End of HHJ Obsession/ Devotion
PJ Recovery-Current Product List
Prepoo- CocoMix/Castor Oil and cheapie cowash conditioner
Instant/ Cowash Conditioner- Suave Naturals, Tresemme, etc (using up stash to get back to staple cowash)
Shampoo- ORS Creamy Aloe(clarify), ORS Uplifting Shampoo and/or CHI Infra Shampoo(weekly)
DC- NTM Daily DC
Light Protein- Motions CPR Conditioning Treatment
Heavy Protein-None(see above)
LeaveIns- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
Serum- FX Silk Drops
Heat Protectants- see above leave-in's
Moisturizer- Elasta QP Mango Butter & Olive Oil
Final Rinse- Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner
Sealing Oil- CocoMix (EVCO, HHCO , Tea Tree, Shea Butter, Carrot and Cocoa Butter oils)
I can't wait to use up all of my products and get back to my staples. I am slowly using them up. Perhaps, a blog sale in the future....who knows.
Weight loss to date: 6 lbs, currently weigh 171.0
Workouts: 10/10 completed- Mon through Thurs Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 1, Friday Zumba Activate DVD
I hate to use the word diet changes because for me, I am not on a diet. Diet implies that you are attempting a "quick fix" and will soon return to old eating habits. I have made lifestyle changes when it comes to my meal plan. I didn't want to complicate things to the point where I become frustrated because it's too expensive or too time-consuming. In order it to work you have to be able to maintain it. My goal with my diet change was to start with a few healthy favorites then gradually add more meal/ snack ideas. I have dramatically decreased the amount of processed food I eat. Not organic, but food that has been processed the least. The more processes a food product goes through, the more nutrients that are lost and artificial additives. For the past few weeks, this has been my basic meal plan:
Breakfast- Oatmeal & fruit, fruit only, or a Naked Juice(love these)
Mid-morning snack- usually medium/large Granny Smith Apple or grapes (basically a fruit that doesn't require too much time to eat). I slice my apples into thin pieces, similar to thick chips.
Lunch- Progresso Soup (not light, regular chicken noodle or chicken and wild rice the only flavors I like), salad (if from restaurant I will look up nutritional facts and decide which toppings to remove from my salad), or Sara Lee Whole Wheat w/ Honey Bread(sandwich) with mayonnaise(very thin layer or none at all) as many veggie toppings as available olives and their juice to moisten sandwich if no mayo. Jello Temptations- Decadent Chocolate mousse cup or fruit/veggies. I don't even like chocolate or pudding like this, but for some reason I can't live without these. I tried them by accident a few months ago and I can't function without them (60 calories!!!)
Mid-afternoon snack- Usually nuts, healthy variety of trail mixes or you guessed it fruit/veggies!!!
Dinner- A grand salad. Usually the Dole bags of salad, so many varieties with whatever toppings I have on hand. I always have my Ranch dressing on the side. I always eat my salad with Winn-Dixie brand garlic pepper onions and jalapeno strips. They are in the salad dressing aisle and I tried them on a whim. They add flavor and crunch to my salad, which I love. OR I eat whatever I cook/buy for the family. If it is the family meal I will look up portion sizes and calories and eat according to my daily allotted calorie budget.
The key to my success is not being caught off guard. I am prepared with at least two cans of soup at work just in case I forget my lunch. I have other snack alternatives on hand at work. I try to have meals at work planned the night before. Believe it or not, eating at work is easier for me than at home. I'm tempted more when I am at home. I replenish fruit/veggies, soup, wheat bread, sandwich meat,etc on Sundays.
Absolute no-no's, rarely I do: Sweetened drinks/ soda, fried foods, sweets. My daughter saw me drink root beer today and asked me what was I doing because I usually don't drink soda. You would've thought it was poison the way she carried on.
Exercise Regimen: (see above)
I workout five days a week. No if, ands or buts about it. I don't even give myself the opportunity to talk myself out of it. It's as natural as bathing and the best sleep aide ever! Monday- Friday I go hard. I have failed so many times that I just don't want to feel the failure of my weight again. I can't blame anyone but myself. I hold myself accountable through my Noom App on my phone. It calculates daily calories I eat and work off. It gives me daily challenges and reminds me to log food and exercise. It automatically posts my workouts to Facebook. It really surprised me how many people care that I'm working out and how many people have called me inspiration. I get so many Zumba questions.
I use 1,2,3 and 5lbs weights.
You all don't know yet, but I have my second color added to my highlights and it's so gorgeous. It's the most color I have ever had. I will post pics tomorrow. I have incorporated co-washing 1-2x/wk and also trying to re-visit some of my old moisturizers to add additional moisture. My hair has been really dry lately. I'm sure the color exacerbated the issue and the fact that I have run out of my home-made moisture mix. I need to get back to moisturizing and sealing nightly as well. I've had color without issues before. Color always keeps me on my toes.
I want to go back to Hawaiian Silky 14n1 moisturizer but I'm scared of what the humidity down here will do to my styling efforts. I don't wish to look sleek all the time, but I don't want my hair to swell either. IDK, we'll see.
I'll post pics at one month update.
Pertinent Info About My Hair
Prefers lye relaxers
Prefers spray leave-ins
Cream leave-ins are normally moisturizers
Goal length: MBL-WL
2/28/2008- Beginning of HHJ
10/25/2009-Hair snipped from APL to SL after a sew in setback
11/6/2010- Relax and Trim after 12 wk stretch
2/9/2011- Relax, no trim Soft & Beautiful No-Lye Relaxer(self-relax)
4/16/2011- Relax, no trim Soft & Beautiful No- Lye Relaxer(self-relax)
6/7/2011- Relax and cut to NL/SL (professionally)
11/12/2011- to present Microbraids
12/30/2011- Relaxed and set to grow!!!!
3/2012- Relax and trim- salon
4/2012- Color service then 2 weeks later second color added on top
6/2012- Relax no trim with African Pride no-lye
9/15/2012- Relax, no trim Optimum Salon Care no-lye relaxer
- 1 Yr Sew In Challenge
- 12 week curlyQ regimen
- 2008 bunning/protective challenge
- 30 day fitness challenge
- air drying
- ayurvedic hair care
- BlackNGold/ BNG Hair
- Caruso Steam Rollers
- children's hair
- Corioliss Flat Iron
- Couch 2 5K/C25K
- deep conditioners
- Dominican Products
- EZ-ON Cap Hair
- flexi rods
- hair appt.
- hair styles
- hair today-
- half wig/wigs
- heat protectants
- Henna Gloss
- how to's
- kinky twists
- LaQT HT post
- leave in spray
- length checks/ updates
- low manipulation styles
- magnetic rollers
- Member of the Month
- micro braids
- Model Model/ Glance Hair
- moisturizer/ cream leave-in
- Motown Tress Hair
- nail art
- Nail Care
- New Born Free Hair
- perm rods
- photos/ comparison pics
- PJ BUYS $$$$$
- pj inventory
- product reviews
- protective styles(curls/buns/wigs)
- Q's Seeking A's
- regimen basics/building
- relaxing/ stretching
- Sally's Hair One
- vitamins/supplements/growth aids
Relax Every 10-16 weeks
Trim - Every 6-12 months
Shampoo- ORS Creamy Aloe (to clarify) and/or CHI Infra
DC- NTM Daily DC
Protein- Motions CPR Conditioning Treatment(light) or Joico KPAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor (heavy)
Leave-Ins- Aphogee Green Tea & Keratin Spray
Currently in sew in challenge. I wash every 3 weeks. M&S 2x/wk and oil scalp 2-3x/wk. I GHE after M&S or scalp oil massage. I braid hair under wigs. I am keeping it simple to get to goal length.