Fitness/Weight-loss update for October 4th, 2016

Why, no…I wasn’t lazy….I mean, yes. Yes, I was.

Sometimes, you get lazy. I know I certainly did, oops!

Remember, it’s not the end of the world!

Much Love,



I ate the whole bag. THE WHOLE BAG.

Okay, of rice cakes, but a whole bag!

I got a bag of little mini cheddar rice cakes. Since I hadn’t had my protein shake in the morning, and didn’t take extra food (I was running low at home) and went shopping after work yesterday, I was really hungry. Between the car and home…I ate 700 calories of those little buggers. I’ll bet you didn’t know that’s what a whole bag has!

Needless to say since I hadn’t had enough protein, I had something with no fat, no carbs, just protein and called it a night really, really hungry. I went over calories maybe 150, but with like NO nutrients, lol!

(I apologize for having the wrong video loaded, originally. Ooops!)


Anyway, back on track today! By the by, because some people misunderstood, I have not had trouble with my weight. I just got lazy and indulgent. Going from 8 hours of martial arts plus 3-4 hours of running/biking every week to nada plus eating anything put in front of me will have results! I’m not really used to having to lose weight, so this is kind of new for me. It’s a learning process for me, and hopefully you can learn from my trip down healthy lane!

Much Love,


I don’t want a roll there/aka gotta lose the weight!

Ah, the joys of getting older, the mind gets faster, the metabolism gets slower

I know I’ve been getting big. I KNOW. You can’t work on television and see yourself every. dang. day. without seeing how you look. That doesn’t mean you can’t ignore it and allow yourself to be lazy, indulgent, and put your head in the sand.

Until, of course, you take a shower at your friend’s after a hike and step on their scale. Yeow. Almost 160 pounds? Say WHAT? I freaked when I hit 150 after surgery a couple of years ago. This almost had me crying.

You know what though? Screw crying. It wasn’t going to help me lose weight.

I hope you join me while I try to trim the rolls!

Let me know if you’re on a get fit journey, or if you’ve tried flexible dieting.

Much Love,


Scary alien eyes and a couple of quick reviews

Usually eyes like this are accompanied by house music and glowsticks

Usually eyes like this are accompanied by house music and glowsticks

You know when you go to the ophthalmologist and they dilate your eyes and it goes away in 6-7 hours?

I do! That picture was about 3 hours after my appointment. I also had made plans to meet a friend on the east side of town and had to walk there in what looked like a fog. I imagine the police I ran into along the way were 50/50 on eye doctor or really high – probably the former considering I was squinting into shade and covering my eyes with my hand…with dark sunglasses on. On the bright (haha) side, I still have 20/20 vision, no glaucoma, and my eyes are very healthy. So yay, cheap! No glasses/contacts prescription!

Besides this picture being pretty funny, I want to point out I somehow managed to use a little concealer, tight line my eyes and actually put on some mascara without poking myself (too badly) or using lip liner instead of eyeliner. I couldn’t even see my features, much less see what I was doing, so it was mostly by touch and vague impression. I have NO idea what eyeliner I used. I grabbed a black stick from the cup and hoped for the best. The mascara is W3ll People Expressionist Mascara that I got in my May Birchbox. It’s a nice, natural-looking mascara that’s great for a day/office and fresh-faced look.

Another half with, half without makeup face

half face 6-10 no 2

half face 6-10







People seem to like to see these. This was today, 13 hours after applying my makeup for work this morning.


It’s not quite as dramatic because I hadn’t touched up in almost 2 hours so my face is a bit shiny and the eyeliner was moving a little. Still, when I do my work makeup, it’s heavy, yes, and a bit dramatic in order to exaggerate my features so they show up well on camera, however, I try not to completely change my face. I still look like me on the right, just me, PLUS. I do color correction because I have a little roseacea. I also contour with my airbrush gun, but I’m only trying to play up my eyes and lips etc, not trying to look like someone else. I should try that sometime. I mean, really glam up and try to change how I look.

Meanwhile, I would like to point out that I took off one whole side of makeup from hairline to chest with one small cotton pad using The Face Shop FACE IT Lesson 01 Tear Lip & Eye Makeup Remover. I can’t find it listed on the US site, but they carry it in the Manhattan store, so you should be able to get it soon. I think it’s a recent carry-over. It was $11 and I no longer have problems removing all of my makeup. I wash with cleanser afterwards, but I was really having trouble getting all of my foundation off. This makeup remover is working very nicely.

The salespeople at The Face Shop were also very kind, helpful, and gave me freebies! I got a few boxes of their special textured pads for makeup removal, etc, and a bunch of samples. I love everything!

Lately, I’ve gotten into Asian skincare lines, and I love them! They are fairly affordable, and the Korean lines, at least, are gentle and effective. I hear the Chinese ones are, too, so I’m looking forward to trying them!

Reminding you that when I get 100 followers I’ll do a giveaway of May’s Boxycharm.

Much Love,


One lump, or two?

I wish I had a place to hang a hammock now.

Relax. Now there’s a word for you. I love that word: Relax. I love it like one loves anything that seems unattainable. Like a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting while on a diet. Like North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner when on a Shaefer budget. Like High Tea at The Plaza when you’ve got Lipton and a gas station tuna salad sandwich.

The only way I’ll reach that dreamy state of Nirvana where my blood pressure drops below panic level and I don’t have that ever-so-slightly crazy look in my eyes is if I manage to at least triple my income and find a way to afford lessons once again so I have access to those heavy bags. I never had to picture anyone while round housing, jabbing and crossing, or my favorite, throwing a good, wound-up back-hand. Just kicking the crap out of them left me with a dreamy, blissful feeling afterwards. I’m a simple, slightly off, but simple lady.

Since my stress level has been unusually high this month, here are a couple of ways I enjoy (trying) relaxing and lowering my heart rate with a little culinary comfort.

Milk, or lemon? I did both once. It got real ugly.

Would you like to join me for a cuppa?

I’ve always enjoyed a good cup of tea, but let’s be frank here. Until recent years, you couldn’t find a good cup of tea in most parts of the United States for love nor less than a lot of money at a British tea shop. There are a few places to get some very nice tea, or you can just buy a box of Barry’s . Also, you really should learn how to properly brew tea. This tea bag in a cup of water in the microwave thing is just wrong. This restaurant bringing you hot water out of the coffee maker for you to pour over your own cheap Lipton tea bag at the table after the water cools off thing is really wrong. This non-dairy creamer in anything thing is just so very wrong. Use milk or cream for the love of all that’s caffeinated!

My new favorite tea vendor is Adagio Teas. They have wonderful teas from all over the world, lots of flavors, their tea bags are some of the best I’ve tried, and they are not expensive at all, especially considering the quality you get. They also love to give you a deal. If you know someone with an account, that person can give out $5 gift certificates every 24 hours: hello, cheap? You can also try any of their teas by buying very generous sample sizes for $2! Hot tea samples are usually enough for 10 cups (10 cups is a sample? Yummy!) Iced tea has a $6 size – enough to make 6 quarts, which is pretty cheap, too. Combine this with a $5 gift certificate from your buddy, and that’s how they get ya. Addicted.

I just love their Blood Orange tea iced, and the Mango served hot with milk is about as yummy and comforting as you could ever want. Better than a stupid blanket with sleeves. My only suggestion about the iced is for the non-black teas, I let it steep longer than 8 minutes. Black and green teas should not steep longer than they suggest or it gets bitter. Also don’t squeeze your tea bag when you take it out of the cup! It also makes your tea bitter. Just take it out, lay it on a plate or in the trash and forgo those extra drops.

Oh, how I love thee, sable cookies!

C is for Cookie and that’s good enough for me

Nothing is as comforting as smelling fresh-baked cookies and making a cup of tea to enjoy with them while they cool. Buying good cookies is expensive. Buying cookie dough at the store usually means high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and other preservatives, plus it’s not all that cheap for what you get.

In summer I hate turning the oven on, and because I live with a non-cookie-eating cat, baking a whole batch is silly. What I do is make dough that will keep in the fridge and then I cut a couple and bake them in the toaster oven as I want them. I did it at work last weekend. There were some very happy men eating little French cookies in the studios. Also, I must point out to the guys: this is easy to make, and if you want to impress someone and make them feel special, baking up a couple of cookies for them as an impromptu treat will win major points. If you tell them you make it to keep in the fridge for a treat, they might even be impressed with your practical take on comfort food. And come over more often.

I have been experimenting with one of my favorite cookies, Chocolate Sable. They’re lovely salty-sweet French cookies that are delectably rich and flavorful (and full of butter). I haven’t quite perfected my personal take on them, yet, but I’ll share when I do. It may never happen. It’s a simple recipe that is already near perfection. Meanwhile, try that recipe up there. You won’t disappointed.

Running at break-neck speed through life can get awfully exhausting. Keeping the spirit whole and emotions light and happy is even harder when keeping your head above rough financial waters is your overwhelming concern. Make sure you take time for yourself. Saying that you just don’t have time is a bad excuse. It is easier to budget in a sacred “me” time a couple of times a week, or every day if you can, than it is to trudge along with empty batteries. Or without cookies.

Cheap, relaxed Love,


If it was good enough for Cleopatra…

When the world was new…oh, wait, wrong country. Still, I liked it when I was a kid.

In the land of Milk and Honey

Listen, I’m not a great, legendary beauty, but I’m no slouch. (At least I hope not. My twitter account might occasionally sound like I feel that way, though!) You might have realized by now that I work on television. Okay, local television. Okay, okay! I’m a traffic reporter! Happy? No, really. I like my job, but I wear a lot of makeup every day and I get up at a ridiculous hour that I can’t even call morning. So, my skin doesn’t always look fresh and healthy, especially if I forget to drink lots of water.

In order to keep my skin happy and calm, considering that I have to clean it 3x a day because I wash a bunch of makeup off of it every late morning, and usually have to wash sweat, dirt, and pollution off in the evening after running (away from ZOMBIES!) or something, I need to give it a treat to bring back that glowing, dewy complexion after faking it with air-brush makeup every day for work.

The point is even though we all know Cleopatra wasn’t exactly an example of modern beauty, but rather a powerful, intelligent and captivating woman who knew how to get and hold power and men, that doesn’t mean some of those beauty regimes didn’t have a lot going for them. For example, the milk bath thing. Did they just throw a bunch of mare’s milk into a tub with a bunch of mashed-up rose petals, herbs, fruits and whatever else that smelled good so that she could soak herself into gorgeousness? Well, actually, yes. Not that I suggest you do that. It would be about as expensive as that ridiculously expensive face cream that no self-respecting dermatologist in the world would suggest you go waste your money on. However, you can use milk for a variety of beauty uses, and guess what? Milk is efficacious when it comes to helping your skin look its best.

Milky morning exfoliating wash

This is simple. In fact, it’s a French model’s beauty tip, and well, who doesn’t want to look like a French model? I like this for my morning wash. Go to the grocery and buy a package of powdered milk. If you can find full-fat powdered milk, even better. Put it in a cute little container with a cover, or in a jar, or in a plastic tub with a lid and keep it in the bathroom.

Wet your face with warm water. In your hand, pour in a spoonful or two of powdered milk and add a bit of water, enough to make it into a very slightly gritty paste. Gently apply to your wet face, and gently scrub your face and neck. You can do this before your shower and just leave it on until the end and rinse it off, or just rinse and pat dry. Moisturize and voila! Clean, exfoliated and brighter skin. The lactic acid also brightens your skin.

Milk and honey mask

I taste good! Only problem is I’m having a beer right now, too. Interesting combo.

I suggest you use raw honey. Local is best, or at least a good, local regular honey. For the love of all that’s healthy, don’t bother with the honey bear honey or most of the honey you buy in the grocery store. To very loosely paraphrase Monica Geller, “It’s not honey!” (okay, she was talking about mayo, but still)

All the ingredients for gorgeous skin.

  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2-3/4 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (organic is nice but if you’re going on the cheap, don’t worry)
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon whole milk OR 1 tsp powdered milk with a little bit of water, and make into a loose paste

I made a small amount as the AC is in the bedroom, and I’m meeeelting. So is the mask.

Mix together in a small bowl. If the milk is really cold, you’ll have to stir it around a bit until it warms up and mixes together. If you find it too watery, add more honey, and next time, add less milk. I like doing this before a shower or bath on a freshly cleansed face. Put on a robe, put your hair up, and gently spread it over your face and neck. It’s a bit drippy if you use fresh milk, especially, so I take a paper towel or a tea towel and tuck it around my neck to catch it. This is refreshing, soothing, and if you have acne, it does help. If you have sensitive, dry skin, this does help. If you have stressed, overly used skin, this does help! No, olive oil won’t make you break out more. Leave it on at least 15 minutes, and wait to rinse, not wash, just let the water gently rinse it off, no real scrubbing, until the end of your shower. This is enough for your neck and chest, too. You can reduce the amount if you like, OR add sea salt or brown sugar to the rest and use as a scrub on your rough bits. Your skin will be fresh, dewy and soft. If you have very dry skin, add a moisturizer, but for many people, you won’t need it. Do it 2-3 times a week if you have the time. It’s far less expensive than any other mask you might buy, and as far as I’m concerned works so much better for so many things.

Short, but sweet, honey sweet! Don’t spend $300 on something that stays on your skin a short time before breaking down due to exposure to air and really doesn’t do enough for the cost. Face washes are rinse-off products. You don’t want nasty chemicals in them, but you don’t need royal jelly in it when it’s formulated to grab whatever is on your face and rinse off with the dirt. Be gentle, but you have my permission to be cheap.

But hot. You can be cheap, and hot.

Cheap, Hot, Sweet Love,