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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Hair Color Inspiration"

For those of you who have asked me about my hair color, this is the photo my beautician used to see what color I wanted my locks, and I think he did a very good job matching it :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Two "NEW" Items

Ladies I don't know about you but I HATE sitting under a dryer but I LOVE roller-sets. Usually, I let my hair air dry over night but my husband is kind of getting sick of seeing me either in braids or rollers so I had to find a solution quick..LOL..well, I was on someone's blog, I can't remember and I saw the attachment device below made by Conair and I am excited about trying it tomorrow (I will let you know how well it works). In addition, I usually do not use setting lotion for my sets, but I found this Lottabody product that I am going to try as well. I will keep you posted.

Question: Has anyone used the attachment device? If so, how did it work for you? Thank you for your input.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Chosen Vessel's First Color, Highlight, and Cut"

Ok ladies, I did it, I got my locks colored and highlighted!!! Believe it or not this is the first time my hair has ever been dyed and/or highlighted, even before I got locks. I have never been big on color, but I LOVE IT!!! So at my appointment yesterday with the beautician, I got color, highlights, bangs, and layers. Before the cut, my locks were at the middle of my back but now they are a little pass my shoulders; I plan to keep my locks this length because they are much easier to manage and I still have good length. I will post photos of the back of my hair but for now here are a few photos.

Locked 7 years 1 months (Braid-out vs. Roller-Set)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

OT "The Challenge"

High school Prom Night in the Limo
"The Challenge"
Ever since a friend sent me this photo I have been encouraged to attempt to get back to my high school weight. I know to some of you that may sound crazy or even impossible, but I was an athlete in high school and college therefore I am much more comfortable in a smaller frame and fortunately I don't have that far to go :) So, I have decided to challenge myself. Since my high school reunion is coming up this year and my birthday is around the same time, I decided to give myself 6 weeks from August 1, 2010 (until my birthday) to lose 13 pounds and that would put me at my high school weight.
My Plan to lose 13 pounds in 6 weeks (All of these things I have already been doing for the past 3 years to maintain a healthy weight but I have to admit I have to get more serious about my workouts)
1. Continue to monitor my caloric intake, based on the website I am using in order to lose 1-2 pounds a week I need to take in between 1100-1440 calories.
2. Work out at least 3 times a week (This is the area I need to improve in).
3. Eat less sweets (My weakness).
4. Weigh myself every morning and every night to monitor my progress.
5. Pray and ask for God's assistance during the process.
6. Stay encouraged and excited about the FAN-TAS-TIC results.
Diet blog has been a good source for me. It enables you to type in your height, weight, and work out schedule and it will give you suggestions on how many calories you need to take in to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight. It will also suggest how often you should work out based on your height, weight, and lifestyle.
For those of you who would like to take on your own personal challenge I would be happy to share other tools I have used to mantain a 30 pound weight loss. If you have followed my blog for some time, you will remember that back in January 2007 the doctor informed me that I was 14 pounds overweight and my intense back pain and sciatica would get worse if I did not lose at least 14 pounds so I decided to double it and lose 30 pounds because back pain and sciatica is NO JOKE!!! By April 2007, I had lost 30 pounds and I have maintained 25 pounds of that since April of 2007 and I have felt so good over the years and the sciatica has never returned.
Click here or copy and paste: http://www.diet-blog.com/

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Countdown until........August 17, 2010"

I just made it to my 7 year lockversary (July 15, 2010) and boy has this pilgrimage been wonderful. So, my first thought was to continue to let my locks grow until they just wore me out, WELL, I think I am at that point now..WHEW...I have decided with encouragement from Blaq and Monica to go forth and get my locks cut, layered, and have bangs. This is a BIG step for me because in 7 years I have NEVER cut my locks, "trimmed," but not cut so I am VERY excited; especially after visiting Blaq's blog to see, not only was she thinking the same thing I was, but she has already done it and her locks look FABULOUS!!! Check it out: http://www.blaqkofi.blogspot.com/
Reasons to cut some inches off of my locks:

1. The weight of my locks are getting unbearable. I can't put my hair in ponytails because of the tension and weight "I get headaches." I like to workout, swim, etc. so I really need to put my locks up.
2. It takes entirely too long to roller-set (which is my favorite lock style) because of the length, so I haven't done a roller-set in I think 2 years :(

3. It takes entirely too long for my locks to dry, in 7 years I think I have only put heat on my locks maybe, 3-5 times, I really prefer air drying my locks because it is healthier for my hair but because of how long my hair is it is taking to long and some days I go out looking, let's just say, VERY CREATIVE..LOL

4. I am married, and me and my husband do not need to be worried about locks getting in the way...ENOUGH SAID...LOL....I'm jus sayin....

*Ladies, please don't get me wrong, I love my locks and I am grateful that God has blessed me with such a healthy, long, thick, head of hair and I will forever be grateful, I just need to make some adjustments.

"Appointment scheduled for August 17th, I will post photo's"