I got on Facebook first thing this morning, simply to count the number of times the word "snow" was mentioned in my home feed by Colorado friends (14 times, in case you're wondering). That's right, folks. We've gotten our first snowfall of the season! Colorado gave us our two solid weeks of fall, and said Okay, enough! That's all you get this year.
Still, this is my favorite time of year. October is the loveliest of months, in my opinion. And as far as ambiance, the creepier the better. I would love to crawl into a Tim Burton movie and live there. Give me fog, a forest, an iron gate, cemeteries and cobblestones, and I am in heaven.
|Perfection. (source unknown)|
This is why New England will always have my heart. As much as I love Colorado, it's usually not where I wanna be during my favorite season. When you've experienced a real fall (particularly in New England), nothing else even compares. If I could live there, I would. It's kind of hard to explain, but driving down the winding roads on the outskirts of Boston on a misty morning, past 300-year-old cemeteries, amongst trees of reds and oranges and yellows that transcend the color wheel...that's where I am happiest. And October means Halloween, which is my favorite holiday. Spending Halloween 2010 in Salem, MA will go down as one of the greatest days of my life. I need to make it a yearly tradition.
|Walden Pond | October 2010|
|Mad Hatter in Salem|
|Coffee shop in Salem|
Aside from the New England blues, I'm doing pretty well. I spent the first part of the week in a haze, because I cut out coffee. According to my eating plan, I have to have my coffee black every other day. I really want to love black coffee, but I just don't. As far as my old routine, black coffee is to my morning cup of coffee as flour is to a cupcake. So, I figured I'd cut my caffeine addiction (just for the next few months), and put it behind me so I could live without it. It took a solid three days before I felt like I could function properly. My headaches were out of this world, I felt exhausted and I didn't move much (except for the at gym, which definitely helped me feel better every day). Yesterday was the first day I felt somewhat normal.
Other than that, everything has gone pretty well. I have made two recipes from PaleOMG.com, the Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups (amazing) and Cocoa Puffs (not bad). Those really helped my cravings for ice cream, cake, Nutella, etc. I have to limit those recipes, though, because I kind of feel like they're not super healthy, maybe? I don't know. When something tastes yummy, I feel like I shouldn't have much of it. Besides those recipes, my diet is basically wood chips and cardboard, so I'm doing well. It gets easier every day, and I definitely feel better.
Oh, wait! There was this...
I chopped a Roma tomato, some garlic, and added basil and balsamic vinaigrette in a tupperware container, shook it up and let it meld for a few hours, then added it to some lettuce and now it's my favorite salad.
Good things are happening; I'm in the 140s!