Friday, September 2, 2011

I lost some weight today!

Little braids keepsakes...

Maybe 1/2 pound total?

Here's what I looked like a couple of days ago:

Looking like I have looked for the past 10 years or so.

I found it kind of difficult to take a good picture of myself. My arms aren't quite long enough to hold the camera out and get everything in focus. Still, this photo of me with my long straight hair isn't too bad in my own opinion. I liked my long hair. It was soft and flowing. Very natural and for the most part, easy to take care of. I really didn't have to do anything with it except to wash it and comb the many tangles out. I liked how it looked flowing over my shoulders.

It did get in my way frequently, however. Causing me to push it back into a low, unflattering single ponytail. It was hot in the summertime and took forever to dry naturally in the cold wintertime we have here. I was always getting it caught underneath me, or in the car door.

It was time to make a change.

So a few months ago I started thinking about getting it cut shorter. Like when I lived in the big city and got curly perms every few months, only this time I knew I didn't want the perms. I have become a more "natural" girl, not wanting chemicals on my hair or skin or even in my home.

So a bit scared and nervous. Not sure whether I'd like it or not. I made an appt with my local hairstylist to get my hair cut and shaped. She told me to look on the internet to find a picture of a haircut that I liked.

I really liked the way Amy Adams' hair looked when she was playing the role of Julie Powell in the movie Julie & Julia. So I printed some photos and brought them to my stylist.

Now I realize that I am never going to look as cute and young as Amy Adams, but I was hoping that her hairstyle would fit me well and make me look good. I also realized that Ms Adams had a team of hairstylists and makeup artists on hand to make sure she was beautiful, but I figured I'd just have to wing it on my own. Oh well.

So here is a photo of me right after getting my hair cut short today:

Not exactly Amy Adams, but the hair is still cute and perky. It will take some getting used to for me to be comfortable with my new lack of hair. I still feel like I have the long heavy hair flowing down my back. I keep flicking my head to one side to move the hair out of my eyes, but it is not there to move. A weird feeling. Like a limb being missing, sort of.

After I wash it the next time, it will likely feel more comfortable to me.

In this photo below, I can see my Mom looking back at me. I have her eyes and her mouth. Kind of weird seeing Mom in the mirror. Her hair was kind of cut like this late in her life.

This photo is my favorite so far, because it has my sweet kitty Sarah's cute furry face next to mine:

I look kind of odd in this photo, but she is always a cutie.

So that's my personal adventure for today. Till next time...

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Hardware Bob said...

What can I say, two cuties, you both look great.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Very, very nice! Coming from someone who did just the same thing back in June! I was actually disappointed in the length of my pony tail - I was expecting so much more. Ha ha! You look great - and it is very freeing! Great pics - and I love the kitty, too. :)

AKA - Pam 'Coompton'

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Bob,
Thank you so much for your love and support. It was pretty scary to do this after having long hair for so many years.

Hi Pam,
Thanks for the comment and compliments. I remember when you cut your hair. And yes, I thought my cut off pony tail would be longer too!

cyn. said...

Wow - bet you will be so happy to have a fast time in the shower! Looks great and will be really nice in a hot kitchen, not having to shove it out of the way while cooking & baking!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Oh my gosh Jen, you look so much younger and spunkier too. Cute hair cut and I certainly agree with Cyn in that your shower time will be cut in half! I had long hair like yours until we retired twelve years ago and have never regretted getting it cut short. Short hair is way easier to take care of.

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Cyn,
Thanks for the compliments. It actually looks better in person. My photos are not very good. Easy to wash and comb out, but the bangs are driving me crazy. I need to figure out how to sweep them back off of my forehead and make them stay there. Arggh!

Hi Janice,
Thanks for the compliments. I haven't decided whether it makes me look younger or older yet, but I will go with your thoughts on younger & spunkier!

horse care courses said...

How brave of you to cut your hair, I keep thinking about cutting mine especially when it's hot but haven't had the courage to do so yet. One day maybe...

Leigh said...

Hi! I wanted to return the blog visit and thank you for your nice comment. I'd say your stylist did an excellent job giving you the Amy Adams cut. I know what you mean about change, but I'm too chicken to do something so drastic. :)