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One Day on Weight Watchers Take 2

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My Weight Watchers notepad from DollarTree. I don’t bother with printing the Food Logs anymore instead I write into this handy pad that has enough lines to fit my consume list. I also find the cover ironic! 😉

In my last healthy living post here, I already mentioned that I moved back to my Sister’s for the remainder of the summer. This brought some changes to the way I eat and implement Weight Watchers. When I started this diet I was roped in by one of my Canadian friends I stayed with so we had a lot of snacking (especially in the evening), lighter lunches, big dinners, lots of roast and big salads prepared for sides with at least seven different choises of dressings on the menu. My family is from Hungary, Eastern Europe so our eating habits and meals are kinda differ from the American style: we are not so big on crackers, eat warm, big lunches and light, cold dinners and try to not snack afterwards. We prepare different salads: they are made with distilled vinegar or pickled and truely only a side-dish, cannot be consumed by itself. I do think that I eat more healthily on Hungarian lifestyle and snack less but in the end it’s different for everyone what healthier means and when I will be back in the U.S. and a kitchen of my own I’ll most likely follow a mix of the two.

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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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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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Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f3.5 – 5.6G ED VR lens review

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I bought this lens approximately 3-3,5 years ago. It acted as my main and only lens for years until recently I started investing into photo gear once again and purchased a 35mm prime lens. To make an informed decision I managed to try out the kit lens, read countless reviews day and night and listened to several YouTube photography gurus. Especially Jared Polin made a big impression on me, he suggested buying better lenses than the standard kit lens. My choice in the end fell on the Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f3.5 – 5.6G ED VR lens that was an ideal high-quality walk-around lens for my D90 with a moderate enough price tag.

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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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Beauty Packing for Travel

traveling on a busIt’s Spring break and I left my not so sunny American small-town and headed for an even less sunny Toronto. Part of my family, my sister, lives there, on the outskirts of Toronto, only 35 minutes away from the center.

My break will last only one week but there are two things in favor for the quick visit:

  1. It is refreshing to be with family who care so much. Having friends is great but nothing like family so Toronto is more like a retreat, a place to charge up my batteries and arm myself against being lonely or homesick. It’s not perfect but the closest thing there is to home, Hungary.
  2. I’m a big city girl, I was brought up in a capital city, Budapest so to spend time in a city as big as Toronto is like being in a candy shop after months of dieting. I love and miss the busy streets, the bustling life and easily accessible shops.

CN Tower, TorontoToday’s post was mostly prompted by my general dilemma of what to take with me. I love to travel and enjoy the feeling of going somewhere but packing is always really hard. I’m a natural klutz (I frequently forget or misplace things) and I am really attached to all my possessions in general so I had to work out a way to logically weight the importance of every item. I would call my method as a gradual down-sizing: I always start out with too much and then step by step pick out the things that I really need with me.

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Here are my steps for beauty packing:

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Decisions, Decisions on … Photo Equipment

2014-02-23 21.58.30I’ve spent the last three days perusing bigger shopping websites for equipment specs.

Yes, I’m extending… I should have done it years ago when I’ve got into photography but I spent so much on it the first time that I kept postponing spending more and then I wasn’t using it enough the last 1 year.

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Candle-crazed

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“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.”
-Patrick SĂŒskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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Post Valentine blues

Post Valentine's Day

Valentine is over and this time I tried to enjoy it…
Looked for inspirational art and cute craft ideas ✔
Made Pink Cookies for everyone I know ✔
Wore a purple-pink scarf ✔

On another note this holiday got me thinking of home and left me feeling a little bit lonely. Post holiday blues or melancholy is a common “sickness” and everybody needs to deal with it. I was already working on this post when I found Patricia Bright’s recent motivational video about coping techniques for loneliness. She is a lovely person and I agree with everything she mentioned and advise you to follow them if you feel permanently estranged from your peers, but since I am far from my loved ones, a little bit of sadness seems normal. When it sneaks up on me I have generally two paths to take, one is the cheer up routine and the other, well… just immerse yourself in it for a little while. Because sometimes it is “nice” (in a weird way) to feel melancholic. Again this is expected, we are human and all the sad books, films and songs stand testimony to it.

But how to do this constructively? Here’s a few ideas for medicinal wallowing.

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