Behind the Blowdryer
Where's my tweezers?
You are expecting my fishing adventures I know, but I wanted to share a cute story with you. This story began back in March. A new client was on my schedule named Lucy. She arrived with her caregiver and she was just the sweetest lady you could hope to meet. As I sat with her for our consultation, Lucy described in exact detail how she wanted her hair cut. As I listened intently to her request I was just so taken with her. When I asked her about her daily routine she told me she was 91 and basically blind. Her hair had to be just so, I mean here’s a lady who could not see but was still dressed to the nines and had makeup on… Wow!
I walked her back to the shampoo area for a nice relaxing shampoo. As I was walking back to my station her caregiver said, “Just cut her hair short, I hate it the way she wants it.” Now if you’ve ever seen me become my full height and tower over someone, I can be more than intimidating – add my finger pointing in your face – well, let’s just say I can be very menacing if I want. I told her in no uncertain terms that Lucy was going to get the haircut she so carefully described because she was paying for my services, not the caregiver. I also asked her to sit out front until I was done, the last thing I wanted was that woman’s negative energy near me.
As I was cutting Lucy’s hair I told her that the next time she needed a haircut to call the salon and I would come to her. So funny, she said, “Are you sure the owner will let you?” Ha Ha, I told her, “I am the owner!”
About thirty years ago I started doing haircuts for Hospice, I would go to a patient’s house and cut their hair. You know how a good haircut can make you feel, now imagine you are in Hospice care and no one has had time or you’ve been too sick to get out. A haircut can truly change someone’s last days by making them feel better.
I have always loved what I do, so being able to give my services to someone in great need has been one way of giving back to the universe for all of my amazing blessings. The hardest part is always the patients or family members: they desperately want to pay something. Instead of rushing out the door to get away from taking money, I started suggesting they make out a check to Hospice if they felt the need to pay something. That was the answer, everyone was happy. Now there is a whole team at the salon who go out regularly to take care of Hospice patients led by Alice Wells, one of our beautiful stylists. If you haven’t had your hair done with her, she is an amazingly talented hairstylist who is sweet as molasses. Her team consists of Julie, Leah and Natesha. This is one of the things I am most proud of, my team continuing to give back with their amazing talents.
Okay back to Lucy! Monday I went for a second time to cut her hair. She was waiting at her door and warmly greeted me, so happy to see me, as I was cutting her hair she told me of an article she had cut out of a newspaper about a 91 year old woman. She said, “You know Margaret as we ladies age, hair starts to grow on our faces. So this 91 year old woman was going to get her tweezers because she felt the hair on her face. They found her later dead from a stroke gripping the tweezers.”
Now my first thought was to check Lucy’s face for her but not a hair that I could see. I told her, “Lucy you have no hairs on your face.” Lucy said, “I know because I make sure of it.” Thank goodness for Grace, who tells me all the time when she sees a hair on my face, “I have to take care of that because I’m going to take care of you like you did Mom Mom and make sure you have no hairs on your face.” So, if any of you young women with great eyesight have mothers or grandmothers, please bring them in for waxing or grab your tweezers and keep them from having a stroke trying to grab that one long hair! The care we give to each other is where the beauty begins.
Finally the Reunion!
Saturday, June 1st was finally here, it was a gorgeous day, bright, sunny and low humidity. I spent the morning on the beach looking for sharks teeth and giving thanks to the Universe for all the beauty around me.
My first appointment of the day was with Leah, a hairstylist/makeup artist who trained with us after she graduated from the Graham Webb Academy. Grace and I could not be more proud of all that she has achieved in the five years she has been employed at Scalped Salon. Always early and most importantly, always ready to learn. We just love having her as part of our team.
When I went into the makeup room and saw the entire counter filled with every makeup obsessed girls assortment of potions, brushes, powders, liquids, you name it, I was so excited. I love makeup! I am beginning to think she has a slight addiction, but don’t we all. I used to do makeup and we did not have all the amazing products they have now. Did you know they have primers for your eyes, primers that make your skin glow and one that decreases the size of your pores? Wow, I would have to take a special course on all of it to do a makeup today. We were going for a Rita Hayworth in Gilda look. It certainly was so many steps to get the look, I thought before I had my makeup done that I wore a lot of makeup, but not compared to this. My skin was contoured, highlighted, fake lashes, everything the queen in me loves. Leah absolutely nailed the look and if you haven’t met her, she is truly one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet.
Next appointment was with my daughter Grace. My hair was washed, conditioned and Grace added product to make the style last. Grace gave me one of the best blow drys, my hair tends to be very frizzy. She set my hair and used so much hair spray I thought my nostrils were going to stick together. Our goal was to have the waves that were popular in the forties. As Grace was styling my hair I must admit I was close to tears. Isn’t it so amazing when your kid turns out to be a great adult and can also be a part of the family business? Then again she is my Amazing Grace. When she was finished it looked exactly like I wanted. All I had to do was go home put my dress on and head to Solomons Holiday Inn.
I must admit, while driving home I became nervous for the first time. After all, I didn’t have a date and I wasn’t meeting any friends at the reunion. As I walked up to the sign in table the two women (wish I could remember their names but, if you know me you know I don’t do well with names) were just so nice and welcoming that my fears disappeared. As I walked into the room I saw my friend Brindle Chase and other basketball players who were all together at a table so I joined them.
Everyone said I looked like a – wait for it – Movie Star! And they were not sure if they would have recognized me. I saw some more friends and had some great conversation. But all in all, it was a small gathering and over at 10:00pm! Have you ever heard the song – I Shaved my legs for this? That’s what I was thinking as I drove home. I kinda thought it would be more fun.
I sincerely want to thank everyone who helped me along this journey to arriving at my reunion looking like a Movie Star. I couldn’t have done it without them. Till next week, when my fishing adventure begins.
Down to the wire!
Well it’s finally here, my birthday is today and I am Fifty-Great!!! (Like Tony the tiger, from the Frosted Flake commercials when I was young.) Some people are so concerned with getting older, I am so happy to be Fifty-Great. Here’s what I like to think, if I am not happy now what will I think when I am turning Sexty – Great? I’ll wish I was Fifty-Great, so I have decided to just be happy with where I am in life. As I know very well, some people are not given the chance to grow old, see their children get married and definately do not get to enjoy the simple pleasure of being a grandparent. In fact, Grace asked me what I wanted for my Birthday and I asked for Claude. So today I am most fortunate to be able to spend my birthday with my favorite grandson, Claude. What could be better?
The reunion is this Saturday night. Can you believe it? So excited! This week is about doing all the little things left on my to do list. I took Claude with me on Fabulous Friday, to see Kathy Dickinson of Dickinson Jewelers. She is a client at the salon, one of our favorites. If you haven’t met her let me tell you she is one of the sweetest, kindest people you will meet. When we have our annual Pre-Booking contest she supplies us with the most beautiful piece of jewelry. Well, Claude and I went to see her at Dickinson’s Dunkirk store, they also have a Prince Frederick location. Of course I gave up the baby right away, everyone wanted to hold him, but Kathy was not giving him up, he was just as smiley and bubbly as always. I brought my beautiful dress with me, it has a high front so really the only jewelry to wear would be earings and a bracelet. Once she got over the shock that my ears were not pierced she went right into action finding me a pair of clip on earrings from their estate collection and a beautiful bracelet to wear with it. I have found in life that I don’t have to know everything and if I work with someone who is an expert, well, even picking out jewelry is so much easier. Jewelry done!
Now my hair. Do you know Ami Eggleton? She is like a daughter to me. When she first applied at the salon, no one would give me her application because they decided she was not what we were looking for. Her hair was bleached, orange brassy, (that’s what happens when you don’t leave the bleach on long enough) and who knows how many earrings she had on. Lucky for me Ami kept returning to see if we needed any shampoo help and one day I saw her. Well it was love at first site, she had Doc Martens on, what I lovingly referred to as one of her bowling shirts and she was just so punk. When she graduated from High School she wanted to do hair, but her parents wanted her to go to college. Imagine that! So she went to college, came back and said I want to become a hairstylist. The rest is history. Lucky for me Ami had a cancelation and was able to do my hair. I had seen a picture of one of her clients, a redhead that she had highlighted with different colors of red, some lighter and some darker than the base color of red. I have been bugging her about it since I saw it. When you have all over color and it is just one shade it can be pretty, but boring. So everything worked out in my favor and she was able to add some subtle highlights in my hair. So gorgeous. Thank you Ami.
Here’s the scariest thing I did, waited till the week of to get my eyebrows tinted and face waxed. Didn’t even think about the fact that I could end up with Groucho Marx eyebrows, and a reaction on my face from the waxing. But hey life is full of risks, right? Dee is our eyebrow coloring queen at the salon. Before she started I said, “wow I hope this works out cause I don’t want to have black eyebrows and ripped up skin for the reunion this Saturday night.” I know, nothing like putting fear into the person who is about to do these services on you. We decided on a brown, which she had never used before, she thoroughly cleaned off the eyebrows I have to draw on everyday, to prepare my eyebrows for the dye. It says you can leave it on for ten minutes, but around two to three minutes, (I know the fear of them being to dark was starting to affect her) she said, “I always watch them so they don’t get too dark and I think this should come off at five minutes.” Oh my gosh they are perfect!! I will never contemplate microblading again. First I have more eyebrows than I thought now that all the little blonde hairs are dyed, no pain of tattooing and it doesn’t cost $500 or more to have it done. Second, it took only about 15 minutes. I am hooked!
Now the face waxing. I have been reading about how having your face waxed helps to give you that flawless makeup look. Plus, can you see all those hairs on your face? Me either, that’s the problem. I do have my wonderful daughter, Grace, who has said to me more than once when we were out and I was sitting next to her, “Mom, I’m going to have to take better care of you like you did Mom Mom, and wax those hairs off your face.” So sweet. You can always count on your daughter to point those things out to you. Well, we have two kinds of wax at the salon. One we use for eyebrows, that is pulled off with a strip. Dee waxed my eyebrows perfectly, giving me what I call a Model Wax. She waxed the bottom and the top of my eyebrows. They are perfect. Then on to the wax for faces, this wax cools on your face and is pulled off with your fingers, a little less painful, or so I hoped because this was the first time I’ve had my face waxed. Surprisingly it was not to bad on my face. The part that hurt the most was my lip area, ouch, I have always apologized to my clients before I pull that wax off their lip, and now I know for good reason. Wow, that was a little painful. Hopefully we didn’t miss any and Grace will be happy to know that Dee made sure my face was hairless. Today when I woke up I was just so excited, I have eyebrows, they don’t look like Groucho Marx, and my face is not bruised or red from the waxing. Thank you Dee!
Saturday I am having my makeup done with Keyontaye, and my hair done with Grace. My look is Rita Hayworth, from the movie Gilda. Now if you are a person who like me loves old movies, you will know this movie. She was simply stunning and at the very beginning of the film she is brushing her hair and then – the original flip – flips it over and her red hair is just gorgeous. That hair and that makeup! Grace has been practicing and Keyontaye has been researching the makeup look. Have I told you how blessed I am? To have all of this available to me in my salon and everything else I have needed right here in Calvert County. Truly blessed.
I am sooooo excited!
The results are in!!!
My journey began, way back in January, when I made a decision to take better care of myself and get ready for my 40th High School Reunion. So let’s go back to the beginning, first was the diet James designed for me. The diet: 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates and 20% fat. This particular diet is one of the most popular diets for bodybuilders, it helps to create more muscle and less fat. Second the training: slow methodical training to build up the muscles in my back to correct my posture, which was has become slumped from 35 years of hairdressing. Third a spin class, plus interval training on the elliptical to add more cardio back into my life. I added yoga on Sundays as my wild card.
The results: My weight is the same, this was never about me losing weight. Although, any woman raised in the US could “always lose a few pounds.” (We have been programed to never be skinny enough.) My goal was to increase the amount of muscle in my body and decrease fat. When I began my fat mass was 34% and now it is 31%. My clothes fit better and I am down a size.
During my first spin class I was literally thinking, “OMG when is it over?”, and that was five minutes into an hour long class! My goal? Don’t fall off the bike. During the next two weeks came the almost unbearable pain where the bike seat hits your body. It was, to say the least, very hard to sit down. Now spin class is great, I still can’t go all out, have to sit down sometimes when I’m supposed to be standing, but I look forward to the challenge and always get a little bit better. I try to remember what James told me, a 1% change is great, and overtime those 1% changes add up.
No Tumbling Over in Yoga, Yeah!!!! my first goal in yoga. This yoga thing is quite hard, but at the same time very relaxing. It makes me feel like I am massaging my own body. The stretching is what I am really concentrating on, stretching has never been that important to me. I think yoga will become a lifelong challenge.
My skin, well it is amazing, as soft as a baby’s bottom. The texture of my skin has changed, it is as promised, plumper and many of the fine lines have simply disappeared. The discolorations are much lighter. I feel very confident wearing only a tinted moisturizer. I have finished the series Kelly designed for me and sadly with my schedule these days, I can’t see Kelly until the Monday after the reunion to begin a new technique that will hopefully help reduce some of the the deep scarring. After seeing her every two weeks, waiting until the 3rd of June seems like an eternity. The best compliment I have received was from Grace one Friday, when we were switching cars for Fabulous Fridays with Claude. She said – “Look at you, Skin All Dewy and Glowy!”. I’d say that’s proof Kelly’s treatments are working.
I want to make this perfectly clear – I did not always eat right, and maybe if I gave up wine, I might have lost a few pounds. I did not always make it to class, or to training with James. I did not always wash my makeup off at night, even though I promised myself I would. Because, guess what, I am almost fifty-great, and I’m okay with doing the best I can do, and being “perfect” no longer interests me. Living my life, going out with girlfriends on a Friday night, staying out way too late to get up for spin class, going fly fishing, or spending time with my family, in other words, Living my Life to the fullest. That’s what is important to me. Trying to be grateful for every small thing, deciding what my day is going to look like before it begins, these things really matter to me. My daily intention is to be joyful, and to bring as much joy into someone else’s life as I possibly can. I will not settle for less, and I know that deciding what kind of day I am having and how I react to different situations is all in my control. It’s time to live your best life!
I’m not sure if you noticed or not, but I am only shopping local for everything to do with this adventure to my High School Reunion. We have so many businesses in Calvert County that are just down home great. With old fashioned values, hospitality, and always striving to give you the best of what they’ve got. Everything you moved from the city to find.
Let me tell you about my amazing experiences. While preparing for the reunion I hosted a Baby Shower for Julie, the other tall stylist, I trained in my Assistants Program. The Assistants Program mentors newly licensed Stylists on the Fine Art of Hairstyling. The program teaches new Stylists everything they need to be a successful hairstylist. Plus everything as a businesswoman I feel is just basic good business. Shaking hands and introducing themselves, looking the person in the eye. How to treat clients as if they were a guest in their own home. How to sweep a floor perfectly, how to say please and thank you, the importance of being trustworthy as a team member, Honesty, just tell the truth always. And most importantly that they are amazing, talented women, and capable of doing anything they set their minds to. If you have ever wondered what New Talent meant that is a new Hair Stylist who has completed, successfully, our one on one, nine month training program, with yours truly. At Scalped Salon we work as a team, a unit, everyone comes through the same training program, and is more than ready to help a new stylist with anything they need. And we still help each other, because sometimes you just scratch your head and say – WTH. Julie has been a full time stylist doing amazing things at Scalped Salon for two years.
We decided on an old fashioned Baby Shower, kind of like my mom would have hosted. Chicken Salad sandwiches, Egg Salad sandwiches, and Beaten Biscuits with Salty Ham. I can’t remember how many parties I’ve hosted that we, my family or friends made all the food. My mother certainly would have, but remember I’m almost Fifty – Great and you know what? I would rather spend the day with my grandson, then slave away in the kitchen.
So I called Dream Weavers because I know that Trish, the owner, buys local and makes the best food. I spoke to Tracey, talk about sweet as molasses!! We discussed all the details and she said would email me a quote. In just a couple of days a quote came and we scheduled the food. On the day of the party all that had to be done was pick up the food and set it on all my fanciest serving dishes and viola! The food was absolutely outstanding! The biscuits were my favorite, just like Miss Martha used to make at St. Paul’s Church. The other thing I loved was that it was exactly the right amount of food and I didn’t have leftovers! If you are planning an event, definitely give them a call!
” Buy a water, Get a baby FREE!”
The Dress. It is definitely hard for me to find clothes because of my height. But, it just so happens that our client, Lisa Burris, manages Occasions Boutique. The store is directly across from the Brick Restaurant, where Three Brothers is located. I saw Lisa at a spin class she was teaching and told her about my plan to shop local for everything, she said she had the perfect dress for me. Occasions Boutique has been doing a Prom Dress Swap and Donation, you bring a dress and you can take a dress. Isn’t that amazing? Well someone had donated this absolutely beautiful teal color dress that looked vintage sort of 1950’s. It was definitely a long dress on someone else, and a little two small on me. Occasions Boutique has much more than just beautiful dresses. While I was there I found the perfect fishing hat, real cute. I love hats and the thought of a “real” fishing hat is crazy ugly to me. I also found the perfect top to wear for Julie’s Baby Shower. I left very excited!
Here’s the best thing about shopping local – she had the name of a seamstress just fifteen minutes down 231.
The seamstress is Alice Thomas. Since I was going to see her anyway, I gathered up everything I needed work on and took it with me. As has been the case with everything associated with this reunion, it was love at first sight. So very nice, she loved the dress and began thinking up ways to make it work for me. First we were cutting off about 8 inches in the length. Alice suggested adding a crinoline to make it sit out like a dress from the 50’s. She suggested putting it between the lining and fabric of the dress so it didn’t scratch me. We made an appointment for two weeks from that day. When I went to try it on, it was still too short waisted. Fortunately for me there was some extra material in the shoulder seam, a half inch to be exact, and when I went the next week it was perfect. I’ve got my dress!!!
Shop Local!!! When you see something at an independent store that costs a little more, try to remember that Amazon & eBay don’t buy ads in the local football program, Wal-mart wont donate prizes to your silent auction and Target doesn’t have kids playing little league in your community. Small business owners DO and they offer better customer service because they do it face to face. Support your local small business owner. The back bone of this country!
Sleek & Shiny
Are you using every product and technique on your hair, spending way too long getting it smooth, just to have it frizz the minute humidity hits? Me Too. If I did manage to get my hair straight with every product and technique I know, two minutes in humidity and my hair starts to grow. Like a Chia Pet, not the best look for me. Now, I love curly hair. In fact, my hair has been curly for the last year and it was so fun to diffuse it and let it be natural, but a girl likes to change things up! That is why hairdressers are busy; I’m no different than you. Time for a change.
I have decided on my look for the Reunion, although I was thinking Jessica Rabbit, I thought it might be a little much for a high school reunion at the Holiday Inn in Solomons. So I’m going with a 1940’s – 1950’s look. Imagine Sofia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, or my absolute favorite Rita Hayworth, going out to one of the clubs. Since naturally curly was not an option for those looks, I need to change my hair.
What’s the opposite of curly? Sleek and shiny! How will I achieve that? A Brazilian Blowout. A Brazilian Blowout smooths your hair, it is somewhat like a perm because it changes the structure of your hair. Instead of adding curls, a Brazilian Blowout makes it sleek and smooth. Unlike the Japanese straighteners, which last until your hair grows out, this treatment lasts about three months and gradually fades off of the hair. Here’s the procedure, first wash hair, apply Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Solution, then blow dry that solution into the hair, and finally after hair is completely dry, it is smoothed with a flat iron. The number of passes with the flat iron dictates the end result of the hair. My hair had five passes because I personally don’t like my hair stick straight, but if you do, the number of passes can be adjusted.
After all of that, your hair is washed, and the Ionic Bonding Spray is sprayed in your hair. Next, your hair is blow dried with the Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Serum and styled to your liking. I had mine curled with a curling iron, I am really liking the curled messy look, or beachy waves. We do recommend using the Ionic Spray at home, along with the shampoo and conditioner. Using these products helps the Brazilian Blowout last longer. The entire process takes two to three hours depending on the thickness of your hair and how straight you want it. Since it is, to me, a lot of time, I will do whatever the company suggests to keep the results longer.
Let’s talk about the results. The first thing you notice about a Brazilian Blowout is the shine. It’s incredible and I can dry my hair with a blow dryer, just using my hands, and it will be silky shiny. Plus when you run your fingers through your hair, you honestly can’t believe how soft it is.
Amazing, considering if I did that before I would look like Roseanne Roseannadanna. I know, if you are not getting ready to celebrate at least your Thirtieth High School Reunion you have no clue what I’m talking about. Knock Knock, who is it, Candy Gram. Back when Saturday Night Live was so funny.
If you are now considering receiving a Brazilian Blowout, we have just put a package together, buy four Brazilian Blowouts and receive an Ionic Bonding Spray, plus save $100. We do recommend having the treatment done four times a year if you want silky shiny hair all year long.
Today was the first day that I have washed my hair since the Brazilian Blowout last week. Yes,I only wash my hair maybe once a week, and I can’t tell you how happy I was blow drying without a brush.I can only last about two minutes with a brush, my ADHD kicks in and I just can’t do it. My hair was amazing! Silky, shiny and so easy to style. That two hours I spent getting the Brazilian Blowout was worth it!
Is your skin drying out? Mine too!
Do you ever look at someone and think, how does her skin look like that? Is it just her natural
skin or is she doing something extra to enhance her skin?
Skin care has always been a major issue for me. At about fifteen I developed the worst case of Cystic Acne. Way back then there were not many options to help prevent real damage, by the way of scarring and large pores. Time is also taking its toll on my skin, everywhere I look, I see dry skin, my legs, my arms and my decolletage (I’ve been dying to use that word in something I wrote that wasn’t a romance novel).
It just so happens Kelly Sullivan, RN, BSN, CANS, CPCP, the owner of Dunkirk Aesthetics and Georgetown Aesthetics called my salon to see if I would be interested in hosting an event in the salon. Now, although I had met her before, I had no idea if she was any good. I’m sorry, I don’t want someone in the salon with my clients unless I have personally received their services. We won’t even carry products for services or retail unless we have thoroughly checked them out, our reputation is on the line. Every service and product Scalped Salon and Spa has, is 100% guaranteed.
So, I decided that I would go and see her to see if she could help me in my quest for better skin. My first impression was great, they worked with me to find a time that worked best for my schedule. When I arrived Kelly greeted me with such a warm welcome, right away I could tell how much she loves what she does.
After analysing my skin, she came up with a plan to do 5 Dermal Infusions. A Dermal Infusion , Volumizes Skin by 70%, Improves Radiance, Refreshes and Revives, Visibly Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Targets Skin Concerns and Optimizes Results, Gives A Lasting Youthful Boost, and Stimulates Healthy Cell Renewal. It is also very helpful for anywhere on your body that has Dark Spots, Sun Damage, Sallow Skin,Dehydrated Skin, Enlarged Pores, Oily-Prone, Congested Skin, Stretch Marks, and the appearance of Cellulite. Wow that is a lot, and everything I was looking for! I just had my third session and really after the second session I noticed changes in my skin. I truly can’t wait for the next session, I just feel my skin is cleaner and has less clogged pores, plus it feels so soft. Actually it literally feels like she is sucking years of grime out of my pores. If you’ve ever been drawn to Dr. Pimple Popper – something like that.
Kelly is also doing my decolletage, but only one side, so you can see the results when you come in to the salon. I will be so happy if the sun spots and crepey skin go away. I’m tired of my skin looking like that really tan lady in Something About Mary, you know the one. She does many other things, like Botox, Fillers, Body Sculpting, Permanent Makeup, etc. I haven’t decided if I am going to take that route. The best thing is, she hasn’t pushed that on me and I love that. She said that is something we can look at down the road after these treatments.
Kelly is right now finishing up her Family Nurse Practitioner schooling to add even more knowledge to her already amazing skills. I love another professional who keeps training to be the best, it’s very important to me as a hairdresser. I love when I meet someone with the same passion for their profession. If you are looking for someone to give you an honest assessment of your skin and what can be done for it, I highly recommend Kelly. The best thing is, there is hope to have you looking younger without going under the knife and no down time!!!!
I was trying to think of a way to end this blog and as I was checking out her FaceBook Page I saw this quote – GIVE YOURSELF THE SAME CARE & ATTENTION THAT YOU GIVE TO OTHERS AND WATCH YOURSELF BLOOM… Remember it’s your time now, and you are allowed to pamper yourself, you’ve been pampering everyone else for so long!
One extra thing… Kelly saw a spot on my arm and said, “I think you better get that checked by a Dermatologist”. It’s been a couple of years since I had a check, so after hearing great things about Heather Montgomery, at Dr. Hawitt’s office I made an appointment. I didn’t have to wait three months, I literally saw her the next week, crazy right?
What an amazing experience, from start to finish. Very friendly reception staff on the phone and when I arrived (those kind of things make a difference to me). Heather thoroughly checked my skin, cut off the barnacle that Kelly saw, and froze a bunch more, Yea!!! I would highly recommend her, and I feel so much better, no Melanoma!!!
New Years Resolutions
So truly, my new year’s resolution was to take better care of myself. In December I gave up sugar, and let me tell you I have given in to those cravings, more than I can count on, well a lot of hands, which are never ending! Just today I was thinking of running to the store to get some cupcakes. You know the ones, with chocolate icing and the white squiggly lines in them, to have with my red wine. Oh I forgot to mention that my red wine has no sugar in it. Ha! Ha! Gracious I can’t give up everything.
In the middle of January I quit smoking, don’t get to excited, I started again after three months. But I have hope that I can convince my mind that it is not cool to smoke. All the cool people today do not smoke. I have faith I’ll get there.
I also began training with James Sutton at the Results Fitness Gym (used to be the World Gym, new name) in Owings. James has trained me for a long time. I gave up training for about three years, I was just tired of always working so hard to stay in shape. Then an injury to my back, which took eight months to heal, exactly what my Physical Therapist Yvonne Remz told me it would take, reminded me once again – You’re Not Getting Younger – and you better take care of yourself.
Here’s why I think James is a great trainer. He’s not going to have you lifting massive weights. His main focus is Functionality. To enhance your quality of life through primal movement patterns. Primal patterns is the ability to move in your environment. For example sitting, bending, reaching, squatting, twisting etc… I feel with this focus he increases my balance and core strength. And lord knows I need balance, these big feet of mine continually get in the way!
So he weighed me, told me my body fat, 34% (yikes), I know I look skinny but that’s cause I’m six foot three. He put me on a muscle building diet, and talked to me about probiotics (I’m a true believer – no more after 50 extra gas).
I see James once a week for ½ an hour. He teaches me a new routine each time, James also has me taking two spin classes a week, and doing the routine two more times a week. Plus on my own since I have a membership to the Results Fitness Gym now, I take a very hard and very long 1 ½ hour yoga class on Sunday mornings with Robin Furth, she is my inspiration. I bet you can bounce a quarter off of any part of her body! Can I tell you, Yoga is not for sissies! I literally fell over trying to do one of the poses. But it will not defeat me! Even if it takes a couple of years I will be able to do it.
If you are sitting on the couch watching TV and checking your phone, flipping through facebook, watching videos, reading this (which I personally spent countless hours doing), thinking this girl is crazy I can’t do all that! There are so many times I can’t do everything either. But it just is, no more beating myself up for not being perfect. I try my best. That’s what my mother always told me,”Just try your best Margaret”. Remember, something James just told me, a one percent change is really good. Think about it 1% over time, it adds up to a whole lot of change.
We only have so much time to get ready for being really old. Here’s a funny story – A client, one of my favorites, she is somewhere between 65 – 70, looks great from head (My Haircut) to toe, said “People think I just wake up like this! I’m thinking she heard the Beyonce song, I Woke Up Like This. If you haven’t heard it you should it is an anthem of mine. Listen to it Loud! Okay,back to the story, she said here’s what I do, eat right, walk everyday and go to the gym. Compared to most of my friends my husband and I look like Tarzan and Jane. Ha Ha
Hopefully you will one day realize, like I am, You are the only one who will truly take care of you!
Have a great Day.
PS I so bad want to say – Peace Out, but that might show how old I am
Almost Fifty-Great !!!
Its my 40th High School Reunion!!!
You know I had a tight perm, cut in a circle, it was the seventies – eighties after all, and I was just a Calvert County girl trying to look Funky!
Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, this year I’ll be 58, (fifty-great!) 40 years since I graduated from Calvert High School and my High School Reunion right around the corner in June. June 1st to be exact the same day we graduated 40 years ago.
Well this old girl has got to get her but off the couch and get ready. Lets see:
Get in Shape
Figure out how to give my skin a youthful glow.
Get my hair in perfect shape.
Pick a look I want to portray ( I love costumes)
Find an Outfit
Wax my face, have eyebrows tinted
Make appointment for makeup trial
Make an appointment for hair
Have my nails and pedicure done
Find a date (ha ha!)