Over 40 And Getting My Body Right Using Boombod

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Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Now that summer is over I’m sure it sounds crazy that I now want to work on weight loss and tightening up my body.

But I live in Hawaii where the weather is beautiful year round. So, wearing a bathing suit, cute dresses and and cup up shorts is a daily thing. Looking good in clothes is very important to me. I can’t hide in big sweaters and sweat pants like I use to when I lived in Connecticut and New York. Shit, here in Oahu, everyday is summer time so I have to be fabulous…for myself.

Being older, I find it’s harder for me to lose all this stubborn weight so sometimes I need a little help, a jump start you know, so I decided to try out BOOMBOD. What is BOOMBOD? It’s a weight loss supplements that comes in a shot form…my kind of diet. The sachet contains glucomannan, a natural ingredient that’s been extracted from a tropical plant. Glucomannan is a food additive used as an emulsifier and thickener. I decided to try their 7 Day Achiever. You get a box of flavored sachet and I selected the lemon lime flavor because I love that tangy yet bitter taste. 

Boombod Lime Flavor

 

So, here’s how it works.

Boombod sachet

You get 21 sachets, 7 Morning, 7 Afternoon, 7 Night. 

Empty one sachet in a glass, I use my cute Boomboddle, while stirring really fast for 5 seconds, fill your glass with 1/4 of cold water to dissolve. Drink your shot right away cuz it will turn into a gel like base. Viola, you’re now on your way to starting to get that dream body.

Here is some details about BOOMBOD, but you can visit their site and do your own research on it. What’s important to me about ingredients may not be important to you.

I’ll definitely keep you all updated on how my body is doing with me using BOOMBOD.

  • CLINICALLY PROVEN WEIGHT LOSS FIBRE*
  • UNIQUE VITAMIN BLEND IN EACH SACHET
  • SUGAR FREE & NO ASPARTAME
  • NO LAXATIVES OR CAFFEINE
  • SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS
  • 10 CALORIES PER SACHET
  • GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE
  • NO BLOAT

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Lifestyle Blogger and Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu Island but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being Hawaii top social media influencer & a Hawaii blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles anywhere in Hawaii and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu or Halewia…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Today I’m Getting These Fibroids And Polyp Tumors Removed

img_1030The Big Day is FINALLY here! If you’re a woman who have experience women health issues I’m sure you understand my excitement. If you have a love one that is going through it with health issues then I know you understand.

I arrived at The Queen’s Medical Center at 7:30am to check in for surgery. I was brought up to the 2nd floor and they got me all prepped. All of my nurses were excellent with taking care of me and keeping me calm and relaxed.

At 9:30am I was rolled in the operating room, that’s when it got real when they had me say bye to my husband and son. The room was bright and so damn cold that they had to get me 2 more warm blankets. All I remember is moving from the stretcher to the table, the doctor placing the oxygen mask  over my face and feeling the cold anesthesia medication going through the intravenous line in my arm. I didn’t like how it felt, my body started shaking and I was out. The next thing I know is they were waking me up and I was crying because I was in so much pain and I could feel the water/saline/blood discharging.  They could not give me any pain medicine until I came all the way out of sedation. I kind of remember my husband feeding me a dry ass sandwich and helping me with drinking water.

Everything went well, of course… I’m on day 3 of recovering and I’m still in pain and heavy bleeding when I bend down or walk up in down stairs. I just need to get through this this week and I can’t wait to get back to my regular routine.

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If you know any woman that is going through women issues like fibroids and polyps, please encourage them to go visit a doctor so they do not suffer with heavy periods, continuous bleeding after their periods, bloating and pain. It may not sound like it’s something serious but it is.

Women we have to start taking care of each other and stop acting like another woman challenge is her complaining.

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

 

Relaxing At Home After Going Through Pre-Op To Remove Fibroids And Polyp Tumors

img_0090I’ve been through my pre-op, now I’m home just sitting here patiently waiting for the big day. I have only been coming outside after 6pm when the sun goes down. The doctors told me to stay out of the sun and because of my Lupus I have to not get a lot of sun on my body without being covered.

I never had surgery so I didn’t know what to expect at the pre-op. For me it was broken up in 2 days. The first day was blood work and urine testing.

The second day was my pre-op clearance with anesthesiologist. About 2 hours of questions asking me about my health history then they did an EKG and another urine test. My doctor went over my lab work from yesterday blood work. It’s very detailed. Because I’m anemic my blood was a little low, it was a 10.2 and she need me to get it to 11.2 before surgery. So that meant eating a lot of protein to get my iron up. So that meant no processed food which is hard for me

Then I was sent home with special instructions such as;

Do not eat or drink anything (even water or chewing gum) after midnight.

Do not take aspirin or aspirin for at least 1 week before surgery. (say what, nah)

Avoid soda and alcohol (oh lord, this is all I drink)

Avoid sun

Bathe with the special Hibiclens wash they send you home with the night before and the morning of. Use clean soft towels, do not scrub just softly wipe and pat dry.

No makeup, no nail polish just on 1 finger (this was the hard part)

Eat healthy food drink 8 glasses of water a day (this was hard cuz I don’t drink water daily)

Brush your teeth four times a day and before bed

No smoking no street drugs no vitamins and herbal supplements (didn’t pertain to me)

Try to not get a cold/flu, fever, sore throat or cough. (this is why I had to stay away from people cuz of my Lupus I pick up germs instantly)

 

 

The best part about this down time is I’m able to focus of my future. I have been working a lot on my book because this entire experience has given me a lot to write about.

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I also finished working on my blog and managed to get a nice nap with all this wonderful breezy coming through. The next time you will hear from is after the big day.

See Ya Bye & Luv U Mean It!

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

 

Fibroids And Polyps Are Health Issues Many Women Suffer With Including Myself

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Heading To Do A Sonohysterogram

As scary as today is I actually have been waiting for this day. It’s the last of the testing that I have to do before REMOVAL DAY!. I have been having problems all my life with my menstrual periods. Beside 7 days of heavy bleeding like a crime scene, clots and horrible pains the last 2 months have been the worst I’ve ever experienced. Right after my periods I started experiencing these ovarian rupture cyst and if you had them before you know how horribly painful they are. Because I’ve gotten them so much I know what to do and wasn’t really alarmed. But the last one in July decided to not go away. I was feeling these pains regularly. Then all of a sudden I noticed that I was looking like I was pregnant and feeling like I was going to drop at home and at work. UHM Hello, I’m 48 about to be 49 in October. So what’s going on here. This is not normal. Everyday I was praying for the insurance cards to arrive cuz as soon as it does I’m heading to the damn ER.

 

Well, God heard me and the cards finally arrived. I was able to get an appointment at the Pali Women’s Health Center in Kapolei. They did the typical urine test to see if I was pregnant, but I knew I wasn’t.

Then they did a pap smear test. Because of what I was experiencing they sent me to The Queen’s Medical Center to do the 2 two ultrasounds the same day. So I headed over to the hospital and they performed 2 ultrasounds, an abdominal and vaginal ultrasound. Now, I’ve had an abdominal ultrasound before when I was pregnant but never a vaginal ultrasound. So, that caught me off guard because I wasn’t ready for that shit.

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Still doing regularly activity feeling like I was going to drop any minute.

Still no relief, I went back to my regular schedule, work and being in so much pain. Self medicating, with 4 ibuprofen and a cocktail every night. 4 days later I’m now spotting for 3 days straight. I called the Pali Women’s Health Center twice to see if the received any of my results. Plus, I wanted to know if it was normal that I was experiencing spotting. Once she placed me on hold to see if they received anything I had made my mind up that I was going to go to the ER at Queen’s Medical Center West. The receptionist came back in said the results did come back and she read to me what was on the results. I heard ABNORMAL and I freaked out. Thanked her and got my black ass off the phone. Told them at work I needed to leave for the day.  I called my husband as I walked to the car and he met me outside because his job is across the street from mine.

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We went to the ER, that did the same ultrasounds, my luck and because it was the same hospital I went to 4 days ago they were able to compare them. I also had to do a CT SCAN with contrast. Because of my Lupus, I’ve done them before. That iodine that heat the body I’m not a fan of but I wanted them to do whatever they needed to do. After all the testing they gave me Morphine, Oh Lord! That shit had me so damn loopy. I don’t like feeling like that. I’m such a control freak that’s why and with Morphine I’m not in control of nada. Finally, they came back with info they found 3 large fibroid’s but wanted to do a biopsy in the morning.

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I slept liked a baby, thanks Morphine. Then in the morning the biopsy was done with a Physician that the ER doctor set up the night before. That’s when I was told they see tumor tissues but they can’t see how many and how large. Sent me home with meds and after I finished all of the meds I can have a sonohysterogram done in Honolulu. I decided to take some time off from work so that I could take these strong meds to shrink the fibroid’s. I don’t function well on meds they make me feel crazy, walking around like I belong on The Walking Dead. Especially the pain pill, oxycodone.

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Today is the day that I got to do the sonohysterogram at Kapi’olani Medical Center For Women & Children. With this test I was able to see everything on the screen above. The doctor was able to explain everything that was going on step by step. When he inserted the catheter and the saline water I wasn’t alarmed because he told me as he was doing it and I could see it above on the screen.  He saw the 3 fibroids that shrunk (THANK GOD) and he saw 2 tumors with one of them being extremely large. So now everything made sense to what I was experiencing and how my stomach was looking.

They explained that I would have some cramping and the leakage from the saline. So they give you a pad to put on. We talked about the 3.5 options on how to remove them and I already know what I want to do. But because of my Lupus, HBP and being anemic having a hysterectomy is not something he think I should do. If I could snatch them right out my body I would. But he thought I should speak with my OB/GYN to see what he think.

So, I’m sitting here patiently waiting, well I’m lying…I called him twice today and still no call back. He should have gotten my results by now, RIGHT?!

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I look like I just went through something

 

I’m now home and let me tell you, by 7pm I was in full pain! I did my 4 ibuprofen and a cocktail and turned over on my side and was out like a light. I’ll definitely keep you all posted on what I decide to do. Trust me, they getting removed!

If you have experienced challenges with fibroids, polyps tumors, and bad menstrual periods, please share. Your experience might help someone that’s why I always share the good and the challenging.

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

 

 

 

10 Highlighters Hawaiian Girls Uses To Keep Their Summer Glow

To keep that GORGEOUS Summer Glow going successful all Fall. Here are 10 Must Have items that a POSHgirl should have in her makeup kit. Here in Hawaii we love using  these items to compliment our boogie down brown skin. Read more in Caribbean Posh magazine.

1.    ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Loose Pigments

2.    CHARLOTTE TILBURY Glowgasm Face Palette

3.    COVER FX Monochromatic Matte + Shimmer Bronzer Duo in Sunkissed Bronze

4.    Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heat Wave

5.    NARS Orgasm Liquid Highlighter

6.    KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Oil

7.    NYX Born to Glow Illuminating Powder

8.    Leahlani Meli GLOW Illuminating Nectar Mask

9.    Entitled Beauty Liquid Slay Highlighters

10. FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Highlighters

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

It’s Tea Time Somewhere, What’s Your Favorite Tea

 

img_8582For  me, having my morning tea, afternoon tea, a relaxing cup of tea when reading/working on articles, or my big mug for when I have a cold/cramps tea. It’s something quite fabulous about my setup. Brewing, then the add-ins (lemon, honey, stevia, mint, cough drops, rum) to making my tea perfect.

My add-ins definitely gives me a different experience with my tea. Be creative with them because there’s no right or wrong way to  drinking your tea. It’s all about what you like. I find tea to be healthy for my body, caffeine free and so damn soothing.

I feel that I’m a serious tea lover who will never ever convert to coffee. The most you will ever get me to drink is a StarbucksStarbucks, Caramel Frappuccino with extra caramel which doesn’t happen often.

I know some call it high tea or low tea, shit I just make myself tea whenever I want it. And I have different types of mugs depending  on my mood of when I’m drinking my tea’s.

Here’s are the teas and brands I have in my kitchen cabinet today; Lipton, Teavana, Triple Leaf Tea, and Celestial Seasoning.

What about you, what’s your favorite? Maybe I’ll get it a try.

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Lipton Greentea Superfruit Orange Passion Fruit Jasmine

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Teavana Lavender Dream

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Triple Leaf Tea Cold & Flu Time

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Teavana Silver Vin Zhen Pearls

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Celestial Seasoning Honey Vanilla Chamomile

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Teavana Serenity Flavored Herbal Infusion

 

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Can’t forget your tea filters for your Teavana tea’s

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

 

Apple News Picked Up My Beauty Article On How Beauty Is Enhanced By Plant Based Food

img_9331Earlier this summer I written a beauty article about food for a new online magazine called SPIRALIZED.

I worked with the Editor In Chief, Gina Keatley numerous times doing hair and makeup for her videos and photoshoots. So when she asked me if I would be interested in writing about the topic of food, makeup and clothing I thought it would make for fun content.

Little did I know that later this summer the article would get picked up by Apple News. I’m not a journalist I’m just a woman who love to write on her blog about beauty, skincare, hair, and my crazy life. So when Gina reached out to me that my article was picked up by Apple News, you can only imagine how taken away I was about this great news.

I’m going to continue to bring you all quality and fun content on my blog as well as a contributor. Below you will find the original article on SPIRALIZED page 11-13. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Lifestyle Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, Waikele, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii.