meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

          

Have a great weekend!

I also loved November

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holy **** I finished whole30November!

It’s over. I’m done. I did it. Now where the heck’s my medal?

Seriously, guys, I am so happy to be done but before I finally stop talking about #whole30November, I thought I’d share 3o THINGS ABOUT WHOLE30:

  1. I have willpower like a rock star… or a Hollywood actress who doesn’t eat anything. I never cheated once. Not even a lick from the Nutella spoon.
  2. My body runs on carbs. Some days I felt great but most days I felt really weak.
  3. Week one sucked, week two and three were pretty good but week four sucked more than week one.
  4. I ate +60 eggs.
  5. I am day drinking right now (not really).
  6. I did miss my weekend drinks but alcohol was definitely not the hardest things for me to give up… What was the hardest thing you ask? Sandwiches.
  7. The Whole30 made me antisocial. No one wants to hang out with the girl who eats raw nuts as a treat.
  8. The Whole30 made me shop online more. I think it’s called retail therapy.
  9. Do not attempt the Whole30 if you’re vegan or if you don’t eat fish. You may evaporate.
  10. Eating meat would have helped I bet.
  11. There were times I was secretly hoping I’d faint so I’d have a legit excuse to quit.
  12. News flash, sugar is in everything.
  13. I went from carb loading September to recovery October to Whole30 November… not a health plan I’ll endorse.
  14. I’d rather run a marathon any day than do this again plus, the finish line of a marathon is definitely more rewarding.
  15. BUT I think I talked as much about the Whole30 as I talk about marathon training. Sorry.
  16. My skin is drier and I broke out more.
  17. My hair, however, seems shinier (Sophie agrees).
  18. I was never bloated and never had indigestion.
  19. … But my system was not happy (do I need to explain?)
  20. It’s a lot of work. Planning, prepping, cooking. There is no easy way around it.
  21. What everyone really wants to know… I lost ~5 lbs. I wasn’t setting out to lose weight. If I was, I would not have eaten so many figs.
  22. Having a support team helped.
  23. My mother-in-law cooked for me one night, it was a definite highlight.
  24. There are a few things about the Whole30 I disagree with (if all of the ingredients are compliant, I ate it).
  25. I am slightly curious to try variations of the Whole30… like monthly eliminations of specific foods to see how my body reacts. I think eliminating everything at once doesn’t tell you much.
  26. … But don’t worry, I won’t be doing that anytime soon.
  27. I apologize for whatever I said this month.
  28. Busy Philips did, and so did I.
  29. It’s a check off my forty before forty list!
  30. I will likely not do it again!

In summary, #whole30November was not life-changing. Am I better for doing it? Meh. I will say that I’m happy it’s done but I am most happy with learning that I had the willpower to get through hard things. I am pretty good at setting personal challenges but I’m also pretty good at eating what I want when I want so this was a bit of an eye-opener. My friend once said I run so I can eat what I want which is how I often feel so this was a great introduction to adding a better diet to good fitness. I’ve been told it’s all about balance.

Good luck if you dare to try – I have the cookbook if you want to borrow it!

THIS HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY DESK FOR 30 DAYS!

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Because I have full intention to blog-brag about the conclusion of #whole30November on Friday, I am doing Wednesday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

        

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twenty-five favourites

Step aside Oprah, I have a list too and it’s fit for a princess!

Meghan’s favourite 2017!

  1. Cashmere Hoodie – Everlane (splurge):
    Because I am always cold. Plus it’s pink!
  2. Full-On Luxtreme Tights – Lululemon:
    Because I plan to do a spring marathon and need more winter tights.
  3. Necklace – Catbird:
    Because it’s Catbird and it’s pretty.
  4. Pajama Pants – J.Crew:
    Because I need something warm to throw on when I come in from running.
  5. Watercolors – Sakura 24-Colors:
    Because of #24 on my forty before forty: “
    Buy watercolours. Watercolour.”
  6.  Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days:
    Because I have no clue how to watercolour.
  7. Online Photography Class – Minimalist Baker:
    Because I plan to spend more time with my camera and need inspiration and a guiding hand.
  8. Run Fast Eat Slow – Cookbook:
    Because I want to run fast and eat slow.
  9. iPhone Case – Apple:
    Because Erin Mac has one and now I want one too.
  10. Pre-Fold Coffee Filters – Chemex:
    Because I ran out and the grocery store cone filters suck.
  11. Satsuma Shower Gel – The Body Shop:
    Because Satsuma reminds me of the 1990s and that’s not a bad thing.
  12. Wicked Good Slippers – L.L. Bean:
    See #4
  13. 1/4-Zip Fleece – Patagonia:
    Because it’s the best feel-good, fits well, casual but not frumpy fleece.
  14. Earbuds – JBL:
    Because I’ve been running with broken earbuds for 8 months.
  15. Wireless remote control – Nikon:
    See #7
  16. Wireless Mobile Adapter – Nikon:
    See #7
  17. Capri Blue Candle – Anthropologie:
    Because I’ve been told this is what makes all of the Anthropologies stores smell so good.
  18. Cute hat – Oiselle:
    Because I like Oiselle and I like this toque!
  19. Dream Cream – Lush:
    Because it lives up to its name.
  20. Sea Spray – Lush:
    Because the ocean can never be close enough.
  21. Cosmetic Bag – Rifle Paper Co.:
    Because I’m dreaming of great travelling adventures in 2018.
  22. Dry Shampoo – Living Proof:
    Because I’m a girl who washes my hair every third day.
  23. Mirror – Ikea:
    Because I have no idea what I look like from the waist down (we don’t have a great full-length mirror in the house).
  24. Potato Ricer – OXO Good Grips:
    Because I hate poorly mashed, mashed potatoes.
  25. Running Socks – Smartwool:
    Because I ruined a half-dozen pairs of running socks this year + Santa always gives socks in stockings, right?

What about you? Tell me what’s on your list!

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here’s the last list I made, way back in 2014 with a small update in 2016.

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

           

Oh, and don’t forget to get a calendar! This year I am taking orders so even if you’re just needing a refill, please let me know! $5 refill / $10 with case = 50% of sales are going to charity!!!

Have a great weekend! Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends in the States!

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