I’ve taken some time off this blog. Obviously. As I was thinking about turning the page on the calendar last night, I thought of returning to this space. It’s a different turning of the page. It’s not about where I’ve been. It’s now about where I’m going.
My work life is in a much better place. I plan to write about observations of arts and community engagement outside the academic bubble.
The kids are going well. I don’t want to write too much about them, but I’m sure a good story will come up from time to time. Raising teens these days is way different than when I was their age. I’m sure that’s a topic for much reflections.
Steve is doing pretty well – except for stress management. But, aren’t we all dealing with stress management in one way or another?
So what does that leave? Not another boring mommy blog about weight loss, fashion, and lifestyle. Rather, this will be about the daily choices I make to feel contentment.
For the first time months, I got an early swim and walked the dog before going to work. I stayed within my calorie allotment, cooked a real dinner of roasted chicken and carrots, and didn’t consume any foods off my own clean eating filter.
What’s my clean eating filter? After experimenting with a 21-day detox diet to see if that would help with my circulation/inflammation issues, I found that staying away from “toxic” foods actually helped me feel better. I had more balanced energy, and less dips/highs from sugar caffeine rushes. The plan eliminated gluten, sugar, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, meat, fish, alcohol, and caffeine. So yes, my diet consisted of fruits, roots, nuts, dried berries, leaves, twigs… Not really. I actually like making my own nut cheese. Yes, that’s a thing.
The caffeine and alcohol are back in my life. Because…. well, my life would not be happy without them. Now that I’ve been consistently disciplined with clean eating, I feel the effects of gluten or sugar pretty quickly. Processed foods are just out. I’ll trip once in a while, but it doesn’t pull me off the wagon. Musikfest was a big lesson in bringing my own food before I perform.
With the beginning of a new month, comes opportunity to track daily effort. I’ll use my apple watch as more than a badge of nerdly honor and actually use it for the activity tracking. If only this was the version that can be worn in the pool. I found out that the watch recognizes other kinds of activity. So after dinner, I did some vigorous vacuuming and laundry folding.
I’ll use the technology I already have. Myfitnesspal and this fancy Applewatch. And then maybe these daily choices of what I eat and how I move won’t be a news item. Maybe they’ll be as obvious to my daily habits as brushing my teeth.
Welcome, October 2018.