Hi I’m Jamie! I love talking about beauty, fitness, and all things involving a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let this fool you, I still like to enjoy the not-so-healthy things in life too. That is what this blog is all about. Lately I’m trying to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle that includes healthy foods and working out but also leaves room for going out and enjoying some cocktails with my friends and my favorite foods (ahem nachos and most things involving melted cheese).
Beauty: I’m constantly on the hunt for the BEST products and I love trying new things. Some products I’m always looking for are undereye concealor (although the one I’m using lately is really good!), hair removal products (dark hair/light skin combo is NOT good for this), and the perfect nude/pinky/peachy lip gloss. I also love skincare products but am a little pickier with trying these. I don’t like to change my products around too much or change more than one thing at a time so that I can find out what does and does not work for me. I find as I’m getting older (eep!) my skin is a little more finnicky than it used to be.
Health and Fitness: I was pretty active my whole life with dance and pretty much ate whatever I wanted. Everyone hits that age in puberty where you start to become unhappy with your body. I think age 12 began my very strong dislike for my thighs. I’m a total pea r shape and hold the majority of my weight in my thighs and butt. But I danced and also started working out while I was in college so I would say I was in pretty good shape and happy with my body.
Fast forward to a couple of years out of college and having a full-time job. It’s not that I gained a ton of weight but it was creeping on and I was finding it harder to keep my body where I wanted it to be. For a few years I was on a vicious cycle of : come January I would say to myself “you have to get in shape for summer!” So I would start eating better and working out and lose a bit of weight, maintain through the summer, then come fall I would start slacking and inevitably by January be back where I was the previous January. Granted this may have been only 5-10 pounds heavier but being only 5’2″ and carrying most of my weight in my lower body it was obvious.
Well I’m happy to say that from last January through to now I lost about 10 pounds (I think I was at my heaviest then) and have been maintaining. What I’m trying to focus on now is body recomposition-gaining muscle while losing fat. The truth is I don’t really care how much I weigh. I know I will never be at a super low weight and that’s OK but I want to look as good as I possibly can.
I am now in the middle of The New Rules of Lifting for Women program and I LOVE it. I’m getting stronger and leaner and I’m not hungry all the time. The plan recommends you eat at your maintenance level which for me means 1,800 on non-lifting days and 2,100 on lifting days and that you eat one pound of protein for every pound on body weight, and a bit more on lifting days. I know this sounds like a lot but because I love to eat so much I do sometimes find it hard to even stick to this! I was counting pretty strictly when I first started then wasn’t counting so accurately but was still doing OK. For now I am back to counting because I want to see if this truly is my maintenance calories and if I can get where I want to be by eating at this caloric level. I’d like to be able to eat as much as possible while having my body be where I want it to be!
I also recently cut wheat out of my diet. I suffer from chronic sinusitus and sinus infections and after getting 3 sinus infections in the span of 4 months I finally get food allergy testing done. Turns out I’m allergic to chicken (!), eggs, wheat, oats, and rye. I did an elimination diet and don’t think that chicken affects my sinuses. However when I eat wheat products I definitely notice a difference. I’m not yet sure about the eggs, oats, and rye so will continue to just see how things go. For now I will not be eating wheat on a regular basis, but on occasion when I really, really want something.
I actually do not find it that hard because I’ve cut white flour products out of my diet on and off for awhile. I will say that eliminating white flour helps me immensely. I was told in the past by a Dr. that I had fibromyalgia but because this is so hard to diagnose I’m still not completely sure I have it. I suffered for awhile with chronic fatigue and some joint pain and still do sometimes but I find that living more healthfully helps these symptoms.
I hope the things I talk about in this blog will help someone and also help keep me focused!