Me, me, me, and me. My life, me, my life, me, and me. Me, more me, even more me, and but wait, there's more me. And oh, by the way, me. Me!
Yeah, this post is almost entirely about me. You might want to skip it... unless you're having a bout of insomnia; in which case, this post is electronic Ambien. :P
The long version (Don't say I didn't warn you.) is as follows:
I have been making some changes to my lifestyle over the last three months. I hadn't been very successful with small or gradual changes in the past, so I decided to try a more abrupt approach this time. Instead of weaning myself off something, I would go with a reverse Nike: just don't do it. This tactic is working surprisingly well for me.
I stopped eating fast food. This turned out to be easier than I expected, in part because of the summer heat. Get in the blazing hot
I stopped drinking soda. I expected much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this one. I thought I'd be haunted by fizzy voices calling "Drink us! Drink us!" from the beverage cooler at work. To my great astonishment, breaking my soda habit was quite easy. I switched to flavored water and tea, and soon I didn't miss soda at all. (I still love you, Coke Zero; I just don't need you anymore.)
I started taking better care with my appearance - styling my hair, painting my nails, being consistent with skin care, putting some thought into clothes. I'm not trying to impress anyone (I work mostly with men, who wouldn't notice anyway); I just feel more confident when I make myself presentable. Complacency about my appearance was a sure sign that I was feeling depressed.
I started making healthier food choices. Firstly, eating more fruits and vegetables. This one has been pretty easy as I like veggies and fruits and they're simple to cook or eat raw. I have even started craving healthier foods when I'm hungry. French cut green beans are little green slivers of joy, and black-eyed peas are the legume of the gods.
|with Snaps! :D|
One unexpected effect has been that my perpetual nasal congestion has improved dramatically. I'm not sure if it's due to the sugar or to the milk that I would drink with sugary foods, but what a difference! I was taking a decongestant almost daily, but now I haven't needed one for a month or more. I had no idea my nose could serve any useful purpose other than holding my glasses up... but I can actually breathe through the thing! :o
I stopped recreational eating. This was made easy by (and timed to coincide with) starting Invisalign treatment to straighten my teeth. I can't eat while wearing the aligners, and I need to wear them 20-22 hours a day for a good result. Lunch at work involves walking with my little toiletries kit to the bathroom, taking the aligners out (which requires a bit of effort as they fit VERY tightly on my teeth), and cleaning them. After I eat, it's another trip to the bathroom to thoroughly brush my teeth and put the aligners back in. When I feel the urge to snack, I have to decide whether it's worth all that trouble. Usually it's not. Even for black-eyed peas.
In case anyone's curious about Invisalign... I've had my aligners for about 10 days now, and it's okay so far. My teeth ached slightly the first two or three days, but it was only discomfort, nothing I'd call pain. My tongue and the inside of my bottom lip did not fare so well. The bottom aligner cut into them painfully. :( I smoothed the edges with an emery board, and left the aligners out for a day so my mouth could heal. Those first few days, I was salivating like a Mastiff (okay, maybe it wasn't quite that bad); thankfully, that subsided. I started to get a sore throat but that went away after I disinfected the aligners in a hydrogen peroxide solution. I'll move to the second set of aligners in a few days. Before I put them in, I'll file the edges and give them a soak, and hopefully avoid any problems.
I tried to stop sitting around on the sofa watching TV, but failed. I think it's partly due to the summer heat, which saps my energy and makes me reluctant to move. I run freakishly hot (the lab tech has to wear oven mitts when handling vials of my
And what about the realm of crafts and home improvement? Well, having finished my office armoire project, I'm now focusing on redoing the bathroom. My weekend plans include beginning a project which has an excellent chance of ending up a dismal failure: attempting to change a boring brown cabinet into something less boring and not at all brown. I suspect my plans are far grander than my skill in making them reality... but we'll see. For me, successful home improvement is less about skill and more about pure stubborn determination to make the stupid thing work. ;) Especially when I start the project with only a pile of boards, several baggies of little metal bits, and a couple of vague ideas.
|Some assembly required.|
I have several craft and sewing projects I want to work on after I finish the bathroom. I might try another round of The Daily Done for September. It's good motivation, and it feels great to accomplish even a little something each day.
Anyone else making changes in your life? Have you had more success with small gradual changes or with big abrupt ones?