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Intense Pain, Pretty Nail Polish and Weekend Plans

I’m currently in more pain than I can ever remember being in…ever, and I’ve never felt as weighed down as I do right now. I’m still not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but I feel every pound that I’ve regained over the last few years.

I know that my pain is a direct result of obesity, and I’m disappointed in myself for not taking charge again sooner. I’ve fought hard, but I need to fighter harder…or smarter…or something.I went in again for blood work, and I’m awaiting results from a myriad of tests that they did during my visits. They took blood from my hand, which was odd. I’m glad they’re checking everything, but I’m so ready for relief from the skin stuff I’ve been dealing with for so long.

Skin irritation doesn’t sound particularly bad, but it hurts to stand, drive, lie down, etc. I finished Day 2 of the 10-day prescription, so I’m guessing I’ll start to feel better soon. I definitely hope so.

red OPI polishThankfully, it’s the weekend, and my plan is to stay out of the heat. I don’t usually work on Fridays, but I will get a few things done that I can do from home. I did some cleaning before my shower tonight, so I won’t have to worry about that tomorrow either.

My nails are painted, which always makes me feel good. I’m excited about a few books that I have to read, and Michael will come over for dinner after work.

Saturday I’m having a few friends over to grill on the roof, and the nice thing about the height of my building is that it’s never hot up there. It’s always breezy, and we’ll stay cool in the swimming pool. (Uh, I just rhymed.) It should be an easy weekend, so I’ll have some time to heal.

It’s been a long, physically challenging week, but there’s a lot to be thankful for too. I’m down another 2.6 pounds this week, and I’m thankful for the Weight Watchers meeting I found even if I’m the odd ball. Everyone else is significantly older than I am, which was evident today. I don’t mind though, and I don’t think they do either.

I cannot say it enough. I’m so grateful for my doctor, the medicine and the hope for healing change that seems to be just on the horizon.



Feeling Frumpy Lately

I’ve always been a firm believer in that we should do our best with what we have.  Even when I weighed 400 pounds I wore dresses often, got manicures and pedicures regularly, took time to blow dry and style my hair and to apply makeup.  I accessorized at my heaviest weight as well.  I am a feminine lady, but lately I’ve been feeling frumpy and plain.

I still dress well some days, but far too often, I find myself wearing yoga pants and a hoodie all day.  When did I decide that was a good idea to go to class, followed by trivia night, looking like I should be at home on my sofa?


I suppose it happened when I put on some weight after the hurricane.  I’ve noticed a decline in the way I dress and feel because I’m a more bloated version of myself than I want to be.  Yes, I was still overweight before that, but the twenty or so pounds I’ve added has made an incredible difference in the way I see myself.

Look, I’m trying to get it under control.  My workouts have been solid, but my eating (actually, drinking) was horrible over the weekend.  I’ve decided that even though I’m having a Mardi Gras party this weekend that I’m going to skip the drinks.  I’ll do some shopping at the end of the week and load up on Pellegrino.  I’d rather be happy when I look in the mirror than feel the buzz of a few drinks.




For me, part of feeling good is feeling well-groomed.  Throwing on a dress, or jeans with a fitted jacket makes me happier all day.  People react to me differently, perhaps because I stand a little straighter and smile a little bigger when I feel like I’ve made an effort with my appearance.



Another thing I’m doing to do to turn this around is spending time on my nails.  They’re always well-manicured, but I haven’t painted them as regularly over the last few months.  Mom gave me an early Valentine’s gift that included several bottles of OPI so I painted them last night.  It’s amazing with a couple of coats of polish can do.


I’m also making an effort to workout before noon so I don’t fall into wearing sweats all day.  I don’t go into an office, and class is casual.  Making an effort anyway makes me feel good so I’m going to continue trying to pull myself out of the rut I’ve been in.

Most of my clothes don’t fit as well as they did, and I refuse to buy bigger sizes.  I just have to work harder to move in the right direction.  I’m happier that way.  I am not going to allow myself to turn into someone frumpy.  I just won’t do it.  It’s time for this phase to be over because I want to feel my best everyday.

Do you feel better when you feel as thought you look “put together?”  Do you have tips to share to improve your self-image while trying to change your appearance?





What Do You Do To Feel Pretty?

If you’re friends with me on Facebook or Pinterest, then you may know that I am obsessed with nail polish.  I’m the kind of girl who likes to wear dresses, make-up and tasteful accessories, and I rarely go anywhere without a fresh coat of polish on my nails. I bleach my teeth pretty regularly too, and I never leave home without my minty Buxom lip gloss either because wearing it always gives me a lift.

Having soft skin matters to me so I go through little rituals to make it happen.  I put Vaseline on my feet almost daily, and I wear socks over my heels for at least half an hour to keep them soft.  As I’ve said on my blog before, I am fiercely loyal to manicures and pedicures because it makes me feel pretty, and I believe I should feel pretty (even in this body.)

Do you believe that you deserve to feel pretty?  What steps do you take on a day to day basis to make it happen?


Will You Please Share Your Opinion Today?

To some it would seem that I’m obsessed with nail color, and that might be true.  I did manage to leave the first color on my nails for more than 24 hours even though I’m dying to try all of them.  Now I’m on to the next color…

French Quarter For Your Thoughts by OPI

On a different note, I’ve been an AT&T iPhone customer for years, but I’m considering a switch to Verizon.  I often drop calls and have trouble loading pages on the web. I can’t imagine life without an iPhone so my choices are limited, and I travel pretty often so I need cell phone service that’s dependable everywhere.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on your service.  Which provider do you use?  Are you satisfied with it?



Lots of Little Things

To say that this week has been a busy one would be an understatement.  I’ve been swamped.  I’m not complaining about it; it’s just a fact.  And in spite of my schedule, I know that it’s my responsibility to make healthy choices.  So instead of letting 48 hours turn into a week, I decided to start making healthy choices at 9:30pm last night.  I did 50 minutes of aerobics, and though I felt totally unmotivated, I’m really glad I did it.

And now that the busiest part of my week is over I have time to do the important things like studying for finals, going to dinner with friends and painting my finger nails.  (What? Isn’t proper nail care important to everyone?!)  After receiving the wonderful OPI package from my lovely friend and fellow blogger it didn’t take long to choose my first color.

I Have A Herring Problem

I chose “I Have A Herring Problem” first because it seems so appropriate for Spring!  And as you might guess, I adore it.  I’m in love with all shades of blue, and this one is sparkly.  Who doesn’t love sparkly nails?!

I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks because there are some fun things coming up!  Tonight is my Weight Watchers meeting, and though I’m not weighing in weekly, I’m going to the meeting with a special delivery from New York for my WW leader.  I can’t say too much because I know she reads my blog from time to time, and I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  It’s a good one. 😉

And next week I’m going to share details about a challenge that I’m really excited about, and I hope you’ll be excited too!  It’s going to be awesome!

Until then, I hope you’re doing something healthy for yourself, and I’ll do the same.  Speaking of which…what’s for lunch?  I’m growing a little tired of Caesar salads at the moment, and I could definitely use some new, healthy, veggie-dense ideas.




That Was Quick

I flew to New York Sunday evening then returned to New Orleans Monday night, and it was a busy 24 hours!  When the rain finally stopped it was still cold and gloomy so I’m glad I brought my coat!  When I was in New York in March I tweeted about scoring a coat at Lane Bryant that was originally $200.00 for only ten dollars, but I forgot to post a photo.

It was originally $200.00, and I paid $10.00! Score!

I bought a size 22/24 even though it was slightly snug thinking that I could wear it during next season’s chilly temps, but it kept me warm yesterday.  It also kept my dress from flying up in the breeze!  🙂  I’m glad I took Mom’s advice when she said to bring my coat because I hadn’t planned on it.

When I arrived at home last night I was greeted with a package containing six bottles of nail lacquer from OPI.  Actually, they’re from a friend who works for OPI.  I knew she was sending a color that I’ve been trying to find for months, but she sent five additional colors as well.  And must understand me because every color is incredible!  I want to paint my nails with every color today, but I’ll try to stick to one.  😉

Which one should I choose first?!?

The next couple of weeks are going to be busy as I prepare for finals.  Tomorrow’s class will be devoted to preparing for the final next week.   And I have to work on an important paper for my Monday class.   I can’t believe it’s already that time of year!  It feels like my classes just started!

What’s happening in your world today?  Will you workout?  What’s for dinner?

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Makeup Favorites and Patting My Own Back

I can’t believe the weekend is already over, but I reached some major milestones that have helped me find a little of the confidence that I lost last year.  I posted that I completed 5 miles on the elliptical Friday night, trying to replace what could have been a food disaster with healthy habits, and it worked.  By the time I reached the end of the first mile, I knew I would not be going home to eat junk food.

Saturday was a much healthier day of eating, but it was also a busy day so I didn’t hit the gym for an intense workout.  I did some leisurely walking instead and accomplished some other things that needed to be done.  Then last night, after another day of excellent food choices, I was craving the gym so I went and completed 6 miles on the elliptical, and it felt great to know that I could have kept going!

I shaved 39 seconds off per mile...=)

When I tried the elliptical for the first time, doing 30 seconds seemed impossible so the fact that I can do 80 minutes without much thought feels incredible.  I may not be winning any races at this point, but I’m consistent.  And that’s enough to make me feel pretty good about my abilities right now.  I often talk about how far I have to go, but on days like today, it’s fun to think about how far I’ve already come.

And now that I’ve patted myself on the back, it’s time for FMM!   This week’s topic is courtesy of Bella, One of the lovely ladies that makes FMM so great. You might know her already, but if you don’t, you should so stop by her blog, http://bellaonthebeach.wordpress.com/ today and get to know her.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Makeup Favorites


  1. Do you wear makeup everyday? Hmmm, I wear it almost everyday, but I skip it when I’m just headed to the gym or the grocery store.
  2. Does your routine change if you’re going out with friends/on a date/to a party? If so, how? Definitely…I put in a little more effort if I know that photos could be involved.
  3. Are you loyal to one brand, or do you use different brands for different things? I use different brands for different things…I used to be loyal to one brand, but that was a long, long time ago.  Now I try to use what’s best for my skin regardless of the brand.
  4. Do you wear primer/concealer? If so, what’s your favorite kind?  Yes and yes…My favorite primer is by Arbonne.  I can sweat my guts out, and my makeup stays in place.  And I use the best concealer on the planet, Touche eclat by Yves Saint Laurent.
  5. What’s your favorite brand of foundation? Bobbi Brown – it’s the only brand I’ve found that works for me…I only wish I had known about it sooner.
  6. Do you use blush and/or bronzer?  If so, what’s your favorite kind?  I love Bobbi Brown blush too, but my bronzer (which I use constantly) is by Urban Decay.
  7. Do you wear eye shadow/eye liner?  If so, what’s your favorite kind? (Are you liking the theme here? :)) Yep…I adore cream shadows by Laura Mercier!  They don’t cake, and they still look good 24 hours later. (Don’t ask me why I know this..ha)  And my eye-liner has to be water-proof.  I usually go with Aqua Eyes or MAC.
  8. What’s your favorite kind of mascara?
  9. Lipstick? Lip gloss? Both? Favorite? When I’m applying it for the first time with the rest of my makeup, I use both.  But I wear lip gloss constantly…My favorite brands are Bare Escentuals and Buxom.  (Buxom gets minty after a minute or two.  I totally recommend it.)
  10. Do you wear nail polish regularly?  If so, share a few of your favorite brands/colors.  Oh yes, I change it every few days (sometimes more often than that!)  My favorite brand is OPI, but I really like Essie and Chanel as well.  I have too many favorite colors to mention, but you can see a few of my favorites on my pinterest board! (Yes, I paint my nails then post it on Pinterest.  Is anyone really surprised by this?)  Are we connected there?

    Today's color is Bobbing for Baubles by Essie!

  11. How do you remove your makeup at the end of the day?  I use Aveeno pads that are soft on one side and exfoliating on the other side, and I use makeup remover for my eye makeup.
  12. Do you feel prettier when you’re wearing makeup?  Yes, definitely.  My posture is better, and overall, I look more confident.
  13. Do you have any beauty tips that you could pass along?  I have chronic dark circles which are so much better now that I drink about a gallon of water a day.  But I tend to burn the candle at both ends, and when I want to look bright-eyed and alert, I use Laura Gellar’s Wonder Wand.  I discovered it a few years ago thanks to Sara at Bombshell Beauty, and it’s definitely my favorite way to brighten my look.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions!  Don’t forget to say hi to Bella and a few other bloggers!  And also be sure to come back and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments!  Happy Monday friends!


Friend Makin’ Mondays: 2011 Holiday Experience

It’s the Monday after Christmas, and I don’t have much to say because I’m under the weather.  I spent Christmas Day in my pajamas and took a four hour nap in the afternoon that could have been longer.   I also took a little time to paint my nails. I can’t complain about the day, but I’m certainly looking forward getting well.

Started the day wearing this color...

Ended the day wearing this color...

This week’s topic will be short because I’m not feeling well and because I’m guessing that most of you are still traveling. But if you’re able to take part then I hope you’ll take a few minutes to tell us a little about your holiday.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Do you celebrate Christmas and/or Hanukkah? If so, tell us about your Holidays 2011 experience…Did you enjoy it?  Do you wish it had been different? 

Since we had the most low-key Christmas ever,  I don’t have pictures of myself to share (believe me, you wouldn’t want to see me today) I’ll share some pics of the sweets I made.  I’m proud to say that I enjoyed making them more than eating them.

Over the holiday weekend, I ate a couple of cookies and half of a slice of NY cheesecake that I made from scratch (recipe courtesy of Kelly) which seems reasonable to me.  I suppose that not being able to taste food helped curb the temptations to eat it. I did eat more while I was out of town so I plan to get back to normal today…I need to get back to the gym daily too.  Anyway, here are a few pictures of my creations.  I realize that I need to cool it with Instagram. Ha..

Sparkly tree...

Second year in a row...

Christmas Day Fun

I decorate cookies with Cal's mom in Texas last week too.

Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! Happy holidays and happy Monday!



Friend Makin’ Mondays: I Am ______________

After a fun weekend that feels like it flew by, it’s time to start a new week.  But first, check out the painting I did over the weekend.  Obviously, I’m not a painter, but I had a great time at my friend’s bachelorette party where we all painted a bridge.

Can you tell it's a bridge?

And after painting and watching movies then painting ornaments Sunday morning, I did some Christmas shopping then spent the afternoon with Cal.  It was such a great weekend with friends. Now it’s Monday, and you know what the means…

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: I am…


1. I am good at…painting my own nails, baking, singing…

This is my current favorite...again...

2. I am happy when…I’m  around people that love me.

3. I am working on…losing weight.  It’s not easy right now, but I’m determined.

4. I am interested in…traveling, trying new recipes, etc.

5. I am always…excited to see Cal.

6. I am enjoying…my craftiness.  Right now, I am obsessed with making wreaths! I also want to make a 12 Days of Christmas calendar so maybe I’ll work on that during my free time this week!  And I’m making Christmas cards too!  I might need more hours in my day to accomplish all of that. 😉

I love making felt rosettes!

7. I am in…Louisiana today, but during the next month or so, I’ll also be in Texas, Oklahoma and New York.

8. I am reading…My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster…finally…and Something Blue by Emily Giffin.

9. I am concerned about…having enough felt to finish the wreath I’m working on now.  (I told you…I’m obsessed.)

10. I am looking forward to…going to Dad’s house, seeing old friends and swimming laps while I’m there.

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to come back and share a link to your blog in the comments! Happy Monday my friends!