The idea of only eating for a certain amount of time in a day isn’t new, but it can be scary. I’ve tried IF (intermittent fasting) before by selecting the exact hours I would and wouldn’t eat. However, my schedule isn’t so cut and dry. It changes from day to day making it damn near impossible to maintain such a rigid timetable.
So, this time I’m doing things a little differently. I’m fasting for at least 13 hours a day, but the start and end times are dictated by the individual needs of each day. So far, it seems to be working. I’ve only been at it for about a week, but I’m feeling hopeful that I can maintain this particular way of fasting successfully for as long as want. I guess we’ll see.
I hope everyone is having a great first month of the year!
I love being able to change my outward appearance. Dying or cutting my hair, wearing makeup, painting my nails, even dressing in particular styles. These are all activities that allow me to express my inner self in a physical way. And I love it.
I recently decided that it was time for a change. This time, it was the color of my hair. About six months ago, I got it dyed a chestnut brown.
Since that time, it has faded to a mousy medium brown.
It lacked vibrancy, something which seemed to reflect the depression issues I’ve been dealing with for a while. But, that washed out color was no longer reflecting my inner-self. I’m starting to feel renewed and I wanted that change to be more on display.
Which is why I went with a bold new color.
I’ve gone red before in the past. In fact, the first time I ever colored my hair I went red. It was just before the start of my sophomore year of high school. We had just moved from Okinawa, Japan to Preppyville, California. It was also the first time I was going to a civilian school rather than a DoD school. I needed a change and a little extra courage, so my mum helped me dye my dishwater blonde hair to a light, natural red color. I’ve pretty much been hooked ever since.
The ability to make such bold, visible changes is empowering, to say the least. Sometimes, having just a modicum of control over one’s own environment is enough to shake out the cobwebs. To imbue life back where it belongs. And I’m all for making your own statement, whether anyone else likes it or not.
I feel good about myself and that’s all that really matters.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend as much as I am!
I got two new plants yesterday.
Adorable little succulents that were looking awful sad sitting on the shelf, neglected and forgotten, at Marshall’s. We don’t normally get live plants, so no one seemed to realize they were there. I’ve been watering them once a week for the past month or so, waiting for them to go on clearance.
It finally happened, so I bought them. I hope they’re happy in their new home.
Until next week, be happy everyone!
Back in January, I wrote about changing my drinking habits. I was attempting to switch from mostly sugary beverages to mostly water-type beverages with little to no sugar.
I am happy to announce that it has been a huge success. I haven’t had an actual soda in well over a month. Instead, I drink mostly naturally flavored carbonated water, along with some coffee, tea, and, of course, plain water.
It has been immensely liberating to not rely so heavily on overly processed drinks. In fact, I have even started drinking plain seltzer water, in the form of Perrier, and it is delicious. I never liked the taste of plain carbonated water before; I thought it was disgusting.
How my taste buds have changed! And in such a short time too. I am very happy with my progress and am researching dietary changes, which will be my next healthy project.
May you all enjoy your health and happiness to its fullest extent!
The biggest problem with trying to make changes is doing too much all at once. This is especially true at the new year. I’ve fallen into this trap many times myself. So, I decided to do things a bit different this year.
I’m making changes slowly and one at a time. I know, super radical, but it seems to be working.
I started tracking my caloric intake and realized that a lot of my calories were coming from what I drank. Needless to say, I figured that would be a good place to start adjusting my habits. My drinks went from a lot of sugary, calorie laden soda, juice, and sweet tea to mostly water in various forms.
I never used to like sparkling water that didn’t have a lot of added sugar. Of course, I never really gave it a chance either. That changed recently and I have a new appreciation for unsweetened drinks. In fact, I find them quite refreshing.
I’m hoping I can snowball this one change into more in the near future. I look forward to sharing my wellness journey with you each week.