Easy Weight Loss for Lazy Gurls

So the freshman 15 hit me HARD, except I’m a junior and it was 30 pounds. The junior 30? I made a new thing.

After avoiding the scale for months, I stepped on it and saw that I was 165 pounds and I knew that I had to change. I was overweight for the first time in my life and it took a huge toll on my self esteem. When I was a teenager I actually struggled with being underweight for a long time, and gaining weight was a struggle. I was on the opposite end of the spectrum then, and years of not caring about what I ate and never exercising finally caught up to me. I realized I wasn’t immune to gaining weight.

So obviously I’m terribly lazy. I don’t like cooking, exercising, or basically any vegetables or healthy foods. I like drinking on the weekends like every other college student, and it seemed like every fitness personality on the internet preached to eat a completely clean diet, exercise for hours everyday, and to barely drink any alcohol.

I do not think that this is sustainable for the average person. In order to lose weight and to keep it off, you need to have a routine that you can continue for your entire life. For me, that is moderation and knowing exactly what I am eating.

Step One:

I did a lot of research and the first thing I realized I needed to know was how many calories my body burned a day. There are online calculators and formulas that you can google to see how many calories your body burns personally, but currently I am 5’7 and 157 pounds with a relatively inactive lifestyle, so my body burns around 1,800 calories a day. That is also how many calories that I need to eat to maintain my weight.

So since I need to eat 1,800 calories to maintain my weight, I need to eat at a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. A lot of people eat at a 500 calorie deficit, so they would eat 1,300 calories a day. But I don’t mind losing weight a little more slowly, so I aim for 1,400 calories a day and if I’m under that it’s fine.

With a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day, you will lose one pound a week since it takes a 3,500 calorie deficit to lose one pound.

Step Two:

I think it is essential to track your calories. In order to lose weight you need to know what you are putting into your body and how many calories it has. A ton of people underestimate how many calories they eat a day and then get confused when they gain weight or can’t lose weight. It sounds like a ton of work to track everything that you put into your mouth, but it really isn’t.

There are free apps to do this such as MyFitnessPal and LoseIt that make it simple.

If you cook a lot of food at home you can buy a food scale and then weigh everything out and calculate the calories like that. MyFitnessPal and LoseIt have a search feature that has basically every chain restaurant, so if you want to eat a McDouble you type it in and the calories pop up for you.

Seeing everything that you eat in the day laid out in front of you with all of your calories is really game changing and makes losing weight way easier. It literally takes a few seconds after you eat and you’re done.

Step Three:

I tried for the first week of my diet to eat completely healthy and I was miserable. Like I said before, I realized that eating completely healthily was NOT sustainable for me and once I was done with my diet I would just gain all of the weight back that I lost.

I realized that the only thing that matters is calories. As long as your body burns more calories than you consume, you lose weight.

So I started eating whatever I wanted again, but in moderation and I recorded everything that I ate into LoseIt. Now instead of eating an entire pizza I eat a few slices, if I want fast food I get some chicken nuggets and not a huge meal, and if I want to drink I make sure I leave enough calories in my day so I am able to do so.

If I want to eat something that is 1,000 calories I just don’t eat it or I split it in half. It’s seriously that simple and it is working for me.

It also makes it much, MUCH easier if you cut out liquid calories and just stick to water. I cut out soda because I found that it was just calories that I could be eating. Also, if you drink water before your meals or when you are slightly hungry it drastically cuts your appetite. Water is great, drink a lot of it.

Optional Step Four:

Alright so I know that being lazy means that I shouldn’t be exercising, but exercising just makes dieting so much easier. It does not have to be running or anything crazy.

When I first started dieting I was DEAD set against exercising, I was set on losing all of my weight without exercising. But then I thought…. hey if I exercise then I can eat more food. I made that connection and that was all of the motivation that I needed.

You don’t have to exercise, but it helps and you can fit boneless wings into your diet more easily sooo you probably should.

I am the most out of shape person on the planet and I can’t run a mile without wheezing and wanting to die. I bought a super cheap gym membership for $20 a month and I do easy exercises like walking on the treadmill at an incline and riding on the stationary bike. Doing this I typically burn around 400-500 calories a workout, which is a ton of food. You don’t have to run, you don’t have to do anything crazy, you just have to walk.

 

I watch Netflix when I exercise too because otherwise I would just get bored and music didn’t stop the boredom for me. Netflix keeps you entertained and makes you stop focusing on how much you would rather be in your bed. It made me from only staying on the treadmill for 15 minutes to staying on for an hour. Three episodes of Parks and Recreation makes time fly.

Also:

Lean Cuisines are amazing if you are too lazy to cook and just need a fast, low calorie meal. Their mac and cheese is my life force.

That’s basically all that I do! You don’t have to buy anything unless you feel like getting a gym membership, but that’s not required and you could just cut calories and lose weight like that! I hope that this helped at least one person get motivated to lose weight! It’s not as scary and intimidating as it seems.

Thanks for reading!

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Easy Two Ingredient DIY Lip Scrub! Say Goodbye to Chapped Lips

I struggle IMMENSELY with chapped lips. They get dry so easily, and then I have an awful habit of biting my lips and that makes the situation way worse.

When I feel like my lips are doing especially terrible, I put together this two ingredient lip scrub and my chapped lips are gone instantly. They go from being rough, peeling, and ugly to perfectly smooth. It is the easiest thing in the whole world, and you most likely already have what you need in your kitchen.

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Photo/Kaity Kline

All you need is honey, sugar, and a container to mix them together in. It can be any type of honey, and any type of sugar. It does not matter, just use what you have and it will turn out fine.

I don’t use any specific measurements either, I just eyeball it. There should be more honey in the container than sugar.

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Honey Photo/Kaity Kline
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Sugar on the honey Photo/Kaity Kline

I just used a really small amount of honey since that is the amount that I had left and it is a good amount for a single use. I sprinkled enough sugar to cover the top of the honey. Then I just used my finger to mix it together and put it directly onto my lips.

Then I spend about 30 seconds just rubbing my lips together and then I lick it off. It tastes good and it’s better than washing it off. Then I usually go in a second time and repeat the process. Then my lips are smooth and look great!

This is my before and after!

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Before Photo/Kaity Kline
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After! Photo/Kaity Kline

And that’s all that I do! I hope that this was helpful to somebody that has chapped lips that seem like they won’t go away. It only takes a few minutes, so even somebody as lazy as me can do it, and it makes a huge difference!

N.J. Hairdresser Kendall Johnson Talks About Her Views on Hairdressing and Gives Easy Hair Advice

I sat down with Kendall Johnson, a 20-year-old hairdresser located in central New Jersey to get her views on her profession. She shared with me her favorite and least favorite part of hairdressing, gave tips to beginners, and told me what she thinks people neglect the most in their hair care routine.

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Nicole Lynn/Glamwar.ous

Nicole Lynn is a 34-year-old mother, dermatology nurse, and beauty enthusiast that began her WordPress blog, glamwar.ous last fall. Nicole was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Minnesota in 1991. She currently lives in Excelsior, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. She has worked as a dermatology nurse for the past seven years in a primarily medical dermatology practice, and enjoys her job as well as interacting with people of all ages. Nicole also has a 15-year-old son who is a freshman in high school. In addition to blogging, she also loves summertime, boating, and wide-brim hats.

Nicole started blogging during her recovery period after having C5-6 cervical artificial disc replacement surgery, which left her out of work for a month. She always wanted to start blogging, and finally had the time to begin during her recovery period- making blogging her focus while recovering.

Her favorite part about beauty blogging is that she loves sharing her opinion with others as well as the numerous connections she has made within the beauty community. She values the moral support and encouragement she’s received. She enjoys reading other beauty blogs over beauty magazines.

Nicole comes up with ideas on what to post randomly, and has upcoming posts in progress such as Target and Sephora hauls, and is planning on writing a piece on sun protection, which is something she is very passionate about. She does a fair number of sponsored, non-biased product reviews that take a long time to plan and edit. She is planning on limiting the amount of sponsored reviews that she does to focus on letting her creativity shine.

The most challenging part of blogging to Nicole is posting on a regular schedule, and is still trying to establish a consistent blogging routine while working full time and driving her son around to his various activities. She says it’s all about time management and setting a routine for yourself.

Her advice to anybody first starting out blogging is “do it because you love it and want to share that passion. That should be your number one reason. The perks of receiving free products and making money from affiliate links are great, but don’t allow it to influence your opinions that you share with others. More and more people are placing their trust in bloggers and social influencers. Be cognizant of that.”

Nicole believes that sun protection is the number one thing that everyone of all ages should make their top priority, and is also the top thing that people overlook during their skincare routines. She knows many dermatologists that encourage those in their late 20s and 30s to use Retin-A (tretinoin) nightly. She says it has been used and studied for decades and has known effectiveness against wrinkles through the stimulation of underlying collagen.

She also advises to keep your skin well hydrated with a good moisturizer and to drink water to help with your overall skin health. She believes that sunscreen should be used as a daily part of people’s skincare routines, since even intermittent sun while driving and walking to your car adds up.

I asked Nicole what two of her holy grail skincare products were, and the first was Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion, which she says is very lightweight, absorbs oil and also controls excess sebum production. The second is Elta UV Clear Broadspectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen, which she says is the best facial sunscreen she’s used. It’s oil-free, non-comedogenic, zinc-oxide based, paraben free and wears perfectly under makeup.

I also asked Nicole what one of her favorite beauty hacks was, and she said that when her skin starts to feel dry from extreme cold, she mixes her tretinoin cream with her nighttime moisturizer to combat the drying effect of the tretinoin.

Check out Nicole’s blog by clicking here!

Easy Long-Lasting Concert Makeup

Makeup used to be an absolute NIGHTMARE for me any time that I wanted it to stay in place for a long time. Going to concerts or parties where I need my makeup to last for hours when I’m hot, sweaty, and being active was not a fun time for my face. I would think my makeup would last a long time, then it ended up melting off my face and turning into a drowned raccoon look really fast. But now I know how to make my makeup last forever, and it’s easy!

Before:

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Before makeup (Photo/Kaity Kline)

After:

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After makeup (Photo/Kaity Kline)
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After makeup (Photo/Kaity Kline)
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Close up of eyes (Photo/Kaity Kline)
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Close up of lips (Photo/Kaity Kline)
  1. To start I spray Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray all over my face. Then I go in all over my face with Benefit Porefessional. Seems over the top, but I need to be over the top to make my makeup really stay.
  2. Next, I take Urban Decay All Nighter foundation and dot it all over my face, then blend it in with a damp beauty blender.
  3. I take my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and apply it in an upside-down triangle underneath my eyes, on my chin, and in a strip up the bridge of my nose. I conceal blemishes with Maybelline Master Conceal. I blend them both together, since I let the Age Rewind sit and set for a little bit before blending it.
  4. Next, I take the same damp beauty blender and dip it into my Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and cake it on under my eyes to bake. I also bake my chin, up my nose, and under my cheekbones to reaaaallly set it in. I leave the bake on until I’m finished with my eye makeup, so it doesn’t have a set time for me.
  5. For my eyebrows, I just fill in the sparse bits with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer.
  6. Next, I prime my eyelids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer. I honestly just use this because it is what I currently have, and I prefer the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer.
  7. For eyeshadow, I used the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette.
  • Tempera all over the lid, in the inner corner, and up to the brow bone with a regular fluffy brush.
  • With the same fluffy brush, I blended Burnt Orange into my crease as a transition shade.
  • Underneath the crease color I packed in Warm Taupe on the lid.
  • With a tiny blending brush I put Red Ochre in the crease
  • With the same tiny blending brush I added Primavera onto the inner third of the eye.
  • With a flat brush I applied Warm Taupe underneath the eye.
  • With the same flat brush I applied Cyprus Umber as an eyeliner8. I used Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

8. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

      9. I’m weird and I contour after nearly everything else. I used the Kat Von D Shade and Light and used the middle shade all over the outside of my face to give it some dimension. Then I used a small blending brush and contoured my nose up to my brow bone.

     10. With Shade and Light I took the lightest highlight shade and brushed it under my eyes, on my cheekbones, down my nose, and on my chin.

     11. I took the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade Paaarty and popped it lightly on my cheeks.

    12. Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny all over lips.

    13. Then I sprayed all over my face with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray again! That’s it!

This is my typical go to makeup when I’m going out to a concert or having a night out in general!I hope this helped anybody having trouble making their makeup last a long time. 

How to Easily Clean up Your Eyebrows

When I was in the sixth grade I hated my thick eyebrows. It was back when the trend of super thin eyebrows was in style, and everybody in my grade made me feel ugly because my eyebrows were thick. I plucked my eyebrows out, plucking out of the middle because I was 12 and didn’t know what I was doing. It took them a while to grow back. But luckily, over the years I learned how to groom my eyebrows properly. So here is an easy way to clean up your eyebrows and make them look nice!

All you need is a pair of small scissors, a spoolie, tweezers, and a magnifying mirror. They can be from anywhere, I grabbed mine randomly from CVS. The set I specifically have is the Revlon Brow Set. Don’t use big scissors, as they aren’t precise enough to trim eyebrows and you could cut yourself or cut off your entire eyebrow. Don’t do this with makeup on because it will likely cause you to break out around your eyebrows.

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Before plucking my eyebrows. (Photo/Kaity Kline)

This is a picture of what my eyebrows look like after a few weeks of not doing anything to them. As you can see, I have a lot of long hairs that I need to trim and I need to pluck underneath my brows desperately.

Trimming my eyebrows is very easy. First I take the spoolie and brush up my eyebrows. I cut the hairs that stick up over my eyebrows, that’s it. Just remember to not cut off the entire hair, just the part that is sticking up over your eyebrow. Then I repeat that step until hairs don’t stick up past my eyebrows when I brush them up. This helps immensely and cleans everything up.

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What your eyebrows should look like when you brush them up, cut off those little hairs sticking up. (Photo/Kaity Kline)
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Cut the hairs sticking up. (Photo/Kaity Kline)

After I trim my eyebrows I get to plucking. Once again, you can use any tweezers you want. More precise ones help, but it’s not essential. I get my eyebrows done every two months, so I can clearly see where the hairs don’t belong since random, sparse hairs appear around the shape I want. Even if you don’t want to get your eyebrows done, I would suggest to get them done at least once so you have a shape you can easily maintain, but once again this is not necessary.

I use my magnifying mirror and get very close up, it’s necessary to see everything you are doing when you are plucking your eyebrows. I got mine for around eleven dollars from Walmart, so it doesn’t have to be one of those fancy, expensive mirrors. I pluck all of the tiny stray hairs underneath my eyebrows, the middle, and the stray hairs around the tail end of the eyebrow. Then when I’m done with that I just brush them through again with the spoolie and make sure I trimmed and plucked everything, and then I’m done.

Don’t pluck from above your eyebrow because that can easily mess up the shape. Unless you’re super confident, I’d suggest buying an eyebrow razor from the drugstore. They’re super cheap, tiny razors and you can shave the top of your eyebrows if there are stray hairs so you don’t have to risk messing up the shape. It makes your eyebrows crisp and defined. You can also use the eyebrow razors instead of plucking, but I prefer to just pluck everywhere else.

And then you’re done! Super easy, and your eyebrows will look great no matter what! 

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After trimming and plucking, very improved. Eyebrows are cousins and not twins, so it doesn’t matter if they don’t look exactly the same. (Photo/Kaity Kline)