28 June, 2009

Changes, Self-Imposed

I've revisited a few of my life choices and made some changes. I've returned from the land of denial to the village of reality as far as my body is concerned. My rings were tight, so were my waistbands. I had convinced myself that summer weather and the clothes dryer were to blame. They're not. I am eating healthier and I am not snacking between meals anymore, I feel better already. When I write these things here they seem boring and mundane, believe me, they are neither for me. I have had a great long-term friendship with my nail technician, almost six years. My fingernails are weak and fragile, I had turned to acrylic assistance; until today, that is. I realized that this is no longer healthy for my nail beds or my wallet. I can better use the time and the money, With courage and determination I sat down and removed every bit of the acrylic myself, it was a long and painful process. My nails look pathetic, but they will grow out, in time. It's time for changes. The time is now!

Life is Good!

26 comments:

julieQ said...

Yes, I recently asked myself, if I was not going to take care of myself now...when was I going ot? When I am 70-80 years old? Now! is the time! Great for you!

Nancy said...

Good for you, Mz. G. I had acrylic nails for a few months several years ago. When I saw what my nails looked like when I took them off, I said Never Again. They CAN'T be good for us.

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Good for you!
(but owww on the nails!)

blushing rose said...

There is nothing prettier than an 'original' nail ... you made a healthy & wise decision. Good for you! TTFN ~ Marydon

paula, the quilter said...

Good for you! I have never done acrylic nails -- been tempted a couple of times -- but my lifestyle is not advantageous to acrylic nails. I, too, am on the road to lifestyle changes. Good luck to both of us!

Gina said...

Ouch, I know taking those off hurt. Try using a polish called Starting Over from Sally's to help your nails. It helped mine when I took off my gel nails.

Janet said...

Good luck Mrs. Goodneedle! I can't give you an opinion about the nails as I've never tried them. But I know about those tight waistbands, etc. If you have the magic answer, please share!

*karendianne. said...

I admire how you reflect, contemplate then tackle what you decide to take on. I find myself in a similar state of mind lately, reflecting on the abundance in my life, becoming aligned with that feeling and soon I notice a different set of possiblities for my life. I'm feeling well! Becoming aligned with that and making different choices to fully enhance the life I was meant to life NOW. This is significant for me as I've not felt this good for quite some time. I had to realign and connect and get it in gear. Because I really get it - the time is now.

Dot said...

Good luck and I am happy for you.

Nane said...

I just keep the toes painted in the summer...and let the fingers go, its more fun letting them dig in the dirt and not have to worry about a chip! And yep better eating is always a great goal..one I will tackle after vacation! Missed you all Saturday!

Marie said...

I always enjoy your words of wisdom as I call them. We must be on the same wavelenth right now. I had made a decission to remove my jel nails and today is the day. They are pretty but the wasted money. As for not snacking I am trying that too. Thanks for sharing .Hugs, Marie

lov said...

are you going to miss kevin?

Quiltdivajulie said...

I, too, had acrylics but took them off and let my nails return to health. I doubt you'll be sorry (once this first rough part passes).

I, too, started a new program for myself last week ~ there must be something about this time of year ... we'll see how this goes (thinking positive thoughts for you!!).

Quilting4U said...

I can relate! I got the waistband issue, not in denial on how it happened, changes in eating and exercise have yet to help, I feel stuck! I have had very very fragile and weak nails all my life! I consider the acrylic, but they don't feel natural to me and keep me from being productive, plus, I am too lazy to keep them up! I don't even polish my nails for that very reason! I recently started taking wonderful care of my nails, they all got lovely and long, then it happened! 2 of them broke, and I mean down past the quick! That has been weeks and they still have not recovered. They always snag right at the highest point, so even when I try my best, it looks like I don't. It is so aggravating! So, don't think your post was mundane, it is very familiar to alot of your friends out here! I hear ya!

SubeeSews said...

So, how do you take them off yourself? I ask because I have had them for maybe 6 months. I love the strength they offer for finger pressing seams but hate the $$$ to keep them up.

mamaspark said...

Good for you! I need to do the same and have been putting it off. You will be happier with your real nails back too.

Teresa said...

You know, we never mind doing for others, but so often don't take proper care of ourselves. Sounds like you are doing yourself proud! I have been working on changing a few ( more like a lot) of bad habits myself and doing pretty good at it. Now if I could just get myself to exercise, sigh.

Libby said...

Self-imposed - but positive! Enjoy the new you *s*

Domestic Designer said...

Good Luck and good for you!

Barb said...

Congratulations and YOU CAN DO IT, I know you can! I try to make the right choices and then *the job* gets to me and I cave....I need will power! Have a wonderful week!

Bonnie said...

working as a massage therapist, it was mandatory to HAVE NO NAILS..in fact, cut down so close that they almost receded! And all edges filed down so there was nothing to catch on a client. I think keeping them THAT way was more work that acrylics, because nails do grow faster than you think...

During that phase of my life I learned to like natural nails at normal lengths. I prefer mine short! If that gives me "man hands" so be it.

No polish on the fingers, but I do love pedicures and polish in the summer on my toes! :c)

Bonnie

Kimberly Mason said...

I can relate, I'm feeling faaaaat! Though the scale says I've only gained a pound, I feel like I've gained five. :O(

Nan said...

Change is always good, even though we may not accept it at the time it's happening. Good for you to make these changes. I've been making changes myself, since I'm not happy with who I am these days. It feels wonderful, doesn't it?
The time is NOW. Life is GOOD!

Wendy said...

Good for you on making the choice to take care of yourself!! If you concentrate on eating nutritiously then your nails will probably be healthier too.

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your decisions! Your health and well being is so important. I have had a similar situation with my hair. I was born a blonde, but it got darker as I grew older. For years I would get it highlighted. It has been a year and a half now, since I have had any highlight. I do like the colour it is now, but sometimes wish to go lighter. Luckily,I am now getting grey hair so that acts as a natural highlighter.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I made that same decision in July, 2008 - one year ago. It took a long time but my nails are so much better now. They aren't great because they're still a work in progress but I found a good product (Nail Tek II Intensive Therapy for soft, peeling nails) and it's working. Slowly but surely. blessings, marlene