Friday, November 7, 2014

Team Beachbody Challenge: 21 Day Fix-Day One

Yesterday began the first day of my 21 Day Fix.  I'm not going to lie, it was a bit of a rough first day.  Despite a rough start, I am determined to lose this weight.  To make myself more accountable I have decided to post everyday about how each day goes whether I am successful and even any miss steps.

At the end, I will review the program and give more details about the 21 Day Fix

My overview for day one:

Food Diary
Breakfast: Two hard boiled eggs (barely salted and with pepper), yellow container of steel cut oats with cinnamon, and a small gala apple.

Snack: Shakeology Vanilla Shake (Vanilla Chai recipe)
Lunch: Tilapia seasoned with lemon juice and Ms. Dash Table Blend seasoning-salt free, green container of spinach and mushrooms with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, and a yellow container of Uncle Ben's garlic seasoned brown rice and quinoa.

Sweet: Dark Chocolate Chips
Dinner: Red container of ground chuck seasoned with Ms. Dash Table Blend seasoning-salt free and a yellow container of Uncle Ben's garlic seasoned brown rice and quinoa.

 Work Out
21 Day Fix Upper Body Workout with Resistance Bands-30 minutes

Fails: Getting on the scale and seeing that my weight had gotten up to 198.8.  It was upsetting to think I had gained all the weight that I lost and then some since my husband's return.  I also was a bit impulsive and ate 2 and a half tablespoons of the chocolate chips when the plan is supposed to only allow for 1.  Lastly, I had a french fry from my husband's lunch.

Successes: I stuck pretty well to the meal plan for my first day and despite eating a french fry......I threw the rest away before the temptation got too strong.  Also, while the work out was a struggle to get through I made sure I finished it unlike my first attempt with plyo fix.

Overall, my first day was succesful but it was rough. I felt like a junkie in recovery.  While walking through Walmart to pick up some things for my meal plan, I felt so weak.  Trying to find stuff to on each aisle was torture.  It was as if each aisle was filled with only things I couldn't have and nothing I could eat.  I was proud of myself for not giving into temptation, but unfortunately the torture didn't stop there.

My husband came home for lunch and what does he have in his hands but a Burger King bag.  I don't even like Burger King, but the smell of the burger and fries made me want to punch him in the face as I watched him eat it.  He left and per my request tossed the bag in the outside trash so I wouldn't smell it.  However, he forgot the container of mostly uneaten fries. I stared at it like a junkie staring at a possible next fix.

In my mind, I thought no one would know.  I ate one and quickly through the rest in the trash before temptation could overcome me in the worst way.  The rest of the day went smoothly, just hoping I can finish today as strong.

If you have any questions about the program or Shakeology, feel free to contact me at or check out my website:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hair Experiment: L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Intense Red

After a hectic couple of months, I decided to change it up a bit.  However, I do like to kept it a little in my comfort zone.  Once again, I visited the hair color aisle at Sally's Beauty Supply and picked up another box of red hair coloring.

I asked the sales associate what is the best hair dye for my dark hair without bleaching.  After telling her some of the hair dyes I had used before, she recommended L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Intense Red for dark hair with a 30 volume developer.

 I used two boxes of the hair color because the past has taught me that one box is never enough.  My hair tends to absorb anything placed on it quickly, hence why my hair tends to dry up so fast after a wash.

I was a little bit intimidated by the bright red color of the dye.  While I wanted obvious red hair, Crayola was not the color intensity I wanted to achieve.  After some hesitation, I parted and braided my hair and lathered it up.

Coloring the hair, while avoiding the roots, I left the color on for 20 minutes (like the box instructed) and then colored the roots for the last 10 minutes.

Now of all the hair color treatments I have tried, I had never had such a bright red dye.  If you check out some of my other color posts, you can see for yourself.  So I was kind of excited thinking for once I may actually achieve the color I wanted, but panic kicked in.  What if my hair does come out crazy red?

When I first rinsed my hair, I was highly upset. I could see no hint of red.  However, the next morning my husband told me the red was definitely obvious.  Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the red in a picture.  But I wanted the red to be a bit more intense, so two weeks later I tried the color again.

The pictures above are of my hair before the second dye job.  Once again, I colored it in it's natural state.  Now, the first time I colored my hair with this dye, I used the John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Conditioner after rinsing. I didn't use shampoo.

I washed my hair once after the first hair dye job and I used the John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner.

These are the results after the second dye...

It is hard to capture the red in pictures. But the last picture is the best I could get after multiple tries in various locations and lighting.  The color of my hair is more obvious in real life, though in different lighting it has some what of a purple red hue to it.

This time, I did shampoo my hair with the John Frieda shampoo mentioned above and used a product specifically meant to lock in the color after the dye job.  Also, I left the color on my hair for 30 minutes the second round before coloring my roots.  I think both things made a huge difference.

I am very happy with the results and with this product and would definitely recommend to my fellow dark haired colors who are trying to avoid bleach. Hell, I have even received quite a few comments, questions, and compliments about the color.

This line does have other levels of intensity, but this is the color I had been trying to achieve for awhile.  I will probably dye my hair one more time in about a month or 2 and will definitely post an update on here or Instagram.

Until my next dye job:-)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Racism.....Am I Overly Sensitive or Just Selectively Sensitive?

 Another Halloween has passed.  Another night of over sugared children and if you are old enough (or young enough depending on how you look at it) another alcohol induced night.

I've never been super invested in Halloween.  My efforts in finding costumes have always been minimal and as a kid I had tunnel vision in regards to the candy I planned on getting that night.  But in the last few years, I have noticed that Halloween seems to be a night of exceptions.

There has always been the joke that Halloween is the one night of the year where it is "acceptable" for a girl to dress like a slut and (maybe) still be respected the next day.  But I noticed that Halloween seems to also be the time where people think unfortunate events are appropriate costumes and themes.

Now don't get me wrong, there have been plenty of inappropriate costumes that were not race related, such as the two British girls that dressed up as the doomed Twin Towers. However, when anyone voiced their disgust at the costumes all seemed to be in agreement.  When it is race related, lines can be blurry.
At Fort Campbell, a military family decided it was a good decision to hang dummies in their yard.  What seems to divide conversations is the fact that the heads were black trash bags.  It is no secret that the hangings of African Americans/black people are deeply rooted in American history. So it is understandable why people would associate this scene with a racial insensitive act, whether the bags had been black or not.

I don't know what race the family is that displayed these Halloween "decorations", but I think it is safe to assume they were not black.  My personal thoughts is that the scene is inappropriate in a family neighborhood especially since it doesn't seem to reflect any horror theme.  Maybe if there had been some sort of movie like scene then I would be less "offended" by the hangings.

A friend of mine told me she sat on the fence with her thoughts of the display and the whole racial debate and sort of laughed as she told me.  I don't know why, but on the inside I was slightly bothered by her response.  But I have to be honest, I wondered if it bothered me because she isn't black or because she found humor in it all?

Don't get me wrong, love her to death and I know she is not racist.  But it makes me wonder if I become sensitive to things when it is someone outside of my race being insensitive (selectively sensitive) or am I just being overly sensitive about racist things in general?
I see costumes that probably should be automatically offensive no matter who is wearing the costume, such as the Ray Rice and the doll costumes.  But the first time I saw this costume it was a black male depicting the the athlete's well documented mistake.  I didn't necessarily find it humorous or clever, but I wasn't automatically offended by the depiction of domestic violence. However, when I saw the flood of white males depicting the scene, quite a few in black face, and this picture above.....a light switched flipped in my head.

Over the last couple of years, I have noticed that we as black people are not the most unified of minority groups.  We divide over the dumbest of things: hair, economic class, "being ghetto", etc.  However, I noticed we can be quick to unify when under "attack" by another race especially if they are white.  The best comparison I can think of is like family trash talk.  We can call our own families crazy names or criticize their life choices, but the moment an outsider chimes in we are quick to defend that family member like no other.

To some extent, I think that is the same with all the racist moments, well at least for me.  When we make mistakes as black people, having someone on the "outside" make fun of those mistakes is harder to swallow. I mean, who wants to look in the mirror when we know we look like hell? Whether they intend to be racist or just ignorant is another debate.  I am sensitive to my race being reduced down to a joke for some people who don't even have a black neighbor let alone a understanding of any black history.

So in the end, I would say I am selectively sensitive to racist moments.  Not everything is about race, but sometimes I can't help but to see it that way when it is feels so obvious.

So what are you when it comes to racism? Overly sensitive or Selectively Sensitive?

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