Post-workout Beauty Hack

I am the most forgetful person on the planet, I swear. You probably already knew that but I already forgot that I’ve told you. (Ba-dum-bum-tss.) This leaves me with an all too familiar feeling of missing something. Did I grab my keys? Phone? Socks for after my workout? Did I feed the dog? On any given day something will fall through the cracks and I’m left scrambling. Do you know that feeling?

That being said, I do also try my best to always improve myself in any ways I deem necessary. I love tools like calendars and list making apps. They really are game changers when you have a busy life like we all do!

On any given day something will fall through the cracks and I’m left scrambling.

The other day I was running late and threw my gym bag together in a rush. Mistake. Yes, I could have planned the night before but I didn’t. I never do. Who even has time for that? Sometimes I’m home with little time to wash my face and put some PJ’s on just so that I can get 5 hours of sleep, only to rush off and do it all over again. That is my real life and my days only contain 24 hours, some of which I need to use for sleep. So, I was rushing and shockingly, forgot a few (okay most of) my beauty essentials to look presentable for the day. In all honesty, I had 8 lipsticks and a tube of mascara with me. Now, I may just be the MacGyver of makeup because I did pull it off but it’s certainly not a look I would recreate.

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In that moment, I devised a plan so that I may never be in that silly predicament again. I know you can wear lipstick on your cheeks as a blush but that doesn’t mean it’s ideal. So, here’s what I do now… you know all of those travel sized items that your favorite makeup and hair brands sell? Well, I started buying the minis in the same items I have in my regular sizes but, I don’t exactly use them for travel. I created a gym makeup bag with my staples for getting ready. So, now I’ve got hairspray, foundation, mascara and even concealer at the ready, in my bag. I even threw in my favorite day fragrance roller ball so that I will smell great too.

It’s a really nice feeling to know that I have everything I need and I can stop worrying about forgetting something important.  I may still forget my socks but it’s progress. I still have all of my full sizes at home. I’m left with one less thing to do in the mornings and no longer do I need to lug a heavy overstuffed bag of products to the gym.

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?  🙂

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How I quit running, ate a cheeseburger and lost 15 lbs.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘You must be one of those people who is naturally skinny so you can eat whatever you want and never exercise.’ I WISH!

When I turned 30 I was already a big health nut but I also became vegetarian for both health and environmental reasons. I also loved to run. I even competed in a few local races. The city is a great place to maintain an active lifestyle because I don’t need to drive so, I walk more than the average American. Turning 30 also proved that whole getting older and fatter thing that people warned me about. I was granted with the infinite wisdom of the universe but was also cursed with an even slower metabolism seemingly, over night.

Now, I am not a person of great stature. I’m am quite short so, 15 lbs. was quite a lot to put on in a short time. I knew something had to change before it became 30 lbs and then 60 lbs. I remember thinking how it sucked being 30 because now I had to work twice as hard to maintain the same results of being in my 20’s. Life is so unfair.

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At my brother’s wedding in Spring 2015

“I believe this was a major component to my success in really becoming my most fit self.”

Did I really quit running? Yes! The only time I run anymore is to catch a bus. I have always had a love/hate relationship with running and I ultimately landed on hate. Even when I would run and enjoy it, I always dreaded doing it. That is not exactly the exemplary way to weight loss success. You have to enjoy whatever you are doing or you won’t stick with it. I love bicycling! I was already a regular bicyclist so, I use that for my daily cardio. In the bad weather I started doing cycling classes which, turned out to be really fun! I also found a love for weight lifting. I believe this was a major component to my success in really becoming my most fit self. It helps you on so many levels! I felt stronger, I looked leaner and my other activities were easier to do. It also just made me feel like a bad ass.

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At my aunt’s wedding Summer 2016

Did I really eat a cheeseburger? Um, to be honest… I’ve had quite a few cheeseburgers. They are probably my favorite food. After a year of vegetarianism I had a craving for meat and I indulged. I never looked back. Do I eat a burger every day? No, that’s ridiculous. I do eat at least one a month though (probably two if I’m being honest). I really, really love cheeseburgers. I genuinely believe that eating meat again helped me to lose weight because protein is especially filling so, I was eating less overall. On a regular day I’m typically eating something healthy but I do like to indulge here and there to keep myself happy and sane. Who wants to be thin and miserable anyway? 

Did you notice a difference in your metabolism or other changes in your body once you turned 30?

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