Hi again! :)
So, this post is going to break tradition - no swatches or reviews - but I'd love it if you'd read it anyway. The more of you who pay attention to what I have to say here, the better off I'll be, I think.
I have a genetic condition that causes me to have insanely high cholesterol levels, so when I'm not eating right, exercising as much as I should be, and/or am not at a healthy weight, I'm seriously putting myself at risk for cardiovascular disease. I am somewhat overweight right now; my BMI is right in the middle of the "overweight" range. One would think that the health risks associated with staying in my current condition would be enough to scare me into losing weight, but for whatever reason, it can be hard to find the right motivation.
I started seriously trying to lose weight a little over a year ago. Since then, I've lost 26 pounds, but unfortunately, gained 6 of those pounds back in the last couple of months from slacking off. My overall goal has always been to lose a total of 46 pounds, so now I have 26 more to go, since I've lost a net total of 20. 26 is still a lot, though! So I've been looking for good ways to motivate myself to get back on track. I've kicked around the idea of using makeup as a reward for reaching goals along the way because, hey - I like it - but I knew what I was considering (such as "I'm not allowed to purchase any cosmetic-related items until I lose ten pounds") wasn't feasible with the swatching I do, so I'd be unlikely to succeed in that.
Now that that's explained... I was drooling this morning over pictures of an upcoming MAC collection - a rare occurrence these days (not the collections part [!!], but the drooling over them part) - when I realized it comes out exactly eight weeks from today. It's called Baroque Boudoir, and while I'm not usually a total sucker for packaging, it looks mind-bogglingly pretty. (Pictures included are courtesy of Temptalia.com.) And then an idea was born for a realistic but motivating way for me to get back on track!
I'm going to try to lose 10 more pounds between now and when it comes out - that's definitely feasible over an 8-week period. If I succeed, I'm going to allow myself to purchase whichever items I want from that collection; if I fail, I have to limit myself to one item and one item ONLY. (That's to keep this feeling realistic/feasible - but in the latter case, I might actually end up not getting any at all, for fear of feeling ashamed whenever I look at it!)
In order to further motivate myself and eliminate any chance that my lack of self-discipline will screw me over, I'm going to blog about my progress. Put simply: in the event that I fail, there is no way I will be able to just give in and buy what I want anyway when 150+ people are watching me! The "Baroque Challenge" updates won't be constant or lengthy posts (except this one!), but just little mentions at least once a week to let you know where I'm at. I'll keep them unobtrusive for those of you who just want the swatches, but I'm hoping you'll look for them and cheer me on. :)
I think this is the "kick in the pants" I need to get moving and get myself back into shape. If it works, I'm sure I'll be able to come up with another goal to meet after a further ten pounds, or something like that. Lastly, anyone who wants to join me in this challenge (feel free to choose your own reward) is welcome to do so. Thank you!