Fit: for better or worse

I don’t make resolutions for the new year, it’s been a while since I’ve stuck to the ‘make your goals year round’ type of thing. I’m about to hit the two year mark since I cut starchy breads out of my diet and it took my body for a huge spin. It’s a daily battle, but the enemy is bread (gosh, it sounds so pathetic typing that out). I’m not gluten free, and don’t claim to be.

Changing my diet changed my body, but doing light exercise also helped tremendously. I’m not a long distance runner (barely a short distance runner). But I have tried to walk every single day, throughout the day – most days I walk between 3-5 miles by the end of the night. At my peak, I was jogging too. Something I never saw myself doing. I seriously slacked off the last few months because *life* and I want to get back on track again to light jogging to strengthen my body.

I have 3 things that have helped me tremendously to even get to these goals

1. Pacing myself – I have a goal point in my neighborhood, and I know that when I get there and back home, I have completed two miles. What I do then, is jog one block, then walk one block. When I’m feeling really energetic, I’ll zig-zag up and down the blocks in this path alternating the walking and jogging (the blocks are also up and down hill). This gets my heart rate up, and gives me adequate rest so I don’t hurt myself.

2. Kinesiology Tape saved my life (well, legs) from excruciatingly painful shin-splints. They work on other body parts too – but this stuff is serious magic. When I’m wearing the tape, I can sometimes jog for longer distances (than the one block described above, to about 3 or 5 blocks) or even a longer total distance for the day.

3. Wearing a Fitbit. For a long time, I didn’t even use the FitBit app. I use it to see my total distance and steps in the day like a pedometer. I use the app now to track weekly and monthly progress (I like charts and graphs). I have a few friends, but don’t see what they do, I don’t like to compare or compete. This is real life, there are no winners or losers.

I get almost all of my workout clothing second-hand. You wouldn’t believe the brand new stuff I find out there all the time. I think it’s because some people buy fancy workout clothes and sometimes give up (it’s sadly so easy to), or because of poorly thought out gifts that go straight to donations. It would be wonderful to find some made in USA workout brands! (pass them along if you know of any). Wouldn’t it be nice if American Apparel made dedicated workout clothes? I also wear a very light backpack so I can carry water, phone, keys, and usually a book (I sometimes read when I get to my destination, before I go back home).

Item From Made in… BUY
Fitbit HERE
Nike Sports top thrifted Sri Lanka
Nike leggings thrifted Cambodia
Nike Free Waffle gift from mom Vietnam
Adidas hoodie thrifted Indonesia
Alite squirrel pack gift China

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BEFORE – don’t let this cute photo fool you, exercising is not this glamorous
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When this is what I’ll look like if you see me on the streets
Thrift Eye, fitbit review, getting healthy, how i lost weight

I get people asking me all the time what my secret is. I’ll gladly tell people I don’t eat bread, but I’ll be frank and tell them that might not work for you. The secret is to listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Don’t hide your problems with a fork and spoon. I went to the gym for two solid  years when I lived in Las Vegas and never lost a pound. Life is just like that sometimes. My path is not to be skinny or anything like that, the goal is to be on a road of life-long healthy patterns that I should have learned at a younger age. This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to motivate myself to get moving again, and if possible, motivate someone out there waiting for that nudge!

My sanctuary

Hope you had a nice weekend, I’m already gearing up for the next one! I took a nice long break because I got caught up between two separate out-of-towner guests and being generally exhausted from work like everyone else! I have had blogging on my mind quite a bit though – generally the state of it and my footprint in it. When I started my blog in 2006, I had no clue that I’d still be doing this and taking it in this direction. But I’m very happy about where this has all ended up and where it heading. Something I cannot say for others I see blogging out there, you can tell when people don’t like it anymore. The bigger you grow, the more pressure it all becomes. From both outside influences but also yourself. I feel pretty confident in doing my own damn thing now :)

One thing I am now forcing myself to do more is to pick up the real camera again, and start shooting non-blog photos. I’m finding pleasure in capturing shadows again. I kick myself for having fallen so reliant on my iPhone for photos, when I have this amazing camera to use. So when I saw the light hitting my living room so perfectly, I knew I had to take these photos. In the almost four years I have lived in this apartment, I have rearranged the furniture more times than I can now remember!

My living room is my happy place, as I’ve collected things that serve a purpose and have meaning. The couch used to belong to our good friends, who no longer had room for it. We gladly took this lovely thing into our home. I made the alphabet myself! It hangs as a memory that I can do anything I put my mind to it. The tree sat at my former job, dying from neglect until I saved it – I rescued it back to health and brought it home with me when I quit because I knew they wouldn’t take care of it! We recently had a friend move away to Africa, and while very sad about it, we bought this furry blanket from her at the yardsale she hosted to sell most of her life she wouldn’t be able to bring with her! It’s bittersweet. Oh, and my dream coffee table – I went three years without a coffee table while we lived in San Francisco because I saved up to buy this one!

Living Room Style, blue Chesterfield couch, cb2 peekaboo acrylic table, fiddle leaf fig ficus, alicia paulson daisychain abc, apartment style, san francisco apartment

Living Room Style, blue Chesterfield couch, cb2 peekaboo acrylic table, fiddle leaf fig ficus, alicia paulson daisychain abc, apartment style, san francisco apartment

Oh yeah, and my library books in the corner!

My home, my work in progress, my sanctuary. My blog is my home.

Am I too old to wear shorts?

I used to be that person that would never be caught dead in shorts – I hated them throughout my teenage years and most of my adulthood. Exactly why? I’m not quite sure, I like how they look on other people, but always hated them on myself. Back in the day I wasn’t allowed to shave my legs in junior high, when the rest of the girls around me were getting acrylic nail manicures and stealing lipsticks from the local pharmacy to be cool. And here I was, feeling like the girl with the hairy legs. I could attribute the change in heart to two different things. First, was moving to Las Vegas, where you quickly learned that no matter how ugly you feel, shorts are an absolute must in the summer. Second, having a blog has taught me to push the limits of what I thought I could and couldn’t wear.

So in the last few years, I’ve finally felt comfortable wearing shorts! But now I get this creeping feeling that maybe shorts are for the really young? Are my shorts TOO short? I guess the self-consciousness of some things never really goes away. But here I am, I busted out the shorts – because we’re in an in-between weather, I’ll sometimes wear shorts with tights underneath like this, just in case it gets too cold or windy (which did happen this day).

Top: Alexander Wang T. Shorts: Vintage Levi’s, leftover item from bf’s photoshoot. Tight: Wolford. Boots: Emma Cook for Topshop, via Ebay.

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Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

After working on this post for the last two hours, and thinking about this shorts subject the whole time…I just feel like I had some sort of therapy session!

Hello new blog look!

A bit behind, but starting off 2014 with a new look for this blog! When I transferred from Blogger to WordPress 2 years ago, I went with a basic layout that comes free. Besides customizing the header, there really wasn’t much I could do. A few months ago after searching high and low, I found a new theme that I liked. But I sat on it, worried that I wasn’t going to be able to handle the import! Instead I worked on a new logo, finally settling on one after many revisions.

Today I bit the bullet and just did it – I figured if I was able to do the WordPress import, then I’d be able to do this myself too. It was actually so easy (the actual theme switch), it was the adjustment of getting the links, header, and bits and pieces that took the whole evening. In fact, there was one damn button that would not budge, I had to teach myself a bit of CSS to fix it. It’s just hidden at the moment, so I won’t say this thing it’s 100% complete – there are still some adjustments I’d like to make (and also optimize the mobile layout). But blog is a one woman show! I’d love to hear your feedback or even tips!

Did I think I’d get here and be doing this when I started this blog in 2006? Absolutely not – I’m drowning in a sea of other bloggers. Many who come armed with photographers and web developers, that jump right into a professional site! I started this thing from the bottom and have worked my way up mostly by myself. I laugh when people ask if I get help from my boyfriend – and although he’s a professional photographer, he’s too busy doing his own damn work to help me here most of the time. I do most of it myself, and I thank each an every single one of you for motivating me to continue. Blogging is not my main job or income, I do it for fun – even though it drives me crazy some (most) nights, and you’ll often put a lot of work into something that doesn’t pay back very much. What I love is the writing and photography outlet, the opportunity to hone my web and photo editing skills, the community and people I have met, a catalog or my outfits I’ll be able to keep forever, and getting to interact and share information not only with people in the city I live in, but also all over the world.

thank you again and again

Just as a reminder, I have found some of the old versions

This being the latest, I was so proud of my moving gif header that spelled out Thrift Eye

And this was how it looked when I started with WordPress, I carried over the header from the Blogger one. I basically looked the same!

Because you want to see how it looked last on Blogger?

Basically, I’ve been stuck with polka dots and blue for way too long. I did find my woods themed theme from when I was still in Vegas, I had this one for a bit too. I had all kinds of buttons and business cards designed around this.

I wasn’t able to find any of my other blog layouts sadly. I did find this super old header that pretty much summed up how I felt being the only blogger in Las Vegas for a very long time…

So here we are now – again, suggestions and tips are welcome! Hoping to have this optimized very soon!