Abs in the making

Remember this fitness update i put up a couple of weeks ago saying i could sort of see my abs peeking through? Well, this is what i was talking about…

Abs in the making

On the left, we have what my tummy generally looks like (although am pretty sure i sucked it in a bit a lot over there πŸ˜€ ). And on the right, well thats me keeping my abs tight.

Am back to working out and today was day 3. My whole body is sore right now and moving about is pure torture yet somehow, thats giving me some sort of satisfaction. This is pretty much what i look like post-workout…

Smiling trough the burn

Smiling trough the burn

I read somewhere that muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed. Well my muscles are torn alright. I can feel it. About feeding them…lets just say that this is turning out to be my favourite homemade meal…

Abs are made in the kitchen

Abs are made in the kitchen

My sleep pattern is another story all together.

New ORS hair products

Click on pic to enlarge

Click on pic to enlarge

I hope these products hit our shelves soon because that Sulfate-free hydrating shampoo looks so inviting! I can’t wait to add it to my collection of ORS hair products. This is what it promises:

Hydrates hair, preventing dryness and provides easy detangling on relaxed, natural and color-treated hair…respects the hair and scalp with gentle cleansing and no stripping or depleting hair of its natural oils.

Its my understanding that the Built-in protection new growth no-lye hair relaxer is just like the ORS relaxer i use. The difference is not in the formulation but the quantity. It claims to be…

…right-sized for touch-ups, short hair styles, and zone relaxing which is retouching a target section or β€œzone” of the head.

I’ve heard of ladies who like to relax only their hairline to keep it all slick during long relaxer stretches. I think this product would be perfect for them because they don’t need a whole lot of it. It comes in normal and extra strength.

Remember this post where i mentioned Beautiful textures’ Texture manageabilty system? Well, turns out ORS has a similar product in their HAIRepair line called the Straightening & Strengthening Treatment. I’d love to try it out too.

Straightening and strengthening treatment

*pics are not mine*…obviously.

My BFF’s hair!

BFF's hair

She’s relaxed and though not on a hair journey, she recently started taking better care of her hair. Her short-term goal in terms of length is Bra-strap length.

She let me do her hair the other day…nothing fancy. I just cowashed it with Enliven conditioner, then applied Creme of Nature strength & shine leave-in conditioner (good stuff). The final step was sealing in the moisture with coconut oil.

Can’t wait to take a progress pic in a few months time!

Curly girl

I decided to go curly after putting up this post.

I initially started off with a braid out but that turned out to be an epic fail, which resulted in me putting my hair up in a textured bun.

bun

Since braid outs weren’t working out for me anymore, i decided to try my hand at twist outs. I’d never rocked a twist out before because i could never get the prep step right. Anyway, this time round i loved the result! The twist out turned out better than my old braid outs!

Twist out

After rocking the twist out for a few days, it got big and frizzy. I didn’t have time to wash my hair and refresh the style (i was actually dreading detangling that hot mess) so i put my hair up in textured buns for a while.

BUN

Bun

Last Sunday my hair was a mess and since i (still) didn’t want to comb out the tangles and wash it, this lone curly pony made an appearance πŸ˜€

Rough-looking. Washed it the next day

Rough-looking. Washed it the next day

Fitness update | September

I haven’t done one of these since July! Feel free to guess why :/

Short version: I haven’t been working out, am now taking a multivitamin, herbal teas quell my appetite, i eat less frequently and in moderation, i drink lots of water, i’ve cut down on my sugar and carb intake. Through all these, i still enjoy my cheat meals starting Friday through Sunday πŸ˜€
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For those of you who enjoy my long posts, grab a cuppa πŸ˜€

In my July post, i mentioned that i was switching up my workouts, and i did that. The exercises i started doing were more intense which was great. Tough but great. Unfortunately for me, that month turned out to be cake and chocolate month. Seriously. It seemed like everyone was just handing me cakes and chocolates every other day. When they didn’t do that, i bought myself cake and/or chocolate. I’d been turned into an addict! If that was a test by some fitness god, i failed terribly.

August brought with it the realization of just how fragile life is. I also had several doctor’s appointments which left me dosed up for the better part of the month. It wasn’t the best month this year thats for sure, and working out wasn’t really on the agenda. I tried though.

Come September, i was well and all pumped up to live a better life. I started taking a multivitamin and an omega supplement. I cut down the frequency of my eating to 3 times a day. No snacking in between. If i needed to, i’d grab a fruit (usually a banana). I’d drink upto 2L of water daily…been doing that for a few months now. I don’t even think about it, its become a habit and I always have a bottle of water with me.

I have to say though that i’ve only worked out twice this month and somehow, my body isn’t doing too bad. My cravings seem to have lessened significantly. Am okay having just 3 meals a day whereas before that, i was constantly looking for something to eat every few hours. I cut down my sugar intake from 2.5 tbs of sugar per cup of tea to 1-1.5 tbs. I also cut down my bread intake from 10 slices a day (yep. Am a bread addict) to 3 slices of bread a day.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not starving myself. Am not on a diet either. I love food. I just try to eat clean and have cheat meals over the weekends.

I have to also mention that i noticed that taking a cup of Rooibos tea curbs my sugar cravings. Hibiscus tea does the same thing for me. I don’t drink these (sweet) teas often though (i still have the same packs shown in this post). Sweet and floral teas just don’t do it for me, which explains why i still have lots of Chamomile tea left too.

I know that i go overboard with the weekend cheat meals. My out-of-town Bestie has been around the past few weekends and we’ve been living it up like we are being paid to do so. That means, among other things, having take out/take away meals 2 days out of the week. We’ve decided to start cooking our own meals instead. She’s decided to start working out too, probably because i drive her crazy with all my fitness (& hair) talks πŸ˜€ Well, that and the fact that we kinda spotted abs on me…

*say whaaaat?*

Yep. You read right. Seriously though, when i tighten my core nowadays, i can see my 6-pack peeking through. Like i can see the outline of where abs would form if i got serious about getting them. This is new to me. I’m still fatty fatty with my belly still out there, so i have a lot of work to do. I might post a pic when i get a little confident about showing my tummy πŸ™‚ Kinda makes me wonder what would happen if i committed myself to working out for 2 whole months straight. Only one way to find out right?

Thanks for reading.

Am Transitioning,…

…and no. Not to natural hair but to texlaxed hair.

For those who may not be aware, my hair is not in its natural state. It is chemically straightened, what we refer to as relaxed, and for my fellow Kenyans, i believe the term we like to use is permed πŸ™‚

Texlaxing which is purposely under processing the hair results in a looser curl pattern or fairly textured hair. Relaxing on the other hand leaves one with straight to fairly straight (not too straight) hair. Was that confusing? I hope not.

I consider myself relaxed even though you can clearly tell from the pictures i put up that my hair is somewhat textured. I just don’t think its textured enough to warrant the title Texlaxed.

I’ve mentioned wanting to transition to texlaxed hair a handful of times here on my blog but now i really want to do it. I made this final decision a few weeks ago after taking a look at this pic i had taken…

pre-detangling

pre-detangling

First of all, my hair isn’t that full/thick. Most of it had been pulled to the side. Still, i couldn’t get over how it looked. As pointed out in my previous post, that was pre-washed hair that had been air-dried during its last wash. I remember wishing it would look like that even after straightening it. That didn’t happen. All of a sudden i wanted bigger and thicker hair. Just not natural hair. Best next thing? Texlaxed hair.

Another reason that made me want to texlax is that, after wearing my hair straight for only 3 days, all i wanted to do was wash it. It just pissed me off really, but i think that had more to do with my current hair length and not the loss of volume. (more on that later)

Am not keen on going back to natural. I mean, i was natural from birth till like 3 years ago. Am almost 30 people! I enjoyed enough years as a natural πŸ™‚ I did the whole shebang – puffs, wash & go’s, bantu-knot outs, braid outs…i wasn’t good at it, but i had my fun.

I’ve enjoyed having relaxed hair and part of me wants to keep it as is. I might decide not to transition…i know. Decisions, decisions. But at least i have about 4 more weeks to mull over this. Am 7 weeks post today.

Should i end up texlaxing, am nervous that i might not like the end result. Am also worried about the different textures i’ll have to deal with (relaxed, texlaxed, new growth/natural).

On the bright side, am excited about having thicker hair! Hope i’ll be able to manage it :D. Am also looking forward to getting a little bit of these waves throughout my head…

'Bunny' tail

In the above pics, my hair was natural and heat damaged. It was mostly straight with few to no curls.

I have a feeling i might be on a slippery slope back to natural, i just don’t know it yet :/