Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great holiday season. Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whatever you like to celebrate at the end of the Gregorian calendar year.

For me the holidays were great. We stayed home and managed to do several projects. Christmas party was fun, with a visit from Santa and lots of happy kids.

But it all affected my blogging routine.

I’ve been silent for a few week now, due to office move mid December, followed by the 2-week break from work for me and hubby and from school for the kids.

I’m back to (a new) office and normal life now, but still slow in getting to full speed.

I’ll still try to participate on at least one, maybe 2 challenges this week, but not a promise.

Happy 2016!!!



Name change… once again

So I started as Etol Thoughts, for lack of creativity and energy to think of a better name at the time I created the blog.

A few years later, I decided I wanted to change it, since the original name was pretty boring. That’s how last year my site’s name changed to Musings, love it or leave it.

The “love it or leave it” part was due to frustration with an incident I had with people trying to use my own words against me in a not cool way. I was really mad and wanted to send the message that if you don’t like what you read here, just don’t read it at all. A bit bitter, huh? But I had my reasons…

Now that the trauma has past, the tagline was sounding even more bitter and not really approppriate. So I was thinking about changing it (the tagline at least) anyways.

Then today,  in the Blogging 101 Challenge (for which I must admit I did not sign up, but am still peeking at the assignments at the Daily Post) they had the assignment of creating a good site title and tagline, and that’s how my site got to change names again:

Creative Busyness, because I’m never really idle

The idea for this came from the phase “creative idleness”, but considering that I’m never actually idle I couldn’t really use idleness in there, right? So I made a little tweak and explained the why in the tagline.

And I liked it! Really did!

Hope you did to. Feel free to give me feedback on the comments.


I miss you, dear blog, but did not forget about you.

It’s been a while since I last time I posted here. Almost a full month!

But I haven’t been not posting, I was just busy writing about my experience with the Whole30 program and about getting into the Paleo diet.

I also had the homework to create a site during the course break in September, and that’s why I posted elsewhere.  I actually created a whole site all from scratch, doing the htmls, css’s, images and everything in between (apart of course from also writing the contents). It was a pretty cool experience and I guess the site turned out very nice.

If you want to have a look at it, the address is http://mywhole30.com.

The Whole30 experience was also very good and I’m still sort of following the rules of it, even after finishing it. Just because I feel so good now, that I don’t really want to go back to the old ways…

Or if you want to know what-da-heck Whole30 is, but do not want to bother to go my the site, here’s the contents of the What’s It Is page, that explains it a bit:

What is the Whole30®?

According to their own site Whole 9, the Whole30® program is a “nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days”.

The main idea is to re-educate people on how and what to eat in order to improve life on both physical and psychological aspects.

The physical aspects the program claims to improve are body composition, energy, quality of sleep, attention span, mental attitude and athletic performance.

Psychologically, the benefits are typically related to our relationship with food and how and why do we eat, for example, it targets eating only when hungry and not giving up to cravings (by actually eliminating them), or having events of emotional eating – when you eat when you feel stressed out, or tired, or sleep deprived…

The program exists for a few years now and the people who participated on it have been pretty successful in improving their lives and even getting rid of some illnesses they never though they would be able to get rid of. Some of those illnesses include, but are not limited to: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, types 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, migraines, depression, GERD, joint pain, thyroid dysfunction, leaky gut syndrome, and Celiac.

This re-education happens by having you follow very strict rules for 30 days in order to eliminate everything that could potentially be affecting your health, so you can evaluate how do they affect you. So at the end of the program they also show you how you should re-introduce any foods you still think you cannot live without, and tells you to be attentive on how that food will affect you so you can decide if it’s really worthy to have it or not.

One of the things they try to stress a lot is that this is not a diet, it should be a temporary fix and is not focused on weight loss. People do lose some weight during the program, but loosing weight should not be the reason for doing it. They even ask you to ditch the scale and do not weight yourself for the whole 30 days the program lasts.

About their eating recommendations, they follow the Paleo ideas but are more strict on certain areas (like for example, desserts are not allowed even if with allowed items).

The basic idea is that there are some more healthy foods, what you should consume, and other less healthy foods, that you need to eliminate during the program.

The list of more and less healthy foods are as follow.

More Healthy Less Healthy
Meat, Seafood and Eggs Sugars, Sweeteners and Alcohol
Vegetables and Fruits Grains and Legumes
The Right  Fats Seeds Oils
                                              . Dairy

If you’re interested in knowing more about the program, visit their website at whole9live.com.

The program is also detailed on their book It Starts with Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, which is the one we read as a group before taking the challenge. It’s a pretty good book and I certainly recommend it.

In this site I’ll be quoting the book and the newsletter they send throughout the program, as I deem appropriate.

Now, let’s go eat some real good food!

Then, when the September break was over, my first class in school was WordPress (yeah!) and we had to create a brand new blog during class. Instead of creating just a exercise blog that I would abandon later, I decided to create one that would continue talking about my new diet, but without the day-to-day descriptions I did during the Whole30 program. And that blog is http://paleotizingthegirl.wordpress.com. It’s public and open for everyone to have a peek. Feel free to stop by there too.

So now you know…



I bought my domain!

Yep, no more .wordpress on my URL anymore.

Having the .wordpress never really bothered me, so I must confess I don’t know exactly why I decided to buy it, but I just did and I like that I did.

Maybe because it feels like a commitment I’m making to my dear blog.

Another reason that may have influenced my decision is that I’m learning Web Design right now and eventually I’ll need more from WordPress anyways, since one of the classes I’ll be taking is a WordPress class . Just buying the domain is probably not enough but it’s the first step.

So from now on you don’t need to type the .wordpress anymore.

Welcome to life etolbagam.com!!!!!!