It’s only a week after Halloween but I wanted to share some of the looks I did. I went as a pop art girl. It was fun and I loved how it came out although my make-up did melt with every blow dry I did.
My sister-in-law went as a sugar skull, day of the dead or Dia de Muertos. I absolutely loved the way her look came out. It’s great to use fun colors, gems and shading techniques all in one face.
For my sister I did some greyscale make-up to make her look like a black and white photo. It was a last minute idea so we didn’t have ideal make-up to work with. I really struggled with the foundation but I know if I had had the right products it would have been flawless. I was still really happy with how it came out. When she put the wig on and all the accessories I didn’t even recognize her!
I bought wayyyy to much candy this year. Since it was a late night at work for me, Matt and Meagan handed out the candy. They said we had around 40 kids which is a good turnout. I’ve eaten so much of the leftover candy that I think I might turn into a snickers bar. It’s definitely time to get rid of it!
What did you go as? What was the most creative costume you saw this year? Did you wake-up with a sugar hangover the next day?
I just wanted to drop in with a quick progress report type post. Today was a great day of balance for me. Today is a Wednesday which is sort of like a Sunday for me. I got to sleep in until 8:00 which is heavenly. I spent the morning reading blogs and working on my photography skills. I’ve got a long way to go on that. I basically just lounged with my coffee, a little tv, my laptop and our DSLR.
I had a blueberry and pineapple smoothie for breakfast which I sipped while jamming out to some reggae and working on organizing one of our supremely cluttered rooms upstairs. If I was a stronger person I would show you before photos but I’m afraid I would end up on an episode of hoarders. I made a really great dent in it but only spent a few hours. I tend to get carried away and spend the whole day on a project like that and forget to eat or shower. My work really paid off! I found a birthday check, a gift card and a few pairs of pants.
I made my first batch of elderberry syrup, which I imagine tastes like gummy beary juice. We have some sickness in our house that I’m hoping to clear out, especially before I catch it!
I went for a 2.2 mile run. It was brutal! I really need to start making running a regular thing or else I’m going to keep feeling like death. I did feel great when I was done. I also went to Zumba. It was such a great class! There was a booty battle, we did my absolute favorite song and ended with a killer leg focused Eminem number. Seriously, the best class I’ve been to in a long time.
I was absolutely famished when I got home. I didn’t even have to cook dinner because we had some delicious leftover lentil and chicken sausage soup.
I picked up a new chocolate bar the other day, jcoco’s vanuato coconut pecan. I have a hard with portion control when it comes to chocolate. I tend to eat it while I’m watching tv and if I’m not careful the whole thing can disappear. This particular bar was wrapped up into 3 1 oz bars. No self control needed! Each bar is wrapped up in a beautiful old photo.
Not only was it delicious but it’s free of gluten, all natural and non-GMO. The packaging is all recycled material and the best part is that your purchase helps feed someone else. It’s fashionable, delicious and helpful. This is chocolate you can eat without guilt. I can’t wait to try the other flavors. You can learn more about them on their website www.jcocochocolate.com
I would say today I had pretty great balance in mind, body and spirit. I’m hoping that I can continue to find this balance daily.
Sorry to post this so late but it was Matt’s birthday and we celebrated all week-end. It was great to spend time with my husband and friends and eat delicious not so healthy food. It’s weird but when I indulge it makes me crave healthier foods so it’s actually pretty easy to focus on the foods that I know will make my body and mind happy. Plus my eczema is on fire and I want to put that fire out before I scratch my skin off lol.
Tuesday- Butternut squash soup (I’ve been craving this, kind of a weird craving I know!)
Wednesday- Zucchini Lasagna from Skinnytaste
Thursday- Chinese Casserole (It’s a childhood favorite that Matt loves!!!)
Friday- Crockpot Sesame Honey Chicken over cauliflower rice from Skinnytaste
I’m really going to focus on fitness that I can do at home. I feel like I’m spending a lot of money on classes lately and gym membership that I rarely use. It sounds silly to not take advantage of something that I’ve already paid for but I want to prove to myself that I can get in great workouts on my own and not spend a fortune. I really need to start cutting down on how much I’m spending in all areas of my life and start building our savings back up. I have a huge workout DVD library and there are so many options online that are free and really challenging and I can run outside. I would love to be one of those badass runners that runs year round regardless of snow and cold temperatures.
I started the P.I.N.K. Reset diet again on Monday. I’m not being 100% strict with it though. I don’t really like the idea of protein powders so I’ve been using my homemade yogurt in my morning smoothies. It’s only been a few days and the scale is showing progress.
Even though I just started I’ve already fallen off the wagon. For some reason I just can’t stand up to the snack monster. I’m trying to not be too hard on myself and let it snowball into completely giving up. I thought if I shared how I was struggling maybe just the act of acknowledging it would help me be stronger. So I’m picking myself up and moving on.
Here’s me at the start of this journey. I would love to see myself about 15 pounds lighter which would be in the normal range for my height. I know weight isn’t everything but it’s a way to track progress. I’m also taking weekly measurements. I just need to find a way to deal with stress and to celebrate my successes that do not center around food. Any suggestions that have worked for you?
Last week I really stuck to the meal plan for all the dinners. I went a little crazy with desserts and snack though. For some reason I was surrounded by baked goods and had no willpower to say no. As a result my eczema came back. I literally woke up Friday morning with my face on fire and itchy. I guess I just need to learn things the hard way. So this week I’m just going to concentrate on healing foods and being as good to my body as I can.
Monday- Grilled chicken with mixed veggies
Tuesday-Orange Salmon with broccoli and red pepper and rice pilaf
Wednesday- Chicken in pasta sauce over rigatoni (I’ll serve mine over zucchini), garden salad and garlic cauliflower bread sticks
Thursday- Pork tenderloin with roasted sweet potatoes
Friday- Stuffed peppers made in the crock pot
Sunday- Yoga flow class (it was awesome!)
Monday- Miner combat class
Tuesday- Pilates (a new studio opened up right near my work) and Yoga flow (I’ve got to go when I can!)
Thursday- run or rest day
Friday- Buti fitness DVD
Today was a the perfect fall day. The weather is amazing. It’s in the mid seventies and clear blue skies with a slight breeze. It’s that perfect temperature where you just want to be outside. I’m so happy that today was my day off. The day started out wonderfully. I got to sleep in and Pearl was all snuggled up with me.
She’s so fluffy I could die!
I woke up feeling rested and calm. I think Tuesday night yoga really helps me sleep peacefully. In my book there’s not much that can beat a good night’s sleep ( or a cat nap in the afternoon.) I was sipping my cup of coffee and got this sudden burst of motivation to try the Buti workout DVDs I got awhile ago.
I was hot and sweaty and regretting that cup of coffee while doing it but afterwards I felt great. I made myself an amazing breakfast of omelette with ricotta cheese, tomato and spinach and a waffle smothered in pumpkin almond butter and sliced banana. Not my typical breakfast but so delicious. I wish I had time to make it every morning. The only photo I snapped of it was my tea.
I spent the entire afternoon picking raspberries. A local orchard posted on their Facebook wall yesterday that if you brought your own container then you could pick raspberries for free. So me and my sister-in-law picked 4 gallon sized freezer bags worth. Our hands were stained and our arms are covered in scratches but we’ll have perfect raspberries all winter long. I love getting to spend time with her.
I took the monkey dog for a walk when I got home. We decided to head up the hill. On one of the side streets there were a bunch of apples all over the ground that had fallen from a tree. I’m not going to lie, if I had a free hand I would have a snagged a few.
We headed back down the hill and on the corner was a beautiful garden with these really funky plants that looked like they could have been in the Willy Wonka movie.
I was gushing about them and the owner happened to be outside working on another part of the garden. He was so sweet and let me get close up to take pictures. He even let Punky kiss him all over. He told me the plant is called Burgmansia. They’re a tropical plant so he digs them up before the first frost and stores them in the basement. My older brother is an avid gardener and I couldn’t wait to send him a photo and see if he knew about them. He said he has one himself. I guess I should probably pay more attention when I go to his house.
I love beautiful fall days that start with no plan and end with delicious food, new friends and quality time spent with old friends.
For some reason my brain just does not want to focus on meal planning or really anything right now. I’m blaming seasonal allergies. I’ve forced myself to just do it already because I know how annoyed and upset I’ll be with myself by the middle of the week if I’m not organized now.
Monday- Sausage, peppers and onions over spaghetti squash or on sandwich rolls. (This past weekend Matt and I went to a rehearsal dinner and someone made this and the smell has been haunting me since!)
Tuesday- Pecan crusted chicken over a garden salad with goat cheese and balsamic dressing
Wednesday- Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce from Cooking Light
Thursday- Honey Cashew Chicken over Rice (or cauliflower rice for me) from Cooking Light
Friday- Slow cooker Beef Stroganoff
Pumpkin Spiced Almond Butter from Primally Inspired
Tuesday- Miner Combat class and Yoga Flow
Thursday- 3 mile run and abs
Friday- Buti Fitness DVD
It’s crazy how much better I feel now that I have a plan for the week!
I started the day with a warm glass of filtered water. I’m not really sure why but I was positive that I would not be able to get it down. For some reason I just can’t stand to drink water in the morning unless I’m working out. It was surprisingly easy. About an hour later I had a small glass of chicken broth. This was harder to get down. I’m hoping this gets easier. I also had a giant bowl of butternut squash soup. That was yummy. I’m feeling pretty good this morning. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll fly through the intro diet but I’m prepared to stick with it as long as it takes.
For lunch I had a cauliflower soup with mushrooms and peas. I wanted it taste like risotto so badly but it was rather blah. This time my cup of broth was more room temperature and it was easier to drink.
I also had a couple of glasses of ginger iced tea that were sweetened with a little raw honey.
About mid-afternoon I started experiencing some detox symptoms but nothing unbearable, mostly a slight headache. I was even able to make it through a Zumba class, although I was starving by the end of it.
I had my last glass of broth and this time I added a little sea salt to it. That helped a bit but let me tell you, drinking broth is already getting old. I had a bowl of hamburger and vegetable soup and it was delicious! ( I added about a teaspoon of sauerkraut liquid to the soup. )
By the time I was done eating I was so sleepy that I just passed out on the couch. Overall I’m feeling pretty decent and I think I’ll move on to phase two tomorrow.
This has not been my healthiest year. I seem to catch a cold every other month when I usually have maybe one cold a year. I also developed eczema over the winter. It first popped up Christmas Eve. Matt and I were setting everything up for dinner and my underarms were on fire. They felt tender and hot and were kind of itchy. My left eyelid was also affected. I wasn’t even sure what it was at first. I just sort of ignored it and it cleared up in about a week. Then when we were in the thick of planning the wedding and booking the honeymoon it came back. This time I also got it on my face around my mouth. It was horrible! And embarrassing. I mean who wants to go to the stylist that looks like crap?
This time I couldn’t ignore it. I looked for natural remedies. Putting a warm wet cloth with tea tree oil on it was really soothing and made it tingle a little. Which felt like it was doing something to heal it. I also used coconut oil as a moisturizer at night. This seemed to help because when I woke up in the morning the patches were smaller and less irritated, but by the end of the day I wanted to scratch my skin right off! It was awful!
After researching this to death I found an e-book titled The Eczema Cure. It was so helpful! If you’re suffering from eczema I highly recommend this book. One of the things I tried was an elimination diet of common triggers of eczema. I don’t know that for me that it’s a certain food that caused this or not but I did notice that I am definitely sensitive to gluten. Whenever I eat it the next day I am extremely bloated and, there’s no delicate way to say this, I get constipated for days. (Whoa is that embarrassing to share.)
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, because I’m finally going to do something about it. I decided to heal myself through diet. I’m going to start the intro diet for GAPS starting tomorrow. I’m going to try to share my experience here on Msmandipants. I’ll fill you in on what I’m eating and how I’m feeling throughout this healing process. I would greatly appreciate any help or tips.
I’m going to enjoy my last cup of coffee and I’ll be back soon with an update on how it’s all going.