PhotobucketAlright, I’m not really in agreement with the title of this post, but I figured this subject (and part of my life) deserved blog recognition. As of 2012, I have cut back my use of soap drastically.

I had already cut my shampoo use to once a week, and I was using Burt’s mostly natural shampoo. Despite being *mostly* good for you, I realized my hair really wasn’t generating that much oil, and decided to try the baking soda route. I have washed my hair with shampoo once since the new year (cause I used a LOT of hairspray that day) but other than that my hair is clean, not-smelly, and shiny.

I’ve also stopped using bar soap to cleanse my body. Instead I’ve been making a slightly thicker baking soda mixture and cleansing my body with it as well.

Lastly, I stopped using anti-perspirant and instead I’m using a natural deodorant. My roommates joke that I’ve become a dirty hippy, but honestly I don’t smell, I’m saving money, it’s better for the environment, and much better for my long-term health. I guess now would be a good time to buy some stock in Arm & Hammer, huh?

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Measurement Monday

January 23, 2012

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Eh, so no measurement this week. I spent last Wednesday-Sunday being sick and glued to either my bed or the couch with food in hand at all times. I don’t know which one took more damage: my Netflix queue or the pantry. I even broke being vegan to have some cookies Andy bought that contained egg.

Anyway, I am thankful I am well again and this week is all about eating right (doing well thus far), moderate exercise, SLEEP, and getting myself back on track as a whole.

Oh yeah, and possibly buying some new running shoes this weekend. Remember that whole Hood to Coast thing? Yep, still running that this year.

Measurement Monday

January 16, 2012

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No changes this week. I spent most of last week fighting off a cold that seems to be lingering around my friends/coworkers. I went out twice this weekend and feel bloated from drinking. Today it’s all snowy outside so I probably won’t get too much done out there, but I’m going to try and get myself on the rowing machine for a bit.

  • Waist: 32″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 38″
  • Thigh: 24.5″
  • Calf: 16″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

PhotobucketI’ve posted a lot about shopping, a lot, a lot. But, after reading this post from inkdot.tumblr.com yesterday I felt the need to revisit the subject. As you’ve probably read, I can’t really buy pants well because of my body type (pear shaped) and proportions. Some things fit great right off the rack (I’m looking at you empire waist dresses), but everything else clings to everything but my waist.

Even if you don’t have a similar body type, I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. Shirts tight in the chest and loose everywhere else, pants loose in the thighs, etc. So, you’ll be glad to know there is a solution: take that shiz to a tailor and ALL of your problems will be fixed.

The trick is to fit the widest point of your body and have every other point taken in to compliment your shape. Now tailoring can be expensive, but why not do it on your more expensive pieces? I know I don’t mind wearing jeans cinched with a belt right now because these jeans aren’t my goal jeans, they were also like $20 bucks. But, once I’m down to a healthy weight, I’ll invest in some more expensive denim. You know, jeans that won’t fall apart after 15 washes, and those I’ll get tailored–an extra $15 doesn’t seem like much if you’ve already spent $60-100 on the pants anyway. I’d also consider getting dress shirts, blazers and slacks done if I needed to wear them to work often.

Depending on where you shop some higher-end department stores, and specialty denim stores, will alter your pants and other clothing for free. I know Banana Republic and Buckle do this. If you’ve found yourself fed up with how your clothes are fitting I suggest you check out the article, or better yet, check out your local tailor.

Measurement Monday

January 9, 2012

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Same as last week. I should accredit that to walking a lot when I was drunk AND eating some hot wings with ghost peppers in them that killed my ability to keep down food for a solid 24-hours. This week I aim to exercise more while sober.

  • Waist: 32″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 38″
  • Thigh: 24.5″
  • Calf: 16″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

Recipe: McBee Guacamole

January 3, 2012

PhotobucketThe only thing Andy has made in the new food processor thus far is guacamole. However, it is EFFING fantastic. He’s been following this recipe:

Perfect Guacamole Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.

METHOD

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. (See How to Cut and Peel an Avocado.)

2 Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

Keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve.

Remember that much of this is done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients. Start with this recipe and adjust to your taste.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix

I don’t actually like tomatoes much, so I’ve had him leave them out for me. You also can eat this with sliced veggies instead of chips if you’re trying to avoid grains (carbs).

Measurement Monday

January 2, 2012

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I’m down in the waist a tad. I do love me some holiday meals but drastic variation from my diet proved very hard on my body this year.

I’ve taken an interest in clean eating and seem to be finding myself mostly eating a vegan and gluten-free diet lately. Not saying I am limiting myself to this, but I seem to have the most energy and feel best when I’m consuming mostly vegetables, some fruit and little to no grains, dairy or meat. Anyway, I’ll post more about this throughout the week, now onto the measurements:

  • Waist: 32″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 38″
  • Thigh: 24.5″
  • Calf: 16″
  • Upper Arm: 11″
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