I've been using the same nail salon for about 10 years. I have my own personal box of orange sticks, emery boards and sponges...just for me. I feel better knowing that no other claws have come close to my cutters and clippers.
Every now and again, I'll visit a salon a bit more convenient. As soon as I step through the doors I search the walls for the required documentation that lets me know the place has been licensed to operate. Then I keep my fingers crossed that I don't pick up anything viral from the shared nail tools. Here are a couple of things to keep your eye on when you get your next manicure:
In a way, I'm thrilled that the Northeast hasn't seen any consistent signs of Spring yet. It means I get to wear a jacket a little longer and cover up the extra winter weight. The clock is ticking and I can't hide forever. So, I needed to know the best plans for losing this over-baked muffin top I've got....you know, adopt a life changing eating routine. I hate the word "diet". Makes me feel like I'm under microscope. Anyway, we did some research here at Neero & Ana and found the most popular weight reduction plans out there, according to the Consumer Search group- an independent consumer rating & review company owned by the New York Times. Here are their top picks based on consumer & expert reviews as well as their in-house testing:
2. BEST PREPACKAGED DIET PLAN: Slim Fast
Slim Fast has been around for a while and has been applauded for it's convenient and guaranteed weight loss just by drinking the shakes. It's convenient, but short term. Who can just drink all day. I need to chew something at some point! So, while many received immediate results and success, it has a high fall-off rate of success for long term dieters. Naysayers think the plan may get costly and lack variety. Find out if this plan is for you ... http://www.slim-fast.com/
3. BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM OVERALL: Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers has been touted as a "weigh of life" by many. The plan teaches portion control, gives you millions of food choices and helps you lose weight naturally. With every plan, staying on plan is key. Look at Jennifer Hudson...from size 18 to a size 6! I've been a Weight Watcher groupie a few times myself and it does work...if you work it. The weekly support groups can be helpful for those who want to listen and learn from a live audience, so to speak. And sometimes we need to connect and commiserate with others. You know, share binging stories or something like that. Sign up to get started: www.weightwatchers.com
4. BEST ONLINE WEIGHT LOSS COMMUNITY: Spark People.com
Spark People has been rated as the best FREE online web support site for users that want to learn more about customizing diet plans. They say it's a highly motivated site, where folks are completely engaged. We found the site to offer a lot (and for FREE!). You can devise your own meal plan, get recipes, fitness routines and connect with a whole community. You feed their online survey with your current situation and weight loss goals and you get a report of what's needed to help you reach your goals. I actually like this program a lot - the interaction from other members, suggestions, inspirational messages and so much more. I believe you'll find value here... www.sparkpeople.com
Exercising for me is all about keeping the pounds off, toning up and trying to stay somewhat fit. I work out at a gym who's morning time fitness enthusiasts consist of 70 year old housewives lifting the same 2 pound weights they started with 5 years ago. Not much competition from an all-female facility. Seeing them has prompted me to step up my routine and pushed harder than ever before. Sure, I want to see results. Doesn't everyone? But do I want to look like....well....a man?
I went to the International Body Building and Fitness Federation (IBFF) female & male competition in NYC's trendy Tribeca district recently. My mouth hung open the entire time. It as an afternoon filled with testosterone..from men & women. Never have I seen a culture of people so buff, so fit, so largely muscular.
The female competitors, clad in bikinis and slathered in greasy tanning lotion, all appeared before the cameras and judges with muscles I didn't even know existed. They posed on command and were judged on the muscle definition of arms, chest, back, thighs and butt. I thought it quite interesting, to say the least, that men were not asked to "turn around and walk". At the end of each judging segment, which took all of maybe 15 minutes per group, the competitors were visibly exhausted. It obviously takes a lot of energy to strike a pose that protrudes muscles in such a way that they're bigger, more defined and bulkier than the guy (or gal) to your right or left.
This whole experience has put new light on my own workout. Yes, yes, I want lean muscle mass. Yes, yes, I want to look better in my clothes. No, no, I don't want to flex and flirt.
In many parts of the North, Spring has only arrived on the calendar. I'm feeling a little like Casper the Friendly Ghost...dull, washout and on my last ounce of winter foundation. So, I thought I might take a trip to the tanning salon. You know, just do a quick 10 minutes on the face, just to brighten me up a bit and help me at least, feel radiant for a couple of days. I know, I know, they're harmful, dangerous, blah, blah, blah. So what's behind door #2?
Ahhhh, the world of self tanners. They've become all rage over the past couple of years. I admit, I don't know much about them and have always considered them to be just another messy foundation to slather all over. In fact, from what I've read, it's a pain getting many of the potions off hands after application. That tells me that these "sun-kissed wonders" may be more harmful than the tanning lamp I'm about to go under. Stay tuned...we'll review a few and get back to you!
It was a typical errand weekend this past Saturday and Sunday. Seems that everyone in the world was in the store I happened to be in. The lines were long and the kids were screaming in stereo. It really didn't matter to me. I was thoroughly entertained by the woman in front of me. She had no idea that she had become the object of my daydream. My line-mate was covered in tattoos...hands, neck, arms and legs. Gee, I thought, that's a lot of ink. I even started to wonder what was on the parts that were covered. How does she dress at the office or for an interview? I realized at that moment in time that I was probably the only woman on earth who didn't sport a permanent rose or butterfly tattoo on my flesh.
Did a little research on the topic: Apparently, the ink business is busier than ever these days, especially for women. Nearly 40 million folks in the US alone have at least one tattoo. That's a lot of dots and dabbing. Gosh, I can think of some body improvement treatments I'd like to have, but somehow, tattooing wasn't on my list.
I hear that it's the ultimate expression of art on your personal canvas...25% of the population thinks so too. Maybe one day, I'll get with the program. That way, I'll be able to legitimately ask someone if they'd like to come over to see my etchings.
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