“Cardio”

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Today was kind of brutal. I mean, it wouldn’t have been so bad, if they hadn’t made us do 50 burpees in the first of three workouts. But, yeah, that happened. And, in the very same workout, we had to do 50 wallballs.

I started out strong in the first workout…and finished in the bottom 3rd.  Then, I was in the top echelon on the second workout, and finished the 3rd workout before anyone else, which made me feel slightly less like a loser.  I mean, the WOD isn’t a competition, or anything.

Except, IT IS.

Anyway.  Even though I hated this, whilst doing it, this was a great WOD.  I’ve been going to the “cardio” classes at my gym, the past several weeks.  Thanks to my heart rate monitor, I’ve learned that my calorie burn is about the same in the 45 minute “cardio” classes, as it is when I go to an hour (or longer, if I’m suffering, that day…) CrossFit.

The metcon portion of CrossFit just doesn’t last very long.  And, since I’m still trying to drop some LBs, calorie burn is paramount.  So, why spend more time burning the same amount of calories?

Problem is, the cardio classes have gotten extremely monotonous and lame.  The programming at my gym has failed, in the imagination department.  But!  They brought on a new coach, recently, and he seems to have infused some new life into the cardio WODs.

On Thursday, we used ropes (which we have NEVER done in the entire time, since I joined the gym, in May), as well as the Assault Bike (also the same as the ropes situation, too, as well!).  So, just using new shit really helped to breathe new life into a tired workout format.

Today, the format itself was quite different.  And, the addition of bear crawls into the WOD (which I’ve only had to do in a warmup, once or twice, at this particular gym), was an insufferable and deceptively hard, but welcome, challenge.

Anyway, my #AWEgust Fitness Challenge has been going okay.  Oh?  You haven’t heard about that?  Because I have literally not mentioned it even once, here on the blog?  You are not incorrect.  (Read: You are correct.)

Long story short, #AWEgust is, more or less, a #JUICYINJULY victory lap.  I’m still working on getting in 5 workouts per week, consistently (so far, it’s been more like 4 per week, in a good week…).  That, plus not letting one weekly cheat turning into a cheat DAY– or, worse still, a cheat WEEK?  Yeah, I’m still a work in progress.

On top of allladat, I still have yet to dive into educating myself on carb cycling.  I’ve got some research waiting for me.  I just have some sort of fear-based mental block stopping me from diving in.  Good times!

My Most/Only Requested Makeup Look EVER


Okay, so a while back, I must have nailed my makeup in a couple of my videos.  Because I had a bunch of folks asking me for a makeup tutorial, under said videos.

I don’t do makeup tutorials.  I don’t do any tutorials.  But, I finally decided to just get on with it, and do a Get Ready with Me, where I recreate the look that seemed to tickle the pickle of so many of my YouTube homies.

Below is everything that I used, to achieve the look.  Warning: I used a lot of expensive makeup.  So, you know, that’s not for everyone.  I’m just telling you what I really use/used.

Everything I put on my face, including the stuff I put on it off camera:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Skindinavia the Makeup Primer Spray, Oil Control
Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, Peach Lustre
Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, BD60
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, 355 Coconut
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, Mona Lisa
Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner, Black
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil, Black
Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, Black Angel
Lilly Lashes, Tease
Callas Eyelash Adhesive
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil , Universal Taupe
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, Mahogany
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15, 110
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash‎
Charlotte Tilbury the Retoucher Pen Concealer, 7 Deep Medium
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Celestial Powder, Candelight
Inglot AMC Face Blush, 88
Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Luminous Light
Lena Lashes More Matte Than Matte Liquid Lipstick, Frederique
Skindinavia the Makeup Finishing Spray, Oil Control

The earrings I’m wearing are made by BorderHammer, one of my all time favorite YTers, and they are right here – https://goo.gl/IskjWm
And, she has them in silver now! – https://goo.gl/ioiynV

The hair hat I’m wearing is Outre “Neesha,” in S1B/30.  This wig seems to be hot shit all over the internet, because it STAYS sold out.  But, I wanted to try out a straight style, and was able to snatch one up on a restock at Elevate Styles, a few weeks ago.

On my nails: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, “Echo.”

That is all!

#JuicyInJuly = JUICED

Well, #JuicyInJuly is a wrap!  I hope that everyone who was participating is now on the path to forging better habits.  Consistent exercise.  Cutting the sugar/bullshit.  Drinking more water.  And, learning how to indulge within reason.

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That’s what I’m looking like, this morning.  I cropped my face out because I looked like hell.  You’re welcome.

I don’t have the heart to weigh myself, mainly because I know my body well enough to know that my weight hasn’t changed significantly.  But!  I do think I look leaner than I did at the end of #SnatchedForSummer, and I’ve had noticeably better performance in my workouts.  I am decidedly fitter.  Plus, I did it all while having the odd sandwich or cookie, with my weekly cheats!

I’m still figuring out what’s next for me, but I do want to do another challenge soon– even if it’s only here on the blog, and not on my YT channel.  So, you know, more on that to come.

Today, I’m off to San Francisco for the weekend!  It’s the BFF’s BDAY Weekend, and I’m so excited.  I anticipate a fair amount of adult beverages, so hopefully, I’ll have deficit financed some of that with my hard work the past few weeks.  Plus, I’ll still be tracking my calories in Lose It! just so that that I don’t completely lose it (“it” meaning, my goddamn mind).

Thank you to everyone who joined me on this, or any of my past challenges.  You guys make me stronger, every day.  And today, I’m feeling pretty juicy, indeed!

#JuicyInJuly – ONE MORE DAY!

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My gym has been in a testing week, this week.  So, the programming has been testing max OHS, front squats, stuff like that.  Wednesday is always gymnastics day, though, so they had a menu of different skills we could test for today, until it was time to do the metcon above.

I went with double-unders (I’ve done better on them, but had to settle for 51 unbroken today), chest-to-deck push-ups (got 15), plus pull-ups (you could kip or do strict; I kipped a measly 3, but with no band, so I’m okay with it).

Then, since we had time left, I went ahead and tried seeing if I could get any closer on doing T2B, and to my surprise and delight, I got my toes to the bar for the first time EVAH.  In fact, I did it twice!

Yesterday was testing for the clean and jerk, which I was ALL ABOUT mentally.  But, my energy has been really bad this week (I daresay, it has been decidedly *unjuicy*), so I decided against testing my C&J.  I knew that I didn’t have a PR in me, and I just didn’t want to be disappointed/frustrated.  So, I went with their cardio WOD, instead.  It was this.

4 minutes of work, then a 100 meter run (I rowed instead– trying to keep my knee happy), then a minute of rest before moving on to the next segment of the circuit.  Repeat.

It kind of sucked.

Anyway, #JuicyInJuly may end tomorrow, but this challenge has been different because I don’t really feel like much will change for me, after it’s over.  I’m still striving to maintain these behaviors, while also sorting out what needs to change in my diet.

Someone in my YT fam suggested carb cycling in the comments, to break my plateau.  I’ve known of carb cycling for years, but it always just seemed so tedious and complicated.  But, since I’m at my wit’s end, I’m looking into it, and doing some research so that I can figure out the most simple way for me to give it a try.  I think my weight loss app will be a big help in that, since I can set targets for my macros, and alladat.

I talked about this already, but if you want to try the app I use, it’s free.  AND, the folks over at Lose It! (that’s the app), hooked up a code that’ll let you upgrade from the free version to the premium one for a whole month.  Premium has a lot more bells and whistles, which is cool, but I had a lot of success with the free version too, prior to this offer.  Anyway, the coupon code for Lose It! Premium is “JUICY” (or the all lowercase “juicy” if you’re on Android, like me), and it’s good until tomorrow, 7/28.

One more day to get #JuicyInJuly, y’all!

#JuicyInJuly – Home Stretch!

One more week of #JuicyInJuly to go!  This challenge has been leaps and bounds better for me than #JuicyInJune was, but still not without its own struggles.

My main struggle has been to stop at *just one* cheat per week, because I have a tendency to want to keep the party going, once I allow an indulgence.  But, that’s also the POINT of this challenge!  The goal is to build healthier habits within my less-than-healthy behavior.  I want to be comfortable enough to have a single cheat without it turning into a 2 week food vacation.

Also, something super cool happened!  The folks over at Lose It!, the weight loss app that I started using during the #SnatchedForSummer challenge, saw my video where I first mentioned that I was enjoying the app.  And, they were cool enough to offer all my internet pals (and me, of course), a trial of the premium version of the app, FOR FREE!

I’ve never done any collaborations on my blog or YouTube channel, up to this point.  (Indeed, I have declined a fair number of offers, simply because I don’t want my little corner of the internet to become just another ad.)  But, I’m really happy that something I actually use, IRL, happened to be on the company’s radar, and allowed me to share a cool little offer with my blog readers and subscribers.

You have the entire final week of #JuicyInJuly to take advantage of snagging a whole month of Lose It! premium for exactly zero dollars.  Just use the code JUICY in the Lose It! app any time between now and next Thursday, July 28th, and you’re good.  I repeat, you only have until July 28th, 2016 to get your free month of Premium.  That’s next Thursday, so move your ass if you’re interested.

If you don’t already have the app installed, you can get it right here!

Oh, and if you’re in the app and can’t sort out where, exactly, to put in the JUICY code for the free month, go to here to get walked through it.  Lose It! Premium is new to me, as well; but, I’ve been looking around the new features, and it has quite a lot of tools that I didn’t have access to, with the free version.

Amongst the new shit I didn’t have before is the ability to set goals for my macros, by calorie percentage and/or by grams.  I’ve been procrastinating on sorting out how to get my macros right for a really long time, because it’s so goddamned tedious.  So, having it within the app will be a big help in finally getting my act together, and hopefully figuring out my ideal macros to finally get things moving on the scale again.

They also have workouts, which I’ll admit I haven’t dug into, because I’ve got that part of my routine sorted.  But, I do want to utilize some of the other “custom goals” features, like hydration goals and weekly calorie burn goals.

Even though this is the final week of the actual challenge, the habits that I’ve been practicing during it are the same ones that I will strive to maintain in my day-to-day life, from here on out.  More water.  Exercise a solid 5 days a week.  Don’t eat too much.  And, if I want to go to Roscoe’s with the boyfriend on the weekend, I can do that too.

Let’s kill it in this last week of the challenge!  And, be sure to let me know if you decide to check out the fancied up version of Lose It! with me.  You know, if you like to be fancy and prefer apps that require you to use them with your pinky up.

#JuicyInJuly Week 2!

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Week 1 = DONE!  It went *okay* for me.  I actually didn’t meet my own criteria of 5 workouts minimum, thanks to Lady Problems.  In recent years, I typically don’t have cramps too badly, when it’s that time of the month.  (I have a lot of thoughts on why that has improved so much, but that’s another post entirely.)  Nonetheless, I am still unlucky a couple of times a year, and this was one of those times.

I actually really hate to use that as an excuse, but I seriously couldn’t have handled a workout that day.  And, since it was toward the second half of the week, I didn’t have enough days left in the week to make up the workout that I’d missed, without doing a double.  As sad as it is to say, I just didn’t have a double in me this week, either.

Besides faltering on getting the prescribed 5, the first week of this challenge has gone really well!  I feel like I’ve bounced back from being overtrained from #JuicyInJune, and my old knee injury seems to be calming down again.  It’s not completely quiet, but it’s definitely not as pissed off at me as it was.

My cheat for week #1 was a chicken parmesan sandwich– one of my favorite things to eat in life!  I really do think that knowing I get to cheat again each week might be a good way to keep me from my typical bouncing between the two extremes of eating SUPER STRICTLY for 4-6 weeks, only to then go full crazy once that period is over, and eat everything in town.

No more extremes!  That’s the goal.  Just do my best, all the time, and maybe have a slice of pizza on the weekend.  Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

I started off week 2 today with the WOD posted above, which wasn’t terrible.  I hate thrusters, and it didn’t help that I also had to do them in yesterday’s WOD.  I’ll be hitting the gym in the morning tomorrow, as well, and then I’m off to a birthday party for adults that is going to have a bouncy house.  Seriously.

Even though it’s only week 2, I’m really excited for week 3, because I have something pretty cool lined up for my YT/blog fam.  So, stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, I’m gonna watch this week’s episode of American Ninja Warrior, and floss my teeth.  Good night!