Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 Before 30

Today is November 30, 2011. In seven months on June 30, 2012 I will be 30.

While at the gym today, I made the decision that I'm tired of living on a diet, tired of trying the next fad hoping that I'll get the desired results, tired of pills, shakes, etc...over it. I'm finally ready to lose this weight for good and move on. With that being said, I will be at my goal weight by 6/30/12 - age 30. It's no coincidence that my goal is exactly 30lbs lighter than my current. For the last decade or so, I've struggled with the number on the scale. As much as I wanted to forget about it by putting my focus on measurements and the fit of my clothing, I just couldn't. It all came right back to that number.

I don't want to spend the next decade dealing with the same struggle, so it's time to make some changes. Starting today...well I already pretty much started back when I began my WW journey (for the second time) last month. I started with a goal but not a date in mind because I just wanted to take my time and lose the weight in a healthy manner. I still feel the same way but I think that 30lbs is very attainable in the time I'm allowing myself. If I stay consistent in losing 2lbs/week, I can actually reach my goal earlier.

Don't worry, I'll be sure to check in regularly & keep you posted along the way. Wish me luck ;-) 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No-Chip Manicure

Last week I decided to do something a little different for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am constantly polishing my nails because after 2-3 days, they chip. The one thing that I miss the most about acrylic is that I could keep a good looking manicure for at least two weeks - chip free.

After browsing the web for tips & tricks, I settle on the common solution of layeringThese steps have given me the best 6-7 day results:

* Two layers of a base coat
* One layer of color
* Layer of top coat
* Second layer of color
* Final layer of top coat

I know it probably seems like a lot (it did to me at first) but I'd rather put a little more time into the polishing up front, rather than having to waste time redoing them all after 2 days because of chipping.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 22 Jumpin' Jade
Sinful Colors 947 Mint Apple
Wet n' Wild Shine 460D Kaleidoscope
Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat
Revlon Multi Care Base + Top Coat 965 (not pictured)
Sinful Colors 902 Basecoat (not pictured)

With this look, I decided to get a little festive with my ring fingers by combining a couple colors and adding a touch of sparkle. I think it turned out very cute! I have to admit that I didn't get a full week's wear because I did them in a rush and skipped the second coat of polish all together. But I can say that I was still able to get a good 4 solid days of no chipping...which is way more than I've ever experienced while not having them done by a professional. 

So next time you sit down to do your nails, give this method a try and let me know how it works out for you

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pork Chops with Cranberries and Apples

Just wanted to share a dinner that I made for hubby last week. I have been kind of out the cooking mood lately so I figured I would do it up a little bit just to show that I was back! Let me tell you that this is probably the best Weight Watchers meal I've ever made. It was really, it was! Please try this at home and let me know what you think.

Pork Chops with Cranberries & Apples

4 (4oz) Boneless Center-Cut Pork Chops * 1/4 tsp Salt * 1/4 tsp Black Pepper * 2 tsp Olive Oil * 1 (15oz) Can Fried Apples * 1/2 cup Fat-Free, Less-Sodium Chicken Broth * 1/2 cup Sweetened Dried Cranberries * 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

*Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides

*Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. Add pork chips; cook 2 mins on each side or until browned. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook 6 mins or until done

*While pork cooks, drain apples, keeping the juice. When pork is done, remove it from pan

*Add juice, broth and cranberries to pan; cook until slightly reduced. Stir in apples and cinnamon; cook 1 minute

*Return pork to pan; cook until thoroughly heated

There you have it. The best pork chop recipe ever...and it's a WW meal. Makes 4 servings and each serving (1 pork chop with 1/2 cup apple mixture) is only 7 points (Points Plus Program). Serve with your vegetable of choice and eat your heart out ;-)

*Recipe taken from the Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2011 Cookbook 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TSU Homecoming After Marriage

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my Homecoming at none other than Tennessee State University!! I must say that I had a blast hanging out with old friends but it was different. This was my first time going as a married woman and I could definitely tell the difference.

Hubby wasn't in attendance but was okay with me going and hanging out with my friends.  Not that I would have minded but I didn't really think he would have had much fun anyway. It's already difficult to take someone that has never attended an HBCU Homecoming but it's even harder to take someone who's never experienced campus life at all. I've been with a newbie before and you end up feeling like you have to babysit entertain them the whole time because they don't know what's going on.

Before marriage, Homecoming was an annual event to get fly for, catch up with friends, reminisce on old times and just be in the scene. While the same stands for after marriage, I have to admit that being out in the club scene was a bit boring this time around. I felt out of place. The crowd was younger and there seemed to be a sea of single men/women looking for the next thing to pounce on. I found myself day dreaming about being at home, laying on the couch with my guys. Sure it's great to get all dressed up, go out and have people notice you but once you don't need that feeling anymore...then what?

Is this what life has turned into? Am I getting old?

Who knows. What I do know is that I'm probably only cut out for one more Homecoming before I take a necessary break. If it wasn't for the 2012 Centennial Celebration, this year probably would have been a wrap.

Ah well, until next time...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Influenster Fall Cosmo VoxBox

If you haven't heard of Influenster - get familiar because you are missing out! I stumbled upon this program a couple months ago after watching someone rave about it on YouTube (go figure). So out of curiosity, I decided to sign up and see how things worked. I registered, filled out a few surveys, unlocked some lifestyle badges and that was the end of that. I had quickly forgotten about the site until I received an email a couple weeks ago saying that I was selected to receive the new VoxBox and to look for it in the mail.

My Fall Cosmo VoxBox came in the mail yesterday with 3 great products for me to use and review...

Gillette Venus Pro Skin MoistureRich Razor * Proactive 3-step System * Vitabath Sulfate & Paraben Free Body Wash

All products were sent to me for free in an exchange for a brief survey review on their website. Not a bad deal if you ask me ;-) Can't wait to see how they all work out