Monthly Archives: October 2011
Hello Everyone!! WHOOO!! Week 2 is finished!! Week two is NO joke!! Jillian really turns up the heat! The mountain climbers and plank-jacks almost did me in y’all! This week there was a lot of focus on biceps, triceps, and back muscles. Of course, she doesn’t neglect the abs, thighs and butt! I really like these workouts because they seem to be very well-rounded and challenge me every week. The exercises are challenging, but not so hard that you want to give up. The endurance gained from week 1 is VERY helpful! Circuit three (the last circuit in each workout) seemed to arrive much faster than it did in week 1. I can definitely see my back, arms, butt, and legs toning up already! My abs still need a lot of work though, hence my operation name, #OperationByeByeBelly LOL! As promised, here are my measurements for week 2.
Arms: 11″ (both) – .5″ since week 1, day 1
Chest: 38″ + 1″ since week 1, day 1
Waist: 32″ No change since week 1, day 1
Hips: 43″ + 1″ since week 1, day 1
Thighs: 23″ (both) – 1″ since week 1, day 1
Alright! So I see some change happening! I’ve got to work a little harder on these abs though! I’ll update on week 3 next Friday!
Hello Everyone! I don’t know if you all have seen the recent pictures of Serena Williams’ bald spot which was apparently caused by traction alopecia, but I KNOW you’ve seen the older pictures of Naomi Campbell’s hair (pictured above). This is my question, in 2011, why are stylists allowing this to happen?! I’m sure they know that tight weave and lacefronts for long periods of time will pull out hair, so why is it still happening? A friend suggested that maybe the celebrities have been warned, but they insist on getting lacefronts or tight weaves more often than they should. I can believe that. Weaves and wigs can be good tools to use when you want to give your hair a break, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Wearing wigs and weaves to give your hair a break should do just that. Give your hair a BREAK! All of these bald spots and disappearing edges are unnecessary.
What about you all? Do you think that stylists don’t know, don’t care, or simply give clients what they pay for?
Hello Everyone! Well, week 1 of the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 challenge is over!! I won’t lie, it was tough! Especially starting from not really lifting weights (at ALL). I was so sore for the first few days, but by the end of today’s workout, I was able to complete the whole thing without as many breaks, and I’m not sore anymore! Week 2 won’t be a cakewalk, but I’m ready! I’m ready to see results! I’ll be taking measurements again at the end of week 2. if you would like to join, its not too late! Go to LGI Fitness blog and subscribe!! See you all in another week!
Hello Everyone! My inner product junkie got the best of me while at Target a couple weeks ago. (Target is the WORST place for a product junkie like myself). I bought Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque.
I don’t have a dry itchy scalp, or any of the things mentioned on the label as far as I know, but it looked interesting! (Again, the PJ strikes). The label says that it contains:
Plantain Enzyme: helps alleviate itchiness and irritation
Tea Tree: Removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume.
Willow Bark Extract: Exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp.
Directions: Detoxify, condition, and soothe hair and scalp with gentle Kaolin clay, herbal extracts, botanical enzymes and essential vitamins. Our intense treatment masque releives dry, itchy scalp, removes product buildup and preserves hair by sealing in natural moisture. Apply generously to dampened hair, leaving on 5-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Use before or after shampooing.
Sounds good! I’m going to try it tonight after I wash my hair! I’ll let you all know how it works!
Hello Everyone!! This is a topic I find very interesting. Since I have an interest in anything holistic or diet related when it comes to health. I’m sure many of you already know about Ayurvedic hair treatments, or have used them, but here are 10 herbs useful for hair care from the Ayurveda!
1. Reeta (Aritha): Reeta is a herb commonly found in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. Reeta keeps the hair soft and strong, and can naturally prevent dandruff. Reeta also has insecticidal properties, and is used often to treat lice.
2. Amla: Amla is a hair tonic and conditioner, it has been proven to promote hair growth, and to enrich hair pigmentation. Amla has also been shown to strengthen the roots of hair.
3. Kumari (Aloe Vera): Aloe vera is known to slow down the loss of excessive hair loss by stimulating the scalp to produce fresh growth of hair. Aloe vera also has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties which helps it to prevent dandruff and scalp infections.
4. Methi (Fenugreek): Fenugreek has a blend of alkaloids and flavonoids that stimulate blood flow to the scalp, enhancing hair growth. Fenugreek seeds contain hormone precursors that replenish hair growth, and are a good source of protein, which, of course, is useful in replenishing and strengthening the hair shaft.
5. Bhringraj: Bhringraj is one of the best known herbs in Ayurveda for preventing premature balding and greying. It also promotes healthy hair growth. Bhringraj mixed with an oil and massaged into the scalp is recommended to keep the hair dark and lustrous.
6. Shikakai: Shikakai is one of the best herbal cleansers and conditioners for hair.It is known for its ability to strengthen the roots, stimulate hair growth, and treat dandruff.
7. Neem: Neem is known for its antimocrobial properties. It is used to treat dandruff and an itchy scalp. Neem is used to strengthen thin hair and soften thick hair.
8. Henna: Henna is a natural hair conditioner. Henna strengthens and reinforces a damaged hair cuticle by repairing and sealing the cuticle. This protects the hair shaft from breakage, and maintains shine. Henna also prevents hair loss, strengthens hair, controls dandruff, and promotes a healthy scalp.
9. Brahmi: Brahmi is known for vitalizing the hair and making it “dark, dense, and lustrous” (LOL). It strengthens the hair roots, and slows hair loss.
10. Triphala: Triphala is a combination of three herbs. (Haritaki, Amalaki, and Vibhitaki). This mixture can be taken orally, or mixed with an oil, and massaged into the scalp to reduce hair loss.
This is so interesting!!! I use some of these things on my hair now. I use Aloe Vera, Henna, and Vatika oil (which contains Amla, Neem, Bhrami, and henna, to name a few). I find them to work really well! You can usually find these treatments at an Indian market, or online. I like IShopIndian for my online retail needs. What about you all? Have any of you used any Ayurvedic treatments? What did you think of them?
Hello Everyone! I mentioned before that I was starting the 30-day workout challenge hosted by Kenda of YOU can GET IT fitness blog! For the next 30 days, we’ll be doing the Jillian Michaels Ripped In 30 DVD.
Week one starts today!! I’ll be taking before and after measurements to record my progress. Every week, I’ll post how my workouts and meal plans have gone. I’m so excited! I did the first workout today, and MERCY!! Jillian works muscles that I didn’t even know existed! I won’t lie to you and tell you it was easy, Jillian kicks butt (understatement of the year). I took multiple breaks (SMH), but I’m sure that by the end of the week, my endurance and strength will have improved, and I’ll be ready for week two! It’s not too late to join the challenge! In fact, Kenda has a DVD she’s giving away free! The group of people who have joined the challenge are encouraged to check in by commenting on Kendas blog, or on FB. If you’ve been meaning to start a workout, but haven’t gotten around to it, join the challenge! It’s easier to be consistent when others are in the struggle with you! Start with us today!!
Bust: 37.5 ”
Upper arm: 11.5″