But if I want to enjoy life to the fullest I need to be willing to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. Even if it's as simple as eating at a new restaurant, meeting a blogger in person (can't wait to meet you, Anne!), or visiting a spa.
I had a Groupon for a spa that included a facial, "hydration station", and a spray tan. I have never had any of these things and I didn't even know what a hydration station was. So I was putting off going to this place even though I had purchased the coupon but it was about to expire. I really don't know why I was so nervous. The unknown.
First, I had to exfoliate my face then apply a gel. It made my face very shiny. :) I was also sent home with a cream to put on my face at night that made it feel wonderful.
Then I was taken to a room to sit in this recliner and I was told to put on some goggles. The lady lowered the white machine over my face and a very bright lights was turned on. I stayed there for 20 minutes.
After the light treatment, I washed my face again and it felt so good. :)
Time for the "hydration station". I had to strip down (alone) and lay in this egg looking thing. I had no idea what to expect so I nervously asked the lady about it. She told me it would get to 118 degrees and steam infused with vitamins would be spraying for 20 minutes. There were also lights that slowly changed color.
My head would stick out and there was a screen where I could adjust the massage and face fan and music.
It was hotter than an Arizona summer in that thing! I honestly thought that my boobs would spontaneously combust. They were on fire. Yeah, this is supposed to be cleansing. I'm not sure. I started to wonder if maybe it would melt the fat on my body. Like a stick of butter sitting in the sun. It didn't work on my fat like I had
Sweaty and wrapped in a terry cloth robe, I was lead to the spray tan booth. It's an open concept. First it sprays a bronzer or moisturizer or something, you turn and face the other way and it sprays again. Turn back to the front and it blows you dry then it sprays the tan, turn to the side and it sprays more tan, turn to the other side for more tan, and turn to the back for more tan. Then it blows air over you to dry you. Then you're done!
Here's the tanning booth.
Me in my robe before stepping into the booth.
Me after the tan. It hadn't really turned bronze yet so it's not much of a difference and the photo is blurry. Sorry about that. But I am more tan today. I didn't even have to wear foundation!
It was a fun experience and I'm glad I got to do it. The Groupon lets me go for one more time next week before it expires. FUN and ADVENTURE and TAN!
Today was the 3 month visit to the doctor for my mother and I.
My mom has lost 41 pounds in 3 months! In case you're wondering, she's 66 and walks 1 mile per day very slowly because she has a bad ankle and she's following the diet from The Insulin Resistance Diet book. She's also taking thyroid meds and Glucophage.
She had to also go to the internalist because her gall bladder is acting up and the doctors there told her that everyone should be on the insulin resistance diet. It's basically combining carbs with protein. It's a lower carb diet but not what would be called low carb. The doctor said she and her family eat that way and so did the guy who took her blood pressure and did the ultrasound. Interesting.
I need to get back on it. I lost 7 pounds in 1 month when I was doing it. Anywayyyyy......
I hadn't lost that much weight in the 3 or 4 months: 16 pounds. But my doctor was very happy with my progress. He told me I look gorgeous and I shouldn't base my progress on the scale. He said judge it by your clothes and how you feel. He said he was tempted to give me an exam just because I looked so good. LOL He's always joking like that. His wife is a nurse there and we all just laugh at him. He's hilarious. But he said I'm doing great AND my blood pressure is down. YAY!!!! I'm so happy.
He does want me to try to get back on Glucophage. Last time I tried I felt terrible and had chest pains and had to visit a cardiologist. This time he wants me to smash the pill then take the smallest crumb and work up from there at my own pace. No rush. Just smaller to larger crumbs. He said I will have results like my mom's eventually.
I'm so so proud of my mom. She's been fighting her weight my entire life and she's finally succeeding. She also said that she finds this diet very easy. It's just a way of life for her.
Tomorrow Chuck and I leave for San Antonio and I get to meet Anne. Can't wait. Wish you could have met us there. You know it's not too late. It would be great to meet some other bloggers there. :)
Have a great weekend.