Come’on do the Exfoliation

So one very important thing I’m learning right away from this new book is to exfoliate more! I recently got the Clarisonic Mia2 and I’m loving it! I’ve also mentioned in my previous post that I use the Origins modern friction as an alternate. I had no idea how much exfoliating is basically removing dead skin while stimulating collagen production underneath. So I’ve begun polishing everyday, and I will follow up on the results.

 

 

Current Skin care 

Skin care regimen update

I have changed my regimen a bit and trying some new products.

Depending my my skin concern that day I choose between these cleansers when I wash my face:

•Dr Weil for Origins mega mushroom cleanser

•Burtsbees ultra hydrating cleaner

I exfoliate daily and recently while in the steam of the shower with one of these two:

•Clarisonic mia2 & cleanser

•Origins modern friction

Then I start with either my

•Advanced night repair eye serum AM&PM

•Lancôme bienfait multi-vital eye SPF 28 high potency daily moisturizing eye treatment for day

•Origins Plantscription eye cream at night

•Lancôme bienfait multi-vital moisturizer with SPF or

•Origins Planscription serum then moisturize. (The Origins Planscription serum is very nice. Feels wonderful on my skin.  Currently I have only been using this serum on its own without using the Advanced night repair.)

•Lancôme bienfait multi-vital night Moisturizer

As well I still take herbs and supplements on most days. There is time when life gets away and my habit is not consistent but I do try.

Astragalus

Burdock root

Bromelain

Milk thistle

Alpha amino acids

I will review the current supplements I am taking for diet to jump start my weight loss after I went through hormone replacement and have returned to a normal level.

Recently I’ve also bought a book by Dr. Lancer titled Younger to learn a bit more about anti-aging care. I will review it once I’ve finished it.

 

 

Healthy heat

Healthy fats, protein and vitamin C packed veggies for breakfast. My adjusted version of the south beach diet took time and work to find good subsistutes for the items that I deemed inconsistsnt with my goals. Finally after some semi homemade combinations I have a general plan for how to adapt my lifestyle changes to the good habits brought forth in this lifestyle diet. I have begun by returning to the phase one to rid my body of sugar cravings and yo yo energy surges. I loved the south beach when I tried it 5 years ago and I felt healthy and looked great. Now after lifestyle changes such as going kosher, and eating much cleaner, I have started over with my modified version to get back to a healthier balance of protein, fats and fiber. Initially the 1st phase is difficult for me, because of extreme sugar habits, I have developed. However it is doable and the discomfort is temporary. My previous experience with this diet and how it really did seem to not just help me to get back into shape but also feel more energized is my motivation to adapt the concepts of the diet lifestyle now. It is the only diet I have  very successfully tried and which helped me to overcome challenges with my genetics and weight. My mothers family have many who are extremely obese and suffer many health issue such as diebeties and heart attacks. Among other bad habits eating healthy is not something I witnessed as a young child.  So as I mentioned in my pages and diet review post I’ve felt for me it is important to keep a goal of being physically healthy and choosing preventative lifestyle behaviors. I am not always on point but I always keep the goal in mind so that if I fall off the preverbial wagon I can remember that I can alway get back on.  It’s like they say, failure is not falling down, but never getting back up. So here I am once again doing the work. I am a hungry girl and most restrictive dieting or advise I get from trainers do not seem to help me, since I always end up feeling deprived and bored with the unpalletable repetition of diets. So I find flavorful recipes and modify them for this lifestyle diet. This is one of the few breakfast choices that are in phase one of sugar purging. I like to change it up with the Sriracha and drink a glass of hot&spicy V8. In case you haven’t heard Capsaicin which is the ingridiant spicy foods which give peppers their hot character are a great way to increase blood flow, suppresses hunger , burn fat and produces endorphans. Making us happy! Technically capsaicin makes your body release the fat stores so that YOU can burn it off, (this is called fat oxidation for those who are interested in the science of it all.) personally I don’t don’t really care what it’s called I just like what it means! So I add more to my meals both for flavor and to rev up my body’s blood flow and fat burning functions. This morning breakfast omelet contains the following :

Organic local eggs

Tricolor peppers

And lots of flavor in the form of a swirl of Sriracha!

Instruction:

A quick spritz of non stick cooking spray on my pan, heat to medium. Place precut and frozen peppers (I have stockpiled in the freezer so they are ready)  in pan and just cook until slightly soft but not mushy. Scoot them to the very edge of one side. Now get ready cause it goes fast from here on; beat two eggs and pour into pan slowly so not to splash. Once eggs begin solidifying around the edge, slowly push with a spatula or wooden utensil folding the eggs over themselves and the peppers. Like a burrito. I then continue flipping them slowly so to just solidify but not brown. Then place them on my plate and swirl with Sriracha and enjoy the heat.  

   

Dual purpose downsizing

IMG_8201Waist training&Tighlacing; yes that is fact what I am doing. After much research and contemplation of vendors and initial cost impact, I’ve purchased my first real corset. I’ve always loved wearing them as lingerie, but I’ve always wanted a real steel bone hand made corset for tightlacing purposes. One reason is I have always thought waist training was such a beautiful retro fashion and practice of training ones body to have that beautiful hour glass figure you tend to loose after child birth. Second, it constricts the stomach just enough that you cannot over indulge or binge eat. Which in some cases can help you to eat less. Have you ever noticed that when you are wearing sweatpants to feel a subconscious freedom to gorge yourself on chips and salsa or ice cream {maybe I’m the only one and I just confessed to a crime}. Anywho my goal is to actually loose weight through healthy diet and visualizing my lean and curvy body! Some of the wonderful articles from real corsetieres can give you the proper education concerning waist training myths and beginner advise, so check’em out. A few places I recommend is the Orchard Corset, The Lingerie addict,  they are wonderful and full of great articles about corsetry. I am so excited to report I am less then two inches away from sizing down to my second corset.

Ciao corseting companions.