When they put it that way….!!!!
When they put it that way….!!!!
Even though I bought my fruit from Costco, a strawberry should NOT be this large.
I did a little grocery shopping today. Although I’m leaving in a few days the prices in Michigan are so cheap compared to NYC. I couldn’t leave it in the store. I’ll pack whatever I don’t use. #great48
Image via HeyFranHey (I had to post this pic. Her body is sick!)
I am the queen of starting something and not finishing. But I have decided to try this weight loss thing again for the umpteenth time. So I will be joining in on the Great 48 challenge. Basically it’s a 6 week (48 days) challenge focused on getting a jump start in the new year on your fitness regime as well as creating good eating habits (which is going to be a challenge for me because I am NOT a creature of habit).
The challenge started today, December 31, 2012 and will end on February 16, 2013. It is also a contest where you can win prizes. But in order to properly participate (that is if you want to win a prize) you will need to post a “before” picture of yourself holding a sign with the date and your Instagram name. Tag any pictures that are related to the challenge with the #great48 hashtag on Instagram.
At the end of the 48 days, you must post a before and after photo showing your results with the date. The “before and after” photos of everyone participating will be posted on @deactivatedfatgirl and whoever receives the most “likes” will win.
The first place prize (Beats by Dre Pill Speakers + Herbalife QuickStart program), 2nd most likes, 2nd place prize (Beats by Dre Powerbeats), and 3rd most likes, 3rd place prize ($50 iTunes gift card).
I did take my “before” picture today but I’m a chicken and have not posted it yet. I’m not sure if I will. The prizes aren’t enticing enough for me to show the world my big ol’ butt in spandex across the internets. I wish I was brave. If I’m successful with this challenge, then maybe I will have the courage to post my “before” pic later. We will see.
For more details follow the #great48 hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. Also follow @DeactivatedFatGirl and @its_iriel on Instagram because they are the ones spearheading this whole adventure. If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Stay tuned here and don’t forget to follow @thelimericklane to see my process during this challenge.
I may be telling my age, but the song Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin was very popular when I was in middle school. To the point that t-shirts, boxer shorts, stickers and other paraphernalia was made and sold with the moniker. Why was this slogan so important during that time? Why did it resonate with so many people? I believe it was because everyone is in the pursuit “happiness”. Who doesn’t want to be happy in their life?
I recently watched the film Happy on GaiamTV. It is a documentary that takes us on a journey in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
I had to ask myself the following questions after I watched this documentary. What does “happiness” mean to me? Is it already in me or it something I’m seeking? Happiness to me has nothing to do with wealth or fame. Sure, having money isn’t a bad thing. But I don’t think it can buy my happiness either. I find that spending time with loved ones makes me happy. Especially during the holidays. Working on my passions (photography, baking, sewing) makes me happy. I think this is why it’s important to find a career that revolves around your passions.
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Need I say more? I have already started my September goals. It’s not too late for you to start on yours.
Everyone is talking about the health benefits of coconut oil. I personally have tried using it on my hair and the smell alone makes me gag and therefore I don’t use it. I wonder if it comes unscented? Although I don’t use it on my hair anymore I do know that there are many benefits to using coconut oil. I recently found this great blog post on Delicious Obsessions that I posted on the Facebook Fan Page about the many uses of Coconut Oil. Who knew it had so many uses? From cooking to health benefits, coconut oil does it all. The blog post listed 52 ways to use coconut oil but I was able to find 160 uses from Wake Up World. Wow! Here are a couple…
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body
Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
Coconut Oil for Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)
Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal
Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
Asthma, even in children
Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)
Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
Coconut Oil and Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)
Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
Back pain/sore muscles
Boils and cysts
Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
Coconut Oil and Cooking
Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals
Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.
Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
Helps reduce weight, increases energy
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
Seasoning animal hide drums
Check out the rest of the 160 uses of coconut oil from Wake Up World.