Clean bill of health!

On Monday, I went back to my doctor to get this checked out. (Caution Male Readers!)

For the past six weeks, I struggled to reduce the (overly) large amount of caffeine I drink on a daily basis by MORE THAN HALF.

Well, I did it!

My doctor told me she could really tell I cut back on the caffeine, and then she said that I had to keep it up.

I believe her exact words were: “And not a pot of coffee a day.”

And she said it with a “doctor glare.” You know the one.

Weird thing: We discovered I have one big rib on the right side. It’s just larger than all my other ribs. (I checked.) Fantastic.

I promised. Of course, I might have to break that promise come August.

School is soon! I’m excited, but only because I need to accomplish things. I need to accomplish papers and speeches and teaching.

Ugh. I’m not good without school, I suppose!

Unfortunately, with school comes Ramen Noodles and all-nighters, which leave me too exhausted to workout.

I’m gonna get fat. Boo.

Currently, my workouts and diet are going… OK.

Dieting is just no fun, and daily I learn that I eat too much by counting calories. Counting calories is impossible.

I did Pure Cardio of Insanity today, and it went well. I pushed my body until my legs went out and I fell on my butt.

Twice.

Yeah, I went back for more.

And I died! (Eddie Izzard)

Well, my computer is acting weird, and I have studying to do… Hate on the GRE with me!

Also, I have a gross giant zit on my face. I would show you but the picture wouldn’t turn out right.

The bane of my existence…

I worked out today!

Of course, it was only Cardio Recovery, filled with exercises I’m good at. Squats, plank, yoga, etc.

No cardio.

Maybe I hate cardio… No. I still think I hate it all.

Anywho! We’re not going to talk about that today because I hate it, and I’m in a good/sleepy/goofy mood! (Plus, I got a lot of stuff done at work today, too, so I feel accomplished at something.)

Instead, we’re going to talk about one of the many banes of my existence: cellulite.

Did you shudder? I did.

Cellulite: Hold the Cottage Cheese, Please
By Stephanie S. Saunders

(Apologies. I cannot find the original link to this article)

One of the most hated words in the English language must surely be cellulite.

For the 90 percent of women who are plagued by the “cottage cheese” dimples that can run across the backs of arms and the entire lower body, it can seem like the ugliest thing in the world. Sure, you can hide it beneath clothing, but once bikini season hits, it’s all over.

From a self-consciousness point of view, it’s as if you’re back in middle school. You might as well make it a trifecta of humiliation by slapping on some braces and a lime-green prom dress.

While there’s no way yet to completely rid your body of cellulite, there are a few ways to help improve its appearance.

(Fantastic! Lay it on me.)

The term cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of skin that can occur at any point on the body where the skin is thinner. Under the upper layer of skin, there’s a layer of connective tissue that holds fat into place. In most women, this connective tissue has gaps in it, which allow the fat to push through, creating a bumpy appearance. The difference between fat and cellulite is simply where the deposit lies in relation to these gaps in the connective tissue. That, and the fact that even with weight loss and muscle gain, so-called “normal” fat may disappear, while cellulite seems to want to continue keeping your thighs company indefinitely.

(So far, dear article, you continue to depress me.)

Cellulite can occur in the thinnest of women and men and doesn’t seem to discriminate based on nationality, financial standing, age or weight.

There are believed to be hormonal and hereditary issues that can contribute to causing cellulite. Other causes may include poor circulation, lack of exercise and even too-tightly fitting undergarments.

But no one really knows for sure why 10 percent of the female population is gifted with not having to deal with cellulite, while the rest of us have rear ends that look like a giant golf ball.

(I hate those… lucky… freakin’… not fair…)

So when faced with the appearance of orange peel (orange peel?) on your thighs, what should you do?

Well, there’s good and bad news. The bad news is that there is no actual way, surgical or otherwise, to get rid of cellulite completely at present. No amount of vacuuming, injections, creams or painful massage will eradicate it permanently. But there are many things that can potentially improve the appearance of cellulite. The following is a list of options, ranked from the least to most invasive and/or expensive.

Diet. There are several diets out here that claim to remove cellulite from the body. After a bit of research, you’ll find that most of them are just healthy eating plans that tell you to reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption, avoid processed foods, and drink plenty of water. This, of course, doesn’t really bring anything specific to the table for cellulite. It might help you lose overall body fat, which will reduce the appearance of the lumpy stuff, but no amount of pineapple consumption will completely remove it.

(Darn liars…)

Exercise. Magazines are full of articles on exercises to ban dimpled thighs. Again, these exercises are designed to promote muscle growth and fat loss. Unfortunately, a lot of them are exercises that only target very specific areas, which will not benefit your overall fitness level and are fairly pointless, considering that you can’t spot-reduce fat. Hard cardio and a toned physique will go just as far, if not farther, for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Overall, continuing with your P90X or INSANITY® workout plans will do more for you than will any number of leg lifts alone.

(Of course…)

Tanning. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has again come out with studies on how horrible the effects of tanning beds and baking in the sun can be. Tanning has now been compared to cigarettes and arsenic. Which is unfortunate because a little color on your skin can do more to mask extra bumpy tissue than just about anything else. Luckily, there are an abundance of tanning creams and spray-on tans out there that can give you a similar effect without the risk of skin cancer. Just be careful with application, and if you go the professional route, make sure the folks you choose know what they’re doing. I once attended a black tie event with hands the color of a pumpkin. Not pretty.

(Totally not me… it was the author. I don’t attend black tie events. I don’t look good in ties.)

Creams. There are thousands of topical treatments available that can cost anywhere from $10 to several hundred. Most of them have the common “active” ingredients aminophylline, caffeine and theophyilline. Sad to say, none of these creams can deliver the needed concentration to the necessary depth to make much of a difference in the connective tissue. They’re promoted as increasing circulation, but ultimately, you’re just using a very expensive moisturizer.

(Celtrixa is a lie. Wait… that’s for stretch marks. Still a lie.)

Massage. Massage is another attempt at breaking down connective tissue and increasing circulation in the area. Unfortunately, cellulite is a tougher problem than can be fixed by a single day at the spa. However, there have been studies that consistent, rather aggressive massage techniques can really assist in the cottage cheese reduction process. Before scheduling a daily visit from your massage therapist, though, try intensely rubbing the affected areas on your own with a moisturizer for a few weeks and see if there’s any change in appearance. Thankfully, most cellulite appears on areas of the body you can actually reach.

(…areas you can actually reach? Back cellulite! The itch you just can’t scratch… lol.)

Wraps. (What? I’ve not heard of this.) Wraps have been around forever and still have devoted followers all over the world. The idea of the body wrap is to dehydrate the area, removing all excess water, supposedly creating a leaner appearance. Wrestlers and ballet dancers alike are infamous for wrapping themselves in plastic and sitting in a sauna for ridiculous amounts of time to try and drop “weight.” These results are temporary and will usually return to normal with any intake of water. Wraps may in fact moisturize the skin, but so will a bit of inexpensive aloe vera cream.

Supplements. Supplements can be extremely effective in helping you achieve fitness goals, but like all things I’ve mentioned thus far, no combination of herbal remedies has been proven effective in the fight against cellulite. Most contain some sort of ginkgo biloba, sweet clover, grapeseed bioflavinoids, oil of evening primrose, fish oil and soy lecithin. All might assist your metabolism, and possibly your immunity and brain function, but none will make the dimples disappear.

(Lies, lies, lies…)

Injections. Here’s a cellulite remedy that can cause actual discomfort. Mesotherapy is a series of injections to the cellulite-affected area. Very similar to Botox® for your back end, it’s highly controversial and can require up to 10 visits to see any results. The medication injected has been approved by the FDA for other cosmetic issues, but wasn’t designed for use on cellulite, and is so new that all potential side effects haven’t been discovered yet. Before you choose to go this route, make sure to discuss it thoroughly with your medical practitioner.

(No thank you.)

Suction massage. (Say what, now?) Endermology was created in France about 15 years ago for the temporary reduction of cellulite. The machine creates suction, pulling and squeezing affected areas, which eventually seems to redistribute the fat somewhat, but in truth, it doesn’t change the fat’s makeup. Sessions last about 45 minutes, require 10 to 12 visits, and are rather expensive. Without regular maintenance visits, the appearance of cellulite will simply return.

Lasers. The FDA has approved two different laser options, both used with either a suction device or massage therapy. A low-level laser is radiated on the skin as some type of massage is administered. Both TriActive and VelaSmooth® require as many sessions as Endermology, in addition to continued follow-up maintenance, and can cost thousands of dollars. The effectiveness of laser treatments on cellulite is still unclear, but for individuals with enough cash to spare, this presently seems to be one of the best possible options for cellulite reduction.

Remember, while many of these approaches can improve the appearance of cellulite, none seem to remove cellulite completely or permanently. Until a method is found that will accomplish the total eradication of cellulite, it might be better to spend less money on expensive creams and injections and more on nutritious foods and activities that support a healthy lifestyle. Not only will this help to improve your skin tone, but it’ll make you feel better about your whole body, inside and out. And isn’t that more important than a few extra dimples?

(The answer to that question is most obviously… no. Ditch the dimples!)

Now, to all you ladies out there with perfect skin and cellulite-free thighs, I sorta hate you. Don’t take it personally.

The bane of my existence! Cellulite! We’ll talk about armpit hair and stretch marks on another day.

Remember: Don’t buy the creams!

It’s been awhile…

For a beauty blog! I yap too much about diet and exercise that I forget that feeling pretty is most of the equation for women. (And when was the last time I put together a journal blog? Awhile…)

Journal Stories: Secrets of a bored girl
Entry # 7
Look 10 Years Younger

Do you ever feel like you look old, tired and worn out? Or are you just looking older than you want to look? Your face, skin and hair are not quite as young as they used to be, and it’s depressing.

While I am not at an age where my skin and hair are wrinkling and thinning (I still have zit farms cropping up on my forehead), I know many women who would rather look about 10 years younger.

Thanks to my inability to do useful things throughout the day, I found an article to help women look 10 years younger (piece by piece) in just 10 minutes and felt the need to share.

Eyebrows: All hair thins with age, and that includes your eyebrows. The brow itself may also sit lower on your face –making you look tired –because of the loss of collagen and elastin, which causes sagging.

Upper lids: Decreased circulation and loss of elasticity causes your eyes to be puffy long after you’ve woken up.

Under eyes: Dark circles get darker with time. Thinning skin and missing fat pads (which sit below the eyes) are to blame.

Lashes: Become thinner, too. Sorry girls!

Skin: Wrinkles, dry skin and sun exposure leave you with dead skin cells and duller, rougher texture.

Lips: Lips lose definition due to sun damage and loss of elasticity. Some women develop vertical lines around their mouths, which I have always called the parentheses, and, yes, I have them.

Jaw and neck: Gravity plus the loss of collagen and elastin contribute to the epic loss of definition along the contours of the face. (I highly doubt that chin exerciser works.)

That is not the only news! Of course not!

Now, I, and LHJ, will tell you how to look 10 years younger in what they claim will only take 10 minutes. (I’d set aside a half hour just in case.)

For your facial skin…

  • Primer – Mature skin doesn’t hold on to color long, making primer an essential makeup step. The newest formulas create a smooth surface and have light-reflecting particles. Spread it all over your face and let it set for maximum effectiveness.
  • Light foundation – Heavy makeup will only make deeper the lines and wrinkles you want to hide. Instead, use a synthetic-bristle brush to concentrate coverage around key areas, such as on your nose, forehead and chin. This will give you a natural look.

For your eyes…

  • Concealer – Apply from the inner corner to mid-pupil to brighten up the eyes like nothing else. Start with three dots right near your tear duct and blend with your rig finger or a brush. Do not layer concealer over the lines near the corners of your eyes.
  • Eyeliner – Line your upper lash line with a richly colored liner, but not black, which is too harsh; and don’t line the lower lash line, which will make you look tired.
  • Eye shadow – Light-colored shadows attract light and dark-colored shadows absorb light. For example, pink or beige shadows on the lids direct attention to and brighten the eyes. Following with a brown or gray along the crease will firm up a saggy lid.
  • Defined brows – A well-groomed brow is essential. Fill in gaps with feathery strokes with a pencil one shade lighter than your brow. And, to lift the eyes, define along the top part of the brow, starting a bit in from the inner edge and concentrating on the peak.

For your cheeks and jaw…

  • Cream blush – Step One: Start with a cream blush in a shade that matches your skin’s natural flush; a creamy texture is ideal for older, drier skin. Blend it with your fingers, keeping the color just on the apples of the cheeks.
  • Powder blush – Step Two: Go for a shade that is brighter than you usually wear for that extra pop of color that mature skin needs. Dust it over the cream blush to make the look last for hours.
  • Darker foundation – Take a darker foundation or powder and rub it along your neck and right underneath your jaw. The goal is to have the color emulate the natural shadow that’s already there.

For your lips…

  • Lip liner – As the lip liner becomes less defined and tiny lines start to appear, lip liner can redefine the edges. To avoid the ugly ring look, use a lip pencil in a sheer gloss texture.
  • Lipstick – (Completely unnecessary. Sorry.) Brighter shades like cranberry and cherry complement fading skin tones. Go for the sheerest texture you can find and dab it on with your finger for a pouty look.

Maybe the makeup routine really only takes 10 minutes… but I would have to redo the lips at least four times because I hate lipstick so much… so I would set aside an extra 10 just for them.

Go luck girls! Women… Ladies… I don’t know. Just get your young on.

Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

What better way to relax than to treat yourself to some seriously calming spa treatments? While it is more relaxing to pay someone to do it for you, it far less stressful on the wallet. Ha!

Hear are a few treatments for the eyes, face, skin and feet to  relax and rejuvenate, courtesy of a crumpled up piece of notebook paper :)

In the science and mythology of Ayurveda the eyes are held in high esteem. In Indian lore, a fetus’ eyes were said to be formed by light particles from the sun entering through the mother’s eyes, passed through the nervous system and into the womb.

The eyes are ruled by the sun. They are bright, brilliant and full of luster. Because of their connection with the sun, the are thought to be fiery in nature and easily irritated by the hot sun.

In Ayurveda, there are three doshas –or energies –that influence our bodies and minds: pitta, vata and kapha. No matter your dominant dosha, you can refresh your eyes by sprinkling them gently with cool water, blinking seven times –once for each chakra –and rolling them all around.

If they burn, or are bloodshot, lie down for 15 minutes with milk-soaked cotton balls or cucumber slices on your eyes. (This won’t get rid of dark circles or shadows, but it does do well for calming irritated allergy eyes, which you’ve scratched and rubbed to all ends of the earth.)

If you wake up with dry or crusty, tired eyes, kapha may be to blame. Sprinkle your eyes with rose water. Dry, itchy eyes may be a vata imbalance. To restore, use an Ayurvedic treatment called netra basti: Warm 1/4 cup of ghee over medium heat, cool to room temperature. Pour half of the liquid into an eye-cup and bathe eye for 5-7 minutes. Repeat for the other eye. Save this treatment for bedtime because your vision will blur.

What you eat affects the eyes as well, and one best way to shore up your vision is to chow down on antioxidants. Sunlight creates free radicals –rogue molecules that damage eyes. Antioxidants scour the bloodstream and neutralize harmful invaders. Vitamins C, E and lutein are the best antioxidant providers for the eyes: spinach, broccoli, corn, strawberries and nuts. (I’m sure carrots are included, too!)

And rest the weary. Blink 20 times, rapidly, per minute. Relaxed people blink more, which moistens the eyes. The brain projects fatigue in the eyes to ask for a break. (Weary eyes are also caused by staring at the computer screen. People who look at computer screens a lot – me – have tired eyes and forget to blink.)

To awaken looking rested, treat eyes before bed with a generous dose of caffeine-packed eye cream. Because cream isn’t impeded by make-up, it can easily seep into the skin to tighten and reduce bloating. Next, elevate you head with a couple of pillows before falling asleep to prevent fluids from falling and building up in the eyes.

Eye Pillows: Take1/2 yard of fabric and mark two 4.5-inch X 10-inch rectangles on the nonprinted side. Then, cut along the marks to make panels. Sew the seams. Place panels’ printed sides together. Stitch 1/2-inch seam around the edges leaving one side open (4-inch side). Sew a 3/8” reinforced seam around raw edges. Cut away seam allowance along corners. Flip outside in. Fill the pillow with 1/2 cup dried beans or flaxseeds, 1/2 cup dried rice, lentils or buckwheat, and a 1/2 cup of dried chamomile of lavender. Close final seam and stitch shut.

For your face, heat some whole cow’s milk in a small pot. Let a skin form on the top, remove and place it in a small saucer. As soon as it is cool, add a few drops of lemon juice or rose water. Smash with the back of a spoon into a creamy paste. Smooth the mixture over your face, or any dry area, and leave on for 30 minutes to two hours before rinsing with water.

Another potion is a paste of warm water and almond meal, which contains fatty acids that keep skin smooth. To make the almond meal, use a food processor, blender or coffee grinder. Pulverize into a fine powder, not butter. Refrigerate in a clean glass jar; it will keep for three weeks.

When you’re ready to use it, pour a spoonful into your palm, add a little warm water and blend with your finger tips to make a paste. Smooth it on to your face, massaging in gentle circles to enhance circulation and exfoliation of dead skin for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

To smooth rough elbows, knees and feet, mix together two parts mung bean flour with one part full-fat organic yogurt. Let this mixture sit in a bowl for 10 minutes, and then massage it with circular motions into your rough spots. Let it dry and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

For your feet, fill a basin full with hot water, Epsom salts and a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil to increase the tingle factor. Soak feet for15 minutes, and then exfoliate with a foot scrub or pumice stone, giving special care to heels and calloused areas. Use a thick, moisturizing lotion and massage your feet. Slather on a thick layer of cream before bed and put on cotton socks. Your feet with be supple by morning.

Take a moment and feel relaxed and beautiful! And then keep relaxing! There is no need to fret. Tomorrow is a weekend!

Shout out to mylittlecelebration! (And a bunch of junk we SHOULD be eating)

I know my readership is down and not many of you will note this, but you should definitely check out my friend Dana’s blog, especially today.

Why? Well, it’s about loving your body. And we all know how spastic I am about my body. Fried food and couch potato (current) to extreme crazy dieting and gym membership (tomorrow… or Monday… I haven’t decided).

Turns out, Dana used to feel the same (well, a similar) way! And she’s like super awesome and confident and gorgeous. I mean… check out that pop can!

So, go read her blog. I’ll wait for you to get back.

I know. You don’t have to say anything. I was right. :)

But, lately, I have been very very wrong… :(

Today, we’re going to talk about all sorts of foods we’re supposed to be eating but don’t because Ramen Noodles are easier to prepare and potato chips require no preparation. That could just be me.

Instead of being lazy (like me), we should be eating a whole bunch of these…

Fruits are healthful snacks, or maybe fruits are not just snacks because we should be eating fruits (and veggies) throughout the day.

That’s not the point.

The point is that some fruits are loaded full of calories and sugar, which sucks. Luckily, not all fruit is good/bad for us, which is actually more of the point I want to make.

(Look at me go. Sigh.)

Raspberries, containing only 64 calories a cup, have the most fiber of all the berries (more than four slices of whole-grain bread and twice as much in the same about of blueberries).

I know, right? Who knew?

Women’s Health Magazine advises us to grab a handful, rinse them off and stuff our faces until we’re full. Awesome.

Grapefruits (gross) do not constitute the entirety of an actual diet. However, at only 82 calories per medium fruit, the grapefruit is low in sugar and high in fiber. Apparently, obese adults who ate half a grapefruit before each of their three daily meals lost three extra pounds over the course of 12 weeks.

(Maybe this will work for me? I’m almost down to my high school weight, which is not as low as my actual goal weight so… I might be eating grapefruit. Women’s Health recommends throwing them in Asian stir-fries. I can do that… just not three times a bloody day.)

APPLES! Who doesn’t love apples? Especially if they’re covered in something, such as caramel or peanut butter or chocolate or brown sugar… I could go on.

According to me, apples are like the cracker of fruit. They taste good with everything in every situation, especially in oatmeal.

While higher in calories at 95 per medium apple (medium??? apples I eat only come in gigantic), the fiber in apples takes longer to digest making you feel fuller.

Winning! (I had to, I’m sorry.)

More win? Green apple scent curbs cravings; and Women’s Health Magazine suggests eating apples with… you guessed it… everything.

‘Nanners (okay, bananas) at 105 calories per medium banana are not actually fattening; they contain “resistant starch,” which sort of sticks to your ribs in a good way. However, remember to eat the banana while it’s still a little green. Ripening turns starch into sugar and calories.

Women’s Health Magazine provided a neat-oh recipe: Slice a banana in half, and then cover each slice with half a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter (peanut, duh) and half a teaspoon of cocoa powder. Wrap in wax paper and freeze 10 to 15 minutes for a yummy dessert. (Even yummier? Add French vanilla ice cream. My favorite!)

Husband blends half a banana in his protein shake every day, or every other day… I don’t keep track. He also uses strawberries! Another fruit? Shocking. While the fresh version is more nutritious, we usually buy the frozen version because they last longer, are cheaper and come in larger quantities.

So sweet, tasty fruit sounds great, but what about the stuff that isn’t quite as sweet?

Example? Artichokes. Gross. I mean, they’re a member of the sunflower family that we put in creamy cheese dip and consume. Flowers.

Gross.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m not the biggest fan of artichokes, whether or not they’re good for me. However, I am a big fan of cabbage. Why? Because I’m insane.

Cabbage (22 calories a cup) is a rich source of vitamins K and C, manganese and fiber, and it last for DAYS. While my favorite cabbage is leafy green and roasted in olive oil, I’ll eat any kind in coleslaw. Yum.

Asparagus spears, much like cabbage, are in my edible arsenal. I love asparagus, except for… well, you know… the phenomenon. According to Alton Brown, that only happens to certain people with a specific genetic makeup. Neat.

Like apples, asparagus tastes good with everything, especially itself.

Women’s Health Magazine provided another brilliant list of all the food we should stop ignoring.

Beets: Gross. I used to love beets when I was a little girl; I used to eat them with my grandpa all the time. I am sorry to say that is no more. However, beets are a great source of both betaine and folate, which reduce heart-disease.

Cabbage. (winning!)

Dried plumes: Prunes. I know, right? Old people food. :)

However, prunes are full of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, antioxidants that are effective at protecting against cancer growth. And with my… assets…. I’d like to stay cancer-free.

Goji berries:  Who can afford these things? Who can find them even? While gogi berries are uber good for us to munch, they are pretty hard to get a hold of. Just go to Smoothie King and ask them to add some to your mango mix.

Guava: What is a guava? I’ve had juice of guava and guava smoothies. I have never actually laid eyes on a guava fruit. Am I fail? No. Did you know you could eat the entire thing? Rind, flesh and seeds.

Purslane: Shocked that I’ve never heard of this? I would guess it’s a leaf. It’s not? It gets better? Oh, purslane is a weed! There is a field of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids with a mild, lemony flavor in my backyard. Want some? Hopefully, the German shepherd hasn’t used them as a bathroom.

Swiss chard: Iron Chefs cook with this stuff all the time. (I watch way too much TV.) Just like spinach, chard tastes great with a little olive oil. And who doesn’t love spinach?

And, now, recipes! Well, two recipes. I’m not going to do all the work. Actually… I didn’t do much work at all. :)

Oats ‘n’ Berries Breakfast (from Beachbody)

  • 1 packet plain instant oatmeal, prepared, with 1 scoop Beachbody® Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 oz. roasted turkey breast
  • 1 large hard-boiled egg
  • 1 oz. dark chocolate

631 calories, 62 grams carbohydrates, 47 grams protein, 21 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 10 grams fiber

The Wrinkle Fighter Smoothie (from Women’s Health Magazine)

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup ice

Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 153 cal, 5.6 g fat(1 g sat), 23 g carbs, 35 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein

The Energy Booster Smoothie (from Women’s Health Magazine)

  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp skim milk powder
  • 2 cup ice

Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 294 cal,7 g fat(2 g sat), 38 g carbs, 102 mgsodium,4 g fiber, 25 g protein

Now I want a smoothie. Yum… :)

A grad student’s guide to getting fit

Soooo… I’ve been thinking. I’ve been thinking a lot particularly about my blog.

(No worries, though, skinnyshae is not going anywhere. It just might change…)

When I first began blogging, I began with a focus on “diet,” “fitness” and “beauty” because those three topics so directly related to my healthfulness, happiness and self-esteem. I made this blog as a… well, as an experience in finding not only skinnyness, but also happiness.

I think it has been working, which is great!

Unfortunately, graduate school takes up about 90 percent of my time (not only literally, also figuratively) -with the other 10 percent composed of cleaning my house, taking care of my dog, spending time with Husband, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner, sleeping, remembering to brush my teeth (and shower) and forgetting to shave my legs.

Oh! And blogging!

But I haven’t been much of a blogger -especially a blogger of diet, fitness and beauty. (I haven’t been much of a blogger friend either… :( )

Yes: I do occasionally put up recipes of… mostly healthy food items.

Yes: I do tell you all about MY workouts, but not so much workouts you can try, although no variety.

Yes: I still complain about how much it all sucks because we all know it does.

But instead of blogging (and mostly complaining) about how much I hate dieting (and failing at dieting), fitness (and missing the gym) and beauty (and when I FINALLY plucked my eyebrows), I am continuously apologizing for not blogging! That’s not a blog! And that’s not what you deserve. You, as readers and Googlers and friends, deserve more. I am not entirely sure when that will happen.

Boo. I know. But I have a possible solution!

I can change the contextual format of my blog. Not much else will change. I don’t have that much energy. However, I can change the diet, fitness and beauty stuff to match the grad school stress, torture and time stuff.

While the blog will probably not change that much, I will at least have an excuse! And as we, as dieters and exercisers who suffer so much together, know, a good excuse means we can eat a doughnut.

:)

I really want a doughnut.

Announcement? Check.

Update? Not today. Soon, however, I will post some past recipes, new workouts, more beauty information and a picture of my freshly plucked eyebrows.

They look really awesome.

Bridal Week: Brows that Wow!

…sorry… I got busy cleaning… and studying… and cleaning… Here’s the article’s information, though, today on how to sculpt perfect eyebrows for your wedding day. (Again, I don’t think I plucked anything… :)

You’ve really got two choices when it comes to eyebrow-grooming: waxing or tweezing. (We won’t get into threading because you’re still yanking hair out and that’s just like tweezing.)

Below are a few tips for getting that perfect arch!

Tweeze Whiz
You need the right tool, one that grabs hair securely.

Before tweezing, apply some ice to the brow to numb nerve-endings and nix pain. (All this did for me was make my face cold…)

To determine where to tweeze, use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the shape you want and tweeze anything outside the lines.

If you’re unsure of where brows should begin and end, hold an eyeliner pencil straight along the side of your nose and tweeze any hairs that extend inward between the brows. Next, angle the pencil outward from the bottom of your nose toward the outside corner of your eyes and tweeze any hairs that extend outward toward your ear.

Remember to tweeze stray hairs creeping up your forehead and down toward you eye lids. Form the arch to peak over the outside corner of the iris, not the pupil… you’ll look really asymmetrical and bizarre.

Match Game
Now that you’ve cleaned up your brows, make them match (ish). Start with the arch: adjust by tweezing out unwanted hairs and filling in gaps with a pencil or powder. If you have a round face, you can add angularity with sharply-arched, defined brows. If your face is more angular, go for a soft, less dramatic arch. Remember to go slowly, or you might risk overtweezing.

Hue Review
Color is critical when using artificial eyebrow enhancers. Your brows should match the color of hair on your head. Brows should not be darker (unless your brunette went platinum) than the darkest shade of hair on your head.

Sorry about the delay. I meant to get to blogging yesterday, but a messy house mixed with school stress really turned me off to doing anything near a computer screen.

Tomorrow… Bridal Beauty: Eye Do’s and Don’t’s