I hope you are all doing well.
I am told that it is getting nice and warm… somewhere… hehe. The snow is beginning to melt off the roads at least!
Guess what I go to try recently?
ICE DIVING! Awesome! Being submerged under four feet of ice gives one a serious reminder of how precious and fragile our lives are. It was certainly an intense experience.
The water was not nearly as clear as in this photo and the underwater hue was brown/ yellow as we were diving in a lake.
Sadly, this is not me. We were out on the lake diving to help film a television show and I am not allowed to post any photos of the filming or methods. Sorry! I can share this with you, however.
Me before ice diving. I’m in my car to warm up as I was surface support the majority of the day and it got chilly!
Me after ice diving. My hair is actually frozen in that style! It’s certainly not the most attractive photo of me, but all divers can empathize with the post-dive glamour!
Being outside on a frozen lake for an entire day was incredible. Sometimes when it is cold out, we tend to hunker down inside and forget just how rejuvenating being outdoors can be. Even just going for a walk at -40F can really lighten your mood- that is if you’re dressed properly!
Thanks for all of the comments about my juice fast and new diet! It’s going really well.
While my digestion has been doing much better, my skin is super dry! Eating the proper fats does wonders for hydrating the skin and now my body is clearly not receiving enough of those. I’ve been putting almond oil on my skin once or twice a day to try and compensate for this and it is certainly helping, but is not near as effective as eating the fats. I’ve also started putting about a teaspoon of hemp seeds in my morning smoothies to give my body a teensy bit of good fat and I seem to be digesting it just fine. I’ve started adding a bit of oats to my smoothies as well. Low-fat smoothies just weren’t working to keep me full and I don’t always have something on hand to eat with the smoothie, so I needed another alternative. Adding a tablespoon or two of oats has done the trick, making for a tasting, filling smoothie with staying power.
Another way I am helping my skin is with a DHA supplement. I’ve always taken a DHA supplement since for as long as I can remember I have eaten little or no meat; however, I stopped taking my supplements when I began my juice fast and have yet to reintroduce them all. Before today I had resumed taking my multi, vitamin D (If you live in Fairbanks, you’ve gotta take a vitamin D supplement!), and magnesium/ calcium (to help with period cramps- I’ll let you know if it works!) supplements with no problems. I’ve been a little scared to resume my DHA supplement, but it’s gotta happen eventually. I took one a few hours ago and so far, so good! Woo!
I had a serious moment of weakness last night and ate about 4 tablespoons of peanut butter… ummm…
When I woke up this morning, I had a little cystic acne eruption on my nose and two cysts on my back and have been super gassy all day. Too much information?
I know, I know, I should have known better than to eat that, I normally don’t even eat peanut butter, but I still struggle with hormonal/ emotional eating and it was like National Geographic when they drop a bloody fish into shark infested waters.
In summation 4 tablespoons of peanut butter is NOT conducive to the health of my skin, digestion, or air quality. (Ha! Sorry… but not as sorry as my co-workers probably were! HAHAHA Okay, I’ll stop… ) I am surprised, though, that one incident affected my skin so dramatically. I’ll need to remember this the next time my HB’s peanut butter is staring me in the face.
Speaking of feeling hormonal, especially around certain times of the month… (Which explains the peanut butter feast…) I always get grumpy, crampy, and lethargic and have no desire to go to the gym, but you know what makes me feel better? Going to the gym!
I was just not feeling it today, but knowing that it would make me feel less bloated and grumpy, I dragged my butt there. As you know, I have recently became slightly obsessed with the stepmill; however, just thinking about it today made me want to curl up in my bed so I settled for something that I find considerably less intense, but still sweat inducing, the arc trainer.
This piece of equipment doesn’t make my muscles burn like the stepmill, running, or biking, but it manages to get my heart rate up without making me feel like I’m exerting a ton of energy. For me at least, it’s the perfect piece of cardio equipment for when I don’t feel like being at the gym, but still want to be in the habit of exercising.
Do you have a ‘lazy day’ exercise routine? How do you keep your skin nourished?
Until next time,