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Here it is. My old hair, and my new hair color and style:

I ❤ it!!!

So my hair doesn’t take red well, according to the stylist. It was supposed to be more of a light, fun red, less auburn, but this is what my hair allowed. I love it though!



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I’m alive! I promise!

It has been an INSANE week. After weeks and weeks of sending out resumes and going on interviews for part-time and temporary jobs, I finally got not one but TWO offers! And the best part is, I can do them both as the hours don’t overlap.

The best part is, after two years of being self-employed and working from home, I get to get out of the house! I love the work I currently do, and it was fantastic while I was in school. It was also an escape, a way for me to hide away from the world, which was exactly what I wanted when I wasn’t eating right, exercising, or taking care of myself. I hated how I looked and just wanted to shut the world out. I did that, but now that I’ve lost almost 50 pounds (wow, I still can’t believe it), I have a lot more self-confidence and I just want to get out of the house!

I think that is an even better feeling than the physical stuff that’s come from weight loss and exercise. I love that I want to be out among people again. I am such a people person and although, like I said, I love the teaching I do from home, I can;t wait to start getting out and meeting and working with people.

So another exciting thing from last week…I went to my family reunion in North Carolina! It was an eight-hour drive down and back (ugh) but I had iPpy McSkinny and my mom and dad, so we kept ourselves amused. There are 20+ people in my family, so we rented this huge house on Lake Norman:

It had eight bedrooms, a huge game room, kayaks, a paddleboat, a FIRE PIT, a game room, a beach volleyball court….It was flippin’ amazing. I used my weekend away to partake in fun activities, such as paddleboating with my cousin Jennifer:

Hello there!

It was a good thigh workout, I’ll tell you that.

And this was the view of the lake from the house:

Not too shabby, huh?

I did attempt to do week 7 day 3 of C25K and I’m sad to say I failed miserably. The winding road leading to the house is a bit…hillier….than I’m used to, so I had to call it quits. I did however walk/jog for an hour, as well as do a little paddleboating and canoeing.

I did NOT, however, count points. This was the first time since being on Weight Watchers that I didn’t even make an attempt. However, I kept portions in mind and I never felt stuffed at any point, like I’d overeaten. And you know what? If I have a gain next week, I’ll get it off the week after. I had a fantastic time and I don’t regret one delicious morsel!!!

Finally, in  a few short hours, I will be getting my hair done.  I had to cancel last weeks appointment (sadness) because of training for one of my news jobs.

Can I just tell you how excited I am? Basically I’m going to tell her to do whatever she wants, as long as she keeps the general length. I want a bangin’ color, and I do not want subtlety. I want cars swerving on the road as I’m running my little tush off because they’re mesmerized by my hair. Seriously.

So, here is the “Before” photo, taken literally two minutes ago:

I’ll be back after my first day at my spiffy new job and I will show you all my (hopefully) bangin’ new haircut!!!!


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She bangs!

When I was in elementary and middle school, my mother was pretty much in charge of my hair. She’d haul me off to the hairdresser and I’d get my hair cut. This typically included a bob-ish type style with bangs.

Having always been a chubby kid, with uber chubby cheeks, I hated the bangs.  Around upper-middle school time, I really wanted to grow them out. I call it the “Great Bang Stand-Off of 1996.” Mom would say I could go ahead and grown them out, and so I’d bobby pin them to the side, starting to train my hair to part in the middle. All would be well for a few months until it got to that length where it looked totally craptastic. As any girl knows, for good hair, sacrifices must be made. Unfortunately, some family or community or school event usually came up that required I not look like a homeless street urchin and mom would again drag me to the hairdresser, who decimated all of my hard work.

This went on for quite some time until I perfected my judo skills and was able to keep her and the hairdresser at bay. Eventually, my bangs were better-trained than one of Cesar Millan’s dogs.

I’ve had this hairstyle since I was 14:

Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter, sometimes more fringed around the edges, sometimes with a few layers thrown in, but always basically the same.

I’ve always said that Kate Winslet is my hair idol. When “Titanic” came out, I spent my days daydreaming about Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate’s red hair. I wanted it BAD. I even went to my hairdresser and told her to dye my hair red.

She dyed it a reddish brown. With red highlights. Not quite what I wanted.

I still love Kate Winslet’s hair (well, I love everything about Kate Winslet, really), and in a fantasy world, would love a Kate haircut. However, I know me, and I would never, ever spend the time necessary to make my hair look like this.  I’m not totally delusional.

So, I’ve decided on a compromise of sorts. I am going to channel my inner Kate and go red (really red. Not some stupid pseudo red) with an Ashlee Simpson-like cut. I ❤ the bangs. I ❤ the color. It looks like she just rolled out of bed and washed and blow dried her hair. I am all about it.

And, Kate, I am making this promise to myself now. On my wedding day, I’m totally stealing this hairstyle. (On a sort-of aside – could she BE any more flippin’ gorgeous? I’m not sure it’s possible.)

Anyway, I have to call this week to make the appointment. Kristen’s total hair makeover should be done in a few weeks. As Kathy says, it’s a hot-girl rite of passage. Lose weight, get a bangin’ haircut.

EDIT: The appointment has been made. Monday, April 26th, 3:30 May 3rd, 3:30


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