Nom Nom Paleo & Other News
Hello friends! I can't believe we're halfway through January. The older I get, the faster time goes. It's mind-boggling.
With that, here’s a list of what I’m enjoying and thinking about:
1. What I’m eating …
In September 2018, I decided to stop eating processed sugar (like ice cream, cookies, scones, and other sweet treats) because my waistline was expanding. Other than eating treats like it was my job during the holidays, my experiment succeed. I lost eight pounds and a few inches too.
After the holidays, I sat down with my CrossFit coach for an hour and talked about my nutrition and fitness goals. Here are the goals I shared with my coach:
I want to get stronger (for example increase the amount I can lift at the gym).
I want to avoid arthritis flare-ups by improving my eating habits.
I want to lose body fat.
I want to feel good!
To make these goals a reality, my coach suggested trying a Paleo diet, and I decided to go for it. I'm eating fish, meat, eggs, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and a little fruit and starch. After a couple of months of eating Paleo meals, I'm going to reintroduce other foods back onto my plate (like grains, dairy, etc.) and see how I feel.
Other than being sore from CrossFitting, I feel good, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this experiment unfolds. I'm also incredibly inspired by Nom Nom Paleo. It’s a fantastic website filled with delicious recipes.
2. What I’m capturing …
Earlier this month, I began a color themed photography project, and I'm excited about it. It's helping me look at my daily life in a different context, and it's fun! I hope you'll bring more color into your photography practice in 2019.
3. What I’m sharing on the Internet …
Here’s my latest on the Everyday Adventures in Siskiyou blog:
— Last week, my most liked Instagram post featured stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France (see the image above).
4. Someone I enjoy following on Instagram …
Cait Flanders (@caitflanders). I love her words and photos.
5. A quote I’m pondering …
The following words are by Jamie Varon. I subscribe to her Friday Letters, and they are damn good! You can sign-up here.
". . . My year off Instagram (and all social media) in 2017 was a way to stop waiting for applause. I think I see it now as that. I started blogging as early as 2000. By 2007, I had a public ‘brand' and people beyond friends and family followed my blog and Twitter (Instagram didn't exist yet, lol). Ten years of having your work out on the internet for other people to read and judge means ten years of recognizing that your life, even in some small way, belongs to other people. By 2017, I had become dependent on applause and praise—and my writing didn't feel like mine at all; it felt like an amalgamation of what other people wanted to hear. I could have written a book in that voice. I could have continued writing bullshit words that never challenged anyone and I could have lost myself in achievement. Instead, I made what felt like an impossible decision at the time: to stop writing, stop saying things, stop being a person with fractured selves existing on the internet."
Make it a good week!
PS: I work for Discover Siskiyou as a paid blogger. I love my job, and I also like sharing my professional work on RowdyKittens.com. My welcome essay is a great way to orient yourself to the Everyday Adventures in Siskiyou blog.