Hey guys! Thank you so much for your comments this morning ensuring me that I don’t look pregnant. Honestly, I probably did kind of look that way in the moment.
I tend to gain my weight in my stomach (it’s in my genes on both sides) and even when I’m at my thinnest I still have a bit of a belly pooch. And considering the indulgent few days I’ve had and the awkward pose I was in, I can see why she thought it… but SAYING it?! I think we’re all in agreement that she should have kept her lips shut!
That said… a lot of you commented that you would have reacted more harshly than I did, and too be honest I might have downplayed it a bit. It did sting, and make me wonder if everyone I know has been thinking I’m a huge lard ass, but I had to keep it in perspective and not get wound up about it. People say stupid things, and it really shouldn’t effect how we feel about ourselves.
Lunch today was leftovers of the pasta salad I made for Easter.
And for dessert I had my final piece of Easter candy. I made sure to only bring home enough to last a few days, because I have no control around the stuff. This Butterfinger Egg was delightful.
And, because I’m a severe choco-holic, I had even more during my snack (much) later in the afternoon.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Chocolate Oikos, some people hate it and others really like it. Me? Meh. It’s definitely edible, but I probably won’t buy it again. It might be quite tasty frozen though and enjoyed like ice cream. Perhaps I’ll try that.
I talked about starting PG in this post, and put up a before picture here. I intended to put up an after picture as well, but to be honest I don’t really think it would serve a purpose. To the naked eye, my skin looked as good at the beginning of the project as it does now. My skin issues aren’t that obvious, I didn’t start out with acne or scars, instead I had clogged pores, blackheads and some light skin discoloration.
So, with my review, you’ll just have to take my work for it. Sorry!
Project Glow Guidelines
- In the morning, wash and exfoliate face with exfoliationg gloves and St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I did this pretty regularly, but I didn’t use the exfoliating gloves as I found them to be too harsh on my sensitive skin. I think the Apricot Scrub really did minimize my clogged pores and blackheads though, and my skin was incredibly soft after just a few days.
- At night, remove eye makeup and wash face with St. Ives Blemish Fighting Cleanser. I couldn’t find the Blemish Fighting Cleanser, so I bought the St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea cleanser, which I used every night religiously. I’m normally kind of bad about going to bed without washing my face when I’m really tired (or maybe a bit tipsy), but making sure I washed it every night did seem to keep my skin clearer.
- Drink a Green Monster every day. This was easy for me, since I’ve always had a GM for breakfast every morning. I only missed a few weekend days and the three days I was at Fitbloggin.
- Limit dairy. Honestly, I never once thought about this during the challenge, I think I might have overlooked it. But I decided to conduct a study to see if I consumed less dairy in March than I did in January (I did January instead of February because it has the same number of days as March), just for kicks and giggles. The result? I ate dairy 8 less times in March than I did in January. I think we’ll call that a draw. (p.s. I spent a RIDICULOUS amount of time tallying that up.)
- Eat lots of veggies/fruits. Done and done. Even though March wasn’t one of my healthiest eating months (lots of occasions for treats), I definitely saw tons of veggies and fruit as I was doing the dairy assessment. So this was a success.
- Reduce stress. Umm, major fail. March was one of the most stressful months I’ve had since I moved in December. But it was kind of a fun stress, so I’m hoping it didn’t age me too much
My Overall Thoughts:
- My skin definitely seemed more vibrant throughout the month.
- It was easy and affordable! I needed to buy new facewash anyways, and all together I spend about $20 on products – the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and Naturally Clear Green Tea cleanser and some Neutrgena daily mosturizer with SPF. I just had to wash my face twice a day and use the moisturizer. Easy peasy.
- Any plan that requires me to eat Green Monsters is my best friend.
- I think I may have broken out slightly more than usual throughout the month. Nothing major, just little blemishes here and there. This could have been due to heightened stress or an increase in my running (read: sweating) just as easily as it could have been due to Project Glow though.
- The apricot scrub leaves a crazy residue in my shower, and I hate cleaning my shower. Yes, I’m including that as a con.
Overall, I thought it was a great and realistic skin regimen. Of course, it’s best to customize your skincare routine to your own personal skin type, but if you’re looking for something generic and have been thinking of trying Project Glow – I say go for it!
Okay, I’ve chit chatted enough. But… coming up tomorrow a discussion of my new goal for April, which is – to spend no more than $200 on groceries. I’ll discuss why I’m doing it and what the plan for accomplishing it is.
Have a good night kiddos!