A little retail therapy

My day started with a runny nose and a sore throat. Still feeling icky but not as bad. After a good long hot shower I decided that some retail therapy would boost my mood. I went out with the intention of spending some bucks on makeup, shoe, maybe some clothing and not-needed-craft-supplies.

I ended up with Lorac Pro Cream Eyeliner in Black, Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kohl Eyeliner Trio, Too Faced Brow Envy kit, Tarte LipSurgence in Moody, and a great haircut at Ulta. I was so happy with my purchases and cut that my shopping jones was satisfied.

I did poke my nose into Shoe Carnival, as it was near by. I never rarely find anything I like in Shoe Carnival. Just not crazy about their stuff. However, this time I did find a cute pair of blue shiny faux-alligator loafers on clearance – Woot!

I must confess that I forgot to stop at the grocery store and buy bacon – GASP! the HORROR! heehee!

I hope I can survive the night without bacon :p

At first I was intrigued by all the asymmetrical hems on dresses & skirts that are trendy now. You know, a bit shorter in the front and long in the back… then I realized they are basically apparel mullets. Sigh…

Glamour – I hate my thighs

I know, I know! Such a stereotypical thing for a woman to say. But it’s true! And frustrating! I have always had good strong sturdy legs. I’ve always been cool with them until now. The problem My problem now is that they are horribly lumpy. As my muscles are developing and tightening up the overlying layer of fat & cellulite is more obvious. I’m not as “filled out” or solid as before – which is a good thing! – but also agonizing. I can fit into my skirts & shorts again but dislike showing my thighs. I love wearing dresses again, but try not to look too closely.

This too shall pass and I’m ridiculous to whine about it. It is just part of the process.

So I’m trying to focus on the positives. Those calves I was complaining about previously? I show them off in capri pants and wrap dresses. I wear sexy heels or wedge sandals. I keep my legs shaved and moisturized. My toenails are funky with chunky blue glitter. My biceps are beginning to peep out of softness of my upper arms. My neck and collarbone is more discernible. I make a point to (usually) look pulled together and not sloppy when I leave the house. My clothing is clean and fits my current shape well. My hair is shiny and red.

It’s all these little things that add up to a positive whole. Why not take pride in the things I do like? It shows that I do care, and that I am making an effort for myself. It presents a more realistic view of who I really am.

And all that really matters is that you are being You.

Saturday 7/7/12

I have had a great 3 day weekend. Saturday was quiet yet somewhat productive.

I tried to fix my washer and figured out it is probably the fill valve. I’ll pick one up next Friday when I get paid. It was ugly out on the glassed-in porch in this heat. I think I sweated more in those 45 minutes than I did when I lifted! I also claim the title “Queen of the Ghetto Fixes”! The hose on my vacuum cleaner split. Whatever to do??? DUCT TAPE for the WIN!!! I also used a short section of a cardboard tube that fit exactly inside the broke hose. If your cardboard tube is too big, then slide it over the outside, then duct tape it in place. Duct Tape bitches! Duct.Tape.

Stocked the frig with yummy veggies. Cooked up some spinach with coconut milk, made Melicious’ Belly Dance Roasted Beet Salad, roasted a pan of broccoli, diced up StupidEasyPaleo’s Holy Guacamole Salad, and boiled some eggs. This with lettuces and various proteins should keep me filled up this week.

Speaking of food – I’m back on my modified version of Chaos and Pain’s: Apex Predator Diet for Fat Fucks (WARNING! NSFW!). My meals will be closely following the Whole30 ideal of 1-2 servings of protein, filling my plate up with veggies, 1-2 servings of fruit, 1 or more fat sources per meal. (Check out their book, It Starts With Food!). A couple of weeks ago I lost 6 lbs in one week and have kept it off so I’m feeling confident that I can drop a bit more. My joints will thank me!

My goals for the week: drink at least 64 ounces of water daily, stretch out daily, lift 3 days a week, cardio 3 days a week, be outside at least 1 day a week (I plan on weed eating the walkway Sunday morning and beach again Friday), keep my nails painted (Milani Jewel FX chunky glitter on my toes and Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Graphite).

Saturday’s session:

  • Stretching:
    • 0:28:00 (+5 pts)
  • Barbell Deadlift:
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+43 pts)
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+43 pts)
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+43 pts)
    • up weight next time
  • Standing Barbell Shoulder Press:
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+68 pts)
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+68 pts)
    • 30 lb x 10 reps (+68 pts)
    • up weight next time
  • Bent-Arm Dumbbell Pullover:
    • 10 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
    • 10 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
    • 10 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
  • Body Weight Lunge:
    • 10 reps (+39 pts)
    • 10 reps (+39 pts)
    • 10 reps (+39 pts)
  • Exercise Ball Crunch:
    • 12 reps (+9 pts)
    • 12 reps (+9 pts)
    • 12 reps (+9 pts)
    • 10lb plate

Quality time with…

My tweezers! Betcha didn’t expect that! I either made the awesomely excellent decision or the incredibly stupid decision, depending on your experience, to buy a magnifying mirror. I did some serious renovations to my brows and cleaned up my chin.

Brows My brows are a tad skimpy from years of over plucking but they were still so weirdly shaped. I poked around on Tumblr looking at eyebrows and tutorials for inspiration. I like a more retro pinup style arch, similar to this tutorial. I plucked the wild hairs first. Used a brow brush to brush the hairs upward to see the actual shape of the brow. I noticed that as I’m losing weight my brow line is becoming more pronounced. I plucked a lot from the underside by my nose. I still have a bit of a shadow but it also opens up my eyes more. I used a couple of eye shadows from the ELF Little Black Beauty Book to define and fill in using a small stiff angled brush.  I’m actually happy with them! Yay!

Chin Have you read Guest Blogger Liz’s post on this yet? Like Liz, my chin isn’t furry or anything. Just every now and then I get these damn random thick hairs. Some of them are grey (bleh!) and some of them are dark (what?!?). Regardless they gotta go. This is when you need some good tweezers. Not that pair you picked up at the flea market but spend some cash on a good pair. You’ll thank yourself. You’ll also get a great neck stretch from twisting your head this way & that trying to spot those little suckers! Don’t get completely paranoid! you are supposed to have a bit of hair but no need to for a goatee (unless that’s your goal). Just get the oddballs and you’ll be fine.

Shit Someone Should Have Told Me! Guest Blogger Liz!

I always kinda feel like Kermit the Frog when I introduce Guest Blogger Liz. I get excited and flail around wildly.

What’s up with chin hairs? I guess I first noticed them about age 45 or so. I used to see little old ladies with them sticking way out like a nanny goat and wonder..why doesn’t anyone tell them? Are they really that clueless? Then it happened to me. No one told me about it either. You better believe I tell every young woman I know. And I scare the heck out of them too! Nah, not really. But seriously, I can pull those little suckers out only to have the next one grow in right behind the one I just yanked! And, when they come back, they are like little wires. When it’s time for you to pluck yours, make sure you are careful to only get the one or two you are after. Because you can miss and get the little hair next to it, then it becomes the little wire. Soon it seems like you’re growing a full beard!

I find myself diligently checking every couple days with my 10x magnifying mirror and my good tweezers nearby. My teenaged son knows these are like gold and not to touch or move them, hence they get lost. And, inevitably, no matter how strong the mirror, or how good the light, you always miss one. And, inevitably, you always find that one you missed at the most inopportune time…usually when you don’t have your golden tweezers.

So, in the past several years of dealing with this, I find I have a slight obsession with the process of removal of the nasty little buggers. It’s gotten to the point where I sit and wait for them. I have my mirror in hand and my tweezers on deck. Sometimes if I’m lucky, I can see the little spot before it comes through the skin and squeeze it out. When this happens I am triumphant! Beat the little sucker to the punch! Drawback: After doing this successfully a few times, I have what appears to be a little road map of the Aleutian Islands on my chin in the form of red spots. So, if you choose this option..make sure you don’t have to go anywhere for a while.

So, unti I win the lottery or find a sugar daddy, I will use my proven method..the Poor Woman’s Electrolysis! Until next time…..~liz