random thoughts

~ The only thing worse than a driver who doesn’t use her turn signal is one who uses the right blinker for a left turn.

~ A Smart car with only one working headlight, is, well, not so smart.

~ I know I’ve mentioned this before — more than once — but slow drivers in the left lane make me C.R.A.Z.Y.

~ Sorry for the traffic rants, but I spend a lot of time on the road these days. Really, I have the easiest of commutes, but there are some days on the road that are harder than others.

~ I realized long ago that manicures are a waste of money for me. I manage to chip my nails almost immediately. Gel manicures last longer, but they destroy my usually healthy nails. I’ve recently discovered Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish. It doesn’t require the UV light, and so far, one application (two coats of the color and one of the top coat) lasts about 8 days without chipping. And it dries pretty quickly without smudges.

~ I’m so glad this football season is over. Yes, we have the bowl in Birmingham, but that’s so lame that I’m pretending it’s over.

~ If we have chips in the house (chips that I actually like), I am powerless to say no to them. Hi. I’m Anne, and I cannot say no to chips. Or homemade cookies.

~ I came across Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake at Trader Joe’s this past weekend. I did not purchase this wonder of wonders because if it’s in our house I will eat it.

~ When I lived in Belgium, I concocted a cheesecake (cheesecakes are my go-to desserts to make and take)  with dark chocolate and a Speculoos crust.

~ While I was typing the random thought above, I was eating chips.

~ I’ve been binging on Fixer Upper lately. And I just want to take out walls and rid the world of popcorn ceilings.

~ While I was typing the random thought above, I was eating chips.

Bye y’all,

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a (not so) little whole30 update

As I mentioned, I finished my first whole30 last week. (Just to recap: it’s basically 30 days of no sugar, no gluten, no grains, no dairy, no alcohol, no legumes, no soy.) Since then, I’ve been experimenting with a few of those forbidden foods, and I’ve learned quite a bit.

I was really curious about how dairy would affect me because I missed (craved!) it during June. I don’t drink much milk, but I do love full-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with berries for breakfast, and I enjoy all kinds of cheeses. I’ve found that while yogurt hasn’t upset my stomach at all, it does leave me with almost immediate drainage in my throat that’s thick and hard to clear (sorry to be gross!). I’ve had sinus and allergy issues as long as I can remember, and now I’m wondering how much of that has been because of dairy products. I’ve decided to have yogurt for breakfast on occasion, but it will be a treat — as will dairy in my coffee and cheese on my salads.

Reintroducing my favorite Belgian dark chocolate didn’t go well. I ended up with a horrible case of indigestion. I’ve heard that it can cause reflux, but I’d never isolated it before. Sure enough, it left me quite uncomfortable. I’ll give it another try to be sure, but I’m fairly certain it will be be a very occasional treat from now on.

Last night I came home from work very tired — and craving pizza. So we went out, and I indulged in my first gluten since May 31st. Honestly, it didn’t taste that good but I was so hungry that I ate an enormous slice. I expected to get pretty sick. I felt stuffed, but I haven’t had any other adverse reactions. I got up this morning and returned to my whole30 way of eating (that is definitely what they call a non-scale victory!). I had no brain fog or mad sugar cravings, and I had enough energy to exercise after work.

Speaking of exercise, I’ve met my goal six of the past 8 days. I’m pretty happy about that.

Even better than feeling good physically, I feel more like myself these days than I have in months. To be honest, our move earlier this year combined with a loooong stretch of insomnia really wiped me out. I had achy joints and absolutely no energy. I got out of my usual routine, and it’s taken me months to get my groove back. Now I’m reading more, blogging regularly, picking up my camera every few days, and knitting again. Those are activities that energize me and make me feel more alive.

I promise that I won’t blog obsessively about whole30. But I can’t help sharing with you something that has really helped me. My friend Natalie has been blogging about her positive experience, too — most recently here. And here’s why the whole30 is the diet for people who hate diets.

Seriously, y’all. I feel good.

G’night,

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