Friday, February 10, 2012

My Sacred Heart Diet Results

The Sacred Heart Diet is a 7-day eating plan that will clean out your system and rid you of at least 5-7 pounds after the 3rd day and 10-17 pounds after the 7 days. Details of this diet can be found at

On day 1 was pretty easy. I love soup and this soup is delicious so I enjoyed eating it all day. I ate a peach and some strawberries as well. My starting weight was 139. I burned 386 calories on the treadmill.

On day 2 wasn't bad. I ate the soup and added some broccoli as the additional veggy. For dinner I went to Wendy's and bought a plain baked potato with butter on the side. I burned 734 calories on the treadmill in an hour by walking at a speed of 3.7 on a 15 incline.

On day 3 was a little harder. I was not hungry but I craved everything other than the soup. Lasagna was hard to get off my mind. The meat, cheese, sauce...Mmm! Before going to bed I decided to take two Swiss Kriss tablets (laxative) to help with the cleansing process. I burned 234 in a half hour on the elliptical. I was too tired to do more but every bit counts and if you're going to cut time, go hard.

On day 4 I was a bit upset to see my weight the same as it was when I started the diet. This diet promises a weight loss of 5-7 pounds by the end of the third day if you have not cheated, which I did not. I decided to eat way more soup than I did the previous days and fill up until I was stuffed with it along with three bananas and 6 cups of milk. I'm not sure if it was the massive amount of soup I ate or the Swiss Kriss tablets but I went to the bathroom about 4 times. I hope this is my body getting rid of those pounds that the diet promises. I did not go to the gym today.

On day 5 was upsetting as well as I was still 139. I was excited about eating meat. I had my steaks with canned stewed tomatoes. I ate one serving of the soup. I made a new batch the day before and it's almost gone. I only have two servings left and I'm saving it for Day 6 and 7.

On day 6 I was happy to see that I went down to 137.5. I had two pieces of steak with broccoli for breakfast. Oh man that steak was juicy! I don't know if it's because it was marinating in the seasoning overnight or what but it was deeelish! I did not eat lunch. I wasn't really hungry plus I was out shopping for a couple of hours. That kept me busy and distracted from thinking about food. At around 6 pm I had the last steak. I did not have any soup for the day as I was supposed to. I just didn't want it. I did not work out today. I went to Modells to get a medicine ball. I plan to use that while on my stability ball to lose my belly fat and love handles.

On day 7 I could not believe my eyes. I weighed 136! I know it's only a 3 pound loss but I have not been in the mid 130s since 2010. My goal weight is 130 and I just might get there by the end of this month. I'm also proud of myself for actually completing a diet. I did not cheat in any way and the crazy thing is that I was actually able to easily fight cravings or giving in while fast food or any food other than the meals on my plan were right in my face. My view was:
1. There will be more when I'm off the diet
2. Why give in now when I'm only going to regret it as soon as I finish eating it
3. Let me finish a challenge for once in my life
4. Summer, summer, summer. I want to have a comfortable summer. Bikini here I come!

On day 8 I weighed in at 135 pounds. That's a 4 pound loss since starting the diet and a 16 1/2 pound loss since the beginning of December. I lost 11 1/2 pounds in December from eating clean. When January rolled around, everyone else was starting their new years resolution of fitness while I lived in the fast food restaurants. I ended up gaining two stubborn pounds. Now those pounds are history due to this diet and exercise.

Although I did not achieve the promised results, I feel lighter, more energetic and clean inside. This was a great jump start for my goal. I do recommend the Sacred Heart Diet. This is a great diet where you lose weight and toxins without starving or eating smaller portions.

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Baby Girl's Shrinkage

After Trim Pics!!

I finally took my butt to the salon to get my much needed trim.  Of course I begged the stylist not to cut off too much.  I figure if I can trim every few months, I can gradually rid my hair of all the bad ends while keeping the good ends healthy.  In the meantime, I'll search and cut any individual strands that are damaged.  Heres my new length:

I LOVE my hightlights but as much as I would like to highlight my new growth, I just cant risk more breakage.  BSL here I come! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Length Check!! One Year comparison

Below are my length pics from early January 2011 and January 4, 2012.  My hair grew between 5 and 6 inches over the year.  Unfortunately Ive had some breakage from my relaxer and highlights. 

I plan to cut my ends and continue to treat them so that I can reach my 2012 goal of mid-back length.   My next length check will be in April where I hope to reach BSL.  Lets see!  Happy New Growth year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One more week!

On December 31st I will do my next length check along with my January/December 2011 comparison. My hair has come a long way but unfortunately, I have an insane amount of split ends and I'm starting to feel as though my hair is thinning. I have to admit that I have not been keeping up with my regi and vitamins the past month but I have been good to my hair by abstaining from heat and bunning.

Next weekend I plan to wash, treat and cut my hair to have a much healthier start for 2012. As much as I was anxious for APL, I'd rather have thick healthy hair.

Updates next week!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Candace Blake Shoes

I have always had a love for shoes.  I guess you can say I got it from my momma.  My mother was always on top of her shoe game. 

After graduating from Katharine Gibbs Business School, I was hired to be the receptionist at Nine West's New York showroom.  That is where my love for designing shoes grew.  I was surrounded by designers, salespeople and buyers and I fell in love with the atmosphere. 

In 2004, I started my own women's shoe line with a manufacturer in Brazil.  All of my sketches came to life and were just as I wanted them.  I launched my line in November of 2004 and had a great turn-out. Unfortunately, my manufacturer turned out to be shady and kept all of the money I gave him for my customer's orders.  I lost a lot of money and learned a lot from that experience.  I then turned to Italy.  My new manufacturer there also did a great job in bringing my styles to life.  The shoes I currently have in stock were produced by him and his team.  All of the shoes below can be purchased on my site at

The problem with me using Italy is the costs for samples, production and retail.  I spent a lot of money on a pair of shoes and had to accommodate sizes 6-11.  On top of that, I had a hard time trying to sell these shoes that retail for $300 and up.  I could not find people who can afford that.  I lowered my prices so that I can get rid of them and start fresh with a cheaper manufacturer.

I am happy that I found someone in China and they are currently working on some samples for my Fall/Winter 2012 line.  I should be getting them back next month.  I cant wait!!  My new line is  full of flirty and unique styles for the bold, fashion forward woman. I am color blocking and mixing all types of materials.  This line is truly sexy and in a class of its own.  I plan to launch this line next summer but will focus on selling wholesale.  This will cut out a lot of the hard work such as finding the customers interested in my style and prices, overhead fees, shipping, etc.

For updates on my line please like my Candace Blake Shoes page on FaceBook and follow me on Twitter at CB Shoes.

I Made APL!!!

I am so excited and amazed that I have finally reached armpit length!  My regi is definetly one that I will stick to.  I have seen great progress from it.  Why switch up now?  Check it out:

Can I reach BSB (below shoulder blade) by the end of the year??  Lets see!