Amy After

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May 2010 archive

Weigh-In Week Four

Lost another two pounds! At this point in the game losing a couple of pounds a week is stellar, but it feels like going at a snail’s pace. When I think that I only have twenty pounds to go, it boggles my mind.

Sunless Tanner Review

I spent the 80’s baking myself in tanning beds, on a blanket in the back yard and beside the neighborhood pool. By the end of the decade I couldn’t ignore news stories about the skin cancer and premature aging I was signing up for, so the sun and I parted ways. Of course later I ran out to the cosmetics counter to eagerly purchase one of the first sunless tanning creams to go on sale and suffered the, “what are all those splotches” remarks for my trouble. A few years later I worked in an office that offered spray tans. When the clients came out of the room they looked nice, but everyone complained about “the smell.” I was convinced that there were no valid tanning options and that I was condemned to living my life the exact color & hue as the whitest of bedsheets. I made my peace with it.

Until I saw some information while surfing online about a chemical free Lavera Self Tanner Lotion – 5 oz. It was pricier than the drugstore versions and around the same as the department store brands but it wasn’t supposed to have the yucky sunless tanner odor. I ordered one for the body and one for the face. The lotion goes on clear and has a very pleasant scent. The one for the body develops a truly wonderful brown color by morning – not the dreaded orange. Sadly, after an hour or so there is a hint of that ole familiar smell, however it’s not strong enough to be a bother. It took a few applications to get the technique under control enough to avoid “the splotches” but that was user error and not the fault of the product. The one made specifically for the face has to be applied as a moisturizer each night for five nights before the color really shows up. They say it’s so that any application mistakes aren’t glaring on an area that can’t be hidden. I do appreciate that but I need a little more instant gratification than that. So, in summary I will continue to use Lavera because of the lovely brown color and the absence of chemicals and parabens. It will be nice to not glow in the dark for a change!

Weigh-In Results Week Three

Another week, another pound. Twenty two to go… I was much better last week with my exercise. I did my Tracy Anderson Perfect Design #1 video six days and some sort of cardio five or six of those days. I wrote out my food plans and they came in at under 1200 calories each day BUT after I ate everything on my list I kept going!!! Even though I’d eaten all the food that was written in my little notebook I decided that an extra bowl of fruit wouldn’t matter. Then I decided that a handful of almonds wouldn’t matter either. Well, sadly I proved to myself for the 4,782 time that the extra does matter – even if said extra is healthy! I’m still a firm believer that healthy food should be “all you can eat.” If I start a petition do you think we can make that happen?

Weigh-In Results Week Two

Tuesday- weigh in day. Lost 2.5lbs again this week! That is 5lbs lost in two weeks, 23 more lbs to my goal weight. I feel like it would’ve been more if I hadn’t been so SORRY and done my cardio like I should have! I did my toning each morning but shrugged off my night time exercise. This week will be different – better – I swear!

Weigh-In Results Week One

I had my official weigh in after my first week of counting calories and I lost 2.5lbs! I’ve been doing my Tracy Anderson workouts and I’ve lost several inches from my waist/hips too! That Tracy is a miracle worker! Guess this means that the calories will be counted for another week. Sure hope I can make similar progress this week…