I happened to go to Zach Arias’ blog a couple of days ago. I watched this video and read his blog post, (both on January 18, 2013). Four years ago while reading Scott Kelby’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” was the first time I’d heard of Zach. In 2009, as the guest blogger, Zach blogged a video, not written text to express what words wouldn’t do justice. Both of Zach’s messages, the recent 2013 video and blog and the 2009 video carried messages I needed to hear at the time. Both messages got me thinking.
I am now questioning my motives for posting daily on this blog and FB. I wish I had more to say other than what Zach talked about in his video, but I don’t. Until I have some answers to unformed questions I won’t be blogging daily as I had committed to do when I first started this blog September 2007.
What I do know is I want more time to find my way with who I am as a photographer and where I want to go with my love of photography.
Hoping for more color, but happy to have been outside.
I’ve surrendered, again….. to eating clean foods. No sugar, no flour, no legumes, no processed foods in essence. This is day two of eating mostly Paleo. It’s also the second day I hiked the Bump & Grind.
A couple of months ago I ate clean for a month. I felt incredible. I wasn’t bloated, I wasn’t constantly hungry and thinking of the next thing I could put in mouth, I felt calm, I was kind, I felt energized and in really good spirits all the time. I lost weight.
I gained weight since I went off the Paleo food plan. The scale registers the highest number I have ever seen on my scale. 146.8! My clothes are tight. Finding clothes to wear is more difficult. My attitude about dressing and going out is not good. An ok weight for me is 141 or 142. So the weight gain isn’t that much but how that weight gain affects my attitude is enormous.
I want to get back to feeling good again. So Jen and I have decided to take on the mighty Paleo food plan together with some exceptions. My exceptions are: I can eat brown rice tortillas, mayo and butter.
In order to help me stay on track I accepted the challenge of each week I go off Paleo eating I owe Jen $50. And she me if she goes off. I don’t want to have to give Jen $50. I mean I REALLY don’t want to have to give Jen $50. I am honest. So if I go off the food plan I WILL have to give Jen $50. I think this might work.
Wish me luck.
Mary Kay knows Jen and I bring our cameras when we all hike. She knows she’ll be asked to model for us.
We weren’t disappointed!
We just got word today that Ray’s two hour back surgery is going to happen tomorrow. He is having a laminotomy of the L1, L2, L3 and L4 vertebrae in the Marina del Rey. We come home Wednesday.
He has instructions to do no bending, lifting or twisting. His rehab doesn’t even start for 2 months. And the worst part…..He can’t pick up a golf club for 4 months!
I apologized to the MHCC hiking club I lead hikes for letting them know I wouldn’t be leading the hike this Saturday letting them know about Ray’s surgery and recovery. One of the hikers responded with the following encouraging email:
Just responding to give you some encouraging news. My husband, Barry recently had very delicate surgery on C4, 5 and 6 where they cut through the vertebrae to the spinal cord, on one side and on the other, cut a “V” which would allow each vertebrae to be opened and pinned open with a titanium spacer. Cutting up to, but not touching the spinal cord, was the challenge. His surgery lasted 6 hours. Unsuccessful surgery would have meant he would be a quadriplegic. His recovery was to have taken four months.
After much worry, his surgery was most successful and his recovery took only a fraction of the predicted period. He is back skiing, motorcycling and golfing.
They have such sophisticated equipment and competent doctors nowadays, the risks have been minimized significantly.
Not to say that your husband’s surgery is not serious but do want to encourage you by Barry’s experience. Hang in there, Linda. All the best of luck!
Canon 5D Mark III
24-70mm 2.8 L lens
ISO 640, focal length 24mm – for all five shots
On the last 3 photos I used auto exposure bracketing (5 shots at a time) with the exposures ranging from -2 to +2 (The -2 shot was really dark, the -1 shot a little less dark, a 0 shot, and then a much lighter +1 shot and really over exposed +2 shot). I did this so I would have some photos light enough that when all were merged together I could see detail in the darker areas of the photo. (But in Lightroom I realized I couldn’t use the bracketed shots merged together because (duh) some of the bracketed exposures were too slow (like 15 seconds) and that length of time caused blurring in the moon, clouds and water!)
Some of the photos below, I just chose the best of each of the 5 photos and edited that one to get what I’ve posted.