Sunday, January 10, 2010

Goodbye, Curls!

I've been unhappy with my American spiral perm ever since I got it. The girl who did it didn't seem to know what she was doing, and as a result, the curls are varying sizes, the back turned into messy waves, and my hair was so frizzy that I looked like the bush queen. And so, today I finally did something about it. Rather than start grad school looking like a freak of nature, I found an inexpensive place to have my hair straightened and cut. I love the new look! The gal did a great job and was probably one of the friendliest people I've ever had do my hair. I didn't want to pay extra to have it styled and dried, so it's a little messy right now, which is why I'm going to wait until later to post pictures. It was a great boost to my self-esteem to have an entire hair salon calling out their approval at the finished product!

The Sugar Busters diet continues to go well. It's not an easy new lifestyle, but it is well worth the effort. I've already lost six pounds! Plus, I have not had a migraine yet in 2010 (which feels like a miracle to me), I'm sleeping much better, I don't have any food cravings or soda cravings, and I feel terrific. My moods have been great everyday, even with the stress of preparing for grad school and the army, and with all the studying I've been doing. Best of all, my feet and hands are no longer going numb at night and my blood sugar feels stable at last. It's like I've been given a different body! Believe me, it's worth saying no to cookies, ice cream, and white bread (among the other hundreds of things) when you can feel like this every day. This is, for certain, a permanent lifestyle for me now.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"