Crossing Fingers for Egyptians to Succeed

I normally shy away from political statements in this blog.

HOWEVER, I hereby declare, that I support the egyptian people in their revolution for democracy and freedom and ousting Mubarak.

I know this isn't much, but I really keep my fingers crossed for you to succeed. It is time for a change and you can make this change happen.

Blue skys

I wish all of you a magical new week. Make the best of it.


Paleojourney - A Mac Photo Booth Diary - Week 4 + Whole30 Start

Okay, the first month of "fully" Primal is over. Frankly, I haven't reached my weight goal, which was an easy 59,9 kg. The reasons? My cold at the start of the month and the last week, eating a Lebkuchen (because my mom frustrated me to no end) and celebrating my new job this Friday with friends (2 Desperados beers, 1 coke, 1 salad with a side of baguette, Tortilla chips). So today I weighed 60,9 kg, which is exactly the same as on December 31st. At the start of this week I was down to 60,2 kg. Well, that's what I get when I don't keep my insulin low and eat wheat.

Since I still have my skin issues and I wasn't 100% Paleo and got the receipt for it, I've decided to do the "Whole 30" starting today. Which essentially means eating real food for 30 days straight. I'll "Cut out all the inflammatory, insulin-spiking, calorie-dense but nutritionally sparse food groups for a full 30 days." (http://whole9life.com/2010/12/whole30-2011/)

Here is what I won't eat for the next 30 days:
  • added sugar of any kind, real or artificial
  • processed foods
  • alcohol
  • grains
  • legumes
  • dairy
  • white potatoes
This is essentially the Paleo Diet as proposed by Dr. Cordain and I won't step on my scale for the next 30 days (rule of the Whole30). Since it's all about the other changes and not my weight, though I will probably loose some fat. But most importantly I want my skin and health to improve, remember there is still my knee issue that prevents me from running (*annoyed sigh*). The real challenge will be when I move to Stuttgart around the 20th. I'll really have to dial my food usage and amounts in until then. Dormitary and a new job in a new city, quite the challenge.

Okay, now I'm off to Starbucks (I'll drink a tea {it's not only cheaper but also sugarfree, so ten times better then the Chocolate Mocha I had these past weeks} and water, I'll bring Brazil nuts should I need a snack), after all I still have a lot of reading to do until 23rd and I simply can't stand it to stay at home all day anymore. Which is an interesting change of pace, I've had no problem with it a few weeks ago.

Enjoy your Sundays and have a good start into the new week.

Sunday bike and photo tour

Chris while taking pictures.


Guess what?

Can you guess it? No?! Well let me tell you. This was in August on my parents balcony. Luckily there was no Romeo, because I wouldn't have had time for him anyway since I was taking pictures. Hihi. Happy Friday!! Just think only a few more hours and then the work week is done (for most of you anyway).


Taking it down

What you see here is how one of Leipzigs old department stores is deconstructed. It had a tin facade, which can you see being taken off and therefore was called "Blechbüchse". It was deconstructed last spring.


Leipzig at Night series - The new trade fair

This pic is almost a year old, I took it within the first week that I got my Lomo. Most pics of this film weren't developed, not enough light. But this one. *happy sigh*


Paleojourney - A Mac Photo Booth Diary - Week 3

I know, I'm one day late. I simply forgot it yesterday, since I was half asleep the whole day. Today I'm fine though. One more week and the 1. Paleo month is over, I hope that I reach my weight goal, but I don't think there'll be a problem.

Have a magical week everyone.


A new way

Yep, got the important message and it was a YES, to say I'm excited would be an understatement. So the next weeks will be packed with preparations and then I move and you will enjoy new pictures of Germany.

Hope your weekend was nice and you have a good start into the next week.


Dark grey day needs green fields and sunshine

Today I'm supposed to get an important message, let's hope it is a yes. I'm in a desperate need of something positive (over 1 1/2 year of job search are taking its toll even on me), especially since my thyroid gland started hurting yesterday evening and I'm feeling really weak today and my new bag (full leather and not cheap) broke on Wednesday evening. Okay, so my horoscope says today is my lucky day, so we'll see how it works out. (Let's be precise, I don't have to wait long at my doc, I get the job, they still have my bag to be abled to switch it and I get everything done that I want to.)

Wish all of you a lovely Friday.



Took those from the train window Tuesday afternoon, no photoshopping.


Sunday bordering on perfection

A perfect Sunday needs a visit to Starbucks (or a nice café if there isn't any Starbucks). Luckily Leipzig has two Starbucks' and I prefer the two floor shop, since you sit quite undisturbed on the top floor and can watch people and ponder things. Which I did as you can see. I had a major breakthrough Saturday night and I needed to think it through and Starbucks is perfect for this. And I got into a chat with "my" barista and he gave me another idea of where to apply, I'm not talking a Starbucks position. I LOVE Starbucks.

These haven't been all pictures, I shot oh, about 95, but who's counting. ;-)

Now you may ask why don't I consider this Sunday "perfect", there are three reasons:
  1. I missed Chris
  2. it's Annoying Week for me
  3. I don't go to work tomorrow
Hope you all enjoyed your Sundays, as much as I enjoyed mine. Have a good start in your next week (working or not).


Paleojourney - A Mac Photo Booth Diary - Week 2

My cold is almost gone and I'm making personal progress, so I'm feeling fine today.

Enjoy your Sunday.


The sun in my flat

No photoshopping, the light was this way.

Enjoy your weekend.

San Francisco sunset


San Francisco - a building in a park

The park and the building were presents to the city, but I don't remember the names of either of them. I just remember that it was perfect for long runs or walks. Beautiful!


Paleojourney - A Mac Photo Booth Diary - Week 1

Hi there. Yesterday my nose was really sporty, it ran a 50 mile race. Today it is luckily sore and therefore just stuck. ;-) Anyway, due to the sickness I also gained some weight back. The reason are those darned cough drops, they send my insulinlevels on a rollercoaster ride, which is something that I try get out of my system with the paleo eating. Insulin spikes are the culprit for diabetes 2, since I really can do without diabetes I eat Paleo, it is one of the many reasons.
Luckily my throat is almost back to normal, so I don't need those cough sweets anymore and my goal for this next week is to keep my insulinlevels on a relatively steady low.

Today it is weekplanning, cleaning my flat and some much needed pampering myself. Oh and lunch at my parents: veal. Yumm.

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