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A Day In The Life 9.10.14

Still loosely following the September Blogging Challenge!

7:30am - Alarm goes off.  Groan and hit snooze, per usual.

7:40am – My husband is particularly chatty this morning.  I lay in bed and we talk about who is going to pick up my mother-in-law’s puppy from doggy day care, what we should eat for dinner and how he woke me up taking antacids at 2 in the morning…you know, normal stuff.  I spent too much time talking so I don’t have time to make breakfast before leaving for the office.

8:30am – Arrive at work.  Snack on grapes and have coffee to prevent my stomach from freaking out.  I’m usually a wake up and eat immediately person.

9:00am – Have a client meeting first thing this morning.  Spend about an hour with them and send them off with their documents.

10:15am – Finally have a break to heat up a breakfast burrito.  I had this one from PJ Organics for the first time.  It was really good!  I’ll buy it again in the future.

10:30am-1:00pm - Work (which obviously includes catching up on blogs/news)

1:00pm – Head home for lunch.  I’m so spoiled living 10  minutes away from my office and it is so nice to be able to come home and eat real food and lay on the couch in the middle of the day!  I had a leftover shrimp and noodle dish that my mother-in-law made that I bulked up with some raw spinach (eating my veggies!)

1:00pm-5:00pm – More work.  Have an initial client meeting at 3 p.m. and work on some things for probate.  Sip green tea throughout the afternoon.

5:45pm – Arrive home.  Take the puppy for a short walk.  Eat a chocolate coconut Luna bar for a snack and watch 2 episodes of Gilmore Girls (Obsessed.  Forever and always.  Also, did you hear the news?!?!?!)

8:00pm – Finally sit down for dinner.  On the menu: buffalo chicken burgers courtesy of whole foods, spicy sweet potato fries, and broccoli…which I burned so only ate 2 pieces of.

8:30pm – Collapse on the couch to watch Coffee Town for the third time.  It’s embarrassing how much I love this movie

9:45pm – Shower/get ready for bed

10:30pm – Lights out!

-Kyra

Summer Beauty Favorites

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Confession Time: I am addicted to hair/makeup videos on YouTube.

Confession Time (part 2): Getting married this summer gave me an excuse to spend an absurd amount of money on makeup and feel completely justified in doing so.

So, without further ado, let’s get into my faves!

1. MAC Fix+ Spray.  This is a setting spray that adds that “dewy” finish.  My skin is pretty oily in the summer so the dew occurs naturally, but this will continue to be a staple as we head into fall/winter and my skin gets dryer.  It works great as a setting spray, my makeup stayed put all day/night on my wedding day.  I also sometimes just spray this on my face when my skin looks dry and I’m wearing no makeup.  Great price too!

2. MAC Mineralize Skinfish in Cheeky Bronze.  I love this! I use this product as a blush, highlight (on cheekbones and inner corner) and also use it as eye shadow.  A very versatile product, especially for deeper skintones.

3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel.  Hands down my favorite concealer ever.  This is an awesome creamy, blendable formula (I apply it with my beauty blender).  I don’t think I’ll be trying a new concealer for a long while.

4. Amrezy Palette for Anastasia Beverly Hills. This was a post-wedding makeup purchase, but for such a beautiful palette priced at only $29, I had to pick it up.  I don’t think any palette has topped the LORAC Pro for me, but the colors in this palette are beautiful and unlike any others that I own.  The formula of the shadows are great and the design of the palette is perfect for travel!

5. GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment.  Let’s not even talk about the price on this stuff (I charged it to the game).  I discovered this mask while browsing in Sephora and picked it up based on the rave reviews online.  I bought it about a month before my wedding when my skin was going bananas due to stress.  I single handedly attribute having clear skin on my wedding day to this mask.  It is AMAZING. I used it 2-3 times per week leading up to the wedding, but now use it about once a week. If you struggle with acne I would get a sample of this at Sephora and see if it works for you!

That’s it for my summer beauty favorites! If you’re trying to step your makeup game up, check out my fave channels on YouTube

Nicole Guerriero

Jaclyn Hill

Teni Panosian (obviously a long-lost Kardashian)

Do you have any favorite beauty products to share?

Beauty trend you’re looking forward to for fall?  Personally, I can’t wait to break out my vampy lipsticks

Any cheekbone highlighters that you swear by for deeper skin tones? I’m on the hunt.

-Kyra

September Goals

 

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about my goals for the month of September.  Something about the start of fall and the “back to school” commotion got me thinking about goals.  I’ll  be honest, I’ve never been a huge goal setter, even though I know the benefits of writing things down and having visual reminders of what we want to accomplish.  I guess most of my life, up until recently, my goals were school, more school, and even more school, bar exam, get a job….then what?  Now that I’ve been employed in a legal job (thank goodness) for almost a year, I think now is a good time to evaluate some things I want to accomplish.

1. Make time to cultivate my creative side 

Let me just put this out there.  My job does not leave much room to be creative.  And now that the wedding is over, I’ve realized that I was using that as a creative outlet and I need to find other things to replace that.  For me, being creative can be a lot of things.  Some of the things I want to do are devote more time to blogging/writing.  I also want to make time to do more yoga.  I haven’t been since before the wedding and I always start to feel a little off-kilter if I don’t make time for a regular yoga practice.  Lastly, I want to continue reading for pleasure regularly.  I’ve done pretty good with this lately but I want to keep it up. If you’re on a Goodreads, add me (username Kyra SIms)!

2. Get back to regular exercise

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve exercised since getting married.  I’m not going to beat myself up about it; it was important to enjoy being a newlywed and soak up the time we spent going out to dinner and drinking too many glasses of champagne :)  I don’t regret it, and wouldn’t take it back, but it’s time to get back on track.  One of the big reasons (read: excuses) that I haven’t been working out regularly is because I’ve had analysis paralysis trying to find a new gym.  Since I moved across town, going to the gym I was working out at previously isn’t a realistic option since it takes me 25 minutes minimum to get there.  There’s a gym near our apartment that offers BodyPump classes (my absolute go-to group exercise class that I took while in law school) that I will most likely join.  It is so important for my mental and physical health to exercise regularly and I have to make time for it.

3. Eat more vegetables 

I do a pretty good job of making rough meal plans that I keep in mind when grocery shopping.  I’ve also done pretty decent at cooking at home during the week and going out only on the weekend.  But, I’ve definitely been slacking on my vegetable intake and I am going to try and be more conscious to include a vegetable in all of my lunches and dinners and one snack per day.

4.  Go on 2-3 walks per week

This goal might begin and end in September because winter in Michigan is coming (siighhhhhh).  But, my husband and I have been going on walks some evenings during the week and it has been so nice.  Talking about our days without the distraction of technology has been great for connecting after work.  Plus, the weather is still decent and fall is my favorite season.

5. Strive for balance

This will always be an ongoing goal, but life changes make it more difficult.  I could devote a whole blog post (let me know in the comments if you’d be interested) on how life has changed since getting married.  As I figure out my new identity as a wife, I also have to maintain/juggle my other relationships as a daughter, sister, aunt, employee, etc.  Equally as important I have to maintain and nurture the relationship I have with myself.  No easy task but something we all struggle with!

I think 5 goals is enough and attainable, nothing super lofty.  I should mention that if you’re a fellow blogger and looking for new content I was inspired to write this post from Girl Meets Life September Blogging Challenge.  Check it out! 

 

What are your goals for September?

Does the start of fall signify new beginnings for you?

Are you a frequent goal setter? If so, do you write them down, have a vision board, Pinterest board, etc?  Let me know in the comments!

 

-Kyra

My Straight Hair Routine!

So, I know I promised you guys a straight hair routine after posting my curly hair routine (check that out if you haven’t already!).  I think styling my hair curly or straight takes about the same amount of time initially, but when wearing it straight I don’t worry too much about upkeep until my next wash, unlike with curly hair.  Anyway, here are the deets!

Clarifying

Anytime I plan on using heat on my hair, I know I need to clarify.  I still stay away from shampoos containing sulfates.  I usually use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle to shampoo and then follow up with a very basic ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) mix to make sure my hair is squeaky clean without using detergents! My ACV mix is about 1-2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with ~1 cup of filtered water.  I put this in an applicator bottle and spray it onto my hair and scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

Detangling

This step is the same as my curly hair routine, but I don’t divide my hair into sections as I’m not doing as intense of a detangling.  I use Herbal Essences “Hello Hydration,”Aussie “Moist,” or Trader Joe’s “Nourish Spa” and a wide tooth comb to gently remove any knots.

Deep Conditioning

If I’m straightening my hair I use one of my more high-end products to deep condition.  I don’t know if it actually makes a difference but it makes me feel better! Right now I’m using It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask that I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack.  I apply product LIBERALLY and sit under my hooded dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing.

Blow-Drying

Before blow drying I section my hair off in about 8-10 sections and apply a light leave in conditioner/pre-blow dry product/heat protectant.  Right now I alternate between HealthySexyHair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In ,Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, and Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray.  I want to emphasize that I don’t use much product when I do this, as I find I get the best end-result when I don’t use much product when flat-ironing my hair (which is the complete opposite of what I do with my curly hair!).  After applying a leave-in I blow dry on high speed, medium heat.  I used to use a blow-dryer with a comb attachment, but now I just use a brush to avoid the blow dryer coming into direct contact with my hair.

Flat Ironing

When I finish blow-drying I section my hair again, in roughly the same size sections as before blow drying.  I then further divide each section into smaller pieces and only flat iron my hair in about 1/2 inch chunks.  I use a Babybliss Nano Titanium flat iron that I love and was recommended by my hair stylist when I still lived in D.C.  I’ve tried using the “chase method” (check it out on YouTube if you don’t know what I’m talking about), but I haven’t really gotten the hang of it.  I usually just revert to how I’ve always flat ironed my hair, meaning that I NEVER get my hair bone straight, it always has some type of curl at the end, which is fine with me!  Here are a couple pics of my straight hair…

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bachelorette party!

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engagement photo :)

Maintenance

 Since I always end up with some type of curl in my hair, to preserve my hair overnight for the first few days I usually pin curl my hair.  Once the curls wear themselves out I wrap it at night until I decide to wash my hair.  If my ends start to feel dry I use a very light-weight oil (right now it’s Grapeseed oil) but only on the ends before tying it up at night.

satin bonnet FTW

Straight Hair and Working Out

I’ll be honest with you, I definitely consider the intensity of my workouts when I’ve put in all that effort to straighten my hair! For the first few days I will limit myself to yoga, weights, light cardio on the elliptical. or a routine I can do at home with a scarf on my head! After a few days I usually get over it and go back to my normal more high intensity routine and just wear my hair in a bun or a ponytail until my next wash day.

 

I hope this was helpful for you! If you have any questions or comments about my straight hair routine leave them below! And please comment with any new hair products you’ve been loving…I’m a product junkie.

-Kyra

Weight Loss Talk: The 80/20 Rule Is Real

They say you can’t out-train a bad diet and I wholeheartedly believe that statement is true.

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As of late, I’ve realized that for the past months, my food intake has not been so great. I’ve had too many cheat meals or fell off the fitness train (worked out inconsistently) or drank a lil too much wine or Heineken. My progress was so sloooooow. For a time, I was worried that my metabolism was destroyed or something from all my yo-yo eating habits. Then, about three and a half weeks ago, I really evaluated what I’ve been eating, especially since my workouts as of late have been pretty consistent. Finally, I decided:

“IF I DIDN’T COOK IT OR IF IT’S SUPER PROCESSED, I’M NOT EATING IT.”

This might sound drastic but it really hasn’t been. I’ve just been doing my version of clean eating and it helps me know exactly what I’m consuming. This means that I’ve been cooking a lot more. I cook on the weekends and I cook in bulk so that I have food to take to work EVERYDAY. I don’t play around with bringing my lunches/snacks and I have my handy dandy Trader Joe’s bag to prove it:

Trader Joes Bag

Verdict? I think it’s working so far! I lost 5 lbs the first week and 1 lbs last week ever since implementing this “program.” Also,  I’ve been able to see more cuts in my physique from all the weights I’ve been doing.  What do I eat?

Sample Meal Schedule.

Workout – 6:30AMish – 7:30AM

Breakfast 8:00AMish — 3/4 cup seasoned egg whites (I’ve been using fresh jalapenos, onions, bell peppers); Eziekiel bread (sesame seed is my current favorite); Strawberry protein smoothie on the go or 1/2 cup of oats + truvia + 1tbsp Peanut butter + Cinammon

Snack:  10AM ish– A serving of Almonds

Lunch: 12:30PMish—2 servings of seasoned chicken thighs + cup of brocolli

Snack: Whenever I’m hungry toward the end of the work day— Strawberries or a HEALTHY Trader Joe’s salad

Dinner: 7:00ish Turkey burger (bunless) with a salad and usually with a slice of cheese (sorry not cutting this out just yet)

Sleep: 10:00ish (this is vital so I included it, I sleep early because I wake up super early these days)

**Note, I switch my meals up but this is the most recent plan & I only drink water besides the smoothie I have for breakfast**

As for workouts, I am currently on Week 8 of the FitFreakProject. It’s going well and I have 4 weeks left. I’m excited to complete the program and to see how far I can push myself. And Saturdays are reserved for Bikram and I’ve been burning tons of calories every session. My goal is to just keep it up, be forgiving of myself when I slip up, and to get back on track ASAP. For example, I went to a family function this past weekend and there was a ton of RICE ( coconut rice, jellof rice, etc. p.s. I LOVE RICE) and other delicious high calorie foods. I gave myself some leeway to eat up, but I didn’t stuff my face.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call victory because I have a tendency to just binge out of control sometimes. The next day, I was back on point and on Monday, I was in the gym per usual. It was a great feeling to finally be able to jump back on track and not ruin my progress.

 

Thoughts? Do you believe in the 80/20 rule? Have your experiences with the rule been similar to mine? Share in the comments!

 

To Run Or Not to Run…

I was scrolling along, minding my business (well not really since I was on Facebook and everyone’s business is on there) when I saw a link to the “2014 Santa Clara Half Marathon & Faithful 5K.”050813-Levis-Header

I clicked some more and read:

The Inaugural Santa Clara ‘Red & Gold’ Half Marathon & Faithful 5K is scheduled for December 14, 2014 in Santa Clara. Join thousands of runners and faithful Niner fans to celebrate one of the greatest football teams in history! Our gridiron themed finish zone will provide a unique game day experience as you complete the race with friends, family, and fans cheering for you!

Registration Includes: A red & gold football jersey inspired tech shirt, a golden football helmet medal designed for champions + an official finishers certificate, chip timing and results, recovery refreshments, free photos, and an amazing running experience.

Say what?! Number one, I’m a die-hard 49ers fan so I already know that I will be involved with this race in some capacity. However, I just can’t decide which option I will be picking. And number two, Levi’s Stadium is like literally in my backyard; it took about 5 minutes to get there when I checked out my 49ers new digs with my family last weekend. Now, here’s my question…

Should I run a 5k again or go for the half marathon?! I wish that there was something in between like an 8 or 10 mile run, but nope. I have two options and I’ve got to pick one. I’ve been debating this for weekssss. Can I survive a half marathon? Will I pass out or just start crying midway? I don’t even like running, but I have the urge to challenge myself and try something that I never imagined I could do.

Since I’ve been doing some research, I also explored more capabilities of my Nike Running app and discovered that there is a training program on there!:

Beginner (that's me!) program

Beginner (that’s me!) program

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Nervous…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have some more time to completely make up my mind since training will begin on September 22; in the meantime, I’m supposed to try running 5 miles a week, which hasn’t been too tough. Also, my sister has committed to doing the 5k portion and my bf says he’ll totally run the half with me so at least I’ll have a partner. I’m leaning toward YES today :-)

Thoughts? Comments? Have any of you guys run a half marathon? Please share! 

-Udeme

The Seemingly Never-ending Hike: Mission Peak

“Are you in the Bay? I want to go to Mission Peak this week!”

That was the innocent message from my cousin that started it all. I responded to her by asking where and what Mission Peak was. She explained that it was “a pretty popular hiking spot…Google it and let me know what you think.”

I Googled. And I was nervous when I saw the difficulty rating had a full 5 stars. Since I’m not a hiker and the last time I recall camping was in 6th grade science camp, I messaged my cousin asking for more info. She assured me that I would be alright and then we headed there bright and early on a Saturday morning.

Incline started right after we parked.

Incline started right after we parked.

 

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And continued.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wasn’t so bad at first, but then the incline progressed and progressed. It was just bad. As we continued to climb, we would ask passerby who were returning if we were close. They would give us knowing smiles and say “not quite” or “you have a ways to go.” Soon, we stopped asking and kept going. The worst part of the hike was thinking you were almost there and getting fooled time after time! But at least we had each other to talk to and some scenery to observe.

Cows

Cows. We saw turkey too

 

And once again, the incline clearly had no chill and was incredibly disrespectful.

And once again, the incline clearly had no chill and was incredibly disrespectful.

Then, we FINALLY made it. VICTORY.

"Victory, I can smell it in the air..."

“Victory, I can smell it in the air…”

 

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The views were pretty awesome.

So how do I feel about the famous Mission Peak? As my cousin put it:

“It was all UPHILL. People never Instagram the trail. #FooledByInstagram.”

I will say though that if you live in the San Francisco bay area and you want to challenge yourself, Mission Peak will not disappoint! I don’t care what your fitness level is, she will get you to sweat. I felt very accomplished afterwards and I’m glad to say that I conquered Mission Peak. I don’t think I’ll be returning, at least not any time soon.

Have you been on any hikes lately? Or have you run into any workouts that have been super challenging? Share in the comments! :-)

-Udeme

Healthified (Flourless) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Attention all peanut butter lovers of the world who happen to also love chocolate, I have a recipe for you. Oh and did I mention that it’s #cheatclean worthy?  By now you all know that I LOVE me some peanut butter! Case in point, exhibit A and B. This is a throwback recipe that I got from @Tameikag on Instagram. It’s quick and easy and they taste wonderful. Without further ado:

                                                                                      What You Need:

Ingredients

Ingredients

1 Cup of peanut putter (I used an unsalted + organic brand from Trader Joes)

1/3 Cup of honey

1 whole egg

1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 Teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 Cup of chocolate chips

What To Do

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, ball up pieces of this dough and spread them out evenly on a baking sheet, and cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven. Then, let them rest for 10 minutes and devour (some). (This made about two dozen cookies)

All done, cooling down

All done, cooling down

 

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Get in my belly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy :-)

- Udeme

This (& Last) Week’s Workouts: #FitFreakProject & Back to Bikram

Hello and Happy Summer!

I hope everyone is enjoying this glorious season so far and realizing that although time is flying per usual, there is still half a year left to reach your personal goals.  As of late, I have been doing the Fit Freak Project put together by Sean Serrantos. The verdict? I love it so far! It’s a 12 week program so my goal is to just get through and complete the whole thing.

I frequent this area in the gym the most now. Who would have thought in a million years... ?!

I frequent this area in the gym the most now. Who would have thought?

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Ready to go!

 

 

Next, I ventured back into yoga land! I purchased a great Groupon deal earlier this year for 20 classes of Bikram yoga in a studio in San Jose. It was due to expire on June 13th so I made sure to get my butt in that class super early before work (5:30-7AM) so that I could reap the benefits of the deal I snagged. My plan is to take a class every Saturday until October (I have to take the 20 classes by then) and it’s perfect for Saturdays after all my M-F weight lifting and cardio workouts.

 

Love this place

Love this place

Now, here was last week’s routine and a preview into what I’ll be doing this week!

6/16 – 6/21

Monday – Fit Freak Project Week 2  Legs;  1.25 mile run on the treadmill post weights

Tuesday – Fit Freak Project Week 2 – Back & Cardio (1.22 mile run)

Wednesday- Fit Freak Project Week 2 – Chest & Abs

Thursday- Biceps/Triceps & Cardio (1.30 mile run)

Friday – Delts & Abs; .65 mile run (I was over it, clearly)

Saturday- BIKRAM :-)

Sunday – REST

(Cardio typically encompasses 2 or 3 days of the program but sometimes I threw in more like a HIIT routine)

Tomorrow kicks off Week 3 of the program and it focuses on the same muscle groups but the exercises will vary. I felt incredibly sore the first week, but my body seems to be adjusting. Also, practicing Bikram yoga once a week has been great to stretch out all my limbs and focus even more on my core. I feel great, especially since I’m back on my healthy food grind.

What does your current workout routine look like? Share in the comments :-) 

Workout Playlist of The Week

Hello World! Here’s an extremely overdue playlist for your workout  listening pleasure.

 

This is perfect for a brief HIIT routine:

 

1. Trophies – Drake (WARM UP) 

 

2. Fancy – Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX

 

3. I Can’t Stop – Flux Pavilion

 

4. Pompeii – Bastille

 

5. Say Hello – Jay Z

 

6. Man of the Year – ScHoolboy Q (COOL DOWN)

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