Ways to a Flatter Tummy

I love to eat.  Nowadays they call that being a “foodie” I guess.  Yes I like trying new foods and dishes, but they have to be appealing to my eye or I will not eat it.  But as I get older, I’m finding my metabolism is changing.  You can’t control your body changes, but you can control what you eat and when you exercise.  I know that I will not nor do I want to get my weight back down to 100 pounds soak and wet; however, I do have a goal to try to get my tummy as flat as possible and you may lose a few pounds along the way.

I love goal challenges (sometimes) and when I am able to see my stomach shrink I get excited and feel like I have accomplished a great feat.  I think tummy flattening is a better than saying, “I need to lose weight.”  You can better set your goals and you know if you are getting results or not.

So what I have decided to do is first of all:  (1) No eating after 8 pm.  This can be hard at first and your body tells you (by grumbling) that you want and need to eat.  So in order to stave this off, I will eat for example; raw carrots or you can eat a small amount of your favorite crackers to help get the hunger off.  Wheat Thins has some tasty crackers.*  Fruit is also a good option, such as an apple, pear, grapes.  However, I read somewhere that bananas can cause bloating.  You may want to research that.   I know weight lifters eat bananas to build their muscles and they also help in preventing muscle cramps and lower your blood pressure.  (2)  I do like my coffee and tea, however, bananas are said to cause some belly bloat though, of course soda pop (diet or reg), chocolate and foods like donuts and most yeast filled and sugary treats have to go( I will splurge on these at least once a month), If you have a craving for chocolate, going dark is said to be healthier, also most foods with high carbs are also culprits for the tummy bloat such as potatoes, pasta and breads, fast foods of any sort, (however I will splurge but have now cut that down to twice a month because of heart valve clogging risks,  anything with aspartame (man-made sugars) should be avoided for a flat stomach.

(3) The site  https://www.activebeat.com/diet>nutrition/10-nasty-culprits-of-belly-bloat/4 actually has a list of foods that cause bloating.  Some on this list include peppers, apples, milk, even celery (who knew?)  Their list is called ” 33 Trigger Foods for Bloating: Control Your Tummy Bulge.”  It will surprise you what’s on the list.  A lot are actually healthy veggies.  Most of the foods are not some of my favorites, so that will leave you down to carrots and crackers if you follow that list literally.  It also includes spicy foods. (darn!). There are other tummy bloater lists sites out there too.

So my best plan of action is to eat mostly vegetables and stave away from the starchy carbs and sugars as much as humanly possible.  Beans are another culprit, but I just cut back to twice a month, though they do have proteins that are good for your body.  I don’t eat a lot of meats, but I have not totally committed to becoming a vegetarian yet.  Of course all things in consideration.

Peaches were also on that list, but I won’t stop eating my favorite fruits just yet.  So next is the dreaded eight letter word “e-x-e-r-c-I-s-e” (doh!) Yes, fortunately I do love my exercise. However, I don’t consider myself the hardcore workout type, but I like the treadmill once or twice a week. I do my stretches daily and have found them to be good and maybe even better than medications for body aches that creep up on you as you age.  I definitely do my tummy targeted exercises.  I will list these tummy exercises in my next blog update. I like long walks and then I like to sit and meditate.

One other exercise that I do that is very easy and considered a tummy memory exercise. First stand straight, then breath very deeply squeezing all the way to the inner frame, hold it  then count 25 squeezes.  After 25 squeezes, you may feel a little muscle pain because these are muscles you do not usually use (If you have a medical condition, consult your physician before beginning any exercise regimen).  If no pain immediately, you will feel it the next day.  This means progress in beginning to firm the muscles in your stomach. I try to do 25 squeezes at least once a day.  This exercise may also be helpful for anyone with bladder control muscle issues.**  This really works.  You may have to tie a string on your finger to remember to do these.  I actually learned this method from a  lady a while ago who stated she she does her tummy exercises while standing in long lines.  Hey nobody will know but you.

So that is basically how I do my tummy flattening regimen.  Of course you can come up with your own. It’s always good to set goals for yourself; it does give you the feeling of self-empowerment and only you have control over your health.

Peace and Love

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Music, Art, and Warm Baths

This world is moving so fast paced and with the internet and social media, it is nice to break away and just enjoy the simple things like music, art, and my most favorite… warm baths. I love music from every genre.  From folk music, classical, country, however, my favorite is melodic uptempo music as with some r&b, jazz, and even some rap collaborations.  I love to dance, especially two-step and this type of music allows me to whisk my dreams and imagination away to a world of dance and music.  Some of my favorite r&b artists of the past are Amy Winehouse, JonB, Usher people like that.  Of course I can’t forget my ol’ skool music of moments past.

Next I love art, always have and always will.  When I get my camera fixed, I will post some of my recent creations I promise.  But art with all the various types from upcycling to mixed media, to abstract.  Art is visualized in many different ways by many different points of view.  Right now, I am attracted to vibrant and colorful works of art where colors are mixed then diluted, dried, then other art abstracts are then added which brings about a 2D or 3D illusionary affect which also brings wonderment to where you eyes travel with the piece.  Something like a “Where’s Waldo” thinking or “I Spy with my little eye” type of mind action.  Finnabair is one of these types of mindsets where the eye travels and looks to see what else is hidden in the media.  It reminds me of advertisements that get into the psyche of one’s subconscious or hidden messages.  Of course most art is not to get into one’s subconscious, but I like both the appeal to the eye and figuring out where an artist is going with their art and what the artist is trying to display.  Okay, I’m weird and taking the joy out of art, but I am a thinking person; however, I do enjoy the aesthetic eye appeal of art the most.

Lastly, I love, love, love to take warm baths.  Especially after a very hot and muggy day or just to relax the muscles in the body and take your mind to a different place in paradise like being on a beach, in a park, a garden, or any place of beauty. I love getting my favorite scented bath soaps and scents and lavishing in the bubbly suds and listening to the bursting of the sudsy bubbles.  The scented aroma of the bubbly soaps to ease the senses and relax the nerves.  It is also nice to add a little extra hot water to help get toxins of the day out of your system and boy do you feel refreshed and ready to start a new day again.  It’s amazing what a  warm bath can accomplish.

So to end May I will wash away the month and begin June with a  new refreshed outlook and restart.  It’s all about taking things a day at a time.

Favorite Musical Artist for May- From Germany- Xavier Naidoo

I came upon this artist via Etsy.com whereas a woman had posted pics of  Afro-Europeans and hence Xavier Naidoo.  This man is an “AWESOME” singer and writer.  He seems of a very sincere nature.  All the way from Germany.  I don’t know any German words besides the few words that I have just learned from the music and he gives Germany and the language a whole different perspective. His music is of soul and R&B and he is a very compassionate singer.

I also like how he is able to attract a massive appeal, but also stay true to who he is.  He has also incorporated other artists from other countries for collaboration.  Totally cool and totally awesome; the band is awesome group of musicians in which he could not do what he does without them; a wonderful mix and composition of words and music.

A wonderful, beautiful surprise.

BIRDS!!!

Today and this weekendI saw something awesome!  A mother bird first of all feeding her baby bird bread I had thrown out.  I know that doesn’t sound exciting, but to me it was.  I guess I felt that I was contributing to the circle of nature.  But, today what was most spectacular was that the baby bird actually followed the mother bird out and momma was showing it how to get its own food.  It was sooooo cute!!.  After they got their food, momma bird flew back to the nearby bush, then little baby bird kinda fluttered and sputtered its little wings and flew back to the bush also.  Too Awesome!  I was not able to get a video of the birds in action, but I will try to post some old pics of what the birds look like.

Being Still is one of my favorite things to do

Yesterday was an awesome day.  I did absolutely nothing in particular.  For the first time I cooked a Cornish hen that was seasoned to perfection.  Then I had a taste for some type of cornbread dressing, but opted instead for baked potato.  Then I decided to make gravy out of the meat drippings with flour and it turned out quite scrumptious.  Then I sat down and enjoyed my early dinner to fulfillment.  Later I sat on the deck and watched the birds come to gather the bread I had thrown out for their little baby chicks.  Watched the breeze of the leaves of the trees and it was a beautiful day.

Though I love traveling and seeing new sights, sometimes just enjoying being at home can be quite invigorating.  And having a day when you do nothing can be even more wonderful.  Take time out to enjoy the fresh breeze, the green leaves on the trees, the incoming newness of spring in the air, the birds in the air, and the option to do nothing.  Life can be so hurried and complex and sometimes being still to enjoy what God has created naturally can breathe newness into the soul, rest for the body, and creative juices to the brain.  It can bring new ideas, thoughts, and a new consciousness.  Then you can see the brighter side of life and all it has to offer.

Random blogging: Henna Hair

So I have been long overdue to rid of my pesky gray hairs that have been coming in.  So I decided to use Henna and Indigo from http://www.mehandi.com. I let the henna set for about 12 hours for the dye to release from the henna leaves.  Then added the indigo and voila I have a medium brunette/brown tent to my hair. It is a very busy process, so it is best to do when you have nothing else on your agenda.

Henna is good for your hair because of its natural herbal leaf properties.  It is organic and helps to coat and protect your natural hair follicles.  It also gets into the pores of the roots of your hair, so it is healthy and natural.  The mix of the indigo and henna is very goopy and a muddy texture, so you feel like you are putting mud on your head, but once the process is done, your hair will feel so refreshed and you will feel good that you have not used harsh chemicals on your hair and scalp.  I would recommend henna to anyone needing to color their hair.  The color treatments vary depending on your hair color.  Dark black or brown hair may not see much of a change of color. It does cover your grays though.  Overall I love the outcome of the henna process and will henna again in about a year. I plan next to color a very light color to my hair in the next three months. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

Stay tuned….Craft Projects and Images coming soon.

I’m going to start doing a Craft-a-Week, then as time allows would love to do a Craft-a-Day projects.  Then I will post them so you can see my progress.  Right now I am working on “Things around the House”.  My first project is a Pringles Can.  I have three that I plan on decorating.  So stay tuned..I will be back to post my creations.  Thanks for your patience.

New Beauty Find: Studio 35 Beauty Hair Remover Face Cream

So I found an awesome facial hair remover product that I love.  It’s by Studio 35 Beauty.  It is a hair remover face cream. This stuff is awesome.  I use hair remover for my eyebrows since I don’t use tweezers and I use it for shaving my legs.  I have been using Nair which is also an awesome product, but if you leave it on too long (over 3 minutes), it will burn you and turn your skin red.  Nair does have an aloe vera alternative also which smells good, but you still can’t leave on longer than 3 minutes.  Well I just decided to try Studio 35 Beauty Hair Remover Face Cream, I applied to my eyebrow area carefully and left on for exactly five minutes.  Then wiped off with warm water, then cold water to cool the applied area like I did with Nair Hair Remover and it worked splendidly.  No redness after-affect and no burning, but most importantly, it took just the right amount of brow hair and my brows looks smooth and practically perfect as if I used tweezers or brow threading.  I am such a happy Studio 35 beauty customer.  I paid $4.29 for the product at my local Walgreens for a 2 oz. bottle, though If you catch Nair Hair Remover on sale at Walgreens, you can get it for $4.99 or five and some change for a 9 oz. bottle which is actually good, otherwise the Nair Hair Remover is $8.99.  Target also has good prices for its beauty products which are usually slightly lower for some products, but not for all.

However, the main point is that the Studio 35 Beauty Hair Remover and Face Cream is a superb product that I highly recommend.  Just test it on your skin if you have a tendency to be allergic and get rashes easily.  Other than that, it’s a winner for me!  See image below.  Not a paid advertisement.

Studio 35 Beauty Hair Remover Face Cream