The Daily: June 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I don’t know about you but I had a nice quiet restful weekend and I feel a whole lot better about life as we start the week. I’m still a little stressed about Friday’s surgery but it is very straightforward and at least I don’t have to wait too long. I’m going to try not to think about it too much and hope the days just sort of flick through fast so I can just get it sorted.

As for today, I managed to get in my exercises and then spent a really long time in line to deal with my phone. I am on Sprint which was bought by T-mobile and I had to get a sim card swap because they are now shutting down Sprint cell towers in my area. The swap took about 90 seconds yet the place was busy enough that i was in line for about two hours. In my sweaty sweaty gym clothes. In a building that was over air-conditioned.

I have never been so happy to get home and take a shower before in my life.

However when I did get home I found a box had been sent to me by Chomps with many delicious treats to try and review. I am so grateful to them for sending it over.

For me part of staying on track with my diet and exercise plan involves a small afternoon snack. If I have that snack I can get my workouts in and not be so hungry at dinner time that I overeat.

Sometimes it is a protein bar, sometimes a yogurt and sometimes fruit. I have to admit though I have a weakness for jerky and the like. I think it is because my dad used to make it when i was little. Regardless, the beef sticks are soft enough that I can actually eat it so I will be having one this afternoon and reporting in tomorrow about my snack time treat. I usually pick up one sort of snack and then just eat it for the week so I will probably make it a weekly post. Although next week may be dicey on the food front.

The trick is figuring out which snack to try first.

The Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro grip Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Instamarc HI FI Filter

Blush: Julep Pore blurring Blush

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops

Powder: ELF HD Loose Translucent Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Mascara: Wet ‘n Wild Big Poppa Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude in Pout

Setting Spray MAC Fix +

This week I am starting to try out the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer. I really enjoy a lot of Milk Makeup Products and you know I have a weakness for primers. This one has been circling on my to try list for a while and I have to say it does not disappoint. I smoothed it on and thought, ‘oh this is just going to be a hydrating primer that’s disappointing.’ And then I tapped my cheek and realized they weren’t joking when they said grip. While it slicks on like a hydrating primer once you give it a second to settle it becomes a bit sticky and really holds the foundation in place.

Today’s foundation is the Ciate London Extra Ordinary Foundation and I really like the coverage and weightless feel to it. It is also the perfect tone for my summer skin. While I will be setting it aside to try out other foundation products, I will be reaching for this one a lot this summer. It feels weightless and I think it looks pretty good on me. It looks even better with the Milk Primer underneath.

One thing that i forgot I had but will be reaching for a lot this summer is the Jecca Black Glow drops in Champagne. It goes really well with my skin tone and it blends out to just a beautiful soft glow instead of a blinding highlight. I have these glow drops in both Champagne and Rose Gold. I remember trying them but I think when I did I tried them on as an all over the face under the foundation face product. which did give a nice somewhat dewy glow, but I’m not a dewy person. As a liquid highlighter in small drops I like them much better.

While those were the highlights for me with today’s makeup i really like the way the rest of it came out. It was kind of a nice and easy everyday look.

Let’s get a little Bubly

Anyone who has read my posts for any length of time knows that one of my favorite kitchen tools is my Soda Stream.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore my Hamilton Beach Food Processor.  However my Soda Stream is a next level love. 

As strange as it sounds, one of my blocks to weight loss is my beverage consumption.  Put simply, I tend to drink liquids all day long.  I always have.  I still stick with my coffee in the morning,

However I have been slowly replacing most of the other beverages with water.  One of the first things I realized is that when you drink a lot of it, water feels heavy.  One of the ways I found to get me to drink more water and alleviate that heaviness is to carbonate the water.  I have always loved sparkling water so for me this was a no brainer.

My babydoll and I both grew up in houses where the bar cart had a soda syphon as well and many of the favored cocktails include seltzer.   We picked up the Soda Stream partially to try and have our own ‘soda’s’ at home, because my babydoll is a big soda fan, but mostly for the seltzer water.

My other trick for getting myself to drink more water is to put the water in a fancier glass that makes me just feel special drinking it.  And as water is the essence of life, why shouldn’t it be celebrated?  The glass pictured is from the Rachel Zoe Collection. It is one of the stemless champagne flutes.  It holds 8 ounces exactly and feels really good in the hand. It also looks pretty good on the desk.

When we first picked up the Soda Stream there were soda flavorings that went with the machine.  At that point I had already cut out a lot of the sugar I was used to eating and the mixes were all way to sweet for me.  My babydoll who still drinks soda really likes the Lemon Lime mix, but only uses about half of the recommended flavoring amount to cut down on the sweetness. I will occasionally put in a small drop into a glass, but it really is just the tiniest of drops. 

With the regular soda flavorings I tend to put the drop into the glass and pour the carbonated water over it so that the water mixes itself and I don’t have to stir. As it is sparkling, stirring can sometimes cause issues.

When Soda Stream released the Bubly Drops line I was thrilled. The drops are designed to flavor water so that it tastes like flavored water and not as though it was soda.  Which means it sounded just about perfect for me. 

But was it?

I picked up the Raspberry flavored bubbly drops to try it out. 

It is an unsweetened natural flavor essence with zero calories.  As with the other soda stream mixers, I find it better to put the drops in the bottom of the glass and then add the water.  I noticed if you add them to the water the scent sort of gathers and lingers and I don’t think it mixes in will since the flavor changed half way through.  If I put the drops in the bottom of the glass, the flavor blended into the entire glass with no issues. 

It is a natural raspberry essence with no sugars added so it is not sweet.  You get the taste of raspberry, but there is a slightly bitter note to it.  I actually kind of like the slight bitterness as it makes the water taste a little more like mineral water.  I tend to drink a lot of Pellegrino and it is sort of that same bitter minerally taste. I enjoy that flavor and so I enjoyed the drops.

The issue that you might face when dealing with these drops is that you have to remember that less is more.  The bottle recommends that ¼ tsp (1.2 ml) be added to a 12 oz glass. My glass is 8 ounces and I used about half of that amount.  Yup a 1/8 tsp.  That seemed to be about the right amount for me. 

If you add too much of the essence to the water it will begin to taste a bit medicinal and not very nice.  Restrain yourself and it is a very nice glass of flavored water.  No sugar, no strange flavors.  While I still like my plain water and I do love my occasional bottle of Blackberry Hint, having these drops around is a nice alternative to when you need something just a little different. 

Now that I’ve tried and liked it, I have my eye on a few of the other flavors.  Most notably the grapefruit. I think that might be my next purchase.  Grapefruit is hard to nail in a flavored water and when done right it is one of my favorite flavors, especially in the summer. So I have my fingers crossed that this will provide the flavor I want. For now I have the raspberry and soon, I will test the grapefruit.  I’ll keep you posted.

SodaStream USA, inc

The Daily: March 22nd, 2021

Oh my darlings, today I did something I have not done in an entire year. Are you ready? I went to the gym. I know! I decided that since my local gym has a very strict masking policy, and I’ve had the first of my vaccine shots I would attempt the gym.

My on-line app for my gym has an occupancy meter and so since my day was a little flexible I waited until ti dropped low enough for me to feel comfortable and then I went.

I stayed far from others and even though you are only required to wear the mask when moving around the gym and not when working out, I wore my mask the entire time. I also wiped down the machines both before and after I used them. Not that I don’t trust my fellow man, but…

okay I don’t trust my fellow man.

It was an interesting experience. There were very few people in the gym and not only did everyone keep their distance, everyone there was sort of eyeballing everyone else to make sure they kept their distance. It was like working out in a paranoid workshop. Which, to be fair suited me just fine.

I also learned that despite trying to keep up with things at home, I am certainly not used to the weights at the gym. I did my normal circuit which takes about 25 minutes and while I was able to do all of the exercises, I had to lower the weights from the amounts I was used to. But that’s okay, I would rather ease back in rather than do too much too fast and hurt myself. After all, I have nothing to prove and even if I did, no one is near enough to see me prove anything. For all they know I could be lifting the heaviest of the weights. I just probably need to grunt more and look like i am straining if I try to pull that off. Not that I plan to pull that off, it just seems like weightlifters grunt a lot. Understandably so of course, but still.

I will say that it was a quiet gym experience. There was no idle chit chat between patrons. everyone kept to themselves and there was no talking to strangers. Or even friends. Or staff members. You use your phone to flash the electronic reader and the staff nods at you as you go about your workout. I didn’t realize how much I accidentally eavesdropped at the gym until there was nothing to hear. I don’t like using my earphones when moving from machine to machine so I listen to the sounds around me, which generally include music that spans several decades and other people’s conversations. I will also say that I arrived in my work out clothes, put my bag in the locker, worked out, took my things out of the locker and went home. I didn’t even go into the locker room, I used the outside lockers.

While I will never love going to the gym I have to admit that I really did like using the machines today and since I am going to try for a Monday, Wednesday and Friday routine this week, there is a part of me that was quite gleeful about knowing that I will actually get to leave the house twice more this week.

So that was my first gym adventure this year. If it stays like it is, then I will feel comfortable settling back into a routine. So fingers crossed. After the gym I took a quick shower. I kept my hair tied up and just tidied it with the Klorane dry shampoo (my favorite is the Nettle for dark hair). Also since I am not going out again today and will be working alone at my desk with no need for a mask I went with dangling earrings instead of mask appropriate ones. These came from Ear Fleek. I can’t decide if they are oranges or lemons. I was feeling the yellow today as you can tell from the shadow. I went right for the Helden Shade in the Berlin Underground Palette from Nomad.

Today’s look:

Primer: K Voss Bronzing Primer

Foundation: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation

Bronzer: TrestiQue Bronzing Stick

Blush: EcoFabulous in Camillia

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

Powder: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter in Cashew

Eyeshadow: Berlin Underground Palette from Nomad Cosmetics

Mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed

Lips: Colourpop Evil Queen Lipstick from the Disney Villains collection and Be Yourself Be Real Lip liner from Real Her Cosmetics

Setting spray: The Porefessional Super Setter

Today I tried to remember to take a picture in natural light instead of just the bathroom. I went a little bolder in the eyes than I usually do, but I was just feeling the red and yellow combo. I started off with the red of Tacheles, then put on Poor but Sexy over it, brightened it with the yellow gold of Heldan and then added Kreuzberg in the corners. I also added the black of Klubnacht to finish it off. I I haven’t gone wild with colors in a while but I really love this palette. The only thing you really have to watch is Klubnacht. It does have a lot of fall out. Beyond that, the shadows blend well together and I had a lot of fun with them. Over all, I am pretty happy with how this look ended up coming out.

The Primer and the blush were both new to me products and this was the first time I’ve used them. I will be keeping them out throughout the week and on Thursday, once I’ve gotten the feel for them I’ll let you know how they performed.The TrestiQue will also be used this week as I think I have just enough product left in the packaging to get through the week before it is empty. It’s been a while since I used the NARS foundation and I forgot how much I really liked the formula. I need to remember to keep it out more. I think I have been going for so many tinted moisturizers lately that i just forgot about my foundations. I am also very pleased with the Illamasqua highlighter. It give a really nice glow. Over all, I was quite pleased with the product performance.

Weekly Weight: 218.2 lbs

The Scale: February 19th, 2021

Oh, the best laid plans.  As you may remember my plan this week was to stay the course and repeat my weekly work out from the week before.  I figured that as Valentine’s day treats mostly sabotaged them, I could actually see the work out in full this week. 

While I did manage to get in all three of my morning workouts,  the walks were less successful. I was rained out, snowed out and had to assist with an automotive break down when I tried for indoor calorie burning with the Wii Fit. At the moment all of our appliances, both those used inside the house and without, are behaving.  And the Wii Fit balance board has an entirely new set of batteries. So I think next week, since the weather still looks a bit on the uneven side, I am going to plan to use my Wii Fit and then if the skies clear and the walking trail drains, go for a walk.  As in my area the weather is always unsettled in February through March I may be expanding my use of the Wii Fit. We’ll see how it works with calorie burning next week as a test.

With everything going on this week, I did not lose the pound I planned to lose.  I didn’t even come close.  I also had a Holiday lunch out on Monday and when  car trouble happened, we ended up having both lunch and dinner out as well. So while most days I did well with my calories, there were some slip ups. 

Quite frankly having any loss was a bit of a pleasant surprise this week. I am hoping to get myself back in gear.  Life keeps intervening so I’m not planning on anything but attempting to maintain my system of workouts.  After all the only way forward is just to keep going.  I’m shifting course because of the weather and dreaming of the day that I can once again comfortable go to the gym, but for now, I will try to add more in door calorie burning workouts to my slate so I can still burn calories even when the weather isn’t letting me walk.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 218.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.8 lbs

So not a major loss this week, but not a gain.  A need for a new indoor work out plan arises and I will post my upcoming plan for the week on Sunday.  Until then I am just going to keep moving.

The Daily: February 16th, 2021

I think this week’s exercise plan may need a reevaluation. While the rain dried up over night and I was able to actually get a morning walk in, about the time I returned from my morning walk, it started snowing. Since then it has alternated between ran and snow and according to the current weather map, it looks like that is going to be the fate of the rest of the week. If it was just now, it wouldn’t be as big an issue, at least not until it melted. With the temperature riding that fine line between snow and rain, it means the park will no doubt return to flooding stages and be unwalkable.

While I will keep an eye on the weather in an attempt to get my walks in, I’m thinking that might not be much of an option this week. So while I will keep one eye on the window, I might end up breaking out some old workout videos this week. I have a bunch of DVDs in the cabinet and if nothing else this might give me a chance to see which ones I want to keep and which ones I will never be doing again. I’ll be looking through those tonight and at least pick one for tomorrow in case the weather forecast is accurate and rain/snow continues.

Other than that, the calories have once again been corralled. So hopefully everything will balance in the end.

On the life in general side, the rug we ordered for the bedroom as well as the bed fram have finally arrived. we set them up yesterday and while the bedframe is lower than our old on, it is really nice to have the main pieces in place. We still have night stands, curtains and decorative items like artwork and candles to put in place as well as moving my hope chest to the end of the bed, but those are smaller things. while the smaller things do bring the room together, putting them in rarely leaves you exhausted.

So we are continuing to check items off the checklist. The walls are painted, the rug is in, the bed farms is in (although because of the comforter you can’t really see much of it, and yes I will be removing the tag.) The pillows on the bed are in the shams that came with the coverlet mostly because we needed to put the pillows in something. during the decorative phase that will change and it won’t be so matchy matchy. But the room is coming along. Once my hope chest is in place at the foot of the bed I can start setting out candles and things as well so I am quite pleased. It is a bright spot in a somewhat over cast and gray day. And it is one room edging closer and closer to completion. The progress is slow and steady, but I am working my way through the house. And quite frankly, I really like thinking about one room at a time.

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Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The Scale: February 12th, 2021

No you aren’t seeing a typo.  My weight remained exactly the same this week as it did last week.  I did the exercises that I needed to do (with the exception of yesterday’s rain, and I kept my meal plan. 

I think the difference is in the extra valentine’s treats.  There was chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, and caramel in the house.  In addition there were goodies sent from two separate mothers making up for a year of long distance holidays.  I did a fairly good job avoiding most of the items, but there were just a few temptations that called to me.  

That’s right, I’m blaming the peanut butter fudge. 

It is sweet, it is salty and since I don’t make fudge it is rare that we have it in the house.  And it is so good.   

But a lot of the treats were sent to my babydoll’s work and a bunch more were put into the freezer to be portioned out slowly.  But it does mean that despite my meal planning extra calories crept in this week.  I am glad that since I put in the work, I at least managed to stay on an even plane instead of gaining.  For this week, I think that might just be considered a victory.

Or at least I am calling it a victory.

Tonight we have the small indulgence of Happy Hour and then on Sunday we will be having Chateaubriand. My baby requested it.  Apparently the Beef Wellington of New Years got him thinking about other fancy meat dishes he wants for special occasions.  And he had to be thinking about it for a while too.  When I asked him if there was anything special he wanted for valentine’s day, he didn’t dither.  Usually when I ask about a meal he has to think about it a while.  This time. I asked and Chateaubriand popped out of his mouth like a cork from an overly shaken bottle of champagne.

And so that is what we will be having. 

I may try to add in a couple of extra walks next week to try and balance things out.

But first this week’s stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So no loses this week due to the influx of sweets, but at least there were no gains.  It is slightly disappointing, but it is nice to know I at least managed to hold my own. That is something I can be proud of.

The Daily: February 11th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the rain has returned and the temperatures have plummeted. I should have seen it coming as whenever we get a few warm days in the winter they are almost always followed by a spate of rainy days.

The rain was falling when I first woke up and it has continued all day. I also woke up with the sniffles due to the weather change. I am also feeling a bit bloated and crampy. It made the chocolate a little harder to avoid and I’ll be honest, I didn’t do such a good job avoiding it. There may have been a few more sweets than I actually planned.

So even though my lunch was well calculated and dinner will involve a salad, I’m pretty sure my calorie count has gone out of the window today.

Today I am a blob with no exercise and a skewed calorie count. It is just one of those days. I am going to try to do a little moving around this afternoon, possibly a short You Tube Yoga Video but it isn’t going to be a great weight loss day.

It is a great day for sitting at the desk and doing contracts. Paperwork is kind of designed for a cold wet day such as this. I have my mug of afternoon tea, my reading glasses and a boatload of paperwork to get through. I’m actually drinking a tea called HAPPY that is a combination of raspberry and hibiscus. It is quite lovely as well as a cheery pink color, which is nice on a rather dreary day. Welcome to Thursday afternoon, my darlings. it isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary.

The Daily: February 10th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring high enough to tempt me outside and my kitchen is full of high calorie deliciousness. Because I was cooking for my Valentine’s desert post I now have fruit tarts, chocolate mousse and an irresistible caramel sauce. And that is along with the boxes of home baked goodies my mom sent and my babydoll’s mom sent.

Luckily the tarts can be frozen (and are currently sitting in the freezer right now (after they freeze I’ll wrap them up individually and then store them in a bag.) and most of the chocolate mousse is going elsewhere. Since I am uninfected and the desert is one that can sit in the fridge overnight after being portioned into containers, it is actually being sent to one of the groups of museum volunteers that work with my baby doll. They had a massive thing they all worked really hard on and he wanted to do a little something. Since I was making mousse for my post (and him) I made a full recipe instead of paring it down and dished it out in disposable containers. He took it with him today so there is only the mousse for the two of us tonight to worry about.

But oh that caramel sauce. It just begs to have something salty like pretzels dipped into it. Luckily we don’t have pretzels in the house currently. So I’m okay.

I have avoided the calories and stayed on course today. I did my morning exercise and went on a walk. In addition I wandered through the garden a bit, plotting out my spring planting. The warm weatehr is tempting me to start plants in the green house but it is still slightly too early for that. At least i think it is. I may have to double check that with the local ag center before I start my seeds. Right now all of the seeds are in and while the ordered bulbs have not arrived year, my tulips are pushing out of the ground. The pointed leaves are about two inches long at this point which is very exciting to see. Last year only one flowered so I don’t even know what colors of tulips they are. I know it is a small thing but it gets me excited.

I don’t know how many of you are gardeners but Botanical interests has  free shipping on orders over $60 through the end of the month with code FREE60. They also have a free seed starting guide if you are new to garden planning or looking to get more organized. Each year I plan to use the gardening guide and then just scrawl notes on my wall calendar regarding planting times. But the guides from Botanical Interests are very well set up. Their selection of seeds and such is also very good as well. I’ll link it below. As for me, I may sneak out for another walk. I’d feel bad taking time off to walk in the sun, but as dinner will be ending with chocolate mousse tonight, an extra walk might not be a bad thing.

Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The scale: February 5th, 2021

I have to say this week I was rather relieved when I stepped on the scale.  The weather, for the most part, was not good this week.  We had a couple of sunny days but they were pretty cold and had the sort of wind that steals your breath away and makes you feel vaguely ill.

In addition, this week I just couldn’t face a bright and cheery workout instructor so I just made up my own workouts and got twenty minutes in on the mornings I could.  While my loss is less than the pound I would like lost each week, I am okay with it.  And yes I know I whined all over the place last week when I lost less than the pound I wanted, but I feel less like whining this week. 

I think part of it is that my schedule is finally starting to level out in general.  Normality, or my personal version of it, is being restored.  And I feel much better for it.  I had a couple of projects I was pulled into that just morphed into time sucking behemoths. And everything else in my world got jumbled because of them.

But now they are through and I have to say I will be thinking long and hard before I think about taking another commission from that particular company. But for now, all is well.  My stress level has decreased and despite a shorter amount of time walking this week and striking out on my own with my workouts, I managed to actually lose a little weight. And every sliver helps. Because little slivers add up to big ones. 

And that is how progress is made. At least in my case.  And this weekend I will be pulling together my next week’s workouts.  I will post my plan on Sunday and then we’ll see how well I managed to stick to it during my daily postings. 

At least that is the plan anyway.

For now, The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So even though the loss wasn’t massive, my mindset is better.  My brain isn’t rattling around in my head and I feel pretty good about my week in general. And this weekend I finally get to paint my bedroom. Truthfully, I can’t really ask for more.  Well I suppose I could, but I don’t want to be greedy.  A good week and less stress is plenty for me right now.

The Daily: February 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings! The sun is shining and it is bone achingly cold, but i am over all having a good day. This morning I got up early enough to get in my morning workout without a problem and sometime in the night something cleared (or popped as he puts it) in my babydoll’s sinuses so he felt much better today and not like he wanted to curl up in a ball and drwon himself in buckets of tea.

Which made my day roll much more smoothly. I know I haven’t been posting which workouts I am doing but the truth is I’ve sort of started making them up on my own. I’ve just been making a list of workouts that will target what i want to work on that day and then setting a timer rather than doing an established workout. I started setting the workouts up on Sundays so the week doesn’t catch me off guard. To stay on track I’ll post the upcoming week’s schedule on Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along.

Oh and speaking of extra posts, I will be adding more Valentine’s day themed posts along with the regular ones as everyone starts getting ready for the 14th. I’ll still be doing my regular posts, just adding those in as well.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. I got my workout in this morning and I’ve managed to keep my calories in check today. In a few minutes I am going to bundle up and go for my afternoon walk and then tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I don’t go overboard on the rice or soy sauce i should be fine. And I get yummy yummy salmon. Over all, a pretty good day for Mimsy. I hope your Wednesday is going just as well. And now my darlings I am off to brave the cold for my walk. I figure it is the warmest part of the day and I have a short window before the sun sinks low enough for the temperatures to drop (and more importantly the wind rise) to get a walk in. Wish me luck.