Current favorites: February 2015

It’s favorites time again, here’s what made the cut this month.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette & Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: I can thank these two products for making my skin look good, if I’ve ever gotten a comment about how my skin looks it’s because I’ve used these during my foundation routine. They are my go-to primer and finishing powder anytime I use foundation.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Warm Me Up: This is a forever favorite, but I found myself grabbing this often, especially when I was in a rush. It’s just a beautiful nude shade and it’s so easy to wear. It’s a crème finish so it’s especially forgiving during the winter months.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 HR Blush in Exposed: This is another easy product that I love, it’s a pinky nude shade that I just can’t go wrong with when I don’t know what else to wear. It also has great lasting power, I’ve never done a whole 12 hours, but for my usual 9-10 hours of makeup wear it holds up well.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer: I reached for this most of the time I wore foundation this month, it just gives you that natural, but perfect skin look. It takes more finessing, but I also don’t need to worry about covering up any blemishes or discoloration after application. Love it.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster: This serum has truly made my skin better ever since I started using it last year. I honestly don’t think I can be without it anymore. My skin is just brighter, more even, and I actually think it has helped to lessen my breakouts. I’m planning on posting an updated skincare routine soon since I’ve been consistently using all the products and I’m really happy with how my skin has looked lately.

What were your favorites this month?

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What I keep on my vanity.

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I’d been seeing a few posts of people sharing their vanity & makeup organization lately, and since I already shared my ‘top drawer’ I figured I should show you what’s on mine. I remember a beauty YouTuber, I think it was Ingrid Nilsen, was sharing her mirrored jewelry armoire and the minute I saw it I knew I wanted it. It’s just beautiful. When I was at the store checking it out I saw the matching vanity, which of course is also just as pretty, but I knew I’d have to wait on it. At the time I was using a table we’d picked up at Walmart (I actually think it was meant to be a console table) because when we were living in our apartment, M (my husband, then fiancé) was sick of watching me drag all my makeup to our dining room and having to prop a mirror on a couple of boxes to do my makeup. Towards the last year in our apartment we ended up getting this vanity because I knew I wanted to start getting more furniture pieces that would last and that we could eventually bring to our new home. I don’t have a great organization system going, but here’s what I keep on top.

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On the right I have all my hair products (hairspray, dry shampoo, etc) and in a container I have my brush, teasing comb, hair ties, and some hair clips. Mixed in there are my makeup setting sprays and other face products. I don’t really mind that they’re mixed together because I can still find everything quite easily.

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Next to that is the mirror I’d prop on some books to get it to the right height to do my makeup. It still comes in handy and I use it everyday when I need a closer view of what I’m doing.

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My brushes are separated into two of cups with a black & white striped pattern I got when Missoni did a collaboration with Target. It’s should be face brushes in one and eyes in the other, but it never quite stays that ways. I keep my eye and lip pencils and tweezers in a silver cup that’s probably supposed to be for pens and pencils or for the bathroom. It does the job. I also have my beautyblender that I keep on it’s original container and my Ecotools bronzer brush that I use if I need to blend out my bronzer or blush.

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Lastly, I got this small mirrored tray at Urban Outfitters to keep my perfumes, but honestly I rarely wear fragrances. I have two, Chanel Chance for the spring/summer (also what I wore when I got married) and Chloe for the fall/winter. I usually only use them for special occasions. The other fragrance is a body spray from Victoria’s Secret that I stole from my sister. Since there’s space, I put my Hourglass Veil Primer on there as well, along with the travel sized Caudelie spray. I don’t use that much either and it didn’t do much for me, but I want to use it up. And there’s a sample hair oil on there just to remind me that I need to try it (obviously not working since it’s still not opened). I also keep a pack of baby wipes there for any on the spot makeup removal.

That’s about it! I keep the rest of my makeup in a plastic, 5-drawer compartment at the side of the vanity since there’s not much storage other than the drawer. I wish it were something nicer, but it works for what I need.

What do you keep on your vanity?

One day in six.

Another full day, just wanted to share. 🙂

1. Up and ready early this morning for a 9:30 AM play date. I usually don’t bring Ava out until the afternoon and we have a bit of a lazy morning in our PJs together, but this time worked best for everyone (and most importantly naptime!). I threw on my J.Crew pixie pants, an H&M striped sweater, and this Gap hooded best that’s lined with fur and is so cozy.

2. We went to a toddler indoor playground where there was tons of toys for the kids to play. It’s funny, whenever we bring the kids to play together they end up hanging out for a second, then going their separate ways. They’re in the 14-16 month range so it’s more parallel play than anything else.

3. During Lent I don’t eat meat on Fridays, so I had hard boiled eggs with my salad instead. I like to keep them around in general as a quick snack too! I’m going to get some veggie burgers next time I’m out as another option as well. I also love avocados with my salads, this one was finally ripe enough to eat.

4. All the posts about the new NYX lip products finally got to me and I decided to bring Ava with me to Ulta in the afternoon (we did something she wanted to do this morning so it was only fair). Ulta is a little out of the way and there was already a little traffic on the road, but she was a trooper. She’s not a car seat fan so anything longer than 20 minutes and she’s getting antsy. I think it will help when we front face her car seat, but we’re waiting until she’s two years old per the current safety recommendations. Anyway, I picked up the NYX stuff and a couple of other items, one of which I’m so excited about! It’s not a super new release, but I’ve been wanting it for awhile.

5. Ugh, Ava was having a Jammy Sammy for a snack and Benji came and snatched it! He left a trail of guilty crumbs on the couch and his face. And a mess for me to clean up, of course.

6. Working on my current favorites of February to post up tomorrow!

Hope you all had a great start to the weekend, I know we did! 🙂

Coral crush.

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I was in the mood for color today, and the usual place for that in my case is my lips. But, I didn’t want the usual pink or red today. I rummaged through the lip drawer of my makeup storage and picked up Coralberry, a Revlon creme lipstick. I got it during a summer when I was obsessed with coral and orange toned lips and blush. So I decided to go with it, since for once I’m dying for some summer heat. It’s a beautiful orange pink color that reminds me of a tropical vacation.

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I used it sheerly over my Tony Moly Lip Balm, I actually like it best that way. I kept with the kind of orangey tones and used Incandescent Electra from the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette (a peachy color) on my cheeks and jezebel from the Stila Nouveau Natural Palette, a coppery shimmer, on my lids.

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I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this and all my other coral lipsticks a lot when summer hits and again, I can’t wait!

I know it’s early, but what’s your go-to summer lip color?

One day in six.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, here’s a quick peek into my day.

1. Trying out a new eyeliner today. So far not bad, but my full review will follow.

2. Had one of those days where I just wasn’t happy with what I was wearing. So I changed my top 3 times until I was satisfied, these were the rejects.

3. We tried a new Vietnamese restaurant for lunch. I haven’t had pho in way too long and was having a major craving. This place is definitely going to be our new spot.

4. Got Benji groomed today and he came home rocking a St. Paddy’s Day scarf!

5. Got home, put Ava in her crib to nap and sat on the couch in silence with my go-to healthy snack. I used to always have the TV on in my previous life, becoming a mom has made me appreciate the true meaning of peace and quiet.

6. That lasted about 10 minutes before I threw a load of laundry into the washer then collected makeup brushes to clean. It was good while it lasted.

What did you do today?

Another day to night outfit & my take on the ‘hair tuck’ trend.

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I thought I’d do another ‘day to night’ outfit because it’s pretty much what I always do if I know I’m going out later that night, unless I’m wearing sweats all day or I’m going somewhere that requires something a little fancier. It’s always nice to have ideas to change up an outfit so you don’t actually have to change. I brought Ava to storytime at the library today and threw on some distressed jeans, a black V-neck, and my grey Ugg boots. This was the first time I broke out the Uggs this season, I’ve worn Uggs since college, but lately I’m just not that into them. But, I do have to say they are comfy & warm. I wore my chucks the other day and I swear I think my feet almost froze walking from the car into the store. Plus, I got these recently after returning the same pair that ripped down the back seam (Nordstrom has the best customer service & return policies) so I figured I might as well wear them before winter is over. I added a light grey scarf to warm up the deep V of the sweater and I was done.

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Banana Republic black boyfriend fit V-neck, Mossimo for Target distressed jeans. On left, grey short Ugg boots & Forever 21 grey scarf. On right, patent black CL 85mm Pigalle pumps.

To make the outfit more ‘night’, I switched out the boots for some classic black patent heels and added a pair of more dramatic earrings. I made the V-neck a little more off the shoulder and switched out my lighter fringed scarf for a knitted grey infinity one. I just like the softness of the scarf for this night out look. I skipped any other jewelry (other than my wedding band), I thought the earrings on their own were enough.

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Forever 21 gold drop earrings (old)

The ‘hair tuck’ trend is big right now, where you keep your hair tucked into your sweater after putting it on. I like the easy, carefree look it gives, but I feel weird keeping my hair tucked into my sweaters. Mainly because the sensation of my hair on my back is bothersome. And it works better with a turtleneck or a higher neckline. Alternatively, I like to get the look by keeping my hair tucked into my scarf, and to me it just feels like a more natural thing to do. It’s so automatic to immediately pull my hair out from my sweater when I get dressed, but when I wrap a scarf I usually just let my hair stay tucked in anyway.

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What’s your take on the ‘hair tuck’? Is it a do or a don’t?

Using eyeshadow for a softer cat eye.

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I think a bold cat eye is appropriate any time of the day, but sometimes you might want to take it down a notch. Using eye shadow can soften up the look, especially if you want to try out a cat eye, but aren’t used to the darker look of gel or liquid eye liner. It’s also an easy way to practice getting that feline flick with an angled brush and eye shadow, which is much more forgiving. I always keep a spray bottle with just plain water on my vanity, to either use for using an eye shadow as an eyeliner, bringing out the intensity of a metallic shadow, toning down the look of a matte powder, or to quickly dampen my beauty blender. I know a lot of people use the MAC Fix +, but I’ve never tried it as this method works well enough for me and it’s basically free.

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I choose the dark brown shadow from my Stila Nouveau Natural Eye Shadow Palette to do my liner today, all I did was spray the angled brush and dip it into the eyeshadow before using it to line my upper lash line as usual. Be sure to remove any excess water from the brush so it’s not too wet to dilute the color. It’s so easy to get a cat eye with the straight edge of the angled brush, and you can really control how thin you want the ‘flick’ to look. After it’s dried to soften it up even more, I smudge a little of a lighter brown shadow along the top edge of the line. You still get nice definition at the lash line and the cat eye look, but it’s a little less ‘in you face’ for days when you want to keep your makeup look on the lighter side.

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Do you prefer a bolder or softer cat eye?

Get to know me tag!

I’ve been seeing this tag circulate around lately, most recently from V of Say Hello to Gorgeous. She has an awesome blog of all things beauty and fashion, which I’m sure you already know! I love reading these so much that I decided to go ahead and steal it from her (thank you!). It’s always nice getting to know everyone here a bit more.

Do You Have a Middle Name? Yup! I don’t know if this is just a Filipino thing, but when you get married your maiden name becomes your middle name. So my old last name is now my middle name.

What Was Your Favorite Subject in School? I feel like it was so long ago I don’t even remember! I’m gonna go with English.

What’s Your Favorite Drink? I drink water the most out of everything, but my true favorite would currently be the tiramisu latte from Starbucks. It’s like eating a piece of tiramisu, amazing.

What’s Your Favorite Song at the Moment? Blank Space. I still can’t get enough. 

What Would You Name Your Children? Ava of course! But, if we had another girl I’ve already decided on Grace (I told my husband this and he said, “What girl?” Can you tell he’s hoping for a boy next?). For a boy, it’s a toss up.

Do You Participate in Any Sports? If you consider chasing a toddler around all day a sport.

What’s Your Favorite Book? Little Women.

Favorite Color? Blue.

What’s Your Favorite Animal? Polar bears. Seeing baby polar bears just warms my heart.

What’s Your Favorite Perfume? I’ll say Chanel Chance because I wore it on my wedding, but honestly I’m not that into perfume. 

What’s Your Favorite Holiday? Christmas, I love it.

Have You Graduated From High School? Yes.

Have You Been Out of the Country? Yes, I was born in the Philippines and have lived in Sicily and Japan. Ex-Navy brat here.

Do You Speak Any Other Languages? I wish!

Do You Have Any Siblings? An older brother and younger sister.

What’s Your Favorite Store? Zara.

What’s Your Favorite Restaurant? That’s a tough one! I can’t say that I have a fave, there are too many good places I love.

Do You Like School? Yes, I think about going back all the time. 

Who Are Some of Your Favorite Youtubers? Claire, Judy, & Vivianna are the ones that come to mind first.

What’s Your Favorite Movie? Pretty Woman & Sleepless in Seattle, it’s a toss up.

What Are Some of Your Favorite TV Shows? The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, How to Get Away with Murder.

PC or Mac? PC, but thinking about making the switch. I don’t know why, but the thought scares me.

How Tall Are You? 5’3″

Any Pets? Yes, I have a dog named Benji. He’s a Maltese-Poodle mix.

Anyway, I hope you all are having a great day! If you haven’t done this yet, please do because I’d love to read your answers.

 

My ‘top drawer’ makeup.

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I try to keep my most reached for makeup in the top drawer (actually it’s the only drawer) of my vanity and the other day I realized it was getting a little crazy in there. Like I could barely get it closed crazy. So I buckled down for a major clean out and I wanted to share the items that made the cut.

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Of course the first item I’m going to mention is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and I don’t actually keep it in the drawer, it’s on top of my vanity (whatever, close enough). It’s the best primer I’ve ever used, if you want to read my review you can find it here. I’m not attached to any specific liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer/etc at the moment, probably because I’ve been keeping it lighter lately, but if I’m in the mood I’ll use the Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer (also reviewed here). My skin has been behaving well lately, so I’ve been going more of the concealer + powder route. I have three that have been on rotation, the Nars Creamy Concealer (so good I have it in two shades, Ginger and Custard), Cle de Peau (review here), and the Maybelline Master Conceal (review here). The powder foundation I’ve fallen back in love with is the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus, this winter has really sucked the moisture out of my skin and I’ve been applying this lightly with a fluffy powder brush to give my skin a little bit of glow.

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I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette daily to set my under eye area (incandescent light) and the rest of my face (dim light) when I’m using liquid foundation, sometimes I use it over powder foundation as well. It brightens up my undereye area and dim light is seriously like a magic eraser for your imperfections. It blurs any acne scarring or discoloration on your skin, I see an immediate difference on application. If I want to warm up my skin a little then I use radiant light. The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow (review) is just the perfect everyday bronzer and highlight and because they’re in the same palette it’s just easy. I pop on the bronzer then move straight to the highlight and I’m good. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (review here) is just as amazing as it’s counterpart, all the blushes are beautiful and add a little glow to your face as well. And the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed is my go-to, no brainer blush during the fall/winter and it lasts well throughout the day.

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I won’t say more about the Stila Nouveau Natural Palette (review here) since it’s been featured heavily in my recent posts. The five MAC eyeshadows I have are Soft Brown, Wedge, Handwritten, Woodwinked, Twinks, Brule, and Rice Paper. Actually, the only reason I started buying MAC eye shadows is because my girlfriend gave me this 15 pan palette she didn’t want anymore and of course, I said, “Sure, why not?”, despite not having one MAC shadow. I’m so glad she did because Soft Brown is my most favorite transition color. It’s still my mission to fill up this palette, if you have any recommendations for me please share!

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In the brow realm, I’ve had the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ebony forever (I think they’ve actually repackaged it), and now that I use the Brow Wiz in Soft Brown I feel like it will last til eternity. I reach for it when I just want to fill my brows in quickly. I use the ABH Brow Gel in Brunette to balance out the darkness of my brows since dying my hair. And the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper (review here) comes to the rescue when I just want to get out the door or am just feeling lazy.

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No surprise that my most reached for lipsticks are all nudes, MAC Velvet Teddy, Nars Audacious in Anita and Barbara (reviews here & here), and Maybelline Color Sensational in Warm Me Up. If I just want a gloss, I love the NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu. And I always start my makeup routine with the Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm (review here).

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More eye stuff here, all of which I have blogged about (click on each if you want to more info): my Shiseido eyelash curler, Nars Pro-Prime, Wet n Wild single shadow in Brule, Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black, & L’Oreal Liquid Liner Pencil in Brown.

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Lastly, I have the Boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens which I use when I’m touching up if I’m going out for the night. It doesn’t happen a ton lately these days, but I like to have them on hand just in case.

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Today’s makeup was all from the top drawer, except for one product that I’m in the process of testing. It went so much faster since I didn’t have to sift through an overflowing drawer of makeup.

What are your ‘top drawer’ faves?

#mommyproblems: I’m 6 months post-partum and I’m still wearing maternity jeans!

I gained 37 pounds when I was pregnant with Ava. I was under the care of a midwife for much of my pregnancy (I highly recommend having a midwife if you’re a newly pregnant and debating it) and she said that I should gain between 25-35 pounds. So I was a little over the mark, but not much. Ava was a peanut when she was born, just an ounce shy of 6 pounds. So I couldn’t blame a ton of my weight gain on her. Those early months were so crazy and I was so sleep deprived that I can’t really remember how much I lost right away. And I wasn’t really worried about losing weight, I was breastfeeding and I figured it would come off with time. I also wanted to maintain my supply, so I always made sure to eat throughout the day.

Whoever said breastfeeding burns a million calories and you’ll be back to your post-baby weight with no problems LIED. Okay, I know that’s the case for some women, but not all. And I was only able to nurse for about 3 months before making the switch to formula and at that point I’d lost almost 20 pounds. I was still knee deep in dealing with my adorable, but high needs baby, so again I didn’t put much thought into it. I also didn’t really change my eating habits. I never took advantage of the fact that I was pregnant and “eating for two”, but I didn’t deprive myself. I kind of kept on the same eating track after Ava was born because it was easier. But for the 3 months after I stopped nursing, my weight didn’t change. And I was still wearing my maternity jeans. I tried to put on a pair of my more roomy pre-preggo jeans and I couldn’t even get them up my thighs. Then during the summer, a friend was home visiting and well all met up with our kiddos. She takes lots of pictures and after looking at them, I realized I needed to make a change. I pretty much looked like I did when I was pregnant, minus the basketball under my shirt. I was using the fact that it was summer and I could just wear loose-fitting dresses to keep me from really having to take my weight loss seriously.

I mean, let’s be real, vanity definitely factored into this equation. As well as not wanting to have to replace all my clothes (I could barely fit my arms into certain blouses, let alone the pants). I’m not that tall (5’3″), so even just a few pounds shows pretty quickly on me. And really, I was eating terribly. I also have bad knees (I’ve already had one knee surgery and no, I don’t play sports or anything) and any extra weight does nothing but exacerbate the issue. I started trying to diet like I would have in the past, but it didn’t make a difference. I think getting older and my pregnancy just changed my body. Then I went to a get together with some of my old coworkers and one of them looked great, he was never very heavy to begin with, but he just looked leaner. We got into a conversation about what he was doing and he introduced me to Advocare. A couple of weeks later, my husband and I started the ’24 Day Challenge’ and at the end of it, I’d lost 8 pounds. I continued to eat according to the program (with some occasional indulgences due to the holidays) and towards the end of last year I had lost 8 more. I don’t weigh myself on a regular basis unless I’m actively trying to lose weight so I have no idea how much I weigh now. All I know is that my clothes are still fitting so I’m sure I’m hovering in the same place give or take a pound or two.

I think doing Advocare was the jump start I needed to start losing weight. I needed that structure and regimen to get things going and afterwards, I felt like I had the tools I needed to maintain my weight loss. I do still use some of their products and I’m not quite at my ideal weight yet because there are a couple of items that don’t fit quite the way they used to. I never really weighed myself regularly pre-pregnancy so I don’t even know what that goal weight is. But, I do plan on doing another challenge within the next few months to see if I can get there.

I wanted to share some tips that I learned from my post-partum weight loss journey that I hope others might find to be helpful.

1. Have a plan. Duh, Captain Obvious right? Well honestly, I thought I had a plan with my attempts to lose weight before discovering Advocare and it got me nowhere. What I mean is, have a well-defined plan, including what you’re going to eat, when you’re going to eat, and how much. The best part about the program was that we had a daily schedule of meals and snacks and all I had to do was go through the day and check off that I had what was planned as the day went on. This is key when you have ‘mommy brain’ and can barely remember what day it is. I knew exactly what I needed to eat for the day, everyday for 24 days. There are plenty of different programs out there to choose from, pick what you think will work best for you and one you can stick to.

2. Get a buddy. Support is key, you need to have someone talk you down when your cravings kick in. And if you have a roommate/significant other/whoever with whom you share a lot of meals with then ideally this person can join you in your weight loss/health goals. There’s nothing harder than watching someone eat your guilty pleasures while you’re not. My husband was all for losing the sympathy pounds he put on during my pregnancy and it was so helpful to have him keep me on track.

3. Drink water like there’s about to be a drought. You’ll be in the bathroom every hour on the hour, but it’s worth it. The eating schedule actually also included when and how much water to drink, and I gotta say I’ve never drank so much water in my life! I won’t go into all the health benefits of this, but it’ll keep you from having any unnecessary water retention and sometimes when you’re hungry you’re really just thirsty (who knew?).

4. Meal prep. Every Sunday my husband would get groceries for the week and I’d prep salads for lunch for at least 2-3 days. I’d make extra lean protein at dinner so we could use it for the next days lunch. I had a handful of recipes I’d use and put on repeat. I never had to worry about what we’d eat the next day because I had my repertoire of meals, honestly I think that’s key. I know, how boring right? But really, it gives you less room for error. Just keep it simple.

5. Cut the gluten, dairy, and salt. Don’t worry it’s not forever! I think in the beginning it’s important to do so. You’re basically just eating really clean, nothing processed and loaded with preservatives. It’s like a reboot for your system, you get all the junk out so you can really reap the benefits of all the good stuff you’re putting in. Instead of the typical starch we’d normally have, we’d have brown rice or a sweet potato. Salt can obviously cause bloating, but dairy can also cause swelling in some people so in the beginning it’s best to cut it out. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can. For me, a life without cheese would be a very sad one indeed.

6. Eat every 2-3 hours. Don’t give your body a chance to get so hungry that you’re scoping out the vending machines. Have healthy snacks on hand and don’t skip a snack because you weren’t hungry! You will be later and you’ll be more apt to slip if you are.

7. Have a plan B. For me this was the Advocare shakes that I still have for breakfast every morning. Maybe you have a meal replacement bar instead. Whatever it is, keep it handy as well. Days when I had to bring Ava to a ped appointment close to lunch time, the shakes really came in handy because I could quickly make them and drink it on the road. They also fulfill my chocolate cravings because it’s like having a chocolate shake for breakfast. If you have something to fall back on, you’ll be less likely to be pulling up to the drive-thru.

8. Get all the junk food out of your house! Don’t let it sit there and taunt you. Just get rid of it, the less temptation the better. And you won’t find yourself standing in front of the pantry wasting time staring at food you shouldn’t be eating anyway.

9. Weigh yourself regularly. Whether it’s daily or weekly, do what works for you to stay motivated. My husband did daily, I did weekly. Guys lose weight so much faster, for him daily was like instant gratification. For me, it would have been like, “I’m giving up chips for this?! Nothing’s happening!” I was seeing more changes doing weekly weigh-ins and it prevented a lot of discouragement.

10. Don’t just rely on the scale. Do body measurements or pick a pair of jeans you’re getting close to fitting into. Sometimes they’re better indicators of weight loss than the scale. Who cares how much you weigh as long as you’re back into your jeans that don’t have the elastic panel?

I’m sure you’ve heard all these tips before, but they work! I want to do a separate post about how I’ve been keeping off what I lost. I still have my ups and downs like anyone else, but I’ve been staying pretty steady thus far. The biggest benefit that came from this, other than getting back into my Hudson jeans is that I actually feel better. My energy is up and I’m not so sluggish throughout the day which is awesome when you have to keep up with a 14 month old! Anyway, I hope you found this helpful and good luck with your weight loss goals!

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A picture of me at 6 months post-partum & right after Ava turned a year old. Sorry, these were the best pictures I could find to illustrate, but I think you can see the change in my face.