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Monday, May 4, 2015

Vain Amy April Report

 Looking back, it feels like April was the longest freaking month of my life. Probably because it was absolutely jam packed with stuff.

If only, Kitty. If only.

There was good stuff (my brother's wedding, the end of tax season, beautiful spring weather at the end of the month).

There was bad stuff (death of a friend, work trip at the worst absolute time, tax season, and lots and lots of rain).

But, it honestly seems like all of that was so long ago.

So, it's time for an update on my year-long attempt to get into the best shape ever, take care of my skin, read lots of pages of books, and make movies. Let's see how I did, shall we?

PHYSICAL: So, yeah, I actually didn't lose any pounds this month. SADZ.

It's true.

The good news is that most of my favorite clothes are fitting again, but the bad news is that the scale didn't move at all. I have implemented a new plan, however. Normally, I try to eat healthy. Cause, ya know, when it's not the Year of Vain Amy, I'm wayyyyy more concerned about my health than I am about my weight. 

Well, fuck that (for now). Eating my regularly healthy diet hasn't been producing the immediate effects I'd like (I'm impatient and that makes me irresponsible). So.... I'm resorting to extreme measures. And, I'm eating low carb. Which... if you're a lazy vegetarian like I am, that means all the fake meat and all the cheese and lots of eggs. Eggs WITH the yolk, because... low carb, yo.

It's actually pretty ridiculous and I'm only doing this for a few weeks to get a little "jumpstart" on some weight loss (which I will inevitably gain right back when I start eating carbs again). It actually feels pretty disgusting. Normally, I don't eat cheese or eggs at home, so, eating a lot of that now because it's easy and I'm lazy just feels kind... gross. But also tasty. I did freak myself and The KoB out a little a couple of Saturdays ago when I all the sudden I went numb on the left side of my face and my gums and the tip of my tongue went numb. WEIRD. Was I stroking out? TOO MUCH CHEESE?

So, yeah, I know it's not healthy, but it always produces results for me, so, I'm sticking with it for another week or two.

Also, yes, STRENGTH TRAINING. I know... muscle burns more fat. I'll get around to it. Eventually. By November, bitches, I am going to be hella in shape. (hopefully, at this rate).

BOOKS: Success! I finished two books in April, (I'm still wayyy behind in my 25 page average per day goal, but I've got time).

This book grabbed me from the first page. Which, I have to say... even in quick reads like this, is often not the case. It was a super fun and quick read and gave me a chance to geek out a bit to my Latin roots (I took 4 years of Latin in high school and the last two years were just mythology and culture and it was awesome). 

I will say that the beginning of the book was super detailed and meticulous (lots of detail about boats and equipment on the boats,etc) and then the last half felt SUPER rushed (Oh, here's an island, with a crazy inhabitant, and climax, and wrap it all up neatly. DONE). 

 I do recommend it though.

So, I bought this particular book, because the bookstore I was at didn't have the book I was looking for: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Cap. Ted Lawson. My brother had recommended Thirty Seconds to me, after I told him about Unbroken. I thought... well... the Autobiography of Jimmy Doolittle, is going to cover Doolittle's Raid, so, I'll just get that.

I'm glad I read it, because Jimmy Doolittle was a true American Hero and Patriot. But, wow... the amount of detail about planes in this book was astounding and I am embarrassed to say... a bit of a struggle for me to get through. Like, I almost feel like I could have read Jimmy Doolittle's Wikipedia page and taken away the same amount of information. Because, for someone like me, that is just not interested in airplanes, I just didn't retain a lot of it. Or frankly, understand some of it.

God, I feel like such an asshole saying that, because of the subject matter. The book was also well written and super detailed, but, it just reinforced that my non-fiction interests lie in books about specific events and as such, biographies are usually too broad for my tastes.

That being said, It's amazing the lives that people can lead and what all can be done in a lifetime. If you are into airplanes or biographies, I highly suggest this book. Jimmy Doolittle led an incredible life.

SKIN: Meh. I'm still struggling with keeping up my routine every day. But, I can tell that my skin is looking better. I also bought some new primer and a makeup setting spray that I am LOVING. So... with makeup, my skin is looking totes fab.

MOVIES: I'm going to order some editing software and I am tinkering a bit with my GoPro. I've got some plots/scenes ready to shoot this summer. So, I anticipate some major strides with this hobby in the coming months.

Overall, I feel like April was kind of a fail. But, onward and upward.. May is going to be awesome.


Gracie said...

I don't think there is such a thing as too much cheese. I just had some for dessert! It was amazing, as cheese usually is.
One of these days I'll ditch the carbs and lose these ten vanity pounds hanging onto my thighs, but...meh. I like carbs.

Carina said...

Low carb would kill me but I'm intrigued by your "norm" of no cheese at home. I can't imagine! I loooove cheese.

LAPT said...

Skin stuff that I recommend:
Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores - $17 for a small tube at Sephora, but it lasts forever. I use it on my T-zone and chin about once a week.
Clarisonic -- seriously, I think this is the reason I'm not more wrinkly.

Also, I need to lose about 10 pounds, and I need a way to jump start my diet. I eat so well during the day, but it's dinner/nighttime that is the worst. BAH!