Hair Help

So As most of you may know by now I am on my way to Bolivia! If you want to read all about how I got the chance to go click here. By the time most of you read this I will probably be stuck in the Miami airport for far too many hours waiting to board our flight to South America… anyway the reason why I am writing you is because I am in dire need of protective style ideas.

two girls
My protective style of choice: curly braids

Even though I have gone twice before, this year I had no time to prepare and both times I’ve gone in the past I have had my hair braided… so my question to you all is what are some quick and easy yet cute protective styles that I can wear for the 10 or so days I’ll be gone? I already know that I can wear the cinnabun (thanks to the trendy socialite) that has become a staple but that’s still kinda formal and not to mission trip savvy yet I can still use it…  whatever style you suggest it can’t be with any braids because I don’t know how to braid and trying to find someone to braid while I am there will probably be impossible!

I have already washed, and detangled my hair as well as done my deep conditioning treatment to it and I will probably co-wash once while I am down there but as far as the all out wash and care… well that won’t happen again until I get home in two weeks… so any suggestions on how to keep my hair protected is greatly appreciated it..

three girls
my protective style of choice: straight micro braids

Also please know that even though I will be able to check my email the internet connection will not be anything to write home about (it is still a third world country after all) so YouTube is out of the question… if you can’t explain how to do it in a comment it will probably be of no help to me… but if you are up for the challenge… I will take any and all suggestions… thanks so much and I’ll be sure to let you all know how my hair turned out and of course have pictures too…

Weight Loss Goal Met

I am here to tell you all that I made my weight loss goal and as of right now I am actually a few pounds under my goal weight… I am more than excited I am ecstatic! More than a few people have noticed and made comments that made me realize that I really had done it. I have been on this healthy eating-working out journey since the end of June… I have also been on a protective style challenge since around the same time… and my hair is so much healthier than it was… I think I might continue to do protective styles on a regular basis until I reach my hair goals… but back to my weight loss goals…

I decided this summer that I was simply tired of being tired. I was tired of not being able to do simple every day things like walking up a flight of stairs without being winded. So I finally decided to do something. My ultimate goal was to get back down to the weight that I was at when I got out of the military. And with a lot of work, better eating, and Jillian Michaels for the Wii I did it! Now my goal is to simply maintain this weight.

I know that in order to maintain this weight I will have to continue to work out at least three times a week and remain eating healthy portions as well as eating a healthier variety of food. I’m more motivated now then I have ever been and definitely more aware of what I eat on a regular basis because I don’t want to go back to the way I use to be. I am very aware that it’s a lifestyle change not just a simple goal met.

I guess I just want to encourage those of you who are on a weight loss journey or just a healthy life change to keep at it and to write down your goals and make sure that you can mark your progress.  I would also encourage you to figure out what your motivation behind losing weight is and go from there. I didn’t have that much to lose but it was still a journey of patience, discipline and choices. Only you can decide what your goal is, what it should be and if you are willing to do the work to achieve them. Find what works for you and stick to it. YOU CAN DO IT!

I love my hair

So today I saw this picture of a group of women with hair that looked very similar… and it got me to thinking about how much I really enjoy and love my hair, and it’s versatility! I have always heard that people wished they could have my hair and they thought it was so cool but today it finally set in and I realized that they weren’t just empty words! So thanks if you’ve ever given me a compliment on my hair and sorry for never believing you… and thank you Jesus for giving me the hair I have!

The first picture is the one that started it all…


And the others are why I love my hair…


Forward Progress

updo for natural hair
my protective style by Kim Keepes

Okay everyone so today is the last day of the month of July and I know that some of you might actually want to know how I did on my at home goals. Did I ever clean out my closet? Am I still maintaining my portion controlled ways? How does my hair look… if you have no idea what I am talking about feel free to click here to find out.

Well I am here to say that I have completed my goals!!! I have cleaned my closet out. No longer is my closet bombarded by clothes that I can no longer fit! And although I have a small freak out session every time I open my closet and see how many clothes I don’t have; a small rush of accomplishment comes over me. I have actually found that once I purged my closet it has been easier to maintain other areas of my house specially my bathroom and my kitchen.

If I see something out-of-place I now stop what I am doing and put it where it belongs, whereas a couple of months ago I would have just let things pile up until they got out of hand. but not any more… and it’s actually becoming more of a joy to have a clean house!! I know I know some of you probably would have never thought I’d say that but its true… because I know that at any given point anyone could stop by and I don’t want to be ashamed or embarrassed for them to see my house in its present state… there’s a lot of growth in that statement and I am sure that there are plenty of people who could attest to my bad habits of just walking over a pile of clothes or throwing away dishes instead of washing them. But now I just simply deal with it before it gets too bad…

pile of clothes
all of the clothes...gone!

I am not saying that my house is perfect I have only been doing this for a month… and it probably wont ever be perfect because just when I think I’ve gotten this cleaning thing down to a science I am sure a kid or two will pop out of me and disrupt my way of doing things but what I am saying is I have found the joy in keeping a clean and presentable home. It has taken many of prayers on my part to do the chores as unto the Lord, matter of fact I find myself conversing with Jesus while I do most of them and it’s become an extension of my Jesus time. and I am proud of myself for moving forward in that aspect.

organized closet
my new and improved closet!!

I have also maintained my portions although I might kick back on my bread intake… my body is getting toned (Jillian Michaels for the Wii really does work) and I have just started in a volleyball league so I should be where I want to be in a few months of dedicated work towards getting there. My next goal would be to incorporate more healthy snacks into my daily regimen. But I am moving forward in the right direction and that’s all that matters. My husband has noticed a difference and that has been encouraging!

And as for my hair… well I’ve been doing really well. I made it a whole month in protective styles only three more to go and right now I have it in a protective style that I found on YouTube. you can check that out here.  I had my friend and personal hairstylist Kim Keepes (pronounced KEY-pess) do her interpretation of it (see picture at the top of the page) and I am very happy with the results! I am hoping to keep my hair like this for at least a week because its super convenient. I have also been co-washing it more and making sure that my hair is conditioned at all times. So hopefully when I am done with my little protective style challenge in October I will have retained some length, which is my ultimate goal.

back view of updo for natural hair
I love it!!

God is moving me forward and He’s using outlets that I never imagined that He’d use. Such as health, food, exercise, art, hair, my husband, daily chores, simple thank you cards etc. He is definitely stretching me and although it can be tiresome I know that He is preparing me for great things. Today at church we read Habakkuk 1:5 and it resonated deep within my being it says: Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. It just made me think of the great things that the Lord is already doing in Miami and when we finally get there and see what He has been doing, we are gonna be blown away therefore we need to prepare now. His love is real and He is moving us forward to do the things in which He has prepared in advance for us to do and I am so excited that He has chosen to use me and the broken vessel that I am. Praise the Lord!

broken vase
God can use anyone!!

My at home goals

Well I am home now and I have been home for about a week. I finished the Reshaping It All book by Candace Cameron Bure and it was a really educational read. The greatest thing I learned from it was to eat until you’re satisfied not full! I had the opportunity to glance at the goals I set before I got home (to check out that post click here) and I have actually done a pretty good job… well with some of the things anyway.

food on a plate
I try and eat until I'm satisfied NOT full!

I have been working on my portions when I eat and I have been drinking water daily. I also have been stretching every morning which has been wonderful and I have been working out in addition to my stretching when I can.  I have also been treating my hair rather nicely. I have been moisturizing it daily and keeping it in protective styles, today is actually my washing and deep conditioning day and I will be doing those things in a bit.

my yard sale finds are out of here

However, the one thing I have failed at is getting rid of stuff. Not because I want to hang on to all of it but more so because I haven’t had the time. I came back from vacation and hit the ground running! Literally! It didn’t help that I got back the day before the 4th of July I had to work and that Friday was my birthday… so I am going to have to revamp my goals.

bye bye old clothes

I will continue to do what I have been doing when it comes to my hair and my exercise  however my new goal is to have all of the old clothes, hair products and yard sale finds gone by the end of the month… so there you have my progress for now. I will get back to you for sure by the end of the month to let you know how my getting rid of things has turned out.