Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again!

Earlier this year I didn’t think that I would ever say these words again, but I love my hair! Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again! I really love my hair. It’s such a great feeling. And I’m getting my confidence back! And I am loving my short hair. Now that is something I never thought I’d ever say in a million years. And I went even shorter after the big chop (that you can read about HERE). If you’re not familiar with my hair loss story, you are welcome to pop over HERE. The following pics will also make a lot more sense then. Look at all that hair!! I still can’t believe that my hair is so thick and healthy. The ‘going-on-bald’ patch I had on my head is gone! (Yes, there are way too many exclamation marks in this post, but I am just so damn happy and excited. Forgive me.) I also have my curls back. And they are back with a vengeance! This has been quite a ride. Not a fun one. I know I’m extremely lucky that it all turned out the way it has. And it’s all thanks to the following… The Renewal Institute I told you about how Skin & Body Renewal helped me get to the root of my problem (I know; I love puns) in the hair loss post I mentioned earlier. Their love and care has meant the world to me. Plus they were the ones that taught me the importance of supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals, especially during times of extreme stress. I am now...

I had my eyebrows microbladed!

Microblading has been the buzzword over the last couple of years and when the kind people at Skin and Body Renewal asked me if I wanted to try it out, my answer was HELL YEAH! Microblading Microblading is an eyebrow enhancing procedure where tiny scratches are made in the skin using a manual handheld tool that implants permanent makeup pigments into the upper layers of the skin. The aim is to create hair-like strokes that mimic natural hairs to give you fuller-looking brows and/or alter the shape of your brows. I only learned exactly how microblading is done a day before my procedure. That tells you a lot about the faith I have in Skin and Body Renewal, hey? From my experience, all Skin and Body Renewal staff and therapists are highly trained and skilled, so I wasn’t very stressed. But I strongly advise that you do not make the decision to have your brows done without doing your research. It is still a tattoo. On your face!! And it’s permanent. You want to make a 100% sure that the person you entrust with your brows, knows what they are doing. I’ve seen a few Youtube videos where people DIY this procedure at home… rather save your money and have it done by a professional. I beg you! Today I want to answer a few questions you may have and also show you my before and after pics that were taken on the day of my first procedure. My touch-up is scheduled for 12 August and after that’s healed completely, I will do another post with pics. I had my eyebrows microbladed! On...

The Slender Challenge: 6 week weigh-in

I hit the half way mark of the Slender Challenge and it’s been tough. This challenge is not easy. Well, has losing weight ever been easy?! I’ve had my fair share of cravings and temptations and it’s been hard, but I have stuck to the plan (as best I could at times) and I am so happy with my results. I had my 6 week weigh-in on Friday, and… 14 kgs down in 6 weeks!! Can you believe it?! I sometimes can’t. It’s been hard work, and I still have at least 10 kgs to go, but I feel great. And I don’t look too bad either, if I do say so myself. I had to go jeans shopping this morning as my current pairs look horrible om me. 6 weeks ago they were too snug and extremely uncomfortable. Now they are almost falling off! I want to thank Body Renewal for the Slender Challenge and for the chance to change my life. This time WILL be the last time! Here’s a quick recap of the program I’m following: Body Renewal Weight Loss Program It is a medical weight loss program which specifically targets abnormal and resistant fat, which results in slimming and shaping of the body. A highly professional team lead by a medical doctor assesses every patient. In this consultation your medical history will be evaluated. The doctor will then decide whether any blood tests are necessary. A team of registered nurses supports each patient in their weight loss journey to ensure the best results are obtained. The program is based on improving sensitivity to Leptin and...

The Slender Challenge: Weigh in #1

Just a quick recap… I am taking part in the Slender Challenge #8 sponsored by Health Renewal. Why? Because I am fat again… but not for long! The Slender Challenge: Weigh in #1 I had my first weigh in on Saturday morning and I am down 6.2kgs in 2 weeks. I feel good. 10 weeks (and many, many kilo’s) to go. Stay tuned as I will give you an update every 2 weeks. Next weigh in is on 27/08. Why the Slender Challenge? I need to be pushed. I need to be kept an eye on. I need the support of others fighting the same battle. This is exactly what this challenge is giving me. Plus there’s a huge prize up for grabs. Why the Body Renewal Weight Loss Program? It is a medical weight loss program which specifically targets abnormal and resistant fat, which results in slimming and shaping of the body. A highly professional team lead by a medical doctor assesses every patient. In this consultation your medical history will be evaluated. The doctor will then decide whether any blood tests are necessary. A team of registered nurses supports each patient in their weight loss journey to ensure the best results are obtained. The program is based on improving sensitivity to Leptin and has four components: a low GI diet Weight loss supplements / nutraceuticals in the form of capsules and powder, a daily meal replacement with a low GI health shake Daily injections of a lipotropic substance (HCG) that targets and releases abnormal fat in the body. If the program is strictly adhered to patients lose between...

Why I am fat… again

Those words were quite hard to type. I can’t believe I am here again. Fat. If this is something that you are not interested in, kindly move a long. The reason I am sharing this, is to hold myself accountable and to share my journey for those of you who find themselves feeling fat, ugly and hopeless. Perhaps this post will help you not feel quite so alone in your struggles. I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life. I gained a lot of weight during and after my pregnancy and I finally really did something about in 2014 and I lost a lot of weight. Read about it HERE. I just reread that post myself and I still can’t really believe what I have done to myself. I was happy, healthy, moderately fit and happy with the way I looked. Then… In February 2015 I landed up in hospital and had to undergo spinal surgery. That meant that I was on my back for 8 weeks. It also meant that I was no longer allowed to run or do boot camp. I was also not allowed to pick up my child or vacuum the house. I am still not really supposed to be doing most of those things. My heart was broken. And what do I do when my heart is sore? I eat. And today I have regained all of the weight I lost in 2014 and more! Over the last year I have tried to lose weight many times. All unsuccessful. And every time something ‘bad’ happened, I would head to the fridge. This has...

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