Somehow, October is more than half over. I’m not sure how that happened because I feel like time has been standing still. But then I think about all the things I’ve actually done and I guess it makes sense. I just want to hold on to October forever, because it’s my favorite month of the year. And, I’m almost halfway to another birthday already. Ugh.
+ I’ve been writing short stories and publishing them on Amazon (under a top sekret pen name) and I made it to the top 100 authors in my category over the weekend. It’s not really sustainable, but it was nice to see a tangible representation of all the work I have put in after hours to make some extra side income. I’ve been really wanting to put my horse in training again, but the added expense is not something we’re willing to take on right now. Bringing in extra money allows me to do this, so I’ve been devoting a lot of my spare time toward cranking out stories and self-publishing them. It’s really a neat process and I’m happy to be seeing some success.
+ Being vegan is still going very well. I just passed my three month vegan-anniversary and I’m proud that I’ve made it this far. I won’t deny that I’ve had some moments where I got sad about the idea of never eating some delicacies again. It’s not even meat that’s the issue – it’s been cheese/butter. Being vegan would be simple for someone who isn’t a foodie, who doesn’t love spending entirely too much money on four-course prix fixe menus at fancy restaurants. To be completely honest, I’m not sure I even could eat animal products if one was presented to me. I’ve passed the mark where I have cravings and I’m still pretty mortified by the idea when I stop and think about it. But it feels so ‘final’ to think that I can never eat some of this stuff again. Most vegans say you just need to take it day-by-day, which is what I do. I’ve also started a vegan Tumblr for food photos, which has been a fun way to practice my photography and spread the joy of plant-based cooking & eating. I’m enjoying cooking vegan as well.
+ Fitness-wise, I think I’ve done pretty damn good. My best friend got a membership at Barry’s Boot Camp to, so we’ve been going pretty much every weeknight. I keep feeling like maybe this ‘isn’t enough’, but I know that I need to take things slower. I do feel myself getting smaller and I can tell my body composition is changing, but the scale is being a dirty, evil liar and not changing much. I’ve been watching my calorie intake, but I know that I need to do a sugar detox and quit being so much processed sugar. It’s so difficult though! I love my sugary coffee drinks and desserts, and sometimes I feel like I wouldn’t be able to eat anything if I stopped eating sugar. But I know that it’s bad for me and it’s probably limiting my weight loss, so I need to do it.
+ In the equestrian department, my goodness have I been having a great time. Rosie and I have been taking lessons with our new trainer, and she’s helped us immensely. I no longer am having issues with her left lead (she just needed to do more bending and get a little ‘reminder’) and we’re loping so nicely now. Our current project is getting her to lope with her head a little bit higher, which blows my freaking mind. I’d like to show her in some fun shows in Ranch Pleasure, and right now she’s loping on her forehand with her head as low as a western pleasure horse which isn’t optimal for AQHA Ranch Pleasure. But even more exciting is our trail ride adventures! A couple weekends ago I decided to take her out on the short 40-minute trail loop by myself, and she did so amazing. I ended up meeting some other riders out on the trails who told me where to go, and Rosie was fantastic. My friend and I ended up hitting the trails a second time last week and it was super fun and gorgeous. We even almost had something that resembles fall colors, which is pretty awesome for SoCal! I’m envious of all the photos of people posing by East Coast or Midwest fall trees, so it was nice to have my own little slice of fall right here in San Diego.
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