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Day 30 has come and gone.

Posted by Amy, 15 April 2014 · 128 views
paleo
This caveman/hippie diet thing is a lot of hard work. I admit it. I'm not cut out for the domestic life...baking, cooking, shopping for fresh food constantly, all that. I did it for a month, and I gotta tell ya, I'm exhausted.
I have learned a lot, and I'm definitely sticking with some of the more obvious smart choices. But I miss bread.
Good news...I do feel a lot better (it does make a mental difference), and I'm down 12 pounds total. I'd call this experiment a win.

Peace!

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Throwback Music Thursday: Sundown

Posted by Amy, 10 April 2014 · 97 views
gordon lightfoot and 2 more...
One of my favorite memories from childhood is the road trips back and forth to my grandparents' house near Akron, Ohio. Since my mom was a teacher, we were able to visit them quite often during school breaks, and the 6-hour drive was not too long, not too short.

Of course in those days we didn't have much entertainment. We made do with activity books like invisible ink Yes & Know, playing "I Spy," building forts in the back seat out of blankets and pillows (what's a seat belt?), and endless cassette tapes of my mom's favorite music. In fact, I don't recall a single children's song ever played on one of those trips. Well done, mom.

This classic from Canadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot was a longtime staple. I of course didn't know what the song meant, but my brother and I sang along anyway, blissfully unaware of the cruel nature of addiction.

Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again


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New gear store!

Posted by Amy, 09 April 2014 · 75 views
klipsch gear, apparel, t-shirts
Just in case you missed it, we have some cool new stuff.
I'm so helpful.

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This makes me happy.

Posted by Amy, 08 April 2014 · 83 views
spring, indiana, photography
It's been a long, cold winter. Surely this one has been longer and colder than all others, and not a sure and cliched sign that I'm getting old. Right? .... Riiiight?

I saw these little guys sprouting from a decaying log on a forest-walk Sunday. I got so excited, I wanted to lay down and make snow grass angels in them. But I refrained. I looked odd enough crouching in the mud to get this angle.

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Day 12: the battle of the head cold

Posted by Amy, 27 March 2014 · 243 views
paleo
I'm now on day 12 of the paleo diet, and haven't consumed a single ingredient my Neanderthal ancestors were not given access to. This is a girl who used to work out just so she could eat pizza and ice cream, mind you, but also a stubborn girl. Perhaps to a fault. I committed to 30 days of this, and 30 days it shall be. Beyond that, I'm not sure. I do miss bread. And cheese.

Aside from this raging head cold that every nearly single person at Klipsch has passed around, I feel pretty good. I'll be able to tell more fully once I'm well, but before the stuffy death settled in, I was more energetic and alert. Plus I've lost 8 pounds...unintentional, but welcome nonetheless. Caffeine headaches are no more too (hallelujah).

The hardest part about this diet? Not eating less, but finding stuff to eat that isn't completely boring yet still quick and easy to make. It's harder than you might think. And shopping at organic food marts is like Grand Central at rush hour. I almost got run over in the flax seed aisle the other day.

Trudging on!


Hey, Bud

Posted by Amy, 26 March 2014 · 241 views
spring, indiana, headquarters
Nursing a head cold today, but more positive signs of life are everywhere...even behind Klipsch headquarters.

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Music Monday from Down Under

Posted by Amy, 24 March 2014 · 181 views
music monday, vance joy
I heard this song by Australian newcomer Vance Joy on the way to work this morning. Clearly it hasn't had much time to grow on me, but it apparently doesn't need much. I loved it instantly.
Happy Monday, everybody!!

(Still eating like a caveman, FYI. Feeling great!)

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Day 4. Hanging In.

Posted by Amy, 20 March 2014 · 242 views
paleo, music
Headaches are gone. Still one cup of coffee. WIN! I've found that I'm extremely thirsty. Been reading a bunch of stuff on the internet as to why that could be. Don't ever do that. I Google "thirsty," and suddenly I have terminal cancer.

Apparently, changing how you eat so drastically comes with it's fair share of side effects. I've been sleeping good, but ran out of energy getting ready today. But I made it to work! I see that as another WIN. I think I need to up my intake of good carbs. This is a lot of work!

Baby steps.

Inspirational tune for the day: a little Florence. Not Henderson.

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Day 2. Music to detox by.

Posted by Amy, 18 March 2014 · 255 views
paleo, the doors
So I've been told that detox when completely giving up sugar, dairy and grains is perfectly normal. It's a good thing, because I was asleep before my 9 year old last night, and have had a dull headache all day (which started out as a wicked one at 3am). Did I mention it's only day 2? I must have been eating like complete crap for my body to be in this much revolt already.

My music selection today: something to help me push through.

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I've Gone Hippie

Posted by Amy, 17 March 2014 · 251 views
music monday, paleo, hippie and 1 more...
Ok you guys. This could be a pivotal moment in my life, and I want to share it with Klipsch nation for all to see. It will one-up my level of commitment, being "out there" and all.

I've been talked into trying the Paleo diet, aka Caveman diet, by a friend of mine. (I'm using the term "friend" loosely at this point.) The gist: if cavemen couldn't eat it, I can't either. It's that simple. Which means all agriculture is out. Dairy. Grains. COOKIES. Because we all know cookies are farmed. Basically, everything I love and eat too much of is out. My mom immediately asked me if I would also carry a club and paint on walls. Oh, ha ha, mother.

My goal with this diet is not to lose weight, but to feel better. I'm getting older, and let's face it, feeling good gets harder as you get older. Not only the changes in our bodies, but mentally -- things seem to pile up as years go by. Need to de-clutter. Clean out the attic, so to speak. And the plumbing, but I thought that sounded kind of gross so I didn't want to say it. Except I just did.

The most challenging thing I can see already (I started this today, by the way) is finding stuff to eat. I'm no hunter, and I suck at gathering. Healthy gathering, anyway. I shopped at our local Trader Joe's yesterday for the first time, which is all-things organic. I felt like a turd in a punchbowl, swimming among people I've poked fun at for years. I humbly hang my head to say: you guys were onto something all along.

I'm also cutting coffee (organic, of course) to one cup a day. I missed my daily dose of 4 or 5 cups yesterday, and OH MY GOD the headache. I realized I have a serious problem.

So if I seem a tad cranky over the next few days, blame detox. Stick with me. I'll report occasionally as I go along.

In the meantime, let's celebrate with a little Dead. It won't be long before I'm as happy as this song sounds.

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.


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