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Monday, March 22, 2010


So it's been a huge while since I've last blogged - two months ago was my last post! Geez!

Anywho, I'm still on a mission to lose weight and get healthy. Still been exercising, but some days I have to literally make myself. I wish I could just get back to that part in my life where I truely loved doing it and my body craved it. Hopefully it'll happen soon.

On another note, a goal I've been pondering on is really getting my businesses off the ground. Currently I'm an advisor with lia sophia jewelry (www.liasophia.com/stephalaniz) and with Mary Kay. I've haven't invested much in my Mary Kay business just yet. But with both of these fabulous companies I am hoping to earn a little something this year. I don't want to depend on others for my money (aka: a J.O.B.) and I want to be independent.

Below is one of my fav Nourishine Lip Glosses from Mary Kay called Coral Rose - awesome color for summer time!

Below is one of my fav lia sophia rings called Structure. Goes with just about anything.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010


So I worked out last night at the gym. I was on the treadmill and at the point where I felt like I could literally jog for another 5 or 10 minutes until my chins started to feel like they were on fire. The pain went up through my entire legs so I had to stop jogging when I got to a good place with timing. I only did 20 minutes on the treadmill, but made up for it on the stairclimber with 25 minutes. Normally I do it the other way around - 25 minutes on the treadmill and 20 on the stairclimber. I really pushed myself on the climber - it was hard!!

So, I'm still enjoying the new foundation that I bought last week. I want to try out Maybelline's SuperStay 24HR foundation. With all the claims it makes, it sounds like the perfect foundation for me. I live in Texas and it can get kind of hot here. So I'm hoping it will withstand sweat. There is nothing more that makes me made than spending time to put my make up on and then it come right off once I step out the door. I'm trying to hold off on getting it until I find a store that has buy one, get one free...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday News!

So I wanted to do a recap of the weekend...

Friday I didn't end up exercising...had homemade burgers and fries and then my stomach hurt and I just fell asleep.

Saturday I went hard though. We took Bud for a walk/jog for about 30 minutes. Then we headed to gym where I was on the stairclimber for 30 minutes as well and then jogged on the treadmill for an additional 15 minutes. Total calories burned was 700! I felt great until I totally stuffed myself with pizza and cookies that night.

Sunday I had a jewelry party that went well and then afterwards I did Total Body Time Crunch by The Firm. LOVE THE FIRM!!!

My ultimate goal is to do total cardio one day, then cardio/weights the next and so on. As of now, I'm not doing really good on the cardio/weights days!

I plan to go to the gym tonight to do my jogging and stairclimbing - might be after dinner so it'll be late. Which can be a good thing on Mondays so there isn't so many people there!

Just an update on some products that I have been trying:
  • Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation - LOVING IT! Even for my oily skin - my skin has stayed looking matte and not oily thru out the day! I also purchased the matching pressed powder and love it too. I use a kabuki brush to apply it.
  • Maybelline's XXL Pro Volume - better than the Loreal Volumous that I purchased.

Friday, January 15, 2010


So I went to the gym last night and had to push myself thru the work out. However, I want to thank Prima J for getting me thru the last 5 minutes of my stair climber set with their song "Rockstar" - LOVE IT!

Afterwards, I went to Ulta and had to get me some much wanted foundation to try out. Today I am wearing Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse foundation - application was awesome and it doesn't feel cakey like I thought it may. I have been using Bare Minerals for the last 8 years and have tried going back to liquid foundations but could just "feel" it sitting on my face and would go back to the minerals. So far so good with this foundation - we'll see how it keeps up during the day. I'm not expecting some miracle, cause even with my minerals I still have to touch up during the day. I'm also wearing Maybelline's new mascara XXL Pro Volume Waterproof in Very Black. It definitely added volume! I think I might try their Curl version!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


what's up?!?! I need to get to working out - 2 days without it & I can see the difference - especially since I've had potatoes
EVERYDAY since last Friday! No mas for me...

I'm going to hit the gym tonite if it kills me! I don't feel good about myself.

Anyways, I got my order from Coastal Scents yesterday and can't wait to have time and play around with everything! I'll keep ya posted!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Finally back...

So, we went out of town this past week and had lots of fun. We went to a wedding in Houston for one of Jeff's old college buddies and like I said we had a blast. Wish we could get away more often, but that isn't feasible...

So, I'm back on my Slimquick today. I took it with me, but just didn't find the time to fit it in during all the excursions. I took 2 doses on Friday morning before we left and then one dose on Saturday morning before I hit the nearest Life Time Fitness. I did an hour and a half workout to make up for Friday's lack of doing it. It felt great!

So, I need to find time today to work out, but just need to figure out when I'm going to do it. I have to help my daughter this week with her science fair project that is due on Friday (can we say procrastination?!?!). I know we need to go to the grocery store as well. I think it's going to be WAY late before I can get the work out in...but I'll have to suck it up and do it!!!

Also, on Thursday night I ordered some make up from Coastal Scents (http://www.coastalscents.com/) - I can't wait to get it. It's supposed to be here on Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I went to the gym today!!!

I did 30 minutes and 2 miles on the treadmill and then 20 minutes and a mile on the stairclimber. The stairclimber is definitely a heart pumper.

538 calories down today...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sunday Shopping

So, this weekend I did some shopping...

Below is a list of what I got and how I'm liking them:
  • L'Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara - Black
    • I have to use waterproof mascaras otherwise my eyelashes will not stay curled - this gave me some volume and some length
  • L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara - Black
    • I searched 3 stores for this mascara and I'm glad I finally found it - it was recommended by siderasuperstar and I LOVE IT - of course I think I'll only use it for special occassions or going out but not day to day wear - the lashes become explosive!
  • Dove Heat Defense Therapy (Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist) - I've been using my new flat iron A LOT and have always blow dried my hair - but not until recently did I find out that I should be using a heat protectant - this smells yummy and was less than $4 at Walmart
  • Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioning Cream - I used this today and it left my hair feeling really soft and it smells yummy too - this was less than $4 at Walmart as well
  • Pink with a Splash (Soft & Pure) All Over Body Mist by Victoria's Secret - I found this great find at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale this weekend and got it for half off along with its matching lotion - it smells so fresh and clean - even got my daughter her own!
So, today I didn't exercise :(. I drank my double dose of Slimquick late yesterday and it definitely kept me up all night. By the time I finally fell asleep, it was time to get up and I didn't even want to get up an hour early to work out. The drive home was slow and put me to sleep as well...

Tomorrow is a new day and I plan to get my butt up and work out in the morning and hopefully I'll be able to get in another work out at the end of my day.

Check ya later!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

It's 11:15pm - I have to work tomorrow - why am I still awake?

New Year!

Well, it's officially 2010 and I've decided that if I'm going to be more into losing weight then I also need to be more into other healthy parts of my life. Now I know this may sound gross, but I tend to fail at washing my face before bed so that is an area that I am striving to improve. I also want to strive to take better care of my hair. I've been viewing A LOT of YouTube videos by siderasuperstar on how to keep your hair looking luscious! I went out and got me some heat protectant spray from Dove (smells yummy) and some leave in conditioner from Garnier Fructis. I also want to floss my teeth more often!!!

This blog is definitely going to be mostly for me to document my journey to fitness - so I'll be posting my daily workouts!

All though I've been working out for a while now, tomorrow will be my first official day for my blogging!!!

Oh, I also want to mention that I started taking Slimquick (the drink powder) last Sunday (12/27) so at this point I'm upping my intake to 4 packs a day of the drink mix (as directed). I haven't lost anything thus far, so we'll see...wish me luck!

Check ya later!