Two weeks ago, my grandmother died. She tripped on her front step and was gone before I was able to fly back to Boston. Sometimes it really sucks being far away.
Nine years ago, the summer I moved to Nashville, I lost two grandparents within a month. I was waiting tables and have to fly home again, unexpectedly. My manager was skeptical.
When someone close to you dies, you want to do something. You want to be helpful. But there wasn't much I could do. I was young. I was broke. I had moved away, so I missed the months of worrying, sleepless hospital nights, and the day-to-day stress of caring for an ailing loved one. I missed the hard parts.
But I could sing. And was asked to sing at both funerals. It was a small, meaningful gesture that my family seemed to appreciate.
This time was different. It's been years since I've performed publicly. And my body's just not ready for it. I'm disappointed I've let my instrument fall so far out of shape. I don't know. The whole situation just made me feel useless.
It's weird how we tie certain things to our identity. Like being the classical singer or the concert promoter. And without these things we're not really sure what our role is.
I wrote some copy for my grandmother's coffee cake recipe we handed out at the wake. And honestly, it was a struggle. My sister had to finish it for me.
I took four days off from work to be with my family. But it just didn't feel like enough.
Needless to say, my monthly goals were shoved onto the back burner for about a week. Despite the circumstances, I'm still pretty happy with this month's progress.
The August Monthly Budget
My first impression? Not bad. But, damn, eating healthy is expensive! It's tough eat a cheap grain-free meal from a decent restaurant. Especially when tofu isn't part of the diet. That's always been a cheap go-to for me in the past.
Note: mortgage, alarm system, internet, electric, water, gas, household, coffee, and lawn treatment numbers reflect one half of the total bill. I live with my boyfriend, so we split these expenses.
Other One Time Expenses: $26.95 (travel wi-fi), $82.60 (miscellaneous travel), $12.42 (renew personal domain), $52.20 (car repair), $44.48 (treatment for beetle infestation)
August posts: 4 (+3)
Twitter followers: 3,379 (+122)
Facebook likes: 269 (+16)
Google+ followers: 136 (+5)
Pinterest followers: 298 (+30)
Feedly subscribers: 81 (+4)
Email subscribers: 82 (+13)
MoM Traffic Change: Sessions: +12.87% / Users: +7.73% / Pageviews: -27.12%
Cumulative Adsense earnings: $138.96 (+$8.09)
Last month, I read Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Body and dove into the slow-carb diet. The slow-carb diet eliminates grains, sugar, dairy, and alcohol. The focus is green vegetables, meat, and legumes. One cheat day per week is required.
August Wellness Numbers
Weight: 163.9 (-4.1)
Body Fat: 41.8% (-1.06%)
August Miles Run: 0 (-7)
August Steps: 87,321 (-130,224)
I've been weighing myself every day, but my “official” weigh-in are Saturday mornings. Once I've weighed in and eaten a slow-carb approved breakfast, cheat day officially begins.
For example, Saturday I ate:
– one vegan pecan cinnamon bun
– one glass of Eagle Rare 10 year whiskey on the rocks
– one vegan cookie sandwich
– one glass of malbec
– spiedini appetizer (crispy mozzarella with lemon butter and olive tapenade)
– one green goddess sushi roll (lump crab meat, avocado, cucumber, tempura crunchies, cilantro, green onions, and lime)
The majority of this stuff is not slow-carb diet approved. And you can see the resulting spike in my weight the next morning. 163.9 to 166. But that extra weight falls off after a few days — usually by Wednesday.
I decided I wanted to isolate the results of slow-carb last month, so I didn't exercise much. This month, I'm adding back at least 10,000 steps a day. Anyone need a Fitbit friend? You can find me here!
1. More Cashville Skyline content! Stronger traffic and engagement is the direct result of more regular posts. SCORE!
2. Stick with the slow-carb diet for 30 days. Enough said. PASS!
I was strict for 3 out of the 4 weeks. See that spike between August 17th and 24th? That's when I went home for my grandmother's funeral. I didn't binge! But there were a couple of days that included ice cream and lots of pasta.
3. Run three miles. FAIL!
1. Continue progress with Cashville Skyline.
2. Continue progress with the slow-carb diet. My next goal is dropping below 160.
Readers: How was your August? What are your goals for September?