Starting Weight: 186
Now Weight: 184
I have a gym setup in my house that includes weights, an elliptical, an ab lounger, fitness quality jump rope, and dvds such as hip hop abs and celebrity bootcamp, so those will be the main things that I utilize for workouts and mention on the blog. Since dedicating to getting healthier on Saturday, I used the elliptical for 30 mins and the ab lounger for many repetitions , all while watching Law & Order to distract me from the fact that I was doing a dreaded workout 😛 I find that music is cool to work out to, but watching tv DEFINITELY makes the time go by much more quickly. Which do you prefer, music, television, reading, silent meditation, etc while working out?
A good resource that I’ve come across for tracking your progress while losing weight, getting healthy is the website http://sparkpeople.com/ It tracks calories, progress, fitness, and gives good tips so I would highly recommend it. Just remember to keep it updated!
On to beauty and hair product reviews 😀 I know that’s what you want!
I have found the key to satiny soft hands! Burt’s Bees Almond Milk beeswax hand creme is pure heaven because it smells good, feels like lush creamy goodness, AND garners awesome results. My hands take a beating in the winter because of the harsh cold winds of Chicago, so it’s nice to pamper them with something that leaves the skin feeling healthy and moisturized. Wish that I’d had this for the winter! A+ for this product all of the way. I purchased mine while at the Cracker Barrel waiting to eat, but it can be found online or anywhere that Burt’s Bee’s products are sold such as Walgreens.
Since my hands are looking and feeling so much better, I’ve been on QUITE the nail polish kick, changing the color practically every other day. Part of that changing so often is because of my general restlessness with one look, but another is the annoying fact that so many polishes chip if you happen to even LOOK at your nails the wrong way. So annoying, right ladies? Well, Sally Hansen has created a godsend for those of us who may want a nail look to last for more than half an hour. Their new Complete Salon Manicure really does have the effect of a base coat, rich polish, and top coat in one. This stuff LASTS! So far I’ve purchased in Choco-latte and Hidden Treasure. Hidden Treasure is fun because it’s clear with flecks of grey, pink, gold depending on how you look at it and works wonders when used as a top coat over something else. When I went to Jamaica last week, I put on a cream colored base coat with Hidden Treasure on top and it lasted the whole trip of 4 days and beach fun. Definite A+ on this line of products as well and I WILL be getting many more of the colors which can be seen here: http://www.sallyhansen.com/product.cfm?product=385
Remember when I posted about starting to take biotin to help my hair continue to grow? Well dear readers, I am one of those people who had the unfortunate side effect that they say can happen, which is broken out skin 😦 I’ve curtailed my usage of the supplement because it has caused a massive slew of bumps along my jawline and on my cheeks. NOT a good look, especially when my hair has been healthy anyway and not really needing the extra help. So I just wanted to give the update that Biotin is not the route for me, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you because different bodies react differently to it 🙂
Now about this huge head of hair I am growing. My beloved Qhemet’s Amla and Olive heavy cream is running low, so of course I had to go to the health foods store and replace it. While there, I happened to notice Qhemet’s Olive and Honey Hair Balm and a light bulb went off. I’d spoken “here” about wanting to incorporate honey into my summer program because honey is a humectant and therefore takes moisture from the air and imparts it into the hair! So when I saw that, I bypassed the heavy cream which may be a bit much for the summer humidity and grabbed up the olive/honey balm. Can I just say, this stuff is divine? PARTY time, I LOVE Qhemet’s 😀 Hair is soft and pretty and smells nice. So far I’ve just added some to dry hair that was in an old twist out, but when I was my hair tomorrow, I will use it out of the shower for a wash and go and see how that works and to do some two strand twists. I have high hopes on it’s moisture potential! 😀
hair hero: Singer Nneka (Check her out here: LOVE this song – Heartbeat)