I do have some stuff planned for getting ready for my wedding, it’s alot of stuff 🙂
one of my biggest things is increasing water intake. While I’m trying to lose weight the goal is to essentially take my weight in pounds and drink that much in ounces. I did it before and it worked great for weight loss. Once I’ve lost the weight I wanted to I’m going to cut that down to a little over half.
I am going to start a women’s daily vitamin as well. It sounds stupid but I was the lucky girl as a teenager… I ate a ton but never gained a pound (at 17 I naturally weighed 93 lbs), I never had any zits or dry skin, and my hair was always really strong and shiny. Then I got mono and every bit of that suddenly changed. I think it screwed up something in my body, so I hope a vitamin might help rebalance that. It’s been slightly over 5 years since I had it, and they say it can take 5 years before you fully recover… Given that in the past year I have had alot more energy and have generally just felt happier and more motivated I think that’s true. So a vitamin might be the final kick (I hope).
Like any bride trying to lose weight I am, of course, dieting. I’m trying to go one step at a time, rather than all at once. So step one is healthy breakfasts… Primarily I’ve been drinking smoothies. I’m working on transitioning into a healthier smoothie… So less sugary fruits, unflavored almond milk, add spinach or kale, etc. Flaxseed too, its really good for your hair and nail growth. Right now my favorite smoothie is strawberry, banana, peach, pineapple, mango with vanilla almond milk. I’m trying to slowly cut down. Then ill transition to healthier lunches. Dinners will be harder… First because I work in a restaurant that doesn’t open till 5 on weekdays, and second because I am usually at the mercy of whatever my mom or fiances mom makes. So there it’s just drink a big glass of water and eat a smaller portion… Don’t leave the table hungry, don’t leave the table stuffed.
i also do need to get in shape… I am starting the couch to 5k program this week for cardio. Then also toning and strengthening… I teach a dance class, including a competition team. Whatever conditioning I tell them to do at home from week to week I will do as well. This, plus having a new job that keeps me on my feet and carrying things, should hopefully be sufficient. Ps… If you want a quick easy work out, grab a pair of light weights or two water bottles and do the Cha Cha Slide and Cotton Eyed Joe! Emphasize the arm movements in both!
For beauty I have to go slowly, because there is alot that I want to start doing and I just cannot buy all the supplies at once… Some I am saving until closer to the wedding.
For hair I want to do a weekly hair mask… There are several cheap options here. You can put mayonnaise on your hair (I know gross but good for your hair) for about ten minutes before washing. You can also take your normal conditioner and apply it to your dry hair (concentrate on ends) then put your hair in a shower cap and run your hair dryer around the outside to open you hair follicles for 5-10 minutes, then rinse and wash as normal. Come next fall I plan on doing a weekly hair mask.
Once a week starting next winter I also plan to use a leave in conditioner once a week. I also plan to buy a thermal gel, one of the ones you apply before straightening or drying your hair to protect it from the heat.
finally for hair, I’m going to start getting trims every 3 months. Can’t afford the whole 4-6 weeks. But I figure once a season is good.
Next is skin, specifically my face. The biggest thing is taking off my makeup before I go to bed, which I am horrible about. I plan to go by the following…
-Daily: remove makeup with makeup wipes, then soap and water. Scrub face with exfoliating cleansing towelette and moisturize. (Morning and night, except makeup remival)
-Weekly: Use Clinique eye makeup remover to ensure all residue is removed. Wash face with Clinique cleansing soap bar. Scrub fave with Neutrogena pink grapefruit scrub. Use 1 Biore nose cleansing strip. Moisturize with Clinique Dranatically Different Moisturizer.
-Monthly: Clinique eye makeup remover. Clinique cleansing soap bar. Neutrogena pink grapefruit scrub. Biore nose cleansing strip. Montagne Jeunesse facial masque. Clinique Dranatically Different moisturizing gel.
-Every 3 Months: go to local cosmetology school for facial, or anywhere else there is a special and it’s cheap 😛
For my body, so other skin care…
-start using shaving cream when shaving legs
-body scrub once per week
-apply lotion both morning and night
-use special skin treatments once weekly (currently using true blue spa nourishing body bar in raspberry, with raspberry yogurt shower smoothie, and raspberry mojito skin gel. When bath and body works releases specialty products for next fall I will switch to those)
All in all, the final thing is that I try to spend one day a week with no makeup, no hair styling, etc. that’s the day I do the weekly facial, weekly hair treatments, etc.