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To Dye or Not to Dye

Saturday, November 21, 2009

You're right, if I looked as bad as that little cartoon picture I downloaded in the corner -- it wouldn't really matter if I decided to dye my hair, leave it gray or.....if I was bald! But seriously, ladies, how do any of us decide whether to let it go natural or should we keep it the vibrant, lovely shade of our youth?

I first dyed my hair when I was sellling real estate, I thought I would do better if I looked more vibrant and alive. Face it -- silvery gray locks look distinguished and sexy on an older man, but on most women they just age them. When I was in my 20's I thought that by the time I reached 40 I would have beautiful silver hair and I'd look sophisticated and lovely. But nature was good to me and there were very few, if any, gray hairs at 40. At 60 they began to appear, but not where I wanted them. I would have preferred one of those streaks through my temple but most of my gray hair was around my ears. And it didn't look good -- it threw my face off balance. I got used to the salt & pepper as it is called, but decided to dye when I went back to work. And I've done it ever since.

Why is it that men look so charming with their gray hair and women just tend to look older? Perhaps it's another one of those "Golden Years" benefits!

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CATLADY52 11/21/2009 1:23PM

    I used Henna on my hair years ago then quit for some reason, probably lack of time. Now I've just let it go back to mousey brown with a steak of silver in the bangs (like my dad had). My younger daughter asked me a few years ago if I was still Hennaing because I had color in my hair, I had to say no but 'Thank You'.

I feel that if you do what makes you happy then Do It and let other people say "Darn, she looks so good, how?" and then chuckle and pass on by.

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KATAKITOMOTSIN 11/21/2009 2:21AM


I have debated the same issue over and over. I was born a red head and had red hair until I was about 8 or 9. It turned kind of golden after that. I never like it. When I was 20 I died my hair red and it has been various shades of red since then. But now, like you the gray is around my ears and a bit at the temple. I decided red was much to harsh at my age so I have gone to a light brownish red with gold hilights which I love. It is not as mousy as it is naturally. My daughter, a beautician, says, "Mom, you need color around your face." She totally approves of it now. So at almost 67 I am still dying my hair and problably will for quite a few more years.

I think it gives us a much younger look and does wonders for our morale. If we are working so hard to keep our bodies in shape...Why not go all the way and keep our hair a positive color too.

To each his own, but I think a color close to your own natural shade is nice.

Have a great weekend.


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CERBERUS_ARSTD 11/21/2009 12:46AM

    My Mom had solid white hair when she had me at 45. I decided numerous years ago well before I started seeing grey but when my red hair started looking dull to color (not dye, never say dye) my hair. Now over a decade later I am glad I made the decision to color. I add highlights in summer and I love it.

I agree that some men look distinguished with grey hair and that women rarely do. So yes I say COLOR IT!

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ELYZABETH23 11/21/2009 12:33AM

    I so understand where your coming from!! My husband and I are only in our 30's but we are both going gray lots faster than anyone would believe. His sides are completely gone as well as his stubble when he forgets to shave...however on him it of course looks sexy and all the little 20 something skinny you know whats are always mooning over him. While I on the other hand after have 2 babies back to back have started going grey faster and faster am not looking quite as sexy as my dear hubby. It sucks. Sometimes I just hate men. They have it too easy on so many levels.

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L-OSTER8 11/21/2009 12:21AM

  Definitely 'to dye' . . . personally I have been doing it for years!

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Day Six! Cabbage Soup Diet

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I have to tell you, Gang, the Beef (or Chicken/Fish) and Tomatoes on the menu for yesterday did me in. I felt great, but when I stepped on the scale this morning I was soooo disappointed to see a 0.2 increase in my weight from the day before!

I have thought about it and have come to the conclusion that my body just does not like all the fat that is naturally in even the leanest hamburger (such as I had at lunch) or in the T-Bone steak that I wolfed down for dinner! It did not agree with IBS that had not acted up even one time while I was eating the fruits and veggies, but when all that beef slid down my throat I could feel my stomach churning around and wondering what was going on. OK, as a rule I am not a big meat eater. And I generally consume chicken or fish; but thought I would have a special treat as I had been so good on this diet.

So I loved the first several days of this diet, and I did well on it. But stuffing myself with loads of protein in the form of meat just doesn't work for my body. Instead I ate a sensible menu today of fruit for breakfast, stir fry veggies and shrimp for lunch, and my usual big, big salad for dinner piled up with dried cranberries, cucumbers, mushrooms, seedless grapes, both romaine and spinach -- and a little mint thrown in for good measure. I added feta cheese and very light on the Fat-Free Ranch Dressing and just a dash of some Spicy Peanut Dressing. It is not low-calorie, but I use it sparingly and it turns the salad into something gourmet.

Overall I've gone from 149.4 down to 144.4 so it's an even 5 pounds. Being I am not grossly overweight, as I have a BMI of 26.8, I think 5 pounds on this plan was great. A really big guy could most likely lose 10 pounds. I do think it's a great way to jumpstart your healthy eating plan, or do it for a special occasion that may be coming up.

Will I ever do this again? Probably! It depends on how good I manage to be throughout this holiday season. I think it would be great to try again the beginning of the year.

If anyone would like a copy of this plan, write me at

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KATAKITOMOTSIN 11/21/2009 2:29AM


Hey Friend,

We have something in common! IBS. Mine doesn't like beef either, in any form! I swithced to Buffalo when I want hamburger, meatloaf or speghetti with meat sauce.
I have no problem then. Beef just doesn't like me. I blow up like a big balloon whenever I eat it and am miserable.

Congratulations on loosing the 5 lbs you did loose. It is so hard when we get older to loose weight....although I have lost inches, my weight is stuck again. I have changed my workout a little, so maybe that will help.

Buffalo is really mild and very good. You wouldn't know it wasn't beef unless you bought it and saw the lable.

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DHSPARK 11/15/2009 10:55AM

    I've been on the Cabbage Soup diet before myself. I love the soup but it gets old after awhile and the stench of the soup is really something.

Glad it worked for you and I'm also glad that you're smart enough to know that it's a temporary "fix".

Thanks for sharing your results. Keep on keepin' on.

emoticon emoticon Deb

emoticon on the 5 pound loss!!!!!

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Day Five! Cabbage Soup Diet

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Today was the very best day of the diet so far! I was pleased at the reading on the scale this morning, showing that I had lost an amazing 5.2 pounds in just 4 days, AND I get to eat meat today! Wow! I'm not even all that fond of eating meat, but after being deprived of it for 4 days, I'm craving it!

Beef, chicken or fish along with up to 6 tomatoes -- plus that ever-lovin' soup, of course. I do not really mind the soup, I think it's because it is definitely NOT bland, if it tasted bland, I'd most definitely be sick of it by now. I still have plenty of energy, and other than those two tiny dizzy spells on the third day, I feel great. I made a 4 oz. 93% fat-free burger for lunch when I got home from my shift at the local library. Had tomato slices with it. Actually, breakfast was a tomato too, I ate it like an apple. lol Strange breakfast, but this is a strange diet.

For dinner I really splurged and broiled a T-bone steak. To make sure I didn't get too much to eat I shared it with my Scottie, she was very appreciative! With it I had a bit of baby spinach, although the diet plan did not say I should have that. I also plan on having a bowl of the soup before going to bed, as the plan specifies eating it once or twice minimum.

Look at my result!!!!
Start weight: 149.4
Day 2 weight: 147.6
Day 3 weight: 146.0
Day 4 weight: 145.0
Day 5 weight: 144.2

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CATLADY52 11/13/2009 1:16PM

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NANCYCA555 11/13/2009 4:18AM

    I knew you could do it. You're finally getting those last few pounds off. emoticon

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MOOKBALL 11/12/2009 11:13PM

    Did that diet once, craved bread after a week.

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DEBBIER9 11/12/2009 10:29PM

so happy for you

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Day Four Cabbage Soup Diet

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I can hardly believe that I am over half way through this diet! It lasts only 7 days, so I've only 3 more to go. For me today was quite easy as I was allowed bananas and skim milk (any amount) to go along with my soup! I was in 7th Heaven! My energy level was up, my scale was down, I was in a good mood -- what more could a person ask for? And I was busy today, so the time just flew by and now it is evening again.

Random thoughts run through my mind about how some of my favorite Pecan crackers and a slice of cheese would taste. But doesn't thoughts of what we "can't have" always torment us when we are on an actual diet. I'll be happy to get back to my Healthy Lifestyle, which I never, never refer to as a "diet." But to take off a few pounds quickly I applaud this diet, as it is working marvelously well for me. And as it is basically so far something a vegetarian would enjoy, it is basically healthy. The plan is a little different for what I can have tomorrow but you'll have to wait for my next blog to read about that.

Start weight: 149.4
Day 2 weight: 147.6
Day 3 weight: 146.0
Day 4 weight: 145.0

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LILNAN 11/12/2009 5:40PM

emoticon emoticon Scotty Eve.

What I want to know is what the soup tastes like, is it good or

reasonably pleasant? I have tried stuff before to move pounds

quickly but never the Cabbage diet. I love Greens too!

If it shows results that quick maybe I should try.


Uk Eve

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KIRSTY1306 11/11/2009 9:27PM

    You are stringer willed than I am, I couldnt do this! Congrats on making it half way, you should be so proud of yourself
Kirb xx

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Day Three! Cabbage Soup Diet

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Here it is the end of the third day -- whew! I felt a little bit dizzy a couple of times today, and the diet said this could happen...... I mean dizzier than I usually am. lol

Today I was allowed to eat fruits and veggies in combo with my soup and that is sooooo much better than just veggies alone. I breezed through the day. It was also my day to be a Caregiver in the afternoon, so it didn't leave me time to ponder if I was hungry or thirsty or anything else. And I drank a big glass of water while I was doing things with my customer.

It is not the easiest diet to stay on, but I am motivated by the great results I'm getting! Sure there are times I think about a piece of bread, an egg, a glass of milk -- almost anything that I know I'm not allowed to have. But I know that feeling is normal, and truthfully I do not feel the slightest bit hungry. You can't ask for more -- not hungry -- losing weight!! Perfect!

Start weight: 149.4 AM I HAPPY
Day 2 weight: 147.6 ABOUT THIS WEIGHT
Day 3 weight: 146.0 LOSS? YOU BET!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/12/2009 12:29PM

    Checking you out on the soup D keep going doing great.
Just be careful after this is all over for I have done this D and after I was off it I gained some weight back so have to be good later too.
But good luck I will check in again later.

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NANCYCA555 11/11/2009 5:09PM

    Go, go, go! You're doing great, girl!

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