Friday, May 31, 2013

Bits and Pieces

I've been sucking at doing posts recently. I actually do have a lot of down time now too, I've just been sucked into this never ending cycle of playing Candy Crush for hours and hours on end. If you have never heard of it then you are safe. Don't start playing now, you'll never win. Stay ahead of the game and never download Candy Crush. It's a soul sucking evil game that I can't stop playing. Anyway I'm being cheap on the post. It's an oldie but goodie (with some edits) I stole from my old blog. Is it still plagiarism if you steal it from yourself? Hmm.. FYI I also hate my former self for horrible grammar and non-capitalization. I apologize to anyone who ever read my old blog. Thankfully it is no longer public.

Some motivational and positive thinking that I need to remind myself about more often. I may have been onto something back then. (These are all things that I took from various books I was reading, which of course I didn't quote directly or even have references for. I apologize for that.)
  • The only way for you to receive is if you willingly give to someone else. It's the cycle of life, and you can't expect someone to give you something if you never give anyone anything. Simple favors like a ride to work, dropping someone home, lending money, sharing lunch, or even borrowing a book. Within reason these are all small enough things to do to help the next person out. What you do comes back to you in 10 fold because it's karma. It's like you doing something bad to someone and it happening to you only 10 times worse. But don't let people take advantage of you. All things in moderation. Unfortunately the world we live in now is so screwed up that people only think about themselves and what they want. There is no helping another person out of the goodness of their heart. You can't do something and expect an immediate return. Give it time. Things will happen if it's meant to be.
  • Positive energy and thoughts bring about positive things. Negative energy and thoughts bring about negative things. Always try to be positive and focus less on the bad things. If you don't want to get that ticket in the mail, then don't worry about it. The more you think about it it's going to come to you plus more! If you want that new crib house, car, or pair of shoes, then think about how good it'll suit you and it's yours. This one cracks me up because while there is power in positive thinking, if you ran a light with a camera, no matter how much positive thinking you do, you best believe you're still getting a ticket. Positive thinking should motivate you to work towards your goals, not magically make them appear. LOL at myself.
  • Believe in others as much as you believe in yourself. You always believe in yourself, so why not do that for other people? Help the next person out and build up their faith in themselves. Again, we come back to the idea of the life cycle. It's important to build up not only yourself, but others around you that you interact with on some a major level. You are the people you surround yourself with. So why not help your inner circle strengthen themselves? I am a firm believer in this, and never forgot this one. However, you can only help those who choose to help themselves. Or else no matter what you do, there won't be any changes. It kind of ties in with the first point a little bit.
  • Don't be a robot and always do as you're told. Think outside the box. Be creative. Look at things from other angles and points of view. Step into someone else's shoes. Look outside the window. Do something crazy. Take a different way home. It's all part of the experience of living. You've never really lived unless you've really taken a step back to look at who you are, what you do on a daily basis and done something out of the ordinary. You'll get a rush out of it its so exhilarating. I am DEFF guilty of not following this. Partly because I feel like I get shut down for being different or creative. IDK. But I must review this another time and try to live it. Sounds good actually. Doing the same thing over and over gets boring. You do end up missing 'living' because there is more to life than breathing. 
Thoughts? I will try to make the next post more interesting and original.

- L
cute corgi pup
That's for reading this long post because c'mon who doesn't love corgis?!? (Thanks Google)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Music Mondays

Just one of those days. Taking it back! Who doesn't love the Spice Girls?!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rolling Out the New Look...

.... tada! This is it. Like I said, nothing fancy. Just a little cleaner. Learned how to add and fix up my page so it's a little more official.

Special thanks Google and to the following that I stumbled across for helping me in some blog refining and my header.

Let me know what you think!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Change is Coming!

Yes, changes to my blog! I finally sat down the past few days today to make the edits on my old blog (don't wanna mess this one up!) and am liking what I'm doing. Nothing major, just refining it a little more, cleaning up a few things, smoothing out the edges. That kinda thing. Finally change the color. I got way too tired of this pink theme. All I need is to fix up my header and tweak a few thangs and I am there! Thank you google and all the people who have posted tutorials, guides, how-to's and included screen shots for an even easier step by step. I can say it does make me feel good to do it on my own and look a little more decent. Maybe I can trick people into thinking its more professional than it is! LOL

So in the coming weeks, maybe even next week, I will be giving my blog a facelift. We have a long weekend coming up, so I'm sure I can get it all done. Until then, I don't think I will have any new posts. Sorry guys! 

Peace, Love, & Sunshine
- L

Friday, May 17, 2013

BMI Bullsh*t

Warning: This is a little bit of a ramble.

I spoke a little about this previously, but I know that I struggle with my weight. I find it hard to motivate myself. But for a little bit I was getting into it and working out, and it felt great! Then I fell off the wagon for a bit because of jury duty. Not an excuse, but I just couldn't make it work. I kept hoping each day would be the last, but it dragged out for almost 2 weeks. Then coming back to work I had to catch up on so many things. I had no time, energy, or motivation to work out. I still have been ok with my diet, I slipped up a bit, but I haven't had any noticeable weight gain. Not that it makes me in the clear, but at least I didn't completely go back to square one. But the one thing that has always plagued me is the BMI - Body Mass Index. It has almost always classified me as overweight, which at times I could understand, but I wasn't overweight all my life! More recently it's been telling me I'm Obese. I have a BMI of 30.1, so my Wii Fit says I'm obese and in danger of all these things, the Wellness Center at my job also says the same things. But then my waist is 32 inches and they say that's normal.

Now I am by far not trying to say I'm healthy. I know I'm not. My issue is with the BMI not accounting for the difference between fat/bone/muscle density (which are all different), body types/shapes, lifestyle, or male/female differentials. And I know I'm not the only one that thinks this way. I came across a few articles here, here and here. It makes me feel less crazy. I'm 5'5", 184 lbs, 32" waist, 38D/36DD, 41" hips. While I do have some excess in my abdomen that I want to lose, I do not look at myself in the mirror and see an obese person staring back. I carry most of my weight in my legs and lower half of my body, which is almost toned up. Plus that rack ain't light! If I could get rid of it I would. But I digress. It can be said the same of someone opposite. Someone mentioned it in the comments section on the article I linked above - "Number 11: On the opposite end of the spectrum, a person with low bone and muscle density may be deemed fit when in fact they may be too high in body fat percentage. This person could be a risk for heart disease, diabetes, etc. and not even be aware of it because his BMI appears normal." The BMI isn't all that reliable. Granted there are other ways to figure out your fat/muscle ratio, I just don't understand why this is so popular/mainstream, aside from being as cheap as it gets.

Having everyone tell me I'm obese and I'm going to die from all these diseases I'm at risk for gets on my nerves. For one it is disheartening to hear that I need to lose 40-50 lbs and a 'healthy' weight for me is 133-137 lbs. It makes the struggle seem even that much harder, that my goal is that much further. And its just not fair dammit. So I protest against the BMI and refuse to accept those numbers. I know how I feel and how I look. I'm (mostly) comfortable with the way I am and am taking the steps towards meeting my goals.

 Anyone else think their BMI category doesn't match up?

- L

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nair Milk and Honey Roll On Wax Review

I reviewed Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll on Wax and was pretty much sold on it. In fact I hadn't gone to get waxed professionally again, or bought/used any other wax - until now. For some reason, maybe it's just in the city - or I haven't looked hard enough, I can't find the Brazilian Spa Clay. At first I  tried to make Arabic sugar wax putty that I came across on Pinterest one night. I followed the steps in this video and lets just say that didn't turn out so great. I've seen the Milk and Honey roll on in a few stores though, and decided to just pick one up since it also has the reusable strips and washes off with water. I figured I couldn't go wrong since Nair proved themselves to me with the Brazilian wax.

Well as I learned before, not all waxes are created equal - even if from the same company. While the instructions/steps were the exact same, the wax's performance was not. Now I am by far not a professional, but I have gotten my method down pretty well. I know what works for me and by George this did not work as well as I had hoped. Maybe my hair was too thick/coarse (I tried only my legs. Couldn't bother use it on my arms after the experience.) I'm not really too sure, but either way it didn't remove all the hair. The hairs it did remove were not from the root. My legs were hairless, but not smooth at all. It felt like a 5'o clock shadow. Not cool and definitely not sexy. I didn't exfoliate my legs prior to waxing, but I never did that with the Brazilian spa clay and I didn't have this issue. With the other one I was baby's butt smooth. I also did find this one to be harder to wash off my skin and out of the strips. 

Despite my earlier gripes, I gave this a try again to do my arms and I can without a doubt say this is not for me. I thought it was just me last night, but my skin did turn so red after using this wax - at the appropriate temperature. I found this ironic because it says for sensitive skin :-\ Also it took repeated waxing (not supposed to I know) to remove most of the hairs. And I still had strays all over the place! Not good at all. The working time is short with this product too. After heating and letting it cool enough to handle, the wax started to become stiff, it was still warm, but not very workable. I barely got half my lower arm done before it was too unmanageable and had to be reheated and cooled. Not so with the Brazilian one. I also ended up using more wax, I did only arms and legs and have only a little left. Not enough for any applications, so I just threw it away. This has been such a disappointment. Guess I will stock up on the Brazilian one when I do find it. 

It is worth noting/mentioning that while I was skeptical about the Nair paper strips in the beginning because they are on the thin side, they are very resilient. I've been using the ones from my Brazilian kit for a few months now, and they're still holding up exceptionally well. Even when I get lazy and leave them in a bucket overnight soaking in water (gross I knew -__-) They don't get wilty or lose their shape or integrity. They haven't torn or ripped during waxing or washing or at all. They're in pretty good shape considering I don't take the best care of them. They dry fairly quickly so it helps since there are too few of them in the kit to do all of your legs. Usually after I finish waxing my lower leg, I'll wash some strips and hang them out to dry. This way I don't run out. It does cause some lag time in-between but nothing major. I'm usually never doing this in a rush. I couldn't imagine even trying to so this quickly. I keep saying I have to buy more strips but I still haven't made it to the beauty supply store yet. Eventually I will.

    - washes off with water
    - strips are reusable
    - easily available

    - hard to roll on/spread
    - short working time
    - not enough strips
    - very few applications
    - not so easy clean up, even though it washes off with water

Overall I wouldn't recommend this unless you have fine/thin hair and don't have a lot to take off to begin with. If you have coarse/thick hair I would skip it and go with the Brazilian Spa Clay wax instead.

- L

PS: My last post was my 100th!!! :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

90's Flashback

As I sit here listening to the 90's Pop station on Pandora, I reminisce about the 90's and how much I miss it. Can we go back to the dial-up AOL days, where we used AIM and hung out in chat rooms making random noise sounds (you know by typing in a small word sequence?) What about the boy band days, collecting Spice Girl stickers and lollipops? Wear whatever you wanted and didn't give a f*ck (or was that because I was too young to care?) baggy clothes, scrunchies, butterfly clips? Where you couldn't be on the internet and use the phone at the same time. Where people actually called you on your house phone. No fancy smartphones to make plans. Just "hey I'll meet you in front of Kaufman on Steinway for 3. If I'm not there after 20 minutes..." The music was the best in the 90's, but lets not forget about the TV shows. Who hasn't watched every episode of Fresh Prince, Saved By The Bell, Friends, or Full House? What about Bill Nye the Science Guy, Magic School Bus, Clarissa Explains it All, Blossom, Goosebumps? I can go on and on about the 90's. While I thought it was pretty terrible back then, I'd kill to go back.

I'm pretty sure Buzzfeed has it covered here and here.

I can't lie. I miss it. My Lisa Frank collection, beanie babies and my Walkman. I might have some of that stuff floating around in the attic..........

- L

Monday, May 6, 2013

Music Mondays

No one ever seems to know what I'm talking about with this song, but I love it. I can never get tired of listening to it. DEFF on the favorites list.