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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Au Naturale



Next month (April), it will be exactly one year since I did a relaxer touch to my hair. Right now, I can prove:

- the half inch hair growth per month,
- the black hair grows,
- the black hair responds to treatment
- the thickness and volume of the black hair is simply incomparable

but...

- I could not grow my edges as I desired [so scanty and damaged] - that was the reason I was transitioning in the first place.
- I realized the best way to repair my edges is to simply leave and reduce manipulations to the barest minimum.
- I have a 4c type hair that cannot be left or combed without a protective style.
- *Transitioning had been so difficult and time consuming for me*
- The gray hairs [hereditary] seemed to be multiplying by the hour, I know it had always been there but always less emphasized when it is relaxed.
- I think black hair is costlier to maintain in its natural state. Yes it is, especially when it is not covered the most part of the day.

* The time consuming part is what constitute the major challenge that is making me reconsider my decision now*.

I am really thinking of starting to texlax my hair to sustain the volume and thickness.

If you had tread this path before? How did you handle it?


Weight Loss Challenges

I woke up and felt like weighing myself yesterday and voila 162.6lbs = 73kg

That is a 15-pounds-loss since 27th December, 2014 when I started to be "different". I had really gone from good to better and I am on my way to "best". I have lost weight and it is looking so evident right now. (I will post my pictures, I am still searching for a good "before")

This little success did not come without some "little" challenges. Unfortunately, I was armed and ready for them; I was so surprised that the 'challenges' could spur me to become even more determined to get to my goals. One of them was "it is okay like this you can stop now".

An Aunty (fitspiration) who had lost weight had once reacted on Facebook, she said and I paraphrased "Don't tell me to STOP because you never warned me to stop when I was on the unhealthy path". 

I agree with those words, people don't warn you to stop growing fat and out of shape, this is what they do:

1. They hide in a corner and laugh their hearts out especially when you fall in love with a shirt labelled M... [duh]

2. They say "you are looking fresh and enjoying yourself these days" .... [I wish]

3. They flaunt themselves and tell you "I am so skinny and I know I am a chopstick"... [I hope they know better]

4. Then the words "Big, Bold and Beautiful"...
[I love those words too but I will absorb them only when I am leading a healthy life and not eating what I don't need]

5. When you say "I am FAT" [so that the reality of it dawns on you], they either keep mute because they know their impressions maybe offensive or they tone it down for you and say "not to worry, it's the gene or you are not that fat or you are simply on the BIG side or it's only your {a part of your body}that is big"....
[Never you be deceived by those words].

Right I love what I am seeing i.e. a smaller me, a health-conscious me, a more active me and a bolder me.



The beauty of it all is that I did not cut out anything, I only decided to start adding healthy stuff and more importantly reduce what I eat in a DAY.

I believe that this is a life I can sustain for a long time and I am ready to do it. I have faith in God who owns my body and gave it to me to function with and take proper care of it too.

Someone said "it is better for it to be WORN OUT than for it to RUST OUT.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day 142 Update: Workout Plan

In my search, I eventually found something I can work with. It is a workout plan that gives enough rest and cardio/strength training in the correct frequency. I need all the discipline to be consistent till month end.

I have re-started my streak yesterday [my streak involves only the days I do at least 10 minutes of intentional exercise].

Find below the plan for the remaining part of the month. Do not mind that this is for the month of January but I am using it for March.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Morale is Low

Hi everyone,

I had not come here in a while [I am truly sorry about this]. I promised to work on my blog in making it better but life got in the way [excuse from the programmer] and here I am with the same design and all.

Anyways,

Low Morale is what had been happening to me and I am sure I had not done any reasonable workout in a week today. I am not just feeling like it, nothing more...

Unlike way back when a rise on the scale is what kills my morale more. Not this time, I just feel bored with exercise and I seemed to always lose strength when I get home every night. I sleep more but my meals are on point and somehow healthy too. I am losing weight nicely and when there is a gain, it is so slight.

Par exemple, last Wednesday Weigh In was 164.6lbs, this week it's 165.2lbs [I took bread a day before the weigh in. My bread is only on weekends but I purged on Tuesday and the only thing to eat was dry bread].

I think I will keep posting my blog till the "IT guy" is able to help with the redesigning and arrangement of the blog [I want to meet the specifications of AdSense] I want to also make money on the internet, yaaay. It may not be much money but there is a gratification attached to it.

I will be reviewing my exercise and diet plans today, all things being equal. I want to March on in March and still lose some 5lbs if possible [Yes it is doable with the 26 days left].

While I get on my knees to start the race, I dare you to join me. I will post my plans tomorrow.

TopeTunde

Friday, February 27, 2015

Getting Bigger and Better

I am sorry I had not blogged in a while, I am truly sorry. I am trying to improve on this blog and make it better. I hope you can bear with me...


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

6 Steps to Choosing a Safe, Successful Weight Loss Plan



Are you looking for the safest, most effective way to permanently lose unwanted pounds? Millions of us are, and experts agree that the safest and most effective way to achieve permanent weight loss is to follow a healthy eating plan and get adequate physical activity. The weight loss plan you choose should be one that promotes healthy eating habits to lose weight and to maintain weight loss. When you’re ready to select your weight loss plan make sure you choose one that includes:

1. Healthy eating. Choose a weight loss plan that reduces calories without leaving out specific foods or food groups. Make sure your weight loss plan includes foods from all the food groups on the nutrition pyramid.

2. Exercise. Enough cannot be said about the importance of a regular workout plan that includes 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular activity at least 5 days every week – 6 to 7 days a week is even better.

3. Medical supervision. If you’re going to follow a diet plan that includes a modified eating plan such as a very low calorie diet, or a liquid diet, make sure that regular medical care is incorporated. This can mean seeing your own health care provider before, during, and after your weight loss, or seeing a medical professional who participates in your weight loss plan.

4. Behavior modification. This is a key element of permanent weight loss. Learn to recognize what triggers you to eat. Often seeing a therapist who specializes in weight loss is a great way to discover what your eating triggers are, and help you learn to say “No” to inappropriate eating.

5. Slow, steady weight loss. Choose a weight loss plan that provides gradual and consistent weight loss of about ¾ to 2 pounds per week. While you may lose weight faster than this at the beginning of your diet, generally, you should not lose more than 3 pounds per week to maintain good health while losing weight.

6. Maintenance plan. Any weight loss plan that doesn’t include a maintenance plan for after you’ve reached your goal weight isn’t worth your time. Make sure you have a plan to maintain your healthy new weight after your diet. Your plan should incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity as a permanent part of your daily life.

By Tracee Cornforth (Women's Health Expert)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Surprised!!!

I decided to weigh in this morning and...



166.6lbs.

Was that me? I climbed the second time and the same number flashed. The least in 6 years. I could not believe this. [Let us see what Wednesday Weigh In brings]

I really thank God.
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