October is here, one of my favorite months of the year! It marks the first full month of fall and Halloween is just around the corner. October is turning out to be a very busy time – in the most positive of ways. James and I have started an eating program and we are about 10 days strong into it! He got us both Fitbit bracelets which syncs up with MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun. I have my settings to lose 1.5 pounds a week, and so far it’s been much less difficult than 2 pounds (which I always did in the past). I still get hangry, but not as bad. 🙂 Counting calories is definitely the way to go. Fitbit also tracks your sleep at night, so it’s been fun to see not only how long I sleep, but also how often I am awake or restless. If any of you join, find us!

I am trying to be more active in general. I’ve started biking as often as possible (inspired by Vero) and James and I try to walk or jog every day. I find that I am using my car less and less. I hope I can continue this new habit as the weather turns colder. As I moved some of my stuff I found several pieces of athletic winter gear which might be helpful when the time comes.

These days I am much less hyped up about major athletic goals. In the past I would set the bar for myself higher and higher, completing two Half Ironmans and other similar things. I think a lot of that changed when I injured my knee from over-exercise about two and a half years ago.  It’s an injury that will never go away, though I know there are things I can do to make it less of an issue. At the moment, it prohibits me from going over 3-5 miles when running… especially on steep downhill terrain. Sometimes I wonder if that was fate stepping in, allowing me to devote that time and energy to other things in my life. I still love to exercise, but not anywhere near the intensity that I used to.  Now I do it for health, fun and relaxation. But who knows, maybe the bug will bite me again one day! I have a feeling it will. I love a good challenge. I can’t imagine my life in the future without a good triathlon or race to train for.

I really, really miss the Northwest. I know we were there at the perfect time weather-wise, but dang I loved it so much. I think it was the mountain ranges… so different from the landscape of the deep south. While talking to my friend Jason Dominy the other day, I realized though that it is pretty perfect here. We have fairly temperate weather (minus the hot summers), sunshine year-round and lush green everywhere you look. He’s a huge cheerleader for Atlanta, and rightly so. And while they are hard to compare, I think Birmingham is its own mighty treasure. The deep south boasts strong creative communities on the rise – it’s an exciting place to be right now. I’m proud to be a southerner.

Azza the kitty is almost triple the size of when we first got her! Her and the Baby Kitty (not a baby) are the best of friends these days. I am so happy to have my little family.

Cabbagetown Picnic

Cabbagetown Picnic

Picnic with our vintage Oxford Film Fest cups

Picnic with our vintage Oxford Film Fest cups

Biking ATL

Biking ATL