Category: Beauty

A happier vegan

I just finished the 4th season of “Nashville”.

While I watched the last few episodes online (in the UK it will be on telly later this year, I think), I came across a actress which I used to watch in a 90s series.

Back then I always thought, she looks so beautiful but when I have seen her now, I was a bit shocked about how old she looks now! I don’t want to say who it is, because I don’t want to offend her. She is still beautiful but looks in this show older than she actually is.

She looks tired and has puffy eyes and I wondered, if it has something to do with her life style or the way she eats or even if she is sick.

And I thought, do I want to look like that in 3 years time? Frightened. No, I don’t and the thought that I am on a vegan life style now, put me back at ease!

Then the very handsome Woody Harrelson came in my mind. And this lovely vegan individual person looks much younger than 55 and is practically glowing!

Sometimes you need a trigger to do the last step to get rid of bad habits! I found my trigger and am a bit happier now.

Though I still think, pizza is not the same without cheese but  that is fine with me now!

Franky

RT4 and why it isn’t for me

I have been on a raw til 4 diet before and have been for the past two month (I think).

I felt really good knowing how many good things I put into my body but the thing I did not like was the still full/big belly in the morning! Like a food-baby!

But that is not the reason why it doesn’t work for me.

I am not an active person in the evening! And when you have your main (warm) meal in the evening or in my case between 3 and 5pm and you don’t move much afterwards (exercise or being outdoors in any form) it is not high likely you loose weight.

I am like one of those Duracell bunnies. In the morning I work on high speed and do three million things at once but as the day goes on, my batteries start to run low.

Everybody who is familiar with RT4 says, the body needs to heal first to start the transformation. But I think my body didn’t need much healing as I have eaten very healthy already before going fully vegan. Plus I am very impatient as some of you already figured out!

So I decided to have my fruit and veg in the morning, midday something yummy warm if I please and for the evening veg and hummus or veggie soup.

Veg and hummus for my dinner. Yeah that will be great!!! My love handles will be gone in no time, I will jump sky high for joy!!!

Awww who am I kidding??? I will be in a foul mood for the next few weeks every evening until I get used to it!!! I just call it “a day” or even better “days” and repeat over and over again “love handles…. think of the love handles!!!”

 

Franky

A dream is just a dream

I am a bit fed up!

And I am sooooo tired (and even more), because Cash kept  my husband and me awake the whole night!

But the main reason why I am fed up is because of this wonderful dream I had before I just woke up:

I dreamed I have these incredible good looking hipbones which where very visibly poking out of my flesh (in a good way of course, not dripping with blood like spare ribs!)

And then I woke up and reality hit me, visible hipbones gone…

Maybe I should start the morning with something to eat!

Yes, that might be a good start!

Good weekend everyone (it is weekend, isn’t it? I always loose track of time when it is summer term)!

Franky

Happy Vegan???

Why? Why me? Why do I belong to the ones on the other side???

For three or four weeks now I am on a vegan diet. Well no. The word “diet” is not appropriate as I never diet. The word “diet” is often associated with restricted calorie intake/less food.

In my case I eat like a horse! That is the only good thing so far!

Before my vegan lifestyle, I heard and read so many things about veganism, how people lost a lot of weight, how their skin was glowing, how healthy and energetic and frankly super good they are doing.

Me? I didn’t experience any of the above mentioned symptoms. The only thing I realized, I am feeling lighter despite the fact that I eat so huge amounts of fruit and veg.

It is the same when I got pregnant, I couldn’t wait to have this incredible baby bump and look all cute… The reality was, I just looked fat with a huge baby bump and huge ass where you could have put a tea cup on each bum cheek. Reckon you look fat when you gain 60 pounds!

Then when I started breastfeeding, I was assured, to loose the weight without doing anything as you burn calories while feeding the baby. Yeah, that was a good one! I had to fight for every single pound and really lost them when I stopped   breastfeeding!

So what about the hailed vegan transformation?! Where is the slender body??? The glow??? It’s not that I feel lethargic or hungry… but why don’t my love handles melt?! Huh? At least that! Is that too much asked for? They are really persistent which is a outrage!!!

Yes, yes I know it takes time…the body needs between three and six month to detox from animal products and no, I will not go back but still, for once I would like to fit in like everyone else, BIG SIGH…

Franky

Running with love handles

A few days ago, I went for a really early morning run. The sun was still shining, it was  warm, the streets and woods quite empty and my legs felt light.

Because it was so warm, I have worn nothing but a light vest and very short shorts.

Those shorts, years ago…. or was it only one or two years ago…. where not that tiny back then!!!

And though no fat was pushing its way over the rim, I could feel my love handles jiggling while I was running.

I WAS NOT HAPPY!!!

I mean, I am not fat…not even chubby. I am 154cm and weigh (currently after I already lost 1kg) 44kg. That is slim!

Unfortunately I am not the youngest metabolism wise.

Don’t get me wrong, of course I am still a spring chicken, but at a certain age, your metabolism slows down, you have to work harder to maintain your gorgeous body and also think about what you put in your mouth!

And if you don’t take care, before you even know it you wake up, look in the mirror and wonder why there is fat where once before was muscle???

Also when you had a tummy tuck many many years ago because you had very large and heavy babies, of course fat cells on your belly are gone/removed by a very kind surgeon, so the fat parade looks for another place to camp.

In my case on my hips. Why me?! I don’t need love-handle-friends!!!

I must admit, it is a bit my fault. I had too many sugary treats recently, probably didn’t work out as I should have… but because I felt really disgusted, it triggered something.

Last year I did a bit of RT4 (raw till 4) but never went fully vegan (was a veggie for over 8 ears) until now and actually I feel quite good as I eat a lot and already lost a kg.

Losing weight is not really my goal, I rather turn jingle-bingle-jiggle-parts back into muscles. I’d like to believe they are gone by the time I do the hardmoors 60 race. Also I should get my behind moving… I was a bit lazy since a marathon two weeks ago…

Now… where is my kettle bell….and the last season 2 Broke Girls? Work out is so much easier when you can watch something funny on the internet.

Franky

Caked Faces

The first time when I was in Newcastle, I was shocked to see so many young girls and women with a ton of make up on their faces! Followed by a secret laugh (of course I couldn’t laugh out lout because I didn’t want to crush their confidence) and the thought

“wow, they actually look like proper drag queens… maybe they escaped the Reeperbahn.”

Tons of foundation, powder, false eyelashes, eye shadow, glossy lips, hair like “The Nanny”. . .

If you would accentuate only the eyes for example, it would be okay… but all together?! Hmmmm…. I thought the natural look is the new black!!!

Of course when you are young it is all about looks, you want to find your own style. I was just the same!

Back then my mother suggested, I should get some foundation and/or powder to cover my spots and I ask you which teenager wouldn’t cover them? So I did. But my skin was so oily, that after two hours the whole lot swam away… needless to say, that I didn’t look fresh and spotless at all!

There is one mother in Cailleachs school, who is really pretty, but the tons of foundation and powder make her skin look dull. Of course I can’t tell her, as I don’t know her. But I know my sister! I told her a couple of month ago, that her skin looks much better without powder & Co. Fresher. Even her boyfriend agreed. So she cut out some of beauty products. Good Girl!

My friend Joana for example, she “over paints” her eyebrows because they are quite fair, which is okay, but she also goes to bed like that when she is in a relationship. No man has seen her without “her eyebrows” which makes me giggle every time I think about it!

As for me, I stick to a simple routine due to my dry skin conditions now (guess I am getting older).

A nice oil cleansing with a hot cloth, followed with a self mixed oil base and eye cream, a bit mascara and a light coloured lip balm. Sometimes a bit liquid blush for rosy cheeks.

Apart from the foundation fiasco when I was a teenager, I always stuck to the “natural look”.

Every time when I see such drag queens (or maybe they want to look like Jordan???) I wonder:

When they date someone, do they remove their “fake face” and if so, will they still get recognized by their man???

Well let’s hope they still look good without make up and that no one jumps out of bed screaming who the stranger is in his bed!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Franky