$1 E.L.F. Cosmetics

Thanks to Irene for this tip:

e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) is a new make up company offering cosmetics for $1/item. They have a few coupon code promos running right now; some have expired, but you can give them a shot anyway in case they haven’t updated their shopping cart yet. 😉

•Receive 20% OFF the NEW Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charms with code: PHONE (Sept 1-Oct 31)

•Free Shimmering Facial Whip with any purchase! (Sept 4- Sept 11)

•LIP SALE! Receive 10% OFF any lip item with code: LIPS (Sept 11-Sept 18)

•FREE SHIPPING ON ANY $25+ ORDER with code: SHIPIT ( Sept 14-16)

•50% OFF SALE! All Shielding Glosses, Cosmetic Cases, Soothing Glosses, Nail Lacquer, and Bronzing Duo’s! with code: SALE (Sept 18-Sept 25)

•FREE PINGO CALLING CARD (1 hr in calls) with any cell phone charms purchase! (Sept 25-TBA)

(one code valid per order, all codes expire at 11:59 p.m. est)

Elf Cosmetics

I have no idea if their stuff is oh, Wet n’ Wild quality or closer to the higher end drugstore brands like Revlon, but hey, I was out of face powder and SPF 15 lip gloss (about the only make up I ever use nowadays), so I took the bait. I’ll report on my purchases when I get them.

Champion Catalog $19.99 Sports Bra Sale

ChampionCatalog.com is running another $19.99 sale on all of their sports bra styles (usually $27 and up) with free shipping. They have quite a few cute new styles (or as cute as a sports bra can be) as well as a large selection of existing styles for just about any figure type.

Try Champion’s sports bra selector if you are in the market for some new gear. :claplow:

CAC 5k Prep Week, Day 2

The 5k Saturday will be my last hurrah with regular running. I realized a while back that I don’t run because I enjoy it as I do with weightlifting; I just do it because other people can’t/won’t/don’t. There are so many other types of exercise I would prefer to do instead of running, and I don’t really want to spend the the rest of my life doggedly engaging in what I find to be an extremely unpleasant and mentally tedious physical activity just to thumb my nose at the world.

Running doesn’t clear my head or provide stress relief. I never reach a Zen-like state of peace or a euphoric runner’s high. I don’t enjoy the scenery nor do I experience a sense of oneness with Nature when I run. I’ve tried running on the beach, on wooded trails, around the neighborhood, on tree-lined German hillsides, and a dozen different treadmills–it makes no difference. It just causes my nose to dribble and makes me feel temporarily thinner for 30 minutes following the workout due to dehydration.

Not enough motivation for me.

My new, true mantra on fitness is that I am only doing this for me, and life is too short to waste on something I dislike so intensely when there are so many other equally good options out there. I don’t want to look back one day and say to myself, “Dang…I wish I’d spent all those hundreds of hours on the treadmill and roads on something I actually WANTED to do, like white water rafting, rock climbing, or martial arts.”

I saw Jet Li’s Fearless this weekend and was really struck by his character Huo Yuanjia’s attitude as a child and young man and his gradual change of heart as he got older. His youth was spent always trying to be the best and proving something to the world. I know I have some of that in my personality, too, otherwise I wouldn’t be a type A perfectionist, but like Huo Yuanjia in his final years, I am trying to chill out a little more, enjoy the here and now instead of always looking toward the future, and focus less on establishing my fitness badass credentials than helping others find the fitness badass within themselves.

I’m still going to kick major butt for the next 5 weeks though.


But in a totally non-competitive, laid-back way.

1: 3 egg whites, 40 g oats, 40 g raisins, 3 c. water
2: 1 banana, 1 scoop protein, 2 c. water
3: 4 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. mixed veggies, 2 T. salsa, 1 apple, 3 c. water
4: 1 rice cake, 1/2 T. ANPB, 1 scoop protein, 2 c. water
5: 4 oz. chicken breast, 3 c. lettuce/onion salad, 2 T. Kraft Free Italian dressing, 1 apple, 3 c. water
6: 3 egg whites, 1 scoop protein, 2 c. water

Supplements: Multivitamin, Calcium 600+D, l-glutamine, Instone Pre-Workout Intensity

8 AM Upper body/Chest workout
8 PM HIIT treadmill run
9 PM Yoga for Athletes DVD