Not That Girl

This weekend one of my close friends made a comment about hair and make-up. She referred to me as someone who always does her make-up.

Qué, qué... me? Really?!

The comment struck me as odd because I so NOT the make-up girl. The most I do on most mornings is wash my face, put on moisturizer and lipstick. Done, let's go. I have to "feel like I'm in the mood" to put on make-up for work and the weekends forget about it unless it's a night out. In the last few years I realize this isn't the norm. Apparently a lot of women I know have a whole daily make-up routine and some wouldn't even leave the house without it. Apparently the "cheese standing alone" on this is me! Which is fine because I like the way I look without make-up. I must thank the genetics of mom and dad for eyes that look like I always have eye-liner on and natural rosy cheeks.

Anyway back to my friend's comment, I can see why she thinks I always wear make-up because she sees me when we are going out, to a party or some other event. It would be a safe assumption to her that I always do my make-up. Oh no girl, I think the whole eye-shadow, eye-liner, mascara bit on a daily basis is just too much of a production! Fine for a night out but not every morning. So call me crazy but if I do my make-up once a week for work... that's a miracle!

I do know how to put on make-up thanks to my sister who bought me make-up lessons at Elizabeth Arden a few years back. She thought it was so odd that I didn't know how to put on eye-shadow and would always bug her to do it for me. I mean just last year was the first time I put foundation on myself. Prior to that I only wore it when my make-up was done for a party or something. I haven't done it since that one time. Now if I were a Kardashian and had my own personal make-up artist, I'd wear make-up all the time. I love getting my make-up done, guess I don't love doing it myself. But I'm getting better. On other side, I have to recognize that I enjoy testing new makeup products by the face! Like here.

So what about you, are you a make-up girl or not?

I Talk To Myself When I Eat

Today I woke up not hungry but craving this" :

What is wrong with me? Yesterday I was checking a guide to choose the correct supplement on this website: and today I want to eat that s#*!t. Yes, I'm aware the sentence above makes no sense but I didn't want to eat anything healthy in my house {translation: not hungry}. Yet I knew I had to eat something {translation: above picture}. If I was working out all week, I would have eaten the sandwich without giving it a second thought. Burned it off and moved on. But that's not the case, so I really had to think about satisfying this craving.

Is this a true craving? Is this sandwich going to satisfy me? Or am I just looking for a quick-easy breakfast I don't have to make myself. It's Friday, I'm tired and I have a ton of things to do. I want something easy!

All this was going on in my head as I was on the train to work. I went to my favorite Starbucks on Broadway to get my non-fat latte. I was still pondering what to have for breakfast when I saw this:


A healthy breakfast I didn't have to make myself with all my favorite things! :) Oh Happy Friday! All my cravings for the sandwich were gone. I was so pleased with my food option and with myself for thinking it through. I know it might seem odd to others that breakfast is such a production but to me it doesn't feel that way. I made a commitment to myself to only eat when I'm hungry and to only eat what I want. Sometimes it takes a lot of "talk time" with myself to figure out what I want but it's so worth it!

A non-scale victory for sure! :)

There was a hidden surprise in Starbucks Protein Bistro Box, this little packet of Justin's Honey Peanut Butter! WOW!

It was the most delicious peanut butter I have had! Checking out their website now, to see where they sell it. Must get more! :)


Your body needs to workout every day."NYCityMama

On Friday I was listening to Carol's podcast about her journey to healthier living and her words inspired me to do something I've been putting off...registering for my second 5k of the year. One of my goals this year was to run the same 5k race I ran last year...Run the River. I'm excited to finally get off my butt and get back to running. Thank you Carol for the extra push I needed. I'll be starting this week to prepare and fill in other workouts on days I don't run. I think I'll keep using that phrase every day to remind me to get my workouts in!

It's also been about a month since I stepped on a scale. It was surprisingly interesting to be so comfortable with this "no weigh-in" lifestyle. July was a pretty busy month, I didn't workout in any structured format. I simply watched what I ate and did little things like walk more, cut out soda, chips and sweets. Sure I had fleeting moments of apprehension, my mind was telling me to get on the scale! I have taken the Intuitive Eating practices into my whole life and one of those is that I don't do anything I don't want to, so I skipped the scale. I feel like putting those practices into my life have opened me up to more "me time" and it's made it easier to say "no" to things I don't want to be doing. It's very liberating. When it comes to food, I focus on the belief that I can eat what I want and maintain my weight or even lose weight.

Guess what?

I am down 2 lbs from the last time I got on the scale, which was on {wait let me check my Springpad app}...7/17/11! WOW! It's pretty amazing...Intuitive Eating has saved my sanity when it comes to food! :)

Going on vacation used to be so stressful, knowing that I couldn't be on my "diet" would cause me to overeat way before I even got on a plane. Then when I arrived at my vacation spot, I wanted to eat everything because "nothing counts while you are on vacation,right?" This time it was different, I was already eating what I wanted, so nothing about traveling to San Diego caused me to overeat. I only ate when I was hungry. This was such a change from last year, when I ate "something" at every food booth. Definitely a non-scale victory.

I'm looking forward to a more consistent workout plan and to discovering some new recipes. :)

Oh Balance, Where Are You?

I've been thinking about my weight loss and fitness goals. They need to be revamped so I can lose the last 40 lbs. My goal is in sight and I want to do this! :) However I wish I could work both goals together! My pattern is as follows, when I am ON the ball with food choices, I don't want to exercise. Then when I am ON the ball with exercise, I am not minding my food choices. Right now its the later. UGH! I'm really frustrating myself.

I'm not blaming anybody or the routine of my life. It is what it is. I have to find a way to make both goals work together. Starting today, I'm going to track all foods in my journal and aim to make better choices at each meal. Going back to basics always works for me. The Insanity Workout is going so well, week 2 is done! I love this CRAZY workout. I have never challenged my body so much. Sometimes I can't believe I'm actually able to do this workout. Sure I'm not at expert speed but I finally feel like I can keep up with a good portion of the DVDs. It's great to see progress and definition in my body. This is the one good thing I've done for myself this month and I'm really proud of it! :)

This whole weight loss journey has been trail and error for me, like I'm sure it is for everyone. Somethings work great for me, others don't. It's a constant learning experience and one that I hope to enrich at FitBloggin. I know that I will be among my weight loss inspirations, just having conversations and good times. You'd be surprised how you can find inspiration from just getting to know someone. Recharge and re-motivate sounds like a good plan and when I get back from the conference I'll publish the goals here to remind me of what I need to do. :)

My Favorite Poem

I read somewhere that everybody should have their favorite poem memorized. This is mine. In eighth grade I had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Pender, who read and analyzed this poem in our English class. I don’t know if I fully understood the meaning of the poem at the time. Only later in life did I realize what a masterpiece she had shared with us.

Fire & Ice

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost