The Daily: November 9th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the aches and pains are fading. Whether they were caused by the booster shot or the excessive use of the pitchfork in the garden bed is irrelevant. What matters is that they are going away. I was only minorly stiff this morning when I got up. I think part of that is the Elemis Muscleease Active Body Oil.(currently 22% off at Lovely Skin) While it is meant to be massaged in, which I did massage it into my arms, neck and shoulders, I also added a little bit to my bath water last night and had a good long soak. I really think it helped. I know it was probably designed for post workout athletic types, but it works wonders on post gardening aches as well.

Since I was feeling better I was able to take advantage of the sun. It may have cooled off a bit, but the weather is still nice and walks feel more like pleasure than work outs. And this week, I kind of need all the help I can get. Our menu plan has gotten a bit off track. We try to have at least three vegetarian nights a week during the week. Since Wednesday is usually a harsh day for my baby we usually end up with something like fish on Wednesday since it feels more substantial and then have meat on Fridays with left overs over the weekend. Of course if we have the good salmon from Vital Source, sometimes we will have that on Friday’s instead of meat. But in general that’s our plan.

In the summer we tend to go for cold vegetarian options and then when the weather cools off we go for warmer vegetarian options. It know, pretty self explanatory actually. The problem is the weather. It has cooled off, but only recently. And sometimes it isn’t quite cold enough for the heartier warm options and sometimes it is too cold for the lighter summer hold overs. So we’ve been sort of wavering on the meal plans. I think it might be cold enough now that we can get back onto the meal plan track. Admittedly i think my babydoll has used the changing weather to justify picking up chicken strips from the grocery deli on the way home. Last night I made vegetarian spring rolls because we decided it was warm enough and he had a rough day and added the chicken strips to the meal.

I’ll admit, I had one. It was good. But it wasn’t the plan. But we talked about it and we are going back to the meal plan. Admittedly I had to show him the budget and point out that our food budget has grown quite a bit with the additional food he picks up. Sometimes you just have to look at the math.

So walking and bringing the meal plan back under control are this week’s goals. Oh and because there are so many sales going on, I am going to try to list the ones I know about with the makeup in my daily posts. I’m sure there are some that i will miss, but I think I’ll remember to mention them more if I tie them in here.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

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Foundation: Ciate Extraordinary Foundation

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Blush: No, 7 Damson Mist Blush

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Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing Stick

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Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

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Powder: Ciate London Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: No. 7 Pink Blossom Shadow Trio

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

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Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss

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Earrings: Mariz Jewelry

Okay my darlings, lets break things down. I love the Elf primer and it has lasted a really long time. It is $9 and so worth the value. I am reaching the end of the product though and will soon have to purchase another one. And while I have been holding off on picking up new primers as I am trying to use up a few less than favorite ones, I will be repurchasing this one. It is just a great all purpose primer that works well with pretty much all of my foundations.

As for foundations. I still love my Ciate. I keep rolling it in to see if I can get away with this shade as my skin lightens towards the winter months. It worked today, but I think I may only have a few more weeks where it will work, and then I am going to have to order a lighter shade. This is one of the few foundations I don’t mind keeping multiple shades of on hand. I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to. It is a great, weightless foundation that offers good medium coverage. I enjoy having it around.

This is my second day with the No 7 blush and I think I like it. It isn’t super pigmented and it blends really well. I don’t think I coul get away with a brighter pink shade though. This darker pink seems to give me the light flush I want and isn’t too heavy looking. Actually that seems to be kind of the No 7 ‘s makeup thing. I have loved their pressed powder for years and in the last year or so have fallen in love with their foundation. I think part of the reason is that even when it is a foundation it is weightless and subtle on the skin. The blush seems to have that same subtlety of wear.

While we are at it, the eyeshadow too is a lighter weight. Now honestly I didn’t choose particularly rich colors, but I don’t really recall seeing any really bright colors on the rack when i looked. The color arangements seemed perfect for every day looks. Today I actually used just the medium toned pink with a dash of the darker shade along the uper lash line. Given that it is a trio of colors only I’m not going to get major swings in eye looks from it, but this is a lighter look than I did yesterday with the trio and I rather enjoyed it.

As always I liked the Ciate Setting powder. I am trying to finish out the open container, but in all honsety I have a back up containe waiting in the wings. I picked it upon a sale a little while back. So I will be using this one up and I already know I will be using it again. It is a good setting powder that doesn’t look too dry on the skin.

The Tarte mascara is growing on me as well. I liked it when I tested it out, but the more I use it the more I like it. And of course I love the bareMinerals lip products. Actually I’m a fan of most of their mineralist line.

And that was today’s look. I know, it isn’t razzle dazzle, but as today’s outings feature a walk and a lot of time working in front of my computer screen, It doesn’t really need to be. Although I do have a new metallic fil eyeshadow I want to try out as a possibility for my festive looks so soon, my computer screen may be faced with a bit more razzle dazzle than it’s used to. For now though, I am happy with the toned down look.

Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale: July 16th, 2021

Good morning my darlings. It is once again time for reckoning. That’s right. Time to step on the scale and see if the week’s efforts have translated into weight lost. This week it seems it has.

Which makes all of the sweat worth it.

Although I believe I am going to start sweating more in the gym than on the walking trail At least for the next few months. I took way too much sun this week and it is just not good for my skin. we’ve reached the point in the summer where outside for long stretches is just not a great idea. Especially since I am still working in the garden as well. While summer veg is slow to come in, the time has now arrived for preparing for the fall plantings. Most of these are things that will be harvested after we have a bit of cold to hit the plants. Brussels Sprouts, rutabagas, that sort of thing. And even though the tomatoes are still green for the most part, it is time to prepare the autumn planting beds.

So my time outside will be spent more in the garden than the walking trail. At least until the heat breaks. So I suppose I’ll just be observing a different sort of wild life for a bit. Gymicous Humanicus.

I am pleased with my meal plans as they stand. Now that I am back on solid foods. I am still eating my Smoothies from Smoothie Box but they are no longer replacing 90% of my meals. This morning I went with the Berry Smoothie. It has Blueberries, strawberries and beets in it. Don’t let the beets scare you though. It gives a bit of earthiness to the mix and keeps it from being desert level sweet. They have a deal going for 10% off your first box with code SAS10 if you are interested in giving them a try.

And as much as I love them I am very happy to have my jaw healed enough to return to solid food. Oddly enough Salads are still hit or miss because of all of the chewing. But at this time of year we also eat fish at least once a week. Tonight I’m making salmon with a spicy maple glaze and serving it with fresh peas and couscous. The salmon is sustainable fish from Vital Choice (a great source if you don’t have a good fishmonger near you, personally my grocery store fish counter always smells a little too fishy for me to trust. Oh and at the moment Vital choice has their limited Edition Grill box out. They always sell out really fast. I t is a fantastic deal on a great quality product.). For the spicy maple I take some maple and put it in a jar with some chili flakes so that it sort of infuses a bit and so that the chili flakes are a bit saturated with the maple. That way they have a coating and caramelize with the maple instead of turning into dry little bits.

I am especially proud of the peas. Because of the cold spring, we just harvested the last of our spring peas. I have an absolute weakness for fresh peas. And this is the last of the year. I’ll add a little fish stock and a few bits of preserved lemon to the couscous, but it is mostly about the peas and salmon tonight.

My babydoll likes a big hunk of meat as a special friday treat but I’ve recently realized that as long as he has a large block of something meaty I can substitute fish for a few of the meals and he is okay with that. It keeps Friday feeling special without needing beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but in the summer time I tend to find it less desirable than I do in the winter. My food cravings tend to be very seasonal. In the autumn I will start craving mushrooms. In the winter I will want beef, in the spring I will gorge on asparagus all season long and in the summer I want light crisp salads and fish. Lots of fish.

I’m sure it is some ancestral throw back, but at least my babydoll is on board. It has taken time though. For years he believed that if there wasn’t beef at dinner it didn’t count as a meal. Now we have three vegetarian nights a week.

But I suppose that is the long way round to say that my diet and exercise were going the way I intended this week. I was just distracted by dinner plans.

To the Stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 222.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

So slowly but surely we creep back towards a healthy zone. While I have no plans to ever get into a bikini, I do want my weight to be in a healthier range, for my joints and heart if nothing else. I would also like to be able to have a wider selection of clothing to choose from. There are some clothes I adore that simply aren’t produced in my current size. I know, that part is shallow, but we all have at least one shallow side. And it is a distant third reason well behind the heart and joints, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

but for now i must leave you and get on with my day. I hope your Friday shapes up to be absolutely fantastic.

weight Loss Regime Survival Tip #44: The pantry

The pantry, staples, emergency and comfort

As I’ve mentioned before, my diet plan involves controlling my portion size and exercising. No foods are technically forbidden, although I do try to eliminate some that I know aren’t the best for me and there are no crazy things I have to eat. It is a simple calories in, calories out plan, with attention paid to exercising all of my body. Its a simple plan.

Well under normal circumstances it is a simple plan. But as we all know, normal is a sliding scale right now.

Instead of the gym I have been using workout videos gleaned from the internet, YouTube and the Facebook page of Planet Fitness have been crucial in helping me keep moving, especially as we’ve had frequent rainstorms blasting us while the weather makes its way, with some degree of difficultly from Winter into Spring.

This is not a year of easy transitions for anyone it seems.

The biggest change I have been dealing with has been with my food. Under normal circumstances, I have a system.On Friday afternoon, once rested from my Friday Face mask and before I start back to my afternoon’s work, I break out my meal plan for the following week. I double check the calories and portion sizing on the recipes I plan to make and then I write my grocery list. At this point many of my recipes are repeat players so the calories are already broken out. saturday, my baby doll looks over the list and adds things he wants that I didn’t put on the list.

Somehow candy always gets added. Go figure.

Then Sundays we go shopping.

As you are all no doubt aware, all that pretty much went out the window.

while we stocked up for a few weeks and have been self-isolating, we started to run out of things and so on Monday we made a list and went to the grocery store.(As a note, I live in Tennessee, while we have been asked to stay home for the good of all and we actually have been, the closing of non-essential businesses went into effect midnight last night. At least state wide, prior to that Mayors were just closing cities)

So Monday we went to the store with a list, but it wasn’t a meal plan list exactly. It was a list of essentials we would need for a month. We did not plan meals because we weren’t entirely certain what would be available. The last time we shopped, several shelves were very bare. They were again this time, but we got most of out essentials.

It was once we got home that meal planning began.

At this point I am still working towards remaining healthy and active and I would really like to continue to lose weight. I also recognize that the world is bonkers right now and the best I might be able to manage is to not gain weight. I will still post my weekly weight and work towards my weight loss goal, but I am going to try to be less obsessive about the scale.

However at the moment menu planning has taken on a more important role than just my calorie count. we are healthy and able to work from home. All of our relatives are in lock down somewhere else and currently outside of our ability to visit. So with enough food to last, there is no reason to leave the house for the next month.

I just have to portion the food out to last the month.

Luckily, I am a meal planning rock star.

Or so I tell myself.

And yes for the psychologically inclined out there, meal planning is also a way to exert control on an uncontrollable situation. So to keep things more normal in the house, I have sort of broken down our pantry, fridge and freezer full of groceries into weekly segments. While I settled this week’s meals, on Friday I will sit down with my baby and plan out the meals for next week. I will suggest chicken for Wednesday and ask what sort of sides or flavor profile he would like to see and we will discuss.

I’ve found that in general as long as he can have some input on the side dish or flavor, then he is pretty much okay with whatever I cook and will accept the portion I make. At this point I’ve figured out about how many calories we each need on a daily basis so it’s not as difficult as it seems.

I know this is more of a what’s going on than a tip, but here’s the tip. Treat your pantry, fridge and freezer as though they were the grocery store. Split what you have into weeks, but be general about it and allow for some wiggle room. There might be one day where one of the members of the household spends a little too much time in front of the news and you need to switch out your light veggie centric dish for a comforting grilled cheese. Its okay, just adjust and take it from another day as you shift things around.

Not watching the news just before dinner helps though. Especially if you are inclined towards stress eating.

The best way I’ve found to reduce stress eating in the past few weeks is to eat dinner, then brush my teeth and then with my mouth all minty fresh, watch the news to check for updates. Then if I feel the need to chew something after, I go for my stock pile of peppermint gum.

And yes, we stocked up on that when we loaded the pantry as well.

I know it’s not a typical dieter’s tip, but I hope it helps anyone out there reading.