Monthly Archives: August 2010

I Found Someone….in Vegas

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Okay, so I’ve been dating my (gulp) now, Fiance, for going on a little over 3 years. Well, now we’re engaged; it’s going to be a long engagement. I am not in any rush to be married; I’m only 21. Anyway, he proposed to me in my favorite place….LAS VEGAS! I love that sparkling city! We went there a year ago, where he gave me my promise ring..now, we got engaged there ( I called my mother and she thought we’d been married at an Elvis chapel, which I told her would never happen. Now, if there was a Cher chapel it’d be a different story).

It was great. We got a limo, champagne, roses, VIP to Crazy Girls/comdey show, and then a KISS montage on the biggest screen in the world. It was great and beautiful. But I must say, this was my third time in Vegas, and I have nver before seen so many people with the same plastic surgery! What I mean is, everyone looked the same! They had the same noses, same lips, and same shiny texture to their faces! WOW.

We ate at P.F. Changs, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock, and some pizza/gelato places; it was all very entertaining and exciting, I am however, still disappointed that I haven’t seen Peep Show and Thunder Down Under..heheheheee…Oh, and this time there were impersonators of Elvis, Micheal Jackson, Mario and Luigi, Allen (The Hang Over), Iron Man, and Marilyn Monroe.

Little, All Over Body Tips!

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Oranges
Use it to: Slough dry skin off heels, knees, and elbows
Why it works: The fruit acid loosens dead skin cells.
How-to: Cut a fresh orange in half and squeeze the juice of one half into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil and then blend into a moisture-rich scrub. Next, rub the exposed side of the other half of the orange over knees, elbows, heels, and any other dry spots. Last, rub in the sugar mixture to slough off dead skin. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.

Walnuts
Use it to exfoliate hands and feet
Why it works: Rich in oil, walnuts make for extra-gentle sloughing.
How-to: Perillo likes to blend 1/4 cup shelled walnuts, 1/2 cup olive oil (for extra emollients), and a tablespoon of honey (to seal moisture into your skin) in a food processor set on a slow speed, creating a fine-particle scrub. Standing in the shower (if you’re scrubbing your feet) or over a sink (if it’s for your hands), work the mixture thoroughly over your skin for a couple of minutes. Rinse with warm water
Milk
Use it to soothe and soften dry, sensitive skin
Why it works: The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant, while its natural fat content acts as a body moisturizer.
How-to: Add 1 gallon of whole milk to a tubful of warm water and soak. It’s a great alternative to sugar and salt scrubs, says Perillo, which may be too abrasive for people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or sensitive skin. If you prefer a fragranced bath, add 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil such as lavender.

 

Eggs
Use it to add strength to damaged, weakened hair
Why it works: Eggs’ high protein content helps improve hair’s resilience and luster.
How-to: Philip B. suggests whisking together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons coconut oil (“rich in moisturizing fats,” he says), and 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Apply the mixture to dry hair and wrap a hot, moist tow��el around your head. Relax for 5 to 10 minutes. Without wetting hair first, work in a handful of shampoo, and then rinse and condition your hair.

 

 
Sour Cream
Apply sour cream and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then wash it off. It’s full of Alpha Hydroxy Acid that helps slough off dead skin cells.It also bleaches out freckles and brown spots over time.
Read more at Wholeliving.com: Natural Beauty Remedies
 

Fell off My Bandwagon

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So, I went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago, and since then I haven’t been exercising or running like I was during the summer. I’ve started school again (my last year as an Undergraduate in college! yay-bachelor’s of Psychology almost here, then on to Masters and Ph.D), and I’ve just gotten so off track. I went to Vegas August 16 and stayed for a 5 days. Let’s just say my relapse started about 3 days before I left. Anyhow,all I know is since then I have been bingeing and purging almost every single day, sometimes up to 3 times a day. I’ve also been restricting and basically eating nothing at all, except for pixie sticks. I know this is all because I stopped working out/running daily; I’ve just become too busy lately. I did run twice, but that was last week and on an empty stomach. I’ve lost 4 pounds and it was pure muscle.

 I am promisng myself I am going back to being healthy and no more B & P; currently, I am sick because of stress (from school). I’m pretty sure not eating, and then throwing  up what you do eat, isn’t helping. I am promising to start my workout and healthy eating ASAP, as in tomorrow. I know my body is precious, as is my mind therefore, I must nourish both! And! how can I run and start a NEDA walk-a-thon in my hometown if I’m doing this craziness to my body??  SO, I vow to stop tomorrow!

Okay, I feel much better now 🙂

Jackie

Burt’s Bees

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If you’re looking for quality care products that are made from all natural ingredients, and manufactured by a company that’s Green and Enviromental friendly, then my friends you need to meet Burt’s Bees. I am a huge fan of their hair care products and facial products. Actually, I just about use every body care they market!  

Here’s some fantastic facts about Burt’s Bees (before I give you the run down of my favorite products):

 “At Burt’s Bees, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of natural. We believe truly natural personal care and natural skin care products are the most effective products out there for you, the environment and The Greater Good. Discover the beauty of well-being.” Burtsbees.com

All of their products are

  • Paraben Free
  • Sulfate Free (SLS-free)
  • Petrochemical Free
  • Phthalate Free

Since 2008, Burt’s Bees has become a place of Zero Landfills as they say on their official site:

“Sending zero waste to landfill seemed impossible three years ago when we were just recycling paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. But, we’ve come along way in reducing our waste and finding another life for just about everything. In every corner of our office and plant, you’ll find a five or six-bin waste-sorting station.

Our favorite bin is the compost bin and it’s where we put the most. In fact, 300 tons of material has been composted rather than sent to landfill since March of 2008. We love it because it becomes rich soil that helps gardens grow. If we can’t compost or recycle something, it goes to a waste-to-energy facility, where it’s used instead of coal to run cement kilns. Then the ash is used to make cinder blocks. We think materials should have an extended life rather than sit in the ground or under the ocean.”

These products are hands down the best out there. Here’s some of my favorite items!

Hair

These products are Burt’s Bees: Shampoo & Conditioner, and Shea & Grape Fruit 2 minute Deep Conditioner. I love this combination! The deep conditioner is heaven to your hair! I went jet skiing and intertubing out on the Louisiana Bayou this past week, and my naturally curly hair was a tangled mess! After I applied the deep conditioner and let it soak for 2 minutes, I could literally comb my hair with my fingers.

Face

Their Natural Acne Solutions is my favorite. I use that and proactive. I switch every other day. Their face cleansers leave your face with a fresh,natural feel and smell! The lip balms and lip glosses are great! They’re smooth,not sticky, and refreshing!

Find out for yourself just how great this company is! Their products are my favorite and their enviromentally friendly and aware! They get 2 thumbs up in my book!

If you want to find out more or read their history (which is fascinating and worth a quick look) you can go thier official site: burtsbees.com

It Starts in the A.M.

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08-07-2010

For me, the direction of my day pretty much follows the morning. So, I try to start my mornings fresh, new, positive and sometimes a little exciting! Today was new start for me. I’m sad to say that for the past week I fell off my health wagon and felt like complete crap and relapsed twice. But, today is a day of new beginnings. I will not let one week ruin the rest of my life!

So this morning, I ate a hearty breakfast of 2 boiled eggs (140 cals,  12g protein, 3 g sat. fat) and a little less than a 1/2 glass of Wheybolic 60 protein with non fat milk (~173 cals, 66g protein, 2.5g sat. fat). 

Then, I ran 2 miles (slightly under 22 mins) and did light weights (biceps, triceps, and some abdominals).

Needless to say, I feel terriffic because I made the decision to get up, get going, and get well/healthy! I suggest everyone start their day with a little exercise. Nothings better than getting those endorphins flowing!

*Side Note: I find keeping track of what I eat and what time I eat helps! This way I know what I need to slack off on or what I need to pick up on. It’s also a good to jot down how you’re feeling that day, how you felt before and after your work outs, and maybe something positive! I find this helps me when I go back and look at previous entries or when I’m just feeling lazy!

Inspirations for Your Day!

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Nothing motivates me more than a beautiful, powerful quote!

Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”

“A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.”

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ”

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

“You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself. ”

Cher

“I’ve always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me.”

“If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.”

“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

“Women have to harness their power – its absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.”

“I only answer to two people: myself and God.” 

Siddartha Gautama (Buddha)

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”

” Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”

” In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then beleive them to be true.”

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

” Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Mother Teresa

“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Assorted

“Don’t follow your dreams, chase them.” Richard Dumb

“Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.” Paula Abdul

“God will never help you become somebody else. He didn’t make you to be someone else!” Joyce Meyer

“I’ve got to find that in myself-somewhere. I can’t go on depending on others to make me feel okay. The only person I’ve got with me for life is me.” Jennifer Hendricks

“Every body is beautiful. Every curve, hair, freckle, mole, and scar tell your story. Let it out.” Jackie Stringfellow

“Fitness to me isn’t about a crunch or a push up, it’s about taking your power back.” Jillian Michaels

I dare you to quit.” Jillian Michaels

“Be yourself. Who knows, you might just her.” Jackie Stringfellow

I can’t save you. You have to save yourself.” Jillian Michaels

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

“Give all your shit away and start living.”