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Taking Care of My Fat Self!


It’s been very hot in the bay area the last couple of days. I know this isn’t the same hot the east coast gets or tropical climates, but it’s hot for us, nonetheless. This sudden bout of heat has made me rethink my day-to-day and focus more on what’s important: Self Care!

I had been struggling lately with eating during the day, I just didn’t want to eat. Yes, I get hungry. But I own/run a  cafe and am around food all of the time. (Luckily my cafe’s focus is offering natural/organic goodies for everyone to enjoy.) This does make for a difficult choice at lunch time when I need to eat! Being broke as a joke leaves me with two options: make myself something here or starve. And for about three weeks, I chose the latter. UGH! It drives me crazy. Last week I vowed, to myself, that I would eat a normal lunch each day. And I did. That is until this little heat wave arrived.

I have red hair and fair skin. I don’t do well with any extreme temperatures. When it’s very hot I don’t want to eat or sleep or anything, I am simply miserable. I must force myself to do the things I don’t want to in order to survive. I have no trouble drinking water, I love the stuff, but reminding myself to stay hydrated can be difficult, too.

So, here’s what I have been doing to take care of myself, even when the thought of it makes me sigh:

  1. drink lots of cold water. 30 degrees (F) is ideal, but 40 is fine, too. (And keeping my Brita pitcher full!)
  2. buy foods that I’ll want to eat. This week that means watermelon, peaches, apples, bananas, carrots, berries, greens, cold cuts, picnic salads…things that can be eaten cold either together or not!
  3. Popsicles! stock the freezer or make a bunch on your own! If you have an ice cream maker, that rocks, too! I just know that I get very absent minded in the heat and need something quick and ready. And smoothies! So easy to make and tasty no matter what you throw in there!
  4. cold showers! Maybe my fave part of summer! (or swimming or both!)
  5. EAT! Yeah, it’s kind of sad that I have to remind myself to do it, but that’s how it’s been lately. And I’ve been eating smaller meals but more snacks in between, so that helps too.
  6. Wear lighter fabrics. It’s simple, I know, but I still grab for the usual things. I won’t even go into the whole sleeveless debate, but if your okay with that, do it! I spent far too much time worrying and far less time being comfortable. Now? Comfort is queen! And besides, you look better when you feel better.
  7. Did I mention COLD WATER?! I run a cold tap over my inner wrists to cool down at work. And sometimes I sneak away to the ladies room and splash my face and neck. A quick fix, I assure you! And don’t be afraid to dab your brow if you’re feeling some sweat. I say better that than suffering.
  8. Water for everyone! We have a pup & a kitty and have to make sure they are hydrated, too! The pup loves ice and the kitty loves the bathroom tap, so no worries there. Just need to be a little more frequent when it’s hot.
  9. Keep the shades drawn & windows closed during the day. This helps keep it cooler & when we get home from work we can open everything up for fresh air!
  10. I don’t currently have a fan in the cafe, or a personal one. So I keep the front door open and hope for a breeze. On my way home I roll all of the windows down or crank my car’s AC. At home? We have an AC but it’s not efficient and we’re conservationists. So we stick to more fun ways to stay cool like the above.

My point in all of this is that we’re working and running around taking care of things and often forget to take care of ourselves. No matter what weather you’re currently dealing with, it’s so important to treat yourself right! I think of it like this, you wouldn’t let your best friend or partner allow themselves to be treated poorly or forget their bodies needs, so don’t do it to yourself either!

How do you handle self care? Are you so busy that you forget to take care of yourself? Tell me about it!  =0)

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8 Comments to

“Taking Care of My Fat Self!”

  1. On August 25th, 2010 at 6:00 pm Erin Marie Says:

    Yesterday I congratulated myself on eating three full meals. YEAH! I’m bad at eating regularly and would rather snack all day long. Of course, I never choose the best foods to snack on, and end up getting to the day feel unsatisfied and sick.

    I’m taking a month off in September and top of the list in that month is teaching myself to eat properly, sleep properly, meditate and generally just get well. If I come up with any handy hints, I’ll let you know.

    (P.S. I’m jealous it’s summer, even if it is awful hot. Still winter here and while winter in Brisbane is pretty mild, I miss my maxi-dresses and swimming!)

  2. On August 26th, 2010 at 9:02 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Congrats on the month off. And yes, please do impart any wisdom you may have gained or re-gained in that time. I know time off can be a real eye opener. Please don’t be jealous, you never know when the heat will come these days. Weather all over is just wonky and we may have to accept this. =0)

  3. On August 29th, 2010 at 11:51 pm Kath Says:

    I don’t cope well with summer at all either. I’m a winter girl through and through. I really struggle with eating and general functions during the hot months, which is about 8 months of the year here in Brisbane, Australia.

    Mostly I spend a lot of time in cold showers!

  4. On August 30th, 2010 at 8:30 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Yeah, I have no idea what it’s like to experience summer in Australia, but I think “hot” is a relative thing anyway. And man, do I love a nice cold shower. Especially on my head and face! really wakes you up! =0)
    Thanks for reading/commenting!

  5. On August 30th, 2010 at 1:36 am Nicole Says:

    Self care is definitely important! Eating and sleeping properly are things I struggle with. I have to make myself eat. I only get “hungry” once a day, if that. When I work/have class, I am guilty of letting those things fall to the wayside. Bad, I know! Thank god for caffeine, right?

    Oddly enough, I think taking time FOR yourself is an important part of self care, alone time. So many people seem to take for granted the peace that can come with just being alone for a bit.

  6. On August 30th, 2010 at 8:33 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Yes, I thank the stars for caffeine everyday! (I do own/operate a cafe and I’d be lost without it!) You’re so very right! It’s so important to give yourself some time to breathe and your brain to sort things out. I have fallen victim to long period of zero me-time and well, I can be a grouch it turns out. Ha-ha! Thanks so much for this.

  7. On August 31st, 2010 at 1:47 am Kath Says:

    Oh God yes sleep! Sleep just ceases to happen with any decent regularity or length during the heat for me. I spent last summer sleeping on the sofa with my portable aircon blasting right at me, because that was the only way I could get ANY sleep!

  8. On August 31st, 2010 at 9:00 am Not Blue at All Says:

    YES! I think sleep is the toughest when it’s hot. Somehow we all manage to survive, but at times it seems as though it will never end. I feel for ya! Thanks.

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