The Diva Diaries First Post

Well hello there. Welcome to a brand new section of my blog that I’ve decided to call “The Diva Diaries.” I was inspired by the book I’m currently reading, The Adventures of Dietgirl, to start a journaling section of the site that I can basically treat like a much less formal (I know my blog isn’t “formal” anyway,) place where I basically write as if I was writing in my notebook journal.  The book is the story of one woman’s weight loss journey all written in journal entry format, and the more I read, the more I was feeling compelled to do something similar.

I’m not sure what you can expect from my Diva Diaries posts because it’s a journal, so it’s going to be whatever is on my mind. My goal is to center it around my ongoing weight loss journey, but you never know where my mind might go.  What I can promise is plenty of struggles, discoveries, victories, failures, and everything else that goes into this crazy little thing called life 

On Tuesday’s vlog, I decided to ask if you would like to see some more journal type entries from me, like what I was reading in the book, and there were enough people who said yes that I decided it was a go!  So last night I created an image, and the Diva Diaries was born.  

I weigh in tomorrow, so things will officially start then! 

The Humbled Hearts Daybook

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Today is an entirely different Spotlight on Etsy post.  I stumbled across the Humbled Hearts Daybook when Cori (aka The Reset Girl) happened to mention it in a video.  The mention was quick, as she was just showing what she kept in her extra wide Foxy Fix notebook, but because she said it was a prayer book, I was intrigued and researched more.  It turned out that the book was available on Etsy through Hazel Berry Design, so I reached out to the lovely owner, Jillian, and she offered to send me a book for review.  To say I was excited would be an understatement.

The Humbled Hearts Daybook is a simple, yet brilliant way to guide your prayers to God. It covers a lot of bases, touching on everything from forgiveness, goals and dreams, to giving thanks.  Christian friends, this book will inspire, encourage, and motivate you every step of the way during your quiet time with God.

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A Weekend with Me: Friday

The sun was actually shining when I got out of bed this morning (at 9.  It’s my day off..might as well sleep in after being up til 2) for a change.  Of course, it didn’t last long, but as I went about my day  it came and went.

The best way to start the day is sitting down with a pen, my prayer journal, and God. I find that writing down my prayers gives me more satisfaction sometimes than just saying them.  It helps me to really focus in on what I’m doing and my bonding with God.  He deserves so much more than what I give him, so when I have the time in the morning, I do my best to spend some extra special conversation time with him.  The only journal I’ve ever actually completed was a prayer journal that I started when things started getting serious with Erik.  Look where that got me 🙂  God is so good!  I try to make sure He knows I appreciate Him.

When I have the time I like to catch up on reading some of the blogs I follow and watching some of my favorite Youtubers.  Then I went to visit one of my kitty-sitting jobs, Frank.  He welcomed me with lots of noise.  It was like he was trying to tell me all about his evening.  I couldn’t help but laugh at him.

Meal Time!  Trader Joe’s Fat Free Greek Yogurt in Strawberry.  I have tried the pumpkin and pomegranate yogurt by TJ’s as well, and it is a bit more tart than I’m used to. I will probably be sticking to my Yoplait. TJ’s yogurt was 3 Points Plus.

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One of the reasons I watch You Tube is to actually get inspired to do something.  Today’s project was a deep cleaning of all of my makeup brushes.  To get them really, truly clean, it just takes a few household products and a little bit of time.

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The creamy stuff in the bowl is a combo of about 2 parts Dawn to 1 part extra virgin olive oil.  I got the antibacterial soap because makeup brushes tend to be a zoo full of bacteria, which can cause acne (one of my big problems), so it’s better to take the little extra precaution.  The olive oil does two things; not only does it help condition the bristles, but the oil actually acts as an amazing makeup remover, especially on foundation and concealer brushes.  Oil cleanses for the face are all the rage right now, and this would be why.  I just dip the dirty brush into the bowl, run a little luke-warm water on it and swirl the brush on my hand.  Then, as I’m running it through the water I squeezed the brushes until the milky color was gone.  They are now sitting on a towel on my counter drying, and they look as clean as the day I got them.  This is the first time I tried the oil/soap combo method, and it will be the one I continue to use.

Snack Break!  1 cup of frozen strawberries, some water and a Weight Watchers Protein Smoothie (chocolate) for a 2 Points Plus snack with a 10g protein kick.  Delicious!

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After spending some time with the other kitties (Rosie actually cuddled for a minute today..that only took 5 days.. ), it was cleaning, which included a run to the recycling bin and garbage bin, which are located at opposite ends of the complex.  Today I didn’t mind because it was an extra walk, which means I’m closer to filling up my Active Link (success happened around 7:00pm).

Lunch: Progresso Light cheesy potato with bacon. 5 Points Plus for the entire can

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I started reading a new book on the Elliptical today (and no, it isn’t Wicked): Starbucked.  Obviously you can figure out what it’s about, but based on the intro (which was several pages) it sounds like it will be a very business oriented book.  Right off the bat it started talking about how Starbucks started the coffee house revolution and how opening two locations across the street from one another turned out to be an experimental success that explains why it isn’t surprising to find two or 3 locations right by each other.  Sounds like it will be interesting, especially to a Starbucks addict like myself. I am thankful that the library has ebook loans.

 

Today on LUSH’s website the Christmas tab showed up.  I got all excited, and in honor of Lush and their (unreasonably early) Christmas spirit, I took a bath (which I never do) to use up the last of my Lush bath bombs.  I still had some from two Christmases ago.  Yikes.  I don’t like to stay in the tub long, but it smelled nice and my skin was super soft, which are two things LUSH products are known for.

After one more visit to Frank I will be settling in for an evening of poking at Pinterest, other computer tasks and taking advantage of Netflix.

I did go to Whole Foods to find myself  a dinner, and I have to share this wickedly sinful looking, but not sinful combo I found.

 

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The whole pizza (yes, it has no cheese.  Still delicious) is only 4 Points Plus and (I splurged on Arctic Zero because I wanted to try it) the entire pint of ice cream is only 3 Points Plus.  Pizza and ice cream, 7 Points total.  Go ahead…misbehave a little 😉

That’s all for today, friends.  Tomorrow I have a Weight Watchers event where I learn what changes are coming to the program.  Very exciting stuff (hopefully!)

Sweet dreams!