Zity has changed everything for me - and I do mean everything - sleeping and eating patterns included. BZ I cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients nearly every day, and ate well - almost too well. Now, my diet is pretty random. I eat whenever I remember to and struggle to get around to cooking more than about once a week. Most 'meals' consist of whatever I can scavenge from the fridge that is still good to eat - if it looks good, smells good, tastes good... The Zity/Kinky Diet Plan!
My Zity friends have got into the habit of asking me when chatting on IM whether I have eaten anything that day. If I reply in the affirmative, the next question is often 'How about fluid levels - are you well hydrated?'
On Monday 20th August I saw a friend I hadn't seen for a few weeks. His first comment to me? 'You've lost weight'!! I told him I had been eating less in the hot weather, and mostly salads, (which was true enough), and fortunately the conversation turned to other matters.
When it comes to sleeping I have kind of settled into a 'mid-atlantic' time zone, 3 hours behind GMT (UK time zone) which fits my real life reasonably well - getting up at around 11am, eating (when I remember!) around noon, 5pm and 10pm (or 1pm and 8pm), then heading to bed at around 1am.
Some of my Zity friends have now taken to sending me a PM if they see I am still logged on approaching midnight gently reminding me that it is past my bedtime! I now have friends in 7 different time zones ranging from GMT +5:30 hours to GMT -8 hours. I also now have more friends on Zity and YIM than I do in real life - one of the drawbacks of having cared for R for so many years is that I ended up with a very small social circle.
My efforts to adjust my sleeping pattern have been somewhat thwarted over the past week or so by T. She is now officially a fully grown cat (having turned one on September 7th). She has celebrated this by bringing in half dead moths every night at about 3 or 4 am, and chasing them around my bed before finally finishing them off. If I shut her out of the bedroom she cries and hurls herself against the door. Consequently I am only getting around 3 hours unbroken sleep a night.
This Zity addiction has come and gone a little over the 3 months I have been a member. I have been through phases were I could force myself to get up, dressed, have breakfast, then do a bit of housework before logging on. Over the last weekend however my body finally cried 'enough!' and for the last three mornings my first thought on waking has actually been breakfast not Zity! I cooked 3 meals over the last two days - the first time I can remember cooking more than once or twice a week since I found the site. Having said that my first thought and action after eating in the morning has been to log on, and yesterday I spent the whole day intending to log off and cook the egg and lentil curry I have been promising myself for about a week, only to give up and order a Chinese meal at around 8pm, which I ate while in Kinky Lounge. Ah well! Small steps - and it does feel like I have turned a corner now, even if it is just my poor old body finally overruling my addled Zity Addict brain.