SparkPeople Black Hair Care and Body Fitness Challenge Team Messageboard Women focused on the total package, bravely pushing limits with tenacity, optimism and style, forging new paths to live healthier,creating synergy for the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. SparkPeople Black Hair Care and Body Fitness Challenge Team Messageboard Hello Everyone I'm from Virginia, in the process of continuing my weight loss Journey. Hoping to converse with you all about clean eating, fitness, natural hair, and just general everyday topics. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:50:59 EST Green House Effect Has anyone used the GHE to help grow your hair? It's suppose to help your hair grow 1 inch in a month. If you have, did you see a different in growth? <BR> <BR> Green House Effect - <BR> After you dress your hair with your favorite products, you put your hair in a protective style. Put on a plastic shower cap (cheap throw away kind) then tie on a scarf and bonnet or another scarf. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 03:09:39 EST Megatek I am getting into growing my hair long...has anyone tried megatek and castor oil mix? Thanks! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:44:22 EST Transitioning to Natural I am finally going natural. I have wanted to for so long but I am finally doing it. I haven't had a touch up since April. I must admit it is not easy dealing with two textures of hair. I haven't done the big chop because I don't want hair that short. I am cutting it gradually as my natural hair grows in. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any recommendations on dealing with two textures of hair? Any products or styles you recommend while transitioning? I am currently using WEN, and Carol's Daughte... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:33:51 EST Hi! Hello ladies! I'm new to the team and have been on SP for a few months now. My ultimate goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I want to make eating right and working out an everyday thing not just something I do when I'm desperate to lost weight. You guys can call me Ari, I'm 24, married, and we have a 3 year old. With my pregnancy, I gained 36 lbs. and was able to lose all of that plus some about 9 months after having my son. I put alot of work into losing weight because I wanted to ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:44:43 EST vitamins Any one have any hair vitamins suggestion Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:46:37 EST Happy Easter! Thinking of you especially when Easter time is here And asking God to bless you every day throughout the year! Have a Wonderful Easter. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 09:32:24 EST Hello! Hello! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 10:51:40 EST mineral indulgenced Has anyone tried mineral indulgence hair products Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:54:35 EST Olive Oil I have been watching a lot of videos on youtube about going natural. I noticed a lot of them recommend using olive oil on the ends mainly at night before you go to bed. Has anyone tried using regular grocery store olive oil on your hair? <BR> <BR> Right now I use Lisa's Elixir from Carol's Daughter on my ends at night and I love the effect the next day. I just part my hair into 4s and put on drop of oil on each section mainly on the ends and then I pin curl my hair, wrap it up with a satin ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:40:34 EST hi everyone I I'm Stacy I'm new to the site i just recently had my 3rd child 5 weeks ago and I'm ready for a life style change since my first I've been packing on the weight with each pregnancy and I'm just ready to get it off hopefully during my journey i will get to know some of you wonderful ladies. <BR> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:11:15 EST Hello Team Hey, my name is Mae and I am trying to get myself on the road to a better lifestyle. I recently had a daughter named Malia and I would love to be able to keep up with her! Also I am trying to rehab my damaged hair by going natural. I look forward to talking with everyone! Fri, 7 Oct 2011 12:59:21 EST WET HAIR I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY HAIR. WHEN I WORK OUT IT LOOK LIKE I HAVE BEEN SWIMMING. I HAVE A PERM IN MY HAIR AND A NICE LENGTH OF HAIR. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO TO MAINTAIN IT. CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME SOME POINTERS ON WHAT TO DO WITH IT? <em>213</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:12:38 EST What's For Dinner? What's for dinner? I think posting what's on our plates is a great way to give each other ideas or to just share what we're eating. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight I had a beef patty. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:11:38 EST HELLO MY NEW TEAM I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND A TEAM THAT'S ON THE SAME PAGE AS MY SELF, TRYING TO STAY HEALTHY AND LOSE WEIGHT. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR THE SAME REASON AND THAT'S TO KEEP EACH OTHER MOTIVATE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT IN OUR HEART. GOD IS A GOOD GOD AND I'M MOST DEFINITELY A BELIEVER. I PRAY MY WAY THROUGH ALL THINGS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S WHERE MY STRENGTH COME FROM. I'M LOOKING FOR SPARK FRIENDS. <em>223</em> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:48:58 EST My name is Veronica aka "OHSOCREAMEE" I am a Mother of 4 and a very Laid-Back, Down-2-Earth Woman with a Beautiful Soul who enjoys meeting new individual, learning new things, and most of just experiencing what life as to offer. Not going into any major detail of why I am on here because I am pretty sure that you already as a notion of my joining this site...Right now this is bout all i have to say feel free to hit me up. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:41:15 EST Question for all my Sisters wearing locs After about 5 years, I recently cut my locs back to just above my shoulders. They were half way down my back. After the cut, I really could notice that my locs are thinner than when I started out. Since I'm not having a problem with my hair growing, I wonder why the locs are now thinner than before. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? Does this mean that my hair is actually getting thinner? I have always had a fairly thick head of hair. What can I do to stop this from happenin... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:07:49 EST going natural.... ladies i need some advice...i'm gonna go natural with my hair...i'm going to try braids for awhile until my relaxer grows out. any tips or advice would be great. please help me, also my hair is thin, not sure if its due to years of relaxers or what...hoping once i go natural it will thicken up and become healthier... Wed, 18 May 2011 13:20:23 EST Shampoo and Conditioner Ladies, what shampoo and conditioner do you use? <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried WEN cleansing conditioner? I started using this off and on a little less than a year ago and now I use only WEN and love my hair. I relax my hair and it usually feels fried from all the heat and styling products but now it feels soft and super conditioned. He has 6 formulas and I use all but one, that one is for volume and that is not an issue for me. They all work well on hair so it's not about do I have dama... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:48:17 EST Help I need advice I have a relaxer and I go to the beauty shop every 2 weeks like clock work I exercise 6 days a week and relaxing is the best way to go for me I suffered breakage in the crown area last year that has grown back. Now with the same stylist I am having breakage in the temple area My hair is very coarse and pretty strong I really feel that this is a an application problem more than a hair problem . The issue I have is my stylist wants to put tracks in I do not like tracks or braids... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:49:48 EST Hi Team! Hi and Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting my workout routine in earnest by logging in on the tracker and writing what I ate. I've been on Sparkpeople before but didn't take it seriously. So this time I am :). <BR> <BR> I wish I knew about this group before! I need hair care help too. Mainly in hair growth and retention. <BR> <BR> But I look forward to meeting the team as the weeks pass on! Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:13:54 EST Question....... Isn't it quite the oxymoron to promote optimal health, all while getting weekly treatments of the VERY toxic and harmful chemical sodium hydroxide (which is contained in ALL hair relaxers) to your head? <em>40</em> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:44:13 EST Hi Everyone! Hello, I'm new to spark people! Just wanted to say hello and seek some advice for my hair. I'm tired of using the same old excuse "I don't workout because of my hair". well I recently went short and just wanted to know what tricks, tips, hairdresser remedies do you try. Thanks and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> PS. worked out at 5AM and by 6:30 the hair did not want to cooperate for work. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:38:14 EST bidding farewell.......... .................. <em>311</em> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am downsizing my teams as I like to be active to all teams daily and its really time consuming. <BR> <BR> know that I will think of each and everyone one of you <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> wishing you all the best <em>244</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 23:39:42 EST Santa and Christmas IS coming!!!!! hi everyone, <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> REMINDER: There are ONLY 23 more days until Santa <em>446</em> comes for Christmas ... so be GOOD! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 08:51:24 EST hi hi Fri, 12 Nov 2010 02:16:06 EST Dry hair ? I have thick, course and dry hair. I relax and color my hair and use curling irons which I know will make it even drier. <BR> <BR> Any advice on products to use to make my hair more moisturized and shinny? <BR> <BR> My routine is to wash once per week and I use a hot oil treatment before washing. I also use a conditioner but normally wash it out. Then I use B&B super grow conditioner before styling. It's lite and doesn't make my hair feel greasy. <BR> <BR> I am looking specifically for pr... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 15:36:23 EST Tips To Prevent Dry Hair??? Does anyone have any tips on how to prevent dry hair besides grease? I find my ends get extremely dry and my scalp isn't. I've used pink oil moisturizer but it doesn't last long. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 21:19:56 EST Good Morning Team!! Hello everyone~ <BR> I am new to this team and seek motivation daily from Spark. I was a member in 2008 and dropped off but I am back again and really ready to continue my weight loss. I also cut my hair short about two months ago and now I am struggling with working out and keeping my hair nice. (But I will not stop working out ) <em>104</em> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:06:30 EST Trying it again Hello people, <BR> OK I'm not new to site but this is my first real effort to this site. I log in and thought is interesting but never took the time to learn this site until now. My goal is to get in shape and feel good about my body. I miss shopping and not having to worry about if the pants fit me right in my waist and thigh area of my body, I always had a problem with the shirts and that will never change. So I hope to get some advice and support with in this group. I also hope to find fr... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:43:58 EST Trying it again Hello people, <BR> OK I'm not new to site but this is my first real effort to this site. I log in and thought is interesting but never took the time to learn this site until now. My goal is to get in shape and feel good about my body. I miss shopping and not having to worry about if the pants fit me right in my waist and thigh area of my body, I always had a problem with the shirts and that will never change. So I hope to get some advice and support with in this group. I also hope to find fr... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:42:01 EST finally getting moving... Hi Everyone! I joined spark over a month ago, but have mostly just been reading the motivational stories and articles and not actually getting more than one workout in weekly. <BR> <BR> I've had a relaxer...well forever, and unfortunately I have put hair and laziness before getting fit. I have 25lbs that I would like to lose to get back to my before break-up weight. I'm hoping I can stay encouraged this time. <BR> <BR> First a before pic. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:05:20 EST My flat iron died! Im using this time to give my hair a break and go back to rolling, but sooner or later I'll need to buy another. <BR> Any suggestion on a really good ceramic flar iron? <BR> <BR> M. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 16:11:11 EST Rest days around your hair schedule? So I usually workout six days a week and take a rest day on Saturday with the thought being that since I'm off of work I should be off of the gym too. Also, my gym is closed on Saturdays, so it just works out that way. But I'm changing my rest day to Mondays because I'm sick, I mean sick & tired, of wearing my hair in a ponytail or bun because it's still wet from working out that morning. It took me almost 3 years to get my hair just shy of BSL and I want to show off this length during the su... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 17:01:59 EST Nouritress Has any one used Nouritress vitamins just wanted to know your results Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:51:59 EST Hair care! Hello SP I have been with SP almost 2 months and I love the program. I have questions to ask about my hair. Since I workout a lot about 6x a week and Sunday off. During the workout I sweat especially when take the spin class, treadmill, elliptical cross-training equipments, and stationary bike! When I sweat and my hair is totally wet and drench. Should I wash or rinse my hair everyday? or what? Or have you SP experience this?? My hair is relaxed... <em>198</em> Sat, 17 Apr 2010 19:38:54 EST Inspirational Video The video was shared on another team, but it is so inspiring to watch... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It just goes to show what determination can do for YOU! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:22:36 EST A Brand NEW ME November 16, 2009, I decided to take control of my life and decided it was time to get healthy! I have put my family first, put me on the back burner, and of course did not want to mess up my hair LOL!!! No more putting myself last,I am putting myself first and getting myself healthy. I am no good to myself or my family unhealthy!!!! <BR> I have a total of 60 lbs to get rid of and I cannot wait to say bye-bye... I know I can do it because I have already said goodbye to 20 lbs!! Sat, 3 Apr 2010 21:03:47 EST Summertime Hair This is a blog from my group Hair Care By Tonya on Hope you guys enjoy! <BR> There is nothing more exciting to me than"Hair" in the warm seasons...with a few exceptions , Anything goes! I love it because women tend to explore their hair care possibilities more openly and I get to break through their comfort zones and unleash those summertime Divas that have hibernated All winter long. <BR> For most women, Spring and Summer means fun in the sun, vacations and hard core work outs... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:03:43 EST Hi Team! I'm really happy to be here! When I saw this group I thougt it would be perfect for me. Fitness and hair care are right up my alley. <BR> If you haven't visited my profile you wouldn't know that I am a teacher and a licensed cosmetoligist. <BR> I have a two year old daughter that runs thangs and lately my favorite passtime is visting spark pages seeking motivation! Now that I am, I ready to get in on the action. <BR> <BR> For pics of my work visit my page for a link or just drop by to sa... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:44:49 EST New Team Members as of March 7, 2010 .•*´¨ ) ..•*¨) -:¦:- <BR> (. ;.•.&#9829; A hearty WELCOME&#9829;.•*¨) -:|:- <BR> &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.&#9829; -:¦:- <BR> &#9829; .•*´¨ ) to our new team members•*¨) -:¦:- <BR> &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:- <BR> <BR> MISTINMAC <BR> PINKYJ <BR> RUBYPEARLGYRL <BR> MSLADY77 <BR> MIZKYMEE <BR> PHLUFFYPRINCESS <BR> CAROLX914 <BR> LYNDONNA <BR> <BR> ;.•.&#9829; -:¦:- <BR> (. ;.•.&#9829;Black Hair Care and Body Fitness Challenge&#9829;.•*¨) <BR> &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.&#9829; -:¦:- <BR> <BR> hugs <BR> -... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:57:36 EST New Members Wk of Feb 28 <em>213</em> and <em>235</em> to our new team members... <BR> <BR> BLKBRBI <BR> CAMPBELL_TN <BR> DAVINEWELLNESS <BR> RHORHOME <BR> NUBIENNELADY <BR> MSMATHIS <BR> TAMEKABURTON <BR> <BR> Nice to have you with us... <em>231</em> <em>324</em> <em>216</em> <em>416</em> <em>403</em> <em>344</em> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 16:59:34 EST Home Body Fat Test I fall into this category...when I get on the scale, I think to myself that I need to lose weight, but what are you really trying to lose--body fat. You don't want to lose bone or muscle mass. <BR> <BR> When I came across this test I couldn't help but give it a try...Check it out!...Well, how are your results and do you agree! <BR> <BR> My results: <BR> You have 25.3% body fat. <BR> You have 34.8 Pounds of fat and 103.2 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water). <BR> <BR> I'd agree that ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 19:54:42 EST hairstyle question Good Morning all, <BR> I saw a picture yesterday of Erica Campbell who is one of the sisters in Mary Mary. Loved her hairstyle--it's kind of a asymmetrical cut (one side is longer than the other). But my question is about the perm. It looks like she has a relaxer and it's very shiny. I have a relaxer but can never seem to get my hair to look that straight and shiny and yet has some body to it. Any tips and thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks and have a blessed day! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:40:02 EST Making a Wig Cap My hair is just past my shoulders, minus the front area...really thinning...and I am thinking of making a wig cap to wear everyday. I usually wear a wrap but I sweat so much with Zumba, kick boxing etc. that I cannot keep that style even if I wrap it before exercising. I don't want to come home everyday and blow dry and curl dirty hair! <BR> <BR> I plan to make the wig using a wig cap and bonding glue. Has anyone made one before? Can you remove it everyday and put it back on. I just wa... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:28:30 EST Winter Hair Care Tips 1. Beware Breakage <BR> <BR> If you experience breakage in one or two specific areas of your hair, it might have nothing to do with how you care for it, but what you wear on it. Wool hats and scarves can rub against and pull on delicate black hair, breaking it off at the nape of your neck (where the scarf might sit) or at the crown of your head. You need a hat and scarf if you live in a snowy climate, but the trick is wearing them the right way to avoid damage. Try sewing a satin or silk lin... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 11:57:59 EST Let's get active again Hi, <BR> <BR> I've joined this group in the past, left and came back. I've been back for about a month now to witness no activity. <BR> <BR> Can we get this group started again? I am a former Cosmetologist, and I would love to hear some of your hair tips! I have been out of the loop for over a decade or so! I will think of a question or tip to post shortly. <BR> <BR> Nikki Tue, 5 Jan 2010 10:16:35 EST Breaking /Balding Problem!!! I need help soooo badly, I really don't know what to do about my hair anymore. I guess I have to start from the begining so this will be a long post I apologize in advance. <BR> <BR> I've never been one to have hair problems, I had very thick hair but was not short but not super long either. Anytime I tried to wear it down I had some breakage so I always kept it in zillions. I would wear my zillions for about 2 months, take them down, relax my hair (because without it my hair would tang... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:42:55 EST Hi I'm New and I need Hair Help. Hi all. I've been doing a good job with the body fitness challenge but hair. One word...horrible. I have worn my hair in braids and I've had micros in the past but taking them out was such a tedious chore because I have long hair and I basically undo each one individually taking as long to get them out and to put them in. Next issue is I'm a sweater. Exercise really makes me sweat and having long, very thick hair mixed with sweat doesn't seem to gel for long. The only people I know that can d... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 17:13:12 EST This is the season to be giving of ourselves <BR> Hi Team <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 2009 was not our best year. But we can make each member of our team or teams feel a little special by dropping by on their page and leave a word of encouragement a long with a little gift. <BR> <BR> Peace and love to all of my team members <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparking <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:22:21 EST My Intro Hello I'm Candy over 30 trying to eat and live healthy. I'm not to sure how many on our site has natural hair but i was wondering if anyone has any tips as to what to do when blow drying the hair straight. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 17:31:13 EST Help my hair is breaking!!! Help my hair is breaking!!! I dyed my hair jet black awhile back almost 4-5 months ago. I just recently about a month ago noticed hair breakage dry scalp and it seems like my hair isn't holding on to any relaxer that I use. the last I relaxed my hair was August and it was Pink Oil for new growth and it lasted a hot minute. I'm at my wits end and I just have no idea what to do anymore. Please help Fri, 9 Oct 2009 02:30:27 EST Hello Ladies! New to the team, looking to finally stop the excuses and make a change!!! New day to a new me. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:57:46 EST What about weights? Can anyone give advise on free weights? I am trying to incorporate strength training into my routine and wondered about using hand weights. I want to tone while losing the weight but do not want to bulk up. Right now i am using 5lb, but was told that maybe I should move up to 10 or 15. Any advice would be appreciated. Sat, 12 Sep 2009 21:17:00 EST My introduction greetings all! I am so excited to have found this team. My biggest excuse for not working out has been my hair... I am now sporting a short cut but due to workouts, I am wasting money. Any advice on how to maintain would be much appreciated. Thu, 3 Sep 2009 21:33:04 EST What kind of strength training should I be doing? Hi everyone, I am new to working out consistently, but I have been doing so much research and I found that I should be strength training as well as doing cardio. I have only been doing cardio. I wanted to buy ChaLEAN Extreme but I'm not sure if that's something a 300lb person can do just yet. All the reviews are good but they are from people that were not my size. I have no clue on how to get started with weight training. Any help will be greatly appreciated...thanks in advance! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:01:41 EST Anyone up to giving me advice? Ok, here is my dilemma. I don't mind all of the sweating while I'm working out but it is causing havoc on my hair. Since, I've been working out it seems like my hair is "double OC" or also known as, OUT OF CONTROL! Does anyone have any advice? Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:15:04 EST Coke or Water? A member from another team posted this and I thought I would share it with you! <BR> <BR> WATER ~ <BR> <BR> #1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. <BR> (Likely applies to half the world population) <BR> <BR> #2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger. <BR> <BR> #3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%. <BR> <BR> #4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters stud... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:47:45 EST Hello Team Hello Team - <BR> My name is Isabella, I joined the team about a month ago and just getting around to the introduction. So far I have been pleased with my results (considering there was a vacation in this month) as long as the numbers continue to go down I will be happy. My goal is to lose 50 lbs., I workout 5 days a week and I am watching my caloric intake very closely. I look forward to sharing this journey with you as well as reading about your success stories. Again, Hello glad to be a pa... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 08:53:58 EST Working out and taking care of your hair extention Does anyone have any advice for taking care of your hair properly after working out?...I love to workout but I have hair I shampoo every other scalp always seems to be moist from the sweat...any advice out their???? Tue, 12 May 2009 17:55:16 EST Damage hair Hi sistas, <BR> i'm new to the team and i need ur help please. <BR> I've been doing a lot of swimming the past 6 months and my hair is in a very bad condition. it's constantly breaking and i don't know what to do... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:21:13 EST Hydratherma Naturals Collection Hi <BR> <BR> Is anyone using or tried in the past Hydratherma Naturals products. I am deciding whether or not give them a try. <BR> <BR> Mazza Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:50:52 EST I need help with my fro! I’m trying to lose weight by swimming. My hair is natural so it’s so matted after swimming. I need a good leave- in conditioner. Any suggestions <BR> Nappy and Happy <BR> <BR> 1 Love Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:14:39 EST Fine for Summer Time I’m 35 married with two Girls 18m and 36m Trinity and Treasure, and they are my life Family is truly a blessing and it takes a superwoman to raise Super Kids. God bless you and your family. <BR> I'm Nappy and Happy <BR> 1 Love Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:05:49 EST How do you exercise your midsection? It's my problem area. Regardless of how I lose weight my tummy still is out of proprotion with everythng else. Share your tips, secrets and solutions to banish the bulge. <em>402</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:27:57 EST What exercising did you do today? Fitness be it cardio or strength is the key to good health. What did you do today? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:22:39 EST Fruit, fruit and more fruit: Is it in you? What fruits did you have today? <em>478</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:37:07 EST What's your challenge today? Greatness does not just happen. You have a great deal to do with it. So what challenge did you accomplish today leading you to greatness? Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:35:41 EST Where are you on your journey? Each day we chart a course. Where are you on your journey? Are you nearer to your goal or farther away? Have you stalled? Share and we grow together. <em>104</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2009 21:00:10 EST I did it! What was challenging to you and you finally overcame it? Share your victory and we all win! Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:57:02 EST Spend 5 minutes meditating It's a chance for you to get back in tune with you. Let your mind relax, inhale and exhale, let your shoulders drop and release all the tension that has built up in your body. Five minutes of meditation can add hours of inner peace to your day. Meditate and enjoy. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:22:51 EST NEW TO THIS TEAM I am so glad that I found this team. I am battling hypothyroidism, and 3 of the symptoms are driving me crazy. Weight gain, dry skin, and dry brittle hair that breaks and sheds. My doctor told me to use a moisturizing shampoo, but couldn't recommend one. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 00:15:36 EST Famous African American Quotes "Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." -- Napoleon Hill Tue, 3 Feb 2009 12:13:00 EST Hair Care Help My hair is damage from a relaxer. In the front my hair is broken to it's roots. What do I do to repair my hair back to health again? Mon, 2 Feb 2009 10:50:43 EST New from the UK Hi, my name is Mandi, Im 34 and I live in the UK. I have just decided to start a diet after realising how much weight I have gained. I have a 13 yr old daughter and actually reason why I have joined this team. My daughter has extremely dry scalp, i have used so many products but nothing seems to be wokring. <BR> <BR> I would be grateful if anyone has any ideas on what I can do to stop or control it better. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to replies, I know in usa there is a vast variety for af... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 10:54:46 EST Did you log into the fitness tracker today? There's nothing more inspiring than watching positive progress...there's nothing more motivating than being able to see yourself progress and meet the expectation(s) you have for yourself... <BR> <BR> Are you tracking your fitness progress? Did you log it into the fitness tracker today? <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 23:39:29 EST Conditioner Any one know of a good hair conditioner and a moisturer. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:02:18 EST HELP!!!! My hair is thining! !!!!!!!! Hello everyone...I'm new to the alias sugarpal1797 is very significant to me. Sugarpal was the name of my first doll...and 1797 was my first and my daughters...after leaving my husband with nothing but their bedroom sets and the clothes on our backs. I eventually got a couch from my Mother's basement...a love seat. And a guy went by my cousins job and on the back of the his truck he a end table, a hideous looking lamp, a round table with 2 chairs. My cousin bought all... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:16:56 EST Bootcamp Checkpoint I noticed that some of us are participating in the new YOU Bootcamp...That's fantastic! Stop in and let us know how you are doing, what you are doing and how do you like the videos.... <BR> <BR> Great way to bring in 2009! Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:32:35 EST The Queen is in I am new to this site and glad I was directed to it. I just can't say enough about all the encouraging people on this site. This just so good!! <BR> <BR> Please stop by my spark page for more information about me. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the add. We will be talking soon. <em>304</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 23:39:09 EST How to Save Your Smile There are foods that are your smile’s Best Friends that won't wreck you workout efforts <BR> : <BR> <BR> Cheese- Eating a bit of cheddar (or whatever) at the end of a meal helps protect teeth. It stimulates the production of cleansing saliva, and the calcium in cheese helps harden teeth. <BR> <BR> Crunchy things: Crisp apples, celery, and carrots are nature's little toothbrush alternatives. Not only do they help rid your mouth of food particles, but also their rough, fibrous texture actual... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:54:11 EST 10 Stress Busters We all deal with different pressures that stress us but there are ways to deal with stress. I came across this article which lists 10 ways to reduce/manage stress. I hope you find them helpful. Some of these I already incorporate and they are great...Let me know what you think! Do you use any of these and how does it work for you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ealth/Stress/Stress-Busters.aspx?<BR>_id=NL54 </link> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:46:29 EST Daily Positive Thoughts, Quotes, Statement Everyone deals with negative self-talk. Use this thread to set a positive tone for the day for yourself and other...It can be to share a positive thought, a positive/inspirational quote or an uplifting statement.... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:42:56 EST Today I am THANKFUL for... Find the positives in your life to build on...exercise your right to celebrate yourself! Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:41:39 EST When you think of moderation, remember to... When you think of moderation, remember to include your favorite foods. You're dieting, not dead. <em>246</em> The quickest way to get off track from your weight loss efforts is to imagine a life without your favorite foods...a recipe for disaster. The trick is to enjoy smaller amounts of the foods you can't live without. If you can't do without that double chocolate brownie, treat yourself once a week. The most important rule of thumb is to enjoy these indulgences in moderation. <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 17:26:56 EST Mental Prep to Eating Well and Losing Weight Instead of looking at eating as a source of pleasure, consider food a source of fuel that keeps your body operating in optimum condition. <BR> <BR> When you eat, chew, chew, chew. Chewing your food is the first step in the all-important digestion process. Your food must be broken down into a liquid form before it's swallowed in order to digest it. <BR> <BR> The more time you take with each spoonful, the better the signals sent to your brain telling you when you are full. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:22:13 EST Healthy Eating is NOT a License... Healthy eating is a license to overindulging. It is possible to have too much of a good thing. While pretzels, nuts, granola bars, rice cakes and other snacks may be smart snacks, you have to be careful not to overdo it. Limit yourself to one serving. Even healthy foods can take a toll on your waistline. After all, those calories add up. For example, a nutri-grain bar contains 150 calories. Eat a couple of them in one sitting and you've consumed 300 calories. Remember, just because a food is ... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:12:06 EST Daily Positive Thought Everything in life needs nourishment to grow. Positive thoughts feeds your motivation to keep pushing for your goals. <BR> <BR> What positive thought(s) did you feed your mind, heart and spirit today? Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:45:51 EST Weekly Inventory: Forward or In Limbo I like to take time each week to reflect on my progress in the past week, and the challenges I had. Hope you will join me by doing your inventory. We learn from each other. <BR> <BR> Forward: I have basic exercises that I do all the time. Even if I fall off the wagon, they're the ones I see to go to firm to recover. I'm trying 1-2 new exercises per week and making headway to building a good 4 week rotational plan. <BR> <BR> In Limbo 1: I'm still finding the tools that will keep me motivat... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 23:30:13 EST Congratulations Team Digest Winners Congratulations to the team for working so hard to live a healthier life, and congratulations to the SparkPeople December Team Leaders: <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> PLATINUM755 <BR> KRUCIALKIMMIE <BR> WATCHMEWORK <BR> 2COR5:17 <BR> JOSIEMAC11 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> PLATINUM755 <BR> KRUCIALKIMMIE <BR> MISSG818 <BR> 4MSVRJ <BR> WATCHMEWORK <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> GO TEAM! Keep up the good work! <BR> Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:29:16 EST Ongoing Daily Spark Points Challenge This is a challenge to challenge yourself. <BR> <BR> *** Post your Spark points for the day here. *** <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> Earning your Spark points daily is one of the most important things you can do. <BR> <BR> Go to your spark points page (at right of your screen) daily and accumulate points and learn how to maintain you healthy life style. <BR> <BR> Spark points were designed to encourage people to perform activities and tasks that are proven to help... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:19:42 EST Eat 5-7 Fruits/V getables Challenge We are constantly bombarded with high, fat, sugar, and calorie laden foods. Concentrate on filling up on healthy vegetables & fruits FIRST before indulging on the not-so-healthy foods. <BR> <BR> How many fruits/vegetables did you eat today?...and feel free to share what vegetable/fruit you ate. Who knows, someone may find a new fruit/vegetable or a new way to prepare fruits/vegetables to add to their lifestyle menu. Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:18:34 EST Work those... ...Daily Exercise Challenge Many of us do cardio religiously. We get on the treadmill, take a step class, bike, or hit the road for countless steps but how many of us work the other parts of our body? <BR> <BR> Your daily challenge is to get out your weights, exercise bands, and stability ball. Find exercises that you can do (with appropriate repetitions) to WORK YOUR BODY. I don't know about everyone else, but I would like my whole body to be toned. <BR> <BR> Pick up those weights, break out those bands, inflate t... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:16:25 EST Hola !! Hello All !!! I have been on the site for awhile now but not exactly active. I decided I needed help and what better way than to join a team I feel I will actually be motivated by and participate in. I have finally gottenmy hair healthy now its time to challenge my body. Looking forward to getting to know u all :) Sun, 14 Dec 2008 09:57:38 EST My First Day! I joined today. I have been working on healthier hair for awhile now I am addressing the weight. Sat, 13 Dec 2008 21:32:14 EST Metabolism Myths & Facts Weight is dependent on the balance of total calories consumed versus total calories burned. Take in more calories than your body needs, and you gain weight. Take in less and you lose weight. Metabolism is the engine that burns these calories. <BR> <BR> I read this article about metabolism myth-busting from another team and found it very interesting and wanted to share it with you...Hope it provides some info that you can interject into your exercise and nutrition planning. <BR> <BR> <link... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 14:10:30 EST Recipes What you eat does matter? Found any good recipes, Tried a new fruit and/or vegetable, found a good recipe or revamped an old favorite and made it healthier. Eating nutritionally and healthy should be fun and delicious. We're all working towards the same goal so share your finds/secrets/tips with the group here! BON APPETIT! <em>4</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 13:58:30 EST Wheel Spin What lucky number did you receive from Lady Luck today. It fun, fast, free, easy and earns SPARKPEOPLE points <em>211</em> - there aren't many things that offer all that at the same time <em>104</em> ...What did number did you land on? Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:07:10 EST Hair Breakage Hi All. I am new to this forum, and so far, I'm really enjoying it. Can anyone suggest what they have used to help with hair breakage. I am experiencing some pretty bad break on the side of my hair, right behind my temple. I can't even put my hair in a ponytail because of it. Let me know if you have found anything that helps. Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:25:31 EST Hello Ladies Hi~ <BR> My name is Charsell I'm need to the team. <BR> I'm looking to lose at least 13lbs and to get <BR> some good hair tips. My weight loss is moving <BR> just need to get the hair going also. <BR> I take 2 pills a day of hair/skin/nails, drink at least 8 glass of water, workout 3-4 days per week. <BR> My hair is very thin get it perm every 6 weeks and trim, it's close to shoulder lenght but very thin. <BR> If anyone has any advise on how I should handle the thinnest please tell. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:17:22 EST Hello! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Tashima and I am on a mission for a total body makeover. I want flawless skin, to lose about 10 lbs, and continue to grow my natural hair as long and healthy as possible. I look forward to getting to know you ladies and swaping beauty secrets! Tue, 14 Oct 2008 23:47:07 EST PLEASE HELP!!! I NEED YOU!! Morning ladies! <BR> <BR> As some of you may know, I'm a grad student in a master's entry into nursing program, getting 'ret to graduate in Nov (Nov 22 at 11am to be exact - can't you tell I'm ready to go! lol!) Anyhoo, I'm wrapping up my master's research project and need to collect ONLY 15 more detailed responses for my survey. I hope to obtain all my data within the next week, if possible. So.... <BR> <BR> I NEED YOUR HELP! Please read my project description below. If you would like to h... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:52:34 EST How's Your Hair Behaving Yesterday I wanted to cut mine all off. It's a real nuisance having to brush it all out, comb through it, wash it, condition it and then try to figure if I want it straight or curly. <BR> Ever have those moments where just want to go all bald. I really have these last few days. I just have way to much. People think that it's great having a lot of curly hair. It really isn't because they have no idea how much you have to go through in order to keep up with it. Sat, 27 Sep 2008 14:51:29 EST Hello! <BR> <BR> So glad that I found this group! After reviewing some of the pages, I knew this was where I wanted to do! Can't wait to get settled in! Everyone have a great weekend! Fri, 26 Sep 2008 15:55:07 EST Hello Everyone Hi, My name is Betsy Im 28 and ready to get back in shape. I have one daughter (Reina) and a small dog named oreo. My first steps have been to cut soda out and to keep a food journal. Tue, 23 Sep 2008 13:38:51 EST Do u know about Sistalocks? Does anybody know about Sistalocks, and if so, what is your opinion and/or experience? <BR> <BR> I have decided that I will be locking my hair. I'm researching now about the different techniques. Share your knowledge with me ladies. How do I find a well trained loctician? What can I do to keep my hair at it's healthiest while my relaxer continues to grow out? Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:00:20 EST Help! Relaxer gone wrong! Hello all. I'm new and this is my first time posting so forgive me if I do something wrong. Anywho, I had not had a relaxer in about a year and a half. My hair was a wavy/curly texture and it got bigger with heat/humidity. So I would always straighten it either w/comb or flat irons. About a month ago I got a relaxer at a salon and she flat ironed it. I just washed my hair and it is bone straight around the edges and super curly (like shirley temple but smaller!) Help! Can a relaxer change the... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 09:30:44 EST Hello Everyone !!! I am new here today and I am loving my FIRST day. I am very goal orientated for every other thing in my life othan than my weight. So earning these points and meeting my goals at the same time is so COOL !! <BR> <BR> Hope to "see" you around the boards. <em>220</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2008 20:03:48 EST Proper sleep Today was not the greatest day. I was infected with laziness because I was so tired, I didn't want to do anything.However, tommorow is another day and I'll be ready for it!! Wed, 17 Sep 2008 23:07:13 EST Shania the GREAT!!!! I am so happy to have been blessed with my daughter Shania. Tonight what should have been a simple walk to the store turned out to be my excercise. We were on our way around the corner to go to the store when Shania said " Mommy, you know we can take a walk and its good for you." So what would have been a 5minute roundtrip turned into a 1 mile walk in 24 minutes.... I felt good afterwards because not only did it benefit my health I was able to spend time with my daughter. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 20:50:19 EST Go Me!!! Today was great!!! First I fought the urge to be lazy and worked out. Then I joined the team and most importantly I ate very well with no temptation to eat crap. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 23:50:08 EST Hi Everyone, My name is Larissa and I am new to Sparkpeople. I am so excited about finally doing something about my weight. I turn 30 in two days and I really want to make some major changes. I look forward to chatting with you all... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 12:42:08 EST Hello Hello everyone. My name is Shyanne and I'm so excited to be part of this team. I'm ready for the challenges and look forward to the support system. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 12:28:35 EST Itchy and I are back from Alaska. Hi Team, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Alaska was great however; I did not get the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis. But I did discover a couple of new bald spots on my head. My daughter brought me a new wig for the trip which itched liked H@#$. It was the worse ill fitted uncountable wig that I have ever placed on my head. I had a wig cap under it but the dam thing kept itching and sliding off. On one occasion my bangs was side ways. Every night I would be the first person to return t... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 15:12:38 EST Excuse Me lol <em>2</em> <BR> I was so excited about the team in general I automatically started posting to a thread (Shedding) and forgot to introduce myself lol. <BR> I found this incredible group scanning through the teams and glad I did. I always have a hair issue. I look other people's hair and want to just go up to them and ask them how they get their hair so shiny, curly, or whatever lol. <BR> I came to spark people for the support and to gain some experience and support from others. I look forwa... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 22:30:47 EST Hello Everyone Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I kind of stumbled across this team and I am liking what I am reading in the threads. I am trying to replace bad habits for good ones and with Sparks support, I am taking it a day at a time. I am also stressed out about my hair. Don't know what to do with it. I am a mom of 5, student and I work part time and to be honest, I don't feel like doing my hair. I get braids, but I have to be really careful of my edges because they will break. I have ... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 01:18:56 EST hello im 23 years old and i have been married for 5 months. i would like to work on the whole package. the hair, weight, clearer skin...can i do that here. Wed, 3 Sep 2008 14:40:19 EST Divaz, Divaz, Divaz Hello to all my fellow DIVAZ, <BR> <BR> My name is Irene, and from Washington, DC. I am a single mother of 2 (12 y.o. daughter and 21 m.o. son). I have been fighting my weight issues for the past 13 years. I have joined Weight Watchers at my job and I do not plan on wasting anymore money (I can't with two children). <BR> <BR> I work a full-time job, I'm a Pure Romance Senior Consultant, and Melaleuca Independent Marketing Executive. With my busy schedule I am always tired and I believe my ... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 23:53:39 EST Silly Sunday horror weight loss story <em>213</em> Hi team, <BR> <BR> Before I found SP I would ask friends and associates how to loss weight. It was a fact that I had a membership to a gym and I would exercises when I could, so that was not a problem. I asked a lot of people and one of the main answers was I always got was. If you go to the gym and work out for an hour and drink a lot of water you can consume all the food that you want and you do not have to worry about a weight problem. <BR> <BR> This is far from the truth... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:39:02 EST Shedding My hair has been shedding and seems to be breaking off since I had my daughter and I was wondering what are some remedies? Fri, 15 Aug 2008 19:36:47 EST Hi Divas Greetings everyone my name is Melanie and I'm a 23 year old mother of an 9 month old girl who's name is Khadijah I'm in the active military and looking to maintain my weight and my looks. I'm looking for those to connect with and also have fun. <em>212</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 18:31:46 EST Controversy: I'm asking about color complex. Before I start asking questions...just know that I really want to have a chance to read everyone opinions( if people reply)so lets agree to disagree sisterly. <BR> <BR> 1) Do you think their is some link between black women's obsession with blond hair and self hatred or is it just a fashion statement? <BR> <BR> 2) I saw this on Tyra(yea i shamefully watch at times), but do you think people with lighter skin or "commercially genetically superior features" get treated differently? <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:40:53 EST HELLO EVERYONE! I AM A 27YR OLD FEMALE (COME JULY 20TH) AND I WANT TO START OUT RIGHT. I USE TO BE ABLE TO LOSE WEIGHT AS FAST AS I GAINED IT BUT AS I STARTED TO GET OLDER MY METABOLISM STARTED TO SLOW DOWN AND THE WEIGHT STARTED TO STICK. I AM A BLACK WOMAN WHO LOVES HER HAIR I USE TO WEAR QUICK WEAVES, SEW INS, CORNROWS ALL OF THAT I LIKE TO CHANGE IT UP ALOT NOT TOO DRASTICALLY BUT ENOUGH. IM AT A POINT NOW WHERE IM JUST GOING NATURAL WEARING MY OWN HAIR NO COLORING, PERMS EVERY 3MTHS JUST TO GET MY HAIR ... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 16:23:08 EST Beware of "Re-Gro" Read the fine print. Depending on why you lost your hair to begin with, if you discontinue using Re-Gro it is possible for your hair to gradually fall out again. However, once you've grown your hair back, you can easily maintain your full head of hair by simply continuing to use Re-Gro. Just make it a part of your daily routine: Brush your teeth, wash your face, apply Re-Gro. It's that easy! <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:23:43 EST Tag Team Tuesday, Make someone’s day. <em>213</em> Hi, <BR> <BR> Today is Tag Team Tuesday. We are here to focus on ourselves and congratulation to becoming the New You. But, there is more to just focusing on self we should also spread the Spark (love) to each other. Go to one of your team member’s page and drop him or her a line and say “Hi”. Or give a little goodie. That team member will look at their page and drop another tem member a line on their page. One thing don’t look for anything in return. <BR> Today we are goin... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 01:08:06 EST The High Cost of Beauty-How Much Do You Pay... To keep your hair tight? In Big D it costs anywhere between $65-$85 just for a relaxer, $25 for a rinse, and $40 for a cut. For me it was $140 last time. I only go once every six weeks. Wed, 9 Jul 2008 16:14:27 EST Hey Everyone! Help me with my hair. I am determined to lose this weight. I recently moved to Birmingham, AL. I sweat a lot. My hair gets ridiculous frizzy after it dries. I wrap my hair but that doesn't look cute in the gym. Does anyone have any suggestions. Wed, 9 Jul 2008 14:09:16 EST Hello Everyone! Hello All! In terms of the hair thing - currently relaxed (2 years) after 10 years of natural (including locs). Whenever I begin to workout heavily I always go back to natural - it's just so much easier to deal with. So now I'm wondering/deciding/transitioning perhaps? It's retouch time and I'm totally confused. <BR> This is my first SP Post. After a weekend of total overindulgence, I decided it was best to recommit. <BR> <BR> <BR> “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 07:23:44 EST Hi Team! Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 26yrs old and I've lost 37lbs so far and am only 12lbs away from my first goal weight. I currently have my hair in kinky twist but am eager for a change. Came on here to learn a lot from you ladies about how to look cute after a 40 minute spin class once you've drenched yourself in sweat. Sat, 5 Jul 2008 00:25:40 EST Hello All. Hi everyone! My name is Erica, and I am excited to join your team. I never thought I would find a team that is so specific to my goals right now. I recently made a commitment to growing longer hair and losing weight. Right now, I want to lose about 100lbs, and my hair is about mid back, but I'm really trying to focus on getting it healthier and stronger. I recently discovered co-washing, and I have to say it has done wonders for my hair. I have a lot less shedding and breakage. <BR> <BR> I'v... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 02:25:57 EST Carol's Daughter After taking out my braids, i decided to use products by Carol's Daughter to regain moisture in my hair. These products are excellent! View the website ( or visit your local department store. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 07:02:46 EST My Confession <em>213</em> Hi Team <BR> <BR> I notice a lot of us hate to confess our weight. Why I hate to admit my weight I was 120 lbs most of my adult life. Until 10 years ago I am getting older my body is changing which is due to Mother Nature. Something’s we can accept, acknowledge, work with, and move on. <BR> My confession I am 140 lbs. <BR> Acknowledge: I am 140 lbs and I will be 140 until I make up my mind that I want a change. <BR> Work with: I am on Sparks to learn calories intake, n... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:19:37 EST How to remove braids? <em>213</em> Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Do anyone have a suggestion on how to remove braids? <BR> <BR> I am wearing my hair in braids for the summer, because I have to go into the pool almost every day. The flip side to the story is what product can I used that will help me to remove my braids without losing all of my hair? <BR> <BR> Keep On Sparking <BR> <em>295</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2008 15:15:34 EST Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Has anyone ever used Extra Virgin Coconut oil on their hair? If so what have your result been like? Tue, 17 Jun 2008 15:20:08 EST Dreds, Locks? Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I am thinking about getting locks/Dreds. (I don't know if there is a difference between the two). I never, ever, ever like combing my hair because with the perm, my hair is thin. I remember when I was a little girl and natural, my hair was thick and long. When I got the perm as a teenager, it was thin and fell out. <BR> <BR> I have been wearing braids for the past 9 years so my hair is completely natural now - yeah. But I am TIRED of the braids. I love the look of ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:25:54 EST Hello from Florida Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> My name is Karon and I am a 40 year young divorcee. I have been going up and down with my weight issues for some years now and I'm just tired of the yo-yoing. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm single again... I want to take charge of my life and reinvent myself... top to bottom. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to exchange ideas, encourage you and by inspired by each of you. <BR> <BR> Good luck to us all. <BR> <BR> Karon Sat, 14 Jun 2008 15:21:17 EST Hi Ladies Finally a team devoted to black hair care !! I'm from NJ and looking for the support from my sparkpeople !! Sat, 14 Jun 2008 11:32:28 EST Cultural Barrier to Weigh loss: Our Hair I love love love working out! So I go sweat like a man. COme home blow dry, flat iron and out the door. This is starting to get old and I'm getting annoyed. SOmething that has really saved my hair is the usage of essential oils instead of mineral oil and petroleum products, but I can tell my hair needs a break, but my choices are limited so I'm not complaining,but I have decided to transition back to natural. It was easier to manage, my hair was thick, longer and just healthier. It's importan... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 20:35:03 EST Lace Wigs <em>213</em> Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me any input on Lace Wigs? <BR> <BR> Keep On Sparking Thu, 5 Jun 2008 19:06:53 EST Newbie from V-A.... Hello Ladies! I am a 27 y/o "Curvy" woman hailing from Northern VA. I joined Spark People b/c I realized that it is the FREE version of Weight Watchers online...LOL <BR> <BR> Seriously, I joined to learn how to curve my eating habits and incorporate more exercise into my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Hair Care? I am 5 months Perm Free so the "after workout" haircare is bit of a challenge. HOWEVER, I did get the Braid Shop to give me Cornrows last I should be good on the workout tip fo... Thu, 29 May 2008 14:36:36 EST Hello Ladies! I am in the transition stage of goin completely natural ( i havent had any chemicals in over 3 yrs) and I am holding onto my straight pieces...I am havin the darnest time workin out and trying to have managable hair afterwards....Waring: Do not I repeat DO NOT attempt to work out in ur wigs- half or full or falls.... I thought I was goin to die!!! <BR> Carry on!! Tue, 20 May 2008 13:29:17 EST how do u sweat during work-outs & stay cute??? greetings ladies! i'm a person who is really into taking care of my hair and i am overall really into looking good no matter my size. i officially started SP 2 weeks ago. i've been eating alot healthier and i am losing some weight. i want and NEED to exercise to help enhance weight loss and health but i haven't done any exercising in fear of messing up my hair. though it's a POOR excuse, it is the truth. u ladies understand how difficult it is maintaining permed hair (especially a "flowy" wra... Mon, 19 May 2008 19:44:28 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone, I'm happy to be on the team, Please stop by to introduce your selfs I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. <BR> <BR> Peace,Love,Light,and Blessings Mon, 19 May 2008 11:36:35 EST Tyra Banks <BR> <BR> Check Out The Tyra Banks show on Monday. She is doing a make over on hair. <BR> <BR> Keep On Sparking <em>295</em> Sun, 18 May 2008 09:49:25 EST I'm new to the team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sherry. I've been wearing my hair in locs for about a year and a half. Fri, 16 May 2008 11:50:29 EST Newbie thats me Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I'm new around here, i actually joined this site a while back but never came on, i was use to another site, any how i'm here and really like it. I'm a sista living in Canada, Jamaican background. hoping to drop 45 to 50lbs, I wear my hair natural, and have just started to Loc, any questions please feel free to ask, I also got a fotki hair album which i'll also start putting pictures of my weight loss in there as well. Thu, 15 May 2008 10:56:59 EST Help My Hair Will Not Behave I am starting to have some problems with my hairline it is staring to fall out on <BR> the sides and the crown. I went to the doctor and he told me that I have Alopecia. <BR> I am using a new product called Deity America Scalp Treatment for Alopecia hair Loss Serum Gro, Conditioner, Shampoo. But I have not seen any change in my hair and the conditioner makes my hair brittle and dry. I was using MissJessies hair product but it was getting too expensive. Can anyone inform on how to get Mi... Sun, 11 May 2008 11:43:50 EST HELP TOO MANT BOOKS Hello I new to group i joined a few days ago but just now posting .I have so many black hair book I've been reading and now I' so confused .My hair has been shedding , it seem to be growing but when I brush or comb my hair it all over my clothes. I wash it every 4 day and condition and sit under a hooded dryer for the last 3 month .I read that I need a lye perm but I live in a small town . Do any one else have this problem or can any one help .I'm open to all views. <em>2</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2008 21:23:16 EST braids ok so I braid my hair...not my real hair...synthetic hair added to my hair and my hair is growing good... but i have a problem when it is time to take the braids out with dirt build up, thus causing me to lose more hair then necessary. I know I can wash the braids while they are in...I won't lie I never do but I plan on putting braids back in my hair this week and I want to how often should i wash them and I just use water, or what...I don't want the braids slipping off my... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:19:45 EST Hi Ladies!!!!! Hi everyone! I'm still somewhat new to Spark and I'm so glad I found you ladies. I've been obsessed with my hair all my life, whether long, short, or in between. I'm having some serious issues with my hair now and will definitely be needing suggestions from the team. For the past couple years I've been wearing sew-ins and braids just to keep my hands out of my hair (and also for the sake of saving time). Well, I just shampooed my hair and it is broken off pretty bad in the back. I am th... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:52:54 EST I am new...and clueless Wow I came here for support for weight loss and now i found something else I been needing help with my hair. I have a lot of questions...but i won't unload them at once...please if you are someone that has the answer please don't hesitate to respond. I really want my own hair to grow long but to me it seems like that is impossible for black women. My mother has very long thick black hair...she is a light skinned black woman, and has never had problems growing her hair. I on the other hand hav... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 18:04:04 EST Hi Everyone. My name is Lindis and today is my <em>249</em> . ^_^ <BR> <BR> My goals(Short term) are to lose at least 15lbs by the end of summer <BR> And have my hair near APL. <BR> <BR> My long term goals are to be around 125lbs and have mid back length hair. <BR> <BR> I'm new to all of this, conscious hair care and weight loss, so I'm feeling a little shy. <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:29:59 EST New Attitude I have a Patti LaBelle song stuck in my head!!! <BR> It's the one that goes, "I'm feeling good from my head to my shoes. Know where I'm going and I know what to do...I've got a new attitude!" <BR> So today I'm asking the question, what do you do when you need to get a new attitude? <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:20:04 EST Hi Everyone Hi I'm a newbie and I just wanted to drop in and introduce myself my name is Pam. I looking forward to chatting with everyone. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 17:19:00 EST Tips for healthy hair When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count -- it’s what you put in your body, too. <BR> <BR> Read on for the 10 top foods that should be the foundation of your healthy hair diet <BR> <BR> No. 1: Salmon <BR> When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it's hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron. <BR> <BR> "Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to sup... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 11:38:08 EST Hi, I'm new And slightly obsessed with my hair as well as getting fit. Check out my hair albums at: <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 00:46:12 EST BRING IN MARCH LIKE A LION! NEW INITIATIVES It's a new month ladies! What are we changin' up, kickin' up or givin' up? Last month I started spinning class 2 days/week and bought a heart rate monitor. <BR> <BR> This month I am kicking up my cardio workouts to 90 minutes 3 days/week - I'll stay at 60 minutes on my 2 weight training days. I'm also going to start using the treadmill more (in addition to the elliptical) to do 1 minute run/2 minute walk intervals for something different. Tue, 4 Mar 2008 21:32:03 EST Hey Ladies :) Finally got my act together and joined. <BR> <BR> I'm Swttng_2000 on BHCAB. <BR> <BR> Good to be here... :) Sun, 2 Mar 2008 16:24:44 EST Hi Hi my name is Ruth, and am new to this group <BR> I am very glad to have the opportunity to join this group and so get to know a few things about the hair Fri, 22 Feb 2008 09:03:40 EST Hello everyone I'm new here.... I've been wanting to get this weight off for a while now and there's no time like the present! Mon, 4 Feb 2008 03:17:33 EST New kid on the block Hello everyone, My name is VaLora and I have been a licensed master stylist (braiding-weaving etc...)since 1984. looking forward to meeting you all. Sat, 2 Feb 2008 17:14:19 EST I am new to the group Hello everyone. My name is Marshel and I am glad to be in this group. Can't wait to meet more people in here. <BR> <BR> Be Blessed. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:38:40 EST Hair Products. What kind of product do ya'll use for ya'll hair to help it grow and for it to become healthy? =) Thu, 17 Jan 2008 23:46:08 EST How are you wearing your hair? What r ur goals? How is everyone wearing their hair on a daily basis? What do you do with your hair for your workout? What do you do for your hair after your workout? <BR> What is your goal for your body? What is your goal for your hair? When you've met all of your goals, what will your total package look like? Wed, 16 Jan 2008 07:48:41 EST Bonjour! Hello all! Im new to the site and this team is perfect for me b/c after I leave the gym my hair is a mess. I have found a few GREAT products that work wonders in weight control and hair growth. Add me and I'll tell you! <BR> <BR> M. Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:35:26 EST Week 1: How it's going How is it going with you, ladies? <BR> <BR> Have you exercised? <BR> Had your water? <BR> Tracked your nutrition? <BR> How have your eating habits been? <BR> Getting enough sleep? <BR> <BR> How was everyone's week? Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:19:29 EST Challenge Two, Getting Into It! Everyone has done such a great job so far of joining us and creating their own Spark Pages. You guys are doing a great job so far! Keep up the good work. <BR> <BR> This week's assignments, if you choose to accept them, are as follows: <BR> <BR> *Continue to exercise. If you haven't done any this week, commit to doing at least one session in the coming week. <BR> *Drink water!!!! It will keep you running back and forth between the world and the bathroom, but it is so good for you. Tra... Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:18:03 EST Raring To Go! I am a 35 yr old mother of 4, 1 grandbaby. hard-working, overweight,and tired. I would love to have more energy. I have tried diets and tons of programs, but often i am by myself and i lose interest. hopefully this wont happen this time, this looks like a very motivating site. Thank you for inviting me :) <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:07:38 EST Finally here!!!! I've finally made it here and gung ho about losing weight. So come on Beautiful Women let's make it work for us!!! Thu, 10 Jan 2008 14:08:53 EST It's 2008! Hello my name is Lynette I am a Christian mother of two teenage boys (17 & 15), a wife, I am employed full-time and trying to start my own business. If that isn't enough almost a year and a half ago I started working towards losing weight. I had balloned to 307 pounds... and I knew it was time to make a change. I am almost finished with my journey and needed the encouragement to continue. I am happy to have come across this group! <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2008 23:51:56 EST What made you want to lose weight? Just curious as to what brought you to the point where you decided to do something to change the way your body looks and feels. <BR> For me, it was the fact that none of my clothes fit anymore and I wanted to feel comfortable in my body again! <BR> What about you? Mon, 7 Jan 2008 22:28:43 EST Hi It's cosmosop isticate (formerly sweetiepie)... from BHCAB. I am so excited to be here and to do this! I am going to have to take some time to browse this site. There's a lot here! I need to find out what spark points are, first of all...and I think you can log minutes exercised??? I've got to figure that out as well. Anyway, I'd like to lose between 10 and 15 pounds and get my mid-section toned. My stomach was never really flat even before I had my son, and ever since, it's just in need of some serious flattening and toning. Mind y... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 18:09:51 EST New Here Hi, <BR> I'm Diva. I just joined today. My goal is to lose 35 pounds by the end of June of this year. I have high blood pressure. I have knocked out my diabetes by taking sugar out of my diet. I hope to learn a lot from this group. Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:01:16 EST Hello... I'm Kimberly, and I have been a member of BHCAB for years now. I mostly lurk, but post from time to time. I have been a member of Spark People since just before Thanksgiving. My goal is to take off over 70 pounds. I'm fluctuating right now. I've had highs and lows over the holidays. I shudder to think of where I am right now. I weigh in tomorrow and will post again to let you guys know where I am. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone better! <BR> Kim Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:43:13 EST The holidays... The holidays really got to me, but I've been inspired to get back on it. I hope you guys have as well. I look forward to taking this weight off together!!! <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:41:04 EST Challenge One, and Welcome! Hello there, I'm so glad you've joined us for the challenge. <BR> Your first assignments, if you choose to accept them, are as follows: <BR> <BR> * Sign up for SparkPeople (Done. Look at you!) <BR> * Create a Spark Page if you haven't already. <BR> * Do your initial weigh in and/or measurements if you haven't already. <BR> * Huddle with this team daily. <BR> * Commit to doing some sort of exercise. <BR> * Post in the general team discussion with your triumphs and frustrations. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:39:37 EST