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Posted in Exercise, Moving, Musings, Recipes/Food, Uncategorized, Weight with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by Dena

There hasn’t been too much to talk about, since the change in plans regarding the move kind of stalled my life-progress. I’ve mostly been packing, capturing Silent Hill Downpour footage, and being obsessed with Red Dwarf lately. So not a whole lot going on.

But, today, I found myself looking over old posts and I realized there have been some developments (and lack thereof) in my routine that I figure I could talk a bit about.

Primal Egg Coffee – I actually stopped doing it, but not really intentionally at first. Basically I didn’t buy enough eggs one week to be able to do it, so I didn’t for that week … and for some reason I suddenly didn’t find myself famished by the time I got to work, and haven’t been since. So I just stopped. It was a little inconvenient anyway–I was willing to do it as long as it was helpful, but if I don’t have the need, no point it using that extra time in the morning that could be spent kicking back at my monitor. I still think it’s a neat thing to do, and I still recommend it if you find your coffee won’t get you through to breakfast time–but if you don’t need it … eh, no real point.

No Soap or Toothpaste – Still doing this. Still think it works well. My showers are a bit longer because I haven’t really come up with a routine, per se, if that makes any sense, but I’m just as clean as when I was using soap, so I’m good. Still using Shampoo and conditioner, but sparingly. I may try not using at least conditioner one of these weekends just to see what happens.

As for no-toothpaste, I think it might actually be an improvement there–I think MAYBE my teeth feel cleaner longer than when I was using toothpaste … but I could be wrong. At the very least, I’ve found I just don’t need toothpaste. Still use a little bit of peppermint extract, but that’s it–now I put maybe a drop in the cap, fill the rest with water, then dip the brush in that. A little harder getting the coffee taste off my tongue, but it’s worth it.

As for my face … I umm … really don’t wash it anymore, exactly. It gets plenty of hot water on it in the shower, but I don’t really scrub it or anything. Complexion has not really cleared up, but it’s not any worse than it was. In the morning, I mainly just give it a quick wipe with a hot damp washcloth. That’s it. It’s crazy to think I used to scrub the hell out of it with soap at night, and used witch hazel in the morning … and the results weren’t any better. I suppose it COULD be less oily–or else, maybe I just don’t notice now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that oil on your skin isn’t a bad thing.

Giving up Dairy – Kind of put that on hold for a little while … and I think I’m noticing a difference in my sinus problems–they never totally cleared up during the week or two that I was off dairy, but now that I’m back on it for a little while (the reason is dumb–I ended up with more dairy products in the fridge than I thought I had and I decided not to waste it) I think I do notice that it’s gotten worse again. So I do think that lack of dairy is a good thing, and once there’s no more dairy products in the fridge, I’m gonna try to at least mostly stay off of it.

Primal Blueprint Fitness – I’ve been mostly keeping up with it. Not much else to say in that area–I’m on … I think my third week of doing it? One week I slacked off, so it’s hard to say how much it is or isn’t helping. I don’t really enjoy it, but it’s quick and really just involves push-ups, squats, and planks twice per week, and some sprinting once per week, along with my daily 25 minutes of walking. I just power through it and get it over with. The sprinting is especially brutal, but I just do it and get it out of the way, and it’s done until the next week. So not too bad in the long run (so to speak =P).

I think that’s it for updates on earlier posts that I could think of.

Here’s a bonus random fun fact before I end this entry: I’ve been eating a small piece of cake every day because my birthday was Saturday, so how does my body react? Dropping that pound it was holding onto for the last couple weeks. LOLWUT?

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“Poo-less”, etc., Update

Posted in Musings with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2013 by Dena

Just a little update on my last post where I talked about experimenting with giving up soap and shampoo, etc..

Unfortunately, I’m having to stick with shampoo and conditioner for the time being–tried to at least go without conditioner (substituting vinegar rinse), and that just made my hair heavy and oily again, so once again had to bring it back to life with a small hit of shampoo. From then on, I decided not to mess with my hair care routine other than keeping it at very small amounts and not leaving the conditioner in, just rinsing it out immediately. So far, it works just as well as using a lot, leaving conditioner in for a long time, etc..

I’ve also been using oil as facial cleanser, as recommended by Julie. For now, I’m using olive oil. I’ve been doing some reading up on the subject for the last few days (PS: The theory is that adding oil to your face dissolves the existing oil, hence why it works), and there seems to be conflicting information about which oils will be helpful, and which will just further clog your pores and make it worse. Unfortunately, a lot say olive oil and coconut oil are harmful. But not all, so … err, I don’t know who to believe. I guess I’ll continue with olive oil for awhile, since it’s what I have in the bathroom right now, and see how it goes.  I’m a little afraid to try coconut oil anyway, because awhile back, I used coconut-scented moisturizer and I ended up REALLY breaking out. Most of the sites recommend castor oil and … not sure if I should trust that stuff since it comes from a toxic plant, same as I no longer consume canola oil for similar reasons.

But anyway, face routine is now basically this method but with olive oil in the evening, then wiping with a hot damp cloth in the morning … at the very least, my skin doesn’t seem any MORE oily than when I was scrubbing with soap at night, then wiping with witch hazel in the morning. I hope this is helpful in the long run–at 37 years old, I’m awfully tired of dealing with acne.

Everything else SEEMS to be working fine, so no updates there, it’s just more of the same.

Semi-successful Experiment

Posted in Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by Dena

Once again, a topic on MDA Forums (or the conversation that the topic semi-evolved into) got me thinking, and, in this case, inspired an experiment. (and, once again, maybe a little TMI-ish, but not too bad)

There is a lot of talk in some circles about soap and hair products being harmful. I never put much stock into that, but a lot of people in that topic talking about replacing manufactured soap and hair products with natural substances and having IMPROVED results when it comes to hygene really got me thinking. Shampoo and body wash is expensive, unless you buy the cheap kind that tends to leave a film on you. And, frankly, despite the fact that I wash daily, and am eating pretty healthy these days, I still get pretty bad acne during those hormonal times–I got to wondering if a change of this kind might actually be beneficial. And cheap! A box of baking soda is less than a dollar, and a gallon of white vinegar is just a couple dollars–2 cheap products that can do what 3+ expensive products do? Sounds awesome.

Basically, the idea was to replace soap and shampoo with (sometimes diluted, sometimes not) baking soda, and (diluted) vinegar for conditioner for awhile to see what happens. I tried it starting Friday night, and the results were great–came out of the shower feeling just as clean as whenever I used soap and shampoo/conditioner, and my hair was just as managable–it lasted throughout the next day until it was time to shower again. Saturday night/Sunday was the same. Sunday night, at the end of the shower, I thought my hair felt oily and heavy, but it was still wet, so I’d hoped it was my imagination. Nope, ended up having to endure a day of work on Monday with greasy nasty hair. Monday night, same thing, so I broke down and used shampoo, and lo my hair is nice again today.

This is apparently normal, and I half-expected it–your hair goes through an adjustment period where it’s greasy and gross for about a week before it gets back to normal. Urrgh … I can’t do that. I work in an office job and I just can’t have my hair look bad for a full week. So, the Shampoo bit is a fail-for-now. I will try again once I’m in-between jobs and don’t have to be seen in public for awhile. In the mean time, I’ll continue using baking soda just as soap, and vinegar as conditioner and see if that works. At least it would mean less product in my hair.

But the soap part seems to be successful–skin hasn’t cleared up yet, but I’ve only been doing it for a few days and it takes time for results to show, but my skin looks and feels just as clean as if I’d used soap.

There are a couple of other successes as well …

I no longer use toothpaste–I wet the toothbrush and put a tiny bit of peppermint extract on it (just because I’m so used to tasting mint during/after brushing), and my teeth feel just as clean and smooth all day as if I had used toothpaste, but without that thick toothpasty flavor afterwards. I tried using the famous peroxide/baking soda combo on Sunday, thinking I might do that once a week or something (too often is supposed to be bad), but I was spitting blood afterwards, so … maybe not such a good idea. Maybe I’ll try it a couple more times and if I still get the same result, I’ll quit.

And finally, someone suggested replacing shaving cream/gel with aloe vera gel–a lot of people suggest coconut or olive oil, but I don’t want oil gunking up my razor, so I asked for an alternative. I cannot find straight aloe anywhere, but I experimented with some stuff I have for treating sunburns that I think is mostly aloe with a few ingredients added, like rubbing alchohol, to see if if was on the right track. It seems to work pretty well. So, once I find aloe, I’ll definitely try that for awhile.

I’ve also been using baking soda under my arms instead of deodorant–again, seems to work.

So it appears I’ve at least given up soap, maybe conditioner, toothpaste, shaving cream/gel, and deoderant–not too bad.

Haven’t found a substitute for moisturizer yet–I don’t like the feel of olive oil on my skin, plus when I put some olive oil on my legs after shaving, I noticed a few breakouts within the next couple days, which seemed to stop after I scrubbed with baking soda.

And, as a disclaimer, in case anyone reading this thinking, “Eww, no soap or shampoo? Gross! Stay away from me!”, trust me when I say that I am VERY self-conscious about hygene (I went through hell in high school because I wasn’t allowed to shower more than 1-2 times a week–would NEVER willingly put myself through that humiliation ever again, which is why I did this at the beginning of a weekend in case it didn’t work out)–if this stuff wasn’t working, and I was a mess, I’d notice.

EDIT – Fifteen minutes later, Mark posts this article. Talk about timing.

One more EDIT as an afterthought – I will NEVER give up nail polish, I don’t care what’s in it. That’s where I draw the line! And you can quote me on that =P