COFFEE TALK 02.02.20 ☕️

Greetings, and happy Ground Hog’s Day! It sounds like Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow, predicting an early spring. One can only hope there is some truth to the old superstition.

I don’t know about yours, but my weekend has been a blur.

Paul and I went out with friends on Friday night, I went out with girlfriends last night, and we spent a large part of yesterday looking for a used car for Caroline.

She’s been driving my car because Paul’s has a stick shift, and she hasn’t learned that yet, so I’m the one who is more motivated to get her some wheels of her own. Plus, I’m a weirdo, and I actually enjoy car shopping and negotiating.

Caroline is having fun getting in on the process too. She’s just like me when it comes to researching a purchase, so she keeps sending me links and looking up different options. It’s been fun, but I do want to settle on something soon.

In other news, I keep getting questions about intermittent fasting, but I feel like I’ve exhausted that topic over the past couple of weeks.

Maybe it’s because I share bits and pieces on various channels, and no one feels they got the big picture or the whole story? I don’t know… but I’m sure there are some who are already over it, so I don’t want to beat a dead horse.

Suffice it to say, I’m very happy with IF and definitely see it as a sustainable lifestyle change. Many of you could see body changes in my try-on hauls this week, and I’m amazed at how different I look and feel already. (I’ve been doing it for a month or so.)

Here’s a side-by-side in similar outfits (same jeans, just a size down on the right.) Unless the Nordstrom mirrors are designed to make us look slimmer (which they may well be…) I think the difference is pretty noticeable. Maybe I’ll get a picture in the same outfit (grey sweater) here at home this afternoon and see how it compares.

The scale has definitely been moving in the right direction, but I’ve also been taking measurements to get a more accurate assessment of my progress, and I’ve lost an inch to an inch-and-a-half from each of the key areas — bust, waist, and hips.

While I started intermittent fasting primarily for weight management, I’m learning of so many other potential health benefits related to this eating pattern, and I’m excited to see where it leads. (Google autophagy for more on that.)

If you’re still curious about IF, I encourage you to research it (Google is your friend, but be sure to consider the source), read about it (Gin Stephens’ Delay, Don’t Deny is a great place to start), and talk to people you know and trust.

When I wrote about Embracing Wellness in 2020 earlier this week, I had a ton of people ask what podcasts I’m listening to. The main one I’ve been enjoying is Intermittent Fasting Stories. (I also tried to listen to The Intermittent Fasting Podcast, but I couldn’t get into that one.)

Yes, Gin Stephens again. No, she is not a doctor or a scientist, but she has done a ton of research and experimented with all different forms of IF, so she’s a a great resource.

If you want to read about IF from a qualified professional, The Obesity Code is one of the most often cited, and someone else recently mentioned The Science of Skinny.

You can read through the comments on my wellness post for more for book and podcast suggestions.

As far as a microblading update goes, I’m at that stage where a lot of the ink has disappeared, and my eyebrows (particularly the left one) are really looking homely.

I’m supposed to wait a full 2-weeks before using any makeup on them (which would be this coming Tuesday), and it’s taking all my willpower to wait, but I know it will be worth it in the end

I’m definitely glad I finally went through with the microblading, and I’m so glad I went to Colleen at Color Theory Cosmetic Tatoo. She takes a very natural approach, which is exactly what I wanted. I can’t wait to see the final results. I have to wait four more weeks for my followup appointment, where she will fill them out and complete the look.

If you have more questions about the process, pricing, or before and after care, the Info section on Colleen’s website has everything you might want to know.

Let’s see… what else? I guess that leaves my kitchen reno! Nothing much has happened with that this week, except we did get my double ovens installed on Tuesday.

I’m thrilled with how perfectly the ovens fit in the existing space — they didn’t need a larger cutout or anything.

They’re also not quite as deep as my last set, so we were able to push the refrigerator back where it belongs, and the door opens just fine without hitting the new ovens. So yay for that!

I still need to make a final decision on the tile for the backsplash, but otherwise, the kitchen is pretty much a waiting game at this point.

And that’s about all I’ve got! It looks like I managed to keep this post under 1000 words, imagine that!

The last few Coffee Talks have been pretty epic (in terms of length, not importance, mind you!) so I was hoping to keep this one a little more digestible.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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