Project Glow Recap

One month ago, I wrote, "With all the stress I have been under lately, my face is breaking out like crazy! It looks like I have the skin of a 13 year old, not a 23 year old.”

 

I knew that something had to be done, so I started Angela’s regime, Project Glow.

 

Before Project Glow: March 1, 2010

My skin was breaking out, and I had red blotchy patches all over. It was oily in some places, and dry in others. My pores always seemed to look large and filled with dirt.

 

I took this picture the night before I started Project Glow, and had no makeup, and just washed my face.

 

 

After Project Glow: March 31, 2010

 

WOW! My skin has completely improved!

 

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The blotchy patches have almost disappeared, and so have all the blackheads. I did not develop any new pimples, and most of the old ones disappeared in the first two weeks of Project Glow.

 

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I took both of these photos (wearing no makeup) right before a FULL day of school… think THREE exams. Even with all that stress, my skin looks so much better.

 

I used all of these St. Ives products religiously:

 

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After starting Project Glow, I also used a Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Acne Treatment every few days on the already existing problem areas. That seemed to dry my face out ALOT, so I only used it in small areas. Then, I would wait for it to dry, and use the facial moisturizer on top of it.

 

Another big change was that I pretty much stopped wearing makeup. I used to wear it everyday, and I only wore mascara for the most part (with a few exceptions, for going out). I wanted to let my skin “breathe”. The good part, is now that my face has cleared, I don’t really “need” the make-up like I did before.

 

Success! Project Glow worked for me.

 

Did you try Project Glow? How did it work for you?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Bondi Bands and a Bike Race

I took the day off work to study for my three exams (yikes!) scheduled for tomorrow. I decided to take a break around 9:30am (I had been studying since 6:00am…) to bike ride with Caitlin!

 

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Caitlin rode to my apartment to pick me up, and from there we biked another 15.0 miles. Even with the wind, we managed to complete it in under an hour.

 

I am in serious need of some longer rides!

 

Last night, Caitlin and I were discussing bike races. I really want to have something to work for, and I’m probably not going to be in good enough running shape to do any epic run anytime soon. A bike race is the perfect solution!

 

I am planning on riding in the Breakaway to Sugarloaf Metric Century (100 km = 62 miles) on April 18.

 

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I’m not sure if I can be ready to ride 62 miles in three weeks considering the most I have done in the last couple of months is 20 miles. If I don’t feel ready, I will drop to the 50km ride, but I think I can do it!

 

Back in August, Kelly and I did 50.0 miles on a whim. Even though it was tough, I think with a couple of longer rides, I could easily complete the distance.

 

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I guess we will find out!

 

On Saturday night, Ashley brought over some Bondi Band samples for everyone to try. I picked three: two headbands and one hat.

 

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I loved the way the fit and keep my hair out of my face. I usually pin my fly-away hairs back, but I feel like it’s probably a bad idea to put metal pins under my helmet… I just see that going terribly wrong.

 

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While biking, my hair usually gets all messed up and falls into my eyes. It’s quite annoying, so I decided to try it out under my helmet.

 

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It fit perfectly, and worked like a charm! It got pretty sweaty, but they can be machine washed.

 

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Once I got back, I was pretty hungry for some lunch. I decided to make a semi-homemade pizza.

 

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It was nothing fancy, I don’t have too many ingredients at the moment. I’m trying to be super frugal in order to pay for other things (like a bike race!)

 

Speaking of frugal…

 

It is SO much cheaper (and yummier!) to buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself!

 

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Off to study and find some dinner!

 

Have you done a bike race before? How do they compare to running road races?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Fajita Chili

Every since I got this Harry and David’s Fajita Chili soup mix for my birthday, I have been dying to try it!

 

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We had a little cold front go through yesterday, and it was finally cold enough to justify chili making. Everything you need to make the chilli other than water, meat, and a can of diced tomatoes was already in the bag.

 

The first step was to rinse the beans, bring to a boil, and let them simmer for an hour. I have never made beans before, I always buy them pre-cooked in a can. It was SO easy!

 

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Next, I used 1/2 lb of lean ground turkey breast (instead of ground beef that the bag called for) and dumped the vegetables and spices in.

 

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Once that was done, I combined the meat, tomatoes, 4 cups of water, and the beans into the pot. I let that simmer for another half an hour or so. Once it was done, I served myself some in a mug. It’s more fun to eat out of than a bowl.

 

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It made about 8 cups of soup! I can’t wait for leftovers.

 

It had a great flavor. It had a little bit of a kick to it, but nothing crazy. I had some cheese and crackers along with it to fill me up.

 

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I love making homemade soups (or even semi-homemade). It tastes SO much better than eating it out of the can, even though I do that often.

 

What is your favorite soup recipe? I want to try to make Italian Wedding soup soon!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Amphipod + Explosion

Good morning!

 

Sorry I was MIA yesterday, things were hectic from the minute I woke up to the minute I got on the (delayed) plane. I got back to Orlando around midnight and crashed.

 

I slept in this morning which felt great! I wanted to get a good run in, since I’ve only run twice in the past week, one 22.0 mile long run, and on 4.0 icy/snowy run.

 

I ended up running 6.0 miles at a 9:20 pace. It felt good to run in my normal conditions. 😀

 

My mom bought me an amphipod running belt for Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

 

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I really liked that it didn’t ride up when I ran. It also did not bounce, because everything was spread out and close to my body.

 

The size is adjustable, but I had to make it as tight as possible, which might be a problem if you are smaller than me.

 

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It’s a bit larger than a spibelt (lengthwise) and expands to fit a whole bunch of stuff in it. I fit all of this running gear in the belt. I brought all this along just to test it out.

 

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Even though I didn’t really need all this stuff today, it was a great experiment. I don’t want to have gu packets, my camera, and more shoved in my sports bra during the marathon. I’m going to test it out with a few more runs but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to use it during the marathon! (Which by the way, is in 19 days!!!)

 

 

Once I got back from my run, it was already 11:00 am! I was rushing to make something fast, and somehow hit the wrong amount of time on my oats…

 

OATMEAL EXPLOSION!

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I tried to eat the oats, but the texture was just too funky. I remade my oats and it was well worth the wait!

 

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My oatmeal included:

  • oats
  • milk
  • banana
  • brown sugar
  • flax
  • almonds
  • coconut
  • deliciousness…

 

I have some last minute Christmas shopping to get done today! I can’t believe Christmas is only 3 days away!!!

 

❤ MegaNerd