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A Nice Bronze Glow…

2 Mar

Who doesn’t want a nice summery glow, especially when the weather is so gloomy. This time of year is when the college girls invade the tanning salons in town and on a good day, you wait an hour for a tanning bed that you’ll use for ~15 minutes. I used to be one of those girls…up until last May, actually. I started tanning in the Spring of my senior year in high school…I was getting ready to go on a cruise, and I wanted to have a “base tan”…didn’t want to look pasty on my first days in the Caribbean! Isn’t that funny? Most of us attempt to get tan before we go on vacation to a place where we’ll get really tan. Its really ironic, but a lot of us do it. In fact, I continued to do that every Spring for 3 years. I just loved the atmosphere of a tanning salon, the tropical smell, and the warm tanning beds felt sooooo good on a snowy day. Not to mention that “healthy” glow you noticed almost immediately, and how smooth your skin feels after tanning. I was hooked. Sure, there was always that underlying issue of the danger of tanning beds…but it never really got to me. Then, all the sudden, it became a widespread issue…and scientific evidence proved that tanning beds were dangerous. My mom even kept nagging me to stop tanning, but I told myself that if I only went two times a week, it wasn’t that bad. I had a serious addiction to it, and hardly any amount of a cancer threat could stop me from tanning. But something started to ‘click’, and every time I would lay in that tanning bed, I would start to feel anxious. I started thinking “what if…I got cancer from tanning?” “would I know it immediately?” “would it be really bad, would it spread?” Yes those thoughts started to overwhelm my mind, and I finally got to a place where I decided my life was way more important that a “healthy” glow…which is ironic in itself, because any “glow” you get from a tanning bed is not healthy! Don’t get me wrong, I still soak up the (real) sun…but I do wear at least SOME spf. As a lifeguard, I don’t have much choice but to love the sun, but I have become much more careful and responsible about my suntan habits.

So what’s a girl to do to achieve that bronze glow at any time during the year? Well, faux tanners work well, as long as you use the right ones! Some turn you orange, and others streak really bad. I’ve wasted plenty of money over the years with these…and even had spray-on tans done in the past for weddings/parties. Those usually looked natural, except they didn’t always wear off evenly. But I’ve finally found some instant tanners that I like and don’t turn my body orange. The first is one that I actually caught on sale at Victoria’s Secret during the Semi-Annual Sale in January.¬† Its from the Beach Sexy Collection, Sunkissed Bronze Instant Self Tan Lotion with Tint. The bottle I have looks slightly different than this one does, but I’m pretty sure its just a new design.

I only use the self-tanner about once a week or so…I like a subtle glow, but I don’t want to look unnaturally tan. I like to put on lotion after a shower so my skin isn’t dry, so I use Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer. I know some people think it makes their skin have an orangish tint, but I don’t really notice it on my skin. In fact, its really subtle, especially if you don’t use it every day. But I really like the firming part as well…it really smooths your skin too.

Finally, Jergens has also made a Healthy Complexion Facial Moisturizer, which I really love. I have to use facial moisturizer before putting on makeup because my skin gets sooo dry in the winter! I love this because it adds a little glow to your face without causing your face to suddenly become a different shade. ha ha. That is always my fear about putting instant tanner on my face…so this is a good alternative. Its very subtle and isn’t going to turn your face orange or anything!

Well Spring Break is right around the corner, ya’ll…better start bronzing…in a healthy way ;)


Three Things Thursday

25 Feb

1. What is up with this snow?! I’ve been reminiscing to this past Sunday, when I went out for a fabulous 11-mile run in 60 degree weather…and I wake up to SNOW on the ground this morning! Summer cannot get here fast enough! Is anyone else a summer-loving, sun-worshipper like I am? I knew there was a reason I’m a lifeguard…

2. I have something I’m really looking forward to! My university hosts a really, really big Relay for Life every April, and I’ve participated every year since I’ve been in school here. Last year I was even selected to be on the Planning Committee, which was lots of fun. This year, I chose to be on Relay Staff, which is less obligation but I’m still able to do a lot of things surrounding Relay. Well, anyways, my aunt “Sissy” (that’s been my nickname for her since I was about 2!) was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer back in April of 2008, which was coincidentally my first year participating in Relay. So I’ve always dedicated my participation in honor of her every year! She is still not cancer-free but is doing much better. The exciting part is, this year she is going to be participating! I created a Relay team for my family, and myself along with some cousins, my aunt, and my mom are all going to make the 5-hour drive up to my university for a weekend in April just to be a part of our Relay for Life! I’m so thrilled…we’re planning a theme, decorating our campsite, and making tshirts…plus my aunt Sissy is going to be selling bracelets raising money for Ovarian cancer research! Its such a great cause, and I just love seeing so many people at Relay all night long when they could be living the typical college lifestyle of partying ’til 3am and passing out in the bushes at someone’s house.

3. I had a really awesome BodyPump workout last night…and I decided I needed some more of it in my life. Twice a week, no exceptions! I know I’ll definitely see more tone/definition…I did a Body Sculpting class once a week three semesters ago and I seriously could see the definition in my arms…just from once a week! But I’m pushing for 2 times a week now…I’ve become the Cardio Queen lately and I’m missing my old strength training routine!


31 Oct
Let the fundraising begin! I have a long ways to go, but I’m sure I will be able to raise $2,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. I know that everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, whether it be a friend, family member, co-worker, or even yourself. By donating to LLS, you are helping win the battle against cancer. I cannot wait for that day to get here…when the cure for cancer is found and we are able to save all of our cancer patients! I ask that you donate to LLS, maybe in honor of someone you know who has been affected by cancer, or possibly just because you are as passionate about finding a cure as I am! I appreciate it very much! :)
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29 Oct

…that’s the number of miles I’ll be running on March 21, 2010. I officially registered with Team in Training, which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to run the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA. I’ll train with a group of runners and raise money that goes directly to LLS. It’s such a humbling thing to know that in exchange for me doing what I love (running), I’m helping those that have been diagnosed with cancer. LLS and The American Cancer Society are two causes that I am very passionate about, as my aunt was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She has done well, but she is still in treatment at this time. I feel like every little bit helps, and I encourage everyone to find a charity or a cause that they are passionate about and put forth an effort to helping out. It can be as simple as volunteering your time, or it can be as strenuous as using your physical effort to accomplish something. I have always wanted to run a marathon–a life goal, I guess it could be described as. But knowing that I will have the support of my teammates and a wonderful cause to run for makes the 26.2 miles seem minuscule compared to what cancer patients have to deal with on a daily basis. This is in honor of my aunt and every other cancer patient–here’s to providing support to all cancer patients and MOST IMPORTANTLY, ¬†finding a cure to cancer!