Mini Motivational Workout Tips #2: There Will be Bad Days

Here’s an important fat loss fact that you need to know: More exercise does not necessarily mean more results. Furthermore, it’s completely normal if you don’t feel like going to exercise all the time. “I learned that sometimes you have to drag your ass to the gym, even if you don’t feel like going,” Kim says. “And while the workout may be slow moving and uninspired at first, once you’re there it’s super easy to finish.” As you go through the motions, go in with an open mind knowing there will be good and bad days. Your job is to approach both the same way, and make the best of the situation.

Credit to: http://www.livestrong.com

 

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Transition or Big Chop: Best Websites To Get Advice

I’ve searched many places to get advice and there are plenty of groups and websites dedicated to black women and helping with giving advice, tips, how to’s, etc..

Now I know of places like lets say for instance a page on fb named “Black Women with Real Hair“, that have plenty of people signed up for the page and who comment on it but they mostly post photos and off topic subjects  Not much advice is given there. So  I would NEVER recommend that place to anyone unless you are looking for some photos of natural/relaxed hair plus the page owner has a bad habit of “making fun” of people.

So the places I am going to provide you with are places I feel are PACKED with information and advice that I currently go to..

  1. Texture Me Natural :This is a FB (Facebook) page run by one person and she sales ALL natural scented 306630_584701551556101_516691094_nproducts that you can buy (which I have bought myself and its THE BOMB DOT COM!!). The reason why this is at the top of my page is because you could just scroll down this groups pages and find out SOOOOO much information about being natural and techniques  I mean this group’s information its self could run circles around EVERY place I’ve visited. Not only that but if you have a question and you submit it, the owner will re-post it and have other people answer your question. Their suggestions are usually always on point and the page owner has some beautiful hair, to die for healthy hair. Love this page. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texture-Me-Natural/194003070625953)
  2. Naptural85: This is a Youtube Guru. The reason why I recommend her is because her videos date from when she had short hair until now. She gives great advice not only that but her videos are clean and simple. Very easy to understand and she has a nice energy.
  3. Natural-Hair-Care-Info(FB page)/Natural Hair Care (Website): This is a fb page that I absolutely love. It includes a few family members (brother and sisters). The main page owner is one of the older sisters. She has a little sister with very long hair that she regularly posts (I believe her name is Bunny) and a little brother that she posts time to time. She also posts photos of herself but she looks so much like her little sister I thought for the longest they were the same people lol. I love the styles that they shows and how lovely and long Bunny’s hair is, very inspirational. Not only that but if you go to their website it is packed with useful tips. I learned how to properly wash my hair from their website. (https://www.facebook.com/Natural.Hair.Care.Info?fref=ts)
  4. MyNaturalSistas: This is another YouTube Guru channel but the difference is it is ran by 3 different women, I think they are all sisters or related. But this channel is great because you get advice from 3 different women and techniques. My favorite person on this channel to watch is India. She goes into depth about her weight loss journey and she has the longest hair out of the 3 of them.
  5. Kink Curly Coily Me!: This is a FB page owned by the owner of kinkycurlycoilyme.com, she’s been featured in magazines, hosts natural hair events, goes to events, has a youtube channel, etc. The ONLY reason why I recommend this page is because she usually links everything she does to this page. So if she uploads a new video on Youtube she lets you know on this page. She also updates you on her newest products, her hair photos and what she is eating. I like her attitude too, most page owners get mad if people disagree but she is completely fine with it. She also reposts some of the questions submitted but not all of them. (https://www.facebook.com/KinkyCurlyCoilyMe?fref=ts)
  6. BlackHairMedia: If you have read some of my previous post then you may know that I have mentioned blackhairmedia a few times, so why is it number 6? Well the reason why is because this place is not only about natural hair, it has different subjects too most women come their for weave or full lace information which the women up there…sometimes they respond sometimes they dont, a lot of them are reluctant to even help. BUT if you want to know about natural hair then you would have to go to the “Natural Hair” part of the forum. Once you do go to the natural hair side of the forum you will notice that the posts with the most information are older posts and sometimes you have read 10 different posts just to find what you are looking for. I must admit I don’t really visit this site THAT MUCH but I did find out about giving my hair a protein treatment just by using peanut butter from this forum and they have great recipes so..my props to the recipe side is always on point. (http://forum.blackhairmedia.com)

So off the top of my head these are the main websites that I would recommend. Hope these links help anyone in need. If I think of anymore websites then I will post them.

-Jazzie

I DID THE BIG CHOP…MY STORY (some)

How did it feel? Relieving…I was so happy. I took control.

I’ve always had long hair past my shoulders but it was relaxed hair and I never took good care of it. Whenever I got a relaxer and the effects of it being straight began to wear off and my new growth came in…I just never liked that process. I actually always used to try to go a few months without a relaxer…I really had no idea what I was attempting to do (meaning I knew nothing about my natural hair or going natural) but I really disliked the process of a relaxer…I felt it wasn’t natural but I never knew what to do about.

My family is full of women and yes, they all relax their hair. NONE of them have long hair. I’ve seen their hair break, I’ve seen them with almost no hair…but all they know is relaxers. The only ladies in my family who have natural hair as of this moment is myself, and my two  trouble making cousins who have not reached the age 13 yet…they’re bad news but that’s another story I will blog about…I’ll explain the dynamics of my family later :)…good story 😀

My main family, mother and sister’s reaction ..my sister didn’t really care she already knew I was experimenting with my hair. She thinks I went “Britney Spears Crazy” with my big chop but I know Britney didnt go crazy..she just wanted that hair gone and when the media continued to nonstop budge in her business she got fed up and did something about it…which the media called crazy and what I perceive as “she had enough”. My mom…she was angry, she knows I have always had long hair and she really doesn’t understand too much except for what she knows which is relaxed hair so for her to see something out of the norm, she didn’t like it and she calls my hair “nappy”. I call it beautiful natural curly hair…I love my hair.

This is how my hair looks now to the upper right. The Before photo is of my hair when I first big chopped it…it was dry still had a lot of relaxed hair and I had combed it out with a wide tooth comb. The after photo is of my hair after I moisturized it. Right now I’m dealing with having high porosity hair so I have not tapped into my “healthy state” of big chop yet and I trimmed off a lot of relaxed hair…some is still in there but I will leave it be until my hair grow a little and I can see it clearly. I’ll be taking more photos week to week of my progress. My hair length is  4 inches at the top and 3 inches on the side.

Right now what I’m focusing on is moisturizing my hair…I’m still iffy on it. It feels brittle but its moist. I have been doing the green house effect on my hair..I found out about it using the blackhairmedia forum. The woman who told about it said you should only do it a maximum of 5 days a week but shoot I feel like I should do it every day of the week. Right now I’m just doing trial and error until I get a grasp on what I am doing. My goal is to grow 1 inch a month and 24 inches within 2 years…this month is the test month so if I grow ANYTHING that will be a surprise to me!

-Jazzie