Quick Update: Weight Loss!

Just a quick update for you all (and a way to keep myself accountable) – I’ve lost 4 lbs so far! I’m currently eating gluten free, while limiting my sugar and carb intake!

I’m not starting to “see” changes yet, but I know they’re just around the corner!

By next month, I’ll be working out again and I KNOW I’ll get to see so many more awesome results once that happens.

Cheers!

Social Media Strategy

I’ve been giving some thought lately to how active I am on social media and how active I should be.

Overall, I think I’m less active online that I should be – especially if I ever expect to get a job managing social media accounts. There’s a fine line between posting enough and too much and sometimes I’m not sure where that line really is.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get a new job, so why not start today by improving my social media presence?

Crazy week!

Hi!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me, so here’s a quick update:

  • I’m wrapping up week two of my gluten free adventure! Yay, me! I can’t say it’s been easy and there have DEFINITELY been withdrawal symptoms (mostly from sugar detox) but it’s worth it. And everyday I feel stronger. 🙂
  • Work is STRESSING ME OUT! I think these past few weeks have made me really appreciate down time, deep breathing and walking away from my work email, just to catch my breath!
  • Continuing from the last comment…I found this really cool de-stressing tool online – it’s called Pixel Thoughts – check it out here.

    Basically, you type in something you’re concerned about into the bubble; the website then walks you through a de-stress exercise as you watch your concern get smaller and smaller, until it finally disappears! How cool is that?

That’s it for now! TTYL

I Miss Organic Photography

Take a look at your newsfeed on any social media platform and you’ll notice a couple of things:

  • People really like to share funny and/or inspirational viral videos, recipes and inspirational quotes.
  • They also share the happy moments in their live; and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes they’re ONLY sharing the happy moments.

Now I know, there are two (or more) sides to every story, and some people really do live extraordinarily happy and fulfilling lives and others choose just not to share their dirty laundry (<<<this is me!)

Social media has done wonders for people the world over, helping people connect in ways that weren’t possible before and keeping families in touch with what’s going on in each other’s lives.

There are also downsides to letting social media and the things we post (or don’t) dictate the face we show to the world. The biggest one for me is the lack of organic interaction and candid moments.

People just don’t share photos anymore, they share selfies. They take dozens of photos of themselves and/or others and/or their food, just to share one…usually with the hashtag #MyLife. When, in reality, it’s not their life. It’s a glorified picture shoot – staring themselves and using their surroundings as a stereotypical backdrop.

I miss organic photography. Here’s a quick look at 40 historic photos and these taken during the Great Depression and these taken by the late Vivian Maier, a woman who captured the essence of everyday life.

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Here are a few I took on a rainy day, with my new 50mm lens!

There are thousands upon thousands of photographs just like these – all taking a look into the depth of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive – and they’re all unique, at the same time.

It’s just something that I miss and wish we would see more of.

Confession Time: I Suck at Dieting

Ok, confession time…I suck at dieting. And exercising. Basically it’s VERY HARD for me to stick to a self-prescribed diet and exercise plan.

I’ve tried more times than I care to admit – and maybe that’s a serious part of the problem! I’m stuck in my head about how many times I’ve failed and what I did wrong, while ignoring the positive!

As usual, I made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight – but it’s more than just trimming down my waist – it’s about changing my lifestyle to something healthier.

One way I’ve been doing this is cutting out gluten…which is extremely hard! I don’t want to merely substitute my whole grain bread for gluten free bread, because then I’m eating unnecessary carbs. I want to change my eating habits for good; and that includes incorporating unprocessed food, more fruits and veggies, more water and portion control.

I’ve almost got the plan in place, I’ve already gone through my cabinet and pulled out all of the gluten products (again). Goodbye Oreos! My milk and I will miss you!

*sigh*