Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pedicure Vs Jamberry Nail Wraps

By now I bet everyone has heard about Jamberry Nail Wraps.  I posted a review about them, not long after they started shipping into Canada, you can find that post here.  I really liked them, especially for my toes.  I have big ugly feet and toes, and Jamberrys made me feel more feminine, and made my feet look less fat and ugly. 

As you my know, Asher and I just got back from vacation.  About 2 weeks before we left I Jamberry'd my toes to look pretty for all the swimming and camping we were doing, and then decided that they should last me through the trip away.  The only problem was a couple days before leaving, a couple of my toe nails were getting too long, and uncomfortable, so I kinda ripped off the nails and the Jamberry's on a few toes. I decided to take some nail wraps with me to fix my toes at the hotel before we flew out.  I kept putting it off because, if you've ever used nail wraps, you know they take a bit of time to put on.  When we got to our hotel, I realised I forgot to pack my nail wraps, and I was stuck with 4/10 toes unwrapped.  So in typical me fashion, I pulled them all off, and was back to my normal, ugly, big feet. 

I tried not to worry about it, but as I set off to my uncles lake house it was clear that I was the only women with plain boring toenails.  I tired to rectify this with a trip to Walmart and some nail polish, but when it comes to nail polish I am artistically handicapped.  I struggle to keep it on the toe nail, and not all the surrounding skin. 

When we got back from the lake house, and I was catching up with my Aunt, I told her I was thinking of getting my first pedicure. She looked at me in shock, that in 28 years I had not ever bothered to get one.  So off we went to the local nail sweat shop to remedy that problem.  She promptly ordered me the Deluxe pedicure and helped me pick out some polish. 

It was a totally new experience.  I am not one to let people touch my feet, but maybe that is because they have been in such bad shape for so long.  After the nail tech laughed at my polish job, and scrubbed and filled my callouses, I am actually starting to like my feet.  Although a Deluxe Pedicure involving massaging my legs with sugar scrubs and rubbing them with hot towels was not entirely enjoyable, I bet had my legs not been badly sunburned from the lake the day before, it would have been amazing. 

When I walked out of there I was smitten with my feet.  They looked all cute and girly, and the best part of all, I didn't have to do it myself.  When I got home that night I realized how much smoother and softer my heels felt, and that was a nice surprise.  I finally feel like I have women's feet and not mans feet on a women's body.  I have decided this will be something I treat myself to every once in a while.  Totally worth the $35 I paid. 

So after my experience with my first pedicure I wanted to do a bit of a comparison with Jamberry's vs a pedicure.  In my experience Jamberry's are cheaper ($17/sheet plus shipping) specially if you use the buy 2 get 1 free, they are relatively easy to do, but time consuming.  They last at least 4 weeks on toes, up to 6 weeks if you don't pick them off (I have actually put this claim to the test).  There are also a ton of great designs to match outfits or moods. 

On the other hand a pedicure leaves you with great looking nails and feet, with none of the work.  You get to sit back and relax while someone else does the work, but at a higher price tag ($25-35).  I was told the polish should last about 4-6 weeks, but I honestly have no idea.  They are holding up good, but it has only been 1 week.  The pedicure takes about the same time, if you can get in right away, or make an appointment, and I guess you could count the hassle of getting to a place to get them done, as a bit of a con, it is for me because I live in a small town, and will likely have to drive to the city. 

I like both pretty equally, but at the moment, when my nails need to be redone, I think I will opt for the pedicure, as I haven't loved my feet this much Ever before.  Every girl needs a little bit of pampering.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New to Instagram

Help I need followers, I finally joined Instagram!


Fat Shame

If you have scoped my blog out before I am sure you have heard me vent about my weight, or talk about something I am trying to do to lose weight.  If you have seen any of my photos you will have noticed I am not skinny.  To be blunt and completely honest, I am a fat! 

This was about 13 years ago.
Its hard for me to believe I was so fat conscious back then, here I am trying to hide my "belly" with my hand.  Seriously what belly?  I remember feeling so self conscious.
Since Whitney Way Thore shook her fat booty all over the internet with her viral video dancing to Jason Derulo's hit "Talk Dirty to Me" and she began her No Body Shame Campaign, I have been trying to embrace my own body, and although I acknowledge that I need to make some changes to become healthier, I need to love myself for who I am, for what I look like, Fat or not.  I'm slowly getting there. 

I may be hiding a bit behind Asher (a few years ago) but I like this photo, No need to hide.
In the past few months I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and taken more pictures of myself, and even asked others to take photos of me and Asher, something I would never have done a few years ago.  I am tired of looking back and seeing all the photos I took, and having no proof that I too was there, and I too experienced those events. Do I always love looking at the pictures right away, not usually, but will I be glad one day that I have them, I think I will be. Like most women, I have dodged the camera my whole life, and I have hardly any photos of myself with Asher as a baby, and hardly any of my teen years.  I don't want that to continue. 

I deleted a lot of my grad photos because I hated how fat I looked.  Lucky I saved a few.
I am still working on loving myself and loving my body.  Its hard to love your body when your too heavy to go on a ride at an theme park, or when you can't bed forward to pic up something off the ground that you dropped, without standing up to get your belly out of the way (yeah that happened).  Its embarrassing when you have to struggle to get the seatbelt done up on an airplane, worse yet if you can't get the seat belt done up and have to ask for a seat belt extension (I'm not quite there yet). 

I hated this picture.  I am a lot larger than my sister.  But hey, more to love lol.
So I don't love being Fat, but I am doing my best to not let it get me down any more.  This summer I have been in a bathing suit more times then I can count.  I have gone down water slides, and layed in the sun in my swim suit and stopped worrying if someone else thinks I look gross.  I have ridden roller coasters and bumper cars which I worried I was too fat for (I wasn't). I have worn short shorts that show some cellulite and tank tops that let my "Oprah wings" fly free.  I actually have a tan this year.  Something unheard of 10 years ago for me, when I would wear a hoodie or a jacket year round to hid myself.  I may not be in love with my body, but I am learning to live with it, and enjoy my life regardless. 

This was a few weeks ago.  Wish my eyes were open lol
I think I have come along way.  I attribute part of that to Whitney and her NO BS campaign. I also have to thank Cynthia at Flight of the Fat Girl, a Canadian blogger and Fasionista, who doesn't let her fat get her down. 

Most Recent photo, taken on our holiday.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Fun

We have had a super fun summer so far. 
Asher and I just got back from a 10 day trip in Oklahoma.
Everyone's first question when I tell them is

The reason is, that is where all my Mom's family is.
I did not get to see them much growing up
but I have always enjoyed seeing them when I do.
The amazing thing about family, even family you did not grow up with
is that there is always this sense of familiarity and a feeling of being comfortable around one another,
even when you are practically strangers.

I am super uncomfortable when I am in a new situation,
so it has always surprised me how quickly I become relaxed and comfortable when I visit my family in Oklahoma, even though I have only seen many of them 5 times in my 28 years.

This time it was much easier going down,
because with Facebook, I already had a general idea how everyone is these days and what big events have happened in their lives since my last visit 3 years ago. 
Though I have to admit, there were a few surprises that nobody showed on Facebook
understandably though, it is good not to post your entire life for all to view. 

While we were down south, we visited a few tourist attractions such as Frontier City and White Water Bay and thoroughly enjoyed both.  We were able to have some family gatherings which included my Grandma, uncles, aunts, cousins and even second cousins.  Asher and I were also lucky enough to stay with my Grandma who has been really busy lately, and that way we were able to get lots of quality time with her, during her few spare minutes of down time per day. 

It was a fantastic time, full of new memories of good times and as always good Oklahoma food! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Remember ME?? New Start

Remember ME??
I finally replaced my Laptop that not only was old and rusty, but locked me out. My biggest reason for barely posting the last few months or rather the last year, has been that it is so awkward to make a post on my iPad, and my laptop was first possessed then, locked me out. Since my laptop was already over the hill, and there isn't really anything on there I really long for, I didn't bother getting it fixed, and decided to just move on and up.

Today I am greeting you from my new HP TouchSmart Sleekbook. I just unboxed it this afternoon, and besides, the steep learning curve of Windows 8, I am really liking this. No more feeling like a fool, touching my laptop screen when switching between the iPad and laptop. Love that!

Anyway I have a million and one things to update the world on, and I will get right to that, and start scheduling some posts. Its time to bring this blog back from all the spammers who try to post more then I do, and breath new life into The Ugly Truth Mom. See you soon!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Fit Fierce and Fabulous Part 2

My last post explained a little about the program I joined called Fit Fierce and Fabulous. Its been 4 weeks since the start of the program so I thought now would be a good time to do an update.

My achievements these past 4 weeks include:

  • Improving my baseline mile time by 3 minutes and 2 seconds
  • Improving my baseline plank time from 46 seconds to 1 minute
  • Improving my baseline push-ups in 2 minutes from 18 to 26
  • Lost 2.75 inches off my waist
  • Lost 1 inch off my biceps
I'm a little bummed because I haven't really lost any weight (0.6 lbs).  I had lost 2 lbs, but in week 3 I dropped the ball and gained it back.  Thankfully I didn't gain any extra back.  This last week I got my butt back into gear and really pushed myself to meet all the goals set out in weekly challenge.

Last week I:
  • walked/jogged over 10 miles
  • I completed 80 minutes of strength training
  • Exercised for 280 minutes (including mowing the lawn and the strength training.)
  • Ate an average of 1660 calories/ day which is 70 calories below my daily goal.
I am really happy with all of my progress  accept the lack of weight loss.  The change in measurements and in my abilities shows me I am getting somewhere.  4 more weeks to go.  Lets see if I can pull off some weight loss now.  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fit Fierce and Fabulous

I joined a weight loss group.  It's actually an ecourse where myself and others have joined up to get daily challenges and encouragement to meet our health related goals. I'm 1 week in, and really appreciating the help I am getting from it.

Every morning there is an email.  It has links to the days challenges or advice.  The goal is to follow the advice and post your progress each day with the group.  In this challenge you are required to exercise every day and post what you did.  You are also asked to track your eating daily with an app to help you become more mindful of what you are eating.

So far there hasn't been too much "I never thought of that" moments, most of the info are things you already knew would be good for you.  The value in the course is the daily encouragement, the daily accountability, and the continued support.  Whether you completely gave up the day before, or where 400 calories under you maximum the daily email of challenges arrives.  Every morning is a new morning, with new ideas, new suggestions, and new encouragement.

I have to say that it has been a while since I followed any weight loss plan, or group for an entire week.  I also have never tried to exercise 7 days a week.  I never really realized the true value until this week.  If you make it a daily habit, you can't say "today will b my day off" at the last minute cause your not motivated.  Everyday is exercise day and having to tell the group what you did for your 30 minutes is an extra motivator.  In all honesty I only worked out 6/7 days.  I had a day I threw the towel in and didn't exercise and overate like there was no tomorrow. On the plus side, there was a tomorrow, and there was an email with the new days tasks.

My goal for this week is 7 days of exercise, and an average calorie intake under my max goal.  After this last week, I know this is doable!

If you want to check out this ecourse you can fin info here.  Its lead by one of my favorite bloggers "Not Your Average Mom"
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