Apr 28, 2015

Frizz be gone! (Product Review)

Last week or so I actually put my face back out there in the interworlds with a discreet request for 'polite input' regarding an annoying decision I face every year.  

I think 97.43% of all women go through it, the spectrum of the hair conundrum:

"Oh my gosh I hate my hair, chop it all off!!!"

"oh wait, good hair day....awww, I want to keep this length!"
My lady knows that when she sees my name on her schedule that it is a true cut and just a 'trim,' so I always have to have an idea.  I don't know why I stress about it, because frankly it always ends up the same.  That's the double-edge sword of semi-straight hair in a humid city.  No matter the cut, it ends up either a long poofy mess or a short poofy mess. But this year was harder than most thanks to Influenster.

Last month I got to reduce my poofiness thanks to a sample received for Jadore Dessange Oleo Miracle shampoo, conditioner AND a conditioning oil.   (links to Amazon, but not affiliate...just convenient)

Woah. I did a survey prior to it and they (Influenster) figured out what I needed instantly. That or they saw a picture? #sadbuttrue  and sent me the set for 'damaged' hair.  My hair is actually very healthy, but I do iron it about once a week and I do color, so the facts are there despite my denial.

First things first, this entire line smells FABULOUS.  And I'm very sensitive to smells!  It has a wonderful smell, but can be overwhelming if you use all three products together.  After a mention from Hubs about the smell, I broke the system apart and use them independently of each other to minimize the smell but still reap the benefits of the argan, camellia and pracaxi oils.  My hair frizzy woes were nominal while I used the system. 

Being the practical chick that I am, after getting my hair all shiny and smooth...I've rotated in my normal shampoo and conditioner, and use the Dessange products as needed. The conditioning oil is used on Sunday nights before I iron my hair on Monday mornings.  That's it.  All is better since I've added the Dessange products into the rotation.  I'm glad that I received them as they are more pricey than I would typically spend to try a product.  I will likely buy my own oil after this full size sample is gone as I'm loving the oil!

If you gave some input on Instagram, then you know that I was tempted with bangs and shorter. I did go through with it, but my hair has rejected the bang concept and have already burrowed themselves back in.  Add in some fresh root coverage and I'm ready now to let this mom haircut grow out an inch or two before I like the cut. 

Let's close with a PSA: Do your roots people
 The ombre look at home is simply outgrown roots. 
 If you want to try the trendy thing that is already out of style,'ombre,' pay for it!
(but the truth is that we all will just see you growing out your roots even if you say it is in 'style.')

*These products were sent to be sampled in exchange for my honest review from Influenster*

Apr 27, 2015

Wiener jokes allowed ....no really!

"My wiener is HUGE in Japan"
"My wiener is bigger than yours" duh...
"My dog comes with his own jokes"

This past weekend was the first full weekend that I felt well enough to do something fun for the kids.  We had early morning soccer, surprisingly after a Friday's full day of misty rain.  We all went to bed with an assumption of another cancelled week (the two prior were cancelled due to flooded fields) but alas I was woken up at 7:30 with the text that we were on for the day and a clarification that Kiddo had to be on the field at 8:40. Woah.

Somehow this Supermom got both kiddos up, dressed and fed and out the door by 8:30. Whew, thank goodness we live so close now!  Ha, LittleOne would only be satisfied if I called that quick bowl of cereal her "Breakfast #1" and promised that there would be another one. *hobbit anyone?

While at the game I received unfortunate news about my parent's remaining dog.  We were not surprised with the news of her passing, but it still stung.  As if it were fate though, Saturday happened to be the Buda Weiner Dog Races, and I decided on the fly that it was meant for us to enjoy and celebrate Chloey and all her fellow daschunds.

This year's theme was: Run Forrest Run
I hadn't been in about five years, so this was a treat for all of us!!  
We got great seats to enjoy the hilarity of seeing long 15lb doggies sprinting across the park. 
 Well, most of them sprint....I posted a sample video on my instagram (@overextendedapril)
of  how funny they all are.

"He's so cute mama, we need him!! = um no."
"Look mama, its 'PartyPoodle'!!"

92* Saturday sun with humidity...check out her curls!
If anyone ever is in the Austin area in mid April,
 this is a superfun animal and family friendly event.

Feel free to insert any 'weiner' jokes!

Apr 24, 2015

from the grave...

A blogging break mode includes more than just a lack of blogging. There is a full hermit step program to follow.
  1. Quietly disappear self - check
  2. Slowly stop commenting on other blogs - check
  3. Update blogreader to drop fellow non-posting bloggers - check
  4. Stop reading other blogs that remind you of your blogging days - check

So returning into the blogging mode, which for me is hopefully the return of the "April focusing on her exercise and health" mode .... it feels the same as if coming back from the dead.  No worries my friends, I've reactivated my readers and am going to focus on other blogs and commenting better!! 

It is "Friday" which formerly was my Fitness Friday recap, but right now that can be summed up in one sentence rather than an official 'recap.'  No worries, this just means next week will no doubt have a 100% increase in productivity!Positive thinking, ya see?

My recent habits recapped here for ya: I hit my 14K steps (which is my 100% on my polarLoop) only twice in the last seven days.  Hey, all about the honesty.

So instead of wasting more time blogging about my non-activity, I'm working my way out of the hole and into everyone else's blogs to catch up.

Since the mention of vampires, my mind went to only two places.  

My first and favorite vamp of Lestat.  
Read the books people!!
Don't rely on Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, 
truly read the books if you haven't already. 

and of course to pay homage to a more recent development in Vampire lore....
I leave you with a visual to take to the BOOKS for TrueBlood, 
the Sookie Stackhouse Series (there are differences).
Now that you've enjoyed some fitness inspiration....

I will venture into your blog world and leave you for the weekend.

Apr 23, 2015

"In an IV drip"....#coffeemyway

It isn't a secret if you follow my IG account.

Truthfully my love affair with the nectar of the gods didn't start until I was close to 30. 
I was an iced-tea for breakfast caffeine kinda girl for most of my life. 
But then something flipped for me and the random late afternoon sweet coffee started to seep into my mornings. 
 Perhaps that is how any addiction starts?
Dunno....don't care, as this is really my only vice. I love it. 
pssstt: I think I owe a lot of my weight loss to the introduction of coffee
It doesn't take much excuse for me to want a cup. 
Except for summertime....but maybe, just maybe...this year
 I'll figure out how to love it iced! and without the good stuff.
I think coffee has helped my personality around work,
 for the better or worse is yet to be determined though.

I typically use my IG for any showcasing of my love affair with coffee, but it seemed to get the attention of a campaign for #coffeemyway from Wayfair.  Basically an excuse to verbally share my love of coffee, cool.  Now everyone can go on and on like Bubba *reference check* about the many ways to love coffee, but I won't.  I'm going to keep it really simple.

Let's start with the go-to, everyday...Monday through Friday work routine:
Old school American drip coffee pot + HEB Classic Roast + powder =
 Your typical office coffee fanfare.
Boring and old school, but I add in a dash of vanilla, real vanilla into for some foofoo.

But the fun stuff? The days we all look forward to?
Keurig + Community Coffee French Roast + Cinnamon Creamer =
 Weekend Morning wakeup shot of heaven

and the mommy thing....coffee is a requirement.
Anyone else? Who else wants to share the way they enjoy or love their coffee?
Follow along #coffeemyway to see how many other like minded brilliant people are out there!

Apr 21, 2015

Climbing out of the hole again....

Confession: I have like 8 drafted posts that I could never get the guts to push submit on....in due time I suppose.

This morning I got a couple emails and notifications that prompted me to realize maybe my avoiding this place isn't the right method to this madness.  In late February I made a conscious decision to put the family and house higher on the priority list. Don't get me wrong, family, especially my kiddos, always trump ALL for me...but with the new house and such, there was room for more attention to them.  I thought perhaps I was being slightly selfish with my attention being consumed with working out AND blogging.  So both subjects went to the side.  Much like the ultra skinny clothes that I once dreamt of getting back into.

This place.
This place of semi-public therapy writing was derailed due to work projects and house chaos.  
I've honestly missed the commentary, razzing, snarking, 
whatever you call it from my like-minded blogpeeps.
You know who you are :)

The truth is I've not been focused on myself as much as before.  I'm not running (that's another post) or currently working a challenge, food wise or activity.  I'm not experimenting in the kitchen or schedule.  So what would interest anyone, hence the hiatus.

I'm not saying I'm back and going full force...but facing the reality of where I am on Tuesday, April 21st.  Nearing the end of April (the month...not me!*snort*) and I'm right at the same place I was when I started Wednesday Weigh-Ins in January. No more, no less...but right back at the same place I was four months ago.

A friend has had to smack me around figuratively lately and asked me find a picture of myself at what I think my goal weight is. The magic number that supposedly is going to make my woes magically disappear, right?  I remarked 'about 20lbs...I felt awesome around 145.'  And she made me find a picture.
My before

Left - 2008 at 145     Right - 2014 at 160

And then she made me do my measurements and the reality is that I am still comparable to that girl despite the 20lb difference on the scale. Not exactly, but pretty darn close for six years, one car accident and a baby later.

But I still want to be better.
Happier with myself.


Apr 2, 2015

Friday thoughts.....

I've been rather anti-social this past week.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but it is in person as well as online, so nobody get their panties worked up....
I'm being quiet in all forms of communication lately.
  I received some nice texts from friends and it prompted a less than flattering IG selfie to prove that I'm alive and well.

I have been trying my best to keep up with myself.  Does that make sense? 
 I mean to say that I haven't given up on me, my improvements, my running (okay that one maybe), but that I've not handled some re-balancing acts to keep them all up and going fullsteam.

Losing Nordy and the routine of 4am wakeup calls threw my mojo off again. 
Seeing the scale this year not moving threw my mojo off again.
Being cranky about the thrown mojo pushed me out of sorts as well.

My recent funk, I truly think is a result of Nordy and my lack of any solid run in a full month.

There, I've confessed it.
I haven't had a real run, treadmill or out, since 2/28. Frick, that's more than a month.

My weight has been in a stalemate for the most part.
I'm exactly where I was in January.
I've lost, gained, relost, regained in the normal amounts of 2 or 3 pounds....
but I'm right where I am.

But regardless of that stupid number, I am in need of therapy.
Ha. So the name of "Professor" is rather suiting isn't it?

I hope that Hubs and I can come to an agreed schedule to let me return to my 'therapy.'  

to my Happy Place.

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