So, I stopped showering?

That’s misleading. But I’ve started washing my hair less in an effort to make it healthier (another option would be cutting it but alas, a pony tail shorter than 12 inches is petrifying to me).  A few years ago I started using Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color Shine Happy, which coincidentally also lightened my hair. Which coincidentally I became obsessed with (it’s to the point where TSA agents tell me to get a new picture).

left: 2010 right: 2012

left: 2010 right: 2012

Lately I’ve been reading up on hair care and I need to be washing my hair less (seems counterproductive  but the only reason your hair produces all that oil is because it’s used to being washed every 24 hours). The type of hair you have will ultimately determine how often you need to wash it but the longer (check), thicker, more processed (check), that your hair is, the less you need to wash it.

I’m on my second skipped hair wash and haven’t even had to reach for the dry shampoo yet!

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Making it Complicated

I really don’t want losing weight and getting back into shape to be any more complicated and time consuming than it has to be. Extensive menu planning, and uber detailed workout schedules totally crush my spirit. BUT! I have found that I’m obsessed with tracking my progress (it’s the nerd in me). To that end, I’ve been using the below tools over the past week ….

My Fitness Pal
This is the first time I’ve used this (had been using livestrong.com previously) and it’s so far been a great experience. I love seeing the progress that my friends are making as it motivates me to keep on going. The database of foods is expansive and I haven’t yet eaten something that wasn’t listed. There is an option to let you scan the barcode of your food (unfortunately apples don’t come with such things) but if you’re eating a lot of pre-made food I could see how it would be a great resource for quickly adding in your meals. Still haven’t decided if I prefer this to livestrong.com so I want to give it a little more time.

Joe’s Goals
This one is fun! You put in you’re goals and then you check yes or no on each day to keep track of you doing it. There is no 50% check, or kinda sorta. Then it keeps track of how many yes’s you have. Knowing that I’ll break the chain is sometimes enough motivation to get my butt up and do whatever it is that I’ve promised myself I would!

Endomondo
This is an app on my phone that tracks my speed/distance. It also tells you how many calories you’ve burned but it seems to be a very high estimate to me so I don’t usually take it to mean too much.  Running in the city means not being able to really plan out a run (sometimes you get stopped at every red light!) so I mostly head off in a direction and go where the traffic lights take me.
With the combo of the above I feel like I’m well on my way to getting where I want to be!

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literally, where I want to be.

Hi, I’m Carrie Cliche.

I have the most cliche new year’s resolution ever – lose weight, get fit, and lead a healthier life. No really, I’m gonna do it. How many times have you heard that? I’ve heard it enough that I’m not even sure I believe myself. But, if you can’t believe in yourself, who can you believe in?