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Thursday, June 27, 2013

QHP Initial Reaction Video

In this video I open my package and see my new hair for the first time! This is my initial reaction. :) Enjoy!

OMG!! This video took forever to upload!! I left it overnight and in the morning it was still less than halfway done!! Whats going on youtube!?? And yes I am quite late posting this on the blog.

Thinking Out Loud *24* - Insane 1st week

In Life
Its so weird to see where life takes you. The people you meet, experiences, places. I like to sit back every now and then and just reflect on it all. Sometimes meeting someone from a completely different walk of life can give you a new sense of self.

Its reassuring to know your own self worth.

I havent been watching the news like I would like to, because I have been so busy. Ughh. So I feel like I am missing out on what is going on in the world. I refuse to watch local news though, because its so depressing. I'd rather see depressing shit happening thousands of miles away...

I am currently, completely obsessed with Insanity! I have been trying to do it every day and so far have been pretty good about doing so. It has been 2 weeks and I am only 4 days behind schedule. No big deal. Some of those days I was physically incapable of doing anything, I was in so much pain.

I have been taking pics and Zoe's on my HTC One to keep track of everything. I feel like I am lighter and I do look a little "tighter" especially in my legs. My core is really strong, which is weird because I never felt like it really was. My abs can take a serious beating and I never feel a thing. I love it!

My legs on the other hand... I'm always cursing Shaun T out while doing his workout!! Hes always like "Push! Push! Faster! Work!!" and Im always like "Hell no! Fuck that!! This is bullshit!!" But I do try to work through the pain as much as I can. All the jumping is really painful on my calves, so I try to focus the work on my thighs or core... It doesnt always work though. lol

I never realized how weak my ankles were. Its really weird. I guess thats why my legs hurt more than anything else those first few days.

Doing this workout gets easier and easier the more you do it. Like right now, I feel great! I am not sore or anything, whereas last week when I first started I could barely walk!

I am actually looking forward to working out again tonight!

The Hair
I am totally in absolute love with my hair!! It looks so awesome! The hair is actually holding up really well, and I am super surprised and excited about that!

I have basically been cowashing every 1-2 days to make the curls pop and to keep the hair soft and moisturized. So far so good.

The hair does frizz more than I would like. I am thinking I should do a protein treatment and actually do that trim that I said I was going to do. Maybe this weekend.

The shedding is still minimal even with the washing, but since I have been washing so often I am going to go ahead and reseal my wefts this weekend when I redo my hair.

I want to keep this in for at least the next 2-3 months. I want to straighten the hair out soon just to see what it all looks like. I also plan on posting a video demonstration on how I take care of the hair, as well as the products I like to use.

I have a bunch of products that I purchased specifically for this hair. I will definitely show them when I record this weekend. I am also going to re-record the installation because I dont really like how I did it the first time. Plus my braids underneath are really messy and I need to wash my hair. Its really gross underneath from all the Insanity I have been doing... smh.

I'm thinking next time I want to do a 18-20" body wave and I want to get a lace closure as well. I didnt want to do a closure this time, plus I couldnt really find a closure that I even liked, that matched this hairs texture. So yea, next time different hair and I will be using a closure.

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Insanity challenge - Days 3-8

I started insanity last week Sunday. I did 3 days of it straight and struggled with it! I was in so much pain the first entire week!
The 4th day I had to take a break, then I started back on Thursday. I had a lot of stuff going on, on Fri & Sat, so I took those days off as well. But I went extra hard on Sunday!

Last week broken down
Day 1 - Fit Test & Jillian Michaels Shed & Shred
Day 2 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Day 3 - Cardio Power and Resistance
Day 4 - Rest
Day 5 - Cardio Recovery
Day 6&7 - Rest
Day 8 - Pure Cardio

Day 8, which was Sunday, I did Pure Cardio, which itself is super intense. It basically is an hr straight of cardio with no breaks, hence the name. Obviously I had to take a few breaks here and there because I was in so much pain. But after the Insanity I hopped on the treadmill and ran for 1.25 miles, then I did some pilates, yoga, and hip hop abs for another hour.

I was sweating like crazy and my core felt cold to the touch which is what I look for when doing a lot of cardio.

The best part about it is since I have been basically doing these crazy intense workouts so close together, my muscles do not hurt anymore!!!

I felt soooooo good after that workout yesterday, I really feel like I should do a 2 hr workout EveryDay! Yea, that may sound a little intense, but I really want to get toned up. That will make me happy.

So far, I am really in love with Insanity and will probably continue to do it forever and ever and ever... Shaun T is so awesome!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hair Diary *23* - Blonde Bombshell

I have been wanting to go blonde for quite some time now. The only thing that was stopping me was finding a good hair vendor.

These things can be really iffy and finding the right one takes time. I decided to go ahead and buy from QHP. I got the deep curl hair in lengths 16", 18", & 20".

I started off by processing the hair as I usually do. I shampooed and conditioned, sealed the wefts, bleached out the hair to the color I wanted, and deep conditioned.

I sewed the hair onto a wig cap and braided down my hair so I could sew my wig down.

This was kind of an experiment and I ended up playing with it to the point where I sewed it in and took it down like 4 times before I finally decided to leave it. Knowing me I will probably take it out again and redo it at least once more.

I had this great idea but because I basically only had one weft left it didnt really work out as I wanted it to. Plus I got lazy and didnt feel like finishing said great idea... So I will probably be redoing it once my braids get yucky underneath in like a week or 2 so.. yea.

The hair itself is holding up beautifully!!!!

I have been cowashing it almost daily and the curls are beautiful. Total Beyonce hair!! I've been called Foxy Cleopatra quite a few times already.. lol

I really love it so far, very little shedding, very little to almost no tangling. At this point I will be buying from them again.

I will try to have all the videos I recorded, edited and posted by the end of this weekend. Maybe next...

Recorded footage include: initial reaction, sealing wefts, bleaching hair, making manikin head, sewing down wefts, and finally applying the hair.

Many, many hours to edit down to minutes, which is going to take many more hours to complete...


But yes, I will have them all posted soon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Insanity Challenge !!! - Day 1 & 2

Day 1
So I decided to start an Insanity Challenge. My first day I did the fit test. Its only 20 minutes, but let me tell you, it is crazy!!

I made decent numbers on everything but the pushups, which I will post below.

I felt great afterwards but I was sweating pretty good. I was ready to do a little more and origionally planned on doing the first workout but since I was literally cursing Shaun T out while doing it, I decided to torture myself with Jillian Michaels Shred and Shed.....

Yes, Foolish....

The next day my legs and shoulders hurt like crazy! I definitely needed it, because my arms are pretty much weak... lol In my opinion at least.

So when I got home I did the first workout. Beforehand I drank a protein shake and took some MSM powder.

Can I say that even though I pushed through as much as I could there were many times where I simply fell out on the floor in pain. I did as much as I could and when it was over I was still energized so I continued with more shadow boxing and then stretched a little more.

My muscles were so tight afterwards, I couldnt really keep still. When I did it hurt even more.

I am not completely out of shape since I have taken up jogging, but I am not where I want to be. I want to work on my arms to tone the muscles there and just get rid of the layer of fat I have all over.

My stats as of right now are as follows:

Fit Test 1

Switch Kicks - 50
Power Jacks - 30
Power Knees - 60
Power Jumps - 36
Globe Jumps - 28/4
Suicide Jumps - 11
Push-up Jacks -5
Low Plank Oblique -54

Height - 5' 7"
Weight - 147
Waist - 33
Chest - 36
Hips -38
Thigh - 23
Upper Arm - 12
Belly Pouch - 36
No pictures.... Ill post pics at the end of the first month and the end of the second month.

So far so good, and I am contemplating taking a day off, but I want to really push myself to do it every day. The more you move the better the results and I want some serious results! Running slims you down but Im not toning up from it.

My goal is to be tone all over, but I still want to be about the same size that I am now, minus the belly. lol

If you are doing or have done insanity big kuddos to you!!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Vitamins - My Recommendations

Here is a quick video I did simply explaining the vitamins I take. Most I take everyday but some I take occasionally.

My current vitamin regimen is always posted on the left sidebar of this blog. :)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Hair Diary *22* - I bought new Hair!! & Baggy Ponytail Benefits

I finally bought new hair!! I have been researching hair companies for the past few months trying to decide who I wanted to order from. Its weird because I kept coming back to the same vendor.

I ended up buying from QHP at 4am last night. I got 3 bundles, of 20, 18, & 16" deep wave hair, of course! I want a nice layered look and am going to bleach out the hair only leaving the roots so that it will blend with my hair.

I am planning on making the hair into a U part wig with NO leave out. I have an idea that I want to try out to hide the braids and tracks. I still have to work out how to execute it but that will be worked out when I sew in my hair.

Been ponytail baggying over the past month or so. Over this time I have noticed that my hair has really benefitted from doing so.

The baggy along with deep conditioning 1-2 times a week has left me with very soft hair and very very little breakage. I have not been doing the daily cowash thing lately, like I did when I first started out, but my hair still seems to be ok.

Today, I took out the pony baggy and washed with As I Am Coconut Cowash and used Suave humectant as my leave in. I am debating on when to put my ponytail back in, because I am not busy this weekend.

I am going to wear my ponytail for just one more week before I put in my summer hair. As long as my hair gets here by next weekend. The sewin should give my hair a good break and an extra inch or so of length when I take it out. I am planning on keeping this hair in until the end of the summer. :)

I wore my hair out for a little while a few weeks ago and since I am at that length where I am still rubbing against my shoulders I did notice a bit of breakage. It wasnt much but it was definitely enough for me to say later for wearing my hair out until it grows a little longer.

I always prefer long hair on me though. Later for the short hair.

I am really looking forward to going fully blonde! Ive never done it before and Im sure it will look awesome on my complexion. Im thinking Im going to do it in an ombre. Dark roots and honey blonde hair. Maybe make the tips a little lighter.

I also want to pick up a few flexi8 clips. I could make some of my own but I like theirs for now. I havent come up with the perfect design for my hair clip just yet. I have so many drawn out but havent made any yet.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Thinking Out Loud Thursday *23*

The One

After 2 weeks with the #HTCOne phone I am absolutely in love.

I got a few cases for it, alone with some Monster iSport headphones, and an armband for running. The iSports are awesome and they stay put during a workout! I am so happy with my purchase.

Master Cleanse & Fitness

I slacked off on my running for a good month or two and obviously I paid for it. I went back up and am 7lbs heavier than I was before. Ughh.

So I am currently in my cleanse mode! I started a quick master cleanse and am on my third day. No cheats. Unfortunately I will only be able to go until friday because I have something going on, on Saturday which includes alcohol... lol Of course I cant drink on an empty stomach. Or at least not vey much.

So Im going to do my 3 days and cheat on Saturday and then go back and try to complete another 3-4 days. That way I will have 6-7 days total.

After that I am going to do a lot of juicing and raw fruits and veggies to make up for eating like crap and not being active. That is a recipe for fatness and disaster. LoL For me at least.

I havent done any SWFs yet. I just havent been able to bring myself to doing it first thing in the morning. Its so gross, but I need to do it at least twice. Going to have to get up super early like 6am. Ok.. yea tmi..

I have been walking/running for 2-3 miles about every other day for the past week and a half and I love it. I want to get to where I am doing it everyday and I want to cut my time down by about 15mins. It took me 55mins to do 3 miles the other day. I want to drop that down to 40-45mins.

It took a minute to build my stamina back up. Since I havent been active, my legs were cramping like crazy after like 10 mins. I started stretching before, running, stretching again, and finishing the run and then doing an hr or so of yoga. That has worked really well for me.

I am also getting back into my yoga, again... Which I loves. Its really cool because my flexibility is much better than I thought it was.

The Hair

I am still wearing my ponytail baggy. I am still debating on where I am going to buy my hair from. All these companies are so iffy and there is no way in hell I am going to pay $500 for hair that I am only going to wear for a month. Maybe $200... lol

But yea, I actually am going to order sometime this weekend so I can have my hair done by next weekend.

One more week of the baggy!! Protective styling for the summer!!

I was actually debating on getting another lace wig and bleaching it out. But I think it would be better to just do the wefts like I origionally planned. Yea.. tons of uncertainty. But I will work it all out, like always. LoL

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