20/20 Challenge 2012



January 2, 2012 - January 21, 2012

Ok, maybe I'm a sucker for a challenge.  Maybe I just need the motivation, but last night I was directed to a new natural-hair blog and I decided to join in the 20/20 Challenge that starts...Today! 

So here's the gist of the challenge:
Start Date January 2 - January 22 or 20 days after your start date! :)
*ALERT* THIS IS NOT A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

The goal of this 20 day program is to jump start the NEW YOU going into the new year!
1. No meat for except for fish for 20 days (You can get protein from other sources)
2. Protective Styles for 20 days to maintain length during this harsh winter season.
3. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 20 days (Walking, Jogging, dancing, Wii, Xbox Kinect, etc.) Get that heart rate up!

Bonus: Speak positivity to yourself and others in your life for 20 days!

Note: You will fiind that because meat has been eliminated out of your diet that you will be hungry more often. This is where I snack on fruits, veggies, humus, peanut butter crackers, or even dip apples in peanut butter! Try to avoid filling this hunger with bread and candy!
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What I aim to do is to keep a brief log of my activities each day; basically to help me stay accountable and you know, because I like this thing called blogging.  Maybe I should have been a historian.  lol

Since I didn't have adequate time to really prepare for today, today's meals are kind of weird but still meatless.  I've taken a quick trip to the grocery store and I'm gearing up now to meet this challenge.  Wish me well.  :-)


Day 1:  January 2, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  Homemade cheesy grits
Lunch:  Vegetable Pizza
Dinner:  Rice, Pinto Beans, Collard Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, and Yams

Exercise:
30 minutes walking outdoors (Brrrr!)

Protective Style:
Individual plaits.  Today was wash-day.  I started with a bentonite clay treatment, washed with Shea Moisture's Moisture Retention Shampoo, and conditioned with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.  I moisturized with Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment Masque and sealed with castor oil.  I'm realizing that castor oil is my best sealer and I need to use it even when I don't feel like it.  Since I'm off work, I'm just rocking these plaits underneath a headscarf.


Day Two:  January 3, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  Oatmeal with dried fruit
Lunch:  Vegetable Pizza
Dinner:   Vegetarian Gumbo and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Exercise:
(Still trying to figure out what to do.  It's so frigid cold right now.)

Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath a headwrap.


Day Three:  January 4, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer - Berry Flavor[it was nasty; just about made me sick] Vegetable Pizza (had to finish up the last slice)
Lunch:  Tuna Salad; Whole Wheat crackers
Dinner:   Vegetarian Gumbo and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Exercise:


Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.



Day Four:  January 5, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  Egg and cheese biscuit, hash rounds
Lunch: Raisin Bran Cereal with milk
Dinner:  Fish and chips

Exercise:


Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.  I'm planning on remoisturizing and sealing it again this weekend.  Plus I need some oil on my scalp to prevent the flakies.  That way I won't have to wash until after another week.


Day Five:  January 6, 2012
Food:
Breakfast:  Egg and cheese biscuit, hash rounds
Lunch: Vegetarian Gumbo with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Dinner:  Nachos Supreme without meat

Exercise:


Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.


Day Six: January 7, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: none; sorry I slept in
Lunch: Fruit Smoothie (nonfat plain yogurt, 1% milk, pineapple, mango, strawberries, orange juice); Tilapia, rice, salad, potato salad
Dinner:  none really, but I did have an order of onion rings (does that count?)

Exercise:
Zumba for 1 hour and 15 minutes!  This has to make up for missing those other days.  A true workout!

Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.


Day Seven: January 8, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  oatmeal
Lunch:  none
Dinner:  cabbage, yams, squash casserole, butterbeans/corn

Exercise:


Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.


Day Eight: January 9, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  peanut butter, oatmeal, banana smoothie
Lunch:  cabbage, yams, squash casserole, butterbeans/corn
Dinner:  eventually some potatoes (I was sick and that's all I could eat)

Exercise:


Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.


Day Nine: January 10, 2012

Food:
Breakfast:  blueberry, banana, oatmeal smoothie
Lunch:  vegetable lasagna
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry (bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions)

Exercise:

Protective Style:
Still rocking those individual plaits, but underneath my trusty half wig.


Day Ten: January 11, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: Strawberry Greek Yogurt with dried fruit and mixed nuts
Lunch:  shrimp stir fry (bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions)
Dinner:  Vegetarian Gumbo and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Exercise:

Protective Style:
I took my plaits out to grease my scalp last night and never bothered to plait them again.  So, I'm rocking some sort of braid out underneath my trusty wig.


Day Eleven: January 12, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: a Banana
Lunch:  Vegetarian Gumbo and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Dinner:  a slice of Cheese Pizza and later some tater tots

Exercise:

Protective Style:
Still rocking some sort of braid out underneath my trusty wig.


Day Twelve: January 13, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch:  a slice of cheese pizza and small tossed salad
Dinner:  Vegetarian Gumbo and Brown Rice

Exercise:

Protective Style:
Still rocking some sort of braid out underneath my trusty wig.


Day Thirteen: January 14, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: grits, hashbrown, cheese eggs, fruit smoothie
Lunch: nothing really; breakfast was more like brunch
Dinner: a slice of Vegetable Pizza

Exercise:

Protective Style:
Still rocking some sort of braid out underneath my trusty wig.


Day Fourteen: January 15, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: a slice of vegetable pizza, hashbrown (later)
Lunch:  pinto beans
Dinner:  a slice of vegetable pizza

Exercise:
jumping jacks, crunches

Protective Style:
Still rocking some sort of braid out underneath my trusty wig.


Day Fifteen: January 16, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  a slice of vegetable pizza
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry with vegetables

Exercise:
jumping jacks, crunches

Protective Style:
Just plaits and a head scarf.  It's MLK Day and I'm in for the day.






Day Sixteen: January 17, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  a slice of vegetable pizza
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry with vegetables

Exercise:
jumping jacks, crunches

Protective Style:
Just plaits and a head scarf. 






Day Seventeen: January 18, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  a slice of vegetable pizza
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry with vegetables

Exercise:
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Day Eighteen: January 19, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  a slice of vegetable pizza
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry with vegetables

Exercise:
jumping jacks, crunches

Protective Style:
Just plaits and a head scarf.  It's MLK Day and I'm in for the day.<hr>



Day Nineteen: January 20, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  a slice of vegetable pizza
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry with vegetables

Exercise:
jumping jacks, crunches

Protective Style:
Just plaits and a head scarf.  It's MLK Day and I'm in for the day.<hr>



Day Twenty: January 21, 2012

Food:
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch:  a slice of vegetable pizza
Dinner:  shrimp stir fry with vegetables

Exercise:
jumping jacks, crunches

Protective Style:
Just plaits and a head scarf.  It's MLK Day and I'm in for the day.<hr>
What I learned?
I learned that wearing a protective style is easy, BUT you still have to moisturize it or when you take it down, you'll have a mess on your hands.  
I learned that I'm not disciplined enough to exercise during the winter.  I purposefully set my thermostat at a constant temp to see if I can break the curse of high electric bills in the winter.  Then I set to exercise indoors and it just didn't work for me.  I need more discipline.
I also learned that just because you take meat out of your diet, doesn't mean that you're necessarily eating healthier.  In order for me to eat more healthily, I need to plan out my meals.  I've done it before (but it was in the summer and I was off work then), but I know it would work for me.

Will I continue this challenge?  
Yes, in some form, but like I said, I need to plan this thing out a bit.