Welcome October!!!

October 2013
I am so excited that October is here.  Not only does it mean I’m one month closer to becoming Mrs. Erik E., but there is just something so refreshing about October.  Fall is in full swing, the season actually starts to change, your wardrobe changes to warm and cozy things, fall scents and flavors are everywhere, and what’s not to love about Halloween (except that it is quite possibly a Weight Watcher’s worst nightmare..)??  All in all, October is a an awesome time.  This month I tried to create a board that expressed a bit of goal setting for the month as well as a wish list (things to keep my eye on, etc) for the month.  Note that I have them numbered, so I’ll use corresponding numbers below. So, lets jump on into October!

Goals, etc.

1.  First, (and maybe most importantly in by opinion) this month marks a really important anniversary for my all time favorite musical, Wicked.  October 30, 2013 will mark 10 years since the show opened on Broadway!  Considering how much of a Wicked fan I am (my senior recital in college was called “Defying Gravity,” I have a lime green Ford Fiesta, and until I left Illinois, my bedroom was color matched and painted to match the Wicked poster…obsessed much?), this is a fun opportunity for me to celebrate Wicked, AND hope and pray that some fun companies come out with some products honoring this milestone (one that I know of will be mentioned below).  My Wicked challenge for the month is pictured above: I have had that exact book sitting in my collection for maybe 5 years and have yet to complete the reading of Wicked (the second book, “Son of A Witch” is in there too) and that is completely uncalled for.  This month, to honor my beloved musical, I WILL read Wicked in its entirety.

2. My Active Link challenge continues with getting 100% for the week.  Last week I somehow missed the mark by a few percent, and I’m going to have to work my butt off to get it to happen this week too.  There are some days (like today) where I’m running around like a crazy person and feel like I must have made some major progress, and yet, I don’t even complete half of my day by the time I’m wiped out.  It’s also hard when I sit in front of a piano for 5ish hours 3 nights a week.  That basically means if I’m not near 100% by the time I go to work, then odds are I won’t be hitting it.  October is going to be better!

3. Oh pumpkins!  As I’m sure you all know, I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin flavored.  My search for pumpkin and pumpkin spice things will continue this month.  Also involving pumpkins: I’m hoping I can find a few things to decorate the apartment with for cheap.  I know I can buy stuff after Halloween dirt cheap for next year, but what about this year?!  My first year out on my own and no festive decor?  Unacceptable.

4.  I’ve got two fitness goals up there.  I need to start strength training again.  I don’t have access to quality weight machines at my little gym here in the complex, and I haven’t been able to find my 2nd 2lb weight to bust out Jillian’s video.  No more excuses because I went and bought another 2lb weight so I can do some “Ripped in 30” with mismatched weights.  I can really feel (and see) that I haven’t been strength training, and I simply can’t handle it anymore.  I’m a month away from my wedding dress fitting and I’ve got to be in tip top shape.  The photo of the girl means I have a flexibility goal.  That’s another area I’m severely lacking and want to fix.  I just move so much easier when I’m stretched out.

5. No, my goal is not to run around the house with no pants on.. I’m on a mission to find the perfect oversized comfy sweater.  I want it to be thick and warm, and a bit on the sexy side, so I can curl up and keep warm (because soon that will be harder for me with the weather change) and not look like a total schlub while doing it.  The one pictured above would be a great one, but of course Pinterest couldn’t direct me to it.  If you know where I can find something like that, please let me know!!

6.  Little wedding details are starting to be the focus in my wedding planning world now.  I need to make decisions on things like garters (I want a set so Erik can toss one and we can keep one), jewelry and shoes for me and my girls, unity sand sets, guest book and everything in between.  I fly home at the end of the month for my bridal shower/bachelorette party weekend.  The days are flying by and the day for “I do” will be here before we know it.

7. I need to get back the fire for music that I had in college.  It fueled me in every way; mind, body and soul.  With the whirlwind of life not allowing me to perform and music meaning work and not “me time”, that makes it harder for me to keep the fire burning.  I need to get that love back, and I’m pretty determined to do so, but with a schedule that definitely doesn’t allow for rehearsals for a show or group, I’m not exactly sure how..

Wish List

You’ll notice that there are things that look very similar on there.  I went to Lush yesterday because my skin is in major freakout mode, and I know that Lush can help better than anything.   I adore Lush and it is one of my favorite places to splurge.  As I made a few purchases and bonded with the girls in the store, I was also sent home with several generous samples of things to try, and of course after one try I’m dying to add them to my arsenal.  That’s why there are so many black pots up there.

1. LUSH Lovely Jubblies: This is actually a breast firming cream (which I regret not asking for a sample of today) that has gotten rave reviews for what it does, not just to the chest, but to anywhere that needs a little extra help.  I’m also told the smell is to die for and  it even works under your eyes.  I figure, with a wedding around the corner I want to look my best everywhere, so this might be worth a try.

2. Julep’s Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary collector’s set (found on QVC): Not only is it Wicked’s 10th birthday, it’s The Wizard of Oz’s 75th Birthday!  That means WoZ (as we appreciated it when I was in the show) special edition products will be popping up all over as well.  Happy day to a nerd like me.  I’m a nail polish addict, the colors are pretty, so naturally, this is on the list.

3.  LUSH Let the Good Times Roll face cleanser: A polenta based cleanser with cinnamon that smells like ground up shotbread cookies makes this an amazing thing to wash with.  I got this as a sample and love how my face feels.  I believe it’s limited edition, or at least has been labeled “back by popular demand” so since it works with my skin type (will use it a few more days to know for sure).

4. LUSH Imperialis moisturizer:  As we discussed my crazy skin, we talked about how I’ve tried several moisturizers and they just didn’t work for me, so the girls sent me home with a sample of Imperialis.  With calming ingredients like lavender and shea and cocoa butters for moisture, this is supposed to manage my dry and my oily areas.  I will say this, I used it yesterday, and my skin was soft and there was no shine.  My Sephora moisturizer might be taking a back seat if this sample keeps up like that.

5. Teavana Acai Matetini Mate tea: I was a huge Teavana girl for awhile, and after an impulse visit there when Erik dragged me to the mall after church so he could get yet another suit (not gonna lie, I’ve been very jealous of the money he’s been spending on clothes lately.  I know it’s for business school, but still..that wreaks havoc on a girly girl’s heart when she can’t partake), and so I walked into Teavana asking if the rumor I heard about them accepting Starbucks gift cards was true.  It was!  So I bought a mate (aka tea that is as caffeinated as coffee) iced tea and browsed a bit and it kind of rekindled my spark.  Tea is so healthy, so I was inspired.  I learned they had this awesome tea made with super fruits and other awesome tasting things.  I’d love to get my hands on it.  I should probably finish up my other teas first…

6. Deborah Lippman Wicked Anniversary Nail Polish Set: I stumbled upon this thanks to Instagram and flipped out.  Two of my favorite things in one awesomely colored little celebratory package!  There’s not much else to say except I will be adding this beauty to my collection.



Wow..long post.  There you have it friends.  What are your thoughts on October?  Goals? Products you have your eyes on?  I want to know!   Time for a pumpkin spice bagel and some coffee 🙂  Happy October! Be happy 🙂

Weight Watchers Back to Basics: Exercise

As many of you may know, exercise is an important part of a weight loss/ maintenance plan.  Some of us have that awesome “I get euphoric off of sweating and have to do it daily” feeling, and I applaud and envy you.  I need to figure out how to get the fire back in my fitness routine, because since hitting my goal, my fire feels really snuffed out.  That being said, I still workout regularly because I understand its importance to my body ( and my mind).
There are many benefits to getting in a 30 minute sweat session.
  • -Stress relief
  • Mood booster
  • PMS relief
  • Wearing is good for the skin
  • You get a sexy glow
  • Sculpted body
  • Curbed appetite
  • Social time or “me” time
  • Earning extra Points Plus Values (aka more food for you!)
And oh so many more.
Everyone has a different level of fitness, ranging from none to Marathoner and beyond, and whatever category you fall into, it’s okay!  There is no need to feel like you have to get up and active from 0- 5k in a week.  The point here is to get up and get moving somehow…any way you want.
Personally I try to get myself at least 30 minutes of cardio every day, and I usually succeed 5 or 6 days a week.  Thankfully I have a nifty little activity tracker that I wear every second I’m out of bed (except when I’m in the shower) called the Active Link.  This is the Weight Watchers version of a pedometer, but it is oh so much more than that.  This baby not only tracks steps, but tracks motion in 3 ways (up and down, back and forth, and side to side) which is an awesome innovation in activity tracking.  This means that it still actually counts for something when I am behind the counter at Kohls for 4 hours.  It used to be that my feet rarely moved, and the pedometer on my body reflected that.  Now, thanks to the 3 way motion of Active Link, the twisting and bending and movement I do near my register can get me close to halfway to my daily goal.  I feel much more satisfied knowing my work actually counts.
The Active Link sets a daily goal for you as well.  I will do a separate post on Active Link specifics later, but the gist is this: I have a goal, and when the little lights blink 100% I know I have earned 5 Points Plus that day.  This turns every day into a game, and it is a game that I do not like to lose.
For me the Active Link is a great way to help me meet a daily activity goal, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs some little computer clipped to their body at all times.  Generally, for weight loss you want to get a good sweat session in 4 or 5 days a week, and for maintenance and general fitness shoot for 3-4 days weekly.  However, if you’re someone on the lower end of the spectrum, fitness success doesn’t have to start there.  Go for an extra walk every day (or a walk, period, if you’re someone who is mostly sedentary).  Take little steps to increase the amount of activity you do on any given day.  Note how I say “activity” and not exercise (even though the title of the post is exercise ).  If you get out and exercise great, but that word can intimidate many beginners.  Here are a few ideas to incorporate more activity into your average day, even for a beginner.
  • Start the day with some light yoga or stretches
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator
  • Park near the end of a parking lot, rather than the nearest space to the door you can find
  • Take the long route to the restroom at the office
  • Spend part of your lunch break on a walk with a co-worker
  • Get up and move 5 minutes every hour
  • Take the laundry up stairs or to the other room in smaller loads..or if you’re really ambitious, piece by piece.  I usually do this when putting laundry from my bed (where I fold and hang) to the right spot.  Trust me, if you put your undies and socks away one by one, you get some movement.
  • Same with the dishes: put them away one at a time
  • Go for an after dinner walk with your significant other or kids
  • Head to the mall for some window shopping, but do a lap around the whole place first before you let yourself look

You get the idea?  There are SO many little things that can significantly increase the amount of activity you get in a day.  Then, when you feel like you can move beyond the basics, head to the gym, sign up for a fitness class, get a workout DVD or turn that walk into a jog or run.  It doesn’t matter how slow you start, at least you’re moving!

So, the bottom line of this back to basics post is to get moving my friends.  I promise you that nothing bad will come from a little more activity in your day.  So bust out some Jillian Michaels (my favorite trainer) or do whatever it is you’re going to do to give your weight loss journey that extra boost of awesome.  And who knows, you just might end up one of those lucky people who get a high off of a quality sweat session.  🙂