This was a hair first for me - I’ve never blow-dried my hair to straighten it (semi-straighten really). But I really wanted to do a twist-out on dry hair to retain some length. The comb attachment for the blow dryer is a bit too scary for me, so I used the tension method. The tension method for blow-drying just involves pulling the section of hair until the curls are stretched, and blow drying to straighten the hair. I used Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner as this doubles as a detangler and heat protectant. I kept the blow dryer on the “low”, heat setting that is ) Once each section was dry, I added some Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia and twisted. When I took the twist loose, I used Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love. I like to coat my hands with a hair butter or oil when taking out twists/braids sort of as a lubricant I guess, and a great way to add some sheen and reduce frizzies. My hair was unbelievably soft and smelt like paradise! But the humidity outside took my hair to a whole ‘nother level. I loved the results and will be doing this ALOT more. Here are some pics; just click to enlarge.
Monthly Archives: May 2011
Week 2 Results: Down 7 pounds & 1 inch lost at the waist.
Woo Hoo! So excited to see this morning that I’m down another 3lbs this week, for a grand total of 7lbs lost so far. I also am down 1 inch in the waist, which goes to show that this is more than just water weight. I must confess – I did not do hardly any of the strength training workouts on Spark People. But I plan to do all the ones that I didn’t do throughout the week today after I do my 5th cardio workout - Zumba baby!
This week, I also discovered some healthy, low calorie snacks at Walmart that I will be incorporating into my diet. Special K now has some new wheat crackers (savory herb flavored – yummy) and some sour cream & onion cracker chips (a great sub for regular SC&O chips). I also picked up a bag of Great Value (Walmart’s brand) Chocolate Nut Antioxidant trail mix with dark chocolate (less fat and sugar than milk chocolate), almonds, cranberries and raisins. Even though the serving size is only ¼ cup, its just enough sweet chocolaty-ness to get thru a late night craving.
I was watching Dave Lieberman on the Cooking Channel this morning, and was inspired to make this dish. This is a great way to get lots of flavor without using salt. Well, maybe a little. Even though this is cooked at a very high temp, it was so juicy.What You’ll Need: Chinese 5-Spice Powder Cayenne Pepper Chicken (I used chicken legs, but you can use whatever part of the chicken you like) Sea Salt Oil of your choice only if you use skinless chicken What You’ll Do: Preheat oven at 500° (I know this sounds high but it is totally okay). Mix chinese 5-spice powder with cayenne pepper (however much you want depending on how spicy you want it) in a small bowl. Add a few pinches of salt (or none is fine too). Drizzle with oil if you are using skinless chicken; if the chicken has skin you do not need to add oil as the skin will keep it from getting dry. Sprinkle spices heavily onto chicken and rub in all in. Place the chicken on a baking sheet (line with foil if you like) and cook the chicken uncovered in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
When I started training for this 5k in June, just 2 weeks away by the way, I soon realized that I need these three items to keep me motivated and keep me moving.
First, I knew I have some knee problems from running in the past, so I used the handy-dandy knee wrap. I picked this up from the Dollar Tree and it works great. They also have ankle wraps as well. You just slip it on, and go. This has been a saving grace for me as my runs have gotten longer. Another tip along those lines is to never NEVER run on concrete (i.e. – sidewalks); run on either natural surfaces (like on a trail in a local park) or on ashphault (just watch out for cars if you are running along the street like I do).
Second, I needed my music – but couldn’t stand the earbuds as they would constantly fall out! That was distracting, and also irritated the skin in my ear. I almost felt that soars were forming from the constant friction of them falling out and me pushing them back into place. And then I came across these bad boys – clip-on mini speakers. Again, I found these at the Dollar Tree and I’m in L-O-V-E. They are loud enough so I can hear my music, and still hear my surroundings, like cars approaching.
And lastly, I needed some company. NuNu to the rescue! Every morning when she sees that I’m putting on my running gear and not my work clothes – she is at the door waiting for me to put her leash on. Otherwise, this chic would be in the bed still Sometimes I have to pull her to keep going, and sometimes she pulls me along. I don’t know what I’ll do without her at the actual 5k
Week 1 Results: Down 4 pounds & 0.25 inches lost at the waist.
Woo Hoo! I’m excited but still focused. I’m sure this was some water weight, but I felt great being focused and getting the job done. I’m looking forward to this week and stepping my game up a bit.