Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Reflections on the Physical

So you all know I've been really focusing on the physical aspect of my life for my happiness project: what I eat, how I look, and keeping fit and I'm proud to say that it was a big success.  Even though in May there was Mother's Day, my birthday celebration with Andy, celebration with my girlfriends, and celebration with my coworkers, a surprise 50th birthday party, a surprise 30th birthday party, Memorial Day, and my mom's birthday, which would usually have caused a major weight gain, I still managed to lose 5.5 lbs.  It could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse.  It was a great exercise in self-control.  Even though I still have a long way to go, I'm happy with my progress.

There was definitely days where I felt like I was fat and disgusting and I just wanted to eat away my feelings, but in a day or so those feelings would dissipate.  Even though sometimes I felt like it was slow going, I knew I was doing right and I should just keep on trucking on even if I would rather have buried my face in a bag of doritos.

There were definitely a few times I fell off the wagon.  Like a late night run to McDonalds, a few too many cocktails at a party, an extra slice of cake, but instead of saying, Ok, I'll just pig out this week and start fresh on Monday, I fixed it right away and got right back on track.

Here are some tips that helped me this month:
1.  Do not pick off of Isabella's plate and watch the bites, licks, and tastes that accumulate throughout the day.

2.  Exercise.  It's the single best thing I do for myself.

3.  When going out to dinner, plan ahead.  Look at the menu ahead of time and decide what your getting and stick to it, so this way your not tempted to get something that's really unhealthy.

4.  Indulge in moderation.  If I'm craving chocolate and I decide that I'm going to forgo it completely, I wind up eating a ton of chocolate anyway instead I plan small indulgences.  So if I really want chocolate, I'll have a few dark chocolate covered pomegranates.  This way I get my chocolate without falling off the wagon completely.

5.  Don't get too hungry.  If your blood sugar drops too low you'll be a raving bitch.  A skinny one, but a meanie.

June's focus is Marriage
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Just Because

Just because I'm not thin doesn't mean I don't deserve to be happy.

Just because sometimes I'd rather read a magazine or watch Glee than play on the floor with blocks doesn't make me a bad mother.

Just because sometimes I practically push Andy out the door to hang out with his friends so I can catch up on Glee and my Housewives doesn't make me a bad wife.

Just because sometimes my mother drives me bat shit crazy sometimes with her wishy-washyness and I might not call her for 2 days doesn't make me a bad daughter.

Just because I'd rather shoot the shit with my coworkers instead of grading papers doesn't make me a bad teacher.

Just because I fall off the wagon on my happiness project doesn't make me unhappy.

Just because I'd rather watch television than visit the Met doesn't make me uncultured.

Just because I have a giant girl crush on Quinn from Glee doesn't make me a lesbian (can you tell I'm watching Glee right now?)

Just because my blog isn't getting as many comments as it usually does, doesn't mean I'm not being heard.

Just because I don't have a best friend doesn't mean I never will or that I don't have close friends.

Just because I don't always fit in doesn't mean I'm an outcast.

Just because I'm shy and a bit awkward, doesn't mean I can't connect.

Just because somedays I'm completely ready to check out doesn't mean I'm selfish.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

When Social Media Hurts

There's no denying the prominent role that social media plays in our lives.  Twitter, Facebook, 4 Square, Linked In, Blogs.  We're always connected all the time.  And for the most part social media is great, it gives us chances to connect to old friends, to keep family members updated, and find out what that crazy Charlie Sheen is up to, but it's not always good.  Sometimes it hurts.

Social media can be a reminder of what's not going on in your life.  Your best friend from high school is posting pictures of her romantic getaway to the Caribbean in her string bikini and rocking bod and you haven't even been out to eat in a month.  It's easy to feel envious or jealous because everyone is showcasing their life in a way that they want you to see it.  Status updates are sometimes a painful jab into what you find lacking in your own life.

Sometimes social media can make you feel left out.  Like when I sign onto twitter and it feels like I'm merging onto a highway at 70 mph and I just can find my groove.  Or when I see that friends have gotten together via an update or a picture and I wasn't included.  Or when virtual strangers were invited to a blogging event and I wasn't invited.  It can make you feel down on yourself.  Also, you can feel like a loser when no one comments, answers, or "likes" your status.  Or when you finally get yourself onto your mom board and you just can't keep up with what's going on.

For someone like me who is hyper-sensitive, social media needs to be handled with kid gloves and sometimes I just need to lighten up.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Discovery Girls Magazine Review

Young girls today are bombarded with images of half naked pop tarts who are painfully thin and usually receive negative media attention for bad behavior.  It can be difficult to find a positive influence on our daughters so that they don't grow up thinking the only way they can be happy is if they are waif thin, rocking a mini-skirt and baring a mid-riff.  It's scary and it's unnecessary.

This is where Discovery Girls magazine comes in.  Discovery Girls magazine is aimed at girls aged 8-13 and it encourages them to be confident and resilient while helping them to work through difficult situations that young girls run into growing up, such as peer-pressure, friendship, and thinking about their future.  Also, the girls on the cover and in the magazine are real girls.  Not scantily clad models or actresses, but real girls from a specific state.

Much of the content comes from girl's themselves, including their embarrassing moments and questions they have on their mind.  I received some free copies of the magazine and I think it's just what today's girls need...to know that there are other girls out there sharing in similar situations and troubles in their own way.  It addresses real issues such as, self-confidence, how to be a good friend, and what to do if your parent's don't like your friends.  It addresses real issues in an appropriate fashion.

Check out Discovery Girls magazine for the girls in your life and stay tuned because we have some more awesome stuff coming up from Discovery Girls.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

It Ain't Just the Numbers

This month's happiness theme is Physical and mostly I've been posting about my weight and diet, but there's a lot more to this month then the numbers on the scale.  It's about taking the time to groom myself.  That kind of makes me sound like a dog, but I can't think of another word that's less canine.

It's about washing my hair the day before it needs it and shaving my legs before I start resembling Sasquash.  I try my best to make sure that my hair is done at least once a week so this way I don't get perma-ponytail head.  You know, where your hair starts to dent and your scalp starts to ache.  When I'm put together in clothes that fit and flatter me it makes me feel good.  Last month, I tossed anything that was uncomfortable or too tight or I just didn't like.  It significantly depleted my closet, but the things that are in there are things that I like so it actually makes getting ready in the morning easier.  Although, I might need to schedule a shopping trip soon.

I'm more conscious about my skin as well.  I try so hard to take my make up off every night and moisturize.  Sometimes I do and sometimes I just crash into a heap of raccoon eyed exhaustion.  But I am doing my best.  Somedays I still look like a slob mommy, in my yoga pants and T-shirt, but somedays I manage to really get it together.  It's surprising what a comfy pair of leggings, tunic shirt, and ballet flats can do to make you look and feel good while still being casual and comfortable.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Parent In Love Not Anger

Being a parent is wrought with frustration, cajoling, tears, worry, and...yes...anger.  Anger is a natural emotion and getting angry is a normal part of life, whether you have a child or not.  It's how we handle our anger that matters.  I've definitely raised my voice to Isabella before and I'd love to sit here and say I've only done it when she was in imminent danger, but I've definitely yelled at her to stop running away from me when I want to change her diaper or to stop throwing her food on the floor for the 30th time.

I'm not proud of it, in fact it's something I really try to control and I'm ashamed to say that sometimes I've really, really yelled.  I don't want to scare her or make her think she's not safe.  So I really try to parent in love and not in anger.  It's that initial flash of anger that I'm talking about.  If I can ride that out, I know I can push past it.  But there are definitely moments when I'm overwhelmed and the anger spills out.  Like I just worked all day, Andy's not home, and I'm trying to make dinner.  She's at my feel crying to be picked up so she can sit on the counter, but she needs to wait until I can clear it off and she's crying, dinner is burning, and so am I.  Sometimes I'll snap, "cut it out" or "jeez Isabella give me a break" or just "stop it right now".  I know I'm angry and I shouldn't be hollering at a 2 year old, but in the moment sometimes it's difficult to reign in the emotions.

But I'm working on it.  I remember my secret of adulthood that I should act the way I want to feel, and even though it's difficult, I try to act like I'm not angry and it's been helpful in those heat of the moment anger flashes.  I've also tried removing myself from the situation to catch my breath, if that's possible.  And if I do raise my voice, I try to tell her that mommy is sorry and I shouldn't have yelled at her.  What can I say...I'm a work in progress.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Battles

There are so many wonderful things about toddlerhood, teething is on the way out, speaking in full sentences eliminates the guessing games of the baby stage, and outings are a lot more fun because she can enjoy it more and knows what's going on.  However, with all of those good things comes autonomy, which sounds good in theory, but in practice...not so much.

Sometimes I feel like every new step of the day is a battle.  There's the battle for diaper changing.  Whenever I even mention a diaper change she usually says, "Not yet...tomorrow."  When I finally do get her, there's a lot of wiggling and wrestling and yelling.  Sometimes she breaks away bare assed and before I can catch her there's a pee puddle on the floor.  It's friggen exhausting.

Then there's the battle to leave any place that we're at.  If there's a ball pit, a slide, a swing, or another kid that she likes and it's time to go you can sure as shit bet that there will be tears, screams, protests, and going boneless.  So I either have to bribe her with a lollipop, because I've officially given up my idea of becoming "World's Best Mom" or I have to just scoop her up and make a run for it.

Then it's the battle of when she wants to do something and I don't want her too.  Like when she wants to climb up on the table and dance like it's a stage or when she wants to keep playing with my iPhone and I want her to eat dinner.  She's pretty belligerent about not getting her way and I'm pretty stubborn myself so it definitely can get ugly.

Let's talk about the eating battle.  This battle is more subtle and I revert to gorilla warfare.  I use purreed veggies to trick her into eating them.  Although now she does eat carrots and red peppers.  But sometimes she doesn't want to eat anything, so I let her chew with her mouth open because she thinks it's hi-larious and it ensures she's getting at least a little something in her stomach.

When I watch other mom's battle with their kids, it looks treacherous.  Some days it doesn't feel so bad, but other days I'm just depleted.  What are some of the battles you fight with your demon seeds?
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Non-Scale Victories

So this month's theme of my Happiness Project is the Physical aspect of my life and I'm happy to say that the numbers on the scale are going down.  Not way down, but down enough to make me happy.  I've lost 4.5 lbs so far in two weeks, but more than that I feel healthy and good about myself.  I've noticed this month that there are other victories out there besides the number on the scale not making me want to cry.  I'm calling them non-scale victories or NSV.


Like when I went out this weekend for my birthday and I didn't need to wear spanx...nsv!

When Andy is drinking a delicious beer straight from our kegerator and he asks me if I want one and I say no and actually mean it...nsv!

When I went out to dinner and only had one bite of my birthday dessert because I wasn't really hungry when in the past I would have devoured it just because it was there...nsv!

When I can indulge in a treat without feeling guilty because I know that it's ok in moderation...nsv!

When the girls at work offer me a piece of chocolate, a bite of french fries, a munchkin and I decline because it's really not worth it even if it does taste a hell of a lot better than my carrots...nsv!

Now if only I could nab the ever elusive NSV of fitting into my skinny jeans.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

30 Before 30

I know I usually post about my Happiness Project on Mondays, but I'm interrupting the regularly scheduled posting because today is my 29th Birthday.  29 sounds a lot younger when it's describing someone else, I'm not so sure how I feel about it being attached to my name, but I guess there's not a whole lot I can do about it.

My birthday weekend was pretty awesome.  Friday night after work Andy took me out to dinner at this delicious little restaurant by our house called Clydz.  Then we went for drinks at a bar that brews their own beer.  At the bar two of our couple friends were there to surprise me and then we all went to The Stress Factory, a comedy club.  It was really such an awesome night and Andy did such a great job planning everything.

Saturday night I went out with my girls.  We went to this place called 1849 in the village and enjoyed a whole lot of cocktails.  Some health geek out there would probably call it "binge drinking" but I just call it a damn good time.  We got a little tipsy, danced a lot and then ate McDonald's at 3 am, which tasted delicious at the time, but my stomach didn't appreciate it the next day.  I haven't eaten McDonald's in close to 2 years and I hope to put another few years distance between us.

Sunday I just kind of lounged around with my fam.  It was a great weekend, but I decided that I want to end my 20's with a bang so I made a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30.

1.  Buy a piece of designer clothing, not a Canal street special.  Something classic that will always be in style.

2.  Go to a beer garden with Andy

3.  Throw a mystery dinner party for my friends

4.  Have a grown up tea party

5.  Spend an entire day by myself doing nothing

6.  Go away for a girl's weekend

7.  Have a mani/pedi day with Isabella

8.  Go to that Japanese restaurant that I always see in my neighborhood

9.  Make a new friend

10.  Get a post syndicated on BlogHer

11.  Figure out exactly what BlogHer is all about.

12.  Go to a happy hour in the city with my girls

13.  Rent a hotel room with Andy close by just to have a night away from home with a little decadence.

14.  Go shopping for myself for a change.  In the mall not online.

15.  Plan a surprise date night for Andy

16.  Take a gym class by myself

17.  Make a will

18.  Read 20 books

19.  Buy a statement necklace

20.  Have a slumber party...grown up style

21.  Reconnect with an old friend

22.  Make a signature cocktail

23.  Have a picnic in the park

24.  Go on a mini-vacation without the baby

25.  Buy someone a really nice gift

26.  Wear a bikini (Body willing)

27.  Take my computer to starbucks and write in peace even though I always think those people are giant douchers.  It's quiet and there's nobody bugging me.

28.  Try a new look: one that I would normally say no to.  I can probably have my sister pick something out for me.

29.  Figure out how to get the videos from my camera onto a computer

30.  Get a celebrity to tweet me
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

Sorry for the corny post title but it's true and I'm loving all of it.  The sunshine, the warm weather, and the new clothes...for Isabella that is.  I also love it because we can spend the days going for walks, hanging out on the deck, bbq'ing, and visiting the park.  It's a lot easier than driving 40 minutes to some museum or toddler science exhibit.  
Here she is riding a horse at the Staten Island Zoo.  I thought she would cry because I couldn't walk with her, but she was aces. 


Hugging the goat

My little lady at the park


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Friday, May 13, 2011

Natural Skin Care Giveaway Reminder

I've extended the deadline for the Skin MD Naturals natural skin care lotion giveaway to May 17th.  So get your entries in now by clicking HERE.  There are a low number of entries so you'll have a higher chance of winning.  Get in there ladies.  And if there's a giveaway you're hosting, leave a link in my giveaway post and I'll be sure to enter it to return the favor.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Used To Be Pretty

I remember when I was younger and I had a rocking bod and a much higher opinion of myself.  I used to look in the mirror and think that my face was really pretty.  I never was happy with my body, but looking back in pictures it was pretty fantastic.  I would go to a bar and easily say that I was in the top 10 prettiest girls there.  Maybe even top 5 if it was that kind of night.  Now it might have been the truth or it might have been a high dose of self-confidence.

Now I look in the mirror and I see paunch in my belly.  I see wrinkles near my eyes.  And I don't know if this is possible, but I feel like my chin and nose have grown a little bit.  My teeth aren't as white and there's considerably less space between my thighs.  I was at a bar with some girl friends for happy hour and I don't know what's up with these 22 year old co-eds who still have gravity in their corner and Kim Kardashian hair, but man we didn't even place in the top 25.

It can be painful to watch your beauty fade.  It sounds vain, but Lord help me if it ain't the truth.

Getting older isn't always pretty, but let me tell you I sure am working on it.  I may not be able to channel my perky boobed, flat bellied, flawless skin self, but I'm trying to work with what I got.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

The Week of Extreme Lean

So this month's happiness theme is Physical and I decided to jump start my month with a week of Extreme Lean.  Meaning that I tried to follow all of my resolutions to a T and tried to keep my body pure.  Here's how it went.

Monday May 2:  I didn't snack at all at work today.  That's a big accomplishment.  I share a room with two skinny minnies who love to snack on chocolate, chips, and starburst.  It's a problem because we have two buckets filled with treats that I always succumb to.  Today I didn't.  I also avoided the evil BLT's (bites, licks, and tastes) that destroy my diet.  I got in some good exercise.  I wanted to track my points for the week, but only made it through for today.  I also wanted to be in bed by 10, but I missed it my like 30 minutes.  I took good care of my skin and I managed to floss.  I even wore a cute outfit to work today and my hair was down.  Not perfect, but not too shabby of a start.  I feel like I should be rewarded for my day by losing 5lbs immediately, the laws of physics disagree.

Tuesday May 3: Another day with no snacking and limited processed foods.  Unless triscuit crackers aren't processed.  I stopped eating dinner when I was full instead of eating extra because it tasted good.  I was really tempted to grab a butterfinger bar at work, but I held strong.  I'm drinking green tea and I actually shaved my legs.  I'm feeling good, but I'm still not in bed early.  Boo!

Wednesday May 4th: I was so tempted today to try to convince Andy to go out to dinner, but I decided that my sweet potato and black bean whole wheat enchiladas would have to do.  I snacked on some popcorn at lunch, but overall I've really kept up with my whole eating healthy and working out bit.  I feel better and I feel lighter, maybe not skinnier but definitely lighter.  Bed time is a problem still, so I think I might just need to focus an entire week just to an early bed time because it doesn't seem to be happening for me this week.  It's always hard when Andy is on midnights because by the time I get Isabella in bed, go to the gym, shower, and get myself set up for the next day it's already 10pm.

Thursday May 5th: Happy Cinco de Mayo!  This day usually meant scarfing down tacos and guzzling down margaritas, but sadly that was not the case during the week of extreme lean.  I did have dinner and cocktails with a girlfriend of mine...I ate a half portion of quesadilla (hold the sour cream) and two coronas.  Not healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse.  I dressed nicely and actually felt a bit pretty.  I even work makeup to work today.  So I didn't do great today:  bad food, alcohol, and no exercise, but it's ok...I'll try again tomorrow.

Friday May 6th: I was worried about Friday...like really really worried.  For some reason on Fridays I like to reward myself for eating healthy all week with chocolate and potato chips, but not this Friday in this month of Physical Happiness during the week of Extreme Lean, I would be strong and I would not succumb to starburst and sour cream and onion pringles.  And I did!  I stuck all day at work and I had a super healthy dinner.  Andy actually asked if I wanted to go out to dinner since he was working nights on Mother's Day and I passed, but we decided we'd still go out for drinks since we hadn't really seen each other all week.  I had two light beers and stopped myself.  I was dying for wings, but didn't ask for them.  I felt a bit bloated from the beer, but once I poop I know I'll be ok.

Saturday May 7th: Ok, here's the rough stuff, Saturday, no work structure to keep me on point.  I really need to watch my grazing and keep away from the blt's.  I did really well.  I won't say I was perfect because I definitely picked off Isabella's plate which I really really did not want to do, but it was definitely in moderation and way less than what I would have done.  I didn't eat as many fruits and veggies as I do during the week, but I still ate some.  I went to the gym and I'm feeling really healthy.

Sunday May 8th: Mother's Day!  The one day I'm allowing myself to indulge in a delicious brunch prepared by my wonderful husband, but I monitored my hunger and I stopped when I was full and I did the same thing at dinner.  I feel that since I was really good all week I could indulge a bit without going overboard and still be ok.

I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow and see how this week went.  Regardless of the number I'm proud of myself and I think I might do another Week of Extreme Lean, but don't worry I won't chronicle every step diary style, I actually like having readers.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

How Much is Too Much?

I'm talking about alcohol.  I've always liked cocktails...ever since I stole a wine cooler from a party when I was 13.  I like the way they taste.  I like the way they make me feel.  I like how they act as a relaxer and a social lubricant.  I partied hard in college.  I've enjoyed a happy hour here and there.  I like a glass of wine with dinner or a beer at a bbq.  After Isabella was born, wine became my reward for surviving the day.

This past New Years I realized that I was drinking almost every night.  3 glasses of wine or 3-4 beers.  I didn't like how I felt or the fat that was accumulating on my already fluffy frame.  So I stopped.  Cold turkey for a week and then I would only drink once or twice a week and no more than 2.  I felt better.  I stayed like that for a while and then I would have a vacation and drink a bunch and I'd go through the same cycle.

I don't  have a problem. It's not like I drink during the day or have a drink every night.  I stop when I start to get yuck with myself, but I do find myself thinking of alcohol as a way to unwind, destress, or make myself feel less awkward when I'm in a social situation.  But it makes me eat a lot and act silly and I don't always like that.

What are your experiences with motherhood and drinking?  Am I the only one who struggles with imbibing?
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mom-Olympics

Sometimes being a mom can feel like a full on three-ring circus.  Sometimes it can feel like at the end of the day it we deserve a gold medal, or maybe it's a bronze sort of day.  So here are some of the "sports" I think that we should be seeing in the next Olympics.

Getting out of the house: Between packing diaper bags, making sure there's enough snacks to last for the day, finding a camera with an empty memory stick and a full battery, and remembering your wallet I feel like I'm ready to just call it a day and skip the trip all together.  Let alone dressing yourself and a toddler, or two, and getting out of the house and everyone buckled into the car seat and then realizing you forgot the sippy cup/book/wallet.  I'd get the gold in this sport.  I pack the diaper bag the night before or during nap time and get it in the car so all I need to do is grab the kid and go.

Cooking Dinner: After working all day, whether in or out of the home, dinner can seem like a chore...one that isn't really geared toward children, what with all the knives and flames, but underfoot is where many kids like to be. Or in Isabella's case, sitting on the counter so I have to constantly volley between watching the veggies and watching her.  Let me just tell you that balancing a baby on the hip and some sizzling chicken cutlets on the stove rivals any sort of long jump or track run.  If I'm going to have a temper flare up this is usually where it happens, so I've resorted to letting her chubby, germ ridden toddler hands help me cook so long as it's not dangerous.  I'd say I place bronze for this one.  I get dinner on the table every night, never on time, and never looking lovely, but it sure does taste delicious.

Planning a Night Out: Coordinating schedules of your friends or husband, finding an available sitter on a weekend, finding an outfit that fits, choosing a restaurant that suits everyone, and then actually swallowing the guilt and getting out the door.  Tough stuff.  I wouldn't even place for this one, I've been slacking big time in the "getting out" department.

Diaper Changing: In our house changing a diaper can rival alligator wrestling.  The kid is never going to be potty trained because she'd gladly sit it shit all day long.  She hides from me when it's diaper changing time.  It usually involves either an ass ton of bribes, a distraction, or a screaming toddler while I pin her down and change her.  I can do it in less than a minute...30 seconds for just pee.  I'm taking the silver.

Just so long as our Mom-Olympics doesn't turn into a Mompetition I'm down with it.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Skin MD Natural Review and Giveaway

I'm all about not looking like a wrinkled old handbag and if I can do it in a natural way that's even better.  Our skin is a living, breathing organ and it's the first thing people see when we meet them.  So let me tell you about Skin MD Natural, which is a non-greasy, fragrance free, dye free lotion that contains no parabens or petrochemicals.  Which basically means that it's light and smooth and absorbs really quickly into your skin.  Skin MD is a shielding lotion that not only alleviates dryness, but bonds with the skin to provide continued protection so that skin stays moist enough to heal itself. It's a natural skin treatment.  And you should see the before and after shots by clicking HERE.

Now that I got all that scientific mumbo-jumbo out of the way, let me tell you about my experience with Skin MD Natural.  I put it on my face.  I can look at a face lotion and break out into hives because my skin is so sensitive.  But Skin MD Natural goes on light and leaves no residue and it's made a big difference in the appearance of my skin.  My eyes look smoother and my skin looks more even and my old lady dry patch on my neck is gone.  My sister is a hairdresser and has her hands in water for a large part of the day, or under hot blow driers, and her hands are red and raw because of it, but she used the Skin MD Natural for a few days (more like stole it when she was watching Isabella) and she asked for the website so she could buy a bottle too.  I can't think of a better lotion for skin care.

One reader will win a bottle of Skin MD Natural.  There is no mandatory entry, just do as many as you want.  Make sure you leave a comment for each entry and leave your e-mail in at least one entry so I don't have to hunt you down like a dog if you win.

To Enter:

1.  Visit Skin MD Natural and tell me what interests you about their product.

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4.  Be a public follower of my blog

5.  Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link or a twitter handle)

That's it and that's all.  The giveaway will end on May 17th at 11:59 pm.  This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada.  I will draw a winner randomly and will notify said winner by e-mail.  S/he will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Good luck to all who enter!

*I received a bottle of Skin MD Natural so that I could provide my honest opinions of the product*


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The winner is #23 Sally!  Congratulations.  You have been e-mailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

May: Physical (HP)

So I thrived the first month of my happiness project and I love the fact that every nook and cranny of my home is neat and organized.  It took a month to get it that way, but with a touch of upkeep I think I can keep it going.  Now is the real challenge...keeping all of last month's resolutions while adding on a whole bunch of new ones.

This month I'm focusing on the Physical.  This is a heavy undertaking as I've been struggling with weight issues since before I can remember and pregnancy only exacerbated already existent issues.  But it's not just the muffin top and thunder thighs that worry me, it's my skin, my teeth, my spirit, and overall health.  It's going to be a massive exercise in will power because there's so many tempting opportunities to eat, drink, and be merrily fat...Mother's Day and my birthday (celebration with Andy, celebration with girlfriends, celebration with coworkers).  But it's also a great opportunity to show restraint and not overindulge and I'm so excited about it.  Because, regardless of the positive uptone of the month for me personally, it's also one of the last months before bikini tankini season and I need to get the flab in check.

Here are my resolutions for the month...

Go To Bed Early: I wrote about it in my post about Adult Sleep Training but for reals I stay up way too late and it makes me sluggish and more prone to overeating to overcome that post lunch slump.  It also does nothing to alleviate the bags under my eyes which could smuggle in a family of four from a third world country.  And honestly, my DVR will still be there tomorrow.

Drink Green Tea: Dr. Oz says this stuff has antioxidants and it burns fat and I am so in love with Dr. Oz that I'm willing to believe every blessed word he says.  In fact, I might go as far to say that it is my number one goal in life to steal him away from his wife and make him my very own love muffin.  Yeah, put that in your pipe and smoke it Mrs. Oz.  Anyway....green tea is officially a go.

Work Out Three Times Per Week: I basically do this anyway, but I'd like to keep it up.  Physical activity, be it the gym, running, or yoga, for 60 minutes 3-4 times a week.  I do need to shake up my routine as I've been doing the same exercises for about a year and not only am I bored with them, but I think my body has just gotten used to them.  So any great tips on gym work outs would be great.

Stick To My Points: It's funny how weight watchers only works when you track it consistently and honestly.  Which means that if I ate 7 cups of popcorn, I can't track it as 4.  And tracking mon-fri apparently isn't working either.  So I need to stick with it and learn to exercise some will power.

Skin Care: I need to moisturize, pimple fight, and lotion up consistently before I start looking like a used up old leather handbag.  AND TAKE OFF MY MAKEUP BEFORE BED.  I mean really, how many times does Marie Claire need to tell me to do this.

Oral Care: Brush twice a day, floss daily, listerine, and those whitening strips to make my coffee/wine/years of smoke stained teeth white and shiny again.

Limit Alcohol: I love me some wine and, especially now that it's summer, I love me some beer.  But wine and beer come with calories and lowered inhibitions, which make sex a lot more sexy, but also turn me into a bottomless pit of junk food consumption.  Last week, I got a bit tipsy on wine and ate 4 packs of hundred calorie pack doritos.  That's lame.  I need to limit my cocktails.

Dress Nicely, Do My Hair, Apply Makeup:  Not every day, but once a week at least for each of them. I actually went shopping and picked up a few nice pieces of clothes so I don't have to look like some sort of mismatched refugee.  My scalp is tight and burning from the pony-tail-itus that I apparently suffer from.  And I have a box full of naught used makeup that needs to be applied.  I feel better when I look better.  Putting in a few extra moments to make myself look, and feel good, is important.

I'm excited to devote time to my physical appearance.  Hopefully I'll lose some weight, look good, and be healthy.  I'm going to need to exercise a lot of will power, but I'm certainly going to do my best!
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