Fitness & Vanities

Lessons From A Breather


Howdy y’all! πŸ˜‰

I’m fresh back from a well-appreciated, 1 1/2 week holiday – which effectively gave me a break from everything πŸ˜€ I love it when this happens because I always come back with a handful of mini resolutions or mini challenges for better living πŸ‘πŸ» Like …

… increasing fiber intake:

Most often while on a holiday I allow myself to completely slack off on any fitness & nutrition guidelines I have set for myself. I’m not active & I eat everything I want.

I then get bloated and constipated and then become hyper-critical about my “self-consciously gigantic” midsection each time I catch a glimpse of it on any type of reflective surface. 😢 😢 (Come now, don’t tell me you haven’t done this yourself! 😊 😊)

Instead of countering this with mad eye-make up skills to bring everyone’s (imagined) focus up instead of on my midsection, of course all that’s really required (once I stop the exaggerated reaction) is to be mindful of my fiber and water intake.

Challenge #1: add more fiber to my life (interpret in more ways than one πŸ˜‰)


As usual, I buy a couple of books from an airport bookstore because, although I have a Kindle, nothing beats the high of burying my nose amongst the pages of an actual, physical book. (Yes, I don’t read it I just smell it!πŸ˜†Β πŸ˜†). One of these books had this reminder/challenge #2 for me:

Increase movement throughout the day.

Also to be read as: beware sitting on your bum for long, uninterrupted stretches of time. (Calling out all fellow yarnies! πŸ˜†)

Because apparently, doing so significantly decreases our lifetime. In fact, uninterrupted bum time is more lethal than an addiction to smoking. Think about that! o_O



Coconut Oil-Will-Save-the-World

My mom is 69 years old. The last time I saw her was during the Christmas holidays, on this visit however, I was amazed. Her face was brighter, even toned with a hint of pinkish glow, and somehow less wrinkly (if that is at all possible) πŸ’

She truthfully looked younger than last I saw her, we all noticed! When I complimented her on it, she said she started using extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) on her face upon advise from her sister.

I also had coffee with a good friend who, as it happens, carries a vial of EVCO in her bag wherever she goes. She poured a tablespoon of the liquid into her coffee without batting an eyelash and, at my surprise, rattled off the billion and one uses for EVCO, and credits it for her beautiful & abundant mane and flawless complexion.

Conclusion: the coconut universe is conspiring for me! πŸ˜„ πŸ˜„ I’m reading up on the billion and one usages for EVCO right now and …

Challenge #3: … will use it to replace my 4-step nightly face cleansing ritual.

I want to see if it will work for me too πŸ˜€ I’ll let you know how it goes after a month or so.


And that is all for now. (Yay!)

How about you, any healthy resolutions you’ve taken up recently? Let me know! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

27 thoughts on “Lessons From A Breather”

  1. I’ll vote for the benefits of coconut oil too. You can rub it on your skin at night and then just sort of steam it off with a face cloth squeezed out in hot water. My health resolution right now is to get stronger and build muscle and I’ve started weight training again. Feels so good when I do it but I tend to be inconsistent.

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    1. I know! I tried it for the first time last night and that warm wash cloth just feels so relaxing πŸ˜€

      Good luck on your weight training – that’s definitely a great health resolution πŸ™‚ I had trouble at the start too, but that’s usually the case when you take on something new. My tip: find ways to make it a path of least resistance and, definitely make it fun πŸ˜€

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  2. People, teach me the ways of the coconut oil! I want to know from people who have done it and not the interwebs full of lies and false advertising! TEACH ME!

    As for goals – knock out my boxing coach.

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  3. Coconut oil really is amazing! You can find really cool “recipes” for handmade beauty product using coconut oil. My favourite is a scrub mixing coffee, sugar and coconut oil πŸ‘Œit’s awesome!

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  4. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO)… I’ll have to give that a try!
    Right now, my goal is to continue taking care of my broken foot until it is fully healed. I’ve graduated to an ankle brace, instead of the big clumsy boot, and continuing the exercise routine as described on my blog. I’m drinking milk and taking vitamins to help the healing process. Goal: Get better and back to normal ASAP.

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Debbie ❀ ❀ And not just on this one but on many other previous undertakings of mine πŸ™‚ It's always a bright day whenever you leave a footprint on my blog.

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  5. Someone said to be careful of clogging the bathroom sink drain. I was wondering if the scrub used in the shower would clog drain. I have to think ahead since I have old plumbing. That is the only thing holding me back from layering on the coconut oil!

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    1. I’m not really convinced coconut oil can clog drains because if we use hot water and flush it down the tubes right after wouldn’t it loosen the coagulated oils and carry it along? Or not give the oils the chance to coagulate in the first place?

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      1. I leave a small container and a spoon next to my bed so I can do it in the morning whilst getting dressed. It’s hard with a bubba as I have to wait until after she uses the potty as I usually need to talk &/or read to her. If I can do it you can too. Try it for 21 days. Then it’ll become a habit. A healthy habit 😊

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