Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hair affair

I had an excellent day yesterday.  Tracked every bite, came in 250 calories below daily allotment (a first), and felt good.  Why can't every day be like that?

Interestingly, one thing that helped me was looking on MFP at other people's food diaries.  I looked at about 6 different folks' for a day or so, and saw a variety of eating types and plans, but one thing I saw in all of them was that they all stayed below their daily allotments.  Now I'm sure plenty of times every person goes over, but seeing a random sampling of diaries as I did jolted me into thinking, "what the hell am I doing?"

Blogger and fellow MFP pal Tiffany has been extremely helpful since I started this tracking, helping me navigate the site and offering helpful suggestions.  In the beginning she suggested making my diary "public" as another means of being accountable and honest.  I think I'm gonna do it.  If someone else can see what I'm eating, it'll make me think twice before eating and having to log a bunch of junk or even simply bad choices.

In other news, I'm having a huge crisis...a woman's nemesis - hair drama.  I know, big whoop.  A friend I talked to this morning actually said, "Well, if that's your biggest problem, be grateful."  Puh-lease.  Of course I know this isn't on a par with world hunger or North Korean nuclear proliferation, but there's something about the status of a gal's hair that can make or break her mood at times.

Background - most of you know I stopped dying and let my hair go gray beginning last fall.  It took a long time for every bit of color to grow out, and the final result was a not too terrible color of silvery white. as can be seen here.  What is happening is that I've let it grow out just a little bit, (still quite short), and when I wear any color in the purple/lavender/lilac family, my hair takes on a purple-ish tone.  Subtle, but undeniable.  Since that beginning of my graying, I've sworn my friends to promising to tell me if it ever looks bluish or purply.  In the last couple of weeks, several times, always when I have on any shade in that family, people at work say "Oh - did you put a rinse on your hair to make it look a little purple?"  SCREAM!!!! 

Today was the icing on the cake.  I had on a lilac hued scrub top, walked into one of the classrooms, and the staff started oohing and ahhing over my hair because of it's purple "tint".  A purple haired little old lady am I! And I draw the line - I don't want that look.  Obviously I stop wearing anything in that color family.  But also, I'm going to find a good stylist or hairdresser and find out what I can do.  I can easily avoid purple, but I think I need to do something with my hair too.  It's very annoying, and a little depressing, because in the beginning I felt so good about the color my gray turned out to be.

Oh well, it isn't the end of the world, or even more than a minor blip on my otherwise fairly serene horizon.  But I'm not ready to be lumped in with the nursing home crowd yet!  Details to follow, if and when I come up with an anti-purple plan.


  1. Are you kidding! Purple hair is all the rage right now lolol!

    I think your silvery hair is beautiful so I hope the hairdresser can give you some help so you don't have to start coloring again.

    You are entitled to feel what you feel (even if it is just about hair!) and I don't know why folks just can't be supportive.

  2. As always, I'm glad to help in any way I can :) I too find looking at others diaries helpful, if only to get ideas on what's for dinner lol.
    I hope you open your diary. It's hard to get past the thought of "what will they think?" but I came to the point where I can't worry about what other people think about what I eat. We are all on our own journey and eat in a way that works for us individually. Some things I can't eat because it touches off binges but that doesn't mean I judge someone else for eating it. (long ramble, sorry lol)
    As for the hair... I think your silver is beautiful. Hopefully the hairdresser can come up with a solution. But Helen is right, purple is all the rage :)