Just Like Candy

I have been on a (mostly successful) regimen of cutting out simple carbs & all forms of sugar during the work week, and splurging/being more relaxed about my diet on the weekends.  It actually has not been as bad as I would have imagined, but the other day I came to a startling realization that I have effectively surrounded myself with products that look, feel, or smell just like dessert.  I suppose if I can’t eat it, layering sugar-scented goodies all over myself is the next best alternative.

 

Here are a handful of the products in my current beauty rotation:

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1.  Essie Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish

2.  Sebastian Whipped Creme Styling Whip

3.  Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

4.  Fresh Sugar Lychee Body Lotion

5.  Revlon Strawberry Suede Matte Lipstick (d/c 4/11)

6.  Method Fresh Currant Hand Wash (limited edition)

Weekend Wrap

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flowers I bought today to add some pastel cheer to our living area

 

I hope that everyone had a satisfying Easter weekend; I can assure you that my three days off were luxuriously long and well-spent.  Not only did I have time to catch up on sleep and some reading, I also mixed in some fun with birthday celebrations, pool time, and an amazing Holy Ghost & Cut Copy show at Republic.

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strawberry-banana smoothie & orange/carrot/ginger juice at eco cafe

 

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shrimp po-boy from yang’s (two blocks from my house & quickly becoming an obsession)

Motivation.

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to master the P90X workout routine by the end of the year.  I have been following the routine (mostly) religiously for the last 3 weeks, and while I feel great after I finish a workout, I can’t say that I particularly enjoy exercising in the moment.

My motivation to choose this as one of my carefully thought out resolutions was not to lose weight, but rather to become more of a healthy person in general.  I feel so much better in all areas of my life when I make time to eat right and be active.  However, I have recently discovered that it can be extremely hard to keep my focus when I’m busy at work and I feel mentally drained by the time I get home.  Last week I found myself trying to finish up a 90-minute yoga routine while simultaneously copying a CD to my iTunes Library, talking with a friend who had dropped by, and listening to my roommate experiment with new music in the studio.  Not exactly “zen,” but I did get an enormous rush of satisfaction when I checked off ‘Do Yoga’ from my to-do list that day.

My point is:  there may never be a perfect time to do the things that you mean to do, so why wait?

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