What the mango?

I have had a stressful day, and I just realized after I realized I forgot to log my supper on Fitbit that I ate about half as much as usual today.

And by that, I mean about half as much as I have been eating the last two weeks, which were the first times I ever actually cared about what I was eating. It’s probably about as much as I used to eat on a Sunday when I slept in until 10:30 and got a late breakfast and then skipped lunch and managed dinner. Significantly less calories, though.

So I remembered I had bought a couple mangoes last Tuesday and hadn’t tried to eat them yet.

Mangoes are weird, man. Mine tastes drunk, which means it’s probably overripe. (I guess?) Also, what’s going on in the middle of that sucker? There was no pit that I could see, but it cut like there was one. I got very little fruit from that sucker. I think I’ll skip it next time and stick to fruits I know. Gah.

Anyway. I didn’t eat much today because I’m stressed, and hopefully, I’m dealing with that stress so that it will go away. Today was the least fun I’ve had on a weekend in some time.

But I ate the damn fruit. (Fuji apple and banana joined the mango. See? Fruit I know.)

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Today’s adventures

I have never been as close to my menstrual cycle as I am today. I’m giving the Diva Cup a try, and it’s my first time, and it’s weird and unusual and unexpected, but not nearly as gross as I expected. I’m hoping I’ll end up loving it because this little piece of silicone was not cheap.

I’ve watched a few videos of other women talking about their experiences before this, so the oddness of today wasn’t completely unexpected. I’m hoping to get used to it soon and get to the point where it’s just another thing. Actually, the other thing I’m hoping is that by the time Monday rolls around, I’ll be comfortable enough to deal with this thing in public.

Yeah. We’ll see how that goes.

This was an ecological and a financial choice, by the way. I’m growing more and more irritated by the cost of feminine hygiene products, and how often it has to be purchased. I’m less frustrated by the amount of waste such things create, but that clearly is a concern as well. So if I can make this work, if this is one of those things that just revolutionizes my life and I never have to purchase another pad or tampon for myself again, I’m going to be a happy camper.

 

Recipish

So I have a new favorite smoothie (I’ve only made three ever, so take that as you will).

1 cup orange juice

3 leaves kale with stem

frozen bananas (maybe 2.5 large?)

1/3 cup dried blueberries

1 tbsp chia seeds

OMG so delicious. And calorie dense, so what I’m hoping is that after drinking this about 9:30 this morning, I will actually manage to stay full until noon or 12:30.

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot, and quite frequently. Which is good! My meals (because I’m tracking until I get the hang of this stuff) have been really low in calories for the most part. But that means I’m so much hungrier sooner than I ever have been before. It’s such a strange and lovely feeling.

Anyway! I wanted to share before I forgot. Next smoothie – peanut butter, I think.

 

It was bad

I don’t know how I got it in my head. I think it was some kind of feminism thing where I decided I’m sick of shaving, and how much personal grooming am I doing because I think I have to, and how much because I want or need to?

I made a decision on that and legs? I want them shaved. My hair is dark, and I don’t like the feeling of it. But I also hate shaving. I hate that two days later, I have to do it again. I’m tall, so it’s not a little bit of real estate I’m talking about here.

And razors? Expensive! The good ones that don’t rust after one use are more, and *sigh*. It’s just too much.

So I bought an Epilady. I remember when they were new (though I was too young to be interested in them when they first came out), and they’ve been around forever. They aren’t the only toy on the market anymore, but I still went for the classic. I even went for the basic, because what if I hate it? What if it doesn’t work?

This morning, after my shower, I tried it. I did all the things they said (taught skin, exfoliate first, not before a shower, 90-degree angle to leg), and OW.

IT HURTS. They don’t joke about that. And I was prepared because I’ve tweezed leg hair before! I didn’t think this would be easy, at all, but still, I had to take breaks! In fact, I can still feel the sting this evening, and my legs are still somewhat red and blotchy where I shaved.

And I didn’t get it all. It seemed like it when I was shaving – sorry, epilating – this morning, but this evening I can tell there are a lot of hairs left.

There is a bright side, I promise.

I did a test section yesterday morning on my shin, just to check out everything and see what it was like. And in that section, where I did get all the hairs, it’s everything I wanted. Smooth, not irritated, and there’s no awful stubble. I am so happy, I can’t even say. The Epilady Speed delivered, my friends, and I am never going back to shaving if I can help it.

I may even make it past my knees next week. 🙂

(I took after pictures, but the bright red blotches didn’t show up well on the photographs in the lighting in my room. I’m still including them, though, because before I bought the Epilady, I was scouring the Internets, and bad pictures were just as interesting.)

 

What a mess…

I tried my new blender today! I made a banana and kale and almond milk smoothie with some flax seeds in, and it wasn’t horrible!

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It was messy, though. First I found some green stuff oozing out from the bottom. Seems I had managed to unscrew the pitcher from the thing holding the blades in. So I cleaned that up.

Then I put in the bananas, but they didn’t want to blend, just hang out at the top, clumping everything up. So I had to take the pitcher off and poke at them, spilling green stuff all over the counter (thankfully I did this project next to the sink).

Next I blended everything and poured it into a cup – presto! But it was entirely too thick – more like nice cream than smoothie. So I poured in another cup of almond milk, and poured the “smoothie” back in the pitcher.

Third time was a charm (or am I up to fourth?), because when I poured it out this time everything was perfect. I’m glad I used the biggest cup in the kitchen – it needed it.

So I think next time I’m going to stick to a recipe. It all worked out in the end, but it was an odd, new experience. Hopefully when I try to make my next one, it will at least be less messy. 😀

Greetings and Salutations!

At the beginning of August (actually, July 30th) I bought a bunch of produce at the grocery store and started making and eating salads. Then roast vegetables. Then more salads. Fruit, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, kale – yes, even trashberries (I’ll explain later).

It’s weird, but it’s been a week and a half now, and I like it. I really like it. And I want to talk about it away from my regular (mostly writing) blog, Nickified.com. I want to gush about the food I’ve bought and pat myself on the back at the early stages of my veg*ism journey. I want to talk about nutrients and meals and yeah, I want to talk about my weight, too.

I want to talk about how after 10 days, I’m happier with my body. I’m able to eat massive meals and get full and then do it again four hours later because I’m starving again, and it’s all healthy calories.

I don’t know what this is, or how long it will last, or if it’ll make it past 30 days. But it’s definitely a thing, and I like it.

If vegetables aren’t your thing, if you don’t want to watch an adult woman (almost 40) get excited about meager goals met, if you aren’t prepared to be supportive, or at least generally let me have my excitement in peace, I know this other great blog you might like.

❤ Nicki