I lost 45 pounds using cannabis

January 29, 2019

Throughout the course of 2017 and 2018, I lost over 45lbs. And I did it while smoking, and eating a lot of cannabis.…

January 29, 2019

Throughout the course of 2017 and 2018, I lost over 45lbs. And I did it while smoking, and eating a lot of cannabis. Like… a lot. Of course, it was not smoking that made me get in better shape. It’s not like there’s some new coughing cardio.

Should I do more dabs? Are there any dabs and abs classes? Is that a thing? It should be. You can email me to license this idea.

Anyway…

Last year I wrote about all the things I learned losing the first 35 lbs. In 2018, I lost another 10. I haven’t looked much at my scale since I hit that mark. I don’t even remember when I hit that mark. To be frank, when I had to buy a size small winter coat last year, I kind of stopped caring. I realized my focus had shifted to increasing speed and strength in the rest of my body.

Cannabis has played an integral role in helping me stay focused on my goals. Throughout 2018, I used it as a motivator and as a recovery tool. I made it a point to document especially towards the end of the year. I incorporated edibles into my recovery routine with more consistency in the Fall.

Cannabis as a reward

If you have the opportunity, I find smoking right before a run to be one of the best moves you can make, with one caveat. Smoking before a run can lead to a sluggish first mile or two. But, once your endorphins start to kick in you are on top of the world. I find the sluggishness to be especially pronounced with an indica strain.

I also like knowing there’s a bowl waiting for me when I get home because #mymansthebest and he preps it for me. It’s an excellent reward. So yes. I’m saying smoke before you go and smoke when you get back. You’ll feel awesome. Give your body a good stretch between hits.

Another way I like using cannabis as a reward is to pack a bowl, and then do a set of something, taking a toke after each set. Sometimes it’s a quick free weight circuit, sometimes it might be 25 squats. Do your reps then take a hit and start again.

Cannabis in recovery

If you think I’m putting all this weed in me for fun you’d be right. Jokes aside, I do use cannabis for it’s medicinal properties, even though I am not medical patient. Turns out for most people who use cannabis, it’s both a recreational and medicinal plant/hobby.

2018 was the year I started taking CBD. I bought any CBD tincture or edible I thought sounded interesting. Starting at The Green Solution and then settling on DRAM Dose. I like micro-dosing a little of DRAM’s adaptogenic drops with an equal dose of THC if I can.

I went into trying CBD with low expectations. I didn’t think it would work for me. I thought that everyone who loves it was overselling it. I don’t think it’s a cure all but CBD has helped relieve both pain and anxiety. I’ve made headaches go away with The Green Solution x Canyon Cultivation CBD lollipops. I’ve slept with more peace since I started taking DRAM +CBD Sweetgrass drops.

I use edibles as well. 100mg will give my body a wonderful, relaxing reset. Relieving any tension in my back, hips, and shoulders so when I go to the gym next I’m ready to kick ass.

Cannabis and my future health and body goals

My goals this year are to continue running as much as I can. I want to run 300 miles. I want to bike 300 miles. I want to run 10 miles straight. I want to add another 10lbs to each of my dumbbells. I kind of want abs but I’m not sure I want to sacrifice all that food I love. All the good stuff.

I do want to continue to build muscle and strength. That’s my primary goal. I want to be able to run a marathon even though I won’t. You know I want to feel strong enough to be able to, in case I ever need to. In like an emergency or something.

I did run a 10k (which is 6.2 miles for non-runners in the United States). I want to run 10 miles this year. It would feel like such a huge accomplishment for me. I have never run that far in my life and I want to do it.

I’d also like to try my hand at the Manitou Springs Incline a couple more times. This time without an unrealized sprained ankle that I will make a hundred times worse. I would like to complete it in less time than the first time (which was about 90 minutes). I’d like to do it in 75 or so.

I’m definitely going to work on my nutrition plan this year. Before my January financial cleanse, I was a little lazy and irresponsible at dinner time. This led to more fast food than I would like. I did maintain my fitness regimen, but that helped keep my jeans from getting too tight.

More data

I am also going to take a more dedicated approach towards tracking what I’m ingesting and when and how it helps in 2019. I would like to be able to measure my progress. I want to make a more direct connection between my health and my cannabis use. This includes finding a doctor who won’t judge me for the use and will work with me in how I want to treat myself and my body.

I can’t wait to update you on how I achieve these goals throughout the year. Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Twitter for updates. And please let me know what your goals are in 2019 for your health in the comments below.

December 3, 2018

Jingle bells, Batman smells, your aunt is fucking high. She was going to write a song but her pipe is still outside.

So go get it for her will you? With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be prudent to share some great ideas for gifts for your favorite stoner. Today I've got 5 awesome gifts perfect for that fashionable, stylish, chic cannabis user in your life. The one who kind of flies under the stoner radar (until you check out their instagram account). 

Limited Edition Stash Jar and Ash Tray Set

Every adult stoner needs a cool stash jar. For some, an empty candle jar will do, for others, it's classy custom pieces all the way and Fashionably High has you covered with gorgeous pieces for your tray.

Origins Hello Calm Hydrating Face Mask

Winter means dry skin for a lot of us thanks to the cold air and harsh temps. Your cool aunt will love this mask meant to calm and nourish. Bonus it's made with cannabis oil and smells amazing.

Milk Makeup Roll Blot Papers

This is a fabulous 2 for 1 product great for the boss lady on the go and wants to carry as little as needed. 

Erbanna Smell Proof Bag

Erbanna makes the most beautiful stash bags that you can carry day and night without making every white guy with dreads call out after you, "dude... did you smell that? hehehehehe."

Kandy Pens Donut Vaporizer

Look, if you don't have a concentrates vaporizer at this point can you even call yourself a cool stoner? Yes, you can, but you're totally missing out. Kandy Pens carries several kinds of vaporizers designed to fit your lifestyle. This donut style is perfect for stoners who want both a great hit and stealthy style. 

Disclosure: None of the companies or products mentioned are paying me for any of my gift guides this season. They were curated by me based on either my experience with the product or similar products. 

August 30, 2018

After losing over 40 pounds over the last year and change, I was in desperate need of an entirely new wardrobe. My closet was a shell of its former self as I had to give most of my clothes away. No point in keeping things that I don’t plan on wearing again. And if I do plan on wearing them again, I hope that it’s far enough in the future that it would all look very, very dated.

I love wearing clothes that are on trend. I love wearing new clothes. I love rotating my wardrobe for different seasons. I also like maintaining the comfortable cushion in my bank account and the thought of having to drop several hundred, if not thousands, on new clothes. I’m cheap, ok. I know it. It partly stems from having been so poor for so long that I’m still getting used to the idea that I can afford these things. That I deserve to have clothes that fit and aren’t torn.

Once I got over the whole spending money thing, I had to rethink where I wanted to shop for my clothes. My go-to places used to be fast fashion spots like forever 21, and H&M, and the like. Even though I really love the look of the clothes at stores like that (and, let’s be honest the price), the quality is terrible. Good luck washing anything and having it come out even looking remotely like it did when you bought it.

I asked my friends on Instagram what their favorite stores were and I was blessed by one friend (thank you, Michelle <3) who told me about Asos. Which turned out to be the perfect place to find all of the basics. Plain tees and tanks galore. In every cut imaginable. In every size imaginable. Ethically sourced and made at a price point closer to H&M.

I loved my first order so much I ended up immediately subscribing to the $20/year 2-day shipping offer. Worth every penny.

But I was still hesitant to fork over money for some of the more trendy pieces I kept scrolling past. The prices made me a little uncomfortable. Especially once I considered that the trendy pieces just aren’t going to last. Even if they never fall apart, eventually that cut out shoulder top is going to look like it came from 2018 and it’ll stay in the back of my closet until it either no longer fit or somehow comes back in style again in 20 years. Nevermind the fact that I simply don’t want to fill my closet up just to have a full closet. I actually quite like that my side of the walk-in is mostly empty. I kind of want to keep it that way.

It’s hard trying to be a fashionable, but also fiscally responsible person.

That’s where clothing rental came in and saved my unstyled booty. It probably took hearing two dozen Le Tote ads on various podcasts before it finally clicked that this could be the solution to my problems. A constantly rotating wardrobe and consistently empty closet. Um, yes, please.

One thing I really appreciate is that they don’t just send you clothes based on the size, but on your measurements. It does open your eyes to how truly bogus clothing sizes are, and I’ll never rely on them again to compare my body to anyone or anything else. I’ve had clothing show up, in one tote, that was an xs, medium, and a 6. But it all fit. If you give them your accurate measurements and use their recommendations when swapping items out of your tote, you will only get clothes that fit you.

Tote Swap allows you to swap out any or all of the items they’ve picked for your next tote. When you select an item to swap in, it will tell you that a size might be too loose in your chest or waist, for example, or, as is often the case for me, too long. Trust their guidelines. I’ve had a few too long items because I thought Le Tote was wrong.

One thing they don’t advertise, but I personally think Le Tote should make a big deal about is the fact that you have less laundry to do. That’s right. You send that sh*t right back dirty. I’ve gone from doing laundry every week to about every 2 weeks. In fact, I’m doing so much less laundry I’m actually separating my whites for a bleach wash.

In the three months, I’ve been a subscriber, I’ve worn probably about $2100 worth of clothes and I’ve only paid $180 to use it.

Oh, and my closet is nice and tidy.

If you want to give it a spin, use my link to get your first tote free (if you sign up through my link, I will receive a $25 credit towards clothing purchases when you complete your first month).

And here are a few of the outfits I've worn since becoming a subscriber in June: 

May 9, 2018

I know I post on Instagram fairly regularly about my new found love of fitness, and the health journey I’ve been on over the last year or so. However, trying to be more healthy was not the only thing I was working towards in 2017. I was also working on my skincare routine (and some other shit too but we’ll get to that some other time).

My skin has been on a roller coaster ride the last few years. I think the all the cross country moving and a lot of unhealthy habits led to some seriously problematic skin. My skin is oily naturally but suddenly it was looking tired, old, patchy, and broken out.

I did a lot of research. There’s an informative subreddit which I highly recommend as the place to start your search if you’re on your own quest to find your own perfect skincare routine.  

But if you have oily skin that’s showing signs of aging, and you’re a little lazy (it’s ok, I am too), the following distilled skincare tips are an excellent starting point.

Make glycolic acid your friend

If you have oily and acne prone skin, I cannot recommend glycolic acid enough. Glycolic acid, or AHA, is found in lots of skin care products at various concentrations. It’s a chemical exfoliant and works great on oily and congested skin. If you have never used it before, it’s best to patch test first and integrate it into your routine slowly. Especially if you’re using a product with a high concentration of AHA/glycolic acid.

I use two products with glycolic acid. Both from Mario Badescu. One is a toner, their Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion, that I use once or twice daily. The other is their Glycolic Gel, which is only meant to be used once or twice a week. I also focus the glycolic gel on my most oily areas (primarily the t zone), and keep it off my cheeks/under eye.

An added benefit of Glycolic acid is an improvement in the appearance of fine lines. My skin literally glows now that I have added AHA.

Sun protection is key

This was a step I always skipped in the past. Now that I live in Colorado again, where it’s pretty sunny, I never skip the sun protection. I believe it’s helped keep additional aging at bay or at least slowed it down. I also take the sun protection to my eyes and make sure I have sunglasses on whenever possible. Not just because I want my eyes to be protected, but because I squint in the sun and squinting always deepens my brow crease, even if it’s just for a few hours. Over time, it’ll add up.

I use an oil-free moisturizer from Mario Badescu if I’m not wearing makeup or I’m not going to be outside much. If I am wearing makeup or want to look a little more put together, I love Origins Ginzing Tinted Moisturizer but unfortunately, it only comes in one shade.

Skip the physical exfoliants

If you’re using aha or bha in your regular skin care routine, you really don’t need the physical exfoliants. In my experience with physical exfoliants, I end up breaking out a lot more. I’ve read that physical exfoliants can be rough on the skin and even push dirt into your pores and cause worse breakouts.

I do think these products have their place. My skin can get dry, especially on my cheeks during the winter, and I will not hesitate to use an exfoliator to get the flakes off. But it is not a part of my regular routine.

Find a good spot treatment

This was something I didn’t know I needed until I purchased it from Ulta on a whim. Origins Super Spot Treatment has been a lifesaver. I still have a compulsive desire to pop my pimples (but please don’t make me watch videos of that act on youtube, please), but I can now at least wait 24 hours to see if the spot treatment works (guess what, it generally does).

Not only does the spot treatment help give me a little more patience when it comes to messing my face up even more, but it actually does work. This spot treatment has a high dose of Salicylic Acid that dries up the blemish almost overnight. And if it’s not completely gone, it’s at least calmed down enough to cover if you’re feeling self-conscious (and it’s totally ok if you are!!).

Fall in love with eye creams

Finally, make eye creams your friend. This has made the biggest improvement in my under eye area. They’re still a little dark but since I’ve added an eye cream to my routine the skin is less crinkly and much more elastic.

I switch between three different eye creams depending on the day and my desires. I love Origins Ginzing Energizing Eye Cream but it doesn’t work great with Tarte Shape Tape. There are some serious separation issues. Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream, on the other hand, works fantastic with Tarte Shape Tape but ultimately feels a little greasy when worn alone. I also use Origins Dr. Weil’s Dark Circle Under Eye cream but it’s a tad bit on the pricey side for daily use.  

Find A Good Night Moisturizer

I switch up my night time moisturizer depending on my need that day. If it’s feeling dry or I’ve exfoliated recently, I’m going with an oil. I use a dupe for the Farsali Rose Gold Serum. I also really love Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine Lotion, but it’s also a little bit pricey for daily use. If my skin feels normal but need some moisture after washing, I always reach for Origins Ginzing Gel Moisturizer.

I went way more in depth than I intended, but I’d love to hear your thoughts about this routine too. And let me know what products you love for your skin type in the comments below. 

November 20, 2017

I remember the first time I saw my mom wearing a mud mask around the house when I was a kid.

“Can I try it too?”

And a love of pampering was born. Mud masks have become a staple in my skincare routine, especially for my oily t zone. So I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in Influenster and L’Oreal’s campaign. I received L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser and the Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask for free in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

I love using this cleanser when I have a breakout or can feel a breakout coming on, but it’s definitely too drying for my skin (combo if you were wondering), to use every day. It absolutely makes a difference for those little spots that pop up and helps dry them out in no time. I saw a visible improvement the next day. It does make my skin feel soft and clean, albeit a little tight and dry.

I use the mask about once a week. And as a spot treatment for breakouts. This helps so much as well as making my skin feel so soft and smooth. It is not as drying as the cleanser, but you wouldn’t use this every day anyway. Also, can we talk about the color of this mask? I mean, it’s kind of horrifying yet at the same time desirable as an actual skin color the way it reflects in the light.  Just me? I get it. I’m weird.

I wish you could feel how soft my skin is after using this mask, but even if we were in the same room I wouldn’t let you touch my face anyway. So I guess, you’re just going to have to test it out for yourself.

I’m extremely interested in trying out some of the other varieties of the mask, particularly the exfoliate and refine mud mask. I don’t know if I’d repurchase the cleanser again, just because my skin always feels too tight after using, but the mask hit it out of the park and I will definitely buy it when I run out.



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