Big Primpin’: Part II

Big Primpin’ Part I focused on changes directly related to my skin—Part II below focuses more on general lifestyle changes that have helped improve my skin as well.

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Drinking (LOTS) of water.

I used to be terrible about drinking water. Not including workouts, I probably drank about two cups of water PER WEEK. (I told you. TERRIBLE.) So one day this summer, I decided to challenge myself. I had been reading a lot of things saying that water was basically a cure all for everything. Have dry skin? Drink water. Have insomnia? Drink water. Don’t poop regularly enough? You got it—drink water. So my challenge was to drink a 50-ounce bottle (about six cups) of Poland Spring water, all in one day. Mind you, that would be more water in one day than I typically drink in weeks, so this would be no easy feat. Even though it was a bit of a struggle, I managed to do it. And then I challenged myself to do the same thing the next day, and the next, and the next. I’ve even jazzed it up a bit by adding some pure lemon juice to it which makes it so much more tolerable.

Now I strive to drink anywhere from 24 ounces to 56 ounces a day (I can’t quite do the whole 64 ounces/8 cups a day because frankly that’s way too much water for me) and have been doing so for the past few months; I definitely see results regarding my skin and my overall well-being.

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Getting more sleep.

Ahhh, the ever elusive state of sleep. I’ve known some people who once their head hits the pillow, they are out like a light. I, however, have never had such luck. It usually takes me a good 30 minutes to fall asleep once we’ve turned off the TV (and FH puts away his beloved iPad). And most of the time it’s because I just cannot turn my brain off—my body may be physically exhausted, but it’s difficult to completely shut down. I also used to have bouts of insomnia every once in a while due to stress and even my period (weird, right?). So I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to make some lifestyle changes in order to get more sleep.

I knew I did NOT want to start taking prescription meds for my sleep issues, so I went the natural route and started taking Melatonin on nights when I knew sleep wouldn’t come easily. I also try getting to bed earlier and turning off the electronics within a reasonable amount of time. I started exercising more and developed healthier eating habits (this will be a two part post next week!). And getting more sleep does FABULOUS things for your skin. In my case, my skin stopped looking so dry and the puffiness around my eyes disappeared.

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Stop stressing out all the time.

But above all, I made a conscious effort to stop stressing myself out all the time (over various things—surprisingly most are NOT wedding related). And I realized that once I stopped stressing over the little things, I started to feel like tiny weights were being lifted off my shoulder one by one. Granted, some things still do piss me off to no end (and God forbid someone messes with me while I’m PMS’ing…), but I try really hard to take a step back and find some calm and balance. I can’t say it always works, but it’s a significant improvement from how stressed I used to get. This has had a direct impact on things like my sleep patterns, my face picking, and hence the condition of my skin.

So these are the things I’m doing to make sure the best ME is present on my wedding day. I can’t say these things will work for everyone, but the thing to do is identify what your challenges are and tackle them one by one. And most importantly—whatever ends up working for you, make sure to stick with it.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Mongoose

Location:
New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:04 am

    I can second the water & sleep requirements… I’ve always been conscious of those two and make an effort to drink / sleep about 9h. But the workout part… yeah, new year, new goals. ;)

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    missgreenbean 463 posts, Helper bee @ 9:52 am

    I’ve been really working on slowly adopting these habits too. I started first with the water, it was the easiest for me to control. I have this big tumbler I carry all day that I try to refill 2-3 times at least but I’ll admit I’ve been slacking lately. Sleep was next and when I started a new job that required me to be out the door about 30 minutes before I was waking up, that fell in to place pretty quickly.

    Stresing out…well…we’re working on it. The new job helps, and my wonderful FI has helped by taking over some of the things that used to set me off, and it’s slowly improving.

    Working out….yeesh. I’ve been a baaad bad bean and we’re getting back on track as soon as FI kicks this bout of bronchitis. He’s kinda my own personal trainer since he’s a runner and much more fit than I am. Here’s to a stress-free, glowingly beautiful, happy 2013! (I’m raising a glass of water, I promise!)

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:54 am

    the water thing is by far the hardest. I just don’t remember to drink ever and when I do, I’m so picky about the temperature of my water, it’s hard to actually do it. Does anyone have a good way of remembering how much water they’ve actually drank? I can’t carry gigantic water bottles with me so keeping track would be super useful

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    i’m good about water and the main reason is that i drink from those giant nalgene water bottles. they’re over 32 ounces and encourage gulping. i tell myself i need to drink at least one full one during my work day, then i drink water only with dinner (and obvi at the gym). it really helped me because with water bottles or even normal sized cups, you feel like you’re making a dent faster and therefore, i think, drink slower.

    i wish i could get better on the sleep thing too! i know it’d make the biggest difference…

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:16 am

    @MissGreenBean: Raising a glass (of water) right back at you! Hope FI feels better soon.

    @Miss Panda: I keep track of how much water I drink using the calorie counting site MyFitnessPal.com. Have you heard of it?

    @Miss Gray Wolf: Smart! My water bottle is only about 20 ounces but I should invest in a larger one so I fill up less often.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:06 pm

    Not that you need to add another thing to your repertoire, but I found that taking a multivitamin really helps my skin too.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 2:34 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Ah good point. I’m terrible at remembering to take my vitamins every day but I do have them.

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