I've been shopping a lot lately.
I shop because I join my friends on their shopping trips. I shop to distract myself from thinking too much. I shop to keep myself busy when I'm alone. And I shop because Second Life creators make beautiful things that I want.
But with SL shopping, and RL issues, I've noticed something in the past few weeks. I'm feeling really run down, and although I've never been thin in my life, I'm gaining more weight. If only I had RL sliders! But I don't, so I end up looking at myself in the mirror like this a lot.
So to curb my out of control spending, and my out of control unhealthy habits that I've collected lately, I'm putting myself on a diet of sorts.
Every day for one week, I must complete the following each day:
1. Less sugar, more lean protein & veggies, and I have to eat more often. I'm bad at not eating enough and just eating junk when I do eat. And I have to drink more water. I used to drink a LOT of water and now I don't and that's bad.
2. I have to workout for at least 30 minutes each day. Whether it's walking on the treadmill or dancing to some exercise video, I must do a minimum of 30 minutes.
3. I have to take half and hour every day just for "me time." Don't get pervy. :-p I mean, just an hour where I don't do anything that is for someone else. Even if it's just sitting in bed doing crossword puzzles, or taking time to stare at my eyebrows in the mirror, I have to take the time to relax. I am so wound up almost every moment of the day, it's really affecting my health.
How does this all tie in with SL? Well, for 1 week I'm putting myself on a shopping diet. I can only shop for no calorie items - meaning freebies! Group gifts, free hunt gifts, etc. But if at the end of the night, if I've done everything I was supposed to do that day, I'm allowed to buy ONE thing I want, if I really want it. You would think this would be incredibly easy, but a great part of my SL lately has been shopping for whatever I want. I have so many "Oh, I need that!" items now, I don't even know what I have. Rewarding myself with one nice thing each night will be quite helpful.
Hmm...I think part of my "must do" list will be blogging once a day, too.
It's late now, so I'll head to bed.
[It also took me hours to finish this post because I got busy hanging out in SL.]