Sunday Runday 1/31

SUMMARY

TL:DR = I made all my exercise goals this week, but lifestyle ones are still a little behind.

  • Run twice ✔
  • Do PT twice ✔
  • Workout twice ✔
  • Track calories for 5 days ✔
    • Average = 1777 calories per day.  Still nowhere close to the 1350 target, but less than last week’s average of 1814, so that’s some improvement.
  • No alcohol during the week (M-F) X
    • FH left for a weekend of ice fishing with the boys on Thursday, leaving me home alone Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.  What else am I supposed to do home alone, if not drink wine and watch Bravo?  I made it Monday through Wednesday with no drinks.  And Sunday.  There’s no football on to drink to!  So, 4 out of 5 days, even if they weren’t the correct 5 days….not terrible?
  • Weight = 137 lbs
  • Waist = 35 inches
    • I gained a pound, but not an inch.  Maybe a pound of muscle?  Haha

WORKOUTS

  • Monday 1/25 – PT
  • Tuesday 1/26 – Bodyweight Workout Finisher – As you can read, this was billed as a finisher workout to do after a run.  I did it standalone, so I did do all 5 rounds.  On the planks, I started my first round with 1:15 minute plank, then did each round 15 seconds less.  That totals 3 minutes 45 seconds of planking and I didn’t crap out on one of them!
  • Wednesday 1/27 – 3.4 mile run [10:53 min/mile pace] – Hey!  My pace finally broke 11.  I did focus on not taking my first walk break for awhile past when I normally would.  I have a few niggly pains (knee cap, hip, calf) that suggest my running form sucks, so I should focus on stretching those out and figuring out which shoes work best.
  • Thursday 1/28 – 2.85 mile run [11:15 pace] – Back to back running days are killer.  That is all.
  • Sunday 1/31 – Core Fusion Cardio at Exhale Spa + PT – This class left me dripping sweat within the first 15 minutes.  Do I just sweat a lot?  Am I really that out of shape?  These classes are HARD.

GOALS:

This turned into a very long post.  I might break it up next week with one post about exercise and the other post about other goals.

  • Run twice, total 6.5 miles
  • PT twice
  • Workout twice — I’ve got my last 2 classes at Exhale scheduled: Yoga and Boot Camp.  Should be good.
  • Average 1350 calories per day over 5 days
  • Go to bed by 9pm two nights this week — This one might be the hardest of all.

 

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Five Thing Friday 1/29

  1. I found the band, The Pretty Reckless, on Amazon Prime stations and I’m obsessed.  It’s modern classic rock (hah, that barely makes sense).  Also, the lead singer is Jenny Humphrey’s from Gossip Girl.  Honestly, I never would have believed that this deep voice could come out of her, but it’s awesome.  I bought $25 worth of digital music from them so that I could put it on my mp3 player to run with. 
  2. I’ve been reading a lot lately.  Once I got over that Anna Karenina hump, I’ve read The Circle and The Glass Castle.  Now, I’ve just started Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me.  I really want to reread all of
    nsfw frustrated gross annoyed smh

    $9 for ONE e-book?!?! That’s highway robbery!

    the Harry Potter books.  They were some of my favorite.  So much so that I’ve never seen the movies because I know it all looks different than what I picture in my head and I like my imagination’s version better.  I technically own the hardcover set, but it resides at my mom’s house in Texas, so shipping and/or traveling with them all would be a pain in the ass.  I think I’m going to download to my Kindle but it looks like EACH book costs $9!  Ugh, we’ll see.

  3. I realized the other day that I wear 2 bras.  Out of 18 in my drawer.  I wear one black one and one beige one.

    A better black and tan than boring bras.

    Occasionally, I wear a patterned one or the big black one (hahahahahaha) with lots of padding, but for the most part, it’s really just two.  So, I decided I should donate some of the decent ones that don’t fit me right and buy more like the black and tan ones I wear (both Maidenform).  Lo and behold, Maidenform was on Amazon’s deal of the day this week!

  4. Speaking of donating bras, I found this organization to donate to: Free the Girls.  It’s a non-profit that helps victims of human trafficking.  You fill out an online form and either ship them or drop off your donation.  They have 2 drop off locations in MA and one of them is pretty convenient, so I did that.
  5. FH does not like Indian food.  FH is gone this weekend.  Thus, I bought enough Indian food to feed a family.image

    Now I have to plan on what I’m doing next weekend when he’s gone again!

Review: Boscia Deep Pore Cleansing Pair

This only cost $12!  And now they no longer carry it, so I can’t even link to it.  BUT it consists of a sample size of Detoxifying Black Cleanser ($10) and the Konjac Cleansing Cloth ($15).

I mainly bought this set because it was so cheap and it looked unique and different.  I did NOT read the full description and realize that I’ve reviewed the cleanser BEFORE.  The giveaway here is that it’s a warming cleanser, which does not appeal to me in the least.


Cleanser Description:This Black Cleanser heats up on contact with skin to effectively open and de-clog pores. Its gel texture transforms into a gentle and effective lather to dissolve oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris, impurities, and excess oil. It refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity, and minimizes the look of pores over time.

My Review: The heat weirds me out.  I don’t like feeling like my skin is burning.  I hate ice baths and icy hot.  Once you get past that momentary discomfort, it really is a good cleanser.  My face feels really soft and clean afterwards.  I do think it’s essential to use with a wash cloth or cleansing cloth.  The formula is so watery, you lose some and it doesn’t suds up when you use your hands.  The cleansing cloth made me like the cleanser better.  Speaking of…


Cleansing Cloth Description:This unique format of the popular Konjac Cleansing Sponge allows you to use your fingertips for a more controlled, customized cleanse for the face and body. It can be used to remove all traces of makeup, and is gentle enough to be used around the eye area, making it perfect for waterproof mascara and mask removal. Konjac root has natural purifying properties and balances the skin’s pH for a brighter appearance.

My Review: Pros = You can use this cloth for up to 3 months and it makes using the cleanser easier.  Cons = it feels fucking weird and it takes an extra minute to soak up water and soften.  Wet styrofoam jelly is the best description I can come up with.


Overall, I liked this face wash the second time around much better than the first, but I wouldn’t spend money on either of these products again.  If I can remember not to!

 

Makeup Monday: Review of makeup removing cleanser

Another Sephora sample!  This one only had enough product to use twice, so that this review with a grain of salt.  The full size is available on Sephora for $26.

Product Description:A unique cleanser powered by arctic cloudberry, nordic cotton, and willow bark that transforms into a creamy lather to effortlessly and gently dissolve all traces of dirt, impurities, and makeup.

Product Promises: This cleanser’s main promise is to remove make up.  As someone who ALWAYS has to use make up remover, I’m dubious.  It also promises smooth, soft, supple and revitalized skin.

My Review:  First of all, it’s very difficult to review something on 2 uses.  Second of all, it’s extremely difficult to review a foaming cleanser without the pump dispenser that makes it foam.  This was indeed milky.  And smelled very flowery.  I don’t like flowery scents on my face.  I have sensitive skin and it just makes me think of perfume-y irritants.  Though this particular product was pretty mild, it did remove my makeup, so it wins on that measure alone.  Overall, though, it was too flowery and too bland at the same time (somehow) for me to really like it.