No, not THAT kind of poo, but shampoo. As an occasional follower of the Crunchy Betty blog, I’ve been meaning to make my life more crunchy for some time. I’ve been trying to put healthier things INTO my body and now it’s time for me to start putting healthier things ON my body. If I’m going to attempt to be a healthy, balanced person that means I need to be healthy in all (or at least most) aspects of my life.
I’m also trying to reduce my ecological footprint and many of the chemicals we slather on our body are bad for the environment. If they’re bad for the environment, what makes us think they’re good for us?
After reading Betty’s post on going No Poo several months ago, I stuck it in the back of my brain as a “nice idea”. Well, it may be a nice idea, but ideas are meant to be implemented. The “breaking in” period sounds like a rough transition, but I’m hoping that because I only wash my hair once a week as it is, it won’t be as bad. That said, if my hair and scalp DO freak out it’s winter which means it’s hat weather. Also, I work from home. I don’t have to impress anybody with wonderful hair unless I want to.
Here’s a picture of me and my limp, split-end riddled hair right before my first No Poo cleaning. I’ll try to remember to post update pictures once a week for the next couple of weeks.
I’m trying to build some new habits in place of old ones. I’ve never been a fan of trying to kick bad habits because it always seems like such a negative thing. Instead, I try to cultivate new ones that supersede the bad ones.
This morning I tried on several pairs of pants and found that they just would not fit over my thighs no matter how hard I tugged on them. I’ve been saying for months now that I need to start working out more, but I’ve been too lazy to actually do it. So today I pulled out my belly dance workout tape (yes, it’s VHS, that’s how long I’ve had it) and pushed myself through the entire tape. It was just as bad as I thought it was going to be and yet not. I knew what to expect and perhaps psyched myself up for more pain than what I actually got. *grin*
That said, I’ve felt really good all day. I didn’t hit the usual mid-afternoon slump and my brain is significantly less foggy than normal. (Yes, Katy, you can say “I told you so.” :-p)
I’m also trying to get into a daily meditation routine. Not only will it help with my stress level, but I’m hoping it will help with my creativity as well. I know, as a Pagan, I “should” already be meditating, but I’ll be honest and say that I’ve just never gotten into meditation. I always want to be somewhere else doing something different.
Along with those two new habits, I’m also trying to drink more plain water. I’m mostly a tea drinker, whether it’s iced or hot but that’s not the same as regular old water. So, I’m digging out my water bottle, filling it with ice and water every morning, and plopping it down on my writing desk to get me to hydrate in a more healthful way.
Do any of you have any habits you want to cultivate?