Just in case you don’t keep up with my YouTube Channel:
Just in case you don’t keep up with my YouTube Channel:
I’ve seen a lot of resolution YouTube videos and blog posts lately….and to be honest, I have to laugh and/or shake my head. I’m not sure what it is about the beginning of the year that deceives people into believing things like:
-2 protein shakes a day is all you need to lose a ton of weight and be healthy even though you have been sitting on the couch and surfing the internet for most of your adult life.
-if you exercise and join a gym after not moving your body for 20+ years, you will look awesome and be in ‘bathing suit’ shape for summer.
Now, don’t get me wrong….being inspired to finally respect your body is admirable but what’s different about this year? What about the ‘big’ (no pun intended) picture? Are you sure you will hang tough and put in the effort?
So while everyone else is resolution-ing to do this or that, I thought I would update you all on my status since I wrote this blog post.
Briefly ( if you don’t care to read the prior post), I have struggled with my weight almost my entire life. I’ve never been one to blame a fat ‘gene’ but I do believe that my body fights me with a vengeance when I try to stay healthy and/or lose weight, get fit, etc.
Finally, at the end of 2006 I decided enough was enough. So I did this…it only took me about a year and it was the longest year of my life.
So how have I been doing since that post? Well, I’ve certainly have had my ups and downs but lately I’ve been on the up and up. Check out some photos from the past several months:
At my brother in laws wedding-looking a bit ‘full’-that dress didn’t help either.
At a L’Oreal event after some ‘shaping up’ on my part.
Getting ready for an event…..not too shabby!
Now…while that IS more ups than downs, I still had some rather “pudgy” moments in 2012. So what am I going to do this year to make sure I stay on the up and up?
-drinking as much water as I can throughout the day: I have found this to be super duper helpful-especially when I have an event where I’ve had a glass of wine or an appetizer or thirty. Flush it out! I also begin my day with lemon water-that really gets me going!
-moving my body EVERYDAY (besides the walking during the workday). Making a conscious effort to move with a purpose outside of my daily routine is super helpful: maintaining lean muscle, keeping myself flexible, staving off those ‘threw my back out’ type injuries. I have a bike that goes up onto a trainer, adjustable dumbbells and plenty of workout DVD’s to keep me busy!
-keep myself accountable-I achieve this with my Nike Fuel Band (love this thing) and several apps on my iPhone. I am also doing a detox program with joyous health this month AND following @SarahDussault. I may even try DietBet. Nothing like seeing it in print and putting some money behind my goals. Why talk the talk and not walk the walk?
-being conscious of what goes into my mouth: this is critical for me. I keep it interesting with a mix of protein, fat, and fibrous carbs (read: vegetables. Vegetables are carbs people…and slow burning carbs at that. The best kind, if you ask me). Nutrition is 80% of my maintenance plan and I’ve found over the years that my body is incredibly sensitive to items high in sugar, preservatives, alcohol, or any foods that contain gluten. So basically everything that tastes “good” is pretty much off limits to me. Does that mean that I will never have any sweets, breads, pastas? No, but it will have to be a pretty darn special occasion because I know that it sends me into a tailspin when I ingest that stuff.
Now, I don’t know what challenges/obstacles the year ahead brings me. But I do know that I am going to work my hardest to be healthy and happy during 2013.
To you resolutioners….I urge you to take a good, hard look at what you’re doing-ESPECIALLY if you are making your resolution public via YouTube or a blog somewhere. It takes a lot more than your resolutions-it requires effort, dedication, willpower, and determination. But you owe it to yourself to treat your one and only God-given body the absolute best that you can. After all if you can’t take care of yourself, how will you be an inspiration to others?
All the best in 2013.
Decorating has always escaped me…..and now that I’ve moved into my first home, it’s time to do a little home decor 101!
Thomas Sabo has stolen my heart with his newest collection-Sweet Diamonds.
I had the chance to attend the launch event at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto!
Oh girls…..I must tell you about probably one of the most awesome giveaways ever.
NailPolishCanada.com is giving away a lifetime supply of Shellac.
Yes you read correctly. Let me bold the same sentence for more impact-as if you needed any….
NailPolishCanada.com is giving away a lifetime supply of Shellac!
Real quickly…if you don’t know what Shellac is (although I constantly rave about it)
CND Shellac is a cross between nail polish and gel. Shellac is applied like regular nail polish and then cured using a UV lamp.
Shellac lasts much longer than your regular manicure; up to 14 days without chipping or peeling. Dry time is instant, making the application process fast and ensuring your polish doesn’t smudge.
The giveaway/entry (and contest rules) form is here and all you have to do is state why winning would impact you for better or for worse. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes because I know if you’re still reading you’ve already come up with 13741385 reasons why winning would make your millenium!
Good luck everyone!
I love a good deal…..but sometimes I wonder-is it just like the old adage, “too good to be true?”
Honestly ladies, if you are able to take advantage of this, you need to. I really have no idea why you wouldn’t. Mark this date down on your calendars-it’s already in mine!
Check this out:
I couldn’t believe this when I saw it….I actually had to read my email again. It’s true.
So here’s the deal:
You get a tote bag full of products including:
Now anyone who knows even just a teeny bit about any of these products KNOWS that these are high end products with $$$ retail prices. In my case, just my 100% Pure eye cream sells for $30.00. That’s on it’s own.
Well the time has come-stop drooling over this picture and the contents of this bag and order one already! You’re dying to know how much, aren’t you…..
The contents of the bag retail for over $350.00 CAD…..but on Monday, May 7th (while quantities last of course), you can get this bag and it’s contents for $30.00.
Yes, I said $30.00. It’s true….
PINCH ME NOW!
Head over to ebeauty.ca to snag yours! They’ll be gone before you know it!
*ebeauty.ca also offers free shipping over $50.00!
I am a huge Shellac devotee-every 2 weeks my rear end is at the spa getting a manicure and Shellac applied. I budget this into my life,but it can get pricey!
A quick video to recap my afternoon at Coach on Bloor Street! Good times!
I have been wanting to do a blog sale for awhile….and I realized that now is the time!
Before I show you the items, I have some rules-please read below:
1. I will not hold items-first come, first serve
2. Payment is via Interac money transfer (Canadians only)-Prices are in CAD
3. Shipping for individual items will be an additional $5.00
4. Once I receive payment, I will ship items within 72 hours. If you are in Toronto, I am willing to meet up (no $5.00 cost then) in a mutually convenient area!
One more thing-and I will bold this:
Everything is first come, first serve-these are *good* prices-some of these items are high end so please don’t haggle with me!
I am willing to accept offers on the entire collection but please don’t embarass yourself with a “low ball” offer (I won’t reply if you low ball). If you decide to buy the entire collection, I will not charge you shipping! As items are sold, I will also take offers on the entire collection.
I am not responsible for packages lost in the mail. I will ship with tracking numbers for larger purchases.
Phew! Now that I said all of that, let’s get to the stuff:
MAC pigment in Crystallized Pink (new with box) $5.00 MAC pigment in reflects pink (new with box) $5.00
NYX pigment in hot pink (new and sealed) $2.00
NYX pigment in purple (new and sealed) $2.00
LA colors loose shimmering eyeshadow in snow white (new and sealed) $1.00
NYX Kiss in Casablanca-blue (new and sealed) $2.00
NYX Barely There (new and sealed) $2.00
Dalton Color Creme Lip Gloss in Janie, $2.00 Brand new
Dalton Color Creme Lip Gloss in Lisa Lou, $2.00 Brand new
Brand new L’Oreal Infallible lipstick in 543 Charming Lilac $2.00
Items have been cleaned using the following (I am not responsible for allergic reactions):
Please leave a comment below indicating what you want.
I will send you an email with final total and then expect payment. If you do not pay within 24 hours, items will be available for anyone else.
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