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Hair Issues + Running

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finally!! Thank you Mother Nature! We have good weather again. Well, we were able to run 5 miles last night outside before the tornado sirens went off and the hail came. But, I consider it a good day when I can run outside and then enjoy the rain at night. It's all about getting outside for a few hours isn't it? Okay, so maybe that's just me. haha

I've come to a problem though that maybe you guys can help me with... my hair while running. It seems my long hair is making a mess of itself while I run. As I sweat (yeah, I know, so 'un-ladylike'), my hair gets damp and then tangles itself into a nasty mess. I've tried to put it up in a librarian inspired bun but it is heavy and can't seem to stay up past the first two miles. Then when I get home, I'm so irritated with it. My hair dresser suggested not washing it every time I work out but put an all-natural, chemical free leave-in conditioner on the ends when I get back.

I'd really like to solve this issue though because the ends are getting weak and starting to not look as healthy as it normally does. I'm not doing all this exercise to look good, all to have nappy hair in the end. LOL

Suggestions? Do you wear your hair in a special way? Method for keeping your hair nice after a run without washing everyday?

Breakfast attempt the other day: Oatmeal in an almost empty peanut butter jar... oops, it melted and wasn't that great...

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SUGIRL06 6/1/2011 11:17PM

    When I had long hair, I twisted it into this ccrazy bun that wouldn't fall out at all. You pull your hair through once, then half way the second time, and the scopp up the hair (the loop and loose ends) and secure them with the last loop of the band. Best way I can explain it. Haha. Comes out like a messy bun!

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    Yup- Two braids. Pipi Longstocking Style. Or low pigtails. I have really fine hair so I definitely have this problem as well, plus mine gets to heavy to wear in a bun. Yikes! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 5/24/2011 5:09PM

    I have very long, curly hair. What works for me is braiding it. I put it in a pony tail, then braid the "tail" and secure the end with another elastic.

Also, I only wash it 2x per week. The other days I just rinse, or use conditioner if it's getting a little tangled. Once a week, I use a deep conditioner.

Good luck!

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NATPLUMMER 5/24/2011 5:03PM

    I can't help you hairwise. I do wash mine after I exercise and right now it's pretty short. When I had long hair, I just wore it in a pony tail.

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SLINFOOT 5/24/2011 4:18PM

  I'm sorry I'm not a runner and haven't a clue what to do with your hair. It sounds like it is very long. Have you tried braids?

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Food Photos

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Almost forgot some photos of food! Yikes!

Vegan Oatmeal Banana Scramble on Ezekiel English Muffin - sprouted, sunflower seed butter and jam

Delicious Meal

Quinoa spinach vegan burger - homemade

Homemade Johnny Corncakes

Healthy Snack

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger Night at home with my homemade fried okra (husband's plate - mine was much smaller)

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NATPLUMMER 5/19/2011 9:30AM


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CHUBBYPIE 5/18/2011 9:12PM

    Yum! Looks awesome emoticon

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J2740LOU 5/18/2011 9:05PM

    Looks good enough to eat!!!! emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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Gym + Food

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today was an okay day with food and exercise. We had another day of sever thunderstorms that seemed to circle around us the entire day in and out. But, managed to get some things in for the day. Hooray! This weekend we are supposed to get about one day of nice weather - praying we really do get it!

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KERRYG155 5/18/2011 8:54PM

    you have too much rain and we have too much dry. Glad you were able to get some things done.

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Healthy Books

Monday, May 16, 2011

So there are two books that I have been thinking about purchasing. They are


I've read parts of the second one from a borrowed library book but the first one is new to me. Has anyone read these? I'm looking for something that will go into great detail about parts of health such as carbs. protein, how the body works with nutrition and also with sports. I would love to know your input since they are a little higher in price than normal health books. Thanks so much!!

This last weekend I got:


Any other suggestions?

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2011 2:43PM

    The Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition looks great. It's so expensive because it's a text book. Maybe you can find a used copy online.

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May Measurement Update

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's been a while since I have posted my body stats - actually since January. I have been trying to ignore it but I figured I should just get the courage and do it. emoticon

Weigh yourself - 117 (about the same since January)
Measure your Waist 27 (Lost 1 inch)
Measure your Hips 33 (Gained 1 inch- ugh!)
Measure your Neck - 11.5 (Same)
Measure your Thigh 20 (Same)
Measure your Upper Arm - 10.5 (Same)
Measure your Waist to Hip Ratio - 0.82 (.05 down)
Measure your Body Fat % - 25.11 (6.08% Down- hopefully I measured this correctly)
Measure your Chest - 30 (seriously? Down two inches? yikes!)

Not as good as what I was hoping for but if the Body fat measurement is correct, I would be thrilled that it is going down. That's the most important thing. I want to get down to around 18-21% since I am a runner and that is what an athletic body is supposed to be at... so that's my aim. I'm sure with my increase in weight lifting, I will see that go down. emoticon

More information at my site:

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REDEMILY 5/16/2011 10:16AM

    I agree with Nat on the bust thing. It makes me so sad! I don't want to lose all of the little bit that i have!

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2011 10:11AM

    Doing well! Unfortunately for us small busted ladies, it seems to decrease there much faster than the hips or waist.

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