Tuesday, January 1, 2013


My tree is still up. Let's get that out of the way right now so you know the kind of person you're dealing with here. I keep saying I'm going to take it down today but it's looking like that may not happen. I'll put the stockings and table decorations away today though, I swear.

I don't make new year's resolutions, and I'm especially not making them this year because I'm trying to be kinder to myself and be less of a perfectionist and blah blah therapyspeak. But there are some things I'd like to TRY this year. Trying things is cool, right? No pressure. Yeah.

I'd like to try the paleo/primal thing again. I know. I KNOW. But I'm pretty sure about what went wrong last time: I did it cold turkey. That never goes well (speaking as someone who went off caffeine cold turkey from a 6-sodas-and-2-cups-of-tea-per-day habit)(DON'T EVER DO THAT). One of the things I've been doing gradually since I started trying to lose weight back in May or whenever that was is to increase my protein intake and decrease the amount of grain I eat. I've gotten to the point where I'm eating lots of quality protein and really very little grain on a daily basis, so why not make that extra leap? I really believe that this way of eating has helped me keep the weight off without much effort. Anyway, I'm reading Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint and poring over the info on his blog and I'm kind of into it, you guys. I'm especially interested in his ideas about exercise and fitness and in his 80/20 principle (in which you give yourself permission to be less than perfect, what a concept). We'll see what happens. Because I'm just going to TRY it, okay?

Related to the above, I'm going to try to continue keeping the weight off. That's become important to me, I guess because this is one of the few times in my life I've set a goal, worked toward it, and then actually reached it. Seriously, I'm the type who quits a quarter of the way there, assuming I even start at all. I guess I feel like, wow. I actually did something kind of big! I don't want to throw it away. So I'm going to TRY to maintain at this weight. I like it here.

I also want to try not using shampoo or conditioner on my hair. I've already been trying this for a few days and I sort of can't remember why I wanted to now. I don't really care about the health aspects of it, I just kind of like the simplicity of the idea. But my hair might be too thick for this. Or I might be too attached to the idea of my hair smelling like rosemary and mint. I don't know. My hair LOOKS fine, but it feels kind of weird and ... it does not smell like rosemary and/or mint. But I'm TRYING it. Just trying it. For a while.

So yeah, 2013 is the year I try stuff. My year of trying. My trying year? Oh dear.


  1. Try it, try it, try it! I started doing Paleo and Cross Fit at the same time through a "September Challenge". Can I just say, no more awful "girly problems" (sorry for the TMI), no more bloating, no more joint aches. I sleep better, my allergies are better... I just FEEL better. You can always go back to what you were doing before if it doesn't work for you. I've found that when I re-introduce the "non-Paleo" foods back into my diet, my body makes me pay for it. Just confirmation that it's how I'm supposed to eat. Good luck to you!

  2. Kathy. Just found your blog. Good stuff. I have marked it to follow and keep up with your writing. I 2nd your interest in doing the paleo thing again. I lost 53 pounds this year doing it. I follow Ron Rosesale (not Paleo) but low carb and high mono fat. No matter who you follow (and I think Mark Sisson is awesome) lowered carbs is the way to go. I would encourage you read about proper protein intake (do not over eat your protein) and read about increasing your good fat intake.

    Anyway. Wish you much success in 2013.

    Here are my pics of my weight-loss journey. June - Dec 53 pounds.

  3. My daughter uses a combo of water, baking soda, vinegar and essential oils to wash her hair. It's soft, shiny and clean. I personally go with the Phyto brand, which is organic (but a tad pricey, although one bottle of shampoo lasts me 3 months, so it's still a pretty good value)...love it as well.

  4. Very interesting and I admire your will power.

  5. I don't know if I'd trust someone who goes by "babyslime" :-) I do the curly girl no-shampoo thing most days, have for years, but I do a clarifying lo-shampoo with shampoo bars every now and again and I definitely use conditioner (devised my method from naturallycurly.com forums).