Single White Female in 2010 Saturday, Nov 13 2010 

At 24, I am learning for the first time about being single and independent. I was one of those girls that met a nice guy when I was still in High School, and managed to stay with him for over five years before coming to the abrupt realisation that not only had I changed completely, but what I wanted in life had too. So after much soul searching, I decided to fly solo.

Now, there are plenty of single girls like me out there, right? Well, not in my life. Basically, all of my girlfriends are gorgeous, funny, successful and sexy biatches – hence they were snapped up quickly by their smart thinking boyfriends. So being single is as much a mind-boggle to them as it has been for me. They have been wonderful (I have played the happy third wheel on many, many occasion), but at the end of the day, I don’t have anyone to go home to. I don’t have that person to cuddle with on the couch whilst watching some inane soppy movie, or to argue with. (“I want you to WANT to do it!”.)

And you know what?

I bloody love it. Don’t get me wrong, I am a woman, so I have certain white-knight type fantasies. (Lets face it – It’s in my DNA) I watch Katherine Heigl movies and get lost in the romance, see old people holding hands on the street and utter a soft “Awww!”. But at the same time, I am 100% enjoying getting to know ME.

Instead of basing my life around someone else, I have been able to do the things for myself I never would have done before. Meet new friends and put in the needed effort to make them integral parts of my life, try new cafes every week, stay up late watching reruns of Will & Grace, hell – even dye my hair pink! Suddenly a whole world was open to me, where the only person who’s permission or judgement meant anything was my own. (I tend to shut out my Mothers voice during these times.)

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying being single is better. I am merely saying that for ME, it has given me the opportunity to figure out who I am (Queue the cheesiness!). To find out what I really do and don’t like. To develop independence in everything I do, think and feel. My friendships have flourished, I have become happier, and my wardrobe is MUCH better now that I don’t have a guy telling me I should be budgeting. (Although my best guy friend has taken it upon himself to take on THAT particular role.) 😉

Now, I consider myself single, but that doesn’t mean I live in a Nunnery. And that’s the other great thing about not being tied down to one person – experimenting with dating different men and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. (I sound like a kid in a candy shop here, don’t I? Hmm..) But seriously – dating has been fun. I have been lucky, and not met any freaks or psychos, and taken something from each tryst. And I will continue to do this, until I either meet “The One”, or give up entirely and go live with my four cats and gay best friend (though sadly has more luck with men than I).

So my lesson for 2010 is: being single is wonderful, and a great love story all of its very own. Me, myself and I.

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream Monday, Jun 28 2010 

I work in a lovely office environment, but this also means I spend 40+ hours a week stewing beneath a heavy blanket of machine controlled air that is harshly circulated around me and dries out my skin. The end result? My skin needs some moisture baby!

I have a few good skin products to remedy this, but recently, nothing has quite been cutting it. So one day I was talking to my beautician about said issue, when she mentioned that the wonderful nourishing mask she used on me also doubled as an extremely hydrating facial cream. ZING!

So we got to talking, and she showed me the range she used – Trilogy. This is a New Zealand brand started by two ex-Australian sisters that use fresh, luxurious ingredients including their favorite ingredient, rose-hip oil. Price wise, they are middle of the range (most of their items cost around NZD$40) but the quality of their products are top-notch.

You know when you get a facial and the next day you break out? I have never, EVER broken out after a Trilogy facial. I have sensitive skin that reacts to almost anything, and yet it has positively sung out with happiness after I use their different products. They sell skin regimes for all skin types, to reduce wrinkles, help with acne and for both men and women.

Now, the product I am raving about today (and most of the past week!) is the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream. This seemingly heavy cream goes on and just melts into your skin, leaving your face feeling supple and nourished. There is no shiny-faced monster looking back at you in the mirror, and it works wonderfully as a makeup primer if you are in a rush. My skin has never looked healthier, more even and best of all, there is no dry skin! I put it on before I go to bed and again after I wash my face in the morning. You don’t need a lot, it goes on beautifully and smells wonderful according to all of the people who have commented! My 75ml tube cost me just under NZD$40, and to be perfectly honest – I would have happily paid twice that much. And I certainly don’t say that often!

So, if you are searching for an eco-friendly, wonderful skin care range – try Trilogy. You will not regret it!

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream

Headache Tips Monday, Apr 5 2010 

I just thought I’d post a few tips for curing/abating headaches and migraines, seeing as I get them quite often and so have a few suggestions to share.

Obviously, pain killers help. But I’d advise against things like Nurofen and Voltaren, despite the fact they can work, because they cause real damage to your stomach lining. (If you have to use them a fair bit over a day, or over a few days, then they can cause you anything from nausea to internal bleeding.) I stick with high strength Panadol as it doesn’t cause any of these issues, plus it’s not addictive like products that contain Codene. If you suffer from migraines though, you will need to talk to a Doctor about which prescription medicine is right for you. Now on to a few natural ways.

Panadol Extra

When I get a headache, I always get either an ice pack, or wrap ice cubes in a towel. Then I sit back and press it to my forehead and over my eyes. This usually relieves the pain tenfold.

Ice Therapy

A lot of headaches are caused from back and neck tension. A really good way to relieve this (Duh!) is to get a massage. Wether it be by a professional, or your partner, it can really help release all of the tight muscles that are causing your pain.

Massage

Another way to release neck tension that could be aggravating your headaches is by using heat-packs to soothe those aching muscles. Don’t use the packs on your head though, this will make the headache worse in my experience.

Heat Pack

Acupuncture/Accupuncture is a well known Chinese practice where trained specialists insert fine needles into different points all over the body to cure an assortment of ailments. I know a lot of people who have used this procedure to help manage everything from back pain, to injuries and, of course, headaches. I have tried this too, and it really does help. (Hurts the pocket a little bit, though!)

Accupuncture/Acupuncture

A nifty little product I found in a chemist that now lives in my handbag is the HeadOn stick. There is one for Migraines and one for plain old headaches. You take the top off, roll the stick up and smear the clear paste onto your forehead. (Definitely a “do it alone” kind of thing!) The goo has a cooling effect on your skin that can last for hours on end, and feels marvelous. I find it really helpful; it works much the same way ice does.

HeadOn: Migraine/Headache Relief Stick

Another thing I would recommend is looking at your diet. I find that when I have too much sugar or caffeine, I can expect a headache soon after. Lack of sleep and dehydration is another way to increase your chances of setting one off, or not getting rid of one quickly.

For you fellow headache sufferers – good luck! And let me know what helps you recover from these nasty little buggers.

Shake It! Saturday, Dec 19 2009 

One of the guys from work brought in a Shake Weight today, and we all had a bit of a laugh at first. What is a Shake Weight, you ask? Well, it looks like giant dumbell, and it is for sculpting your arms, but in a completely different way. You hold the weight and “shake” it, up and down, side to side. The ends move as you do, adding to the resistance (though, you look like you are motioning something quite dirty, I must say!). You feel idiotic doing it (especially seeing as we were playing around with it at work!) but it really gave my arms a burn within minutes of using it!

According to the website, using the Shake Weight increases muscle activity by 300% more than by using your average weights. And silly as it sounds, the consensus around the office was “I want one!”. It’s easy to use, you feel your muscles start to ache within minutes, and there is no need for batteries or anything like that as it’s your own movement that powers it. Heck, even Ellen DeGeneres was raving about it on her show! It’s been in some of the top health magazines, and there is a lot of positive reviews online. 

I want one! Do you hear me, Santa? 😀

Shake Weight

Climbing The Wall Saturday, Dec 5 2009 

One of my favorite things to do to keep in shape (because, lets face it, the gym can get boring) is indoor rock climbing. 

Now a lot of people go “Rock climbing? There’s no way I can do that!”. Well, thats what I thought at first, too. I’m fit but certainly no athlete, so when one of my friends asked me to come along with her after work one night I roared with laughter. There was NO WAY I was going to be able to pull my entire body weight up a 20 meter wall! But, my friend convinced me to give it a go and I very quickly fell in love with it. 

Did I become some kind of super athlete? Heck no. I’m still not particularly great at it (some people are amazing, like blimmin’ spider monkeys or something) but I get to the top and thats what counts! And along the way I have heaps of fun, spend time with my friends and get a complete full body workout. My back got stronger, my arms and legs toned up, and even my abs became firmer. And that’s from only one night a week! 

So if you are looking for an extremely fun, social workout, then I would suggest indoor rock climbing. Lot’s of people of different ages and abilities are doing it, it’s super safe and you cant beat the rush of when you can suddenly go up walls you couldn’t tackle the week before. 

Try it!

Indoor Rock Climbing

Help In Tens Monday, Nov 30 2009 

I have had a lot of medical issues recently (Don’t drive scooters, they aren’t worth all the broken bones when some git runs a red light) and the most frustrating and painful part of all has been a sore back and neck. My accident left me with a lot of sore muscles, but I was limited in using them. I couldn’t stretch, couldn’t work my them normally. This caused my muscles to waste and become weak, throwing my whole body out of balance. Let me tell you – ouch!

Then I came across a Tens Machine (also know as EMS and NMES). It’s a small unit (And there are hundreds of types out there ranging from cheap to extremely expensive) that you place over the muscles you want to focus on, turn it on and it sends low-level electrical impulses to the area. It causes the muscles to work, tensing and unclenching. This treatment is used for major and minor injuries – I am recommending this to everyone! This little unit is something I have continued to use since the accident for no reason other than to keep my muscles loose and pain-free. I often use it on my neck and shoulders to stop them getting stiff, and to help with leg cramps. Other people I know use it for reducing swelling, the improvement of circulation, and muscle strengthening – some of my friends even claim their muscles have become more firm and they have dropped a size or two!

This machine is just brilliant for loosening stiff muscles. Anyone with a chronic bad neck or back will understand the need for relief from pain. So, there are plenty of websites and shops that sell them. Buy a cheapie to start with and give it a go! Honestly, it has helped my quality of life tenfold. 😉

TENS Unit

 

 

Stick Me Sunday, Nov 29 2009 

So, like a lot of people in this great and stressful world, I can get a really sore back and neck. I have tried stretching, heat-packs, massage and physiotherapy. Everything helps – but only a little bit. Then I found the answer! (I sound like a television commercial, don’t I? Or at least a religious zealot!)

Acupuncture. Slim needles inserted into the skin at varying points around the body. It sounds a bit gruesome, but really it’s not. There’s no blood, no pain except for a few exceptions and the end result is brilliant. There are a whole lot of points around the body which help ease problems specifically related to these points. There are points for treating migraines, promoting bone healing, helping ease muscle spasms and more.

It sounds a bit hokey but there is a lot of scientific studies to back it all, along with everyone who has had it raves about the results. It’s not a one-time fix, it can take weeks or even months to feel relief, but it’s worth the time and money. If you are in pain, it’s most certainly worth giving it a go!

Acupuncture