Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday Stuff and a Self-Care Update…

Where has this week gone?  Seems to me it should only be Wednesday or Thursday, and here it is Saturday already and I am playing catch up… AGAIN.

Some tidbits from the week:
  • The Captain and I have just finished up 6 weeks of strength training together and I am really happy about the way it has been going. We are both making good progress.  I decided we should take a break and do some different forms of resistance exercise this next week, just to keep things interesting… kettlebells, tabatas… and then I am going to change our program to start again the following week.
  • I just won a one-month membership at GoodLife Fitness in a giveaway. I am so excited about that – I had one last Spring, too, and used it to participate in some classes I really liked… Body Pump, Flow Yoga, Body Flow, and Spinning, so I plan something similar this time out as well.
  • I joined Chivon John’s Self-Love Academy that began on Februray 3rd.. sorta fell in line with my own decision to make February my Self-Care month.  This was in my email from Chivon today…
Self Love Day 6

  • I have not run this week and I am blaming the weather. Honestly you would think that someone who lived and enjoyed outdoor activities at -25C to -35C for so many years wouldn't be such a wimp, but this -5C feels so cold here to me now.  I have not even gone for a walk.
  • I am reading this book again... it seems to be a great source of advice for me for both my workouts and my food plan

At the beginning of the month I made up a list of things to accomplish during the first week with regard to my Self-Care focus.  And I have managed to do MOST of them.  Here is how it went…

My list for the first week of the month:

1. Make an appointment with a hair stylist 

Feb 4 haircut 008

Feb 4 haircut 004

So I got the hair cut!  And I am pretty happy with it… I think that the bangs could be a bit shorter and more ragged, but I am going back in a couple of weeks to have them trimmed up and will look after that then.

2. Outline and start a bedtime hygiene routine

I am getting a handle on  the bedtime routine. I am actually getting to it earlier in the evening so that I have no excuses!  And I know that once I have my teeth professionally cleaned it will be more of an incentive to keep it up.

3. Do a self-manicure

Have been very good about looking after my hands this week… the weather has been cooler and much MUCH drier than we are used to here, so I put a single coat of clear polish on my nails after I files them, and I have been making sure to use lots of lotion after all the hand-washing I do!  My nails feel thin and weak right now so  I am keeping them filed quite short.

4. Call the dentist and make an appointment for a check-up and for hygiene

FAIL!  I called the dentist’s office this morning, because they used to be open on Saturdays… only to find they will be closed till Tuesday morning next week. (It’s FAMILY DAY here on Monday).  So this gets carried over to next week.

5. Re-establish lime water habit first thing in the morning

There is  no excuse for me not to do this. The Captain not only buys the limes for me, every morning he washes one and squeezes it for me, too.  Yes, I am drinking my lime water every morning!

6. Clean out makeup box and replace any items that are old

FAIL.  No excuses; I forgot. I just have not done this yet.  Another carry over to next week.

Challenge for the week:

Take care of hair, makeup and clothing before leaving the apartment for any reason!  

I am quite happy to report  that I have not gone out this past week, EVEN ONCE, without making sure my hair and makeup were done, and that I have chosen an outfit, even if it was just jeans and a nice sweater.

Feb 8 Me 001
So, for the next week here is my list of things to accomplish:

1.  Call the dentist!

2. Clean out the makeup kit and purchase replacements.

3. Do a self-pedicure.

4. Review/revamp food plan 

Do you need to make these little lists to remind yourself to take care of YOU, too?


  1. LOVE the new layout! Haven't been by in a while!! Looks great!! LOVE the new 'do too!! :) Happy weekend!!

  2. I have so many lists too! Actually, your post reminds me that I need to go to the dentist. I really hate going so have been procrastinating, but it's really time. Thanks for the reminder. I will add it to my list!

    I need the hair.
    I keep telling myself when the child is older the hair will be a priority?

  4. I love the idea of a list for me! I make work ones but never thought to do one for myself!
    Stopping by from the SITS Challenge!

  5. Hello from SITS Girls ! Your hairstyle looks so lovely ! I recently started taking lime water early morning as well. It's so good and refreshing. Hope you achieve all your goals for this week !

  6. We have a lot of the same goals! I just got my hair cut last week for the first time in 6-months. YIKES! I've also recently started self manicures too. I can even tell I'm getting better at them and pretty soon you might think I went to the salon. :)


  7. Loving this Elle!!!! AND LOVE THE HAIR!!! You look beautiful!

  8. I have similar goals to you, especially because the winter weather wreaks havoc on my nails, hands and hair. I keep a reminder checklist on my phone to make sure I get my water, lotion, etc. every day. It really keeps me accountable. #SITSblogging

  9. I need a list. I make time for exercise but not much else. Also, I love your haircut!

  10. The hair cut looks great.

    I definitely live by lists. I'd never get by without them as since having my son 3 years ago, I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on. Plus it gives great satisfaction being able to see things ticked off. #SITsblogging

  11. Yes, I need a list. Actually, I think I will just lift yours! :)


    Dropping by from SITS girls today.

  12. I love the idea of a self-care checklist at the beginning of the month! I really need to start doing this. I wear myself out taking care of everyone else then I try to play catch up. I definitely want to be more intentional with taking care of myself.

  13. I stink at doing a good bed-time routine. Can't remember the last time I took my "face" off before bed. That's so bad! This time of year my hands are so dry! I feel like I can't slather on enough hand cream! You are doing a great job of getting this ball rolling with taking care of yourself. You are giving me some inspiration!

  14. Good reminders! I have been sick and pregnant and unfortunately let some of this stuff slide but it reminded me of how much better I feel when I feel put together:)

  15. Wow you are fit! Hope you got all your tasks done.


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