31 January 2012
If you can even call it a smoothie! It was more like applesauce. Lol!
So I've seen a few bloggers and YouTubers juicing and making smoothies and I wanted to give it a try. I figured I would start with fruit only and add vegetables after a couple of days.
I was anxious to start this morning so I didn't have everything I needed... Ice, which I think would have made this a lot better. To add to that, I was short on time and didn't have time to peel the apples. I used 1 whole banana, 2 small apples, an orange, and about 20 grapes.
|Since I was short on time, this is the only picture that I got.|
The overall taste was okay. Next time I'll probably use half of a banana, I'll definitely peel the apple and use ice, and no grapes (because of the skin). I also want to add a lemon next time. So hopefully I'll have better luck tomorrow! Later y'all!
30 January 2012
Snack: 3 Graham Crackers
Lunch: Chicken flavored Ramen noodles
Snack: 2 Graham Crackers
"Sunday Dinner": Baked ham, cabbage, corn bread, mashed potatoes
Quaker caramel rice snacks
No workouts on Sunday!
*I didn't eat much for dinner, which is why I did so much snacking afterwards!
Lunch: Baked ham (2-3 small pieces), String beans, mashed potatoes
Snack: Quaker caramel rice snacks
Bowl of Frosted Flakes
Workout: 25 minutes walking on treadmill at 3.3 mph & 1 hour Zumba class... which kicked my butt today! I loved it though!
29 January 2012
It's after 1 am and I just got done washing, twisting and trimming my hair! Whew! That should teach me to never again start doing my hair so late! It took me almost 3 hours to do what I thought would take half that amount of time!
I didn't feel like detangling when I first started, so I deep conditioned and washed my hair in twist! I deep conditioned for about an hour with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.
|Twists with deep conditioning mix applied.|
After washing I began the dreaded 3 hour process. I applied Cantu Shea Butter condition to each twist, untwisted, and detangled. Once completely detangled I applied Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smooth and coconut oil, then re-twisted.
|After trim. You can see that I didn't trim very much.|
As I was twisting I made sure to pay close attention to the feel of my ends so that I would know what needed trimming. I hadn't trimmed in about 6 months, so my ends were definitely a little rough, which made determining how much to trim very easy. I haven't straightened my hair since I've gone natural and I don't plan to the in the future (I'm afraid of heat damage), so I don't really care whether or not my hair is even.... as long as it isn't oddly shaped when I wear it out.
I guess that's all for now! This post is already long enough :)! Later y'all!
Dinner: 2 baked chicken wings and french fries... Yes, I had a few fries. That was my treat to myself for doing such a good job this week.
Snack: orange, 4 graham crackers
It was a busy day, so I didn't have time to make it to the gym since it closes early on Saturday. I do hair on the side and I had an appointment that afternoon, which is why I didn't snack between breakfast and dinner.
That's my quick update for day 6. Later y'all!
27 January 2012
Lunch: Baked pork chop, corn, and green beans
3 graham crackers
Bowl of cereal
*Had these throughout the day. Not all at once
Dinner: Bologna and cheese sandwich... Yes, it was one of those days. I just did not feel like cooking anything and no fast food. And yes, I did say bologna. I don't know many people that like it, but I love it!
I just had my "dinner" and it's almost 9 pm. I'll probably be up for a while, so I may have another orange. Let me tell you... I bought a bag of oranges from Walmart and they are so sweet! Makes me want one now! But I've been doing a good job of not eating "just because," so I'll refrain. At least for now!
Sorry if these updates are boring, but they're helping me a lot! It's a way for me to hold myself accountable for what I'm eating and whether or not I'm exercising. I also hope I motivate someone else! I'm not sure how long I'll do the daily updates. I'm sure that at some point I'll get tired of updating daily, so it will probably change to every couple of days. It's just day by day for now! Later y'all!
26 January 2012
Breakfast: Bowl of cereal (Frosted Flakes) Maybe I'll try Corn Flakes later, but oh how I love the frost! Lol!
Snack: 3 whole graham crackers
Dinner: Baked pork chop and chicken flavored rice
Workout: Zumba (1 hour class) and 30 minutes walking on the treadmill @ 3.1 mph.
Snack: Another small bowl of cereal.
The challenge is going great so far! I'm really excited and I hope I can stay motivated! I don't have any particular time frame that I want to lose the weight. Well... I guess you could say I do. I will be in a wedding in September and I definitely want to have lost weight and toned up by then. There's no way it should take that long though... if things go according to the plan! I want to lose 10-15 pounds. I guess I can set a date for June. Let's hope I don't regret that! It's almost February now so that means about 2.5-3.75 pounds per month! That is definitely an attainable goal! So here's to June!
25 January 2012
Breakfast and snacks before lunch: 2 oranges and a banana
Lunch: Left overs from Day 1- 2 pieces of baked tilapia and chicken flavored rice
Snack: Graham crackers and a bowl of Cheerios (Disgusting, might I add. No more Cheerios for me!)
Dinner: 2 beef tacos w/sour cream, corn, cheese, lettuce, and taco sauce
Workout: No workout
Breakfast: Nothing... I know that's bad
Snack: Graham crackers
Lunch: Chicken flavored Ramen noodles
Dinner: Left overs from Day 1 - 2 beef tacos w/sour cream, corn, cheese, lettuce, and taco sauce
Snacks: Banana and a bowl of cereal (Frosted Flakes)
Workout: 45 minutes walking on treadmill (3.1 mph)... let me tell you! I thought this wasn't much, but about an hour after getting done, I wasn't definitely feeling it! I'm still feeling it as I type this!
I know that all of my meal choices aren't the best. The challenge is Healtier Eating instead of Healthy eating because I'm trying to eat healthier than I have been. I know it won't be the best, but I'm taking baby steps here! My eating habits before were a lot worse and I ate larger portions. I'm slowly working on this! I don't want to change my diet completely, because I know that honestly isn't a realistic goal for me and I won't stick with it! Therefore, I'm doing what I know will work best for me and my lifestyle!
See you tomorrow!
23 January 2012
It's better than the chips that I usually get from the snack machine!
The weather is getting bad here, so I'm not sure if I'll make it to the gym. If not, I'll work out at home. I'll be back later to update on that and the rest of my meals for the day. Good day y'all!
22 January 2012
19 January 2012
My goal is to lose 10-15 pounds, tone it up, and keep it off! How do I plan to do this? I joined a gym in November 2011, but I haven't really been in the gym much at all. That's about to change! I will go to the gym 4-5 times weekly. If I'm unable to make it, I will do workout DVDs that I have. So the goal is to work out 5 days per week! I definitely have to find a way to keep myself motivated and stay on track!
I love food!! With that being said, I'm not the one for dieting! Never have been, never will be! But I do plan to eat smaller portions and healthier choices! No fast food! If I just have to have fast food, it will be no more than once per week and it will have to be the healthiest thing on the menu. This part won't be very hard, because I've pretty much been doing this for a few months. Next, I definitely have to eat more fruit! I love fruit, so that won't be hard either. I'm thinking of doing fruit smoothies for breakfast. I'll check on that and update y'all later! I may also try protein shakes and alternate that with the fruit smoothies. Last, I have to drink more water. I drink water about 90% of the time already. The problem is that I don't drink enough. So I think I will have to give myself a set amount to drink every day.
Arms: R/L - 11.75"/11"
18 January 2012
I'm obsessed with them! I HATE them!
I've excepted the fact that they're inevitable with my natural hair. After wearing my hair out a lot over the last two or three months I've had way more SSKs than I care to think about! The fact that I need to trim probably adds to the count also. There will be a lot of protective styling for me for a while and a trim in my near future.
My 9 to 5 is a sales chat representative. Imagine me sitting at my desk going through my hair for SSKs, finding one and getting excited, searching for my scissors, while holding on to the strand of hair for dear life. Then I realize I have a chat to respond to. Ugh! Do I let go of the strand and give up all of the hard work I did to find it and respond to my customer in a timely manner? Or do I continue searching through my purse (which is so big that it's like a black hole) for the scissors, cut the SSK, and then respond? You guess who wins! Dramatic much? Yeah, I told you I'm obsessed! Anybody else have this issue?
*I was writing this post on my phone with one hand and searching for SSKs with the other hand. Sigh! Let me get back to work! Good day y'all!
15 January 2012
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10 January 2012
*singing in my Tony Toni Tone voice*
IT'S MY 1 YEAR NAPPIVERSARY!!!
This last year has really flown by! I honestly didn't realize I was almost 1 year post Big Chop until a couple of weeks ago. I will post later today showing my progress so far!