The Lowdown, Vol. 2

It’s time once again for another edition of Personal Posts! Some might recall that I started this series of posts back in November and, well, I started it. I haven’t written any additional posts on it since, and I figured it was time. Because, you know, I have such an exciting life and all.

When we last left off, I was not dating, and that is still the case. My co-workers and I recently had a good laugh over some headline we read that Kate Gosselin, with her new long ‘do, wants to start dating again, and I was like, “I don’t have time to date with two kids; how is she going to date with eight?!” But I’m thinking that summer might be a good time for me to try. That gives me ample time to finish up some projects and grow my hair back out. I had my hair cut a couple of weeks ago, and even though I went to the same stylist who’s been doing my hair for about five years, and even though I brought a photo of myself with the cut that she did last time that I loved, she wasn’t able to replicate it. It turned out completely different, and way shorter than what I asked for. And since, unlike Kate, I’m not into hair extensions, I’ll just have to wait a few months for it to grow out.

Next up is something I’m truly excited about – my plans to gradually switch to what’s called a raw vegan diet, or simply, raw foods. Back in September, I realized that I never felt that great. I felt like every morning I had to drag myself out of bed and had so little mental and emotional energy. I wasn’t sick, but I didn’t feel completely well. I had found out about the raw food diet through one of my clients at work, Raw Family Publishing, a year and a half ago, but at the time it wasn’t something I felt compelled to pursue. In September, I felt drawn to research raw foods due to my low energy level, and I read 12 Steps to Raw Foods. An entire chapter was dedicated to the subject of increased energy as a result of eating raw foods, along with many other positive effects. This is it! I thought. This is what I need to do!

But I knew that such a huge lifestyle change would need to be gradual for me. There are people who go 100% raw all at once, but I knew that wouldn’t work for me since I have two teenagers for whom I still need to cook. So I decided to start off with my breakfast and make that completely raw by drinking green smoothies every morning. I bought a Vita-Mix high speed blender (an investment, but worth it), and since the first week of November, I’ve had them every day. I’m convinced that when I was sick last month it would have been much worse if I’d not had my daily green smoothies. I’m addicted to them and cannot start my day without them! Since I asked Nigel and Aidan to be supportive, they humor me and refrain from making comments (especially the one who thought it would be a good idea to make a pizza smoothie). So I’ve got the raw breakfast down pat, and I’m slowly working my way toward a raw lunch, which I hope to accomplish in the next couple of weeks. Eventually, when I’m 100% raw, I’m excited to see if the amazing results I’ve read about will happen for me, like increased energy and time, two rare commodities around here.

The progress on publishing my book came to a grinding halt when the holidays hit, and if I don’t get back to it soon I won’t be able to live with myself. Unfortunately, this time of year is my busiest with my second job, which is seasonal. For my primary job, I am an account manager for a fulfillment company. One of my accounts is a music label with about 50 artists, and for my second job, I do their semesterly royalty calculations and statements. I’m about neck-deep in spreadsheets now. So, my friends, I’m afraid I’m going to have to cut back on posting and blogging (wah!) for a bit until I meet my deadline (meh).

If I can, I’ll pop in every now and then with a Nigelism or something, like yesterday when he got home from school and decided to take inventory of all the clocks in the house – his watch, everybody’s alarm clocks, the living room clock, the microwave clock, and whichever ones I’m forgetting. He then came into my office and announced, “Looks like all our clocks are out of order. But mine is the right time.”

Ba-da-bum. Cheers!

15 thoughts on “The Lowdown, Vol. 2

  1. Carrie N

    Ooo, a Vita-Mix! Used to play neighborhood Bunco and one gal always toted her Vita-Mix house to house. We all worshipped it.

    I love the idea of the raw diet. Please tell us how it goes. (does that mean no lattes?)

  2. AUNTastasia

    I’m so excited to hear the progress of the raw diet for you! Something I’d like to try too, although I haven’t quite hopped back on the vegan wagon after taking a break during egg nog season. What do you put in your green smoothies?Is there a recipe I can view? I’d like to get back into making healthy breakfast smoothies myself. Love you!

  3. goodfountain

    I make big changes the same was as you – phase them in. More likely to be successful that way.

    Good luck with all that! Interesting to hear about the raw food diet.

  4. corrie

    Kate can date because she has nannies and bodyguards and a camera crew to watch the kids. You don’t.

    Glad to know a little more about you and can’t wait until you are able to do a guest post for me. (Well, I can and will wait.)

    I think Nigel, Jonathan and my husband all have the same watch. Both of mine also tell me how their watches have the correct time. Jorge was the same way when he lived with us.

  5. Paulene Angela

    You are going to be whizzing around the place with all this extra energy you will gain with the raw food diet.

    Best wishes for all your changes.

  6. Carrie

    You’ve got Carrie N., Corrie and Carrie all commenting – can’t be a coincidence!

    I love this, it, in fact, made me lol: “I brought a photo of myself with the cut that she did last time that I loved, she wasn’t able to replicate it.”

  7. pixiemama

    Wow! I love the idea of a raw food diet. I think I’ll head that direction when the kids are older and I’m less of a slave to their (and J’s!) food demands. That time does come, right? (If not, please don’t tell me).

    And the spreadsheets? OY! Just the thought of spreadsheets makes me want to bury my head in pillows!

    love you!

  8. Kim

    I’ve only seen one pic of Kate’s long hair and I don’t like it! I have gobs of hair and last week was contemplating cutting it all off-but I didn’t and now I’m glad. Momentary insanity! Who would I be without my HAIR?! I’m a huge chicken but always admire those who go for different cuts. I do wish I had more guts in that department.

    Love reading more about YOU! Love that Nigel had to inventory the clocks–too funny!

    I’m interested to read more about the raw diet. As I sit here typing I am TIRED and I just know it’s a sugar crash from the candy I ate with my lunch.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Tanya Savko Post author

    Carrie N – No lattes, and no beer 🙁 Organic wine is okay in some raw schools of thought, so I’m gonna hang out with those people 🙂

    AUNTastasia, for you sis, I’ll send a whole book of green smoothie recipes! xoxo

    rhemashope, goodfountain, and Paulene – thanks so much for the well-wishes! I’ll keep you posted.

    Corrie – I’ll drop you a line as soon as I’m ready to guest post. Looking forward to it!

    Carrie – Yeah, the hair. That’s what I get for trying to have it done when mercury’s in retrograde! Meh.

    Jess – There are some raw foodists who eat raw meat, and sushi certainly qualifies! (Only without rice, though, since rice is cooked.)

    Pixie – I know you said not to tell you, but I am still a slave to my boys’ food demands. Sometimes it kills me. I’ve actually got a post brewing about that. Fortunately, however, they are learning to prepare their own meals (yay!) so that helps a lot!

    Kim – A great source of raw food info that I highly recommend is It’s a huge change, but from what I’ve read, the benefits are so worth it!

  10. Brenda

    VitaMix! My mom used to have one when I was growing up! AND she used to drink green smoothies.

    Oh, yes, you should see all the help Kate has. If only I had that amount of help AND received freebies. Like hair extensions.

    But, sweetie, get a new stylist. I had one stylist years ago that cut my hair shorter and shorter every time. She couldn’t help herself. Got a new stylist.

    Don’t worry about us. We’ll wait on you. You’re worth it!

  11. Cinda

    I am back and catching up on my blog friends. I just posted something for all the parents who have kids with disabilities…The heroes. I had a good laugh. Hair extensions (those take time!), 8 kids and DATING? What?? In the midst of your gigantic to-do list, take some time to just BE!! Thanks for writing!

  12. M

    well, good luck managing all of that and somehow starting a dating process. which is awful, dating. it wouldn’t be so bad if most people were okay, but a lot of people suck. still…you’re tanya…smart, articulate, courageous, cute…things will happen. i think the book is the hard part…finding the momentum to write, publish, when so much is going on…it’s takes such a huge amount of focus to write and organize a book, i can’t even imagine. exciting that you’re doing all of that…looking forward to more updates. windows into tanyaland. take care.

  13. Michelle S

    you are amazing. I relate to the feelings of dragging and not quite right. I had been on the most amazing vitamins for years. They had totally changed how I felt. I went off them this fall and now I feel the same again. I had forgotten how much them helped me. I just got them back yesterday and hope I see improvement soon! Good luck with the raw food. I don’t think I could do it!

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