How to have good skin and hair part 1 (and a quick workout update)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Let’s talk beauty.

I have had many people ask me why I have such nice skin. I rarely break out, and I don’t look my age at all.
The problem is, when I tell them, they act like I’m hoarding a magic potion or something!
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This is me in natural light with absolutely no makeup on a relatively bad skin day. (Scary) Bonus points if you can guess my age! (Unless I told you. That’s cheating. )

Here’s the deal: a lot of this is not going to be news to anyone. I’m not breaking any new ground here.  I’m not a dermatologist, but I challenge anyone to find a derm that disagrees with most of what I’m going to recommend.
I’m gonna warn you right now:
You probably won’t like some of this advice. Suck it up, buttercup. Pretty isn’t always fun, and it doesn’t come from a pill, bottle, or can.

I’m starting with the most important things today.
1. Do. Not. Smoke.
2. Do. Not. Tan.
3. Alcohol is not your friend.
If you already avoid these things, pat yourself on the back and skip the rest of today’s lecture.
So the obvious reason not to smoke and/or tan is that IT CAN GIVE YOU CANCER! I know, if you don’t know this you’re probably living under a rock. I’m saying it anyway. 
If cancer doesn’t scre you enough, then you should also know that you will age MUCH faster by doing either of these things.  Both is even worse. Tanning gives you sunspots,  wrinkles, and leathery skin. (Ew.) It fades hair color, and makes strands dry and brittle too. Smoking gives you wrinkles, especially near the mouth from the combined action of the smoke and pursing your lips. Nicotine can stain the fingers too. It also takes away the healthy glow that makes you look beautiful.  If that wasn’t enough, it can cause your hair to thin, and the nicotine can affect your hair color too.
If you think you can fend all this off with creams and procedures, you are deluding yourself.
Both tanning and smoking have been deemed addictions, so quitting might not be easy. Get help if you need to. The short term problems of quitting are nothing compared to the long term cost of not quitting.
And speaking of costs, both of these habits are very expensive.  Use that to motivate you! Save the money you would have spent for cigarettes or tanning, and have a vacation! Or a skin treatment to undo some of the damage!  Or buy a fancy treat! 

You’ll notice I didn’t address alcohol yet. I don’t drink. At all. That said, many people do. A drink or two occasionally won’t really do much damage, so you don’t have to abstain entirely unless you want to. That said, drinking too much (and too much is probably less than you’re thinking it is) will affect your appearance.  That cliche of the drunk with the red nose? Yeah, that can happen. It damages your liver too, which prevents detoxification and can leave you looking sallow and greyish. Not pretty. Alcohol also dehydrates you, which deepens wrinkles and make your skin less plump. For your skin, happy hour is not so happy.It’s not the same level of damage you’d see with smoking or tanning, but it’s still hurting you. Remember too, anything that harms your skin is harming your hair too. A healthy scalp means healthy hair.
If you don’t believe me about the effects of alcohol on the skin, check out this article! Even knowing the effects I was still shocked how obvious the difference was when the woman in the article quit her “moderate” drinking habit for a month.

I know none of this is what you want to hear, and that giving up your addictions isn’t easy. I also know that deep down you know this is the truth.
Sorry.

In my next post I’ll tell you some important thangs you SHOULD be doing to have good skin and hair! (And you may not like those either…)

Workout update:
So the new workouts ramped up pretty quickly. I’m really sore in my shoulders and upper back, which has always been my weak spot so it’s a good sore. My nutritionist cancelled, so more on that next week.

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Workout two (well that escalated quickly…)

So I said yesterday that beginner workout 1 was pretty easy, right?
Workout 2 was a whole different thing. Ow.
After ten minutes (which is the whole workout since it’s based on Tabata intervals) I am sweaty and mildly out of breath, similar to walking a mile really fast. (Really fast for me is about 3.5-4 mph) Also, all the muscles I never use in my shoulders and chest are screaming, which is awesome because those are the muscles that contribute to good shoulder posture.
I’m trying the overnight fasting, and it’s actually fine as long as I eat decently at night. Today I am ravenous, but I can eat in a few minutes. Tomorrow I’ll remember not to snack at 11 pm…
So far, so good. Next workout is Friday, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

Workout number one…

So yesterday I did my first workout on this new program (home workout revolution) and it wasn’t very hard. That said, the intent of the beginning workouts seems to be insuring you are strong enough to do the regular workouts without hurting yourself and with good form. Today I’m supposed to do 30 mins of low intensity exercise,  so I’ll probably play DDR. (Which depending on my mood often isn’t very “low intensity” but whatever.) I will be showing the system to my nutritionist next Wednesday,  so I’ll let you know what she says about it sometime after that. 
The other thing I wanted to mention is that I’m going to start a series of posts on how to have good skin. Some of it may be surprising,  but most of it isn’t. (Yet most people don’t do it…) I don’t have any “quick fix” stuff for you, but in the long term it will help which is really the best way to go!

I’m supposed to be working on a paper right now, so I’m gonna get back to that.  (Do not want.) T~T

EDIT: Due to a comment that I don’t totally understand, I’m going to assume some people don’t know what I mean by DDR. Allow me to disambiguate. DDR stands for Dance Dance Revolution. It’s a Japanese dance-based game you play on a pad with buttons you step on. It has nothing to do with East Germany, peacekepping strategies, data storage, or the company with the same initials.

It’s been a while..

Thanks to school I haven’t posted anything in a really long time. I’m really sorry about that, and I’ll try to do better.
I’ve been trying to lose some weight I put on while stress-eating my way through projects, and to that end I just bought a new workout system to try. It’s called Home Workout Revolution, and it’s based on high intensity interval training. I have high hopes, but I also have 60 days to ask for my money back.
My plan is to blog about the experience both for accountability and because it’s useful for anyone considering buying the same system. I will NOT be talking about diet, and will try to avoid things that might be triggers. I am 100% anti-eating disorder, and my plan is to get healthier with thinner as a side effect. I also intend to discuss the plan with my nutritionist, my doctor, and a personal trainer.
There is a “diet plan” included,  but it’s more along the lines of diet as a term for everything you eat than a restricted calorie system. The “diet” is just eat things with as few ingredients as possible, mostly vegetables, in reasonable amounts, and leave a 12 hour gap between dinner and breakfast. Pretty reasonable. Plus you get a “cheat meal” weekly and periodically having a treat is totally fine.
As for the workouts, I’ll be starting on Monday and I’ll let you know! I’ll also post a “before picture” and measurements to check results. HOWEVER, unlike most before and after pics, I will be taking each picture in the same clothes, lighting, and position so it will be accurate. 
Hopefully I can find some beauty stuff to blog about too, but for now this should be interesting.
So far-
The positive:
Non-diety diet guide
No gym membership
No equipment needed
I don’t have to leave the house
I don’t have to jog. (I’m not a runner)
Relatively inexpensive ($27)
Downloadable content (no shipping, instant access)
Money back guarantee
Workouts are short (20 min or less)

Negative:
Looks pretty hard
Might not work as described

If anyone has tried this workout system, let me know what you thought and whether it worked for you!