- doing laundry a lot more often. I have lots of workout clothes, but only a few that I actually like to wear. So if I'm walking with my neighbor or by myself (which is basically seven times a week; sometimes more), I need pockets for my iPhone (which houses both my music and the MapMyWalk app) and Puffs Plus (why does my nose run when I walk?). In terms of my existing workout wardrobe, I have 3 bottoms and one top with acceptable pockets, so once I've gone on four walks, I need to do laundry.
- I recently texted my sister to ask, "once there's less of me, will I use less lotion when I get out of the shower?" Her answer, "of course!" was technically accurate, but here's what I've realized: while the quantity per use is definitely less, the amount of showers I'm taking is actually much greater, so in fact I'm using more lotion :)
- ... which makes me think I'm using a lot more water. Between the aforementioned showers and more often laundry, I'm guessing our water bill will go up. Sorry, Colorado :(
- being comfortable with dirty and/or "not fixed" hair. I just don't have the energy/time to wash my hair and fix it every time I shower. I just don't (remember the title of this post, please). The good thing is that I can actually see a bit of the weight loss in my face, so I don't mind wearing a pony tail as much as I used to. Once I gained ... well, as much weight as I had, I realized that my big round pumpkin face didn't look that great with my hair in a ponytail :) Now that it's not quite so round, a pony is fine, and so fixing my hair isn't quite as big a priority as it used to be.
- Prior to this whole "walking every day" thing, I tried to let a pedicure "go" as long as possible. That is, rather than having a pedicure every two weeks, let's say, I'd stretch it out as long as I could, and only get another one when I absolutely had to (this is strictly a monetary issue; I'd love to get them weekly, to be honest!). "When I had to" was generally "when my heels were a problem" and not when my polish was chipping. I've rarely had to get a pedi because my nails were chipped -- it's just that my heels are a big problem. And now that has reversed. It seems walking regularly, in shoes, chips toenail paint. Who knew?
- had to buy a new water bottle, because hiking for 6.5 miles requires more than one measly water bottle, and sometimes one needs to be in the dishwasher.
- have to buy more paper towels because when I get home from a walk I immediately rinse my face in the sink (and dry off with two paper towels) so I don't get one of those weird sun things on my upper lip that I call leprosy/zombie crud.