Archive for June 26, 2009

day 62

June 26, 2009

Day 1 of my 10 Day Challenge! Measurements to come.


8 a.m. (Meal #1): scrambled eggs with 2% cheese, peach, orange juice

11 a.m. (Meal #2, heavy snack): strawberry banana smoothie

2 p.m. (Meal #3): salad at Corner Bakery, lemonade, m&m cookie

5 p.m. (Meal #4, light snack): grapes

7 p.m. (Meal #5): herb butter salmon, salad with feta and balsamic

9 p.m. (Light Snack): chai tea latte with nonfat milk


flowers for the lady

June 26, 2009

Inspired by Desiree Rogers, I’ve decided that at least once a month, a girl should have nothing on her desk but a fabulous arrangement of beautiful, exotic flowers.

Desiree Rogers

I will be incorporating fresh, simple, modern flowers at home and, ever so often, at work on a nice clean desk.

One of my favorites, dahlias


Another favorite, peonies


Is there a flower I don’t love? Aren’t these sunflowers delicious? I love an unusual flower.

sunflowers and roses

A forever classic, calla lilies

calla lilies

And…well, a girl can dream.

wedding bouquet

10 day challenge

June 26, 2009

Starting tomorrow, I am beginning a 10 day challenge to eat strictly phase 1 and 2 food options, strict food journal entries, and a workout plan that is as aggressive as possible.  In other words, for 10 days I’m going to push it! 

I will weigh and measure and see the impact of following my desired meal plan for 10 straight days.  My goal is to start to shape a deeper lifestyle change for myself during the month of July.  I want to make commitments to what my daily eating and exercise routine will be and to monitor more closely my luxury foods and the required exercise for indulging.

Care to join me?

hair diaries

June 26, 2009

It’s been 10 weeks since my last relaxer!

  natural hair

photo from The Blacker the Berry…

Unfortunately I don’t have much to report. To look at my head, you wouldn’t even know I haven’t had a relaxer since April. On one hand that’s great because with a few product adjustments, I’ve been able to continue on even better than I would’ve with a relaxer; but on the other hand I want to see some ROOTS!

Generally speaking, on the left side of my head, my hair is still straight and is fine in texture. It waves up after a workout, but if I wrap my hair at night, it straightens back out. On the rest of of my head, my hair is thick, slightly coarse, but it seems generally wavy or straight just much thicker.

I know I’m still weeks away from seeing my true texture, but I am so impatient! I want to know how much of a challenge it will be to maintain my hair straight wearing it natural and to let me curls (or fro) loose!

More than anything I want to know my hair type. Like all black folks, I have a heritage that comes in all colors. Generally speaking, my Dad is black with very distance Anglo (Texan term for white) roots. My Mom is possibly biracial (sadly she never met her father). It’s hard to say because her family is a big salad of black, white, and Native American. With blonde hair, green eyes, and white skin, it’s probably safe to say somebody wasn’t black in that combo.  But then again, who knows since her Grandfather was the same.  So I don’t know what my hair type might ultimately be.  I can’t find any afro pictures from when I was last natural.  And while all the photos show my hair as being straight, sometimes poofy, I don’t really believe my family when they say it was never straightened with heat to acheive the look.  I don’t think they are fibbing, but they may have bad memories in old age, lol.   I guess we’ll see.  10 weeks and counting!