It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared what I’ve learned. I’m pretty sure it’s because the last one was so intense for me. When this publishes, I’ll be sitting in the hospital while my husband has surgery so I’m pretty sure next week’s What I’ve Learned will be a caregivers edition.
So what have I learned since the last time I sat down here to share? After writing them all down, I realized this has a lot to do with the heat and the fact I may be going a little nuts due to how oppressive it has been.
1. Exercise and sun keeps me sane.
I am missing all the moving and sun I was getting while we were on vacation and my body is rebelling. Even with the insane heat, I have to make sure I’m outside getting a liberal dose of both every day.
That being said, I don’t like being super hot when I’m out walking. I know, it’s a real first world problem. But I don’t mind sitting outside when it’s 100 degrees as long as there is shade. I’m pretty sure I stay cool when doing that because I was raised without air conditioning. My husband thinks I’m weird as he’ll be sweating buckets and I’m fresh as a daisy.
2. Sunscreen is my best friend.
This follows up my number one. I’m super fair skinned and burn easily, then tan. But I don’t like being sunburned and with a family history of melanoma and having already had two places removed on my back from excess sun exposure, I’m quite happy coating myself head to toe with sun protection.
I’ll also confess that I’m vain and am doing everything I can to stave off time as it performs its march across my face and cleavage. Huh? Yes, cleavage. I don’t look good in boat neck or round neck tops, so I live in v-necks. This causes extra sun on the upper parts of my girls and I am doing everything I can to prevent a wrinkled chest.
3. Powder is my best friend.
It’s hot, y’all. We’ve had more days of nearly 100 degree weather than I care to discuss. When you leave North Carolina to go to Florida for cooler weather, you know it’s hot. This is where powder, well I use cornstarch, comes in to play. Apply it liberally if you have any parts than hang down. Under the girls, the belly, etc.
I avoid talcum powders due to the issues flying about regarding the increased cancer risk for people using them. While it’s not certain, until more studies are done I’d rather be safe than sorry.
4. Hot flashes and power outages don’t mix
We had a blackout where I live this week. Three transformers, including a sub-station blew, and we were out of power for over 12 hours. Remember the 100 degree heat I mentioned? Yeah, that was fun. I did okay as our house stayed pretty cool until 4:00 a.m. when I had a massive hot flash.
I’m pretty sure my neighbors were wondering why I was sleeping on the porch in a tank top and shorts. They’re lucky I didn’t turn the sprinklers on and just lay underneath them until the power was up and running.
5. I’m good enough.
For a long time, I thought I had to be ahead of the competition, gain confidence or lose weight to be better.
I’ve been cleaning up my life and weeding out the negativity and negative people in it. You know, those people who say they are your friend, but only keep you around for when they need you. I don’t have time for that and I’m much happier as I go through this process. It is not easy, but if I’m not good enough to be in their lives full time, I don’t want to be there only when they need me for their purposes.