Falling Forward

Grace in Small Things

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  • Writing letters
  • Perfumes that smell like weather
  • Fudge
  • Old episodes of our favourite shows
  • Coming in from the rain

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Friday Thanks

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Dear WordPress,

Thank you for encouraging developers to create such beautiful themes. It’s always inspiring to be able to put a fresh lick of digital paint on something, especially when it costs nada. Gracias!

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Finally watching films we’ve had recorded for ages
  • Stripy wool
  • Blankets
  • BBQ plans
  • Grapes fresh from the fridge

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Monthly Goals: January & February

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I forgot to write a post about completing my December goals and I forgot to write a post about my January goals full stop (oops) but regardless, I managed to complete them – hurrah! I’ve decided to carry this on for the foreseeable future – it seems to be working! :)

5 Goals for January [5/5]

  1. Shoot two rolls of 35mm film [2/2]
  2. Clear out and tidy my hard drive
  3. Buy a print from a favourite photographer
  4. Meditate 5 times [5/5]
  5. Do the dishes straight after we cook, all month

January was good for the most part – altho I only just snuck in with the films, but at least they got done! I feel like we’re developing some good habits as a result of these – sleeping earlier, doing the dishes so the kitchen is less messy – all good things :)

So, onto my goals for February. As my 30 for 30 deadline starts to loom (I have just under 5 months to complete the remaining 14 goals) I thought I’d add in a couple of goals from there, to help me complete it. The comedy show, finishing my portfolio and reading those books are all my list to be done! Here’s my progress so far:

5 Goals for February [1/5]

  1. See a comedy show
  2. Do 5 days of the 30 Day Shred [2/5]
  3. Finish my portfolio site
  4. Read the remaining books on my ‘30 books I’ve always wanted to read‘ list [2/7]
  5. Make the time to actively keep in touch with friends and family

Q has decided to get in on the 5 goals action this month, whoo hoo! Anyone else care to join us? :)

2014 Goals: Paleo for January

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Go Paleo for January: Done!

Huzzah! :) Did we fall off the wagon a bit? A little. There was a black cherry cider at a weekend away with our favourite friends, a tub of marshmallow ice-cream after a particularly difficult Monday and the “I really should test these before I take them to work” salted caramel brownie, oops. I also ate peas and sweetcorn because I forgot they were a legume and a grain respectively – oh well!

The Good

Our first Paleo meal of the month

Paleo was interesting. Since I’ve spent the past few years trying to get into a wheat free, dairy free lifestyle and I spent 2013 abstaining from alcohol completely I wasn’t anticipating Paleo to be too much of a challenge, and in that respect I was proved right. I just had to cut out rice and wheat free pasta and flour from my diet and I was pretty much there. I’m also super thankful that I don’t drink tea or coffee, as I think that would have made the month substantially harder.

So did it help? Sure! I slept better and for longer – small things didn’t wake me up as often which is great for someone like me whose sleep schedule can be quite broken and erratic at times. In addition to that I found that after I got over the first few days of sugar cravings I generally had more energy during the day, which was useful. I also lost 5lbs over the month without adding any extra exercise in, although that wasn’t my main motivation in trialling it.

Also, the kale chips were pretty badass.

The Bad

Paleo is expensive to follow, there is no way around that. Having to bulk up on veg to replace the missing carbs means spending a lot more money on fresh veg than we were previously, and we also spent extra on things like meat and eggs which are always more expensive than your cheap carbs like rice and pasta.

I missed sugar constantly through the month – not entirely sure what that says about my diet but nothing good presumably. However, the cravings weren’t insane, thankfully, and I only suffered one headache early on in the month, so not too bad overall.

The Ugly

Sometimes Paleo food is not filling and you find yourself hungry but not wanting to eat another sodding clementine. Lunches were a particular struggle when I was away from the house and even with access to a full cupboard it was still hard to motivate myself to cook something for one. Salad would be a great option but it wasn’t what I fancied in January, really.

Also, eating out was relatively tough and we had to relax our rules a bit for fear of being those people (“Can you make sure my sauce isn’t made with butter or milk or cream or wheat or cornflour or or or” Christ).

Will we carry on?

Q’s inventive chicken, brazil nut and spinach fritters

No. Not quite. We’re planning on following Primal during the week now (Primal allows for high fat dairy like cheese, butter, cream and greek yoghurt, making it a slightly easier version of Paleo) and not being too strict on ourselves at the weekend. I’m still doing wheat free for 2014, but it’ll be nice to have some wheat free pasta or wheat free bread occasionally – it’s hard (and expensive!) to stick to a life without carbs indefinitely! Plus I’d really like some gin every now and again please.

Overall tho Paleo was a very positive experience and I’m really glad we gave it a shot. Having a buddy to do it with really helped to keep me motivated, so thanks, Q for being willing to try it with me!

If anyone is thinking of trying it and wants to ask some questions then please feel free to get in touch and I’ll do my best to answer them for you! :)