Here Is How It Went…
It Did Not Go Well
I stopped drinking coffee in October and I am very proud of myself for this, but the only way I stopped was to replace it with green tea (sweetened of course). I love it and would have it almost every day. Until today…
Today I decided to try to be healthier (less sugars) and obviously green tea is amazing for boosting your metabolism, so I gave it a shot. I picked up an unsweetened green tea from Starbucks on my way to work and I was not satisfied. Also, people at work kept joking that it looked like pee.
Call me unhealthy or whatever you want, but I have a sweet tooth, so forcing myself to drink this green tea straight was difficult. I tried ripping the bandaid off and drinking it fast, but that was a terrible idea. Nasty. I figured I would get used to it if I continued to drink it, but it was gross to the very end.
Guess how long it took me to finish it… 4 hours. YUP.
Guess what I had for dinner… a BBQ cheese burger… NO regrets.
Was this successful? No, but I felt better about eating dinner!
I have no self control when it comes to creating healthy eating habits and most of me wouldn’t think twice about that. Right now I work too much to have a strict gym schedule so I figured I would try some other ways to get whatever help I can. Will I go back to unsweetened green tea? No. Will I stop trying? No.
Here is what I am going to do… Slowly add less and less sugar, hopefully I will train myself to eventually like it. In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to just give up my love of unhealthy food for a while. I’ll let you know how it goes, but if you have any reasonable suggestions – definitely let me know!
Seriously concerned about this… I am only 22.
So basically over the past couple weeks I have noticed some things that I (probably) have been experiencing for a while, but am just now realizing that they are (probably) not normal. I like to think I am healthy and active, but I am starting to think twice recently.
The first thing I noticed was that if I sit criss crossed (usually while writing in my bullet journal, or drafting a blog post) for longer than 5-10 minutes, it is impossible to get up quickly. My legs are so stiff and to move them is incredibly painful! This is new, really new. Unfortunately, I guess I am realizing I should start stretching more! Maybe drinking more water will help. I woke up the other morning stiff as a board. My back was in so much pain. Since when does this happen to a healthy 22 year old? Not sure, but I feel like a 75 year old man with arthritis. Sorry to all 75 year old men with arthritis. My heart goes out to you.
I always used to make fun of our college alumni who would come back for alumni weekends or to visit, and they could not keep up at the bar. They used to be the ones who set the pace! Especially when they’re sipping their expensive craft beer and chardonnay… Come on, live a little guys! The ones that do join in on the drinking games and whatnot usually are the ones you will not see the next day. This brings me to the second thing I noticed. Hangovers really are a bitch. Now don’t get me wrong this is always true, but now… Its a whole other level of tired, groggy, and dizzy. I do not understand how I used to be able to bounce back and make it to my 8 am chem lab the next morning. Anyway, yeah, I am so sorry to everyone I made fun of for this.
Last thing, I was looking at my bank statement from the past month (yikes) and noticed where my money goes. Car payments, rent, groceries (not even good ones), and health insurance… I guess this time comes for everyone, but I didn’t think it would hit all at once *internal sobs* so when people tell you to not grow up, listen to them. Take advantage and live every moment of being 17 or 20, its not all about that milestone birthday, because with those come great responsibility. Responsibility isn’t a bad thing until you wake up one day and realize you are paying for your own life and you also have to make a living (don’t forget about a retirement plan!). Not easy. Especially while in college or right out of college. I definitely need to crack down on my chipotle habits and follow my “budget.” The word “budget” makes me nervous. I don’t even know how to make a valid budget that will work or that I can even manage to follow. LOL and don’t get me started on taxes. I can teach you about derivatives and integrals or chemical reactions, but I don’t even know where to start with “filing taxes.” I can type over 50 words a minute and explain ocean acidification, but please don’t ask me to tell you what an I9 is or how to fill out your W4.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” -Dr. Seuss
I always had a hard time getting to bed. Either on time or completing everything I wanted to do before bed. Finally, after months of not having a good sleep schedule and not being able to sleep through the night (I sound like a newborn), I decided to listen to all those studies about “blue light” and “winding down before bed.”
I followed a strict nightly routine for a few days, which included (not limited to) the following:
- Not being in bed when I wasn’t going to be sleeping
- Turning off computer/ tv half an hour before bed (as for my phone… just turned that non night shift. Lets be honest, I wasn’t going to turn it off)
- Not getting ready for bed until 8 hours until I have to wake up (this was difficult, I like to sleep more than that. A lot more than that)
- Setting an alarm for when I had to get up (also, making sure each day this time was consistent)
- Brushing my teeth, putting clothes away, etc.
- Finally, time to get into bed
Doesn’t seem like a lot, right? HAHA. Wrong. When you try to do this and put these steps into motion for multiple nights you start to realize how much (or little) you were doing before. I could never settle my thoughts and calm down enough to sleep unless it was LATE. Following the strict 8 hour rule, I would get into bed and wait to fall asleep… Not looking at my phone, but also checking the time every few minutes worried I was losing precious sleep time. On the third night of this strict schedule, I realized it was not working. I was tired in the morning and still had a hard time falling asleep. I took to Pinterest to find good ways to fall asleep. It was that night that my troubles would be eased. I found a FREE app that would make me sleep like a baby.
I had fun going through all the sounds and laughing at the ones that were just gonna make me either have to pee all night or make me kinda scared. I settled on Cascade. The perfect level of running water. I also like Rain Rain 3D which is the perfect background storm sounds. I would set a sleep timer and I was out like a light. I woke up the next morning so excited to be well rested and awake! I’m not saying this app puts you to sleep but listening to it helped soothe my thoughts and everything I was thinking about, worried about, or drifting to. It took about 10 minutes to fall asleep instead of 30. The next night I said screw it to my routine of strict timing and just using the app. I slept all night, for 10 hours.
I cannot explain the difference it has made overall for my levels of alertness during the day. I am sure most people know the value of a good sleep, but I didn’t until I was able to knock out for a whole night.
There is nothing wrong with a sleep schedule, but for people who are too busy or too tired to follow it every night, things like this app can really make a difference. Also the different sounds are comical. I might just have to play the waterfall while my brother is sleeping and see what happens… (I’ll keep you posted on that one later)