In just a few short days I will be hitting my three month mark in my new job! I am still loving it and yes pinching myself every day… In these few short months I feel so much has changed and in the best ways possible. Between nutritional coaching, personal training and dedicating myself to choosing my wellness I feel so much more myself than I have in a long time! Maintaining my wellness lifestyle while still going out and having fun is probably the best part. I never thought I would be able to find that type of balance, but you know what it is completely doable! I am trying so hard to no longer allow myself to feel that guilt or regret when over indulging or having one too many drinks. It is just one moment full of a life with many and you know I’ve realized is I love those moments and I love the memories that come from them! No one is perfect 100% of the time and I am accepting that more and more each day!
This year has absolutely flown by. I created a list this past birthday of mine and while I still want to cross a lot of things off of it I am not going to hold myself to it anymore. Yes they are all things I still want to accomplish, but you know what I hopefully have a lifetime to do most/all of them!
So here is to it already being September and for only having 4 months left in this year! These 4 months will surely fly by and hopefully they will fly by with excitement! xo
My focus this year has been all about balance. Finding balance in all things I do is what I am striving to achieve. I am not trying to sound rigid by saying this, but I truly believe that you can find a balance in all things! For me finding balance in wellness has been top priority. For years I have lived a healthy life, but I placed too much emphasis on the short term results. Now I am thinking long term and within that long term finding a healthy balance between myself and the food/exercise I choose for me.
I’ve been working with a nutritional counselor for two months now and her impact on me has been great. I suffer from food guilt and I doubt that I’m the only out there that does. Here’s what happens… I go out with friends, have a couple of drinks and nachos. In the moment I am “okay” with this choice, but that evening or next day I am super disappointed in my food choices… Sounds silly I know, but it’s a fact of my life! Sometimes the guilt comes from how I feel (bloated, heavy, achey) and sometimes the guilt comes from knowing I could have made better choices in that moment. This food guilt has been with me for quite some time, but working with the nutritional counselor has really helped me look at these things in new ways. One of the transitions I am making is embracing the “Choose Your Wellness” theme. For me this means that if I am out with friends and I want a drink or something indulgent to eat I embrace that decision and go with it. By embracing this decision I should not feel guilty the next day as it is me actively making that choice. Or if I am out and I start to second guess my not so healthy choices I will stop what I am doing, reevaluate my feelings and decide in that moment if I really want that indulgence or is there something that sounds better/more healthy for me and go with that! These life changes are very meaningful for me and I hope that over time it will become second nature and not something I actively have to think about. Determining what I want most and letting go of the guilt is new and exciting territory for me! I want to enjoy/savor these moments and know myself/body better than ever.
So instead of thinking “I can’t have it” I will be thinking “I can have it” or “I can have it, but I don’t want it.” If you know of any other good mantras I can adopt I’d love to hear them!
Okay so besides counseling what else has been going on with me wellness wise? Well, I am now 4 personal training sessions in to getting a more toned and stronger body! I am doing yoga at least once a week at work and am loving every second of it. I am still trying to eat as little to no gluten/dairy as possible. I feel great with these positive changes I’ve been making and I’ve noticed huge results. I have a long way to go before I can do a pull up, but I am getting there and am determined to work each week in building up my strength.
I am on my third and final day of a juice cleanse! I went with Project Juice for my first 3 day cleanse. In all honesty it is not as hard as I thought it would be. The first day I had sort of a weird loopy feel, but other then that I am feeling great. I am not plagued with constant hunger, and my energy level is normal. I don’t feel fatigued or incapable of functioning (I was scared that would happen to me)… The juices taste really good. The all veggie ones are a bit harder to chug down, but I think I am getting more used to the flavor because it is not as hard for me now as it was when I first started drinking juice. By the end of the day I am a little over it though and am having a hard time drinking the “mylk” drinks. I have always had an aversion to milk and even though these are non-dairy healthy drinks I haven’t been able to finish one. I saved the best for last and tonight will hopefully be able to get through my mint chip “mylk” shake! I am hardcore crushing on the juices with pineapple in them. I have one juice a day that has pineapple in it and it is by far the one I look forward to the most!
So why did I decide to do a juice cleanse? Well I went through about a 3 week period of not treating my body the way it likes to be treated. Due to the bad eating and drinking I knew I wanted to give my body a break and detox. I was quite nervous committing to the three day cleanse, but I am so happy I ended up doing it. Now that I am on my 3rd day I can see how some people become addicted to them. I don’t think every experience I would have doing one would go like this, but so far I am feeling great!
Here are some of the things that have ran through my mind while going through this experience:
First sip, this juice tastes awesome! Ugh I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this when I’m only 1/2 way through the bottle.
I miss food… It’s not so much that I am hungry, but it’s the time/meaning behind eating meals I miss.
Yes I don’t have to get up early to get my breakfast/lunch together for work (huge win!)
This juice did not taste like this yesterday…
How am I supposed to already start drinking another juice when I haven’t yet finished the one I started 2 hours ago???
So yeah those are just some of the many thoughts running through my mind while doing this. I truly do miss eating and like I said it’s not even because I am hungry. I never fully realized the intent I put behind my meals or what I do when eating them… Food is a good thing. So come this Thursday I will be going back to my healthy eating! I plan on having very limited gluten, and as little to no dairy/refined sugars as possible. With my big NYC trip coming up I want to look/feel great so as committed as I can be to wellness during this time is what I am sticking with!
In less than a month I will be in my favorite city ever! Yep NYC here I come. I am so so so excited!!! I have not been to the city in summer months in quite a few years. I am looking forward to the heat and hopefully multiple Mister Softie frozen cones. My trip is jam packed with back to back shows. Hopefully I’ll catch up with some of my NYC friends I’ve made over the years and just have the most wonderful time. It is definitely going to be a whirlwind of a trip, but I’m ready for the madness! I am already trying to put outfits together to help transition me from day sightseeing, matinees and brunches/lunches out. This is what I’ll most likely be wearing most days while in NYC.
A light dress is super important. I prefer linen or blends over cotton when traveling in warmer/humid climates. Cotton is great, but if you are sweating it’s not so great. I love this linen shift dress from Madewell. It screams summer boho chic and looks super comfortable. A good pair of sandals is a must for all the walking I’ll be doing. I try and take as little public transportation as possible and walk my way through the city. Now and then the subway is necessary, but I know while in NYC I will hit my 10,000 steps a day goal by noon! When traveling I always try to bring a hat of some sorts. Of course I am covered in SPF, but I like the extra protection a hat offers me when spending hours out in the sun seeing the sights, shopping or doing whatever. The key to bringing a hat when traveling is finding a hat that can either be worn while in transit to your destination or that can go in your suitcase with not taking up much room. I’ve said this countless times on this here blog, but I am a sunglasses girl. The more pairs I have the happier I am. While I do love sunnies I try and only bring a pair or maybe 2 when traveling. I’ll bring my darker ones that can be mixed with any type of outfit. During my day outings I tend to carry an all purpose type of bag that can fit quite a bit (especially if shopping)! My day bag needs to be able to carry my wallet, phone, glass cases, camera, sunscreen, chapstick, snacks, note pad, pens, water bottle… You get the drift?! It needs to be big! I haven’t been that great of taking pictures with a real camera my last few travel ventures… I really need to change that. I am loving this Samsung NX300 camera in white! It’s not as bulky as a big DSLR (still on my wish list), but it has great reviews and sounds like it takes great pictures!
So there you have it… My day one attire or attire of my dreams!