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Going pretty good so far.  I've only been able to walk once as of yet because it's so cold and icy outside.  I'd like to get a treadmill (even though I hate walking on them) but I don't have space for it.  But I've kept up with the other exercises decently well.  It's not a habit yet....  And I'm kinda proud of myself that I haven't been eating as much sweets.  It's not as hard as I thought it'd be.  Wink
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Well for the past couple of days I've been neglecting myself and eating bad. I just got my wisdom teeth taken out and it seems like the only mushy foods are unhealthy. I have tried to put a little shea butter on my ends everday or so since I am constantly laying down (and medicated)
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It's good to hear that you are doing well.

Diamond- fruites and veggies are great for the hair and skin.  This week I purchased some kiwi fruit, pomgrantes, oranges, apples and grapes.  What kind of fruit have you been eating?
 
Hairbraider- I know about that cold weather, we had an ice storm the other night. Lately I have been wearing my speedometer while at work a couple of days out of the week. I make sure to take the steps (to the third floor) and take walks in the building and take the long way to get everywhere. 
 
It seems that you are enjoying what you are doing and finding the time to do it. Keep up the good work.  I have eaten less sweets but I still want them :(
 
Sakura- Sorry to hear about the removal of your wisdom teeth. What kind of stuff are you eating? I hope you feel better and you will be up in no time...take your time to heal.
 
My mother and I joined the discovery health challenge and have been cooking the meals on there.  Just recently we made the spaghettie bake pasta- which has whole wheat pasta, mozzarella cheese, broccoli, spinach and i added garlic and onions. O yeah, the recipe said to add turkey meatballs but I don't like meatballs.
 
Also, I made stuffed tomatoes from the site, consisting of brown rice, salt and pepper, raisins and onions.
 
Great stuff! If you want the recipe just pm me.
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Relaxed/texturized/natural/transitioning - Relaxed, 4a/4b hair type, recently with Mizani (I will compare it to Affirm)


Hair regimen - 

*Stretch relaxers 12-16 weeks

* Pre-poo dry hair when I have a lot of new growth
*Deep-Condish once a week
* Co-wash mid-week
* Airdry in the first few weeks after relaxer
* Rollerset during last weeks to straighten new growth
* Moisturize twice a day
* Wear down first 2 weeks, then bun/baggy thereafter
* Low Manipulation - Limited combing
*Sleep and Lounge around house with satin scarf

Present hair length -

*many layers

* longest layer is an inch or two from APL


Hair length goal - 


*First  APL,

*Then BSL,

*Lastly, I will grow out/even out layers


Hairstyle goal  - 


Something similar to the  late beautiful  Aaliyah, with the  bang  swept across the face  with very loose flowing curls


What styling/products methods you want to increase or decrease the use of:


Perfect my rollersetting technique, and decrease  my  heavy-handedness w/layering products on my hair.


Health goal - 


Hair: Thicken it up. Keep ends clean.


Body: Tone up.   Get back to exercising regularly


What foods you want to increase or decrease the consumption of? 


Increase: WATER!!   Protein, Fiber, Veggies, Mixed drinks (i.e. carrot juice, protein  drinks), Vitamin In-Take


Decrease: Sweets, salt, carbs, and oil


Exercises:

*Cardio (i.e., Calisthenics, Running)

*Weights (light weights, medicine ball, elastic bands),

*Upper Body (i.e., Arms, Abs, Back) and

*Lower Body (i.e., Derrierre, Thighs)

 



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amen to a new begining: my resolution is to post pics in my albume this year and keep posted.

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Hair type: 4a- b, not sure
Condition: Natural for 9 months
Present lenght: back- shoulder lenght Front-nose, cheekbone length
Hairstyle goal: crown and glory braids, kinky twists, weaves
Health goal: Hair: maintain thickness and low breakage
                     Body: gain a few healthy pounds, and glowing skin
Food decrease: sugary sweat stuff, and salt
Food Increase: vegetables, protein, H2O H2O H2O, supplements
Excercises:     bellydance and yoga im too petite for anything serious but  i  still need to stretch
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Originally posted by cmesweet cmesweet wrote:

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Sakura- Sorry to hear about the removal of your wisdom teeth. What kind of stuff are you eating? I hope you feel better and you will be up in no time...take your time to heal.
 
Well i've been eating chocolate pudding, ramen, soup, jello. I found out i can eat cheese if it put it in the microwave for a few minutes until its soft. Milkshakes. And yesterday i found some creme of wheat in the cabinet. I've pretty much been eating this that i can just swallow or hold in my mouth until it gets really soft because chewing and stitches in your jaw don't really mix.
 
I plan on co-ing my hair today too!


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hey ladies

i havent tweeked my new 07 regimen yet but here are a few goals? please give your opinion and tips:

I want to use a wig as a protective style but not sure how to treat my dry natural hair under neath: wigs ive been thinking of are freetress oakland girl or seattle girl they look really natural on  www.phoenix1017.sitesled.com

my next goal is to increase the growth of my hair i cant really tell when my hair grows: i was thinking about doing a henna color treatment to be able to see when growth comes in: i hope this will help me

what do you think? any advice will help me to finalize my neww 07 regiimenBig%20smile
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lady esquire i noticed you plan on doing calenetics(lol) x-cuse the spelling:
 
you might also like the Lotte berk Method which uses aerobics, yoga stretches, and pilates techniques among others.
oh do you think the calenetics is too heavy for a petite person?
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Things have been going pretty well. Sometimes I feel like my hair isn't growing but I haven't seen it stretched so I'm sure it is.  Well, it is the love of my life anyways and soon I think I will have to do a trim. I saw a few splits in the front, not sure how they got there, but I know they are there and u ntil they are removed then I will be worrying about them.
I'm still working out...school research papers are kicking my butt, but I will not let that stop me!
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Originally posted by Luvlybelizean Luvlybelizean wrote:

lady esquire i noticed you plan on doing calenetics(lol) x-cuse the spelling:
 
you might also like the Lotte berk Method which uses aerobics, yoga stretches, and pilates techniques among others.
oh do you think the calenetics is too heavy for a petite person?


I have thought about checking out the Lotte Berk Method 'cause some women on another board were raving about their results.  I plan on trying it out. Lately I have been doing exercises w/a weighted ball, light weights, and simple toning exercises, such as lunges, kick boxing videos.  I have yet to develop a structured work-out.  Also, this year I plan to purchase a treadmill w/arm grips (to workout upper and lower body).  Or I may purchase an elliptical machine, which supposedly burns more calories than a treadmill, and is lighter on the knees, 'cause its less impact.  Or if my finances permit, I may purchase both.  

This year, toning is my goal. And I am currently in the trial and error mode.  I recently moved to Atlanta Ga.  I have to study for the state bar exam, and organize some other things.  So forming a solid exercise routine is a work in progress, among other things.

Thanks for the suggestion.  I will holla at you with my results, when I do try the Lotte Berk.


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Hi everyone!  Long time no "see".  Hope everyone is doing ok & a late HAPPY NEW YEAR to ya'll!  The hair challenge is still going strong for me & I did start my own body challenge this year so I was happy to see it posted here =)
 
Just to recap:  I started with my hair cut to the nape of my neck Nov. 05 (it was near bra strap but badly damaged).  I went w/out a relaxer from August '05 to February '06, getting one every 2 mths thereafter (I started using a children's relaxer, washing every 3-4 days with Aveda Damage Remedy poo/cond. & Ion protein deep conditioners).  It was really thick & healthy, however, over the months, it has thinned out but still healthier than it was when I cut it in 2005.  I don't know if it's completely b/c of the cold weather or b/c I hadn't quite been taking the best care of it.  I bought this book & I started using distilled water & EVOO as a daily moisturizer, but the water only dried my hair out really bad.  But at any rate, currently all of my new/current info is below - be blessed everyone & happy health =)
 

Hair type:  4A relaxed

Hair regimen:  1-2 times weekly shampoo & conditioner Tresemme, deep Cholestorol conditioner every two weeks, every other day use Carrot Creme and EVOO on hair & scalp, professional relaxer every 6-8 weeks Optimum

Present hair length:  shoulder blade, long layers

Hair length goal:  as long and healthy as it can get =)

Hairstyle goal:  anything healthy and that reduces split ends & breakage - wrap, spiral or full bouncy curls, nothing with spritz or gel, thick ponytail

What styling/products methods you want to increase or decrease the use of:  increase what seems to decrease damage, decrease heat

Health goal:  control portion sizes (I LOVE to eat & that is my biggest problem), cut out the late night snacking, lose the baby "phat" around the belly & tone my arms & thighs... would love to maintain my current weight of 160 but w/out the belly bulge - getting tired of hiding it =), maintain energy w/out 2 a day Hydroxycut =)

What foods you want to increase or decrease the consumption of:  none really, I just want to eat smaller portions more often and not eat so late

Exercises:  lots of crunches and cardio, weight resistance for my arms and legs

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Saturday- 15 mins on the elliptical with incline
                 15 mins on stationary bike
                 15 on elliptical with arm movements
                  7 speed walking laps on track= 1 mile           
 
    How often do you plan on wearing your wigs?  Some people wash and moisturize their hair, put it in cornrows and then wear the wig. Every few days they spritz it for moisture. I've heard of some people wearing a showercap underneath as a way to use the baggie method. I'm not sure how it works.
  
   I don't wear my wigs often but when I do, it is on the weekend.    I  make sure my hair is nicely moisturized and I tie everything down with a do-rag because it allows more room than a wig cap. Then I put my wig on.  
 
@Kbaby- Welcome back. I'm glad you have seen progress since last year, that's always a good sign. Sometimes EVOO can make your hair feel crispy or hard, are you sure it was the water drying your hair out?


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Well ladies, I have been busy with this challenge. Thought i would check in just to give an update.

Lost 15lbs already. (it's so hard) Nuke Been tae bo-ing, and watching what i eat 
I hope everyone is doing well. Keep you updated on my progress as I press on....
 
 
 


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Kellie7777, CONGRATULATIONS, girl!!

I needed to read this 'cause I slacked off.  I started off great then fell off.  I did lose about 5 pounds though, through portion control.  Now I need to tone, which will require actual working out on my part.

Thanks for sharing. 
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Thanks LadyEsquire.. Congrats on your 5lbs. it may sound little but that is a big acheivement Clap. Add 5 more to that and you got 10. so keep working at it.  
 
I also upped my water. I am drinking 2 ltrs and more a day. I learned that once the body is well hydrated the metabolism works better and the body breaks down any excess fat alot quicker, especially when you work out and eat better.  Water is the secret weapon..Sekret
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Hi all...

Just thinking about some of the posts I see from people who are seeking laser hair removal knowledge and, more specifically, good laser hair removal practitioners. First of all, I'm thrilled that you've all found this community and hope it has proven to be a helpful resource for your searches.

I want you to continue to bounce ideas off of each other and benefit from one another's personal experience. But I also wanted to offer our services for those of you who would like immediate personal assistance finding a laser hair removal provider. We can match you up with someone near you and help you schedule your free consultation with a specialist.

 

We look forward to helping you! Thanks for keeping this a handy resource!


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Hi all...

Just thinking about some of the posts I see from people who are seeking laser hair removal knowledge and, more specifically, good laser hair removal practitioners. First of all, I'm thrilled that you've all found this community and hope it has proven to be a helpful resource for your searches.

I want you to continue to bounce ideas off of each other and benefit from one another's personal experience. But I also wanted to offer our services for those of you who would like immediate personal assistance finding a laser hair removal provider. We can match you up with someone near you and help you schedule your free consultation with a specialist.

 

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Need some motivation here ladies!  It's been 2 weeks since I last exercised.  Haven't gained the 4 lbs back or the inches, but haven't lost anything else either =(  I keep telling myself had I kept working out the way I was I could be wear I wanted to be by now (2 months since I started).  But I feel so lazy & tired all the time.  I take the Hydroxycut but I'm not exercising & I'm eating late & NOT SO WELL again.  I feel stuck & I feel bad about myself b/c I started off so good & NOW I could care less.
 
I'm back to "oh well, maybe this is how it's supposed to be".  I don't want to feel that way especially because my 3 year old wants to eat late now.  She says every night at bedtime that she's hungry & I know she does it b/c she sees me eating late.  I don't want her to be overweight.  She's a beautiful child & would be beautiful anyway, but it's not healthy for her - or for me for that matter!
 
I know I shouldn't be carrying around the extra weight.  At 159 lbs I look 130 lbs, but I know I'm not & I'm tired of camouflaging it!  It's tough now & it's only going to get harder to get rid of the older I get!  Please - some words of encouragement!  Thanks & God bless everyone =)
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KBaby, I know how you feel.  I get busy doing other things and I don't make time for exercise.  Then when I get time, I don't feel like doing it.  It takes alot of will-power to keep it up!  Try to work back into it a little at a time.  If you feel you don't have enough energy to get all the way through the exercise, do as much as you can.  You'll be able to do a little more each time.  If you're hungry at night, try drinking something (water, milk... something good for you) instead of snacking.  It is important to set the example for your little girl.  Do it for her!  Don't give up!!Hug
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I'm proud of everyone who has signed up for this challenge and made an effort or an attempt to exercise. 
 
Kbaby, YOU CAN DO IT!  Exercise does not always have to be hard. How about you take your daughter to the gym or outside and you chase her? Put some music on and dance with her? These are just some options that will be fun, bonding and beneficial to your health.
 
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