ImPress Nails

May 22, 2014

Soooooo it's been a LONG time since I last posted... and that will be discussed in my next post (tomorrow most likely).

Tonight I'd like to write about ImPress Nails.  I received two sets from influenster.  This is my first time receiving something from them, and I was impressed how quickly the package arrived and how "in the loop" they made me feel about the process.

Anyway, onto the nails!  They came in a super cute package that looks just like a nail polish bottle (which I sadly forgot to take a picture of before I opened them).  They give a variety of sizes, way more than are needed for a single use.  So if you're lucky I can see you getting a couple uses out of one package.

The instructions were very easy to follow - way easier than constructing anything from Ikea!  As someone who routinely plays around with nail art, I have to say that this was way way way faster than what I am used to doing.  Simply clean off your nails, pull of the sticker, and hold the nail on.  Easy!

The package states that the nails can last up to a week, though I imagine this would be for someone who doesn't really use their hands for much.  I found myself constantly worrying about breaking one off.  In fact, one came loose 2 hours after I put them on.  Though this may well be due to improper application, maybe the wrong size?  I'm not sure.  I'd think if your hands are in water a lot, (dishes or swimming or something) that they would not last as long.

Overall I thought they were pretty good!

One Year - 112lbs - Day 4

August 23, 2012

Well there's nothing to say.... I gained a bunch of weight.  It sucks, but it ends now.  On Monday I reeled in my calories, 1200 a day, 1400 max - but only for the first few weeks, in case I start to go crazy.

In the end, I want to lose 112lbs (hence the title of this post).  I am giving myself exactly 1 year to accomplish this.

In a little under 2 weeks I'm starting a nursing degree, and I refuse to be obese when I finish in 2 years time.  And I would like to spend the last year of my degree comfortable in my body.  August 20, 2013 is my deadline.  It's completely doable, I just can't get off track. 

It's not going to be easy, since I started all I think about is food.  But it's worth it in the end.  One year is the end date - but I'll try to do it faster.

August Reboot

August 9, 2012

Ok it's been a while, a long while.  But like always, I'm back. 

I'm refocused on my goals and have found some new obsessions.

So along with weight loss, I'll be blogging about my current nail art obsession, books I've been reading, movies I've seen and anything else I can think up :)

Tomorrow morning will start with a weigh in - it's bad (eep), but will only get better.

Weekly Weigh in #2

October 9, 2011

Last week: 231.4lbs
This week: 232.4lbs
Overall: +1lb

A gain is never what you want to see on a weight loss journey.  I know it's only a pound, but I was really hoping to break into the 220's, and now I've gained.  FRIG!

The challenge continues, I'm 100% on plan, eating all the food and drinking all the water.  I'm in this for the long haul, a 1lb gain is not going to derail me.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the other Canadians out there!


October 5, 2011

Before I found my current job I was a substitute teacher.  This in an of itself is horrible.  Kids are not what they used to be.  Technology seems to have made them strangely detached, and this has led to increasingly poor behaviour, especially if a substitute is present.  Now enter an obese substitute into the picture.  It's not pretty.  Kids are mean to their peers, but their even meaner to obese substitute teachers.  They call you names, say offensive comments, and draw cartoons of you.  It's not a fun time, and caused me a large amount of stress.

Thankfully, well not really, but sort of, subbing here is mostly part time work.  So, you're not in the classroom everyday.  But this in itself is a problem.  If you're not working, you're not getting paid.  And if you're not at work, what are you doing with your time?

I used to tell my mom that I was going to the gym.  I'd get dressed in my gym clothes, fill a bottle of water, make a show of putting my headphones in my purse. 

I'd get in my car, drive down the highway, and end up at the movie theater.  I would buy the largest popcorn, smother it with "margarine" and sit in the dark theater by myself eating.  I saw all the movies.  Even the terrible ones.  My desire to eat was horrible.  I branched out from popcorn to chicken tenders and fries, covered in honey mustard sauce.  It wasn't even delicious, it was just a habit that I had that I couldn't break. 

I really don't know what my mom thought I was doing at the gym all that time, I wasn't losing a single pound.  And some of the movies that come out are just sooo long. 

I'm on vacation from work this week... for the first few days all I wanted to do was go eat some popcorn.  But I remember last weeks 6lbs.  It's not worth it.  The 2 hours of munching will not make me happy.  Today, I will get my stuff together and drive to the gym.  Fulfill some of the exercise component of this challenge.  Exercise will be my new habit.

Weekly Weight In #1

October 2, 2011

I've been on the plan for a week.. the results are in.

Starting weight: 237.0lbs
Current weight: 231.4lbs
Loss: -5.6lbs

Awesome way to kick this off.  I'm itching to get into the 220's - I've got my eyes set on breaking 230 by next week.

Day 4

September 29, 2011

Food and water down the hatch.  I'm watching comedy night thinking about popcorn.  But I've already eaten all my food.  So no popcorn today.  It wouldn't be the same anyway, I'm having visions of butter smothered, ultra salted popcorn.  And since that's no longer an option, I think I'll just shelf the popcorn for a while. 

I'm toying with the idea of going on a trip next week.  Banff maybe. 

Sheesh it's been forever

September 26, 2011

But I'm back.  I've gained some weight back.  This is what happens when you stop following your plan.  Or stop following your plan and start shoving everything in sight into your mouth.

237 lbs is my starting weight for the Triple Dog Dare Challenge.  Way higher than I was when I left here in May, but no looking back now.  Only looking forward to weighing 195 lbs on January 1, 2012.

Day 1 is down... a bunch more to go... but, worth it in the end.

Phase 6 - Day 2

May 10, 2011

Day 2 is over and done with, on to day three.

All these liquids are causing the weirdest stomach growls I've ever had.  They're long and low and it almost sounds like you can hear the liquid sloshing around in there.

Peristalsis with nothing to move around...

Meanwhile, at work, all I hear is click click crunch crunch

I'm ok with the click click typing, it's the crunch crunch nom nom eating something crunchy noise that's driving me a bit mad.

Though, the no cooking is a definite plus. 

Phase 6 - Day 1

May 9, 2011

Things I've learned on day 1 of the Phase 6 challenge:

1.  My stomach is able to emit grumbly sounds all day long
2.  That dull hunger pang just does not go away
3.  One serving of Jell-o is not very much Jell-o.

Allan wasn't lying when he said this was hard.  Time for willpower to kick in. 

Drinking my fluids and staying strong..

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