12 September, 2012

INSANITY Update - Eating More to Loose Weight

So, I'm about 2 weeks from finishing Insanity but I've been really struggling to get through the workouts. I was so weak, felt faint, not loosing fat (inches), definitely not loosing weight, sluggish throughout the day etc. So I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board.  

Using the calculator in the Elite Nutrition guide (which I should have done in the first place smh), I realized I was eating way too little and so I’m going to remedy this by following the recommendations and increasing my calorie intake from around 1300 to 2000 calories/day. I will adjust as needed based on my results each week. I will not do their exact same meals but I will be sure to incorporate some of the items here and there especially breakfast and snacks.   

In addition to nutritional changes, I'm also going to redo the last week of month and restart month 2. Let's see if I get the results I want. This is what my new and improved eating plan will be:

BMR = 1600 calories
Activity Level (moderately active) = 1600 * 1.55 = 2500 calories
Weight Loss: 2500-500 = 2000 calories/day
Eating 5 times/day = 400 calories a meal
·         Meal 1: Breakfast
·         Meal 2: Mid-Morning Snack
·         Meal 3: Lunch
·         Meal 4: Afternoon Snack
·         Meal 5: Dinner
*Notes: Eating too soon before a workout will lead to not enough energy for working out because the body is working on digestion. Eat 3 hours before a workout*  
Couple of questions:

 Do you ever find yourself going backwards when following a training program? Yes, I definitely could tell I was loosing strength because I was getting dizzy with the month 2 workouts and would not even finish some. That's when I knew I had to do something.

 Does the concept of eating more to loose weight scare you? It scares the crap out of me because I always thought, if you are not loosing weight, just eat less. But not so especially if you are working out and want your body to recover appropriately.

 Well, I will let you guys know how it goes.

Till later,


10 September, 2012

Personality Types - Why Protective Styling is Not for Everyone

So, this is a discussion I've had several times with my hubby (who knows very little about natural hair) and I'm finally getting in on film so enjoy the video but I wanted to write about it too. Here's the video for those who would rather watch than read it :)

Personality types differ and this is reflected in the different choices we make in our hair care practices. But, there is this widespread attitude and opinion in the natural hair world that there is a "best" way to take care of our hair regardless of who we are individuals. Well, this is simply not true. At least, for me, it has proven not to be true and I know if I feel this way, many more do too.I went natural around August of 2008 but I kept my hair shaved until October that year
when I started growing it out. Of course, like many new naturals, I knew nothing about how to take care of my hair and so I wore it in braids and weaves

while I researched and devoured videos on YouTube. When I finally got comfortable with wearing my hair out, I faced another obsession...that of achieving/retaining hair length no matter what!

This naturally meant that I gravitated toward those natural hair "gurus" who had longer hair because obviously they knew what they were talking about and if I followed their advice to the T, I will have long hair in no time. Well, that didn't work very well for me because the biggest common advice denominator was protective styling (PS). I commenced doing a bunch of PS as shown below:

 Now, when I say it didn't work too well for me, I'm not saying that you won't retain length with PS. It's actually quite the opposite because MAJOR length retention happens with PS. In fact, my hair retained the most length during the period I did mostly PS

I went from this ...                                                                                   to this in less 8 months

It was a failure for me because I HATED the way my hair looked like in twists. It was scalpy, I looked like a kid, and I just didn't like it PERIOD.* Disclaimer: if this is not true for you, then don't sweat it. It's okay if you love PS (because again, that meshes with your personality.* Another reason it was a failure was because as with everything else in my life, I like to be spontaneous more often than not. So, this translated to hair as well naturally  lol. I loved playing in my hair, wearing different styles and when I stopped wearing stretched styles (twist outs etc.), I discovered that I LOVE my natural curl pattern as well.

Upon this discovery just a few months ago, I got a hair cut and proceeded to start wearing my hair in a wash and go (WNG) 99% of the time and I've never been happier with my hair.

And guess what, this fits with my personality style better. I used to think that I didn't have the needed "discipline" to leave my hair protected for several days at a time. But now, I know it's not a lack of discipline....it's just who I am and that's okay.

I might not retain length at the optimum rate or I might have more of those pesky Single Strand Knots (SSK) than is desirable but that's okay because for me, right now, I'm in love with my hair and I have WAY MORE good hair days than bad ones so that means I'm #winning! 

Of course, since there is still that part of me that is not all care-free and whatever goes, I had to perfect my WNG technique and I have and I will talk about this in another post. But for right now, the take away is that, whatever personality type you are, don't expect it to be different in hair care just because we are dealing with #naturalhair which is often times a new and uncharted territory. Once you are done exploring, and watching all those videos and taking in all those wonderful advice from all those wonderful YouTube "gurus", you will the happiest caring for your hair the way that feels the most natural to you! That.is.all.

So a couple of questions for y'all:

What have you learned about your self through your hair? I love spontaneity.

Are you a PS girl or a WNG girl? WNG all the way! lol

Till next time,
ChyChy here.

02 September, 2012

Wash n Go Using Kiss My Face Gel and Castor Oil

I've been meaning to do a wash and go using the Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel and Castor Oil since I saw Nisus of It's Just Hair use it successfully a few months ago. Anywho, I finally tried it and I LOVED the results. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures but I don't think pictures would have done it any justice. The amazing thing about the combination is that it made my hair feel so so soft and moisturized and just overall awesome. BUT - and this is a but I say with much regret - I don't think it's a combo I'll be using often because I hate how untouchable oil makes my hair feel. When the hubby runs his hands through my hair, his fingers had an oil residue that does not work for either of us.

So unfortunately, I will stick to with either using the gel without castor oil (will let you know how it goes), Eco Styler Gel or conditioner only for my Wash-n-Gos.

Follow me on Instagram as I post pictures on there more frequently @chyscurlz.

Until Later,