Time for one big change

So, it’s been months and months (I think) since updating this blog. I was thinking about it the other day, and came to a point where I decided I either needed to stop all together and delete this neglected thing, or actually start updating once again.

Historically, this blog has been all about shoes, music, travel, and food. The thing is, some of this just isn’t very relevant to me anymore (i.e., shoes and cutting-edge fashion), and some of the things that still are (music, travel, and food) has made a pretty big 180 in the last six months or so. I worry that by changing it up so much, I will be totally confusing some people.

Because here’s the other thing: I have another [private] blog, and all I’ve been talking about for the last few months is my experience at Albany Crossfit. All of my friends already know that I talk about it nonstop, so there’s really no reason to keep it hidden anymore. So, at the risk of driving some people away and doing what blogs really SHOULDN’T do, I’m just going to move those thoughts over here. Because, really, that’s what’s truly important to me right now.

At my first Elements class. Don't let the smile deceive you: I was not happy.
At my first Elements class. Don't let the smile deceive you: I was not happy.

Why now?

I started going to Albany Crossfit last November, and I was almost certain I would hate it. Somehow, though, they got this exercise-hating skeptic to drink the Kool-Aid. It took a while, though. It took a while before I even wanted to talk about it to ANYONE, let alone the cyber public. Now that you can’t get me to shut up about it, I figured it would be a good time to share.

Also, this seems like something I won’t be dropping anytime soon. It’s not fleeting. And I feel like a lot of people might be able to relate to me and my journey. I’ve never considered myself an athlete. Ever. Even when I played volleyball regularly. I’ve always considered myself out of shape, beyond repair, and really just complacent as-is. And I know I’m not the only one.

Now, I have fitness goals, and you can follow my journey to achieve them. For now, they are humble. I want to be able to do banded pull-ups this year. I want to not hate running so much. I want to PR another deadlift. I want to go on the same hike of Silver Falls as last summer and not curse the switchbacks.

Paleo "chips," guacamole, and mango salsa
Paleo "chips," guacamole, and mango salsa

What you can expect from Elle in Wonderland

You’ll notice some changes in content. I’m still a pretty avid wannabe-chef, so you can expect some really great recipes and photos. You can also expect that the foods featured on here will be much healthier than some of the recipes previously featured. While it’s sometimes fun to cook with wild abandon, it’s not always good for you. Along with fitness comes the health aspect, and a lot of the recipes will be Paleo-friendly (i.e., without dairy, grains, legumes, or sugar). While I am not practicing full-Paleo, I am constantly on the prowl for tasty and balanced recipes that are in this style.

That said, I am also a proponent of mindful consumption and lowering my carbon footprint. While I try to incorporate more protein into my diet, I do not overindulge in meat. You’ll see plenty of recipes here that are healthful and vegetarian.

(That's a real smile, now.)
(That's a real smile, now.)

Easing on in

So here’s my plan. I already have a lot that I’ve written about Crossfit and new strides in my fitness. I plan to weave in these older posts with newer ones, so I hope you don’t mind. These posts will always be clearly labeled with the original post date.

I’m excited to share my journey with you, and hope you’ll come along, too!



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11 thoughts on “Time for one big change”

  1. So excited for you Danielle – I’m looking forward to following you on this journey and stealing great tips and recipes.

    Love you.

  2. Good for you Danielle-as a friend, I’m very proud of you & look forward to reading more. I’ve been struggling with my own fitness journey & it helps to read about other peoples’. Keep on it 😉 —-Amy

  3. I’m so excited to follow you in your journey Danielle! I hope that we continue to connect & share on both our journeys 🙂

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  5. YAY I’m so glad you love it. If I could afford it I’d be off drinking to Kool Aid too!

    I’m thrilled that you’ll be be blogging again. I still read 🙂

  6. Glad to see you blogging again! I will certainly be back to check out the recipes – I’ve been (very) gradually working towards some similar goals. Best of luck, my friend!

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