Sunday, March 06, 2011
I like a massage as much as the next gal, but I can't afford one as often as I'd like to. So yesterday I decided I would give myself a mini spa day at home.
I started with my face. I put water & a few drops of tea tree oil in a large measuring cup and microwaved it about 3 minutes, putting on some music while I was waiting. Then I set a timer for 5 minutes & sat with my face over it.
I realized after a few seconds that I was a little bored, so I meditated a little. I don't meditate in big chunks of time; I'll do just 1-5 minutes throughout the day whenever the thought hits me.
Next I applied the Fresh Beauty Green Apple Peel and set the timer for 7 minutes - have to confess to doing some multitasking, and I would've felt more relaxed if I hadn't, but I did have a few things that had to be done.
Washed that off, applied Dr. Hauschka's Clay Cleansing mask (I've had both these products for ages, I just so rarely remember to actually use them!), set the timer for 7 minutes, and did a bit more multitasking.
Oops, skipped the first step: put approximately 1/4 cup olive oil & 1 tbsp coconut oil in the microwave & warmed it up for about 2 minutes - that proved to be too long, it was uncomfortably warm - and massaged it into my hair.
Tried to hold up my hair to prevent ruining my clothes - had that done at a spa once & I did ruin my top - while microwaving a hair towel for about 3 minutes. Unfortunately, the towel never really got that warm, but the plate I put it on sure got hot! Maybe put it on a paper towel next time or a microfiber cloth, then wrapped my hair up in the towel.
I washed off the clay mask, then added some water to some sugar to make a paste and washed my face with it. I used what was left on my body in the shower. Then I just showered like normal.
I used all stuff I already had on hand, and it took maybe just over an hour, and it felt great!
Only problem is that even tho I used less oil than recommended, it was still too much - my hair is kind of a greasy mess & it stained my pillowcase. But it's much less frizzy!
Have any at-home spa secrets you care to share?
Saturday, March 05, 2011
So I started to take photos of some of the shoes & other purchases I've made over the last 3 months, cause I know how everyone likes photos (myself included). And I figured while I'm at it I'll take a photo of my focus jeans.
Normally I don't think I look as good in photos as I do in person. And these were all taken with my cell phone, so not the best photos to say the least. But I was shocked! Really, I look like that? So I decided to put it up against my before picture, and I was even more shocked. Seriously, that's what 30 lbs look like?
And the truth is I'm still slightly overweight. Really, I am. 138 lbs on a 5'1" woman is still too much. Altho I do weigh in in jeans, after breakfast & 3 cups of water/tea. So maybe the reality is I weigh about 136.
I also do work out pretty hard, so I'm somewhat toned. Altho you don't see definition in my arms unless I flex them, which tells me there's still too much fat on there. But 138 on a toned body will not look like 138 on a body that has more body fat. Muscles rule!
I've always felt sort of shy about posting photos, even tho I do it a lot. And then my buddy NATPLUMMER posted her before photos for Chalean Extreme. This is definitely a woman who doesn't look like she has any weight to lose, and like me, she doesn't have a lot to lose.
And I got it. That these photos of healthy, fit women are encouraging. I was like if she looks like that at her weight - even tho I'll never be that thin simply cause I'm a little taller (the mind boggles!) and even if I were the same height I'd probably never be that thin -- still, it gave me encouragement for what I can look like when I lose those last few pounds.
The jeans in the photo are what I call my focus jeans -- not my goal jeans, altho I think they'll finally fit perfectly when I'm at goal -- but focus jeans, because they focus me on what I need to do. They're still just a tad too tight. Like I have to pull them up every time I get up cause they pull down when I sit down cause my stomach & thighs are still too big for them -- just slightly -- crack ain't just for plumbers, if you know what I mean!
Ok, enough about me, let's get on to the rest of the photos & shoe porn.
A close up of the belt I was wearing. I love it! A sparkly, western style belt. The photo doesn't do it justice.
The necklace DH bought me for my birthday -- lousy photo, sorry, but I really like it & wear it a lot.
And as promised, shoe porn!
I bought these on clearance at Target of all places. I never even look at the shoes in Target, but I did this day. Love em. So edgy, so comfortable.
This photo doesn't show you that these are sparkly. I even have the perfect dress for them if it's ever warm enough to wear dresses again!
Sequined gladiator sandals. Need we say more? How abut little kitten heels?
I already have red slingback shoes, but I suppose I can justify these cause they're not slingbacks, right? And again, kitten heels. They're Nine West, which I find fits me well.
Hope you enjoyed!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Ah, balance. I blog about it a lot. A lot of people blog about it a lot. You know what's even more important than being IN balance? It's recognizing when we're either spiraling out of control or totally out of whack.
You will NOT be in balance all the time. That's why we call ourselves works in progress - which I don't think I truly understood until I started to give this some thought.
Yesterday was a great day eating-wise. Can I clone it? What was so great about it wasn't really what I ate, but rather how little hunger I felt. Usually after my meeting & hours of shopping I'm starved. Not yesterday.
Was it my snack at the meeting? I had an apple and 2 green chocolate balls from
superfoodsnacks.com . I actually first stumbled across these in a health food store in Kauia. They may not sound appetizing, but they're awesome.
Was it the 2 cups of green tea I chased my snack with?
The answer is probably none of the above. I could probably eat the exact same thing next week & be hungry afterward. If i remember, i'll give it a try & report back.
What I do know is that I went to TJMaxx, 2 grocery stores, & the health food store afterwards for a total of 3 hours of shopping, got home, put away the groceries . . . And still wasn't all that hungry. In fact, I only ate half my lunch & saved the other half for dinner!
TJMaxx, btw, had a number of nice, high end bags - but none were quite what I was looking for and I left bagless, but not empty handed. Which is another part of my balance equation - I had decided I could hit the discount stores once every quarter, unless there's something I truly need. So now I'm good til May.
I lost some weight this week, which got me to my lowest weight so far - just barely. And I have actually loosened up more lately. I still strive to eat healthy at least 80% of the time, but I actually had way more desserts than normal last week, with TOM partially to blame. They were all tracked. I've even allowed myself to have chocolate-almond butter oatmeal, or just popcorn, or a really big vegan cookie for dinner maybe once a week - IF that's what I'm really craving & IF I've gotten in all my freggies & water in already.
The trick, of course, is to recognize when I'm treating myself too often & it's showing up at the scale. To not feel guilty about my choices. To realize that I could eat & exercise exactly the same way for 2 weeks & get different results, cause as I've said, weight loss is a big mystery.
The real trick is in yesterday's blog - to pay attention & be present. Today's just the follow-through.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Could it really be that simple? Yes & no.
I think it can definitely be that simple in the beginning. We've often spent so much time taking care of everyone else in our lives that we're not really present in our own lives.
Oddly enough I started to really pack on pounds when we got Chester. He was a needy, sickly puppy. Now he's only needy!
I thought, after the fact, that part of my problem was I didn't push myself hard enough. I'd stopped working & gave up my gym membership. I still worked out, using ST routines from magazines. But the weight wasn't coming off. Of course, I wasn't on SP yet or back to WW meetings. But things seemed to click more after I started to buy some fitness DVDs.
I thought about this yesterday as I was doing a ST routine I'd bought - a PDF, not a DVD. And I realized that I'd been doingthis sort of routine - altho changing the actual routine - for several months now. And I'm not maintaining my weight.
Is it just that I'm more aware? More present? Pay more attention?
All of the above are important, but I don't think they're the answer. It's never that simple. In fact, I think I came up with the answer earlier:
It's the support systems I've found both here & at WW
It's the accountability I get from tracking my food & my weekly WIs
And yes, it's being present
I wanted to share with you a few things I've found recently:
The Renegade Recipe Guide, which is a ecookbook with all vegetarian, many vegan, and some raw recipes. Very simple but very tasty food & I love it.
Did you know that there's a free gymboss app for the iPhone? I was looking for an interval timer & ran across that and the free workout trainer app - haven't tried that one yet but it looks good. Never have an excuse for not working out on the road again!
I of course have no monetary interest in any of these products.
And finally, try this the next time you want to make baked sweet potato fries: instead of tossing them with oil, try tossing them with an egg white & then with your seasonings. It works really well & I don't miss the extra fat!
So are you present in your life. Do you notice a difference? Found any cool apps or recipes to share lately?
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
No, we're not talking food here. With TOM safely over, I've been eating pretty clean with the occasional treat. No, I was facing down my other nemesis: the shopping addiction. Always lured in by a deal - well almost.
I'm kind of bored by my pocketbook. I'm not really a big handbag person; much more interested in form over function. But occasionally a cute bag catches my eye. Especially when it's on sale.
And I found a couple on ebags recently. One was insanely expensive - much as I really wanted it, I just couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on a bag. Heck, I've never spent that kind of money on any one item of clothing. I couldn't find it cheaper anywhere, so I'll just watch & see if there's ever a really good sale on it.
I put the other 2 bags in my shopping cart and went about my day - which was a true rest day, didn't even walk the dogs due to the rain. Did a ton of laundry, then tackled a project I've been meaning to get around to: going thru my tshirts and shoes. I knew I had some to get rid of.
I have an insane amount of tshirts, I must admit, and I didn't get rid of all that many - but I did put some aside to donate. Casual, staples, and sparkly tshirts - I've got them all. No need to shop for tshirts anytime soon. Could use some blouses & skirts.
Anyway, I also put aside a few pairs of shoes & boots to donate, and boxed up the shoes I only wear on occasion. And by the time I was done with all that - I'd only meant to go thru one drawer but went thru all my tshirts - I had no desire to buy any bags.
I'd still like to find a new everyday bag, and I might still buy those bags at some point in the future if they're a better deal, but for now I feel good about my decision.
Cause there's always that next addiction just waiting to step into your life. I don't spend beyond our means, but I'm also aware that I could accomplish a lot more if I spent less time shopping - which I already do. But just like my healthy eating lifestyle, my healthy spending lifestyle is a work in progress.
I wanted to share with you the fruit puddings I've been enjoying lately - no, not recipes, just the concept. A fruit pudding is a fruit smoothie without the liquid. Yes, it really is that simple.
I don't know about you, but I can't really warm up to a fruit smoothie much during winter. Not to mention something I chew just feels more filling than something I drink. I've been having fruit puddings for breakfast or a snack the last few days. One is actually a sweet potato pudding (not my recipe so sorry can't share it) that has some oats with it - I have that with an apple so I'm starting my day out with a fruit & a veggie & I don't feel weighed down by my breakfast. Give it a try & let me know what you think!
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