So I am no professional photographer, but I managed to get some awesome shots of My Chemical Romance (and Neon Trees!) at the Showbox! Check it out!
Amber Pacific stopped by the studio to chat with Izzie and Danielle! Check out the photos of the interview and performance!
THE AUDITION took the stage before This Providence at Saturday's Private Performance. Check out the photos!
In order to help my body prep for the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll marathon, I knew I needed to get leaner, cut glutens out of my diet (I was tested for celiacs disease 2 years ago and am sensitive to glutens... it makes my asthma flare up), and just start making every facet of my life healthier. That's a tall order!
But, I KNOW I can do it with the right tools, and that it’ll be beneficial to me. One of the tools I’m taking advantage of is the Whole Life Challenge. Its a 55-day challenge that I am participating in with people from my CrossFit gym AND others around the world. There is an online community to keep me accountable and ask questions, and I am loving it. The hardest part about the challenge, though, is the restrictive diet:
No glutens or grains
No sugar or sweeteners
No fruit juice, soda, alcohol, etc.
No artificial anything
That is a lot of nos. I very commonly get people asking me, “why the heck would you sign up for that!?” Well... there are quite a few reasons...
At first, I honestly was nervous about this whole thing, because its a pretty big change from my usual diet. But I knew with dedication and planning, I could do it. So, I now frequent the grocery store for fresh veggies and fruits and track down grass-fed meats, I check the labels of absolutely anything and everything, and am pretty much drinking m body weight in ounces of water every day. On top of that, I’m completing the other aspects of the Whole Life Challenge every day by taking a supplement, stretching at least 10 minutes a day, and doing at least 10 minutes of active recovery daily (either a CrossFit class or a hot yoga class - or running if I can’t fit a class into my schedule). Its a little intense!
But, today is day 19 of this new lifestyle for me and I am already seeing drastic results... I am 7 pounds and 5 inches down (WHAT!?), my clothes fit way better (some of my jeans are now too big!), my skin is getting clearer and the dark circles under my eyes are going away, I have more energy during workouts and find I can complete more, I sleep like an absolute rock, and my restaurant spending is way down. I’d say those are all positive things I’d like to keep around in my life! So... that’s why I would sign up for the WLC. Because I’ve always wanted to try treating my body like this, but never had the accountability to do so - now I do, and I am loving it SO much that I know it’ll stick around in my life. Sure, its hard, but the results are worth it.
So... why does this lifestyle work? Its simply science, people. We were not made to eat things created in a factory. That’s not what our bodies know how to handle. The saying “You are what you eat,” is actually... pretty true.
I watched a documentary recently that totally hits the nail on the head. Its called “Hungry For Change,” and it explains what I am trying to say perfectly. Check out http://www.hungryforchange.tv to preview the documentary (AND, it on Netflix streaming right now). I could get all preachy about it, but I’ll let the documentary paired with my results speak for themselves :) I know that this new lifestyle is really going to help me prepare for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon!
So... how is your life going lately? Did you sign up for the Rock 'N' Roll Half!? Are you doing the Whole Life Challenge? Seen the Hungry For Change documentary? Fill me in @BonjourDanielle on twitter/instagram!