Writing Triangle

It was like I started every book by throwing myself at the keyboard and praying for a novel to shoot out of my fingers before the deadline.

It’s NaNoWriMo, and while many are participating, I’m 7 days late to the party, but still in it, nonetheless. I’m not writing a novel, but a screenplay. I found this gem of an article at The Pretentious Title Blog where a writer chronicles her struggles and successes. It’s definitely worth a read, and she does a great job breaking down how she went from 2k words a day to 10k. Her triangle metric is well thought out and worth considering for your own work.

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Rejuvenate My Soul

I hiked up Mt Baldy!

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It was part of 3 peak challenge my amazing friends and I are doing. (I’m the one in the bear head wrap). So far we’ve done the ‘easy’ peak. Mt Baldy, or San Antonio, has an elevation of 10,064 and is 10.2 miles, round trip. My fitbit clocked me at around 15 miles, but who knows. I’m shorter so I take smaller steps. img_5954

It was absolutely breathtaking. It’s been almost a week since we hiked up, and I’m feeling major withdraws. I just want to get back out there and keep hiking. To be sure, while going up I was feeling the elevation and my lack of endurance.

img_5958Coming off a 2 month injury, my biggest worry was being the slow person in the group. I was, but I didn’t factor in that my friends are fantastic and it wasn’t even a big thing. It was totally fine. And getting to the top and hanging out was bliss.

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We made friends with these two other hiker dudes and they hung out all the way down. Which was great because I got to borrow a pole. Now, I’d always thought they were dorky, but I’m slow as molasses on the way down because I expect to fall and smash my head open. They loaned me a pole, one pole, and I was able to keep up with the group. It was a straight up miracle! So, needless to say, I bought a set of my own for future hikes. It’s bad enough being the semi-out-of-shape one in the group on the way up, I don’t really want to be what slows us up on the way back too!

We gave ourselves a weekend break, so no mountain scaling for me this weekend. But I can’t wait for San Gorgonio next!

AND that’s a check on #13 of the 30 in 30 challenge!

@TravelingPaleo

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So, as promised, (and better late than never) here are my thoughts on my Whole 30 experience. This was my second time doing it, and I stuck with it a lot more. I was still not, how would you say– perfect– by any stretch of the imagination, but it really worked for me. And check mark for the 30 in 330 goal!

I felt great. Eating good foods really does mean you feel good. Take a look at some of these beauties. I invested in a spiralizer and I satisfy all my pasta cravings with zoodles and suffer zero guilt. I actually meal planned while on the Whole 30, and that was both a lesson in itself and really helpful for not just eating crap.

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But the biggest help was starting an Instagram account to document my progress. Originally it had a whole 30 title but I’ve since changed it to @TravelingPaleo to continue to motivate me in my fitness and health goals.

I lost 5-7 lbs during the month, and so far I’ve mostly maintained that. On the left is the After photo and on the right is the Before photo. It’s amazing how much of a difference even 5 pounds can make in how you feel, how your clothes fit, and your overall motivation to keep working out and staying the course.

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I’m trying to adopt more of a paleo lifestyle and eat less carbs and try to fill up on veggies, but it’s harder without the full all-or-nothing mentality. It was very difficult when I visited my mom over the weekend (I did not come from a veggie friendly family).  But I’ve stuck with it.

Have you ever tried a diet fad? Tried to figure out what makes you feel like you’ve got ‘tiger’s blood’? What’s your best health tip?

#9 – Whole 30

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Wowsa, so I’m on day 10 of my Whole 30 and so far things are going well! This is my second round of Whole 30, and while I was pretty lax the first time around, this time I’m actually doing it; not adding soy sauce or half ass-ing it.

This makes for #9 on my 30 in 330 list previous post and I’m feeling really good. It’s taking care of #16 as well, with the no drinking bit. I’m reading a great book on habits that has me thinking about what I do and how to sustain the weight loss and great feelings I’ve got going on this month.

Reasons I decided to Whole 30:

~to lose weight (who doesn’t have this goal though?)

~to beat my carb cravings (no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no processed foods)

~to get better at meal prep (currently I walk in my kitchen and have zero plan)

~to help Ryan make more meals (…which means my husband does most of the cooking)

~to experiment with more foods (…which makes me sad because I love to cook)

~as support for my friend (she’s embarking on this journey as well!)

~to challenge myself (that which does not grow withers and dies)

~to prove I can (I love a good challenge, and giving up carbs is just that for me!)

~to help with not drinking (I failed last time I tried to cold turkey, but this is great)

~to change my habits (our diet doesn’t keep me at the weight I want)

~to pay more attention to what my body actually needs (#learning)

~to take better care of myself (I feel better when I’m on less carbs)

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One of the biggest things that has kept me on track is the the Instagram account I started specifically for my Whole 30. Follow along at Whole30MG (see how I played with OMG there?) to get some recipe ideas, what a normal human eats on a regular basis, and how much I’m really working on working out.

The working out is a big to me as I’m trying to meet my 1000 mile challenge I started in January. Currently I’ve run/hiked 125.23 miles this year. While I would normally rejoice, I’m behind the mileage count I should be at to meet my goal. I need to be running 23.02 miles per week to catch up and make my 1000 miles. To that end, I’ve signed up for a half marathon in June to help motivate, and so far it’s working.

Coming up with the Whole 30: a post on habits (once I finish the book), a post with my before and after photos, and a post with some of the meal highlights I’ve made.

Get Out and DO!

So I came across this challenge: http://30-in-330.blogspot.com/  where the goal is to complete 30 goals within the remaining 330 days of the year. I found it via Habitica (love that goal getting app!) And my list, in no particular order:

  1. Run and PR in a half marathon
  2. Write a pilot script
  3. Pet a hippo
  4. Script Sup another feature
  5. Take pictures with film camera
  6. Set up my fish tank
  7. Host kombucha tasting party
  8. Lose 10 pounds
  9. Do month of Whole 30
  10. Get my bartending license
  11. Do a handstand
  12. Make homemade tiramasu
  13. Hike up a mountain
  14. Read 12 books
  15. Paint under bar area in kitchen with gold design
  16. Give up alcohol for one week
  17. Consolidate sewing pile to one bin
  18. Write a screenplay
  19. Repair picnic table
  20. Eat epic meal
  21. Finish darkroom painting
  22. Play a song on violin
  23. Organize GMedia equipment
  24. Make Julia Childs recipe
  25. Do a pull up
  26. Do a boudoir photo shoot
  27. Apply to writing fellowships
  28. 30 days of sex
  29. Buy queen size bed
  30. Go on a weekend getaway

More later as I actually go through each item and my plan to accomplish it!