I am happy you enjoyed the post on S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. I know that many people look at the start of the new year as a time to make some fresh changes, look towards what they want to accomplish, etc. There are many things I want to accomplish this year. One of those being a major organization and clean out of my house preparing for baby R.
I plan to use the SMART method when making a plan for any of my goals. It’s good to have something in place, and I am always happy to help give the blueprints to anyone that’s willing to listen.
Since we are all recovering from the holidays…I thought I would take my topic today in different direction than the norm.
These are my Confessions….
Usually, around the holidays, I indulge a bit, but nothing too significant. I am usually too busy baking, cleaning, or catching up with family to stop and eat. In fact, I remember last Christmas-time barely eating anything at all during our family gatherings…not because I was trying to not eat, but mainly because I was too busy. I went all of Christmas eve without having a bite…I had to force myself to sit and eat something. Holiday gorging was never an issue for me. Not this year.
This year, that point in my pregnancy where your appetite increases significantly…that I thought wouldn’t happen to me...happened in the past few weeks. I have been SO HUNGRY lately! It was also the very first time in my pregnancy that I “excused myself” for have an extra cookie (or 5), because “I was pregnant.” This is something I swore up and down I wouldn’t do, and up until this point I have been supermom with the health food…juicing several times a week, making very careful choices as to what I put in my body, and even passing up dessert on SEVERAL occasions (when Michael wanted it, and I didn’t even take one bite!), which is not like me…but I was thinking about the baby, and giving her the best nutrition possible. During the holidays, I must admit…I was”naughty.”
My juicer went away in the closet to make counter space for all the baking I was doing…I “tested out” all the treats that I was making, and my green veggie intake was extremely lax, almost non-existent.
I am not worried about it, and am totally not beating myself up at all over it. However, I am RARELY ever “THIS NAUGHTY,” –holidays or not. I can be “bad,” in a normal sense…but I totally treated myself almost daily this week, sometimes 2-3x a day, that is extreme and it’s not like me. I can blame the hormones, or all the stress I was under with everything that happened this past week, but I won’t. I was just being “human?”, a little “too human.” It’s okay though, it’s not a permanent issue. I really looked forward to starting a new week, and getting back into my routine. I didn’t see clients for the past 2 weeks either since 80% of them go away. I had to cancel the few I did have between the snow, the funeral and Munchkins incident, so my routine was all out of whack. I even skipped more workouts than I would of liked to miss (I got in a few good ones…but again, snow, funeral, Munchkin, Holiday running around, and the excuse of “being pregnant” made it easy to “skip” my normal exercise routine).
I knew getting back on track this week would be easy for me. I am one of those people that starts to feel so disgusting that I can not WAIT to get a great workout, or make a fresh spinach and carrot juice. I need a detox from the holidays…and I need my routine.
One thing that suffered from my “over indulgence” was my skin. 100%. I can, again, blame the hormones…but I KNOW that if I was juicing and eating “mostly” clean like I normally do, I wouldn’t of had such a hard time clearing up the blemishes that popped up all over my face this week. Hormonal acne shows up around the mouth, the neck and the chin (according to my esthetician), and that is where I have been getting them. I know that if my diet is clean and nutritious (with OCCASIONAL treats), I can keep them under control. This week, my sugar binge (and more dairy than I like to consume, even though I omitted it in all my recipes) showed…all around my face.
Being pregnant, there is not much I can do as far as the heavy-duty acne fighting methods. I can not use any type of acid, or acne creams (which are not great for you anyway). I have been using Burts Bees skin care line and a Witch Hazel astringent. The other night, I was desperate. My chin and mouth were killing me and looking so gross…I was sick of popping pimples that kept “re-hatching” on my face (sorry if that’s T.M.I.). Nothing was drying them out, and my skin was looking super bleh. I was so over it.
I decided, it was time for a home spa night!
After much research, I decided to make a simple acne mask out of Oat Flour and Baking Soda…yup, you heard it right. Apparently that combo is great for drying up blemishes, and also great for the complexion….I was willing to try anything!
First, I combined 1 tsp Oat Flour (to make flour just grind up some oatmeal in a food processor until it’s a flour-like consistency), and 1 tsp baking soda in a bowl with a few dashes of coarse salt:
***Post Blog Note: This mask gets pretty tingly. If you have sensitive skin use the formula: 1 1/2 tsp Oatmeal + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and salt**
Then add a little tiny bit of warm water (a teaspoon and a half about), a little at a time until you have a paste:
You want to wash your face really well with whatever cleanser you use, then steam your face with a hot wash cloth for a few minutes to open up your pores.
Spread the paste over your face and just hang out, relax, read a book, watch tv, catch up on blogs, etc.
(I’ll use my hand as an example since I looked pretty scary with the stuff on)
The mix will dry and harden like a clay mask. It felt a little tingly on me at first…but it was good all in all.
After it hardened, about 15 minutes later, I washed it off with a warm wash cloth and my skin was GLOWING! I am not kidding you! Also guess what…those pimples that wouldn’t go away…all dried up 🙂
Now, it’s back to juicing, lots of lemon water, and no more cookies (for now) 😉
Do any of you feel your your routine became out of whack during the holidays?
Do you use any natural home remedy’s that you love?
Hope everyone is easily settling back into their week!
Have a great day 🙂