Saturday, July 16, 2011
My eyes have been puffy -- big bags underneath them -- for the past week or so.
I'm not sure why: it's hot; there's lots of pollen out there (so maybe allergies) ; work has been pretty stressful and I haven't been sleeping the best . . . . But whatever the cause, I don't much like those baggy puffy eyes!!
So: tried cold compresses. Tried allergy medications, several different types for sinus congestion etc. Tried cucumber slices, cool tea bags (on a "bags for bags" principle, I guess) . . . and nada. Nothing. Still baggy. Baggier, maybe. Baggiest, even!!
All right, then. Dug out some expensive eye cream from my bottom vanity drawer, all dried out now, probably bought it 10 years ago at least . . . and it was not helpful.
Went to the pharmacy and purchased one of those nifty new roller ball tubes which promise miracles, instantly reviving the eyes, an ageless restorative . . . tiny size, pretty big price tag but no discernible results.
And then googled the problem and found a recommendation for Preparation H cream. The classic remedy for shrinking haemorrhoids, on the bottom shelf -- its yellow and blue box design suggests it's probably been there since 1950 if not earlier. No, not the new-fangled gel. And um no, not the suppository either. Apparently only the Canadian cream formula is effective for this eye-depuffing purpose!!
It's manufactured in Mississauga, ON, contains shark liver oil and "yeast as a live cell derivative". The small tube of Preparation H is about four times the size of the fancy roller ball eye magic tube and cost me about a third the price.
The instructions printed on the Prep H box don't seem to be entirely applicable to this cosmetic application (I'll spare you the details of how and when it's meant to be used for haemorrhoids) and the applicator itself is probably superfluous: in any case, I most certainly didn't use it. At either end.
However: Preparation H did the trick!! Bags gone!! Yay!! Not feeling (and looking) approximately 1, 003 years old!!!
I know, I know. Baggy eyes aren't exactly an earth-shattering problem, but I'm relieved not to have to hide behind my sunglasses anymore. And sure, I'll admit that I'm incorrigibly frivolous and superficial: never pretended to be anything else!!
"Relieves pain and itch", Preparation H promises. The pain of wounded vanity, that itchy discomfort of just not looking my best. (All right, that would be 0nly a 60 year-old best. But there is no need to abandon all efforts just yet.)
Of course I wouldn't want the world to know that I've got Preparation H on my face . . . .
So, let's keep it confidential, OK?
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saw this somewhere on Spark and loved it: "I never wake up in the morning wishing I'd eaten more yesterday."
Didn't overeat yesterday, and I'm not regretting it.
Hate a "food hangover" just as much as an alcohol hangover. Hate getting up still feeling stuffed, without any appetite for breakfast. Want to get up ready to enjoy my omelette: this morning with "back end of a caterpillar" Italian herbs, light feta and mushrooms. And hot hot hot salsa!! And two cups of great coffee, black!! MMMMMMMMM!! Enjoyed every mouthful, sitting down of course, slowly and savouring . . . with nasturtiums and wild sweet peas on the table.
Respecting myself in the morning has taken on a whole new meaning . . .
Sunday, July 10, 2011
This summer I'm close to 20 pounds lighter than last summer -- maybe 155- 158 then, pretty steady at 138 now.
At 158, I was a lot lighter than my 230 max.
But even 20 pounds less feels better in hot weather:
1. My clothes are looser -- especially the waistbands. No more sweat marks around the waist.
2. My thighs don't chafe together. No more heat rash.
3. I just don't feel the heat as much: so I'm experiencing less temptation to "cool down" with an ice cream cone, or a frozen treat or an iced cappuccino . . .or even what we Canajuns call a "pop" (American soda).
4. I feel better at the beach in my bathing suit. In fact, I really need to buy a suit in a smaller size. I'll be watching for a good sale!!
5. I've got more energy on the golf course, especially towards the end of the game.
Well, there are five reasons I'm happy to be thinner this summer --- but there are lots more!!
And they all add up to motivation. Motivation to stay at this weight. Middle number 3.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Bright orange, bright yellow. Peach streaked with pink, pale yellow. Dark red, bright red, light red. Frilly, floppy, fabulous. Peppery flowery fresh fragrance.
Tumbling out of my verandah window boxes and planters, tucked into the front of my flower beds beneath the verandah.
I've loved nasturtiums since I was a little girl planting fat beige seeds at my grandfather's house and rewarded with tiny seedlings within days. And have grown them every summer since I've had my own gardens.
Those round spoked leaves taste delicious in a salad or sandwich too!
Nasturtiums are one sight, scent, and taste of summer for me.
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