Fellow forumers, I'm letting you know that beginning the third week of August, I will be taking a fairly lengthy break not only from the forum, but from the computer completely, except for when needed for school.
I'm not really happy about making the decision, but I'm desperate to turn my lifestyle around and, hopefully, figure myself out and create a healthier and better life not only for me but for those around me.
For the past few years I've felt completely...out of it. Lethargic, slow to respond to things, and just over all very unhealthy- but I've ignored it for the most part. Even after having severe gallbladder problems and undergoing surgery, I just ignored everything thinking it was because of stress. I have severe migranes at least once, often twice- a week, and have a hard time concentrating on thngs that are important. This month, I decided that I'm going to change that.
Ofcourse, I wont only be getting away from the computer- that in itself probably won't do a lot for me. However, detaching myself from the forum and Facebook, which I spend the majority of my free time (I'm on 2+ hours a day) on, is keeping me from doing healthier things for both my brain and my body. Instead of the computer, I have decided that I will be using the time that I use on here surfing the web doing more productive things. Studying in hopes of bringing my grades up (they arent bad, I'm running a 3.75 GPA) But I feel like I can do better if I really apply myself), and exercising (I'd like to start running again if possible) to help myself become more physically fit.
Besides taking a break from the computer, I've also decided to start eating healthier and to completely eliminate high fats, caffine, and sugars (except for those in fruit and such) from my diet to see if it might help me sleep better, feel better when I wake up (right now I'm sleeping 9 hours and waking up exhausted. During the school year I barely get 6, and thus will feel even worse), and just over all have more energy and alertness. I drink 1-2 sodas a day and all kinds of junk like chips, candy, hot pockets, etc so its no wonder that I feel sluggish throughout the day. I'm fairly sure that I'm addicted to caffine and sugar as well, because my head will begin hurting if I don't drink atleast one soda.
I'm actually hoping that the changes will also help my migranes, but we'll see. I'm not fat or out of shape- quite the opposite actually, but I think I could be taking a LOT better care of myself, and at only 16- I'd hate to see myself affected for the rest of my life because I didnt make the necessary changes now.
I'm going to do a 'test run' for one school quarter, and look at my results then decide from there what to do. I may come back to the forum immediately, I might take a little longer. I do know though that regardless of what I decide, when I come back I will be limiting myself to 30 minutes or so on the computer at a time, no more.
With that said, you guys still get to be bugged by me for another 3 weeks, but after that I will be saying farewell to you all for a period of time. I will miss you greatly!