Soaking up the sun

Last week I was walking up to one of my classes where students were waiting for the previous class to get finished so we could practice yoga.

One student looked at me and said something to the effect that I looked happy and smiling.

I said, it’s the sun!

We are transitioning into Spring.

Last week and this week we have had many days where Portland has been warm and sunny.

Last week I was waiting at the bus stop. It was warm. Lots of people were out and about. People were smiling, looked happy. One woman even cheered.

Yes, the people in Portland are happy for the weather change.

I thought the Winter was manageable. Not always fun or enjoyable with a few days of snow, many days of endless rain and gray skies.

With my teaching schedule I get out of the house regularly and exercise regularly as well.

But I do know that I thrive with the sun and warmer weather. I’m a true Arizona girl.

Since moving to Oregon a little more than a year ago I realized the best time to travel out of state is during the cold, gray, wet Winter to warmer places, such as Tucson and … Continue reading

Be careful when it comes to alarmists

It’s summer!

In Portland (and Oregon) we are in a heat wave. (It’s been much longer than the average heat waves. And we are at about 10 degrees warmer than normal. When you don’t have air conditioning that can be uncomfortable and downright miserable at times.)

In the townhouse community Curt and I live in there is a pool. I spend some of my free time at the pool. I love hanging out at the pool and working on my tan.

Yup, I love having a nice tan. But I do it smartly. I drink lots of water and I keep my skin protected with sunscreen. I wear sun glasses and a hat.

One of my favorite sunscreen brands is Neutrogena. I also buy Coppertone and Banana Boat.

I have heard from numerous people that their dermatologists recommend Neutrogena-brand products. (I did a Review Wednesday last year on Neutrogena sun screen.)

I use a body spray, a stick for my face and ears and lip balm with SPF.

A friend recently posted an article on Facebook titled, Neutrogena is the number one sunscreen to avoid, says EWG.

This conflicts with what experts have told many people I know.

I … Continue reading

The risks of ultraviolet exposure

Since moving to Portland I have noticed a lot of dentists, Goodwill stores and pet hospitals.

There are also a lot of tanning salons.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, on average Portland has 144 days of sun a year. (The U.S. in general has 205 average sunny days.) Current Results estimates Portland to have 142 days of sun a year. (Current Results says Tucson [my hometown] has 284 days of sun a year.)

Some sun exposure is good for our health. From my post on calcium and vitamin D last week I mentioned that according to Medical News Today, it is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes two to three times per week allows the body the ability to produce sufficient vitamin D.

Living in the Northwest can sometimes make it difficult to get exposure to the sun.

As I mentioned earlier and in posts previously I was born, bred and educated in Tucson, Ariz. As a young teenager my goal during the summer break was to get the best tan possible. I really didn’t wear sunscreen and hardly ever burned. I also used to slather my body in baby oil to toast … Continue reading

Getting my calcium & vitamin D

The other day I had a doctor’s appointment to establish the new doctor/new patient relationship.

As we discussed my health history my doctor (who I think is great) asked me what supplements I take. I told her I take melatonin to help with sleep. I also take Tums for the calcium.

(I started taking calcium recently hoping it will help with my thin, peeling, splitting nails, which I am still trying to resurrect. I wrote about the nail experiment more than a year ago and I am still trying to get these nails healthy.)

I asked my doctor if she recommended a different calcium supplement source. She recommended calcium with vitamin D.

Being a woman I know calcium is important. I eat my cheese and have my Greek yogurt. (I don’t really like milk unless it is in my cereal or I’m having a PB&J.) But I am sure my calcium intake is not what it should be with diet alone.

Calcium is a mineral that is an essential part of bones and teeth. The heart, nerves, and blood-clotting systems also need calcium to work, according to WebMD. … The bones and teeth contain over 99% of the calcium in the … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Neutrogena Face & Body Stick Sunscreen

I have written before about sunscreen and growing up under that hot Arizona sun a time or two or three before.

I pretty much never wore sunscreen and made it my mission to have the best tan of the summer as a kid. I even slathered myself with Baby Oil in order to “cook” quicker.

About 10 years ago I realized my skin had changed and sunscreen was a must.

I have tried a variety of sunscreens over the years. And my favorite is Neutrogena brand.

Before my March weekend in Vegas I was at Target stocking up on sunscreen. I got a new bottle of the Body Mist Sunscreen spray, which I have used for the past couple of years and love. I usually use the Age-Shield Face or Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock for my face. I noticed a couple of new items for the face: Face & Body Stick Sunscreen and Liquid Daily Sunscreen.

I decided to try the Face & Body Stick. It’s like a stick of deodorant. And it is super easy to apply to the face. It’s for both the face and body. I like the spray for my body … Continue reading

Protecting skin from sun, environment from chemicals

Growing up in Tucson, Ariz., my goal in life as a teenager was to have the best tan.

When you are 12-15 years old there is not much else to do in the summer but go to the park pool and glisten in the sun and do some babysitting.

I pretty much never wore sunscreen and was even known to slather myself in baby oil in order to “bake” quicker.

I am horrified that I did that. But in those days I never really burned. My nose and shoulders would get a little red. But that was pretty much the extent.

About seven years ago Curt met me in San Diego for a weekend after I attended a training. We went to the beach one day and a ballgame the next. Beach day we were out there about three hours.

I didn’t wear sunscreen. Wow, I got burned. That had never really happened to me before.

As a result of that day I now wear sunscreen when sunbathing. As we age and change environments (I haven’t lived in my hometown in about 15 years) our skin changes.

Curt and I signed up for an all-day snorkeling trip excursion, which was … Continue reading

Keeping hydrated in warm weather

Being from Arizona I have always known how important water is to stay healthy and hydrated and safe. (Ever heard of heat stroke or heat exhaustion? That stuff is real.)

And now that I regularly drink at least 64 ounces a day (but usually more–today I have consumed almost a gallon of water) my body needs it. And I notice pretty quickly if I am dehydrated or haven’t had enough water.

For the past couple of days the weather has been exceptionally warm, especially for this time of year in the Bay Area.

I went to a Giants baseball game yesterday. I didn’t take my big purse, which I normally carry and can fit my Camelbak water bottle in quite easily.

I wanted to bring water with me as I would be doing a lot of walking and it was warm out. But I didn’t want to carry one of my Camelbak water bottles as they are a little bulky without my bulky purse to store them in.

I grabbed my foldable water bottle, filled it up and attached to my small purse. My foldable holds 12 ounces (or how I like to refer to it, 1 … Continue reading

Armed with sunscreen and hat

I took today off to attend a Giants baseball game with my friend Alicia and a couple of her friends.

A baseball game in San Francisco can be a beautiful and fun experience or a dreadful one depending on the weather. There have been times when I am wearing a sweatshirt, jacket, gloves, hat, scarf and blanket while sipping coffee or hot chocolate and am still cold.

Usually I prepare myself for a game by either bringing at least a fleece or sunscreen, because you never know.

But today was a beautiful and sunny day. I feel so lucky that the weather turned out to be so gorgeous. It was down right hot. But I would rather be hot than cold any day.

I am an Arizona girl. I spent summer family vacations frolicking on the beach in San Diego.

As a kid my goal was to get the best tan I could. I rarely wore sunscreen (probably only when one of my parents forced me to.) I hate to admit this, but I used to slather myself in baby oil and lay out in the sun baking.

As I have gotten older and moved away from Arizona my skin … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs

Sometime back I bought Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs. For whatever reason I didn’t try out the product immediately.

Lucky for you, my dear readers, I decided to put this leg makeup through some stress tests via GFG!

This stuff works. It looks natural and it looks good and I look tanned.

The instructions tell you to spray into your hands and rub into your legs and feet. I spray it right on my legs and rub it in like lotion. The instructions also say to let it set for 60 seconds before dressing. I always wait a little longer.

Friends and co-workers were impressed at how great it looked.

I was impressed with the fact that it really didn’t rub off. Not in my clothes or my sheets. It did rub off a little on the inside of my ankle socks while working out, but nothing that didn’t wash out.

The product also claims to be water resistant, which I believe is true. The makeup wouldn’t come off while in the shower until I rubbed my legs with soap and water.

I also tried this product while at the pool in Vegas recently. I was armed with a dark colored … Continue reading

Havin’ fun in Vegas

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Curt and I have been in Vegas since late Wednesday night.
There has been a lot of eating and drinking.
Last night we participated in Dollar Menu Madness at Ellis Island Casino. We spent less than 20 bucks and got 3 hot dogs, 10 wings, 2 small beers, 2 regular-sized beers and tipped well. Oh yea!
And I am proud to say I have made it to the gym twice.
Rarely do I exercise on my own while on vacation. Not sure what my motivation has been this time around. But I will take it.
I think Jen will be joining me tomorrow morning.
Jen and Dave should be here soon. Yippee!
There has been pool time, drinking beer and some frozen beverages consumed, some minor betting on basketball, lots of yummy calories consumed, basketball watching, oh, and I am do excited to be reading a book. (I actually have time and energy to read a book.)
Good times so far …