Tiny Tea Review: Halfway point

Yesterday was day 7 out of 14 on the Tiny Tea Teatox, and honestly I haven’t noticed anything life changing/worth blogging for paragraphs about. I will say that I have had a little bit more energy, I just feel fresh in the mornings when I wake up, but this could be for a number of different reasons. I recently got a new gel pillow that lets me sleep at night like no other, and as of late, I’ve also been taking a women’s multivitamin, and other vitamins to aid in cleaning my body from the inside out. I will do a full review on day 14. See you all then!

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Gone Girl

“…I was playing the girl who was in style, the girl a man like Nick wants: the Cool Girl. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl…”

 

Right now, I’m reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. The passage above is one of my favourites in all of what I’ve read so far. Such an amazing book. The writing, and the characters are brilliant. I definitely wanted to get a jump on finishing the book before the movie comes out!

 

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 17

DAY 17 DONE!

So, as promised, I’m posting my ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots today! But first, here’s my review for yesterday, which was day 17/the last day of the first cycle.

I’m going to go into too much detail right now about my body… So every month when my period comes, I get INSANE cramps. They’re so bad that I break out into cold sweats, I feel like I’m going to throw up, and sometimes the pain is so bad that I feel like I’m going to pass out. It only started getting this bad when I was 17… I’m currently 22 years old. I just suffered for years thinking that I could tough it out, or pray that the next month would be better. I finally went to the doctor two months ago and was prescribed Tylenol 3’s, Buscopan, and Naproxen. The Tylenol 3’s help with the nausea and headaches and just general pain. The Buscopan is to slow the rhythmic contractions in the stomach area, and it reduces muscle spasms. The Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory drug that is helping to reduce the inflammation in my uterus… obviously. These three in conjunction have worked wonderfully. I got my period yesterday and only took one of each of the pills and they lasted all day. Today I took one of each again and I’m feeling good. The relevance of all this TMI is that I’m not supposed to take these pills on an empty stomach, and when I’m on my period, certain foods just turn me off completely, even foods that I normally love. So I just wanted to explain why my eating pattern, and food choices for yesterday were so weird. So onto less gross things…

Yesterday I woke up, had green tea, ate carrots and tzatziki sauce, and microwave popcorn. I thought about eating poached eggs, but the thought of eating eggs made my stomach churn. I took my pills for the first time yesterday and was in a panic about whether or not they would work. Within an hour, I felt like I was having a normal period for the first time in 6 years. So far, so good (:

I didn’t feel like I could eat lunch, so I didn’t.

I didn’t workout because the pills just made me feel tired. My body was relaxed and I just wanted to be cozy in bed. So, that’s what I did. I stayed in bed and started watching Bates Motel (which I’m now OBSESSED with) until I had to get ready for work. I eventually got up and showered and went to work. For dinner at work I had a small, completely plain, piece of baked fish. I also ate frozen mangoes, strawberries, and peach yogurt. That seemed to be enough to satisfy me. At 9:30PM, I finished work and was starving, so my boyfriend took me to Subway to get a chicken breast salad. It was a variety of vegetables, chicken breast, pepper, and oregano. I never get cheese or sauce/dressing on my Subway salads. So I ate my salad, had a tiny bite of a cookie and had a couple of sips of my boyfriends iced tea. When I got home I had a bite of a pork chop filet. So that concluded my eating for the final day of the first cycle. Not horrible, but not exactly perfect.

I’ve decided to continue on with the second cycle of the 17 Day Diet! Yay! You all get to read more posts about my lack of will power when it comes to Chinese food and cookies! Thanks for following me on the first 17 days of this eating plan, and thanks for not being JUDGEY!

Finally, as promised… here are my ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. Don’t be too hard on me!

BEFORE - The morning of my first day on The 17 Day Diet, cycle 1.

BEFORE – The morning of my first day on The 17 Day Diet, cycle 1.

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AFTER – The morning after the final day of The 17 Day Diet, Cycle 1.

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 15

Uh Oh! Two days left!

It’s safe to say that I had more bad days than good following this eating plan, but I’m not upset. I’ve just come to realize that any type of lifestyle change is going to have it’s bad/horrible days, and there are gonna be some days where you just get it completely right. Last night, after blogging, I was Googling ’17 Day Diet’ reviews, and I was completely enlightened by some of the stuff I had read from other people who had done, or are still doing the 17 Day Diet. So many people raved that by the end of the fourth cycle, they were practically eating whatever they wanted (with a few limitations, according to the book) and were STILL losing weight or maintaining their weight, happily. I read that one person had lost a full 17 pounds doing the first cycle of the book. Another person who had done the four cycles, was down almost 50 pounds, and was looking to re-start the diet to lose a bit more!

To recap my day, for breakfast, I ate two poached eggs, carrot sticks with a bit of tzatziki sauce, and yogurt with strawberries and chia seeds.

Worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex, ate cauliflower rice, baked chicken and baked fish for lunch.

For dinner, I had a lot of chicken stir fry, and some sauteed beef (<– beef isn’t allowed in the first cycle. Whoops).

My eating was pretty simple today. I didn’t really snack in between meals because I didn’t feel the need to. Of course I’ve got two nearly perfect days in a row, near the end of the first cycle. Here’s to the next two days! WISH ME LUCK! I’m going to need it!

– E

Where is Spring?!

$39.00 before taxes

 

I bought these booties thinking that Spring was around the corner… We still have tons of snow, it’s still freezing out and we’re coming up on the end of March. Someday soon, hopefully. It would be really nice to show these new babies off! They’re roomy, and despite being a couple of inches, they’re comfy and they’re faux leather and have a studding around the ankle dip!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 10

A WEEK LEFT!

Today was AMAZING! I ate good all day and I exercised!!! WOOHOO!!! So I literally have seven days left and I’m determined to make the last seven days really count.

I had two poached eggs, spinach, and yogurt with chia seeds and blueberries for breakfast. For lunch I ate mixed vegetables, cauliflower rice and chicken. I also ate an apple and some yougurt. I was out tonight for dinner, but I still managed to eat well. I had mixed vegetables with salmon and chicken and green tea! I was mildly tempted to get dessert but that passed when I just took two seconds to think about how I have to take a ‘before’ shot of my body 7 days from today. I feel like my posts are getting shorter and shorter each day, but I guess it’s because the less shitty I eat, there’s less for me to talk about. Funny how that works. I’m glad today went well. Last night after blogging, I was up late just looking at pictures of fit women on the internet and on Instagram. That always kind of helps me realize that other people are working hard to maintain their weight and fitness levels, and that I’m no different. If I want it, I’m the only person who can do it.

Anyways, I’m really distracted by how much Spring cleaning I need to do. The list includes a cosmetic purge, clothing purge, shoe purge, handbag/tote/clutch purge, and an unhealthy attitude purge. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how well I can do. I’m actually aiming to workout for 30 minutes tomorrow. We’ll see if I follow through. Thanks for the continued support! WISH ME LUCK!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 8

Nine days left people!

I’m actually embarrassed to blog about today. It was a joke. I actually should just lie and say today was perfect.

To be completely honest, I started the day out great. I had my tea before breakfast, ate poached eggs and vegetables. I worked out for 20 minutes and did some inner thigh workout that I found on the internet, which was useless. For lunch I had this chilli that was like super healthy. It was made with real tomatoes for the sauce, ground chicken and finely chopped vegetables, and I had more of my cauliflower rice from yesterday. So far so good, right? Wrong. Fast forward to supper time. Right before supper, my lovely father came to pick me up so we could get the car that he bought for me, and I guess that was a celebratory moment, because we went out to eat. Ten points for anyone who can guess the kind of cuisine I had for supper… Just kidding, everyone knows about my chinese food addiction. Like, I’m Filipino and I just can’t quit the noodles and rice. It’s a real problem. I tried really hard to limit my portion of noodles. Ate mostly vegetables and the meat. I guess one up side would be that we went to a quality Chinese restaurant in the city, where the food is amazing and it’s all cooked fresh and with no MSG. Regardless, I still ate the damn noodles. I also ate three fortune cookies… None of which had fortunes that said I would lose weight, so I’m obviously doing something wrong, hahah! So that was my fabulous day. Not so great, but I did try. I’ve had better days and I have had worse, so I’m chalking this one up to the excitement of getting my new car. Tomorrow should be good, unless everyone at work, for some reason, decides to tempt me with Chinese food. Fingers crossed that they don’t. You all know how I feel about that particular cuisine.

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 7

A WEEK DOWNNNN! 10 days to go! Here’s my review for day 7/March 17th, 2014

My day went extremely well (minus one bubble tea)! I had a healthy breakfast with lots of protein and tea and water. I worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex, had a shower, had a chicken stir fry for lunch with my boyfriend, and then did two hours of shopping, which to me, is basically two hours of cardio.

Tonight for supper I made myself CAULIFLOWER RICE! For the amazing recipe, visit Stephanie Eusebi’s blog! So anyways, I made this rice just how Stephanie suggested, except I didn’t have any turmeric, so I used cumin instead. Let me just say, as an asian person, I love rice. It’s a staple and I’m used to the idea of having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, I like my rice white, nice and starchy and carby. This cauliflower rice is amazing, it has the consistency and texture of rice, and it’s white, it really did trick me tonight. Adding the cumin made it taste like basmati rice, I just about died and went to heaven. I ate this rice with a baked chicken breast, and it was extremely filling. This is the best rice dupe ever, I still don’t believe it’s cauliflower. Anyways, THANKS A BUNCH STEPHANIE EUSEBI!

After supper my boyfriend started talking about bubble tea… Evidently, we left the house to get some. I had a green tea/almond bubble tea with half the bubbles. UGHHH! I went to Value Village to walk around with my bubble tea. I ended up trying on 30 million different items (that was a chore) and walked out with a dress, and a beautiful floral scarf, which are both in the wash right now! So that was my day. It was perfect minus the bubble tea. Close enough. Here are some pictures of things that make me happy:

 

This is my lovely 'E' mug that I like to drink my tea out of every single morning. Notice that I'm also in bed. Best combination, I swear.

This is my lovely ‘E’ mug that I like to drink my tea out of every single morning. Notice that I’m also in bed. Best combination, I swear.

This is Cooper. He's the cutest thing I own. I wake up to him every morning, and then we drink tea in bed together.

This is Cooper. He’s the cutest thing I own. I wake up to him every morning, and then we drink tea in bed together.

 

 

 

 

Little treats

Even though I should be focusing on purging old cosmetics, clothing and shoes for Spring, I am not. I’m just adding to the already large pile of stuff that I own. When I do get around to sorting my life out, I will definitely blog about it and include photos. For now, I’m excited about some cute little things I’ve picked up (courtesy of the boyfriend). Starting from the left:

  • Orange lipstick in ‘SIREN’ by Revlon
  • Pastel pink nail polish in ‘PINK & PROPER’ by Maybelline (Color Show line)
  • Dark green nail polish in ‘WALK IN THE PARK’ by Maybelline (Color Show line)
  • Grey nail polish in ‘PIED A TERRE’ by Cake (Coco + Lulu line)
  • Red nail polish in ‘LEFT BANK’ by Cake (Coco + Lulu line)

I now have an orange lipstick that was around $7.00 and a pastel nail polish. I can check those off of my ‘must haves’ for Spring list!

I picked out the dark green nail polish, not because it’s in for Spring or because I need more nail polish, but because I’ve been looking for a dark green nail polish that isn’t practically black. I love the Color Show nail polishes because they’re like, $3.00 at Walmart and they have so many shades. As for the Coco + Lulu lacquers… I don’t even know. Grey is such a good color in general. I love grey everything, grey shoes, grey clothing, grey purses, the walls in my room are grey. The red nail polish is just this rich, bright red. It quite possibly may be the holy grail of red nail polishes, plus I got both these colors on sale for $3.00 each, originally $8.00.

IMG_1677 Photo on 2014-03-15 at 20.44

Despite thinking that orange lipstick (Siren – Revlon) would be hideous on my lips and against my skin tone, I actually love this color. I tried really hard to have the color come through as true as possible in the above photos, so I didn’t play with lighting or filters. You can blame my webcam for the the quality of the picture on the right.