I would start from the bottom and curl my hair underneath itself. These curls wouldn’t hold for long because the weight of your own hair pulls the curl out. You’re curling your hair in an unnatural shape when you hold the iron this way.
Now here’s how I make curls last a full night:
Take your arm up and over your head so that the iron forms a natural curl shape in your hair. This way your curls will stay in form for much longer!
Start from the top and curl hair around the iron until you reach the bottom.
Leave the clamp open to avoid any crinkly lines in your hair.
Once you’ve held your hair in the roller for 10-15 seconds unravel it in your hand and hold it in place for another 2-3 seconds – this really helps set the curl!
Notice the difference? The properly curled hair is on the right.
My final piece of advice here is use really good hairspray. I use kerastase double force hairspray and a 1-inch curling iron from Conair – invest in the hairspray over the iron.
Ok I know this might come as a shock to some of you but contrary to popular celebrity diet claims it is not normal to lose more than 5-10 lbs a week. It just doesn’t happen. So first thing first I want you to be real with yourselves. A weight loss of 1-2lbs per week is normal and amazing!
Let’s just get some basic math out of the way here. One pound of fat = 3,600 calories. That means if you lose two pounds in one week you’ve created a deficit of over 7,000 calories (1,000 per day) which is tough to do. If you consider the average 45 minute workout burns around 500 calories and a typical snack has 300 calories that’s like cutting out all your snacks and working out everyday. Creating a 1,000 calorie deficit daily is difficult. So be proud of every pound!
When you hit a weight loss plateau, or you even start to gain some fat back here are the key things you should be doing to avoid total sabotage and stay on track:
Whatever you do for goodness sakes stop weighing yourselves at night! I am amazed how many smart people I train that actually do this. The truth is you want to put on weight during the day – a one to two pound gain means you’re well hydrated. Weigh yourself a maximum of once a week at the same time (first thing Friday)
Don’t give up – consistency is key. If you are trying to lose weight you really need to be working out 5-6 days a week. Not 2-3, that’s for maintenance. It’s tempting to give up but STAY STRONG and focus.
Stop repeating the same workouts over and over in the gym. If you haven’t changed your routine at the gym in the past 3 months then you are probably doomed in the weight loss department. Your body adapts very quickly, you need to constantly be increasing the stimulus in order to stimulate fat loss. Don’t get comfortable, keep striving for more. See my interval running post and plyometric workout for examples of how to spice things up.
Typically whenever I’m in a gym, which is often I look around and usually only 20% of the people are actually exercising. The other 80% are wasting their time – don’t be in that 80. One simple rule of thumb I follow is if I can read a magazine then it is not a workout. You should be dripping sweat within 5-10 minutes of starting your workout.
Most importantly though believe in yourself and your body! You can do this and will do this. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you didn’t put all your weight on in a week. It could take time but once you’re at your goal that time will be totally worth it! Good luck!!
Ok I'm not going to lie to you and pretend that I'm the perfect eater but I will say that I have a balanced approach to food. There was a time in my life, 25 pounds and five years ago that I had a difficult relationship with food and I was a total binge eater.
In high school I was a rower. The sport required a weight of 138.6 lbs, not a problem now but back then this was very stressful. I'm not blaming all my past food anxieties on rowing, high school in general was stressful enough but it was especially nerve-racking knowing that I would be weighed-in regularly. Needless to say I developed a lot of food stress.
I was one of the better rowers on the team and because of this many of my teammates would ask exactly what I ate and how I worked out. In the beginning this interest was flattering but it eventually became super stressful. My choice of 2% milk over skim at the breakfast table after the morning workout would come up in whispered conversations later in the day. In effort to appear perfect I started to eat very little at school and then I would come home and RAID the fridge. I ate anything I could get my hands on: massive bowls of nuts, apples, peanut butter toast, chocolate milk, etc. looking back most of my after school "snacks" probably had upwards of 2,500 calories and the eating didn't stop there. My mom is an outstanding cook and would make absolutely gourmet dinners regularly so I'd force myself to wolf down whatever she put in front of me.
My biggest binge on record was in my grade 12 year. Over the Easter long weekend my family went to Whistler. While we were there I exercised for at least 2 hours a day, on top of skiing and I ate like a bird. I was trying to be really good because I knew we would be weighed-in after the break and I wanted to show that I'd managed to shed those last 2 lbs. The final night of the holiday my family did our Easter dinner and when confronted with chocolate bunnies I cracked. I ate my entire haul in one sitting. Immediately after this binge I thought my stomach was going to explode. I assumed the fetal position for a few hours before finally peeling myself off my bedroom floor.
If you've been reading this blog for awhile you have probably figured out that I'm a person that has a tenancy to lean toward extremes. I go big or go nothing and with some aspects of life this is helpful but with food, it's dangerous. I've now learned the importance of balance when it comes to both food and exercise. My relationship with food is now healthy. I enjoy eating, in fact I live to eat, few things make me happier than a great steak but the key difference is I no longer eat to sabotage myself. I've found a healthy balance and so can you.
Here's what I do now to control my binges:
I make it a point to eat in public
I used to binge alone and started associating food with shame. I now see food as a celebration and not something that should not be consumed alone in your bedroom. Ask yourselves: on an average day what percentage of your empty calories are you eating in front of someone else? Try to make it 0%.
I tell family and friends not to comment on my eating
It's the reverse psychology factor I guess but whenever someone says that I eat a lot it just makes me want to eat more. My boyfriend knows this strict policy and although he eats like a sparrow he knows he can't say anything when I polish off my plate. If someone is bugging you about food ask them to stop, if they won't then ignore them. Own your binge eating and make it about you and not about them.
Treat myself to the good stuff
I workout hard to eat, within reason, what I want so I do. If I'm dying for pasta, I'll make really great pasta and have just one bowl. Or I'll have that peanut butter cup – that saves me from eating an entire jar of peanut butter later. I try to limit myself to once a day allowing myself to go off the rails slightly.
I don't beat myself up over food
This was my seemingly endless cycle of binging. The diet starts on Monday! Don't fall into that same trap. If you go off the rails give yourself a break. It's not the end of the world and just try to be a little bit better the next meal, not the next day or week.
If we study the average we will remain average. Strive to be more, in everything that you do! Beauty isn’t just beauty, it’s how you live your life in every aspect. Fitness isn’t just exercise, it is a tool that will enable you to excel and be highly productive at everything you do!
When it comes to exercise or setting life goals for ourselves don’t let yourself settle. Don’t be content to just get by or just finishing something, do what it is you love and set out to be the best at it. This video reminded me of the power of positive thinking and how just by changing our viewpoint we can totally change our perspective on everything.
It’s not necessarily our reality that shapes us but the lens we use to view our reality. If you can change the lens you can change your reality.
For example, instead of thinking you have to exercise for 30 minutes, think about it like you get to exercise for 30 minutes. Or instead of thinking you have to make dinner tonight, try a healthy delicious new recipe and celebrate! In today’s world we have so much opportunity that there is absolutely no need to settle or be negative, if you aren’t happy, if you’re unhealthy, if you’re out of shape – you can change all of that.
I am a firm believer in the believe that he who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right. – Henry Ford
So let’s change our lens and look on the brighter side of life!