So, yesterday we were in the local coffee shop and the barista introduced to us a coffee house special: The Barack Obama and John McCain blends. Buy one and which ever a candidate you choose gets a “vote,” he told us.
Dan observed the two bags of coffee, looked at the guy and said, “I would rather vomit in a cup and drink that instead of drink something with John McCain’s face on it.”
No, honey, tell us how you really feel.
I started off the day with some Ab exercises from Fitness magazine. Hey, it is vacation time, so that means it is also time to bare my lily white belly.
Gotta get in bikini shape!
I found this program in Fitness’ Web site called The 4-Week Ab-a-thon. Pretty cute, right? Anyway, I just kicked off Week 1 today, and boy did it get my tummy muscles going! My kitties were pretty freaked out by the figure eight exercise, but I could definitely feel it in my obliques.
I’m not sure if it’s my favorite ab workout, but we will see how my stomach feels about it tomorrow.
One bonus: I like waking up in the morning and sweating, even if it’s just for a bit. It always seems to give you that extra jolt you need to get your morning started!
Breakfast was a bowl of cereal; about 1 cup of All-Bran’s Strawberry Medley and 1/2 cup of Cascadian Farms’ Raisin Bran with 1 cup skim milk. I am not to fond of this brand of raisin bran, so I have been mixing small bits of it into more favorable cereal so it does not go to waste. I also had a juicy nectarine — it was perfect!
I had a homemade iced coffee in between breakfast and lunch — still fighting that caffeine addiction!
Lunch was leftover chicken salad from yesterday (about 3/4 cup) on 2 slices of whole grain bread with shredded carrots and lettuce for toppings. I also had the rest of last night’s broccoli on the side.
In addition to lessening coffee consumption, I am also still working on getting more sleep. Last night was about 5 1/2 hours again, and I am definitely feeling it. I just keep reminding myself that vacation is coming!
I am still working on getting outside on this fabulous summer day for a walk or run. I will keep you posted, but for now I have got work to do!
It seems like since the moment each one of us spent our first day on this planet, the people and the world that surrounds us have been flooding our brains with anti-aging concerns.
“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes.”
“You’re getting too much sun. Do you want to have wrinkles?!”
“Don’t rub your eyes — you are going to make them sag!”
It really is craziness. And it is a matter that, at the time, makes us want to be like, “What – EVER!”
But the truth is, we are all consistently thinking about ways to preserve our youth; a way to make aging seem a bit softer.
So, I found it rather interesting when I came upon a story the other day that talked about interesting ways to look younger. I know many of you are thinking, “But you’re 23! What do you have concerned with?” The truth is, however, that even women and men in their 20s should begin to use a basic anti-aging cream to protect their skin from the effects of aging.
Here is what Surprising Ways to Look Younger had to offer — Oh, and I did a bit of research for you, so you can check out some of the products that offer the elements the article discusses:
- Put your blow-dryer on cold — According to the article, you should use your blow dryer on a cold setting to dry your lotion and sunscreen, allowing skin care products to set. This quick trick will also make your makeup go on more smoothly and last longer.
- Apply mushrooms — Supposedly, the newest age erasers are fungi-filled face products. I still kind of think it sounds disgusting (maybe it’s the whole fungus part), but, according to the experts, the “antioxidant-rich mushrooms decrease inflammation that leads to wrinkling and a loss of firmness, and they don’t cause irritation.” Some fungi also contain enzymes that “speed cell turnover, slow collagen breakdown, and improve tone and texture.” Try Dr. Andrew Weil for Orgins Planidote Mega-Mushroom Face Cleanser.
- Use coffee bean berry extract — At first, I was really excited when I saw the word “coffee” — I thought that maybe I could somehow justify my obsession with the oh-so-wonderful bean. But instead, the article informed me that CoffeeBerry, a new skin care ingredient, was in fact what would promise a younger complexion — not the java. “The extract, which comes from the berries that house coffee beans, packs polyphenols, antioxidants with the most free-radical fighters.” According to the skin docs, this means it protects against cellular damage, a main cause of aging. Check out the REVALESKIN CoffeeBerry Skin Care Kit.
Use a sleep-time moisturizer
— According to Look Younger
, last year consumers spent about $56 million on nighttime moisturizers alone. So, what are the benefits of an evening moisturizer? Cosmetic chemists agree that “many anti-aging ingredients stay active longer when they’re not exposed to sunlight.” My favorite is Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment.
Sleep flat on your back
— YAY!! I sleep on my back, so I guess I will be young forever!!
Anyway, research has shown that “smashing your face into a pillow creates fold lines that eventually become permanent if they’re repeated every night.” What’s more, sleeping on your back is supposed to also counter some of the effects of gravity that occur on a daily basis.
So, here is to looking younger! May the fountain of youth be yours!!
Now, go eat your broccoli — it puts hair on your chest! Wait a second …
I am always looking for a bargain. And when it comes to food, I would totally love to be able to eat organic and keep it on the cheap side. I mean, who wouldn’t? It’s better for you, it’s better for the earth — it’s a good deal all the way around.
But, unfortunately, organic food can be pricey and I don’t have the dough to always be buying produce of the luxurious kind.
So, you can imagine I was totally psyched when I saw an article on MSN this morning that talked about the Top 12 Foods to Eat Organic.
According to the article, the Top 12 Foods are as follows:
- Beef – According to the Environmental Protection Agency, meat contains higher levels of pesticides than any plant foods.
- Milk – Hormones, antibiotics, ewww!
- Coffee – Buy Fair Trade beans which ensures that no pesticides and chemicals were used, and that farm workers were treated fairly.
- Peaches – Forty-five different pesticides are used on these babies!
- Apples – Organic apples are chemical free, and taste sweeter. — Yum!
- Green Peppers – One of the most heavily sprayed veggies.
- Celery – This green vegetable does not even have a skin to protect it from chemicals.
- Strawberries – FIVE HUNDRED pesticides are used per acre of this fruit crop — need I say more?!
- Lettuce – This leafy green is contaminated with what are considered the most powerful pesticides used on food.
- Grapes – The fruit’s skin is so thin that even washing and peeling will not eliminate the pesticides that seep into grapes.
- Potatoes – Idaho’s best are ranked the highest for pesticide residue.
- Tomatoes – Chemicals will eventually saturate the whole tomato, again, because of the fruit’s thin skin.
This article really made me think, and I feel a bit better knowing my options. Unfortunately, at this point in my life everything I put into my body is not going to be organic; it just does not help to balance my checkbook! But if I can eliminate from my diet some of the very obvious sources of chemicals and not break the bank, then I will be happy with that for now.
So, do you think double-fudge, chocolate ice cream is organic, too?