Lately, I have felt a bit off kilter. After eating so well and losing weight and working out regularly, I feel the difference more acutely when I don’t do the best things for my body. I feel it in my bones and I don’t like the feeling.
But, for some reason, I can’t seem to get back on track. My Grandmother recently passed away and emotional turmoil like that can certainly take a toll on the body! It’s a real thing and sometimes it’s not easy to track how something like that will effect you.
And then comes a Hurricane and all thoughts of routine go right out the window. No eating healthy, no going for a run. Because there is work to be done! And people to help and my little routine seems incredibly luxurious in light of a situation like Irma has caused in Florida and Harvey in Texas and elsewhere too.
All that to say, I just can’t get my groove back. So I’m trying a new challenge that I found on Pinterest (I’ll give full credit when I can find the source!) Who knows if it will end in a better life or a new improved Lizzie, but I know that when I have something to focus on, something fun or challenging or inspiring, I find myself to be a better person just from the trying. The simple act of showing up for myself usually does the trick.
If you want to try this yourself, here’s the list:
Start fresh every single day.
Check credit card, statements, bank accounts and pay stubs regularly.
Adopt a “meatless Monday” mentality or the like.
Put down your phone when you’re with people.
Try the 2/30 rule: 2 hours of TV = 30 minutes of exercise.
Understand that exercise doesn’t have to be a big time commitment.
Cut back on EVIL sugars.
Drink plenty of water.
Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, you’ll lose.
Ask HR about benefits you probably aren’t using.
Safe sex, always!
Never grocery shop on an empty stomach.
Keep healthy snacks at home, at work, in purse, etc.
Stop beating yourself up.
NEVER DO DRUGS, it’s that simple.
Also never smoke.
Take care of your clothes.
Eat whole foods as much as possible.
Consolidate and pay off debts ASAP!
Don’t skip doctors appointments.
Don’t overdo the booze.
Don’t snack if you’re not hungry.
Use SPF and wear a hat.
Don’t rely on pills to help you sleep.
Don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake.
Drink at least 8oz of fluids a day.
Make your home a place you want to be.
Don’t buy things you’ll only wear once.
Use YouTube for free exercise videos.
Google/Pinterest how to make your own cleaning supplies.
Drop loose change into the same had daily.
STAND UP FOR YOURSELF.
Avoid tanning beds like the plague.
Take medication seriously.
Listen to your body.
Don’t skimp on sleep.
Do mental health checks.
Read labels on everything from food to makeup.
Prioritize stress management.
Optimize your fertility – if you plan to have kids.
Consider drinking liquid chlorophyll.
Always wear a seatbelt, even in Taxis and Ubers.
Wash hands often.
Floss after every brushing.
Sneeze into your arm, not your palm.
For every 20 minutes on the computer, look away for 20 seconds.
Count to 10 when you’re angry.
Learn to take constructive criticism.
Never Google your health condition.
Some of these may be easy to accomplish. Others more challenging. But all are good things to consider.
If you want to join in, maybe pick one or two things that you’d like to try this month. As my friend Renita always says #babystepstogreatness
If you want to jump in head first, come along for the ride!!
Today is the final day of my thrift store cosplay series. I really hope you all have enjoyed my shopping adventures. I certainly had a blast doing it! And now my wardrobe is tricked out!!
I wanna hear what your favorites were and if this inspired you at any point to give your local thrift stores a try. Is there a cosplay you think I should resurrect for Halloween in October? Or a character you’d like to see me try for the next series? Let me know!!
For the big finale, I pulled out all the stops and I’m bringing you characters from my favorite movie franchise of all time. This should come as no surprise…it’s Star Wars. I chose Star Wars! A Princess, a Scoundrel and a Farm Boy!! Enjoy!
You guys!!! Thrift Store Cosplay is winding down and I only have 2 days of cosplay left to share with you. I have really enjoyed tricking out my closet with fun, whimsical and practical items. Some of which are very specifically costume-ish and others that I will definitely get some more wear out of. My closet is pretty amazing right now!! I must admit and because everything was procured at vintage, thrift, consignment and resale stores, I feel hella good about it!!
I’m gonna be taking some polls on which were your favorite characters and such from the whole August series, so keep an eye out for that!! Also I have a giveaway going on right now with JORD Watches. I hope you’ll take a minute to enter to win $100 at JORD! Use this link: woodwatches.com/g/nerdinthesand
Out of all the characters I’ve chosen to cosplay this month, JEM is the one who is nearest and dearest to my heart. I used to watch the cartoon when I was a kid and dream of the day I could have pink hair and be a rock star!
Bringing in the big guns, as I approach the end of August and the end of my #thriftstorecosplay series. I hope you guys have been enjoying these as much as I have!! You know what I just realized the other day, I have 31+ costumes to choose from for Halloween this year!! Win, win, win!
Which leads me to think I might need to regenerate a mini version of this series in October leading into Halloween. But I don’t want to come up with the ideas on my own this time. I’ll be running polls and taking suggestions and maybe come up with a 10 day countdown as Halloween approaches. So if you have any cosplays you want to see me attempt in the days leading up to Halloween, you can tweet me, comment on Instagram, comment here on the blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or maybe there’s a cosplay I did this series that you think would make the very best Halloween costume this year. Maybe you think I should take it to the streets, let me know!!
And in the meantime, here is my Mart McFly for your viewing pleasure!
This is one of my new favorite shows from Netflix this year. A show about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, set in the 80’s (my favorite era!) If you haven’t seen this show yet, you should.
I didn’t chose a specific character to cosplay, I sort of did an homage to the whole genre. But I think the character I most resemble today is Betty Gilpin’s Debbie. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, it’s cause you didn’t take my advice yet and haven’t seen the show…what are you waiting for? Go watch it, I’ll wait!