I’ve enjoyed getting back to journalling early in the mornings through my detox updates so I decided to continue the habit whenever I have the time. What shall we call it? Daily Diary? Jo’s Journal? Or I could just make this an extension of my Saturday morning Coffee Talk.
Now here’s the deal. You guys who love the old school blogging posts — you’ve gotta talk to me. Leave me a comment. Make me feel like someone’s reading. Otherwise these posts will dwindle. I thrive on feedback, what can I say? We bloggers are a self-centered lot!
So yesterday was my first day officially off the detox but I didn’t really treat it any differently until dinnertime. Since I’d already been incorporating some non-21DSD foods/drinks into my diet, I kind of continued on just like that. I won’t bore you with everything I ate, but I pretty much stuck to a primal diet except at dinner when I did splurge on nachos that my kids ordered for the table. Not exactly primal but you know, sometimes you have to make exceptions. And this one was worth it. I did well for my dinner, although it came with smashed yukon gold potatoes, and I ate some of those — but I also had beef medallions and lots of “fried brussels sprouts” — omigosh, so yum. I need to learn how to make those!!!
Here’s a cool thing. When I saw my trainer yesterday morning, she said that she can tell a difference in my energy level and the way I’m moving. Especially after taking a hiatus from working out, she is really impressed with what I can still do. She suggested that my new diet/lifestyle may have something to do with it. I definitely feel energetic. Of course, I’d been up since 4am, had 2 cups of coffee, had written 2 blog posts and gotten my kids off to school so I was pretty much ready to rock and roll at 8:30am when we met.
Oh, and I managed to eek out THREE PULL-UPS on Monday. THREE! WOOT! The third one was sorta ugly but I’m counting it. I didn’t do any yesterday because I pretty much wore out my arms during my training session but I’m gonna see what I can do today.
I also saw the orthopaedist yesterday. He x-rayed my foot again and said that he can see that it’s healing nicely. He only wants me in the boot for another 10 days. That was a relief. I was afraid he was going to tell me 3 more weeks, and the last thing I want to be wearing in Costa Rica is a big black medical boot.
However, before I go to Costa Rica, I go to Seattle, and the day I leave for Seattle is the day he said I could start weaning off the boot . . . INTO SNEAKERS. Now here’s the thing these doctors and therapists don’t get. I AM A QUASI-FASHION BLOGGER. It’s one thing to be at home and wear cute activewear with sneakers on my daily errands. But I do not wear sneakers with dresses on press trips.
I would rather wear my boot and at least one nice shoe. AND he did say to be very careful in Seattle. And to wean off slowly. And I had already pretty much prepared myself to be wearing the boot in Seattle anyway. So. My plan is to wear sneakers in the airport and where ever I can get away with shorts or yoga pants. And then when I’m going to biz events in Seattle, I will probably just wear the annoying boot along with shoe that makes sense with my outfit. Bah. This too shall pass, yes?
The real issue I’m having is, my plantar fasciitis foot (the one that is NOT currently in a boot) is bothering me again. So I think that compensating for the boot with that foot is aggravating it. I swear, I can’t win for losing. At this rate, I am going to be switching this ding-dang boot from one foot to the other for the rest of my life!
I can’t wait to get back to my sports medicine doc and see what my bloodwork results show and hopefully get on some supplements and tweak my diet to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients my body needs to stay healthy and strong.
Oh and also too. I updated my bios based on your feedback. I still feel like it sounds a little trite, but I went with a version of this: Encouraging women to take back their health and style as they juggle kids, career & family.
I thought encourage might be a better verb than help, and I changed busy moms to women. Then I changed “stay” to “take back” because I think a lot of women who read my blog aren’t staying healthy and in style, but they want to get healthy or take back their style because they’ve allowed it to take back seat to the demands of motherhood and family.
I still don’t LOVE it. But I like it more than I did before. I also tacked on “Friends don’t let friends wear mom jeans” on the social media platforms that had enough room for that. I want people to realize when they see my bio for the first time that I’m someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously.
The only place I used something completely different is on Instagram. I know Instagram needs to be an extension of my brand, but I also feel like it is my most personal platform and I don’t want it to sound too stuffy. It is not there primarily to promote my blog like Google+ and Pinterest and my Facebook page. It’s where my friends and family connect with me as well as blogging friends, blog readers and brands see who I am and what I’m about. So. I couldn’t resist. I used Jennifer’s suggestion: Helping women navigate suburbia and beyond avoiding mom jeans and boxed mac & cheese.
I wish I was witty enough to come up with that sort of thing myself, but I’m not, and she said I could use it. So thanks, Jennifer!