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Progress is being recorded in the on the Regimen board!

Hey-- in case you haven't gotten around to reading it, my Regimen page is where I'll be posting any sort of progress. I didn't think there was any point to posting it here in the blog section. [topic=http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Regimen-that-s-working-t302677.html&p=3147694#entry3147694]My Regimen Page! Thanks guys!





Lost Willpower! It's all good...

So, I went for a really great, long run today. It felt good just to sweat, sweat, sweat in this southern heat. I was literally drenched in my own sweat. lol. Not such a cute image. Anyway, I took a shower after I ate. For dinner, I had a baked potato with sauteed onions and peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and light sour cream on top. Not sure if that's good or bad for acne, but it was really yummy. So, after my shower...for some reason, I just can't help picking at my skin. It's the blackheads. They drive me nuts! The whole time I'm thinking "oh, I really should stop this." But I don't. Stupid Stupid Stupid. So, anyway, all I can do now is laugh that silly bit of lost willpower off, and try again tomorrow. Feelin' good! P.S. Being vegetarian is really making my life so much better. I'm 5'6", 118lbs, and my skin's a lot clearer. I used to be 132lbs with moderate to severe acne, so being a vegetarian is good for your health AND your planet!





Day 2 of Holistic Life!

Hey there people! Just wanted to fill everyone in on my first real day (yesterday) of TRYING to be "holistic". I know it's going to take time to truly incorporate my mind, body, spirituality, and emotions (hard one to tackle..). Here's what I did yesterday: Woke up @ around 8:00 am. I want to start waking up nice and early so that I get the most out of days. I'm going back to school in a week, that's when I'll start that. It just feels so good to sleep in...
Washed my face like this: Squeezed some raw honey in my hand, washed face, washed off with water. Patted dry with clean towel. I didn't use the TTO (tea tree oil) because I hadn't bought it yet.
Ate an orange and a crapload of walnuts (too many, I think...like, 1/2 cup...) while sitting outside sunbathing for about 30 minutes.
For lunch, I had a hummus/goat cheese salad left over from the day before. It was soggy. It made me want to gag. I loved it the first day...NOT the second day.
Didn't go for a run, but I did crunches and lunges for a little workout. It wasn't enough. Today, I'll run about 3 miles.
I took a Flax Seed + DHA supplement for my Omega 3's, baby.
For dinner, I had vegetarian baked beans (not the best choice...eh, I was so hungry at that point. I had a cup and a half of that.) Then I had another orange.
After talking to my boyfriend on skype, I cleaned my teeth, then washed my face with water and a washcloth to get the makeup pretty much off. Then, I used honey to wash my face again. Then I put tea tree oil on my scars and existing zits. I love the smell of TTO even though a lot of people say it's too strong.

How my face looks/feels: My skin on my face feels SO soft. It's lovely. I put up a picture of what I'm workin' with in my gallery. It's the latest picture. The previous two are before I went vegetarian. This morning, my skin felt great, there weren't any new zits, and my scars seemed faded. Wow. Not what I expected, but it WAS what I wanted. haha...it's liberating!
So that's how it went. Not too bad. I need to work on a couple things:

I need to eat more veggies on a regular basis. I eat a lot of fruit, but veggies are where it's at.
I need calcium!!
I need to make sure to do some meditating of some type. I did play my piano for a little bit which really helps and feels like therapy to me. aaahhh....
I must say that even if this doesn't help my acne, I feel so much more at ease. And happy. Have a lovely day! If you have any questions, please ask! If you have any comments or suggestions for me, do tell! -Heidi





Who I am, What I'm doing, and Where I'm Going!

Who I am: Hey, if you haven't read about me already, my name is Heidi and I'm a 21 year old lady just starting my senior year in college (WOO!). I love to hike, camp, read, sing, play piano, do creative stuff, and just feel good (sometimes that's not possible, though...haha). In the past year, I've made a change that I feel has benefited me quite a bit! What I'm doing: This change I made was becoming a vegetarian. In fact, on the topic of acne, my skin improved just from making the preliminary change of taking all red meats and pork out of my diet. Then, becoming a vegetarian also helped the overall feel of my skin. However, I DO still have acne....not NEEEEEAAARLY as bad as I did, though, TRUST ME (I'm sure you do, as if I'm not some random stranger on the internet or anything....) I found this website the summer before my sophomore year in college. I was dreading having a new roommate (I transferred schools), I wanted a new beginning, and my acne was going to hold me back, I just KNEW it. So, I tried out Dan's Regimen. It worked out...sorta. I hate BP. Can I just say that? I seriously hate it. In fact, I was addicted to it. I was afraid to get off it because I was scared that if I did, my face would explode and all hell would break loose. But...actually, I've weaned myself off of it, and already, my face is feeling less tight and painful and just all around better. Relief. Also, on the upside, becoming a vegetarian caused me to lose (without effort) the ten pounds I've always wanted to lose. I feel WONDERFUL, physically. This is Where I'm Going: My face wants to be better. It told me so. Therefore, I'm going the all-naturale route. I'm a vegetarian, yeah...but sometimes I don't make the BEST choices (broccoli cheddar bread bowl @ panera 2 days a week, anyone? At 900 cals a pop, NOT a good idea, plus all the carbs, fats, etc...ew.) Those are my favorite things in the world though. So I might not be able to give up completely. Maybe I'll make my own version! Okay, I'm getting off-topic. So, I'm going to remove all white breads from my diet, dairy will be limited, but like I said, I can't, JUST CANNOT, give cheese up entirely. Alcohol will be an issue once school starts back up. I'll have to go with not getting wasted. Not that I do anyway... Also, I don't like beer so that won't be a problem. And I LOVE wine, so that'll work out. So, anyway, I'm doing NATURAL...ahhh. That just feels good saying it. On a little side note, I washed my face with honey last night and this morning because I read online yesterday about so many people liking it. MY SKIN FEELS SO GOOD. Just make sure if you do this, wash it all off. I just itched my ear and found it to be very very sticky. But it tastes good! oops. Alright, guys. I'm about to go post my before pictures in the galleria of holistic-ness. -Heidi




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