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Day 30 is finally here!

THE END IS HERE! Not like the apocalypse, but the end of my self-imposed water only month. Not going to lie, I’m glad to be over it.

To be fair, drinking only water hasn’t been *that* bad. I saved a ton of money. I don’t think I ever really paid attention to how much I spend getting soda at fast food places. The soda is one of the reasons I go, but I just sort of slide into the pre-set value meals, even if that’s not really what I want to eat. (On a side note, I think I’m over most of the fast food chains. Blech. That food tastes so greasy and nasty.)

My skin is clear, but my skin is usually pretty clear. It had been giving me some issues, but I have no idea whether that was hormonal or related to my beverage consumption. Apparently it’s not food related.

I think I compensated for not having soda with other sweet foods. That may explain why my weight hasn’t gone down. (Actually, it’s gone up…)

I did finally settle into a sort of “water, blah” about it. I am still really excited about having a Wild Cherry Pepsi tomorrow, but I do think this has cured me of my lust for juices. I do want to limit my soda consumption going forward since it is loaded with empty calories. I may even give up my beloved Coca-Cola except in limited circumstances (movies, delicious fountain Coke from places I know to have the perfect mixture) since I don’t really crave it anymore. I do also miss strawberry lemonade.

While I’m not sure this little experiment was worth it, I’m not sad about having done it. This was never about quitting side and all other beverages altogether, but rather a way to see the impact it could have.

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Waterlogged

I read this article based on research by a blogger who only drank water for a month. For some people this isn’t a big deal since that’s almost all they drink anyway. I’m not one of those people. I probably average a soda per day, along with a glass of juice per day.

Y’all know my issues (chronic pain from back issues/tendon transfer, diabetes, thyroiditis, IBS, fibromyalgia, insomnia, anxiety, depression, lupus) which cause pain, brain fog, fatigue. At this point, I’m looking for things that will help alleviate any of the symptoms I feel on any given day. This research seems to suggest that consuming only water may help.

I currently weigh 210 pounds (I gained back 20 of the pounds I lost when I switched to the low FODMAP diet to figure out whether I have IBS or IBD) and my forehead is totally broken out. That could be related to my menstrual cycle or it could be diet-related. I don’t think I ever had a breakout this bad in my teens.

So today I start 30 days of drinking only water. I already hate the idea of this. Like HATE it. I dislike depriving myself of anything because it makes me want it more. However, I hate feeling like shit all the time more, so we’ll give it a go. I’m taking the one-day-at-a-time approach. If I fall off the wagon, I fall off the wagon. And then re-start.

If I notice any tremendous difference in a week, I’ll give an update.

My leg is FREEEEE! (Video too!)

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I don’t think it’s possible for me to convey how excited I am to be out of the casts. I now have the freedom to wash my leg, scratch an itch. However, my excitement is a bit derailed by where my leg is right now.

For starters, I think they put the last cast on a bit too tight. As soon as the cast came off, Mr. Lyndsy commented that the bottom of my foot looked bruised.

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Not sure if that’s because of the cast or the surgery, but it feels pretty not great. When the doc was cutting off the cast, the vibrations from the buzz caused loads of pain near my big toe, where I don’t have much feeling in the first place.

My leg is super atrophied. The doctor said within 2 weeks it’ll look like normal again. Just a matter of getting back to using it. But ugh.

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And then I tried to walk on it. HOLY SHITBALLS PEOPLE. THAT FUCKING HURT. They want me to go straight from being non-weightbearing for SIX WEEKS to walking like normal. Not fucking happening. I took two steps and the pain just raged in my foot. I plan on using crutches for a bit until my leg gets used to being a support again. They’re crazy.

I am still trapped in a boot almost 24 hours/day. I only get to take it out to practice picking up my foot. But at least I can get my leg the attention it needs now!

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But the important question is whether it was all worth it – all the pain, time in the cast, etc. I’ll let you be the judge.

That’s me, picking my foot up! I still have a long way to go before everything is really okay, but things are moving in the right direction.

Thanks for the support and encouragement as I’ve gone through this the last almost 18 months. It’s been a long, pain in the ass road.

30-Day Project: July – Positively Filled with Haiku

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I can’t believe it’s almost July already! That means it’s time for another 30-day project! When I came up with the idea to do this, I wasn’t sure I would really keep up with it. I am not always great about finishing things I start, but I figured if it was just 30 days, I could probably handle it.

Tracking my food and water in May was great – I learned that I really do not ever drink enough water. We usually have plenty of water around, so I don’t have an excuse not to do it. Water isn’t my favorite beverage, but it is the one that never upsets my stomachs and always makes me feel better. My lips are in such bad shape right now that they’re cracked and painful. I really do have to track it on my app to make sure I’m getting enough.

I have really loved blogging this month. I don’t know if that’s what’s made me feel so much better lately or if it’s finally having the tendon transfer so I can start making progress (or maybe a combo of the two), but I’m happier than I have been in a while. So, excellent.

In July I’m going for a two-fer and I hope it doesn’t sink me. Someone suggested a haiku a day and I thought it sounded like fun. I looked up a calendar of fun/unusual days in July and I’m using it as the basis for the poetry. I don’t want to drown the blog in haiku, so those will all be posted on the Facebook page. I have started to write some of it, but none will be posted until July.

I wanted to add in something a little more meaningful that would also make me feel good, so the other half of the July 30-day project is that I will spend at least 5 minutes per day sending positive energy to someone who seems to need it. I think this will have an effect similar to me meditating but I will also get the satisfaction that comes from when I give. I’m hoping to design little ecards to go with it so people know I’ve been thinking about them.

I’m really looking forward to July!

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30-Day Project: May Wrap-Up/June Project

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It’s not quite the end of May yet, and I will certainly finish out what I decided to, but I figure not much will change between now and then.

I started out the month tracking in the Weight Watchers app, but that got really stressful. I switched to just writing down what I eat in a notebook. It still serves the purpose of making me aware of what I’m eating, which is what I was hoping for. I trailed off in my water consumption toward the end of the month, and I can definitely feel the changes in my body so I am definitely going to go back to drinking more water.

Overall, I think this was pretty successful.

For June… I’m going to be pretty laid up most of the month, so it can’t be anything that requires physical activity. I’ve been meaning to blog more and get into a better habit of writing, so that’s my June 30-Day Project – a little something in the blog every day. It may not last like that after June, but I think it should help me get into a better routine with it. It’s also good because I want to document the surgery and my recovery.

Thanks for reading 🙂