Saturday, July 24, 2010
Week 1: -3.8lb
Week 2: -2.2lb
Week 3: -0.4lb
Week 4: +0.4lb
Week 5: -3.6lb
Big drop this week, but it's fluctuating. (I'm weighing myself every day, reporting in only on Saturdays.) Yesterday I was down even more than I am today, but when I look at the overall loss for the week there's no way I can be upset about that!
Still not bald yet...hehe. Still have another whole day to go before I can get it wet/exercise. I might try strength training today though...just nothign that makes me sweat.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I am so freaked out right now.
Yesterday I went to the salon for my hair straightening appointment. I've had it done several times, but the last time I went was two years ago. So yesterday when I went back to my old salon for the first time in two years, my stylist greeted me with, "Hi hon! So... you don't really like Yuko, do you?" (Yuko is the name of the procedure I always had done.)
I said, "Why, do you have something better now?"
She said, "Yes, Keratin," and went on to tell me about how it was more natural, would cause less breakage, was quicker and cheaper, but wouldn't make my hair stick-straight and only lasts four months. She said hardly anyone gets Yuko anymore - everyone's doing Keratin. So I said, "I trust you," and went with it.
The Keratin chemicals made my eyes burn during the process, but unlike the Yuko chemicals they didn't smell bad, and when it was over I took this picture:
Anyway, fast forward to today and I decided to research the Keratin procedure to tell all you guys more about it, and the first link I came to was a message board on oprah.com (something like that) and it basically said, "HELP! After my Keratin treatment my hair started falling out! I am going bald!"
So with a nauseous feeling, I read the replies...apparently it seemed quite common to lose your hair after this procedure! I wanted to cry, I was shaking, I decided to call the salon.
The woman on the phone told me that there are several different versions of the Keratin treatment, and that absolutely no clients at my salon have had any problems, and in fact half the staff has had it done because of how great the success was for the clients. That made me feel better, but I am still very scared.
The posts I read seemed to say that the hair starts to fall out after the first wash. And since I have to keep my hair totally dry for three days (until Sunday!!eeps!) I won't know until then.
Please, please cross your fingers for me. I'm freaking out.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I mostly just have to plan out tomorrow's schedule.
Summer school ends: noon
Hair straightening appointment in downtown Boston: 4:30
Attempt to park by: 4:00 (conservative estimate for problems finding parking/walking from parking to salon)
Leave home by: 3:00 (conservative estimate because I a) tend to always be late and b) might run into rush hour)
Time needed to shower/get ready: 45 minutes (will be sleeping over in city afterwards, so have to make smoothie breakfast for Friday/pack)
Must start getting ready by: 2:15
Workout: 60 minutes
Must start workout by: 1:15
Okay, so that leaves from 12:00-1:15 to say goodbye to coworkers, drive home, eat lunch, and change into workout clothes! Okay, that helped me, though I'm sure it will help absolutely nobody else!
By the way, hair straightening requires no getting hair wet for 48 hours afterwards - and that includes sweat! So my workout plan for the next few days is this:
Tomorrow: Do workout BEFORE appointment (as described above in boring detail)
Friday: Go for a walk. Resist urge to run. Try not to sweat during walk! Also, no ponytail allowed (no creasing hair).
Saturday: Skip morning classes (still less than 48 hours after appointment.) Go to gym after 4:30 p.m. Do strength traning on my own (no Body Pump, boohoo), and do whatever cardio I feel like!
Sunday: Back to normal, yay! (except with frizz-free hair!)
By the way, my Wednesday night Body Pump teacher is sooo bad. I wish I didn't have to go to her anymore, but I need this class to complete my schedule. She messes up her instructions, says "And then..." and doesn't actually say what to do until after you're already supposed to be doing it, and today she kept complaining about how tired she was and how she wasn't feeling like working out! WHAT? An exercise instructor shouldn't say that to her class! Plus, she spends all of class asking everyone what their name is and saying things like, "Good job, Susan!" which would be fine, except that there are other Susans in my class and she's always talking to THEM...she doesn't know my name...she has asked me what my name is now three times, without ever showing any indication of remembering me from before. And I saw her at a bar the other night and she didn't recognize me at all. I think she was hinting in class tonight that she was hungover. Boo. Not an inspiration.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As you might expect after a couple weeks of no scale movement, I have seen some exciting results on the scale the past few days and I am now down 10 pounds from when I started 4.5 weeks ago. Sadly, where I was 4.5 weeks ago was just shamefully high - a weight I thought I would NEVER see again - but the good news is, it's behind me now.
Last night was the first time I was able to make it all the way through the lunge track in Body Pump without feeling like my legs were going to burn off, so that was good!
Here's a picture that my husband's coworker's friend took of the lightning storm in Boston last night. It was the weirdest weather - so much lightning it was like strobe lights at times, but no thunder and no rain.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Week 1: -3.8lb
Week 2: -2.2lb
Week 3: -0.4lb
Week 4: +0.4lb
Believe it or not, I'm not disappointed at my gain this week. I have long read in other people's blogs their woes about doing well all week and then overdoing it on the weekends, resulting in basically a net wash (no gain, no loss). Until now, that never really happened to me before, I was either totally on or totally off my plan, resulting in wild swings of weight loss or gain. So I'm actually happy that now I'm losing and gaining miniscule amounts, more like a normal person! Haha. But really, I must let go of the idea that I'm doing this for my upcoming beach vacation or any other event or short-term reason. I need to fully accept that this is a lifestyle. I've read about this so much and I always thought, if even subconsciously, yeah yeah, lifestyle, whatever, I'm doing what I need to do. But when you really reflect on what it means for this to be a lifestyle, it means that what you're doing, you do for life. So there's really no need to be "perfect" all the time, because in life you could never sustain that. The most important thing is to just keep going...as soon as you've had an incident of overeating, just get right back to your plan, which for me means getting right back to calorie counting. So I won't lose fast, and I won't even lose all the time (like this week with my 0.4 pound gain). But I WILL be done with huge weight yo-yos, and I believe that over a long period of time, I can just keep getting better and better!
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