Monday, September 26, 2016

No to Fries, Yes to Parks #20to25Challenge

chilling with my book in the park!

Something weird happened last night while I was out with friends. I said the words "no fries, more salad" to the waiter as I ordered dinner, and my heart didn't break after! It was a weird experience, but I'm super proud of myself. For a while, I would avoid a food item on the menu if it said "with fries", this meant that relatively balanced sandwiches and platters were out of the question, unless I was able to substitute said fries with grilled potatoes, veggies or a salad. Last night marked the first time that I flat out said that I don't want fries with my order. It sounds silly, but it felt good. I don't need to be shy about the fact that I don't want to put unhealthy things in my body, even if said things are delicious. I'm attempting to be more mindful about my decisions, not just when it comes to food, but just life in general. I started reading a book on the subject that is helping me out, I will share more about it when I get at least half-way through it. Until then, NO FRIES! (unless it's my cheat meal, then I'll have all the fries please). 

Look! No fries! The chicken sandwich at The Attic in Badaro. 

I also wanted to share that I decided to utilize my lunch breaks and go out of the office, at least once or twice a week if my workload allows me to. I realized that the Sin el Fil Public Garden is a 3 minute walk from my office, so the other day I grabbed my lunch and headed there with a book. It felt SO NICE to be out of the office, to sit on a bench surrounded by greenery while reading a book,  I sort of felt like I wasn't in Lebanon (apart from the annoying construction sounds obviously). This is such a normal thing to do abroad, but leaving the office to go OUTSIDE is such a weird thing in Lebanon. I don't know about you, but I always felt guilty when I would say that I'm heading out for lunch. Maybe it's because I was relatively new to the office life and didn't understand how these things worked, but I've realized that there's no need to feel guilt. As long as I'm getting the work done and respecting my break time, I can go out and stare at something that's not a screen for a bit. 

Goals achieved:
Worked out 4 times this week.
Went out for lunch.

Weight Lost:
Haven't checked this week, but around the 7/8kg mark.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

SANE Cosmetics Review

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the launch of a new makeup brand called SANE at the O1ne Beirut. We're all aware that I love me some makeup, so as soon as I got the invite, I was excited. I didn't know what to expect because I hadn't heard anything about this brand before, shocking I know. Sane Cosmetics is an Italian brand that is distributed by Pamco (Pierre Ain Malak) in Lebanon. 

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A body paint fashion show took place at the launch where different characters, from Alice in Wonderland to Clowns, were brought to life by SANE cosmetics products. My favorite was the creepy gothic creature, not sure what it was supposed to be, but it was so pretty. At the end of the show, we were given a goodie bag filled with a couple of products from the cosmetics brand. Naturally, I began to test them out so that I could share my feedback with you guys. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Best Fitness Apps #20to25Challenge

Yes, I still use a Walkman and I love it!

I'm the sort of person who likes to log things in, just in case you haven't noticed with the whole blogging thing. It helps me keep a track of things. I still use Swarm and Foursquare and check-in at locations, not to brag  or anything like that, but I like being able to look back to see where I was. As much as I'm not a math person, I love seeing the numbers and comparing progress. Which is why fitness apps currently play an important role in this weight-loss journey of mine. I've been asked how I stay motivated, and honestly these apps have really helped me out. Even during the times when I know I'm screwing up, I make it a point to log in my food intake in my food journal (Myfitnesspal) so that I can have a visual. I'm accountable for that unhealthy snack in between my healthy breakfast and lunch, I'm accountable for skipping a workout etc. My favorite app has to be Fitbit, which is basically an app that's connected to my fitbit device that tracks my steps and activity. I downloaded this app over a year ago and used the mobiletrack to log in my steps. While I was in the states last, I finally picked up an actual Fitbit device and I LOVE it. It sort of makes you obsessed with getting you off your butt. It encourages you to park far and walk, to keep getting up to get water every hour while at the office. The layout of the app is beautiful, and you can compete with friends to see who can log more steps during a challenge. I have a friend (hii Wadih) who logs in around 90K to 100K steps a week an he's ALWAYS in the top position on my leaderboard, my goal was to one day kick him out of first place. I achieved this goal last week, well, sort of. He was having a lazy week and I was having an energetic week so I took full advantage. I know it may seem silly, but moving your butt and walking a couple of more steps everyday does really help out. Not just with losing weight, but it lifts up my morale and makes me feel better. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pretty Little Box - L'Occitane en Provence REVIEW

Subscription boxes have been a thing for a while. If you follow any bloggers outside of Lebanon, you've definitely heard of names like Ipsy and Birchbox. I've watched many unboxings on Youtube and have read reviews on several blogs for such services, but I was always hesitant to try them out. I'm the sort of person who likes to read reviews of products before buying them, if possible I'll swatch the crap out of the sample at the store before I head to the cashier. This is of course when I don't let the "ouuuu what's this? it's so shiny" part of my brain take over, which usually leads me to random impulse purchases and a very unhappy wallet. Anyway, the point being that I wasn't too keen on the idea of paying for something that was a surprise. My friend Darine, who love subscription boxes, would tell me that it's like a gift for yourself at the end of every month. She would rave about being able to try out new products that she wouldn't even think about purchasing. It seemed like a cool idea, I just didn't think that it was for me...until I met Pretty Little Box. 

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