Sugar Detox

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As February comes to an end in just two long days, so does my Sugar Detox! Almost there! This is the second year in a row that I’ve given up added sugars for the month of February. (Yes, I admit it, I pick the shortest month of the year on purpose. Don’t judge.) And I must say, it was a lot easier for me this year. I am not saying it was easy. At all. There were plenty of evenings when I just wanted something sweet – just a tiiiiiny little bite of chocolate – for dessert. Or I wanted to eat the last couple nibbles of a yoghurt that Kathleen wouldn’t finish (or just lick the spoon. Ha!). But it was not as hard as last year. And I can think of a few reasons why:

– My husband joined me on the sugar detox this year, which made a huge impact! On the one hand, sugar detox became more strict 🙂 He figured: if we do it, let’s do it right. So, we checked everything for sugar before we ate it. And let me tell you, there is sugar in EVERYTHING. Even mustard or mayonnaise. Last year I was „only“ avoiding all obvious sugars like candy, cake, Nutella, jam etc., but I would still eat BBQ sauce and things like that. But, it was (or is) a good experience to eliminate all sugars for a while and it definitely made us more aware of what we are really eating on a regular basis. Overall, of course, having my husband on board for this was great, since neither one of us was snacking in the evening and we could just get rid or „hide“ most sweets to not be tempted to cheat.

– Also, I was sick for about a week, which made it really easy not to crave sugars since my appetite wasn’t great anyways.

– Not being quite as sleep-deprived as last year, when Kathleen was barely three months old, was also a big help. Because the less sleep I get, the more sugar I need. Or, think I need. I know there are other ways to regain energy, like coffee or fresh air or a nap. But chocolate is just a lot faster. And more tasty 🙂

I will definitely do a sugar detox again next year. And until then I’m just going to try to cut down my sugar intake in general and really enjoy those little sweet treats in between. I did lose a couple of pounds along the way, too, but if I actually manage to eat everything on my imaginary list, they might be back by March first!

I see, you see. | Photo project 2015

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I love taking photos. I take tons of photos with my iPhone! It’s easy, quick, convenient. I love Instagram and I wouldn’t want to miss any of it. But there is something about taking photos with the „big“ camera, my DSLR. I put more thought in it, I can play with settings, put things in or out of focus. I actually load them onto my laptop (which I should do way more often with my iPhone pictures). I take lots of photos when we take a vacation or when there is a special event going on. But in everyday life, I often forget to take my camera along or I don’t know what to take photos of. So, in order to change that, I started a photo project with two dear friends of mine who also love photography. We made a list with 12 adjectives – one for each month. Other than that „word of the month“ there are no rules. At the end of each month we share our photos with each other. I’m excited to see how different (or maybe similar) we see the world!

The word for January was „new“. See my photo above – it was a new day with lots of fresh new snow! (Taken out of our bathroom window.)

February goals

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One of the things I am making happen this year, is setting goals. I have always liked the idea of a new year, new month, new day even. It’s a clean slate. A fresh start. And I know, there is nothing magical about January 1st (as Lara Casey puts it) – because every day is a good day to start something or do something you have always wanted to do – but that is when I decided to set monthly goals this year. I have seen the monthly goal setting on several blogs that I follow and I think it is something that will work for me, too. It is not as intimidating as and more tangible than yearly goals, even though most of my monthly goals work toward my yearly goals. Like drinking more water, reading more books, visit my family more often, take some family vacations etc… But since I like things organised, to have a to-do list on my fridge that I can cross off, having a monthly list of goals is something I can actually accomplish. I hope so, anyways.

So, here are my goals for the month of February:

  • eat no added sugar
  • take picture for photo project (February word: cozy)
  • write blog post about said project
  • analyse spending and set budget
  • read a few pages every day
  • set dates for family vacations
  • book March trip
  • have two date nights
  • go to the Black Forest twice
  • call Grandparents once a week
  • drink 1.5l of water each day

So, I blog.

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Hello & welcome to my blog!

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now and I figured 2015 is a good year to start! I consider this blog my online journal about life and a way to keep track of the little and big things that make life worth living. So, you will find posts about goals I set, inspiration I find, recipes I try, DIY projects I do. And how fun, crazy, rewarding and challenging it is to be a (still kind of new) mom. Also, I’m hoping to take more photos because of this blog! I love photography. I’m still learning, but only practice makes perfect, right?!

Well, I’m happy you are here! Thanks for reading along!