Now we reset for 2016 and start anew. Do you have any resolutions? What are your goals for 2016?
As I had stated in a previous blog, I did give up Facebook for the 2016. Crazy, right? Some may think so but it's not nearly as crazy as the actual work it took to shut down my Facebook.
Just after midnight on New Year's eve, I opened my laptop and my husband got great enjoyment watching me try to delete my account.
Facebook first told me my friends would have "no way to get a hold of you" then it proceeded to pick five random profiles and said "These people will miss you!". Then I had to give a reason as to why I was deactivating my page so I told them I was tired of alien dinosaurs trying to sell me hipster beard oil. I hope that guy who read that got a laugh. Then I had to click "yes, I'm sure" twice before it finally said that my account was deactivated. No problem, right?
Apparently because my Netflix was socially sharing to Facebook, a log in to Netflix automatically restarted my account on Facebook. What?
That's not the only creepy part. I had to go in to deactivate AGAIN (that same process as above) and, when I did that, they had my profile back to the old way. All of my photos, friends and everything else was just as it was before. It's as if my profile never really leaves but goes to some strange online hoarding facility. Like an internet version of a cryogenics lab. Where's Ted Williams? Anyway...
I don't know about you, but I find that kind of creepy. Facebook is like that slithery guy at the bar that you've said 'no' to a bunch of times so they go to a corner and leer at you all night while slowly eating their nachos. Seriously. I think I may have to go punch Mark Zuckerberg in the face before he finally lets me go.
The funny truth is that I've really begun to feel more productive. I think my phone is happy I dumped those apps associated with Facebook, too.
Did you give up anything significant for 2016?
Another big change in my life was going to the plant-based lifestyle emulated in the documentary film Forks Over Knives.
I've been full vegan and processed food free for a full month now and I've never felt better or been happier.
In the month since this change, my life has become one I can really get to enjoy, now.
These are just some of the things I've had happen since the switch:
- Chronic awful pain I've lived with in the 4 years since chemo - GONE!
- Debilitating side effects - GONE!
- Energy - WAY UP
- My moods are so calm and easy now. I just FEEL better from the inside.
- No more headaches or other sinus problems I get often in winter.
- I've lost 15 pounds!
- My energy and overall life satisfaction have gone way up.
- Hair, skin, nails - all improved greatly. My skin? I couldn't be happier!
- I feel satisfied. I don't get "hangry"
- I've saved a lot of money on grocery shopping. It's so much cheaper to eat this way! (meat = $4/lb. Veggies = average around $1 - $2 /lb)
Other articles of note:
DIETS RICH IN FRUCTOSE AND SUGAR RAISES RISK OF BREAST AND LUNG CANCERS
TOP 8 MYTHS ABOUT EATING VEGAN BUSTED