Monday, December 20, 2010

WW Update!

So I figured now would be a good time to update all of you about my progress with Weight Watchers. Ya know, since I'm eating chips and dip, decided to skip tonight's Zumba lesson and have been binging on Holiday goodies all weekend.

Alright so it's not as bad as it sounds. I am eating chips and dip...but I already added it to my points and I still have 11 points left for the day. And I am skipping Zumba, only because I don't have anyone to go with, I'm a little tired and I have to work early in the morning, none of which, are good excuses for skipping, I'm well aware. I don't have one. But when the Saturday morning classes start back up January 8th, I'll be at all most of them. I really do love it. And I have been eating badly this weekend, but the only day I really overdid it was Saturday. I knew it would happen, it was my family's Christmas party and there is always so much amazing food there! I try to control myself with portions, so I can taste a little of everything. (My cheesy potatoes' portions are always a little bigger than average.)

I got back on track Sunday morning and have been doing good since.

I haven't lost any weight in about 3 weeks. It's sad, but I also haven't gained any, so that's good. I'd like to lose before the New Year starts but I'll be happy until then as long as I don't gain any lbs!

So far on this journey I've lost 10.5 lbs. I've been doing it since the end of September, which kind of disappoints me but it's my own fault. At first I was really into the plan and I was losing 1-2 lbs per week and was happy as a clam. But after one bad weekend, I gained 3 pounds and lost my motivation. I have it back, I do the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred some days, and Zumba on Saturdays. (After the Holidays, where all the food is...of course.)

At the moment, I do feel a little guilty because I told myself I'd go to Zumba tonight. I just don't feel like driving 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back in the freezing cold. I'd rather relax tonight!

My good friend Lindsey recently joined WW and she has talked me into running a 5K in the spring. If that weren't a good enough reason to get into shape, my other friend Cindel's wedding is next year and all of the festivities that lead up to said wedding start in January. I must get to exercising! Hopefully I can find some Zumba classes on the way home from work, then I'd really be out of excuses! There is one located at my actual place of work, I just don't want to look like an idiot since I'm the worst dancer on the planet. Also, my feet don't move when my brain tells them to, so...I got that.

Anyway, I'm done rambling for the moment. I hope all of you that are in my same desperately-trying-to-lose-weight-before-you-lose-your-mind boat that I'm in are having a good holiday and better luck!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Tag!

I was browsing holiday blog topics on Google and came across this survey type tag...brings me back to the old days of MySpace bulletins :)

But before I start the questions, I just wanted to give a shout out to my very best friend in the whole wide world, Lindsay. She lives 4 hours away from me currently (sad face) but we still talk every single day. She finally decided to start a blog tonight and I couldn't be more excited! Go check her out!! ->
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins

Ok, here we go!

Christmas Tag!
1.) Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags? I'd say wrapping paper. Ever since I was little I've loved wrapping gifts. Especially perfectly square or rectangle ones! Gift bags are helpful for lots of small or odd shaped packages though.
2.) Tree; Real or Fake? Fake. As much as I like the smell and look of a real tree, it's just too much to keep up with! Plus you only have to purchase a fake tree once!
3.) When do you put the tree up? I always get so anxious to put it up. This year, we put it up the weekend after Halloween. Hey-the holiday season starts November 1st as far as I'm concerned.
4.) When do you take the tree down? The week after New Years. Once the holidays are over I become a little bored with them. I take everything down in hopes that the cold weather will go away with them.
5.) Like Eggnog? LOVE eggnog is more like it. Guernsey's to be more specific. I sometimes like to mix it with a little milk because it can be so thick...I really feel bad for people that live where Guernsey's isn't available :)
6.) Do you have a Nativity Scene? Nope just icicle lights.
7.) Favorite Gift Received as a Child? I think it would be my Tiffany's Necklace. It's a pad lock type one and I can't seem to find it right now. I moved 3 times last year so it's my mission to locate it before the end of December 2010.
8.) Hardest person to buy for? Probably my dad. He has everything he needs and if he wants something he usually buys it for himself.
9.) Easiest person to buy for? I think that would be my mom. She never spends money on herself and I see her so often that I know exactly what she wants.
10.) Worst Gift?  I can't really think of a bad gift I've received. 11.) Mail or E-mail Christmas cards? Mail. I didn't send any this year and I'm trying not to feel guilty about it. I just think it wastes more paper and I'm going to tell most of them "Merry Christmas" in person anyway.
12.) Favorite Christmas Movie? I really love The Grinch with Jim Carrey, Christmas Vacation, Christmas with the Cranks, Elf, Christmas Story...I just love everything Christmas I guess.
13.) When do you start shopping for Christmas presents? Throughout the year, if I see something I think someone would like, I pick it up and put it in the Christmas bag. I usually end up giving those presents away for everyone's Birthday's during the year but I like to do a little at a time. I have 3 more things to pick up and I'm done.
14.) Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I'm sure I have. My Aunt gave me a candle shaped like a dog with a note inside about how it was a "precious family heirloom." That gift seems to be re-gifted annually.
15.) Favorite food to eat on Christmas? Sounds odd, but breakfast. I look forward to the big breakfast on Christmas morning. Our family doesn't have a typical Christmas dinner. Of course I can't forget about the cookies and Aunt Joanie's Toffee though ;)
16.) Clear or colored tree lights? Clear for sure.
17.) Favorite Christmas Song? Mariah Carey-All I want for Christmas is You, N*Sync-Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Aaron Neville-Come Home for Christmas (the Eagles version is a close second), Wham-Last Christmas (NOT the Taylor Swift version, it's horrible.) :)
18.) Home or Travel? Home please.
19.) Store-bought or handmade? I wish I had enough time/creativity to hand-make gifts. But they can sometimes end up being more expensive than store-bought anyway!
20.) Angel or Star as a tree-topper? Neither. A big bow instead.
21.) Open presents on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Christmas Eve at my Dad's, Christmas Day at my Mom's. 
22.) Most annoying thing about this time of year? The stress and rushing. And the bitter cold weather.
23.) Bake at home or buy? Definitely bake at home! Baking's my favorite!
24.) Lights outside? Yup, our first year! Icicles.
25.) Mistletoe? I've never actually seen any in person other than at a store once. So I guess no.

This tag was so much fun! I tag everyone but specifically Jenny and Lindsay :)

See you guys soon!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mixing Metals?

So it's trendy now to mix metals with your accessories now, right? Gold and silver strands in necklaces, belts, bracelets and shoes. Metallics are really popular and I'm jumping on that bandwagon.

It all started when...
Well, I was at Meijer, grocery shopping on a Friday night, you know how I do. Anyway, I always stop by the makeup section because they have good prices and really great sales. Meijer has their own brand of tools and nail polishes, called Stuido M. Most of the colors don't usually catch my eye but they have a holiday collection out and some of the colors were actually really gorgeous, and only $2.99!!
So I bought a silver metallic color, figuring I could wear it during the holidays or for New Year's Eve. Then I ventured out to the Revlon section and Meijer is having a clearance sale on basically all cosmetics so about half of all the Revlon polishes were marked way down. I've been on the hunt for a cheaper gold color lately, not clear with gold glitter, just gold. I found a sheer but pretty polish for another 3 bucks and threw it in the cart.

I'll save you from the rest of my grocery shopping trip and cut to the chase.
On Saturday afternoon I decided to paint the silver on my nails for a Christmas party I had later that night. It looked ok...[I personally don't agree with the rule that silver looks better on fair skintones and gold on darker] but not too special. I saw my gold Revlon shade sitting there and thought to my self "I wonder how it would look over this silver..."
I tested it out on a piece of paper and needless to say I decided to go for it. I actually got a few compliments on my nails that night and I really liked the way it turned out. I think this may be the start of mixing different polishes and being more creative for me. I hope you guys give it a try as well!

Cute name, huh?

Both polishes are beautiful on their own but together...amazing!

The silver alone

Siiilver and gold, siiiilver and gold...-I don't know the rest of the words.

Hope you guys enjoy this!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

By George, I think I've got it!

I really think I've found the best glitter that nail polish has to offer. I mentioned this polish in my November Favorites, but I think it's deserves more. It deserves it's own blog post!

If you look back into my posts for glitter nail polish, I did a haul/review on a bunch of clear polishes loaded with chunky glitter. This one is a bit different. What polish am i talking about?

It's called Pink Before You Leap from OPI. This is not a new color by any means, I forgot I even had it. It is even beginning to have a strong chemically smell, which leads me to believe it's getting pretty old, but I will repurchase! The polish doesn't look like anything special in the bottle, just a very light pink, but on your nails it's a whole different story. 

The color is unlike any other glitter polishes I've tried because of the glitter itself. It's very fine and more of a shimmer/sparkle than chunks of confetti looking glitter that other polishes have. The glitter is subtle, and so gorgeous. It has flecks of pink, green and a little silver, the polish itself is extremely sheer, making this a great top coat. I wear glitter on my ring finger, but this one is so soft, I can wear it on every finger. 

The best part about this ultra fine glitter is that it comes off so easily! That's the worst thing about wearing a glitter top coat, it takes so much time and effort to get it off your friggin' nails! Well, no longer! Roll the pictures!

Shown over Rimmel Steel Grey
Manicure is over 3 days old! CND Stickey Base Coat and Seche Vite at their finest!
Well, there's my rave review for OPI Think Before You Leap Nail Polish. I think it's safe to say, my other glitter polishes will be taking a back seat for a while. And I'm totally fine with it!

Thanks for reading!