Why I Picked Weight Watchers As My Weight Loss Plan

I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers since 2009.  Almost 9 years!  While I have definitely been on again/off again with actually following the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve been a subscriber the whole time. In this day and age, it seems like there are a million different kinds of fitness and diet plans out there.
Just to name a few:
  • Weight Watchers
  • Good old calorie counting
  • Whole 30
  • Jenny Craig
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Raw
  • Vegetarian
  • Low-Fat
  • Low-Carb
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • The HCG Diet
  • Zone Diet
  • South Beach Diet
  • Grapefruit Diet
  • Blood Type Diet (I’m totally serious)
  • Cabbage Soup Diet
 
Guys, this is me naming a few of the diets that are out there.  Every day we are being told that something is good for us, and the next day that very same thing causes cancer.  It’s never been so difficult to figure out what the “best” diet is because we’re getting fed so much information every single day.   
 
The reason I bring this up is because on my YouTube channel I’ve started doing Weekly Weigh In videos, and I try to get a conversation started in the comments section including what topics I should cover in future videos.  Recently, someone asked me why, out of all the diets out there, did I choose and stick to Weight Watchers?  I think that’s an excellent question. so here’s my answer. 

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Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box | Fall2017 Unboxing & Giveaway

I’ll keep this short and sweet.  I just posted an unboxing of the Erin Condren Fall Seasonal Surprise box on my channel. I also bought a second box so I could give one away to one of my subscribers.  Rather than type everything out here, I decided it would be easier to just show you the video.  So, without further ado, here’s my #ECSurpriseBox unboxing.  Head over to my channel to enter the giveaway!

XOXO,

Brianna

 

 

September 2017 Goals

 
Happy September! I’m so excited September is here, as it means the start of all of my favorite things.  Kids are back in school (I don’t have kids, but when I run errands it means there will be less of them running around the shops!), it’s the start of sweater weather, Leaves candles are easily available at Bath and Body Works, and pumpkin spice is popping up everywhere.  It’s basically my little slice of heaven. 
 
Even though I am no longer affected by back to school season, I still really enjoy the fresh start behind it, and I feel the need to take full advantage of the spirit of the season.  I really want to get better at setting (and publicly declaring) monthly goals for accountability purposes.  Here’s what I’m working on this month. 
 
Break my weight loss wall:  As you well know, I have been stuck going up and down the same 4 lbs for what seems like ages now, and I haven’t been able to get lower than 166lbs.  This month is it. It’s the time that I bust through the wall and start showing the scale who’s boss. Bonus, as of this morning I am only 2lbs away from succeeding. Bring it ON!

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Sephora Play! | August 2017

 

This month’s Sephora Play! box is themed “The Innovators.” I love the word innovation because it means there are new and exciting things on the horizon, and hopefully, they make things easier and better.    The first thing I pulled out of the box is the paper that talks all about the different products I will find inside, which is nothing new.  On the other side is an “Elements of Beauty” periodic table (so appropriate for the back to school season) which briefly explains many ingredients found in various beauty products, what they’re for, and what they’re found in.  What a cool little educational tool to add to a beauty box.  I will actually read this before tossing it in the recycling bin!  

The drawstring bag is labeled “Makeup Geek,” still sticking with the back to school theme.  As per usual, there is a play pass that will get you 50 extra points when you take it into Sephora stores.  

Okay, moving on to the products. I’m actually pretty pleased with everything in my box this month. All of the products are practical, basic, and things I will actually use.   Scroll down to see what I got in my box, then comment and let me know what you got in yours.  

 

 

An Online Dermatologist Changed My Skin! | Dermacare Review

 

If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you are well aware of many of my life struggles.  One major struggle I’ve been having in my late 20’s is adult acne.  Quite frankly, I find this to be incredibly unfair, as I didn’t struggle with acne anywhere near as bad in my teenage years (you know, when we’re supposed to be having acne issues) as I do as a grown woman.  By the time my 30th birthday rolled around and I was still having major acne issues (especially along my jaw line), I’d had enough.  No 30 year old should have to worry about having the skin problems of a 15-year-old. While I’m a huge fan of makeup, I was truly tired of not being comfortable enough in my own skin to leave my home without foundation and concealer on.  

With my husband’s blessing, I decided to start researching dermatologists in my area, because clearly everything I had tried in the past wasn’t enough.  The list of products I’ve tried could probably fill an entire short novel, and while some products helped (most didn’t), there was nothing that made me feel like my problem was actually being solved. So, the hunt for local dermatologists began.  

Well, as I was doing the “good blogger” thing of making an effort to read and support other bloggers, a post by Jess from The Golden Girl blog came up on my feed about an online dermatologist. Online dermatology?!  That can’t possibly be legit…can it?  I decided to reach out to the company, Dermacare, and see if we could work a little something out, because basically, I was the perfect candidate to prove whether or not this service of theirs actually worked. Thankfully, they agreed to work with me (and yes, they’re sponsoring this post, but before you leave thinking “oh great, she was paid to talk about this,” just hear me out. Seriously.) 

Back in January (yes, 8 months ago!) I got hooked up with an account and my journey to see if Dermacare would actually work began.  The first thing you do is create a skin care profile talking about your skin care goals, and then (are you ready for this?) you upload selfies to the site for the doctor to look at.  Using the photos and the information they’re given, the dermatologists at Dermacare create a custom prescription product mixed just for you with your goals in mind. Ready for some crazy honesty?  Here are my “before” photos.  These are what I sent in when I created my account.

Ick. I can’t stand looking at them.  No 30 year old should have to deal with that kind of acne situation.  

After a few days, I got a package with my custom acne treatment inside.  I couldn’t contain my excitement.  If getting quality dermatology is as time-saving saving as snapping a few selfies, this is the greatest idea ever!   Read more

10 Ways To Get 10,000 Steps

Nowadays I feel like everyone has an activity tracker hanging out on their wrist.  It is a well-known fact that movement is super important, and not only to those of us trying to lose weight. It is recommended that everyone get 10,000 steps in every single day.  While for some this might seem like nothing, to others this could very well be a lofty, seemingly unattainable goal.  In a world of Fitbits and other activity trackers being the norm, I wanted to offer up 10 ways you can get a little bit closer to hitting that 10k step goal.  Now, any one of these tips is not going to get you all the way there on its own, but if you combine a few of these suggestions, I’m willing to bet you’ll be at that magical 10k before you know it.  Ready to get moving?  Here we go!

10 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps

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Sephora Play! Unboxing | July 2017

It’s the middle of summer and Sephora knows that we have vacation on our minds, so they decided to help us out with a little beauty R & R by theming this month’s box as “Beauty Staycation.”  Everything in my July box focuses on quick summer beauty fixes that will have me ready to travel or ready to sip iced tea in my recliner at home.  My July box makes summer beauty effortless, natural, and oh so glorious.  Let’s see what was inside. 

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How To Make The Most Of A Rainy Day

I went to bed last night to an awesome summer thunderstorm that I figured would blow over by morning, but when I woke up this morning, thunder was still rumbling and it was so dark I needed to turn on all of the lights like it was 8pm.  Not an ideal way to start the day, but at least it inspired a blog post. I’m all about taking the little wins lately, so let’s roll with it. 

It’s dark and gross outside, which completely destroys my motivation to do much of anything except sit on my couch and binge watch Netflix.  I have to leave home to go to the gym (and I hate driving in rain..that’s a story for another day), and I truly believe that I run on sunshine and coffee, and there is zero sunshine to speak of, which means my battery is flashing on low.  So, what’s a gal (or guy) to do?  Now, I have the rare lifestyle where I don’t actually have to get up and go to work since my occupation is “housewife” followed closely by “blogger,” which means I have the option of not leaving the house.  While I know many of you don’t have that lifestyle, that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself with a gloom and doom day at home at some point this summer.  Here are a few ways you can make the most of it. 

Spa Day

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Sephora Play! Box | May 2017

May’s Sephora Play box is themed “Beauty on the Rise,” and is a tour of cult favorites, hard to find formulas and one of a kind brands that are making their mark in the beauty industry. This month, Sephora replaced their regular drawstring cloth bag with a cute, see through pouch that’s perfect for housing your essentials. Here’s what was inside my box:

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone: This is a color-rich stick that is a lip liner, lip stain, and lip color all in one.  While I love getting lip products, I tried this on, and the color is a rusty brownish red, which is definitely not my shade, especially for summer time.  It’s a major bummer to get a shade that’s not in my preferences.  

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser: I was so excited to see Sunday Riley in my box this month.  This is a clay cleanser that brightens the skin while cleaning and minimizing the pores for balanced, clear skin.  I was not expecting a clay cleanser to be so runny, but it smells good and makes my skin feel great when I use it with my Clarisonic Mia. 

Grande Lips Lip Plumper in Clear: I was surprised to discover that this product was more than just a temporarily plumping gloss, but instead a treatment gloss with results over time.  I’ve only applied it once, but the instant results are a little bit of a cool, minty tingle (not nearly as aggressive as some other lip plumpers I’ve tried), and a shot of hydration which feels really good.  The instructions say that in order to achieve maximum results it should be used regularly for 30 days, and this sample will definitely not last that long, but I will enjoy using up what I do have.  Read more

The Art of Self Sabotage

Self-SabotageSelf-sabotage: There’s no doubt that at one point or another, you’ve experienced a time when you’ve self-sabotaged yourself.  Lately, I’ve felt like I have managed to turn self-sabotage into a new art form.  It feels like it’s my calling, and let me tell you, I’m wickedly good at it.  The unfortunate reality is, of course, this “art form” is one that is doing me all harm and absolutely no good.

I decided to write about self-sabotage in terms of overeating, especially while I’m trying to lose weight, but before I started typing I did a quick Google search to see what the official definition of self-sabotage even was. According to Psychology Today, self-sabotage is

“behavior that creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals. The most common selfsabotaging behaviors are procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting.”

It turns out that, while some of the behaviors mentioned I have no issues with to speak of (I’ve never once thought about any self-injury or self-medication..other than via food of course), I realized that not only am I a true artist at the food thing, but I am the freaking master of procrastination.  I knew this about myself, of course, but didn’t necessarily equate it to my own personal form of self-sabotage, because I was so focused on the food thing.  However, it turns out that the only thing I do better than sabotage my healthy eating is procrastinating.  It’s no wonder I’ve felt stuck with the same goals and no progress for so long. Read more