Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2. I updated my favorite bloggers list on the left side of my blog. Some of you that just recently commented, forgive me - I haven't had a chance to add it yet. But rest assured! I will.
3. I started back on the "diet" train yesterday (Thanks to you and you - my warriors.) I know ya'll are getting tired of hearing me talk about this so much. I don't know why I've had such a difficult time with my eating lately, but I'm (hopefully) back on the wagon again. I also joined http://www.thedailyplate.com/ which my favorite Jersey girl got me hooked on. So far so good!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
More recently, I tried some instant bronzer from L'oreal that resulted in Mr. P telling me "to come here, you have some dirt or something on your face...." Needless to say, that got chunked. (or maybe I didnt use it right.)
One of my favorite bloggers also just brought up this subject as well.
So tell me, do you have a self tanner that you use on a regular basis that you love? If so, PLEASE..Share, share :)
PS Ya'll rock on the Netflix suggestions!!! My queu is getting SO freaking big! 27 Dresses arrived today. And good suggestions on the TV series! I'm so gonna be watching every episode of Six Feet Under that I missed.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Isn't he cute???
My boss (who is a HE) makes them on the side and he has made a few for some people in our office and I finally got one! He is wearing a peace sign necklace because he said I wear funky necklaces. My monkey is a hippie - and he's now doing a yoga/zen pose. hee hee
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
But I digress...Back to the itching...(Are ya'll itching yet???) I took an oatmeal bath but the water was too warm (duh I should have known better) and made things even worse. I thought I was gonna scream! My skin got so blotchy red and later I found out that the warm water was releasing all of the histamines. So...note to those of you who may ever have to do this (works for poison ivy, etc.) take an oatmeal bath in as cool of water as you can stand.
Needless to say I was feeling like CRAP this morning. My Dr. appointment was for 9 AM (I would have gone at 3 AM if they would have taken me), and as soon as I walk in, the receptionist (who's been there forever) says "just wait one second sugah, and I'll be right with you." I waited maybe 60 seconds and she says "I'm SO sorry for the wait. Let me get your insurance card from you ,hon."
After awhile, I'm called back to see Dr Amy who immediately upon opening the door says, "Sweetie, what ails you??" I turned immediately into a 5 year old. Me with sad pouty face says "I have itchies." Ok, not really. We chit chatted and she gave me my prescriptions and then launched into a 5 minute discusstion about where I can get some fabulous oil for my itchy skin from the drug store. (More on that later) She was so friendly! Seriously, I could have sat there all day talking about the weather, shoes, my new toenail polish...you get the idea. When I left, she said "Now if you don't feel better in a few days, don't you hesitate to call me, darling!" ("Yes, ma'am...now can I have my sucker now????" but I guess you only get those if you are under 12 and / or get a shot. Or you start crying a lot. Which I considered but seeing as I'm 30 ish....)
Then I headed to the drugstore to fill my prescription. They told me it might be a few minutes, so I decided to wait. She had me ready to go in less than 10 minutes - and apologized for the wait. I was like, look lady...I've been itching for 48 hours straight. Ten minutes is nothin! She sent me on my merry way with a "have a GREAT day" and before I got out the store, two other employees told me to have a nice day and waved goodbye.
By the time I got to work, I was practically skipping (and scratching) down the sidewalk. It's amazing how other poeple can affect your mood and lift your spirits! I love the sweet, neighborly, help-each-other-out attitudes that folks have here.
Soo...back to the fabulous oil - it's Neutrogena Body Oil. I actually have some of this oil but I mix it with my lotion usually. But Dr. Amy (love her!) gave me a great idea. She said to buy a squirt bottle and pour the oil into it. That way you it's less messy and you can squirt it all over your body and get hard to reach places like your back. She said it's great for those of us with dry itchy skin that is so common during the winter. The best part of this oil is that it is NOT greasy like baby oil is. I can't stand baby oil...everything sticks to you. But this stuff is totally different and feels amazing. Give it a try! (Wal-Mart has a generic version for about 4 bucks.) She said she gives these out at Christmas time in gift baskets and her family loves it. Great idea!
Now that I've made you all a little itchy, go take a luxurious warm/cool bath tonight and slather up with some nice body oil afterwards. You can thank me later!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I'll close with this...it was 12 degrees here last night. That is NOT acceptable below the Mason Dixon line. BRRRR!
For now, let's all just focus on a lazy summer beach day ...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
If so, what are your thoughts? Me personally, I thought it was a really great message. To not take care of yourself (whether this means abusing food, not exercising, drinking too much, smoking, etc.) is to not love yourself, plain and simple.
A lot of people comment (as does Oprah herself) on the fact that you would think having access to all the money in the world would equal success. Unfortunately it does not always. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about the choices we make. You can’t force others to make you exercise and eat healthy.
Another thing that I thought about is (speaking specifically about food abuse) how I should treat my body as if it were my family member. In other words, if I were my child, would feed my child unhealthy foods? Would I feed my child a whole tub of ice cream? NO. Of course not. I would only want the best for them – so why not myself? It’s about the love for myself and treating my own body the way it deserves to be treated.
Oprah definitely ate (no pun intended) some humble pie on her show yesterday. I appreciated that – I too have been in that place where you think “I’ve got this! I don’t need any advice or help. I know how to eat right; I know what exercise needs to be done. I’ve won this battle!” And now I know (after losing NO weight in 2008 and actually gaining a few lbs.) that I will never win this battle completely. I will always struggle with eating too much and I will always have to exercise to maintain or lose weight.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to answer Bob Greene’s questions from the show yesterday.
Bob Greene's five Questions to Consider
1. What are you really hungry for?
I crave control over my life. I hunger for things in my life to be in order (money, weight, consistent exericise, keeping my house/car/closet clean, whatever). I always feel out of control.
2. Why are you overweight?
Because my mind is in so many directions on a daily basis, I do not always carve out time to exercise like I should. I also overeat sometimes to forget about problems in my life. And just like Oprah, even though I eat healthier foods these days, I still overeat on those foods. A bag of organic chips can still make you fat.
3. Why have you been unable to maintain weight loss in the past?
Actually, I have been able to somewhat maintain my weight loss for the 2 years (with the exception of parts of this past year because I gave up on exercise and eating right). I give a lot of the credit to Weight Watchers for teaching me how to eat healthier in general. But it’s when I feel out of control, that is when I gain weight. (Some happy, some sad - I lost my grandmother, started a new job, a new relationship, etc.)
4. What in your life is not working?
I do not keep up with things the way I should. When I feel overwhelmed, I shut down and do not do anything. I need to remember that anything is better than nothing. 20 minutes on the treadmill is better than nothing. Cleaning out my closet 10 minutes a night is better than nothing (Can you tell my closet is a nightmare? Mr. P is scared of it.) Taking 30 minutes a week to sort out my checkbook is better than sticking my head in the sand like an ostrich and forgetting about it.
5. Why do you want to lose weight?
Honestly and truly I want to be healthy. I also want to feel good about myself. Let’s be honest – losing weight makes you feel better. It makes you feel pretty (not in a superficial way) It rejuvenates your spirit. It makes you HAPPY. And isn’t that what we all ultimately want?
My Goals or Resolutions for 2009 are simple
1. Gain control over my life
2. Treat my body with respect and love
PS I forgot to mention above that I also thought Oprah was a tad hard on herself. She's just human afterall. We all mess up. But she seemed really depressed about it. But then again, been there, done that. OH, and I promise the NYE recap is coming. I just felt this topic was more important right now to me.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Him: "Wait a minute...Your hair spray is $15???"
Me: "Yes, it is. Well, $12.95 with my Bi Lo bonus card, thank you. My hair is very frizzy, it needs lots of TLC."
Him: "YOUR HAIR SPRAY IS $15????"
Me: Big Sigh. "MY HAIR IS VERY FRIZZY AND I LIVE IN THE SOUTH...sweetie..."
Him: "Well, what's the difference in $5 hair spray and $13 hair spray?????"
Me: "What's the difference in a $200 shotgun and a $800 one????"
Him: Pause. "So, where's the ice cream section?"
I'm a pretty conservative gal when it comes to other stuff. But hair and makeup? I splurge. And I don't make excuses for it.
He splurges on guns and hunting gear and tractors and other
Best he knows now, right?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
These Danskin v-neck t-shirts for $8...I bought this one in yellow:
They are so comfortable! I'm going to go back and buy one in ever color.