Social media.  I feel like it sucks me in every time.  It’s one of the first things I check when I wake up and usually the last thing I’m scrolling through before bed.  I have no idea why it is so addicting for me.  Someone on Facebook this morning just vowed to (hang on, let me open Facebook in a new tab for reference…. dang it……. now I can’t find it and I am wasting more time yet again).  Anyways, they mentioned something like this year they wanted to do away with unneeded drama vampires.  I think that’s a good metaphor for social media.  Something that sucks your time away from what you should be doing instead.  Sure, I get great recipes from Facebook and Pinterest but what about all the fluff that I have to scroll through first to find mentioned items?  Clickbait, I think it’s called?  I got pulled into a site this morning that was advertising “travel pants”.  They had some great colors and nice styles and their “clickbait” worked because I did go to their website.  But $155 for a pair of “travel pants” was a little too spendy for me and so there goes wasted time that I can never get back again.

What should I have been doing?  Well….. anything really.  Anything besides scrolling over and over again.  I have a couple of phone calls I could have made, I have this blog that I have been ignoring, I have two kittens (one of which is on my lap now) that always enjoy my attention.  I am in the middle of reading three different books at the time and they aren’t going to read themselves.  Yet, here I sit “liking” another cute animal meme.

I can remember a time without social media.  Where you just had to be social.  You actually just had to pick up the phone or go and meet up with people, in person, to be social.  You had to have actual real life experiences, full of awkwardness and real emotions, instead of thumbs up and smiling emojis.  Just as I am sitting here writing this, my computer is dinging and pinging at me.  Another email came in.  I am tagged on another Facebook post.  Anything that will pull me away from trying to be “real” and suck me back into the world of my own make-believe.

I did just take a minute to see who tagged me and it was actually worth checking.  I guess some good things and good connections can be made through social media.  I have made a connection that is still in its infant stages with a vegan “life coach” if you will.  His post today asked “what are you grateful for today”.  I commented and he replied and now I have found out that we may have a chance of meeting face to face at our yearly vegan festival in April.

Social media 1,234,235,675, me 1.  Score!

So, not all is bad and lost in the virtual world.  Yet, sometimes I do feel like I lose myself a little too much there.  At the same time, without it I wouldn’t be able to be reaching you all here today (yes, WordPress is a form of Social Media, I know, it’s terrible but it is what it is).  I could still write out my thoughts and feelings but they would fall on deaf ears in a book on my nightstand.  But then who’s to say that what I have to say is any more important than just that?  Maybe what I have to say should just be written in a journal and left for just myself to see.  How do you get followers anyways?  The same way you get thumbs up I guess?  You have to be, write, or do something interesting enough for other people to want to stop what they are doing, and then become the catch at the end of your own hook.  Although I think more highly of my followers, that really seems to be the name of the game.  I just wonder how some people make it BIG and some just have their humble little existence out there in cyber world?  I wonder what their defining moment was?  How did they acquire a huge following?  What was it that caused more and more people to be interested in what they had to say over the next person out there?  I wonder if they sit writing and have Facebook open on another page and go back and forth between the two?  I certainly hope I am not the only one distracted by its alluring glow.

I have tried many times to remove myself from social media.  I have taken it off my phone for months at a time (that helps when I am away from my computer or tablet).  It actually is rather freeing.  I know I am more productive when I am at work or just out with family and friends.  But I also use it as a tool.  I don’t really have a lot of “friends” on these sites, but I use them to gather information on things that I am interested in learning more about.  I “like” pages of people I follow (e.g. in the vegan world) or of products that I feel would add value to my life (in fact I just started to “follow” the page for the Motiv Ring while writing this blog; pretty cool little gadget).  But is it really worth the trade-off?  Or is it really just making us all more anti-social while wearing cool travel pants?


Everyday, Fitness, minimalism, Running, Vegan

Living with intention

I want to live a more intentional life.  I want to eat better.  I want to love harder.  I want to exercise and get faster.  I want to cut out the crap and be more inline with my personal values.

I know today is actually June 5th, but for me it marks the start of many things.  For awhile now I have gotten a little off track with my eating (don’t worry still vegan, but being vegan doesn’t automatically mean being healthy) and with my exercise.  I want to incorporate better food choices into my diet and get back into my running after a brief, but very much-needed break.  I also haven’t been to the gym since maybe November?  My work picked up and my hours changed to a point that I couldn’t get motived to workout.  To be honest with myself, yes work did pick up, but I am still working under 30 hours a week, so not having enough time is not an excuse.  And my hours did change, but truth be told, it’s more about me not wanting to wake my ass up earlier to hit the gym!

Having a good balance between food and exercise is very important.  Even though I haven’t been eating as well, I am by no means overweight, but I have noticed that my muscle to fat ratio has changed.  Last summer I actually weighed more but the extra pounds were from the extra muscle I had built.  I would like to build back some of the lean muscle I have lost in the past 6 months.  I am not sure what I am going to do about the gym; whether I am going to rejoin or join a different one, but I am going to get back into my running, actually starting today.  I have joined an 8 week speed work program that meets every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm.  I don’t particularly like speed work.  It is hard and the Central Texas summer weather doesn’t make it any easier, but I am more motived to get back into it because it is a group effort.  I have a couple close friends that are joining the group and our coach, is my trainer from the gym that I have been friends with for over 3 years now.  Plus if you can run in the summer you will be in tip-top form for when the fall/winter races start back up again!

As far as food goes, I am going to try to focus more on whole foods; getting in more fruits and especially more vegetables.  Last week I went to see my new doctor (Dr. Linda Carney in Buda, TX) because I was having issues with dizziness, foggy mind, and my cycle had been going  a little wack-a-do these past few months.  Dr. Carney is a 100% plant-based, vegan doctor.  So many people have raved about her in the Central Texas vegan community.  She is located about 40 miles from where I live, but after meeting her I have absolutely no issues with the distance.  She promotes healing through nutrition and tries to steer clear of medications whenever possible.  She ordered up about 15 different blood tests for me, to help her narrow down what/if anything is wrong.  I go back to hear my results on Wednesday!  This doctors visit was the first one I was ever excited to go to.  I had no anxiety and I can’t wait to find out what blood tests say.  Dr. Carney had a great “bedside manner”.  She sat and went over a bunch of different things with me for probably over 40 minutes.  Asked a lot of questions and took notes on our whole meeting.  Her office has plant based resources everywhere.  From Forks Over Knives posters on the walls, to a book shelf full of plant based authors (many of whom’s books I currently own) and a website for clients filled with even more plant based nutrition information.

I mentioned that my female cycle has been off for a little while now.  Nothing too extreme but sometimes, somethings are just too much to let go unnoticed.  I ordered a book called:  “WomanCode:  Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source” by Alisa Vitti.  The author takes a very close look at how what you eat during your 4 stages of your cycle (yes I said 4 stages) can affect your overall health.  While she doesn’t promote being 100% vegan, I am curious to read about what foods she suggests to eat when and then why.  I do not plan on adding animal products back to my diet but I am open to reading as much information as I can about how what we eat can affect who we are.   The book has great reviews, so hopefully I won’t be too disappointed at the mention of animal products.

One more thing that I am finding to be more and more important to my overall health and welfare is just living my own life.  Cutting out things that don’t add to it and focusing more on things that do.  I realized this past weekend that I had spent a lot of time on social media.  That time could have been used for far more important things.  I literally could have written this blog yesterday and then had time to write another one today.  I could have spent more time with all of our fur-babies more evenly (we recently got two new kittens and our rabbit I think has been feeling a little left out).  I could have went out and bought the rose-bush that we wanted to commemorate the passing of our 13-year-old kitty, Raspberry.  I could have read more.  Talked with my husband more.  Or just enjoyed the silence, that comes with the lack of social media clutter.  (OMG I just realized that I just checked my Facebook page, oh my phone, while typing this on my laptop!)  It is time to disconnect a little.  The Minimalist talk about how they both took all social media off of their phones and only allow themselves 30 mins or so a day to scroll through their feeds while on their computers/iPads.  I mean do we really need that much information at the tip of our fingers at any given moment?  No.  I know for a fact we don’t because I am old enough to say that I grew up without the internet (until I was in High School) and without a cell phone (until I was out of High School).  (OMG I literally just did it again!  Something live came across my feed so I had to click on it!)  We have become like Pavlov’s Dog when we hear our phone “tweet”;  we are zombie slaves to our little glowing screens.  It is time to make a change.  So besides changing up diet and exercise, I am going to delete all social media platforms from my phone for the rest of the month.  Hopefully I will live to share the accounts of my actions with you all.

Oh and one more thing I forgot to add is that I will also be cutting back on all alcohol and caffeine intake as well!  Man, when I set out to do something, I really know how to go to the extremes, don’t I?  Honestly, I don’t drink much of either substance.  Alcohol I am eliminating just from the weekdays, and will only have a drink with dinner on the weekends.  And the only source of caffeine I have is from my morning tea, but I also have plenty of decaf teas and herbal teas that I can use as substitutes if needed.  I love having the will power to make these changes in my life.  I am the master of going “cold turkey” and I can’t wait to see how I feel about everything in a month.  If you have changed up anything that you consider pretty drastic in your life, please feel free to share your story in the comments!