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Weekender – Toronto

One Day on Weight Watchers

06-16-2014_WeightWatchers-012Last time I wrote about my decision to diet and my goals in this post. Now I will elaborate on Weight Watchers. First you need to determine your daily allowance, here’s how to calculate (via):

1. Gender:
Female- score 2
Male- score 8
A nursing mom- score 12

2. How old are you?
17-26- score 4
27-37- score 3
38-47- score 2
48-58- score 1
over 58- score 0

3. What do you weigh?
Enter the first two digits of your weight in pounds.
(for example, if you weight 198, you will add 19 to your score)

4. How tall are you?
Under 5’1- score 0
5’1-5’10- score 1
Over 5’10- score 2

5. How do you spend most of your day?
Sitting down? score 0
Occasionally sitting? score 2
Walking most of the time? score 4
Doing physically hard work most of the time? score 6

My tally:
Female – 2 WWP
Age between 27-37 years – 3 WWP
Weight at first 170 pounds – 17 WWP
5′ 10″ tall – 1 WWP
Occasionally sitting – 2 WWP

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25 WWP

Plus you get 35 WWP flex points for each week that you can use whenever you need to (outings, special occasions and craving) but be advised that it slows down weightloss. Then you count with every food you eat, snack, devour until you reach your allowance (and flexes). I also keep a Food Log during the day.  You can register at Weight Watchers or find resources about food points.

Here’s what I ate during one day of Weight Watchers diet…

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Miracle Worker Of The Week – Herbal Tea

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I found a new everyday favourite that I wanted to share… It’s tea!!!

I know it sounds weird during this season, but! I’m in “cold land” again meaning voice’s gone for a summer holiday. Yay for warm weather sickness! Thank you pool time, changeable weather and air conditioning…

So, my passion for good tea is rekindled with a new twist. I was always a fruit flavor kinda girl with lots of sugar and lemon but now I find myself reaching for herbal, caffeine free tea without any extra, added taste.

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Student Budget: Tips, tricks and new resolutions

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Living on a student budget is tough especially after getting used to what a normal salary can afford you. I found it super hard to say no to things I regularly had at home. But after this educational one year with its lows and highs (the lows mostly at the end when It felt I was constantly out of money) I have a better sense of how to conduct my spending the next year.
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Hungarian Expression Of The Week #11

Boldog Névnapot!/Bowl-dog nave-nap-ot/Happy Name day!

Hungarians celebrate Name days too. Every name is written in our yearly calendar so we can keep track and greet people on their day. We give gifts (perhaps smaller ones, like knickknacks than on a Birthday) and get a cake too. My Name day was on this Saturday, May 27th. Thanks to all my family for the greetings!

Happy Sephora Birthday to Me!

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28 YEARS OLD – That’s only two away from the feared 3x!!!

Yep, I turned older this weekend but let’s not talk about that…or wait! Why not?! I’m not at the age to start denying my years yet (but getting closer nonetheless) so this will be the one and only time you’ll see it written. I’m going on a ban from tomorrow…

I celebrated with friends this year. I have to thank them for a memorable day/days. Some people, the darlings, started 2 days early just so I can feel even more special. So, everyone! You know who you are! Thank you for cakes, birthday knick-nacks (there’s no life without those), dinner invitations, Cowboy Jamaican Margaritas, hair curlers and many others! You’re the best!!!

I should perhaps start on the topic of this post. Yesterday I could finally drop by Sephora and I picked up my Beauty Insider Birthday Present. It is given in collaboration with MAKE UP FOR EVER, a mini sample of Smokey Extravagant Mascara and a lipstick, Rouge Artist Natural N9.

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My first impressions? The whole box is awfully tiny! The mascara is the size I would expect but the lipstick is miniature and the real color doesn’t match the one on the box and internet. It looks/looked much rosy hued.

The mascara is the blackest black and I love the wand. I’m on the look-out for a working, fall-out less one. Perhaps, I found it? The lipstick is buttery with a low-key shine, not too long-lasting as expected from this kind of formula. The color, however is basically non-existent on my lips (a perfect color match), so much that I’m not even able to tell how opaque it is. I’ll get back to you with more details after some testing-testing…

All in all it’s a nice idea! Women and me especially are easy to make happy with free/gift make-up. Keep up the good job, Sephora! If it depends on me, I’ll be a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) before the year is out…

See you soon!

♥Eszter

Hungarian Expression Of The Week #10

Boldog szülinapot!/Bowl-dog sue-lee-nap-ot/Happy Birthday!

Finals Hiatus

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Yes, it happened again. Finals came and I’m up to my ears with assignments neglecting everything else, my health included. I’ve been sick on and off for the last 2-3 weeks and that means I feel even more rushed and panicked to finish up everything in time for my classes. Even now I should be preparing for my last exam on Tuesday but I can’t postpone a short status update…

The most important thing: I’ll be back from Wednesday, May 14th!!!

I have posts waiting to be photographed and written. Just a few ideas:

  • Purchases from a Rummage Sale, mainly photography props
  • Review of my new Nikon 35mm f1.8G AF-S DX lens
  • Review of my Nikon 16-85mm f3.5 – 5.6G ED VR AF-S DX lens
  • Living on a student budget: conclusions after my first year
  • My New Lipstick Love: NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick in Carthage
  • New skin care staples for the coming summer
  • Photography: portraits and events for my friends (if they let me post their pictures, I didn’t have time to contact and ask them yet)

So… Just a little more and see you soon!

♥Eszter

House shoot for a friend

This week I did a favor for a friend and took some photos of an apartment he helps to let out. I enjoyed it immensely playing around with lighting and angles. Most of the pictures were more practical to depict the apartment as life like as possible but I managed to take a few more artistic, visually pleasing shots too. Sometimes it feels good to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with a new topic.

Tips:

  1. Your poppy flash on top of the camera is really not your friend causing weird shadows, so whenever you can, try to go without it.
  2. Be aware that you generally expose for the inside or the outside and how to still get good results by shooting RAW and using a good editing software to correct your pictures (my choice is Adobe Lightroom)!
  3. Consider angles and lines carefully while composing your pictures! Use the third lines not just the middle of the frame!
  4. Get familiar with your lenses and know their weaknesses, especially how much distortion they have at different focal lengths.
  5. Know for what reason you’re taking pictures of the interior and exterior of a building and take your pictures with that in mind. They will look very different when they are for an informative advert or artistic reasons.

The front yard:

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Spring is coming…

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This is a fact even if it doesn’t look like it all the time on this side of the pond. We had snow fall a few days ago and full-on sunshine the day after, now it’s snowing out there and who knows how tomorrow will be… But I’m hopeful and getting into a spring mood more and more.

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