Just Because It’s Old It Doesn’t Mean It Doesn’t Work

My mom and I were talking since I asked about the using soap and vinegar thing. She told me they didn’t do the melting thing as they just used the soap. It wasn’t some special concoction of soap as they used what they bathed with. I figured that much but I might try melting and adding some other oils one day.

As for the vinegar she said they used whatever they had. She said that they didn’t think about that stuff. It’s these younger people who feel the need to pick it apart and add new things as the only way of doing it. On this I can agree with her.

First they say don’t comb your hair as it is bad for your hair. My mother combed my hair from childhood onward and my hair grew just fine and stayed healthy.

Then it was the don’t brush your hair because you will give it split ends and it will break off. Years ago it was the brush your hair every night 100 strokes and it will grow thing.

That seems to just be human nature. Somebody comes around and just professes that something that has worked for decades won’t work because they say it won’t. At the end of the day you have to do what will work for you with your hair.

I found this article on the homemade conditioner  All vinegar stinks to me. But if I can come up with some other ideas I might try a natural conditioner.

I just picked up another VO5 conditioner but if I really want to get rid of chemicals it would be best if I stopped with the store-bought products and just make all of my own instead of just some of my own products.

Do you DIY spa and hair products?

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Dance it Off with Clean Hair

woman-776417_1280I found the video below because I was looking for a washing hair with soap article and decided to watch the video about it instead.

My mother told me when she was growing up they washed their hair with soap. Her hair was long and thick and looked great in all the pictures I saw of her so I thought maybe after I finish off the shampoo I have (or sooner) I might consider it. I am sure the way it was done in this video is not how they did it but I would love to try it and add my own essential oils to the mix and maybe some of the last of my jojoba oil too. Maybe…but don’t quote me on that because I might do something different.

My mother also told me they rinsed their hair with vinegar (I think ACV) but no way am I doing that! I HATE the smell of vinegar. I don’t care how much water it’s mixed with I just can’t stand the smell.

Anyway, the video below I simply have to try. I have errands to do today so I didn’t get my workout in yet but I have working out on my mental list for after I get back home. I have to try this. It looks like it’s killer on the legs and could be so much fun too.

If you try the workout have fun with it and let me know if you liked it. Also, feel free to comment about using soap to wash your hair below. Have you tried it? Do you like it? Inquiring minds would like to know.

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Friday Mix Up

I had told myself I would take at least one day a week away from working out this month…then I made a little space that told me that yoga would be okay or a light walk is fine. Yes, I am trying to take one day off and it’s difficult as that is not my norm, but that didn’t happen this Friday and so far I have changed many of my daily workout schedules set for the month of April and May in the second week since making the schedule in the first place. I know…but I love working out and sometimes I just like to do what I want to do on that day and sometimes it’s not what’s on the list that day. And now I know why it really is pointless for me to make a list–I change them all like all the time.

So how did I just mix up Friday? I did a light jog-run around my room after lunch. I should have waited an hour or so after lunch but I was just in the mood to do something. Even a light lunch needs time to digest though so next time I will just do the suggested leisure walk instead of the jog-run thing. I only did 20 minutes when I could have done 30 had my stomach not been protesting my decision to break my day off plan in the first place.

I don’t know what will happen tomorrow since tomorrow is not here yet but I’m feeling the need to get a super early jog in the house done and some yoga too.

I love working out. I know people who hate it and it’s a struggle for them to get up and do something. For me, it’s like “Woohoo! Bring it on.”

Have a fun weekend everybody. As always…

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A Morning to Remember

notebook-791070_1920 (2)I have a list for that. I seem to have a list for everything. So this morning I clicked into the list I saved in Word instead of pulling out the one I printed out. The one on the computer is easier to reach the links.

I pushed myself through the first workout but decided I didn’t want to do any of the others on today’s list. I shut down the computer and decided to jog and then run a bit around my room and then do yoga.

While silently asking myself why I even bother to make a list I started thinking about what else I want to change. I realized I want to change my wardrobe–the entire thing outside of my boots that I like.

This morning was the morning when I realized again that everything changes–not just a workout schedule, a meal, a daily to-do list–but a person can entirely change from one life cycle to the next. If you’re lucky, you become better, nicer, stronger, and more confident in yourself. People change, and that’s not always a bad thing.

If you want to wear that mini skirt–wear it. If you want to wear makeup–wear it. You get one life in this world so don’t throw it away on somebody else’s vision of perfection.

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Warm Up First

yoga-682360_1280 (2) yoga 3Warm ups are different depending on your workout, but it is important to warm up first. I am not always great at this but since I start with yoga most days the yoga helps me warm up before doing jogging or running around my room. They even have warm up yoga videos out there.

I found the video below this morning after my workout. I have not done it yet but I will consider doing it at least once through later this week if my lineup for the month’s workout fits it in.

You do not have to be a dancer for this. It is okay if you are not as flexible as she is. I think I would probably do this one after I have done a workout even though it says “warm up” simply because some of the stretches I know I would do better if I have already done some working out. Maybe yoga first and then this before running but I don’t know; I’ll have to think about it. Anyway, if you decide to do this one have fun and be patient with yourself.

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Knowing You Did Something

One of the things I love about doing yoga is that I can see my progress. You can do this with any workout actually, but I am usually more of a wow, I did that, with yoga than  other workouts.

The body is as flexible as it’s going to be until you work it with the moves and stretches you need to in order to increase flexibility.

The great thing about yoga is you can do it no matter how flexible or wobbly you are if you take it slow and keep doing it. Don’t try it and then just stop because it’s hard for you. If you keep going one day you’ll realize the hard parts aren’t so hard anymore.

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Ballet Swan Arms

I really like these ballet toning and shaping workouts so far. Today was only my second day with the full setup that I put together for myself. (Put together means I picked the workouts I want to focus on for April and May.)

These are difficult. The first set might not make you feel the burn, but eventually you will. I very much like the dancer’s body look of long, lean and toned without being overly muscular looking. It’s one of the things I love about doing yoga is that I can get cardio, toning, shaping, stretching and so much more utilizing my own body and the right moves to make it happen.

ballet-shoes-999807_1920When I found the Ballet Beautiful line of workouts online I just had to jump  in and try one.  One led to two and two led to a lot more. I’m still finding videos and since I like them so much I will check Amazon to see if they come in a set because I would love to add them to my collection.

At any rate, here is one that is for the arms and you can find the others on YouTube for legs, abs, butt, posture and more arms too. Have fun.

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Meditation

I know exactly what I want to do for my workout today–I even made a list to help keep me focused. So far I haven’t done anything on the list but I decided before going to bed I wanted to start the morning with morning yoga in bed. I did that and then decided to do meditation before I get into a hardcore workout to help me meet my goals.

I am really starting to like meditation, even though my mind does start to wander a little. I think I like more calm and less talking but I find when the talking starts I’m less likely to wonder if it’s almost over yet because there is somebody still there, even with my eyes closed, so we must still be doing this meditation thing and I should try my best not to think about what needs to be done today while I’m doing it.

I am getting better. As I have heard before, “practice makes permanent”; while I do not agree that happens fully I do believe if you build a routine for yourself that you are more likely to keep it going.

I found the meditation video below this morning. It’s just about eleven minutes so if you have time and want to try it I will post it below.

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Deep Sleep Yoga

When I’m tired of working I tend to workout even if I’ve already done it. I wanted to do Yoga for Holiday Meal Digestion to help my digestive system finish processing lunch/dinner. Of course one yoga routine leads to another for me.

The video for the Deep Sleep Yoga routine is below if you’d like to try it.

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Kicking Off the Week Right; Food, Water and a Recipe

Usually my breakfast is a Green Smoothie but since my mom says she can hear everything I do in the kitchen I won’t make them before she wakes up. She sleeps much later than I do and while I am not hungry in the morning after doing a workout and all morning duties I figure I should eat something. Today I had fruit and nuts. I like fruit a lot and I like nuts so it worked.

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I also had my homemade ginger-lemon and cinnamon water. This helps with digestion and I have heard people say it helps with reducing bloating and that it helps with weight loss. The only thing I can say is that when I just did lemon and water I sometimes noticed less bloating later in the morning, but when I added this mix of natural ingredients I did notice that I did not have bloating and if I had any it was very little compared to what it was before. This mix is newer for me to drink so I will see how long that lasts.

The recipe for the water is below: Recipe? I know; right ;).

cook-book-lette-size-front-coverDespite having to measure to do my cookbook, Vegetarian’s Guide to Baking, I do not measure so some of this will be a to-taste thing.

Needed for the Ginger-Lemon Cinnamon Water

4 lemons (small to medium size…whichever you have will work) ~ If you are using a smaller container using 2-3 will make sure that the lemon flavor is not too strong if you do not like it that way.

1 small section of the gingerroot (small is relative so I would say at least about 3.5-4 inches cut off)

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon (Now with this I just put the cinnamon in without measuring so I could have used more but 1 T is a good start)

Obviously you will need water. I used filtered water.

Directions:

  1. Boil water (at least 1 cup)
  2. Peal the gingerroot. Grate it ~ you can do it the old fashioned using a grater way or you can use one of the electronic machines like a blender or food processor or whatever you usually use. Leave the grated gingerroot in a glass bowl (or whatever heat stable dish you have that you can cover.
  3. Roll lemons to soften and then squeeze them into a glass / measuring cup…whatever will be easy for you to lift, hold, and use while holding a strainer…or just to get it out of your way for now. (Leave ½ of one lemon to cut into slices to add to the water.
  4. Once the water is done heating add about a cup of hot water into your bowl that has the gingerroot; add in the cinnamon, stir and then cover with the top of the bowl or plastic wrap for twenty minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes strain the gingerroot into your container where you will be holding the water, then strain in the lemon juice to keep out seeds and pulp (unless you like the pulp then just be sure to get the seeds out).
  6. Add cold drinking water (filtered is good but if you buy gallon containers of spring water that will be fine too.) Add as much water as you want (that your container will hold) and let it sit overnight. You can sit this in the refrigerator or you can leave it on the counter. My glass container is heavy so I left it on the island with the top on.
  7. In the morning you can drink a glass before eating or drinking anything else. If you left the container on the counter you can add ice to take it from room temperature up to cold status.

IMG_9756This doesn’t last long in our house (evident by the near empty container there) because we both drink it and because I drink more than one glass a day since it is so delicious. Oh, and this is great to add to your water bottle to take with you to school, out to work, for your workout and wherever else you are going.

Enjoy and as always…

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