so it looks like i fell off the blogging wagon for a few months!! not totally intentional, but when reading back over my last post, it appears i was feeling frustrated about some things i was experiencing. when i get like that, i tend to retreat back into myself. i didn't really want to share every detail about my difficulties. i am a pretty private person -- even on facebook, i try to be positive and upbeat in my posts, yet not too personal. the problem is, i don't always feel positive and upbeat. i get tired, angry, annoyed and frustrated. in short, i am a human being! i have several blogs i read regularly, and some of them seem to only post funny, entertaining stories about themselves and their families. others post all about the shortcomings and struggles in their daily lives. i have decided it doesn't have to be totally one way or the other. i am the author of this blog. i am the one who decides what i want to write, whether it is about my diet, my family, something personal, or not so personal.
that being said, here is a brief update -- we had a nice summer -- once our summer weather finally arrived! we went to our cabin on the coast a lot, and the weather there was fantastic almost every weekend we were there! i continued to work part-time at our auto body repair facility, and i tried to balance that with some time at home. in august, i returned to my part-time school portrait photographer job, only it hasn't been part-time -- i have been steadily working 40 hours a week or more, while still trying to fit in a few hours at the shop. i am thankful for the income though!
we are still eating a mostly paleo diet -- we did another whole30 challenge in september, and even though i felt well and my clothes got a bit looser, i didn't lose nearly the pounds that i did in april -- then i lost 11 lbs, this time i only lost 3 lbs!! the good news is that 3 lbs put me at the long awaited total of 50 lbs lost since january of 2010. wooo hoooo!!!! the only difference i could see between april when we did our first whole 30 and september is that i was not doing the amount of concentrated exercise that i was doing in april. my photography job has been taking me out the door at 5 or 6 am almost every day, and that is usually my exercise time. i am getting some exercise by setting up and tearing down my camera equipment, and by standing all day, but i am not getting in the weight training and walking and bike riding i was doing earlier in the year. come december when my fall photography season is over, i will re-enter the exercise world with a vengeance.
i have been really good about being grain free almost all the time -- just few instances with corn and rice. i am really trying to avoid wheat, and have been mostly successful with that (with just a couple of exceptions). i have refined my waffle recipe and a couple of muffin recipes to be made with a combo of coconut, almond and quinoa flour, and they are good enough that my husband and 13 year old really like them. in fact, i didn't tell my 13 year old that they were wheat free until after i had made them that way at least twice, and he smacked his lips and asked for more each time!! he was very surprised when i told him they were grain free, but he finally admitted that they were good enough that he didn't mind if i made them that way all the time!! i haven't gotten him totally off wheat yet, but he has come a long way!! it doesn't help that his big sister is a pastry chef, and i will confess i have indulged in a couple of her decidedly non-paleo treats recently!
that is a brief update -- i will make a renewed effort to continue blogging more consistently. it may not be always about my diet or my exercise. i may decide to get personal on occasion. maybe i will even find a way to be mildly entertaining -- but i have found that putting my thoughts in writing does somehow help me to think more clearly, and that is a positive thing for everyone who knows me!