Weekend Randomness and My FitBit Food Diary

I’ve been meaning to tell you guys about this for a week or two now! I posted a picture on Instagram before Christmas of my Fresh Balsam candle burning, and said how I loved it, because it made it really feel like Christmastime. I tagged Bath and Body Works, and hash tagged them just because that’s what I always do. I got a private message from BBW telling me that if I give them my address, they would ship a little Holiday present to me. At first, I was like, is this a hoax? So I double checked their Instagram, and it really was legitimately them! So I gave it to them, and look what arrived at my door a couple of weeks later!!

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They sent me a three-wick candle and a bottle of soap in Fresh Balsam!!! I’ve never gotten love for putting one of my favorite brands on blast on social media! See what happens when you give credit where credit is due!? Lesson to learn: Always use your hashtags and tag pictures. Another lesson (if you didn’t already know this): Bath and Body Works is AWESOME!!! Thanks again SO much you guys!! You really helped my #perfectChristmas become even more perfect with your sweet gift! Have you guys smelled Fresh Balsam?? Do you want to know what Christmas smells like? Smell it!IMG 1085 2

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I took this random picture of Ali that I just had to show you guys! How adorable does she look all bundled up!?
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One reminder to any of you who have even had a thought about joining my Nerium team: 2015 is going to be a huge year as far as product launches! In April, there will be two new products released that will have the impact of a “rebirth” of our company. The sooner you get yourself in position, the more you will benefit from this launch. I am making money already that I never expected to make when I started being a brand partner! In fact, I really just did it to get my product for free, and make a little bit of money to go toward my other business expenses. It has, and will continue to, fully surpass my expectations! My goal is a Lexus by this summer!! 

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Here is another adorable one of Ali just because I can :-). You’d think Ali took over my laptop and hijacked my blog again! IMG 4123

I saw this look on Instagram today, and I’m totally obsessed with it! I have several colors in my collection that I could use to recreate this. It’s such a gorgeous spring and summer look! 

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When I got home from California, I spent a good 30 minutes just hugging and kissing and playing with Ali. (And taking Pelfies, as you can see.) She really is the best dog in the world!!

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This shot was so random, but it turned out SO good!! I might actually frame it. OMG, print a picture? How do you do that? It’s been so long that I forgot!! Lol! 

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Last, but certainly not least, I finally got my FitBit to charge so I could start using it again! For some reason, out of the blue, my old charger just stopped charging. I had to get my extra one from Lisa so I could see if it was the FitBit or the charger. Thank goodness it was the charger. I also finally got it to sync to my new phone. That wasn’t working last week, either. Now I can start using it and my calorie log again. I think keeping track of my calorie intake will really help open my eyes to what I’ve been doing to myself lately. I know I missed something from today, but still, look at those numbers!!

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1500 Calories in a day is really not that bad, but don’t forget that I can’t do cardio. I bet that with 30 minutes of faster paced strength training and super sets I could make up for those extra calories. I am also planning on cooking one day this week. I’m not going to say what I’m cooking, because it is a highly modified healthified recipe that I’m not sure is even going to work! I will definitely post a recipe for it if it does, though. It’s one of my favorite Italian dishes with a twist! 

I came across this chart in my pictures today. I think it is SO interesting! I remembered the magnesium and chocolate connection, so I’ve been taking magnesium before bedtime (I know, I know, it probably sounds crazy. I am desperate for a solution though!!) Trust me, dark chocolate is a much better experience. Everything that they suggest to eat instead is so healthy, though! it definitely can’t hurt to incorporate more of those items into your diet! Just don’t forget that the key is moderation, and not to screw up your whole day just because of one mistake! You know the whole attitude of “screw it, I already ruined my healthy eating for the day, so I’m going to just eat the whole package of cookies and start good again tomorrow.” Don’t lie to yourself, you know you have!! I’ve learned that if I am truly living a healthy lifestyle, the day continues on healthy, and I don’t need to plan to restart tomorrow. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet! Try doing this sometime. It really does help!

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I’m not sure where I got this chart, but thanks a million to whoever made it! What a great resource!

Well, I hope you guys have an awesome rest of your week. I’ll be back soon with more fun and new stuff!

Happy Trails!

Stacey

My Diet Woes

Everyone in my life thinks that I eat perfectly all the time. The truth is, I know how to eat healthy. I understand what it takes to eat clean, have a calorie deficit for the day without starving myself, and maximize the nutritional value of the recipes I make. Lately, though, I have been in a bit of a rut. I haven’t been as creative when it comes to my recipes. I feel bored with food, and like I have been falling back on the same things I have made in the past. It’s getting old, fast! I also feel like I have an insatiable hunger that takes control of my inhibitions on the regular! I bought two bags of dark chocolate chips for baking over the Holidays. Well, I didn’t bake a damn thing, and I finished off the second bag last night! I had a CRONUT at the airport in Burbank! 

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I mean, I’ll be perfectly honest with you guys right now and say that I don’t think I’ve ever had a donut, croissant, or anything of the sort that was as amazingly yummy as this cronut. No lie, I would probably eat another one right now with no shame whatsoever, because it was THAT good! The problem is, I still can’t exercise, and I feel like shit now. I feel gross like I have been putting excessive empty calories into my body, and it’s accumulating on my stomach.

This blog is about my experiences. I always hope that my experiences can help people, so I keep it real on here. This is real. This is me right now. I need a diet overhaul! I don’t know what to do about my crazy chocolate craving that seems to keep lingering and lingering weeks after Christmas has passed. It’s more of a quantity and portion control issue I think I’m having. Instead of one LaraBar a day, I’ll end up having three. I start great in the morning, and gradually toward the end of the day, I want to eat everything but the kitchen sink! I don’t think I have changed anything that could be contributing to this, either. (All of you inquiring minds out there that are in the gutter-NO I am not pregnant. No way, no how. I wish I had a legit excuse, just not that one, lol!) I’m not sure how I am going to get out of this rut I’m having, but once I do, I’ll let you guys know :-). 

In the mean time, I am trying to continue to make smarter choices like I was before. In fact, I saw these at Safeway today and had to try them! They are really good! Each bag has 2.5 servings in it, so I just had a few pieces. 

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Another healthy snack I’ve been loving lately is gluten free chips and this salsa from Sprouts:

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The chips I like are Late July and the brand called “Your Food Should Taste Good” or something along those lines. Their multigrain ones come in a ginormous Costco-sized bag, and are impressively healthy for how good they are! They’re kind of a cross between a tortilla chip and a multigrain cracker. The ones by Late July that I like are the two different lime ones. The salsa above is my absolute favorite salsa I’ve ever gotten at a grocery store. My favorite salsa from a Mexican restaurant is from The Original Burrito Company in Ahwatukee. IT. IS. AMAZING. This Chico’s Pico salsa is no joke, though! It’s actually hot! It’s not wimpy hot. It has just the right amount of burn for someone that likes a hot salsa, but doesn’t want their mouth to burn for two hours after eating it. (It’ll only burn for a few minutes, I promise!)

For dinner tonight, I decided to try out a gluten free flatbread pizza crust that I got at Sprouts. I just made a veggie pizza with a little bit of part-skim mozzarella cheese on top:

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I had a tangelo for dessert. Then a Clif Mojo bar. Then a Chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. See the trend? Ugh! 

Something I’ve been wanting to start doing again is my upper body and core strength training. I have been in such a “blah” kind of mood lately. I am having trouble getting motivated. Does anyone have any motivating words for me? I know what kind of stuff I need to do! I just need to come up with a plan and execute it. I think strength training can help me a lot with my inability to do cardio. In case you guys aren’t aware, the more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your RMR (resting metabolic rate) is. It’s so weird, but when I exercise, I tend to eat better. When I’m not, I end up making poorer choices. You would think just the opposite, right? Or at least you’d think that I’d make better choices when I know I can’t workout! I think I did so well for so long on the nutritional front that I’ve run out of steam. 

 

We all go through our ups and downs. I find that I have a tendency to lay around and do nothing but watch Netflix and YouTube videos when I want to avoid life. (When I am in a down part of my life.) I know things will look up, and they will very soon! I am having my last surgery in March, and from there, I will be working my ass off in PT to get my life back! I just keep reminding myself that my life is being put on pause for the greater good! I am sacrificing normalcy, pay, and cardio to get a fully functioning body back, and I don’t regret a second of it! If I can just keep my eye on the prize and keep a positive attitude throughout the rest of this, it will only continue to get better and better :-).

Thanks a million for letting me vent on here! I just want you guys to know that you’re definitely not alone if you’ve gone through times like this! Are you going through one right now? You can always email me if you need to vent yourself, and you don’t want to leave it in a comment below. Just remember, you never know who you might be helping (including me) by sharing your stories. Have an awesome weekend, and I’ll be back soon with more good stuff and an awesome Eyeshadow tutorial I’ve been putting a lot of work into! 

Happy Trails!

Stacey

I Missed the 405 So Much That I Went Back

I flew back to LA for my follow-up visit with Dr Guanche yesterday. I was supposed to observe surgeries with him all afternoon, but he ended up having guests from overseas there to observe and wasn’t able to get my into the OR. He said next time I am in town for sure!

So The Burbank airport decided it would be great to have this in the terminal to tempt the tired, vulnerable travelers that have makeup obsessions. Luckily, I had some restraint haha! 

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I still had to get a picture with it, though!

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I got to drive a Bug this time! I’ve never driven one before this trip, but man, they are fast!! I totally didn’t expect it to have pick-up, but it did! There’s a first time for everything.

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I posted this on Instagram Monday. I saw this energy drink, and had to try it! It was actually pretty good! 

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I stopped by Morphe brushes on my way to the hotel. I am on a makeup no-buy this month. I HAD to make one exception, though, because it’s not like I am in California everyday. Morphe brushes are very reasonable, and great quality! Jaclyn Hill even collaborated with them to make a palette of her favorite eyeshadows of theirs. Each eyeshadow is $2 a piece, and such great quality that I’m not even sure how they make money off of them! 

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It’s a small shop, and was very crowded! I think they’ve probably gotten a lot more traffic since they became more popular on YouTube. Having a collab with Jaclyn Hill didn’t hurt either ;-).

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Of course I had to pick up Jaclyn’s palette! It’s been sold out online since the first pre-sale happened that caused their website to crash! (Well, there were the hackers that helped make that happen, too….) I think they’re doing one more pre-sale for the palette that will ship in February if I’m not mistaken. 

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Look how gorgeous the colors are! She did a great job. The only thing I wish was in there is a matte brow bone highlight. There is a nice shimmery one, but I like to use a matte highlight with shimmery looks. NBD, though, because I already have a few good ones at home. 

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I’ve already used the purples on the bottom row and, the light and medium peach colors from the far left on the bottom two rows. I am a fan, and can’t wait to do a review on it for you guys! 

I booked a room at the Hollywood Roosevelt for Monday night, because I wanted to stay somewhere fun where things would be going on. Next time, I’ll be sure to stay there on any night other than a Monday!

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I was starving. I ate the whole thing. After I got back before bed, I had a candy bar and an extra large Kit Kat bar. I think I need an intervention. NOT kidding.

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The hotel was beatiftul inside! This was the lobby, which is known for its architecture. 

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I did meet a really nice guy from Philly that works for NBC, though, and ended up having great conversation all evening.

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Along with my room, I got a $50 credit for food and beverage. I ordered an egg white frittata for breakfast, and look what came with it!

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Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!? I totally took it with me. You just never know when you’re going to need Tabasco on the go. 

I enjoyed my experience there, except for the construction they had going on right below me. When the lady at the front desk asked me how my stay was, I told her it was great besides the construction. She apologized, and gave me a $100 credit for my room!! How awesome was that? 

My appointment went really well today. Dr Guanche says I am doing very well, and that the pain and popping I am feeling is completely normal. He also told me that I should really start to feel normal again at about 4 months post-op. I’m not sure when I am going to be going back to work after the experience I’ve had walking these past two days. My pain level went from about a 2 to 3 when walking only after so long to about a 7 yesterday after I got to the hotel. I am actually glad I tested it out before I made the mistake of going back too soon. Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be at that point. I asked him if it was the biceps femoris that he removed and reattached, and he said it was actually all three hamstring muscles!! No wonder this is taking to long to feel better! I am not rushing anything. I did schedule my next surgery, though, and am really looking forward to having all of them over with. (God-willing) The next one will be the last, and I will finally have my life back. I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress :-).

I am at the airport in Burbank right now, and ended up getting to watch the Louisville game while eating dinner!! 

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This place knows how to make a girl very happy!! I also had a chicken burrito bowl with pico, black beans, guacamole, quinoa and hot salsa. It was awesome!! Now I need a nap.

I am going to go board my plane now. I can’t wait to see my Aligator!!! Vanessa took wonderful care of her while I was gone, as per usual :-).

I hope you guys have an awesome rest of your week!! I’ll be back soon with a new tutorial that I’ve been working really hard on!

Happy Trails!

Stacey