Homemade Face Mask and the Mystery Pumpkin

Before we get to how you can make a face mask with the ingredients you (most likely) already have at home, let me show you how I achieved a sweat-drenched morning… Cycling class at 24!

Yeah, I know my face kind of looks like I’m posing for a mugshot, but hey. I gave it my all during the 60 minutes and my quads felt like jelly AND super solid at the same time. I was in a weird place…

I followed up the Cycle class with 2 miles on the treadmill. 15:35 and I was DONE.

Even after the first mile, I was telling myself to just stop… BUT I realized that this could be a great way to train my mind and body to keep pushing and to keep from slowing down. I started at 8:00 minute miles and kept going up little by little so that I finished around 6:40 min miles (<— haha, the last 20 seconds or something). I didn’t let myself slow the pace, and I kept telling myself, “C’mon, Michelle. You got this. Breathe. Tralala”.

It worked!

I was going to hit the weights but every. single. bench. was. taken. Hmph.

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So here is a recap of last night!

I threw a mystery pumpkin into the oven. This was given to me by Tammy (her parents happened to grow a bunch of things in their garden and had no idea what to do with all of them… so she kindly gave me one :D ).

Joe came over after his night class and I threw some things together for dinner. There were soba noodles, broccoli, chicken breast, roasted almonds (chopped up later), and a wonderful sweet/salty dressing that my mom’s friend made.

This was a little on the light side, so I ended up making some potstickers for Joe and my older brother.

While the guys were watching the Lakers-Thunder game, I was workin’ on that mystery pumpkin. I was thinking it was just a giant kabocha squash (my favorite), but it ended up being my SECOND favorite…

SPAGHETTI SQUASH, YO. I baked it a little more than the first picture, and then used a fork to run through it and it was all stringy and lovely. It was my first time seeing orange spaghetti squash.

Now I have about a gallon-sized tub of spaghetti squash, hahaha. I should have thought it through before baking the whole pumpkin.

By the way, the reason I throw the whole pumpkin in the oven is because we don’t have a good knife (cleaver?) to cut open the pumpkin when it’s fresh/uncooked. It’s too hard and difficult to cut, so I just put leave it whole and put it in the oven, (set the temperature to about 375 for 45 minutes?) and when the outside gets soft, I cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, then continue baking it. The inside should be somewhat translucent and super tender.

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Joe and I watched a few more episodes of How I Met Your Mother before he went home and I got to making a homemade face mask. Joe’s sister, Esther, was the one to get me interested in making them. I looked up a simple one and found this mask.

All you need are honey, a super ripe banana, and an orange/lemon. I used half the banana, about 2 tsp of honey, and a good squeeze of the orange, left it on for about 15 minutes, and wiped it off before washing with warm water.

Try it! I really liked it. It was just a tiny bit nasty looking (I guess I didn’t mash well enough because there were so many chunks, haha), but my skin feels great!

I have enough to do it again, but we’ll see. I might just eat it, hehe.

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Have you ever made a homemade face mask? Or a hair mask?

What’s your Friday sweat plan?

4 responses to “Homemade Face Mask and the Mystery Pumpkin

  1. Your posts are so funny, honest and very motivating.. You always put a smile on my face. I love your healthy eating and hard workouts! You and Susan are most hard core exercisers I know…
    You guys rock! :) Good luck tomorrow too. Run Fast Michelle!

    P.S. It was my first time seeing orange spaghetti squash too. Looks good… I will try it one day.

  2. I don’t have a good knife either so I usually microwave for a few minutes to soften it up a little….cut into pieces then bake. It’s easier that way.

    There are so many ways you can cook squash…saute with garlic and olive oil, toss with Korean seasonings like Kochoojang, vinegar, sesame seeds etc. Also, you use it as pasta or dough… eat with meatballs or place baked squash on the baking sheet, sprinkle with cheese, and any favorite pizza toppings then bake. :)

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