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First off, I have to toot my own horn and say that I am so proud of myself for sticking with this diet for 7 WEEKS! This is the longest that I have stayed committed to a diet (without starving myself) and for me this is a huge milestone. I have been wanting to share my personal journey/struggle because I think it would help some people out there to know that they are not alone in the battle for a healthier lifestyle, but it’s just one of those things where I don’t know if I’m ready to be that open on the internet.
Anyhow, I wanted to get into a quick update. It has been maybe about 2-3 weeks since my last update and to be honest not a lot has changed.
Positive Vibes/State of Mind:
About 8 days ago (from when I’m currently writing this, which is 2/12) I had a really bad “depression” state. I hate to use the word depression because to me, it’s not a word that should be used as lightly as it is, but it’s the best way I can describe my state of mind. I had been just feeling down about my progress and feeling like I’m not doing enough or that I have made no progress at all. I looked in the mirror and I caught myself reverting back to the negative thoughts. Luckily for me, I’m working on a project that involves a lot of inspiring statements and words to live by, and it helped me through it. By no means did I snap out of the cynical thoughts, but it got better day by day.
As I type out this update, I’m back to that positive mind set. I am seeing the light again and praising myself in regards to any progress that I see. The thing is, I know that I will find myself going through these up and down emotions, because it’s a part of life. I just need to remind myself not to get too comfy in the negative thoughts.
New Grocery Finds
One of my biggest weaknesses are snacks. I like to call myself the rat of the house because I love opening snacks, having one or two bites/pieces and then moving on to the next thing. I have mentioned this many times, but it is dangerous to allow myself to do this. I easily fall into the mindset that, “It’s just one bite,” but just one bite adds up, especially when I’m eating 8-9 different snacks.
As I was browsing Wally-World (Walmart) trying to find a sweet snack that easily fits my macros, I stumbled upon these KIND Minis! They are extremely diet friendly because they contain 3G of sugar and 6-8G of carbs. Now, I typically pick up the KIND bar in Cranberry + Almond, and in order to fit it into my diet, I always split the bar in half, but I find myself wanting to finish/eat the rest of the bar because I’m “hungry.” In reality, I know that I just want to finish the rest of the bar because it’s so dang delicious! Though these are minis (essentially, half a regular bar), I surprisingly feel satisfied after I eat it. I’m convinced it’s a psychological thing because I know that I don’t have another half of a bar waiting for me.
If you have been struggling with your sweet-tooth while on a diet, I highly suggest checking these minis out. Yes, you can essentially break almost any KIND bar in half and have the same thing, but why tempt yourself with the other half? I say, buy the minis, eat one, and enjoy.
Cute Clothes Makes Working Out Better!
I have to take a moment and rave about these amazingly cute pineapple leggings from a small company called Love Fitness Apparel. I love supporting small brands/businesses, especially if they are from my home state of Hawaii and these are just absolutely worth every penny. These leggings run just a teeny-tiny bit smaller than my other workout leggings that I have, but the material is very different from the other leggings that I have. It’s a little thicker and has more structure, but there’s still stretch and keeps me warm, but not too warm.
I remember when I got them in the mail, I couldn’t wait to go to the gym the next morning. I was so excited to get them on and see how they looked. Now, I have to admit, it’s not the most flattering on me, but I don’t care because they are just so stinkin cute! I’m looking into buying their teal pineapple runners now since the hot weather is right around the corner. I can’t get enough of the pineapple print.
I also recently popped my lululemon cherry and picked up a couple of things – their wunder under crops in a size 10 and a casual top. This is going to really hurt to admit, but I am in love with my crop pants. It’s just so different from any of the other leggings I own and they feel more luxurious in a way. It’s tough for me to describe it, but all I know is that I want another pair. However, I don’t plan on buying any soon since the price tag is pretty high and I want to be able to buy a smaller size next time around.
Hit The Snooze Button…
Alright, now I know some of you may be sick and tired of me talking about all this energy that I have and waking up early is a breeze, blah, blah, blah. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are still moments when I have this, but lately it has evened out. I have just the right amount of energy to get me through my day and by 8:30/9:00PM, I’m ready for bed. It’s nice to be able to make it through the day and get a good night’s rest, but this past week was insane for me. It was the first time where I just didn’t want to hear my alarm anymore and I think my body felt the same way because I wouldn’t remember hitting the snooze button. Work was just insane and the long days left my body feeling weary and weak. On Sunday, I took a nap and it was the hardest 2-hour nap I had! I woke up not remembering what day it was and for a little bit I thought I was late for work. Now that the crazy week is over, I just feel myself getting back into the swing of things.
No Scale Needed
I chose not to invest in a scale. I was contemplating it for a little bit, but I know for my own mental well-being a scale would just instantly push me over the edge. I didn’t want to have to force myself to hit a goal number.
The way I’m feeling and the way that clothes are starting to fit me is more than enough encouragement to keep going. That number on the scale can say whatever it wants, because I know that I am transforming myself into a better version of me.
Positive Changes, Positive Vibes, Positive Life
As I continue on this journey, I am continually praising myself over every small accomplishment. Whether it’s the way certain clothes look in the mirror or the way I feel, it all deserves to be acknowledged. I am proud of me and I continue to push myself and work myself.
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