{Friday Musings} My Brain is Currently Empty. Here are the things I’m filling it with:

Today I got nothing.

No musings for this brain today for some reason.

The only thing floating around my head is something that looks like a cross between cotton candy and the fake snow on the Macy’s Christmas display.

So I thought I’d leave you with a few things I’ve been reading/thinking about lately.

Pinterest Vision Boards

Every year in January, I make a vision board. Well, for the past two years. A physical vision board with cut-outs from magazines and such. You can take a look at them here and here. This year, I’ve decided to experiment with a Pinterest Vision Board. I spend mucho time online, and I’m always seeing things that inspire me and Pinterest is a super easy place to compile those pictures AND have them accessible anytime I want to look at them to send them some love.

My 2013 vision board is a secret…BUT you can follow me on Pinterest and get some inspiration for your own online vision boards!

Carb Backloading

John Kiefer, the creator of Carb Backloading, was recent interviewed on the Paleo Solution Podcast with Robb Wolf and Greg Everett. He peaked my interest…mostly because carb backloading promises a 6 pack without having to give up ice cream, which is something that always peaks my interest.  Basically, you eat a very low carb (think less than 30g) before you workout, workout at 3:00pm (ideally) and then load up on quick digesting carbs for the rest of the day.  I gather that you need to lift heavy for this approach to be beneficial– most people who’ve had success are powerlifters. The science is intriguing (and makes total sense), BUT personally, I’m wary of any eating plan that allows for lots of sugar…thoughts?

I experimented with this a little bit this past two weeks. Eating very low carb during the day is easy for me. Eating lots and lots at night is also easy for me. Theoretically, carb backloading would work for me. However, having the past disordered relationship with food that I’ve had, I ended up eating more crap than usual (think a hidden stash of Halloween candy) and tell myself “it’s okay! You’re just backloading.” My skin broke out…and I felt sad and a little gross, BUT I front squatted 190, which is a 10# PR… The intense breakout is a deal-breaker though, so no intentional backloading for me anymore.

Nutritional Alignment

by Helena Collins, Creator of Life in Synergy.

Helena Collins is a well respected fitness personality in the Boston Area. She has a beautiful studio in Back Bay (which I have yet to visit) where she teaches her Synergistics Fitness Method. I’ve been secretly following the studio online since it opened, but I’ve been a fraidy cat about taking a class…will change that immediately ;).  I’m enjoying the book and her emphasis on putting yourself first in the weight loss process AND the emphasis on getting back to our ancestral roots AND that diets don’t work. There are a few things that I’m not totally psyched about (counting calories mostly), but I really like the tone of the book and her approach.

and, just for fun, I’m also reading:

A Murder in Wellesley

The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor’s Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation

This one needs no explanation. I like crime novels. A lot.

Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings

One explanation needed:

That’s all I got, peoples.

Feel free to leave your comments in the box below. I’ve love to hear your thoughts on my brain shenanigans.

2 Responses to {Friday Musings} My Brain is Currently Empty. Here are the things I’m filling it with:

  1. Holly December 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM #

    I’m totally a magazine vision board person too, but I’m intrigued at the thought of using Pinterest. I might try that. I just tried to put that Murder in Wellesley book on hold at the library and my library doesn’t have it…WHAT? Just may have to buy it…I love a good true crime book. Speaking of books, I’m going to do some serious reading and lounging this weekend and I can’t wait. Hope you have a great weekend too!

    • Allison December 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM #

      I’m really liking the Pinterest vision board so far. My supply of paper magazines has seriously dwindled in the past year…Murder in Wellesley is pretty gruesome– I got it because I live pretty close by and I’m a total rubbernecker…of past murders that occurred near me…

      Have a great weekend, lady!

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