Give me strength — today I officially start Week 1 of the Healthy Spirit Wellness Detox. As promised, it’s going to be relatively gentle — for me, more of a reset than a detox. Some of the things I’d like to get back on track with:
- Reliance on caffeine (I’d successfully gotten down to 3/4 cup of coffee a day, but am now up to 1 1/2 cups with a ton of creamer and crap)
- Mindless noshing (I’m shooting for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and small dessert)
- Processed foods (I’d been great until Triscuits and pretzels started creeping back into the diet and they make me feel yucky!)
- Sugar and artificial sweetener intake (I’d been at zero artificial sweeteners but have been drinking quite a bit of soda)
- “White” foods (Because Lucas eats some of it, I’ve been eating some non-whole grain foods, which I don’t even like)
This first week may be the hardest of all, because it requires me to give up (or most likely give up) sugar, caffeine and alcohol. My three vices!
I’ll be taking pictures and journaling my food, just for my own records — but may try and do a weekly wrap-up as I go through the Detox challenge.
Several months ago, I shared a list of my favorite plugins…and y’all LOVED it! It’s still one of the most-read posts on this site.
So I thought it was time to add to that list and give you a few more options for customizing your site (and making it easier to blog!)
(Note: you DO need to have WordPress and you DO need to be self-hosted to use these. Want to see why I think it’s worth it to make the change? See this post: Self-Hosting Resources Galore)
I like to make it REALLY easy to find me. So I have a supa dupa contact page, feature my social networks in my header AND I use the Follow Me widget to offer the same networks in a handy dandy sidebar thing.
See on the left side of the page, where it says “Follow Me”? (Edited: I have since changed my blog layout and don’t use this plugin anymore) If you click it, the graphic expands and you can find me in all the above places.
LOVE this! It’s fairly advanced to integrate and customize, but it’s a great way of featuring your latest RSS feeds, news or pointing people to a specific page. I use it to send readers to my Welcome page, where I feature my favorite and most popular posts.
It pulls other posts — sometimes related, sometimes not — and features them at the bottom of each post. I LOVE this because it exposes readers to some of the hundreds of posts that they might otherwise miss!
This one is more for personal preferences — it moves the WordPress menu to the top of the page rather than the left side. If you don’t log into your WordPress dashboard for posts (I do, but I’m in the minority) this may be useless to you, but if you have a lot of sub-menus, I think it’s less cluttered and easier to manage with this plugin.
I recently installed this and I LOVE it. Because I blog about such a wide range of topics — from fitness to social media and everything in between — I like offering readers the option to subscribe to their choice of categories. Each link is its own feed, which I’ve set up using Feedburner (so I can get statistics on what people are subscribing to!)
This is a tool that won’t make a noticeable difference in the layout or functionality of your site but SHOULD help with SEO (search engine optimization) and other cool analytics.
Because I share the most recent comments on the sidebar of my site, I want to keep my own comments/replies out of it. If I were to comment or reply to, let’s say, 10 comments in a row — only MY comments would show up in the sidebar. And that would look lame.
So, what plugins am I missing? Share your favorites and I’ll check them out!