday but it was still difficult to work out for two straight hours.
Saturday- Rest 
Sunday - Rest


Menu-

- Large green salad top with walnuts
- steamed red snapper with baked red potatoes
- baked salmon and quinoa with red kidney beans

This week when I packed my lunch I add avocado to pack in additional nutrients.

How were your able to achieve your healthy lifestyle and exercise goals this week?

#FitnessFriday on @SavingOurStrand

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Product Review- Shea Moisture JBCO Masque

Cost- $12 I purchased it from CVS but it it is widely available in stores such as Target and Walgreens



Claims/Blurb- This deep conditioning masque restores strength and resilience to damage, brittle or chemically processed hair. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Formulated with nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea Butter to replenish moisture and soften while strengthening hair. Helps promote growth by supporting hair's elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shedding.  Peppermint stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience. Leave hair soft, manageable and shiny.




Ingredients- Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Yeast Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vinegar, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient



Pros- This is a thick easily spread product. You can use it on literally all hair types without batting an eye. The prominent ingredients in this masque are JBCO, Shea Butter, Peppermint and Keratin, what more can you ask for. Shea Butter conditions the hair and while  JBCO aids in healthy hair growth. Peppermint stimulates the scalp for better blood circulation and the Keratin strengthen the hair.

Cons- Ingredients list does not live up to there claims.  The three out of the four prominent ingredients falls so far down the list,  I am not sure how effective they are. For a product touting Jamaican Black Castor Oil, you should be able to see that ingredient at a glance.



My Take- It is very thick however very easy to apply, the one draw for me initial was the smell .  However after a few use I got use to the scent it really didn;t notice it anymore.  The color is a little odd but you have to taken in consideration that Shea marry Castor. This masque truly conditions and the effects last through my next wash day even though I exercise five times per week.  This will become a staple in my arsenal.

Have you used this masque, if so what is your take?


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wash Day- Rinse and Repeat

It has been awhile since I had a wash.rinse and repeat type of wash day.  this wash day was one of those deja vu wash days.  I try mixing up the products I used each week because I feel it keeps my hair guess.  Can hair think?, well if it can my is confused most of the time.

Anyway here is how this wash day went:

Prepoo-  Detangled with coconut oil and prepoo with Burt's Bees avocado butter pre-shampoo under my conditioning cap for 45 minutes.

Shampoo- After rinsing out the prepoo treatment, I shampooed with Creme of Nature red clover and Aloe soothing shampoo; I lathered once before rinsing.  I might actually like this shampoo, my only drawback is that it doesn't lather a lot.

Deep Conditioned- Deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, grow & restore treatment masque under my conditioning cap for a little over an hour.  I had intended to deep conditioned for 30 minutes but I was busy running my mouth. After my hair cooled I rinsed with warm water followed by cool water to close the cuticles.



Leave-In Conditioner and Moisturizer-  T-shirt dry until my hair was about 50 percent dry, before applying Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow & restore leave-in conditioner, followed by Ettenio moisture reign.  After applying the leave-in and moisturizer I left my hair to air dry.

Once it was completely dry I oiled my scalp with JBCO and ends before installing about 25 orange perm rods.  I don't normally use an holding product because my hair would hold the curls.  However, the longer it gets I finding that the curls fall, so was the case with my perm rod set.

What are some of the products you use for extra hold?


The #WashDayExperience

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Exercise and Menu recap (04/13)

 I love going on vacation because you have no schedule and that in of itself is vacation enough. Unfortunately when you come home from vacation your real life is there like a tornado to suck you back into the bustling, hectic schedule of ones life.  This past week I just could not get back on schedule because I felt mentally exhausted; I just my mind did not have to work while on vacation.

Due to my exhausted mind and a body who does not have a voice my exercise and meals were a hit or  a miss; so here is a recap how this week went.

Exercise-

Over the past few months I exercise five days per week however this week I only did two days.  I feel these two days were meaningful.

Wednesday- one hour body pump and 30 minutes on the elliptical machine
Friday- 45 minutes aerobics and one hour body pump

I think I may add a second session of body pump to my normal routine, because I felt so good after my session on Friday.


Meals (Menu)-

- Sunday dinner consist of oven fried chicken and a green salad ( romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, red bell peppers).
- On Wednesday I made baked salmon  and ziti with broccoli and cauliflower because I have to pack lunch for my son as he will not eat the school lunch. This served as dinner for the next two days.
- I had grilled cheese, grilled chicken wrap, a burger and lobster bisque for lunch over the course of the week.

I have gotten used to packing my lunch and even though I did stay within a reasonable limit my choices for lunch were not healthy. I rarely ever leave my office during the day so I tend to order with the mass if I did not pack my lunch.

After having such a great time on vacation and being able to stay on track, I was surprised that i struggled so much.

Do you struggle to maintain your healthy lifestyle during or after vacation?


#FitnessFriday on @SavingOurStrand

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wash Day - Four weeks post


Thee further I get in my healthy hair journey the more passionate I get about educating and commiserating with others who are on similar journeys.  It does not matter if you are relaxed, texlaxed or natural as long as you are taking care of your hair I want to talk to you because sharing is caring.  I view myself as an ambassador of healthy hair, sharing techniques, product information and giving encouragement.

At four weeks post my wash day was a breeze, here is a recap of my wash day.

Prepoo- Detangled with coconut oil and prepoo with Burt's Bees avocado butter pre-shampoo  hair treatment under a plastic cap and head tie for close to two hours. This product was very thick and not easily spread but I love the ingredients and I think my hair loved them too.


Shampoo- After rinsing out the prepoo treatment with warm water I shampooed with Creme of Nature Red clover and aloe soothing shampoo. I lathered once before rinsing with warm water.  I bought this shampoo by accident when I went to purchased my staple shampoo but it was a gentle shampoo.



Deep condition-  Deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen, grow & restore treatment masque under my conditioning cap for 45 minutes and then allowed my hair to cool for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water followed my cool water. I think I may get used to the smelling just so I can enjoy the soft, fluffy hair I get when I use this Deep conditioner.




Leave-in conditioner and moisturizer-  T-shirt dry for 15 minutes before applying Shea Moisture JBCo strengthen grow & restore leave in conditioner and allowed my hair to air dry.  Once my hair was fully dry I applied Ettenio moisture reign to my hair  and JBCO to my scalp before roller setting.

I am loving Jamaican black castor oil so much, (yep I am).  I never like the smell but i have gotten used to it  and my hair is thriving so much in since I started using it.

Hope you had a great wash day!  

The #WashDayExperience

Friday, April 10, 2015

Exercise and Menu recap (04/06)

This past week I went on a much deserve vacation with my family.  We all know that while vacation are great for rest and relaxation, it can also be a diet buster.  So my goal for the week was to ensure I get my exercise in and be diligent with the foods I eat.

I am happy to report that not only that I was more active but I was able to maintain a very good eating regimen.  I cannot believe that I am so discipline; six months ago I wouldn't be able to say I am.

Here is a brief recap of my exercise and meals while on vacation.

Exercise-

Monday-  drove for seven hours to get to my much need vacation so no exercise for me.
Tuesday- Walked three miles on the boardwalk
Wednesday- ran a little over two miles on the boardwalk
Thursday- walked one and a half mile on the boardwalk
Friday- ran 3 miles on the boardwalk
Saturday- driving seven hours home
Sunday- plan on recouping from the drive home

Virginia Beach boardwalk makes you want to get out there and enjoy the sites and sound, and that's exactly what I did.



Meals-

  • I stayed away from fast food and fried food, because of the sodium and fried food gives me heartburn
  • had chicken fajita at a Mexican restaurant
  • had Tuna Ahi with edamame and baked sweet potato
  • went to an Indian restaurant for lunch who to my horror had a buffet lunch so I tried everything; I was so stuffed that I had to walk around the parking lot for ten minutes before getting in the car.
I always get a suite when on vacation so I can prepare breakfast and reheat leftover which is what I did this time around.  I tried to order entrees that i could have twice so I can limit the amount of time I eat out.

What do you do while on vacation to ensure you keep on the right track?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wash Day- Shea Moisture Edition

I haven't bought any new haircare product in recent months but I really wanted to try the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line and they were on sale at 50% off. I purchased the Strengthen, Grow and restore treatment masque and the Strengthen, Grow and restore leave-in conditioner.


Prepoo- Detangled then  prepoo with Coconut oil and Cantu Shea butter leave-in repair conditioner under a plastic cap and my head tie for an  hour.

Shampoo- Shampoo with Creme of Nature Sunflower and coconut detangling conditioning shampoo. I lathered once and rinsed with warm water.

Deep Condition- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen, grow and restore treatment masque under my conditioning cap for thirty minutes and allowed my hair to cool for an additional fifteen minutes.  Once it was cool I rinsed with warm water followed my cool water, then wrapped my head with a t-shirt to dry.




Leave In and moisturizer-  After my hair was about 90 percent dry I applied  Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen, grow and restore leave- in conditioner.  Oiled scalp with JBCO, the moisturized with Cantu hair lotion then roller set.

My hair was so soft and fluffy when I removed the rollers and yes the curls fell after a being in the car on my almost eight hour road trip but my hair was still soft.  I think I'm going to like the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line.

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter and Spring Break, as much as me and my family are enjoying our #vacationroadtrip as dubbed by my son.


The #WashDayExperience

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One Year Blogiversary

One Year Blogiversary


OMG, I cannot believe one year had flown by so quickly.  A year ago when I got up the courage to start this blog, I did not know if or how I could sustain it, but as you can see with all your support I did. In the beginning my goal was to document and share my hair journey but it quickly became a blog about health; hair, physical, mental and spiritual health.

This blog has help me to be more authentic, and truthful to myself.  I feel not only obligated to be truthful to myself to also to you who takes time to read my posts.  I am truly grateful to each of you who has visited because it has motivated me to become a much healthier and motivated person.

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To every e- mail subscriber, Facebook “like”, share and comment! Twitter favorite or retweet.

Everyone who follows me on Bloglovin, Google+ Twitter or Instagram !

All of the comments on the post I’ve shared!

The awesome bloggers who include me in their blogroll!

The fabulous ladies from the #washdayexperience and #fitnesfriday

A big heartfelt THANK YOU

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Exercise and Menu recap (03/30)

Finally it is starting to feel like spring, I cannot wait for the warm weather so I can take my son to the park to ride is bike.  I am also looking forward to  be able to go for a run outside, I think I might like it  but one never knows until they actually try it.  This week was the most relaxed I felt in quite a while; I really need to find a new job.

Putting that aside here is a recap of this week's exercise and menu.

Exercise-

Monday- One hour kickboxing
Tuesday- One hour kickboxing
Wednesday- unfortunately I had to skip my beloved body pump so I did a 45 minute cardio sculpt session from Dailyburn
Thursday- my last kickboxing session, oh kickboxing I will miss you
Friday- my gym was closed for easter/Passover so I did a 30 minutes dancing with the stars dvd
Saturday- Rest day
Sunday- Rest Day





Menu-
  • Baked Salmon
  • Grilled chicken tenders, with homemade barbeque dipping sauce.  I certainly need an updated George Foreman grill but my ten year old relic still works like a dream.
  • Large garden salad
  • Pasta primavera ( spaghetti, with broccoli and cauliflower seasoned with italian seasoning)
I hope you had a great and healthy week!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Weight Loss- March In-Review

This last three week were the calmest I felt since the stroke of midnight marking the beginning of 2015.  I wish I could afford membership to two gyms because I would be kickboxing my way to a stress free life.  Unfortunately I am unwilling to give up my beloved gym and I don't have abundant cash so until some really nice person comes along and allow me to ride on their coat tail, kickboxing is coming to an end.




Here is a recap of my exercise, weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals for March.


  • I exercise five days per week without fail; they were days when my body felt battered but I push through.
  • I prepared healthy and tasty meals for me and my family
  • I was not able to achieve my goals of running a 12 minute mile; my excuse is that my body ache too much from kickboxing.  
  • I lost three pounds not the five I wanted to lose but I'm going in the right direction.
  • I lost a little over 1 1/2 inch of my waist, I guess all that kicking and punching whittled down my waist.   
  • My BMI went down .4 of a point but I think my scale is not accurate, because I lost significant inches, anyway I'm still happy.
My goals for the next month;

If it is not broken then I won't fix it.  I will recycle my goals from last month because they are doable and I achieved or come close to achieving these goals.
  • Exercise five days per week
  • prepare healthy meals
  • work on running a 12 minute mile
  • lose five pounds, lose an inch from my waist and lower my BMI by one point.
I have a very hectic lifestyle between work and mommy duties, therefore there are days when going to the gym is not feasible. So for the month of April I am going to give Dailyburn.com a try; it can highly recommended by a friend.

Have you seen your image and thought "WOW that's me", well I'm having those unexpected moments more often.  Whatever your goals are for getting fit and healthy don't give up even when you fall short, because get and staying fit and healthy should be a lifestyle not a temporary fix.

What are your health and fitness goals for April?

#FitnessFriday on @SavingOurStrand