I read The happiness Project last year and have thought about implementing ways to be happier. I am waiting on my turn at the library to re read it to refreshen my memory. I remember enough of it to note what I want to work on starting March 1st. I have decided that these are the things that would truly make me happier and that they would require the most work on my part since these seem the most difficult to implement. Follow Flylady to keep a clean apt. I am the worlds messiest person I dont know if I am lazy or what but the mess drives me nuts. Home is supposed to be all comfty and cozy not a place you want to escape. Follow Weight Watchers to lose weight. I recently hit an all time high with my weight and that woke me up to the fact that being fat is not good for my health. I can blame me meds or different things but ultimately I am the one who puts food in my mouth. I have accepted this is a life long journey and to take it one day and one pound at a time.
I will do these two for the month of March and I will see how much progress I can make. Every month I will add stuff to work on.
About a year ago I started losing my hair. I should have known that an extremely low fat diet was not good for anyone but alas.
It started out small. A few extra hairs here and there. then more hair then it started falling out in clumps. That's when I began to panic. I have always had long thick hair and now at the rate it was falling out I was going to look like this.
For those who don't know me I am very, very vain. I take hours to get ready to go on a simple trip to Wal-Mart. So having no hair was not an option.
At Wal-Mart I noticed Rogaine for women. Not willing to shell out 40 bucks for a shampoo that would take months to work, I called my Dr in a state of panic. I guess going bald is not a bona fide emergency because they set my appointment for two weeks.
“But in two weeks I will have NO HAIR LEFT!!” In reply the Dr assured me that no one goes bald that fast unless you are in chemotherapy. The next two weeks went by with me in a blind panic. I refused to wash my hair or brush it for fear of more falling out. You can imagine my friends reaction.
“When ARE you going to brush and wash your hair it looks horrible and it starting to STINK” And variations therefore.
So I arrived at the Dr’s office and he ran every test he could think off. My thyroid had mysteriously healed itself and everything was normal expect MY HAIR WAS FALLING OUT.
He recommended me to a dermatologist. First time I knew a skin Dr also handles hair. That is valuable knowledge. Anyways after looking at all my tests she asks me what are your eating habits like. I proudly stated my almost vegan low fat diet and remarked i had lost 80 pounds. Then here is something you don't hear every day, your hair needs fat to grow. And all this time I had been proud of my self but alas things change. I decided for the sake of my hair AND skin the South Beach diet would be better. It may not be good for my overall health but if I could die with a full head of hair so be it. And so I switched. And one month after I switched my hair stopped falling out and my acne cleared right up. Moral of the story If you want to die pretty go low carb. However if you want to live and you are not vain then stick with low fat.
In the words of everyone else I am back. There is a loong story of what happened to me and that will be in a friends only post. I am glad my lj is still here. I was afraid they would have deleted it and my 6 years worth of entries. Am looking forward to hearing from everyone again.
I am just about fed up with winter. It seems an age ago that the sun shone brightly and everything was green and alive. Now it is just cold and dead. It drags on and on and on. One more month til spring. Must keep going. I can do it.
well I got 500 dollars in the second stimulus check thingie. The government owes me after what they put me through to work with them. I am still trying to decide what to do with it. Job hunting in this economy is depressing.. However the 500 dollars cheered me up.
I am hoping the library at least gives me an interview. I could see doing that for a couple years then maybe I will go to library school (grad program) with all the other bookish nerds and spent my life in quiet solitude with the occasional idiot that needs help finding a book. Books cant violate the ADA. Which suits me just fine.
The dr has told me I have seasonal affective disorder. I am feeling it. I cant even begin to say how much I hate winter. I never ever got depressed in Africa but here in the US the never ending winter drags on and on. I got put on some new drugs but what I really crave is nice hot weather with blue skies and margertitias and a good book. Not this crappy ice storm shit that been going on. I am so tempted to go to a tanning bed just for some UV rays. April can not get here fast enough. I need to move to the tropics then I wont be sitting in some therapist office saying nothing is wrong per se I am just having UV withdrawals. They are predicting another storm. God help me.