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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Highlights of Whole30

Well, today is day 29 of the January Whole 30 (kinda sorta...considering our cheat issue...) and I figured that I'd take a moment to reflect upon my favorite parts of the program.  Though Walker and I were not able to finish the entire 30 days start to finish, we found that we really enjoyed certain aspects of the Whole30 lifestyle and are planning to continue eating paleo as much as we can.

+ Both Walker and I agree that our bodies felt really good on Whole30.  We made it past the "carb flu" and the first few days where we felt totally starving all the time and got to the sweet spot.  We were sleeping well, feeling energized, and the majority of our cravings were gone.  I'd love to live my life in a place like that.

+ I loved knowing exactly what I was putting into my body.  There was no question about what "soy lecithin" is or if phosphoric acid is harmful.  We only ate whole foods, period.  

+ The program exists for good reason.  I read the book It Starts with Food and was very impressed by the research that went into all of this.  I feel much more informed about the havoc that certain foods can wreak on the human body and am much more interested and motivated to make better choices.

+ I learned that I function well with rules.  At first, I thought that moderation was the key to my dietary happiness, but I've since discovered that I need structure.  I wasn't tempted to eat sugar because the diet said no sugar.  Simple as that!

+ The dinners were not much different from what I was used to cooking.  We had meat, veggies, and maybe a type of potato.  I did get a little tired of burgers & homemade fries, but that's because we were poor at planning.

Again, I know that I didn't do the Whole30 the way it's intended to be completed, but I still feel like it taught me many important things.  Come back next week to hear what I didn't like about the program.

Have you done a Whole30?  What were your favorite parts?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Some Wedding Memories

Last weekend, Walker and I were thinking back to our wedding and talking about all of our favorite aspects of the day, which prompted me to go back and look through our photos.  Now, usually when I want to rehash the day, I go and check Facebook (because that album contains some of my favorite picture) or even my blog recaps.  

This past time, however, I looked through all 800+ pictures from our photographer.  I haven't done that since we first got them, and it was a lot of fun because I found some that I really love but never really saw in that light before.  I also remembered some silly details or stories about some of them, too.

I love everything about this photo, so much so that I made it the cover of an album I designed for my parents.  Turns out, there's a fly going by, right in the middle of my left arm.  Blown up, it's a HUGE black dot!  I was able to retouch it, but not before the album was printed!

Walker's parents gave us this framed print for Christmas and I adore the shot.  It was never one of the pictures that stood out to me, but the overwhelming greenery immediately brings me back to how beautiful the day was.

I remember feeling really awkward as I was posing for this picture, but I've decided that I like it!

This one was totally random and was captured during our fellowship time.  I love the way the photographer captured the cool ceiling of the church.

This one caught my eye as I went through everything over the weekend.  Something about the black and white just made it stand out.

Best picture of the back of my dress, though I never posted it anywhere.

I remembered for the first time that Courtney refused to drink any champagne at the reception.  She and the other bridesmaids/groomsmen were under age, but the restaurant just poured small glasses for everyone, assuming they'd take maybe 3 sips for the toast.  Courtney was so adamant against drinking before her 21st birthday that she found a waiter and demanded that she and the other members of the bridal party receive ginger ale for the toast.  I couldn't help but laugh!

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best Weekends

I've said it before and I'll say it again - the best weekends are the ones where I come away with hardly any pictures.

I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have had a weekend where I've been completely free to just relax and do my own thing.  It's been months!  Don't get me wrong - all of our weekend excitement in the last bajillion weeks has been fun and definitely productive, but they just weren't the same.

So this past weekend...

+ I slept in (both Saturday AND Sunday) and it was glorious!  Glanced at the clock, realized I was still tired, and rolled over.  Serious bliss.

+ My graduate work for the week was done as of Thursday, so that meant no books/papers/discussion questions, etc.  Could I have worked ahead?  Sure, but I wanted to savor my days.  I have to get used to having the course hang over my head.  I've been so darn stressed out about homework that I can't control or access until the following week and I need to calm it down.  

+ Walker and I finished all of the current episodes of Scandal and are now eagerly awaiting Thursday's premiere.

+ I took my blanket scarf out to lunch with us on Saturday.  I'm in looooove!'

+ My mom and I have been looking (just looking!!) at potential Cavalier breeders for the future, ever since we lost our precious Maggie.  That lead to some Instagram searching, and I found some absolutely adorable accounts to follow.

We've got a ton of snow coming our way (they're saying up to 2 feet!) and the schools have already called for an early dismissal today, so I guess the week's off to a good start.  Here's to hoping and praying that we don't have too many snow days.  I'm not ready for another year of going to school until June 24th...