If you are anything like me, January is a hard month. It is the first month of a new year and right after two long months filled with some much holiday spirit. First you have November where you are preparing for Thanksgiving and then there is December gearing up to Christmas and New Years. Then finally you come to January, and it all comes to a crashing halt. You are expected to then go back to work with not another company wide day off until Memorial Day. You start your New Years Resolutions which sometimes means a complete change in your normal daily routine. All those cheery Holiday decorations are taken down and you are brought back to reality. With all of these sudden changes you are left with what I like to call a holiday hangover.
This past year has been filled with so many wonderful adventures. As I think back I am especially proud of the steps I took to being healthier, not only in body but also in mind.
So it’s been hot minute since I’ve posted but I have just been so dang busy. For whatever reason September and October are always my busiest months and this year was not any different.
So for this post I’d thought I’d just do a quick recap of the past two months with some of the fun things I was able to do!
(p.s. going to go ahead and apologize for all the photos)
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quite voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
This past weekend I fell off the wagon and hit the ground hard. It all started with a really bad day at work, I ate a doughnut. As I ate the doughnut I realized I felt like I needed to hide the fact that I was eating a doughnut. Guilt started to set in and I once again used food to coupe instead of dealing with my emotions properly. I had let myself down. Saturday I attended a bridal shower where I ate all kinds of bad stuff, including another doughnut. By the time Sunday came around, I had fallen back into my old ways. It was so easy to stop thinking about what I was eating. To not have to worry if the food was low-carb and sugar free. I started to convince myself that eating healthy was not for me.
This week I closed the door (literally) to my first apartment and living alone. As I drove home to my new place I really began to reflect back on my little 500 sq. foot apartment and what living on my own has really taught me.
I read a quote about weight loss once that said “It takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change, 8 weeks for your friends to notice and then 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice.”
At 4 weeks I had lost 10 pounds and I did noticed.
It’s been a month since I’ve started making strides to a healthier lifestyle, and let me tell you it has not been easy. Every day I have to make the conscious effort to choose me. To choose my health and happiness. I have to work toward a metal change just as much as a physical change. In the words of Dory I have to “Just Keep Swimming”
It’s update time!!! I know it’s not as exciting as mail time *insert Blue’s Clues song* but I do have some very exciting news to share. I have lost SEVEN pounds! Yes you read that right, a whole seven pounds since I started the Ketogenic diet almost two weeks ago.
How did I do it you ask? Simple I reduced the number of calories I consume a day, by eating lots of (healthy) fats, moderate amounts of protein and low amounts of carbs and sugar. Read my first blog post, What the Keto? to learn more.
These two weeks have taught me some really important things about making a lifestyle change, keep reading to see what those are.
Ketogentics, ever heard of it? No? Yeah me too until last week I had no idea what it was. Basically it is a high fat, low carb and moderate protein diet. It means you can eat bacon, eggs and butter all day and still lose weight and be healthier. Sounds too good to be true right? Well it’s not and is actually so much better for you because as humans we are natural fat burners.
It’s been a little over a year since I moved to Chattanooga and let me tell you I love it! This city has given me so much more than I could’ve ever expected.
This past weekend I feel in love with this city all over again when my best friend, Nicole, came to visit.
Follow along below to see how we spent our weekend!