Weight-Loss

Okay, so, this is a topic all too familiar to me and my blog. Weight loss is the one thing that is always on my mind. I gained a lot of weight a few years back and the challenges of getting it off have haunted and tortured me ever since. I’ve done endless hours of research on the topic and tried my hardest to follow every diet out there. None of which have actually worked.

So, I got a cousin-in-law involved and she is setting up a daily food in-take routine for me. Yes, it’s another diet. Well, sort of. I’m not really “dieting” but I’m changing my eating habits. One of my biggest problems is that I have to finish everything on my plate, no matter the quantity. By changing my plate size, I’m going to try to trick myself into thinking that there is actually a lot of food on my plate, because the whole plate is covered.

My next change will be to have a salad or some “Negative Calorie” foods before every meal. This will help me feel a little full before I actually begin my main course; which will result in me eating fewer calories. Click here to read more on Negative Calorie Foods!

I am also increasing my cold water intake. The reason for this is that our body uses more calories to heat up cold water to digest, which results in more calories burnt. 🙂 I’m happy about that! But that’s not all. By drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning before brushing, your body will flush out a lot of the toxins and build up from the night before. This helps to jump-start your metabolism. I don’t know if it’s been scientifically proven or not, but I’ve seen results in family members that have adapted this simple routine every morning.

The next step to my weight-loss is doing a simple tummy exercise. Believe me this is not much of an exercise but will result in lost inches. Sitting upright either on the floor or on a chair with your back straight and arms on the side, suck your stomach in, hold for 10-15 seconds and release. Doing this while sitting at work or watching tv on a daily basis will result in much inches disappearing. I know this from first hand experience. When I stopped teaching dance and gained all this weight, I did this exercise to keep off some of the fat around my tummy and it worked!

Well, those are my changes. I’ll be starting them this weekend and I’ll let you know how they go! 🙂

Until then…<3

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More Beauty Remedies

Sometimes skin problems just cannot be resolved without buying expensive drugstore or high-end products. But natural remedies can help take the pressure off your wallet.

For a Sunburn or over-tanned skin:

Aloe and Honey Mask

  • Mix 1 tsp. aloe gel and 1 tsp. honey, apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water.

Grape Facial

  • Crush 1 cup green grapes to a pulp. Add 1 tsp. honey or 1 egg yolk. Leave on damp skin for 15 min and then rinse.

For blemished skin:

Oatmeal Tomato Mask

  • Blend 1 ripe tomato, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and 1 tbsp. instant oatmeal or rolled oats. Apply to skin, making sure the mixture is staying on the blemished areas. Add a bit more oatmeal to thicken the mask, if necessary. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, then scrub off with a clean washcloth dipped in lukewarm water.

For wrinkles:

Cucumber Cream

  • Blend ½ a cucumber (with skin) with 1 egg white, 2 tbsp. mayonnaise, and ½ cup olive oil. Apply morning and evening, and gently wipe off with tissues.

Freckles:

Wheat Flour Vinegar Scrub

  • Mix whole wheat flour with vinegar and apply to freckles and dark spots.

For acne or pimples: (each one of the below are separate remedies that can cure acne and pimples)

  • Nutmeg mixed with milk
  • 3 tbsp. honey mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon powder overnight
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh mint juice
  • Lime juice mixed with boiled milk
  • Equal parts lime juice and Rose water, leave for 20 min.
  • Grated potatoes

Dark circles under eyes: (each one the below are separate remedies that can help cure dark circles)

  • Cover eye with slices of raw potato or cucumber
  • Lemon juice 2 x a day
  • Crushed mint
  • Almond oil

*note: these remedies were taken from books, websites and handed down from my mother

Double Chin Excercise

I found some of these on the web, others were recommended to me from my esthetician. I know that number one works because I practiced it every day and saw an improvement in my chin and jaw line. The other three, I am still trying out and have heard that they work well.

Exercise 1: (This is not necessarily an exercise but more of a routine you should try to adapt to guarantee results. I surely saw results.)

  • When washing your face with your cleanser or applying moisturizer to the face and neck, rub cheeks in an outward-circular motion and lightly rub downward from the jaw line.
  • Then from your chin rub downward moving hands towards the neck and  chest.

Exercise 2:

  • Sit on a chair upright, back straight and tilt your head to the ceiling while keeping your lips together, don’t force them shut.
  • Start a chewing movement (putting gum in your mouth my help). You will feel the muscles in your jaw and neck working.
  • Chew 20 times and stop. Bring your head back to a normal position. Rest for 5 seconds and repeat

Exercise 3:

  • Sit on a chair upright, back straight and tilt your head looking to the ceiling while keeping your lips together, again don’t force them shut.
  • Move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep for a count of five.
  • Return head to normal position, rest for 5 seconds and repeat exercise 20 times.

Exercise 4:

  • Sit on a chair upright, back straight and gently turn your head to the left, without dropping or lifting your chin. Turn your head until you feel a stretching sensation.
  • Hold in this position for 5 counts and then gently move your head to the right hand side and keep for a count of 5. Repeat 10 times.

Practicing these 4 exercises 2-3 times a week, will guarantee a tight jaw line and no more double chin within 2 months. I recommend continuing these as part of your exercise routine to assure the double chin doesn’t come back.

Feeling Ugly

When I look at people around me; at work, on the streets, in the car next to me, I wonder…how do these people keep themselves looking so perfect? I know that everyone has their flaws and dislikes about themselves. But lately, it seems like there are just too many beautiful people around me.

I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that beauty comes from the inside. But I am strictly speaking of appearance and nothing else. These people around me are not celebrities or even stunning. But they are beautiful. The grace with which they walk, talk and carry themselves is absolutely beautiful.

And I am jealous! There I said it. I’m jealous, jealous, jealous!

When I look at myself in the mirror, I do not see beauty. I see dry, scaly skin. Thinned out, outdated hair. Fat, disgusting curves and clothes that just don’t fit properly. No matter how hard I try to give myself facials and keep my hands and feet looking neat and clean, I don’t look beautiful. No matter how hard I try to dress well, my clothes just don’t seem to look right.

Yes, I can keep buying clothes to “try” to make myself look professional and thin. And yes, I can keep “trying” to lose weight and eat the proper foods. And yes, I can keep “trying” to apply the right amount of moisturizer and make up to make my face look flawless. But nothing seems to help. By the time I get to work or wherever I am supposed to be going, my face, clothes, skin just look terrible.

So, what do I do? How do I make myself look beautiful? How much more money do I waste on looking beautiful!

I am becoming hopeless. I feel ugly today. 😦

Bored

Okay, so it’s ridiculously boring at work right now. I mean, it’s really slow. I completed all of my daily work and then some. I’ve even researched on other companies and government listings. There is absolutely nothing to do and I’m going nuts. I can’t just sit around doing nothing for the next hour and a half. But what should I do?

I’ve asked my bosses for extra work and it doesn’t seem like anyone has anything for me to do so, I’m back on WP. The only problem with me being on WP is that I barely have anything to write about!

We’ll I was given a project earlier this morning that’s due next week but it’s such a tedious task! I have to collect information on about 60 client accounts and update it into a master spreadsheet. Then once I’m done collecting all this information for these “top-priority” clients, I have to collect the same information for the other 30 or so clients. Yay! Joy to my friggin world!

I know, I know! I asked for the extra work. But still. What a tedious, boring task.

Sigh! I’m going to get back to it. Might as well get ahead of myself and get it done before the deadline.

Ciao for now!

Stuck

I’ve been slacking on posting lately. Seems like every time I am ready to start writing, all thoughts and words leave me. It’s actually becoming quite frustrating.

Anyway, nothing too interesting has been going on lately that’s probably what’s causing the thoughts to drift away. I need to find some inexpensive ways to enlighten and boost my life. Going for walks is cool and all, but there’s not much to get excited about when you’re walking in the same area all the time and I’ve seen my area pretty closely.

Money is very tight right now so I can’t afford to be out and about spending and wasting. I’m also thinking about selling some jewelry and getting a part-time job on top of my full-time one. I know that will make my financial situation must lighter. 🙂

Well, that’s all for now. I have to get back to work. I promise, I’ll post again soon. Until then, cheers!

Pep Talk

Had an interesting meeting this morning with one of my bosses. He suggested that I go back to school part-time; maybe take some Business courses. He says that I am a “bright” person and he thinks I’ll do very well in our industry. But he would like to see me take more of a strategic role. He wants me to start thinking of ways to expand our business.

Interesting thought! I felt quite excited after our brief chat. While I was walking back to my desk, I kept thinking of what it would be like to go back to school, even if it was part-time. I felt enthusiastic about it.

He mentioned taking courses and then having a long-term goal of getting an Executive MBA. He also mentioned that the EMBA would cost nearly $89,000 CAD. Plus, $400-$1,000 per course that I took before enrolling into the EMBA program.

Reality hit me pretty-fast after the figures started circling my head. Where in the world would I get $89,000 to pay for my tuition, let alone $400-$1,000 per course? I can barely make ends meet now, how am I supposed to fund schooling?

Vie isn’t working. He’s trying to look for work. Sadly though, he hasn’t found anything yet. His EI ends pretty soon and then it will be my income we survive from.

But going back to school. Being one of those people who I sit and envy when they talk about going to this university and doing that course. Me being one of them? That would be something!

But the question remains, how would I fund it? 😦 Saddened am I.

My credit’s literally fucked. I have no relatives that would help. My parents won’t help. So, how do I do it? What do I tell my boss when he asks me again whether I’ve thought about it or not?

😦

a stubborn desire…

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