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Five Things Friday

Friday, January 12, 2018
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Twelve days into the new year. How is everyone doing? Not gonna lie I feel pretty amazing now that I have cast aside all of my overindulgent holiday habits. Damn, I forgot how much better I feel when I am putting in the work, at least in the beginning when everything is shiny and new. So, just checking in with a few things of note...


Since everyone is doing a word of the year  and I have the Stage 4 FOMO I will not be left out. I really didn't have to give this one too much thought and it's not like I even planned it but it just sort of occurred to me thanks to Tinder. Yes, I actually learned something about myself and where I am in my mindset from Tinder of all places. A common question you get asked early on in the online dating process is "what are you looking for"? My answer to this a question used to be sort of  planned out... blah blah blah, good sense of humor, tall, play sports, non-smoker, likes music ... I used to always answer the question with traits I would like to see in someone else. Seems logical right? Over the past year I have spent a lot of time really asking myself that question and not in terms of a relationship just in terms of life in general. I have come to some conclusions and now when someone asks me on Tinder I might throw out a few character traits but I find myself saying "I want to live a simpler life"... overwhelmingly this is my answer. It's a process and it's not easy because it involves a lot of real and honest introspection but I have been and will continue to work toward that goal very intentionally. So, my word of the year...


Whole30 Round 4 is in full swing for me over here and I am loving it, mostly. I mean there are moments of anger and longing when I walk by my pretty wine glasses or think of a nacho mountain at the bar with my bestie but overall the positives way overshadow those moments. After eleven days my energy levels are way up during the day, I'm sleeping better and waking up is a whole lot easier. My digestive issues are GONE, I won't get too in depth here but trust me, what a relief. My beloved dairy is really not my friend. I don't really feel any smaller but I never really do until closer to the end so I am not concerned with weight loss. I totally get off on the structure of these 30 days. Best thing ever for me to get back on track.


So I lied. I said no more festivals. I was wrong, there will be more festivals because Sweetwater 420 Fest this year that's why. Bands that I love, bands that I have been unable to afford, bands that I am dying to see and a free place to stay in town for the weekend. I am so glad I took a chance and bought 1 lonely early bird ticket for myself last October for $89.

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So I guess this will be me in a few short months...

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This is just an observation really but I get a little sad when the holidays are over. It's such a let down when the parties and family time is over, lazy mornings give way to battling traffic and rushing around. But on the other hand I really like January. I love my annual Whole30 as you know but other than that January is just chill. The kids are starting a new semester so there are no major school things going on. Kids sports have not started yet. Winter tennis is just kicking off. Taking all of the Christmas crap down after a month makes me feel like I have a new house. And best of all everyone is hibernating. I don't really want to go out much at this time of year and it's so easy because there is nothing to do!I am spending 2/3 of this month in pajamas and slippers and it is absofuckinglutely glorious.


I am literally out of my mind with excitement to go meet Melissa Hartwig here in Atlanta this coming Monday night. The Whole30 book tour is coming and I am going. Am I the only one that gets totally starstruck by meeting a favorite author?? How ironic is it to get the meet the creator of Whole30 while actually doing a Whole30? I know... dork.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Currently; January 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January. month.

STARTING - My 4th round of Whole30, in case you didn't know. I can't believe it has been since 2015 since I did this for the 1st time. So much has happened in 3 years but I am really hoping to capture that excitement and fierce commitment that brought me such amazing results the first time. 

HOPING - That we get just a little more snow... I know, don't shoot me. It's so freaking cold here for us the least Mother Nature could do is make it a little pretty and fun. I am happy to hole up and sit by the fire for the entire month of January. 

SCHEDULING - A girls trip.. either Savannah for St. Pat's Day to see them turn the river green and drink lots o' beer or Nashville... haven't decided yet. 

READING -  You Are A Badass ... I know a few people who have read this and given it great reviews. I think my inner dialogue is what I struggle with the most so looking forward to hear what she has to say about it.  Plus New Year New You and all of that...

PLAYING - A Black Mile To The Surface by Manchester Orchestra on repeat. I can not get enough of this album. Music is life. 

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What are you up to currently?

Linking up with Anne as usual... 

I Am Not Available; Goals for 2018 Part 1

Friday, December 29, 2017

Life is a lot more simple when you avoid social media where only the best of people's lives are promoted. I enjoy my achievements in silence.

Just like everyone else I am currently mulling over the last year in my head and thinking toward the next. How can I make 2018 better? 2017 was meh at best. That is not acceptable. Or is it? Does every year have to be the best year ever? We all start out thinking that is how it's going to be right? That's the plan anyway. 

As I have been thinking about the last year a recurring theme keeps showing up. I am not all that available. I made a bunch of lists in my planner at the beginning of 2017 of things I wanted to do, places to visit, activities to try, bars/restaurants to check out. As I looked over the lists I started to think that all of these things were totally doable and some I did, but a lot I did not. Didn't even attempt. So the big question is why. And the answer is... time... I am very busy. I know that has become a joke phrase but it has some truth to it for all of us.

I had a conversation with this guy I've been hanging out with for the last 2 months the other day. He also plays tennis and enjoys it but he told me one of his thoughts for 2018 is to play a little less. I was like ... why??? It's good for you, it's social, gets you outside, something you can do with me, the list could go on but I stopped there. His answer was a little bit of a light bulb moment for me. Why would you do less of something that you love doing? Because it would make time for other things, new things, things that you might love just as much or even more that would add dimension and richness to your life. That's not exactly the way he said it but that is my answer to myself. I know this is not an earth shattering idea but I never really thought about the option of just partially eliminating something that I enjoy. I enjoy tennis but to play on multiple teams is very time consuming. Are there other things on those lists from last year that I might enjoy more? I need to free up some time to really explore that.

So that is going to be a big goal for me this year. Not trying to find more time but realigning what I am currently doing with the 24/7/365 that I already have. I am constantly declining invitations because I say I don't have time. I try to schedule dates with guys and when I look at my planner there are usually 1 or 2 free nights out of every 7. And men will always respond with skepticism and say "are you sure you even have time to date/develop a relationship" to which I always say "yes of course I do" but no... I really don't and I have proven that fact. But I could if I make some changes. I could if I really put the effort into being more honest about the things that bring me joy in my life. If I am really honest with myself I am kind of just bored with some parts of my life. I feel like I have outgrown a lot of it but I just keep doing it because it's what I do. But there are all of these other things I want to do too. So it's time to streamline a bit and see what new and exciting things can happen.

Did any of that even make sense? Cause I was just really thinking out loud. 

Re Cap -

A goal of mine for 2018 is to examine more closely the way my current activities make me feel. Am I excited about them or have they become just something that I do more or less like a habit?

If the latter is the case I think it may be time to change something. Wow I spent a whole post writing about 1 goal. I guess I'll try for a Part 2 at a later date. 

Whole30 Round 4: Ten Things You Need to Know

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

So it's that time of year again for me and billions of others to embark on the annual January Whole30 journey. Ok, maybe not billions but a lot anyway. Even if it's not Whole30 I would hazard a guess that scores of other folks are going to be taking on some sort of fresh, new health challenge come January 1, 2018. And I also know that it's a bit cliche and many will fail, fall off the wagon, abandon their new lifestyles or what have you, but I still think making the attempt is something to be applauded. So be supportive of anyone you know who says "hey I am starting this great new thing on January 1 to attempt to improve my health", at least they are trying!

I will be kicking off the new year with my fourth, yes how has this happened, round of Whole30. I did my very first one in 2015 and it was a smashing success. I lost 20 lbs. and 11 inches. Read all about it here. I was in a pretty miserable place in my life. I got laid off right before the holidays and binged on food and alcohol right up until Jan. 1. It was the perfect time for me to do something that required a lot of control (when I couldn't control much else) and that was just for me and about me. There are so many things I could share about the Whole30 experience and I do hope to get back to some more regular blog posts in January because this is something I love to write about, but today I thought I would focus on a few things I think you should know before you start. If you are going to do this with me in 4 days you need to get it in gear now.

1. Get a copy of one of the books and read it. I splurged and purchased this new Whole30 Day By Day version so I can journal every day and have something to refer back to. I am a documentarian of my life in general so this is a no brainer. It also has the complete program rules in it so if you are a newb you'll be golden. Don't argue, you need to read the program and rules before you start so you understand the whys.

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2. Day 1 is probably going to blow. If you are anything like me you might be a tad bit hungover from NYE shenanny's and guess what? You don't get to soothe yourself with nachos and icy cold beers. Sorry. Day 1 is a bit of a shocker so get mentally prepared for that now. You will find yourself reaching for things and planning to eat things absentmindedly that are not Whole30. And then you will catch yourself and remember..oh shit... it's Day 1.

3. Plan your first week of food. You don't have to figure out the next 30 days before you start but you do need to take as much thought out of the first week in advance as possible. Take it from me. I did this little exercise yesterday. See... I know what I am going to be craving on New Years Day so I have built Whole30 Nachos right in. Side note... I absolutely love the Knock Knock Pads like this What To Eat version for writing your shiz down. Plan for it, write it down and refer back to it. You can always edit but if you start with a plan I promise you will succeed and it will be a little less painful.

4. You must follow the rules. I cringe when I hear people say "I am doing a Whole30 but with creamer in my coffee cause I can't give that up" or "I am doing a Whole30 but I am still going to weigh myself every day because I have to". Then NO, you are not doing a Whole30. You are not. I didn't make the rules so don't get mad at me but you can't half ass it. There are rules for a reason. It's science, it's chemical, it's emotional, it's about relationships and patterns of behavior. Trust the process and do this one thing for yourself 100%. You CAN. I promise.

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5. People will say you are doing something that is unhealthy and can't be sustained for the long haul. It is in fact extremely healthy and it can be sustained. Proven fact. Don't argue with them just keep it movin.

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6. Meal prepping is HUGE. Do this. Program it into your week. I like Sundays but I play winter tennis on Sunday afternoon so I know I have to be completely ready to meal prep when I get home or do it on Saturday. When ever you do it just do it. If you work out in the world every day invest in some containers so you have on the go lunches already done on Monday for the entire week. I like these.

7. You might feel sorry for yourself at some point. It's normal. There will be occasions you may skip altogether, like a gathering at your favorite sports bar where there will be a nacho mountain in your face. ( I feel like there is a theme here...) I haven't had birthday cake with my oldest child in 4 years because I don't eat sugar on January 7th. It kind of sucks in the moment but just deal with it. It will pass.

8. Follow all of the IG accounts and turn on post notifications. Whole30, Whole30recipes and Whole30approved are my favorites. Plus they do about a million product giveaways during January Whole30 so you could win some free goodies. Feel free to tag me in all of your entries so we can win together! There is a huge community out there and it is full of people, products and just general support. If you ever have questions just go there and ask away. Or DM me, happy to help.

9. If you must eat out you can do it and stay Whole30. I personally try to avoid it because you have to ask a lot of questions and be really diligent and I am just lazy like that. But it can be done so don't feel like you have to turn down every invitation or tell your boss you can't take that mandatory work trip and risk getting the ax. Go online and read menus first so you know exactly what you are ordering in advance. I always travel with a small cooler even if I am driving all over Atlanta for work in a day. Keep some basic things handy like LaCroix water, Chomps Sticks, Lara Bars, Rx Bars, fresh fruits and veggies or cut up pre-cooked proteins.

10. It will be over before you know it and you will most likely feel better than you have in a long, long time. Just think about how fast a month goes in your life. This one will be no different. Read up on the day to day timeline so you know what to expect. It's very helpful! Many have gone before you and come out unscathed but profoundly changed.

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I could go on and on about this topic and I very probably will for the next month so I'll say sorry right now. Not really sorry but... Good luck to anyone jumping into this with me. Do reach out and let's keep each other honest.