This resonates with me so so much

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed. “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said. “You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middle-man, you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening up your own cannery. You could control the product, processing, and distribution,” he said. “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “Oh, 15 to 20 years or so.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time was right, you would announce an IPO, and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The American said, “Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”

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Diet apple

Last Monday, I decided that I really, really needed to do something different if I wanted to lose weight.

Now, I’m not fat and I don’t think I’m fat. But I did gain about 10 pounds in the last three months that I would rather not have. I don’t feel comfortable with the extra pounds, and I want to go back to my normal weight. I have tried dieting and exercising, but no matter what my weight wouldn’t budge. It wasn’t working. I would work out 30 minutes a day for four days a week and didn’t notice any difference. I ate only “healthy food”, and I didn’t notice a difference.

The only weight-loss method that has ever really, really worked for me has been low-carb. I tried a “carb-free” diet (nothing made of “wheat” or high in sugar, including fruit) for about two weeks once and I lost a lot of weight in that short period of time. However, when you lose weight quickly it is just as easy to gain it back quickly (not that carb-free dieting is easy. No pizza,  bread, or pasta? NOOOO!). But I wanted to try a new diet that wouldn’t be too restrictive, and I wanted something that I could actually follow for longer than a week. So I looked up  intermittent fasting and decided to try it out.

If you have never heard of intermittent fasting, it is basically a starvation diet (KIDDING). But really, it is an eating pattern where you go through a 16-ish hour period of fasting. The pattern I chose is to eat lunch at noon, and dinner between 5-6 p.m. Two meals a day, that’s it. No snacking. I chose those times because they work with my work schedule. I usually eat lunch at noon anyway, and I can eat again when I get home from work and have time to prepare dinner. This isn’t too crazy. Really all you are doing is eating an “early” dinner and skipping breakfast. Yes, skipping breakfast. The most important meal of the day…serving it up, Gary’s way, OOP!

The word fasting sounds scary at first, at least to me. I am the type of person who hates the thought of being hungry. Honestly, my fear of hunger and inability to pace myself when I eat is probably the reason why I’ve always weighed about 10 pounds more than I would if I had self control like other people. But I want to change that, I’ve always wanted to. If you want to try intermittent fasting, you have to come to terms with the fact that you will be hungry, really, really hungry sometimes. But you won’t die. Even if you feel like you’re going to die, you won’t. I promise. The first day I skipped breakfast, I was so hungry by lunchtime that I thought I would faint. My stomach was grumbling so loudly that I thought everyone could hear it. It was bad, but it got better.

Fasting is easier if you fast for a purpose. When people fast for a period for religious reasons, it is easier for them because they have a reason to fast that they really believe in. For me, I started fasting because I wanted to rid myself of the stubborn extra weight that I didn’t need. It got easier. I knew that even thought I was hungry for a time, I would be okay. When you have food in your stomach, your body uses those calories that are available for energy, and the excess calories are stored as fat. When you have no food in your stomach, your body uses the fat that it has already stored as energy, and that’s a good thing because that’s how you lose fat. That mentality got me through my first long, long day of intermittent fasting.

Over the course of the week, my grumpy body adjusted to the fact that it wasn’t going to get fed first thing in the morning. Even on the second day I noticed that I wasn’t getting hungry at 9 a.m., but I was craving food closer to noon. It got better.

One thing I learned, though, is that I cannot (read: will not) fast longer than 16 or so hours. Last Tuesday, I had a big, late dinner that ended at around 8 p.m., and decided that I should skip both breakfast and lunch the next day to make up for it. By the time I got off work, I actually felt like I was going to faint. I was so hungry and empty that the wind could have knocked me over. I felt horrible, and I won’t ever skip food that long again.

My first week of intermittent fasting, I lost between 2-3 pounds. I am very happy with that, and I hope that by the end of the March I will either meet or surpass my goal. Although my goal is to lose 7 pounds now, I would also like to get back to my pre-college weight, which would be an additional 5 pounds. I can do it!

I got a lot of info about intermittent fasting by reading this article, linked here: The beginner’s guide to intermittent fasting”  Thank  you, Steve!

Intermittent fasting pros and cons:

Pros

*It works

*I can eat whatever I want! (I do prefer healthy food, of course)

*I have more food laying around, which means I go grocery shopping less

*This is an eating pattern I can stick with long-term

Cons

*Hunger makes it hard to concentrate at first

*Stomach growls are distracting

*I want to stuff my face with food 24/7!

*People hear the word “fasting” and think you are anorexic (not the case at all!)

I have a shopping problem…part 1. Is there rehab for this? I’ll look for it at the corner of Forever 21 and Target.

TARGET

Stay Matte

Rimmell Stay Matte

Impression: I really, really like this product. I got the translucent powder. This in combination with Urban Decay’s De-Slick Spray really keeps my face from getting shiny. The powder claims that it will keep your face matte for up to five hours, but this really lasts me all day!

Brush CloseUp

Elf Powder Brush

I bought this just so I had an extra brush that I could use for blending blush and other things. It is good so far, however I did not know that the top would be flat and broad. Still, it works and gets the job done and you can’t beat a $3 brush. Not with a stick, at least. Maybe a hammer.

ULTA

Maybelline Rocket Volume

Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara

Impression: Okay, I’ve learned to like-like this mascara. I don’t love it, but that is probably because I have been spoiling my lashes with Benefit’s They’re Real and Urban Decay’s Big Fatty for the past six + months. Those mascaras are awesome, but this is good for a drugstore mascara. I hear that the waterproof formula is better, but I just cannot do waterproof eye makeup. It is impossible to wipe off! That can’t just be me…right?

Side note: I just love how pretty mascara wands are before they are dipped in the fluid and turn black. I think pink is my favorite color. This wand is pink and so pretty that I had to document it. Look at it.

Mascara Wand

Mascara Wand CloseUp

Look at it!

John Frieda 3 Day

John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight

Impression: I need to stop looking for miracle products, because they don’t exist (okay, not 100% true).  I have always had bad luck with taming my big hair. Well, to be honest I don’t always go for bone straight hair because I don’t think it looks good on me, but I was in the mood last week for straight, straight hair so I did some Googling and settled on this. I already like John Frieda products and I do think that his products compliment black hair, and I thought that this would be a miracle in a bottle and I was wrong. My bad.

The first thing that turned me off to this is that the instructions say you have to apply this to you washed, damp hair and dry with a blow dryer. My hair practically stood on end when I read that in the instructions because my hair and blow driers do not mix well. Blow dryers make my hair so dry and frizzy, so I always air dry my hair overnight before flat ironing. Yes, it makes the styling process two days long instead of two hours (HAHAHA, sorry for the joke. I really mean four hours) but my hair feels so much healthier and it’s nice having hair that doesn’t feel like sandpaper, you know?

But I followed the instructions anyway and then used a flat iron and it went…okay. My hair didn’t turn out Beyonce-straight, but it did look super shiny and had lots of movement, which is good. But it’s not super straight, which I was expecting. And maybe this product works too well, because when I curled my hair the next day my curls just up and fell out without hours, which never happens. When I curl my hair usually the curl will hold until the end of my work day, but nope. My hair wasn’t having it. On a scale of one to Beyonce, I give this a “meh minus”.

That being said, I doubt that I will even finish this entire bottle, which sucks because it costs about $10 and I hate not using products that I buy. But I already have half a bottle of Tresemme’s Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, which is da bomb.edu (I just made that up and it is now a thing)

Ulta comb

Ion High Volume Detangler Comb

Impression: I’m not much of an impulse buyer, but I bought this comb because it was $2.59 and I decided that I should do my hair justice and use a real detangler comb instead of that crappy black plastic thing that I have been torturing my hair with for the past two years.

I have used this, and I like it a lot. I don’t think it detangles my hair any better than that black crappy piece of plastic that I’ve been using for years, but I did notice that less of my hair came out when I combed it. I like keeping my hair on my head, so that’s a plus. I just so happened to ignore the volumizing claim on the packaging, because I avoid volumizing products like locust, but I did not notice a difference in volume after I washed and straightened my hair when it was all said and done. It also says that it will smooth down the hair cuticle, which may explain the cool, pretty, shiny, and pretty, silver tips on the top (this may or may not have been the real reason I bought this, but I’ll never let you know)

Comb Close Up

Oooooohhhhh *Toy Story Alien Voice*

Also, this comb also claims to prevent static, because that matters? Can someone please explain to me why that matters?

SEPHORA

Jack Black

Jack Black Lip Balm

Impression: Sooooooo I found this in the men’s section….and it is amazing.

A few weeks ago in Ulta, a nice lady at the cashier gave me a free sample of the Jack Black Eye Rescue cream, which changed my life…which changed my eyes’ lives. I never had under eye circles or fine lines until I started my job, but they have become so noticeable that I have been wanting to use an eye cream but didn’t know where to start looking. I don’t know if the woman at Ulta noticed my eye baggies or not, but she specifically gave this to me and not the three women who were checking out in front of me. I’m not offended, because that eye rescue cream is wonderful, which is why I made a special trip to Sephora to buy the full size bottle. However, I was not in the financial standing to drop $40 on eye cream after my trip to Forever 21 that same day, but I noticed the $8 lip balm and wanted to try it out. It may be marketed toward men, but eyes are eyes and lips are lips and hygiene products are totally unisex no matter what marketing companies try to tell you.

Keep in mind, at that moment I had in my hand Marc Jacob’s $24 Lip Lock Moisture Balm that I as fully expecting to walk  out with (after paying for it, of course). But I decided to give the Jack Black lip balm a try because it was one-fifth the price of the Marc Jacobs lip balm and because the grapefruit-scented balm smells ahhhhmazing. Amazing.

This is probably the best lip product I’ve used in my entire life. Anyone who knows me know that I am a recovering Chapstick addict who used Chapstick religiously 10 + times a day for about eight years. It’s completely true that Chapstick is addicting, and that your lips get so used to da Chap that they actually end up chronically drier than before you started using Chapstick. I swear they formulated it to be that way on purpose, and my lips are proof.

To kick myself out of my Chap habit, I went to Chap rehab and tried the EOS lip balms for a couple of months because they are natural-er and I hope(d) that I can one day transition back to the point in my life when my lips didn’t rely on moisturizing products. Despite all the hub-bub, I was not a huge fan of the EOS products. I found that I still had to use them every hour or so to maintain the initial moisture, which is not what I wanted. I then tried Blistex, which got me the closest to kicking my habit. I only had to use Blistex maybe five times a day instead of my normal ten. Then, I bought into another hyped product, the Nivea Lip Butter, which is okay, but not as good as Blistix or EOS.

And then I found this baby. My baby. I only have to apply my baby to my lips twice a day and that is it! I apply it just once in the morning and my lips stay moisturized for the entire day through drinks, meals, and the elements. I am so, so satisfied with this lip balm, I am already ready to give it Holy Grail status. I don’t normally boss people around and tell them what to do, but if you have chapped lips you need to buy this and but it NOW.

FOREVER 21

Blue shirt

I love this cute baby blue crop-ish top. I’ve really been wanting a shirt that is kind of short that stops at around my belly button because I have never had one before. I love the color. I am actually not at all into lace, but I couldn’t keep my hands off this. The pattern actually reminds me of seashells. I can’t wait to wear this during the summer with a pair of high waisted shorts or jeans.

Shirt Close Up

Lace Skirt

I also bought this dark blue lace skirt, which looks kind of black. I don’t have many skirts, but I want to change that. This actually looks nice with the blue lace top. It needs to be summer already. Is it summer yet? The pattern on here is really detailed and reminds me of roses.

Skirt Close Up

Booties

And I bought booties! I love these! I had no idea Forever 21 made cute shoes, but these are the second pair of shoes I’ve bought from there that I love and have been complimented on. I was seriously eying these in the store like a lioness on a deer in the safari. I had to try these on and although I wasn’t 100% sold on them when I bought them, I have no regrets.

Shoes 2

The heels are small and sassy, which describes me perfectly, actually. These are easy to walk in and weren’t hard to break in. I wore this for the first time with my coral-colored dress and I really liked the mixture of a feminine dress with dark brown booties. I’m obsessed with these shoes, and they may be my new go-t0.

Rite-Aid

Nude Delight

Rimmel Moisutre Renew Lipstick, Nude Delight

Impression: So I saved the best for last…not.

Remember how I mentioned earlier that I am not one for impulse buys? Well, that’s because this happens. I totally bought this lipstick only after seeing Sammy (aka beauty crush) on YouTube wear this in one of her videos and it looked fabulous on her. However, I forgot to take into account the fact that Sammy is a beautiful mannequin-human, basically, and everything looks good on her. This looked really, really good on her. Me, not so much. I rushed out and bought this the day after I saw her video, which was a mistakkkkkke. I don’t like nude lipstick, and this did not change my opinion on that.

Nude Delight

I’ll just keep the cap on.

Worry is the worse use of the imagination

Can I make a New Year’s resolution 10 hours before the start of February? Resolution: worry less, live more.