The Slow Carb Diet in Real Life

For the past several weeks, I've been following the Slow Carb diet, a fat burning diet where you avoid foods that promote fat storage (white carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, dairy, fruits and sugar) and replace them with protein, vegetables, legumes and healthy fats. With strict diet challenges like these,...

Fat Burning & Muscle Building: The Slow Carb Diet

I didn't take on a challenge in April because I was hustling to finish up my "Big Book of 30 Day Challenges," which turned out to be an intense, all-consuming process. I'm happy to report that I turned in my manuscript and am ready to tackle the month of May, AKA the...

Waking up at 5am, Days 1-15

It's hard to get up at 5am. Even after 15 days, I'm still bitter when the alarm clock goes off. I always contemplate going back to bed. But I still get up with the alarm and walk across the room to turn it off. I splash water on my face, do...

The 5am Wake Up Challenge

My challenge for this month is to wake up at 5am to write. 5am is extreme, but it's peaceful. My mind is fresh and rested and I can work on my book (I'm writing a book about 30 day challenges) without interruption. No kids, no buzzing cellphone, no noise....

750 Words a Day Keeps the Negativity Away (aka My Favorite Daily Ritual

I've taken on a number of challenges over the past three years that have remained untouched. Sewing, running, Italian and 15 minute planks, to name a few. But most of them, I'm happy to report, I either revisit regularly (guitar, YouTube videos, clutter, gluten free eating, no complaining) or have become part...

Fighting resistance and self doubt: the struggles of writing a book

From January 29th to February 4th, according to my time tracking application, I spent 2 hours and 24 minutes on Scrivener, the app I'm using to write my book. This is very problematic, I thought to myself. If I have any shot at meeting my deadline, I need to spend 2 hours...