Welcome to 2013!!!

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year!!! What a wonderful time to be alive 🙂 So much opportunity so much love. Here’s my completed 2013 Vision Board! Isn’t it awesome?

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I have so much planned for this year! I don’t even know where to begin, but here’s a bullet list of what I will be posting over the next month or two:

So, first things first, about 2 weeks ago I found this Pin on Pinterest about the OCM (link above). Upon further research, I went out and bought my supplies to proceed with the skin care. I also had heard of the benefits of honey. I found this great video about it and was really inspired!

So, here’s my new skin care regime! It’s a bit of both:

Evening:

Use my Castor Oil and EVOO blend recommended from Healthy Diaries blog and follow the foregoing advice The routine goes like this:    1.    Let your faucet run, so the water gets pretty hot. (Mine takes a minute)    2.    Gently rub a quarter size amount on your face for about a minute. Make sure to massage it in and not scrub it.    3.    Run a washcloth under the faucet. (You want the water to be hot enough, but not too hot where you’ll burn yourself. I usually get it really hot and slowly test it on my face. If it’s to hot I just air it out for a second. This part is important, because it has to be hot enough to cause a steaming effect that helps to remove the dirt form your pores.) Leave the washcloth over your face until it’s cooled down, about a minute. **sometimes I will gently wash off more oil with the warm cloth but not all of it!   4.    Wash your hands    5.    Gently wipe off the oil using the washcloth.    6.    Your skin will probably look nice an supple and will probably be a little red from the steam.You should see even better results the next morning. My skin felt so smooth and my complexion already looked better. I swear that my acne scars lighted up after just a few days.

Morning (I use plain honey 4x a week and the honey/baking soda blend 3x):

Step 1.Take about a tablespoon of plain RAW honey 4x a week and the mixture 3x (1/2 cup organic raw local honey + 1 tsp. baking soda [I use RAW honey, the baking soda is added to exfoliate gently]) mix in the palm of one hand and then gently smear all over your face, rubbing in tiny circles. Sounds like a strange thing to do, yes, but honey is amazing for healing and cleansing!

Step 2: Leave honey on for about three minutes (sometimes I’ll let it sit for a long time while I do my daily chores).

Step 3: Rinse honey off in COLD or luke warm water. Hot water will cause unwanted inflammation, whereas the cold water closes pores and will not risk giving your face a mild burn.

Step 4: With wet skin take about a dime size drop of Sweet Almond Oil and rub into skin. Then gently rinse & Pat skin dry or let air dry.

And that’s it! I’ve had problematic skin my whole life and I’m telling you that it has never felt so good!

Now as for getting in the most amazing shape ever, I’m really excited about committing to BodyRock’s workouts and I might mix it up with a little of Zuzka Light. (links posted in bullet list) The thing about BodyRock (ie. the Daily Hit) is that the sell a lot of product, but that’s how they keep the exercises free right? Anyways, I invested in the Gymboss timer (<<click link) which came out to about $23 and then I really wanted the Liebert Equalizer that Lisa-Marie uses but it sells for $119.99 plus shipping. So I got my fingers typing and found this awesome link with a DIY Equalizer (<<<click link) Although she states that it cost her about $35, it cost me close to $60, which is still less than half the cost of buying it online. And here it tis!!!

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So, a few tips from me on this….the Lowe’s guys don’t cut for you anymore. So, you’re on your own with that, but I managed to get everything from Lowe’s, handsaw myself and glued all the pieces together in less that 2 hours. Also, the spraypaint is crazy messy! Even though I laid a bunch of newspaper down, it managed to mark up the ground outside of the paper. And lastly, I used the washing machine tape wrap that was recommended and it’s SUPER SUPER STICKY!!! I mean, like tar. So, I don’t know, if I had to do that part again, I would have practiced a bit on the left over PVC pipe because there is a tiny bit leftover and I would have used gloves! I mean, I can’t tell you how sticky this stuff is and it tears easily. On the bright side though, it is super squishy and has good grip for the equilizer. We’ll see how well it holds up!

As far as the healthy eating goes, I am soooooo stoked about finding Happy Herbivore! I am 3 days into my first week and I feel like I’m finally learning how to live a healthy, vegan lifestyle. It really has been a struggle. Even when I ate the SAD, I had poor eating habits and it’s so hard to find something that suits a Vegan/Vegetarians needs! She even has options for Gluten Free and Soy Free. So, it’s only $5 a week and I get:

  • A weekly Vegan Menu with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert and Snacks (following a 1200 calorie diet)
  • a grocery list
  • recipes for every meal, laid out in order of Menu
  • a list of healthy 50 and 100 calorie snacks that you can supplement with (I eat more calories on days with more Yoga or Cardio, I don’t believe in starving)
  • AND, as a bonus, some wonderful emotional and spiritual guidance!!!

I’m also reading a couple books on Meditative eating. I find that I’m always eating super fast, like it’s a race, and that even when I’m full, I feel like I have to finish. So, I’m reading Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life  by Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Lilian Cheung (Author) and I just started reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein , which surprisingly deals with my exact eating issues in addition to a bunch of other stuff!

…Leading me into the final leap! 

I plan to remove all my fears! I know there’s some left, so I’m going to ditch em! Gabrielle’s book, May Cause Miracles, has a 40 day plan with daily activities to lead you to a fear free life. Here’s the Amazon book description:

Are you ready to work miracles? Gabrielle Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in our thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives, including our relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image. In this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers an exciting plan for releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness. With May Cause Miracles, readers can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days: simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change.

I’m starting my 40 day plan tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 6th) So, Happy New Year!!! Get on the bus 🙂

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