Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why, Hello There!

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Hello lovely readers!

I am so sorry for not posting sooner. I have been swamped with projects and Ben just started his super busy sports season filled with lacrosse and soccer. Nick has been preparing for his band concert and I have been doing LOTS around the house.

Sunday, I tiled the kitchen floor. By myself -- except for the couple weird cuts I lost all patience over and asked Tom to come inside and help me with.

I repainted my kitchen cabinets a couple weeks back--still robin's egg blue--but three shades lighter. We are also in the process of converting our three season breezeway (which was my jewelry studio) into an all-season dining room. We turned our dining room into our bedroom last summer, giving the boys lots more space upstairs.

Saturday after Ben's lacrosse game, the plan is to install a new floor in the soon to be dining room. First, I need to find time to paint the room! It's going to be Behr Melted Butter with white trim. Last month, I painted the living room (again) a shade called Contemplation from Behr and I am in love with it.

I also have mentioned that a couple months back, I overhauled my diet and exercise in a major way. I am now down NINETEEN pounds. Nineteen! And nearly 2 sizes. And I am ENERGETIC and feeling so well. It has really been amazing. The trick--NO EXCUSES. I have been running at a local track, walking 3-4 miles a day, riding my bike, doing a Bob Greene DVD, pilates, and doing exercises with my kettlebell.

A few weeks ago, it was chilly and raining. I told myself, "I don't want to go out there and get rained on." It is an excuse I have used over the years time and time again. It's rainy. Snowy. Windy. Too cold. Too humid.  Too many bees. Too many puddles. Too early. Too late.

And I said to myself, "NO excuses." In fact, I marched over to my closet, grabbed my workout clothes, iPod, water bottle, and put my sneakers on. That day was the turning point because I STOPPED allowing myself to make excuses. I take a day off each week from working out. I just do it.

I have so much to share. Eating is different for me. You have been reading this as I have done low fat, no fat, high fiber, heart healthy, and even Vegan eating. I have never stuck with something this long because they are all DIETS.

This is not. Since March 4th, I have been wheat free, gluten free, sugar free. It must be a record because I haven't had pasta or a piece of warm crusty bread since then. And I DO NOT miss it!

I am not going to lie to you. The first couple weeks were HARD. HAAAAAAARD. Please, I wanted to eat a loaf of sourdough bread, plate of lasgana, and have some Abbott's Frozen Custard....on a waffle cone. Or a chocolate chip muffin from Tim Hortons. Or a cupcake.

Then something happened. No more heartburn. No more bloating. No more cravings. NONE. I sleep better. I am HAPPIER. I am not as tightly wound. I am HEALTHIER. Every single time I have ever attempted to lose weight--whether it be those 50 pounds I lost when Ben was 2--or "just 5 pounds", I always had the idea that it was a "DIET"--that my diet would eventually end and I could go back to eating anything I wanted. I had to change my ENTIRE thought process and make a true CHANGE.

Chic & Green will be adding a new regular section to this blog. I will share recipes, other success stories and more. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, this week I will be back with more jewelry talk from Color by Amber, product reviews, and Etsy Love.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things


I found these Skechers Go Walk sneakers at Marshalls for just $34.99.
After coffee, I walk between 3 and 4 miles each day at a brisk pace. That, combined with completely overhauling my way of thinking when it comes to eating, has helped me to shed 17 pounds since early March. These are super comfy and I love the fuchsia!




Looking for super comfy workout pants? It's still pretty chilly here most days, and I love my Athleta Flash Pant with SPF 50+ and moisture wicking. They were a great deal for $24.99, regularly $84!








If you love lip gloss, I highly recommend my favorite new glosses from Jane Iredale! They have avocado oil and Moringa butter in them and last for hours. My go to shade for spring is called Beach Plum and I just adore it!






Wegmans now has (seed) Body Care Therapeutic Hand Scrub in many of their stores! I love this gentle scrub enriched with grape seed oil because it softens my hands and feet for summer mani/pedis. I will check this afternoon to see if the Irondequoit stores have it in stock, but the scrub is available in the Rochester area now!







While I have long been loyal to Wegmans, I confess how much I truly love the new Trader Joe's in Pittsford. The raw milk cheddar is a staple for me. YUM! I love their meats and all of the cheeses, the flowers, sunflower seed butter, prices on kale and grape tomatoes, and the whole vibe of the store. In fact, if you are looking for me on a Monday in the late morning, you most likely can find me inside Trader Joe's.





My friend Stephanie is a Senior Consultant with Tastefully Simple. When I placed an order at her spring open house, I ordered the Dill Pickle Dip Mix. This makes a great dip on its own, but I have been adding a bit of this barely any carb mix into my egg salad, chicken salad, and into my mock potato salad made with cauliflower. I love the flavor of anything dill and I recommend this one!





Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sign Up for the Color Run!



Happy Thursday, my friends!  I want to tell you about a fabulous event called The Color Run, which will be happening May 4th at Frontier Field in Rochester.

Unfamiliar with the Color Run? Here are some details:


"The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.
Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in color



This special 5K run/walk benefits Teens Living with Cancer.  Here is some info about the organization from the Color Run website:

"Teens Living with Cancer (TLC) is the peer support program of Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation. Founded in 2001, the organization was one mom’s answer to a challenge posed by her 19 year-old daughter days before she died.  Asked to use what she had learned “to make a difference – to make things better”, founder Lauren Spiker established the non-profit with a mission to help teens live their best lives during and after cancer. The small grassroots organization, now a nationally respected provider of psychosocial support for teens with cancer, has TLC chapters in Rochester and Buffalo, NY."


If you use code COLORCHIC, which is exclusively for my readers, you will save $5 on the cost of registration now through May 1st.  Click HERE to register.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

(sun)FLOWER POWER


It's everything related to sunflower seeds today at Chic & Green!




Skin Care Benefits

Sunflower seeds contain large amounts of Vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant. We talked about antioxidants before — these play the role of skin care superheroes, working to fight against free radical damage. They are also rich is something called Sesamol, which is another antioxidant with the ability to help minimize sun damage. Oleic acid (an essential fatty acid) and Phytosterols are present too. These help plump the skin, which gives it a glowing, healthy look.

3 Health Benefits


*Helps reduces stress — Did you know that sunflower seeds actually contain tryptophan? We know this is in our Thanksgiving turkey, but it’s also present in sunflower seeds. Tryptophan is an amino acid and it can help to produce serotonin, which we know can help to relieve tension and calm the nerves.

*Helps the cardiovascular system — Just 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds can give you 90% of your daily requirement of Vitamin E. This vitamin neutralizes free radicals and can help prevent them from oxidizing cholesterol. If cholesterol is not oxidized, it cannot stick to arteries and build up.

*Helps the bones — Magensium works to help strengthen your bones, much like calcium. Copper is present, too, which helps with the synthesis of collagen and elastin. Not only is this good for your skin, but it helps with the joints. And the Vitamin E found in sunflower seeds actually can help to provide an anti-inflammatory benefit to help with arthritis.

These are just three of the many health benefits of sunflower seeds.

I've been loving sunflower seed products lately when it comes to health.   I used to drink unsweetened coconut milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, typically.



Not long ago, though, I tried Sunflower Dream Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Drink. This is now my favorite non dairy milk. I drink it plain and also use this in my daily green smoothies (Sunflower Seed Butter + Sunflower Seed Drink + Emerald Essentials Chocolate Action Whey + Cinnamon + Flax Seed Meal + Baby Spinach + Ice Cubes).



I also am hooked on Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter. It is SO, SO delicious!