I know I'm way behind the times, but has anyone else watched Prison Break? Mr. Spiel and I are OBSESSED. Wentworth (hence the title) Miller is phenomenal, and my favorite. If you haven't watched it, Netflix it. If you have watched it, hush. Moving on.
I'm not real sure where this post is heading, but it does have a point, so bear with me, and get what you can out of it.
As most of you know, I've struggled with acne for awhile. When I was in high school it wasn't awful just normal "that time of the month" onesies, until I turned 18 and then BAM, crazy, awful, cystic acne. All over my chin, jaw line, and around my mouth. They would cluster up so there would be anywhere from 4-5 pimples either right on the same spot (so it looked like that three headed dog from Hercules -the cartoon-) or all near each other so it was wide instead of tall. Awful, I wish I had pictures of it, but I got pretty good at turning my head a certain way, and covering those puppies up. There are some pictures where you can see a mountain on my chin, but most of those have been disposed of. Ugh, ok enough of memory lane. Lately, my skin has been blessing me with more good days than bad, and I thank it for this kind, kind gesture. A truce almost. I'm doing good things for it, and it's paying me back ten fold. A couple of things I've started doing:
1. Exercise: I know, I'm the laziest person in the entire world, seriously. But I've started exercising -shredding for the wedding, and all- not a lot, maybe 3 times a week. Just enough to get my heart racing, blood pumping, and carbs burnin'. I read an article once about how exercising affects your skin it said to "think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside." Getting your blood flowing carries the oxygen to your skin cells, keeping them all working in order.
2. WATER: I can't stress this one enough, this was the main thing I wanted to talk about and it turned into a whole skincare post, so, you're welcome, I think. Water, water, water, water, this is the main thing I changed in my life lately. It's a real struggle for me to drink water, I hate it. It doesn't taste good, it's blah, there are so many other things out there I'd rather be drinking than flavorless moisture. Especially since we're getting a McAlisters (I plan on drinking their sweet tea for 6 weeks straight.) A couple months ago, I would go days without drinking water, probably weeks, as awful as that sounds. It's still a struggle, but I'm getting better at it. I take bottles of water with me to work I drink one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and at night I drink Lemon & Cucumber Water. If you don't like water, drink. this. now. It's awesome and it's so easy. You're supposed to add mint to it as well, but that's actually IMPOSSIBLE to find, so I just stuck with lemons and cucumbers, and it's delicious. This is supposed to get rid of your unwanted water weight, which I haven't noticed, but I do notice that my skin. looks. AMAZING. Not trying to toot any horn, but even Mr. Spiel noticed it. Seriously, it's soft, I have one red mark on my chin, but it's not even raised, just a red spot. I don't think I've lost any weight because of this magic water, but I feel healthier, I feel lighter. Don't make this thinking it's going to cure your worst woes, but if you struggle with drinking water, this will work. Even if this stuff wasn't good for me, I'd still drink it.
3. Food: This is my weakness, I love food, I love eating, but I'm picky. I don't like anything too spicy, and I'm a texture eater. I don't like peanut butter, onions, mushrooms, peppers, or fish. I could eat chicken every day for the rest of my life, and mac and cheese is my first true love. I guess when I say I love food, I really mean, I love snacking. Chips, cookies, those are the things that haunt me. I've swapped my chips for cheese nips (because cheese itz are disgusting, does anyone else feel me on this? Mr. Spiel thinks I'm crazy), but I can't find a substitute for cookies, or ice cream... MMMM Braum's calls to me on a daily basis. The other day, Roland said "I know how smokers feel," "How?" I asked him, his reply? "Because I crave cookies allll the time!" The struggle is real in our house.
One thing that has kept me encouraged through this "Bettering ourselves" journey is something I read on a blog the other day, (I'm going to get better at remembering where I read things. Promise) But what I read said to add before you start worrying about subtracting. If you focus more on adding in good things like water, fruits, vegetables, and focus less on the daunting task of cutting out all the bad things, you won't get so discouraged so easily when you eat a cookie... or two.
So with that, go and add the good things in your life.
And have a fabulous Tuesday!