Operation Tan Ginger

I.Q. [S]! T.2 – Day #3

This morning I had my dentist appointment. That was a whole big-fat f*cking waste of time.The only good thing about it is that I now have an appointment with a specialist next week. One more step closer to having these 4 ungrateful, intrusive, party-crashing wisdom teeth pulled the F out.

I was so angry about the way the morning had gone, that I smoke a cigarette. I know. But I didn’t where a patch for the rest of the day, nor did I smoke any more cigarettes. I didn’t crave them either. In fact, I was down right comfortable… except for my teeth. So I feel really good about the quitting process. I’m thinking it really is mind over matter. I don’t want to be a smoker. I don’t want to smoke daily. So I won’t, because I don’t. I would like to partake in a smoke every now and again. I can, and I will. I’m actually feeling really good about myself.

To continue this season of change, empowerment and better myself, I bought a bunch of great fruit for snaking on over the next few days. I’m interested in charting my progress. My water intake is up. My exercising is up. My food choices are healthier. and I feel good.

My tanning is up too. Way up. I go everyday for short amounts of time to slowly build some sort of color other than china-white. So far I’ve been pretty successful.

Operation Tan Ginger
– Day 3 –
15 mins. Full-powered bed
I forget the name of the lotion I used today.
My belly is pretty red. 
My arms and legs have continued to get darker.
My flippin’ sides are barely any different than when I started!
I think I may need to start using the stand-up beds as soon as I have a good enough base.
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I.Q. [S]! T.2 – Day #2

I feel a lot better today. No big cravings.

I bought myself some Teriyaki Beef Jerky to snack on. Probably not the healthiest protein choice, but I was craving it. I also bought a bag of Dum-Dums lollipops to help control cravings. Yesterday, I stayed away when my roommates went out on the back porch for a smoke but today I joined them outside and did hanging crunches from the captains chair that we have out there. I wasn’t tempted to smoke. I just sucked on my lollis and worked on my abs.

Me and my replacement lollipops
Top: Marshall’s
Jeans: Paris Blues Relaxed fit. 

I decided to give myself a little gift today too. I stopped by Marshalls and picked up two cami’s: one white, one gray. I also got a very flowy, very sheer black/black lace tank top and a flowy, sheer navy blue and white polka dot tank top. I figured I need to a pick-me-up since I’ve been so good with the smoking.

I continued with my tanning:

Operation Tan Ginger
– Phase One – 
– Day 2 –
Low Power, European Bed. 12 Minutes. No Lotion.
Today I got a little more red, but not a whole lot darker. Maybe because I didn’t use a lotion. (?)

Also, today, a world icon. One of the original Hollywood bombshells passed away. Elizabeth Taylor, one of the greatest screen actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Academy Award winner. Converted jew. 8 times a wife. and let’s face it, she was just a big ol’ whore. But we loved Liz.

Love the beautiful porcelain skin and gorgeous, piercing blue eyes!
Sometimes I swear I’ll dye my hair dark brown just so I can try and look like Ms. Taylor!
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
February 27, 1932 β€“ March 23, 2011

I.Q. [S]! T.2 – Day #1

Yesterday, I picked up a box of nicotine patches to help me quit smoking. I’m kind of sad to quit. I really do enjoy it so much! Today is the first day I am using a nicotine patch. I stuck it on my left upper arm and immediately regretted it, I don’t like how it looks there. 😦

I look like death. So tired.

I put it on as I was finishing up getting ready for work and by the time I was in my car my left arm felt really weird. Like it was just about to go “fuzzy”, or numb. It didn’t go numb… but it felt weird. I would try and shake it off, but my elbow was intermittently feeling uncomfortable all day. I just didn’t like the way it felt. Like my left arm was on crack. Overall, I feel fatigued and weak. My muscles feel tight though. I guess I mostly feel sluggish.

However, I’m not craving cigarettes. Every time I come to a point where I would smoke one, I feel like I’m forgetting something, then I remember I quit smoking and then I want one. But I don’t want one bad enough. The nicotine patch is keeping me strong. …whatever. I’ve also been chugging water if I have a particularly vicious craving. Usually as sudden as the craving pops up, it’ll go away.

I had to leave work early today because my sisters and I were taking our dresses for the wedding to David’s Bridal to be altered. This turned out to be a bunch of B.S. Long story short, Sarah and I figure, we will worry about ours later, they’re fine now. So we took Shannon’s gown to a local taylor, Karmucha Alterations, and the girls there were so incredibly nice and so creative and fun! Here’s what Shannon’s bustle will look something like.

I also started tanning again today. I had given up on tanning a long time ago, since it takes me too long to build and keep a tan… Without strictly monitoring a gradual build-up, I simply: burn.peel. repeat. I want to be a little radiant for Shannon’s upcoming wedding though, so I figured I need to start the build-up now and maintain. Plus, this summer I don’t want to reflect the sun back off of me at the beach…

I figure, this can be a learning experience for other Gingers who may want to build a tan.

It isn’t advised by ANYONE that “Gingers” and others with very sensitive, very fragile, melanin-lacking skin expose themselves to any UV light, at anytime, for any reason. At least not without a very good sunblock. But sometimes, as most of us tend to do from time to time, you get a tad curious of what it’s like to do something different. For Gingers, anything other than Vampire white is different. (Granted, most of the “tan” is really clusters of freckles.) Anyway, here’s what I did:

Operation Tan Ginger 
– Phase One
– Day 1 – 
Low Watt Bulb, European Bed.
Lotions Cream 
Supre Peachy Keen Tanning Lotion
Lenght 
12 Minutes
Results
Tanner, W/ Redness. 
My arms and legs definitely appeared tanner. 
My back and belly were pretty red because I didn’t have enough lotion and I got a little skimpy in the middle.
No discomfort.