My Summer-Ready Plan

summer bodies

Summer is on its way, and while I have no intention of becoming a bikini model ever, I do want to slim down a little bit

First, I very much believe fat loss comes from eating right and exercising moderately, but sometimes we all need a little boost. I know you’ve seen “those crazy wrap things” all over social media, but I’m telling you, I’ve seen a difference in my midsection’s skin tone (skin a little firmer, belly a little flatter, stretchmarks slowly fading) since I started using those wraps almost a month ago. If you’ve been on the fence as to whether to try them or not, just do it! I’ve read, “One wrap is a treat, four wraps is a treatment, and 12 wraps are a procedure.”  Find them through this link!

Second, to go along with the first link is the “exercise and eat right” part of the equation. Starting next week, in addition to my daily yoga and tae kwon do practice, I’m going to be incorporating an eating and exercise plan called 21 Day Fix Extreme. Thirty-minute workouts and little portion control containers? Sounds like a plan I could follow!

How are you prepping for summer?

My Trip To Dallas

 

I clean up pretty well!

 

 

My healthy eating and exercise lasted ONE day of my trip. After that, temptation, coupled with lack of sleep, got the best of me.

It’s all OK though! I had a great time in Dallas, met new friends, connected with old friends, solidified my goal (I will be a Mary Kay Sales Director by January 1st), and about died when the newest skincare line, Timewise Repair, and the newest perfume, Dance To Life, were introduced! They’re not available through my website yet, but I can still order Repair right now (which means I can order for you if you shoot me an email)! I can’t wait to tell you more about this new line in future posts!

Oh, one more thing, I am super excited about the company challenge, 50 Faces in 50 Days, in celebration of Mary Kay Inc.’s 50th anniversary! I have been challenged to have 50 women try our amazing skincare in 50 days! Big goal! But the big  ones are the ones worth doing!

The End Of Dress On, Hair Down

This morning I put on a pair of jeans for the first time in a week. I missed my jeans, but I’m also missing looking more pulled together. I thought it would be easy to just go through my wardrobe this morning and pull out the stuff I knew I would never wear again (well, I may have worn them once or twice more, but I’m focusing on things that will get worn at least 3 times a month). Then I got to thinking, “Maybe I should rethink what I wear on an average day. I proved I CAN clean the house and care for babies in a dress, and look cute in the process.” So now I’m thinking of how I can use what I have to dress up my jeans on a daily basis. I enjoyed looking nicer.

Here’s a shocker: My hair is still down! Once I got over the initial annoyance of my hair in my face (fixed with headbands and hair clips) and my hair frizzing out (I have an anti frizz cream that works well enough), I didn’t mind it down. But the single biggest reason my hair is still down is last night my husband said he liked my hair down (but he wants me to do what makes me happy). I like making him happy, so even though he is cool with me doing whatever with my hair (it IS my hair) I decided to leave it down unless I absolutely need it up, like in the summer, where the temps regularly stay in the low 100s.

OK, so which thing am I going to work on checking off my list next? Hmm…

Day Three Recap

Ok, so I’m pretty much tired of this dress. I miss my jeans and t shirts. I think this challenge would have been less of a challenge had I worn the same pair of jeans and the same t shirt all week. But jeans a t shirt don’t always fit the occasion, hence the dress.

BUT!!! It’s only four days in and already I’ve been reevaluating my closet. I really DON’T need the huge amount I have. The problem is that I’m having a hard time letting go. An emotional attachment to clothes? What the heck? No, it’s more of a “this is a good, basic piece that can go with everything business-like, what if I need it in the future?” I have a couple pencil skirts that while cute, are too dressy for anything other than church. I’m a proud stay at home mom, I don’t need THAT many business-type pieces. And now that I realized no one has said anything at church about the fact that I’ve been wearing the same outfit for a couple days now, I’m almost confident I could do what people did way back in the day and own my one Sunday-Goin’-To-Meetin’ dress (not this dress though!).

This project isn’t over yet (I have through Sunday), but already I’m really thinking about how much money I’m going to save by not buying something new when I’m bored, or because I think I “need” it. Seriously, no one cares what you’re wearing (unless it’s so dirty it smells,or you have shallow friends who aren’t really your friends, but that’s another story).

Hair Down, Dress On

On my 101/1001 list, I have “wear a skirt or dress every day for a week,” “wear the same outfit every day for a week,” and “wear my hair down every day for a week.”

So, decided to do those, get them out of the way. I hate wearing my hair down (it gets in my face), but the whole point of the 101/1001 project is to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.

What’s the motivation behind the one outfit thing? you may ask. Well, a couple things, one we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time (this will give me a chance to start evaluating what I actually need before I cut down on what I have), plus who will actually notice what I wear? Isn’t the reason we own so many clothes because we worry what other people are thinking? What if no one actually cares about what you’re wearing because they are so preoccupied with what you think about what they’re wearing? How would that change your view on your wardrobe, spending habits, and how much time you spend in the morning picking out clothes?

I was in the Army for 8 years, and I wore a uniform every day to work. There was no stress over what I should wear to impress the other women that day, no worries about “does this make my butt look big.” Less stress. I want less stress in my life. I’m hoping my experiment with civilian clothes will help me toward this goal.

Picture to come soon, but just so you know, I’m wearing a guava colored strapless dress with capri length leggings and a long-sleeved black cardigan. I may cheat and bust out a short-sleeved white cardigan if it gets too hot here, but the dress will be the same.

Caffeine!!

I was reading a web-based story written by a guy on one of my emergency-preparedness forums, and someone made a comment about his recent installment. The commenter said that the guy in the story, and everyone else, should include caffeine (since one should travel at night so as not to be seen by bad guys should one have to get home on foot after a natural disaster). He then linked to CAFFEINE SOAP!!! Awesome!

So I started digging around, and found lotion and shampoo (although this one isn’t as fun as it is marketed as a remedy for fine or thinning hair. My hair is fine so I may check it out anyway) as well. Oooh! And I just found a chocolate cake flavored caffeine infused lip balm! I know what I’m getting next time I have a little money!

Also, I just wanted to throw in what I had for breakfast this morning. See, I LOVE Shakeology. If a protein shake is like a chicken breast, Shakeology is like a chicken breast with five plates of salad. Although caffeine isn’t necessary for the energy lift I get from drinking this stuff, I still love to throw in a tube of Starbuck’s Via for the coffee flavor (side note, I hate instant coffee, but this Via stuff is actually really good). This morning I also ground up some almonds before mixing in the Shake, Via and unsweetened almond milk. Oh, wow, it tasted like a mocha almond fudge milkshake! Enhanced with caffeine boost!

 

Fast, Frugal, Full-Faced Pore Clearing Peel

I can’t remember where I first read about making your own (cheap!) version of those pore strips, but it seems common enough that I shouldn’t be stepping on anyone’s toes by not giving them credit where credit is due.

I’ve played around with this recipe, and the application until I pretty much got it perfect (for me).

The original recipe calls for one full envelope of unflavored gelatine and 1-2 tablespoons of milk, mix, microwave about 20 seconds, then apply with a popsicle stick or plastic knife as soon as it’s cool enough (but not too cool as it hardens quickly). Let dry, and you’ll know it’s dry when you can’t move your face! Then peel, carefully!

My only tweak is I use half an envelope, and two generous tablespoons of milk, and I apply as thin as possible.

In addition to de-gunked pores, I notice my skin is softer, maybe because of the lactic acid in the milk acts like a mild chemical peel? Or the fat in the milk (we use 2% in this house)? Either way, the gelatine peel is one of my favorite fast and frugal beauty tools!

Oh, I’ve seen it asked on several sites who showcase this cool tip, so I will answer it now: I don’t know of a vegan/vegetarian alternative. I don’t know if soy milk will work, and I think I’ve heard of vegan gelatine made of seaweed (but I could be wrong) and I have no idea if that will work.