Although I have not been very vocal about it, I am very much committed to my weight loss and fitness journey. FINALLY. Those who have been here with me since the beginning of L4L are well aware of how I’ve lamented about needing and wanting to lose weight – but never actually doing it! I’ve tried to motivate myself by announcing it to you in the past but because I “failed” this time around I decided to go about it a bit more quietly.
If you are unaware, I began playing tennis mid-June and later added metabolic conditioning to my fitness routine. It was completely accidental…I was vaguely aware of the metabolic conditioning craze going on right now (Cross-Fit, Boot Camp, there are various types) but it is not as if I had researched the topic and sought out a gym specifically for that reason. I simply bought a Groupon deal because the facility was close to my apartment and I must say God definitely had His hand in that because I love it. I’ll talk more on it in a separate post but in a nutshell, I’m so happy to have been introduced to this particular type of training because in reality, I did not have the time to continue playing tennis as often as I was. Plus it is extremely effective without being super time consuming. What more can you ask for?!
So my current workout routine is to play tennis 2-3 times per week (check out my deep tan!) and attend “boot camp” class 3 times per week. I always workout a minimum of six days each week. Sometimes I’ll add something light like a brisk walk or a swim on the seventh day, depending on how my body feels. I rest when I need to, but enjoy being active and the extra calories burned won’t hurt!
Anyway, that is a LOT of sweating going on. Up until this point, I’ve been content to protective style so maintaining my hair with this routine has been fairly easy. However, I will never be a person who doesn’t want to wear their own hair out. Furthermore, unlike the two previous times I have lost weight successfully I know that my workout routine will not fall off once I reach my fitness and weight loss goals. So…how do I plan to maintain beautiful LONG healthy hair while working out so often for the rest of my life? Because having both healthy hair and a healthy body are lifelong commitments.
I have not quite figured it out as I am smack dead in the middle of my journey (and making amazing progress by the way) but I have a few ideas. One is to relax slightly more frequently. Instead of stretching 12-14 weeks maybe I’ll start relaxing around ten weeks post. Or, I can always wear my hair for the first eight weeks and hide it for the last month leading up to relaxer day with a wig. Either way, I know that I will figure it out.
I had an interesting discussion with my cousin regarding Black women and working out. He was complaining that his wife, while not overweight, is unfit and is not interested in exercising because of her hair. His wife is about 5’10″ with beautiful full APL (almost BSL) relaxed hair. My cousin remarked that Black women put their hair above fitness and your hair doesn’t even matter. Honeyyyyyy chileeeeeee, why he gonna go and say that? TO ME? I quickly corrected him that no, they are both important. For women like your wife and I, they are actually equal. If I am fat with beautiful long hair, I will be unhappy. If I have the body of my dreams, but broken off, damaged hair, I will be unhappy. The key to happiness for me is finding a balance in maintaining ALL of me. My hair, my skin, my nails, my body, and above all my spirit!. For BLACK women as he put it, that is a delicate balance to find and oh so hard to maintain. But, I know it can be done and by golly, Imma do it!