Friday Flashback

A short list of laws that were blatantly broken in my youth.

  1. Tunnel running
  2. Water tank climbing/swimming
  3. Pool hopping
  4. Trespassing
  5. Speeding
  6. Too many people in my vehicle
  7. Signage collecting
  8. Curfew

 

  1. -Zion
  2. -Dixie Rock
  3. -Every pool in St. George
  4. -Every golf course in St. George
  5. -The Gorge
  6. -Record: 11 people in my VW bug
  7. -Taco Bell/KFC/GAP….
  8. -Up all night (go to cheer practice at 6am, work for a few hours) Sleep all day.

 

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My little red book of first dates

I have a little red leather book hidden in my house, stashed away with a journal of mine.  I started using both of them in June of 2015.  I haven’t filled the first one up yet.  That was never my intention.  I hope I don’t make it that far.  When I started them I honestly didn’t know the value of what I was keeping between the pages.  Like a few other of my personal journals, I had researched a topic and set goals.  I needed a place to organize my thoughts because I was going to be doing something that was unfamiliar to me.  I was going to start dating.

My “little red book of first dates” holds the name of everyone I’ve gone on a first date with since June of 2015.  There’s a lot of names in there.  After every first date, I’d add their name to top of a new page and try to write three interesting things about that person and then at the bottom I added what I wore that day.  I was only challenged by completing this task a few times either by a painstakingly boring date or one that I left within a few minutes of the date (-that story will come later).  And the clothing added at the bottom was for the reason that if I happened to go on a second date, I didn’t want to be seen wearing the same thing.

My first few dates after my long-term relationship were awkward and silly.  That very first date was documented in photos from a photo booth that make me laugh. Out loud.  A legitimate lol.  I got lucky with my first first date as he later turned into one of my best friends.

I skimmed through this little treasure a few weeks ago and realized that keeping this journal was the best thing I’ve done for myself while dating.  I could see the type of guys I dated, my thoughts about them, what stood out to me and what I liked about each one.  I noticed what I thought were priorities for qualities in my dates ended up not being as important as I thought.  I’m less judgemental about all my dates in general now and haven’t lowered my standards but defiantly widened my horizons on whom I chose to go out with.  Less is more, simple is better and there are days that dating feels ridiculous and I’d prefer to stay in bed, watch cat videos, and eat popcorn or cheat food.  But I always had a lot of fun on all my dates.  Or at least I had an entertaining story to tell.  I usually left each date thinking I said too much.  Or too little.  Or I didn’t ask enough questions.  Or the right questions.  I was nervous Every. Single. Time.  None of them was I more nervous than my last first date. So it hasn’t got any easier.  I don’t expect it every will be.

Vegan for 66 days

An atheist, a vegan, and a crossfitter walk into a bar…I only know because they told everyone within two minutes.

It’s funny because it’s true.

It only took me 9 seconds, the time for you to read that joke, to announce my current life as a vegan.

Every year I choose a random diet plan to educate myself about what I use as fuel for my body. It is not about weight loss. It’s about awareness. And this diet was significant. I started with information from the Netflix documentary Forks Over Knives.  I read tons of articles and doctors point of views on eating vegan.  I looked at recipes for a month before I decided it was something reasonable that I could do.  Protein was not going to be an issue and being hungry never happened.  I actually felt full most of the time.  It was a challenge only to cut out dairy but I loved the experience.

Here are a few things happened while not eating animals:

1-ENERGY. I’m still exhausted the majority of the day, however, I noticed I’m not obsessing about wanting to take a nap every afternoon. In fact, since January 1st, I’ve only taken 4. Compared to usually trying to sneak in at least 3 a week!

2-CLEARER THINKING. I set aside time to meditate everyday and I’ve actually done it. A few reasons why I think I can concentrate more is because I think food allergies give me ADD.

3-SKIN. I believe it’s true what they say about dairy affecting your skin.

The hardest part was no butter. And cheese is a staple around here. I missed them both terribly.  Surprisingly after only 2 weeks I didn’t crave any meat or dairy products at all.  I’m a self-declared cheese addict who no longer feels the need to add cheese to every meal and snack.  I learned that I was addicted to the casein, which is the protein in milk products.  I won’t go into any more educational detail but I learned so much about food on this diet that I will not go back to my regular eating habits.  I won’t be 100% because what fun is Thanksgiving without turkey and who wants toast without butter.  But I can give veganism a hearty 98%.

66 days later and I ordered a vegan roll at Island Sushi.  Our waiter informed us that all the speciality rolls were half off.  Of course I ordered the baked scallops with eel sauce.  It tasted like heaven but I didn’t need to eat it and I’m happy to eat meat on special occasions.  (When bff’s come to town, it’s a special occasion, right?)

*Next diet starting in 2 weeks.  14 days of Vegan/Keto.  I’m interested in learning about carb and protein balance.  If you’ve ever done a Ketosis diet let me know how you liked it, what you did to stay motivated, and any tips you may have.