I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been doing as well as I’d hoped (as I predicted). I only went to the gym once this last week; mostly because I was just so busy preparing for the holiday. On a positive note however that one time going to the gym really got me back into the healthy mind set (especially after all of the crap I consumed over the last 3 days, lol) and I’ve made quite a few changes to my routine/diet! I am no longer eating bread and have begun drinking smoothies for my lunch instead of sandwiches & chips, I’ve really been keeping up on my food journal (which is now my work out log as well) and have my bf and really close friend helping me reach my weekly goal(s) as well as reading my food journal once a week to help keep me honest and give me tips on what I can change for the next week.
This weeks goal is to go to the gym 3 times, eat better/more snacks between big meals so I don’t need to eat as much for lunch & dinner and to eat more fruits/veggies (little I know, but it’s something right?); and if I don’t complete this weeks goals my punishment (set by my good friend) will be no shopping of any kind for an entire week… gas, groceries, clothes, etc. Talk about motivation, am I right?
Anyways, I think that having friends involved will really keep my excitement up about all of this. Sharing my accomplishments and new ideas/plans makes me more and more motivated to reach my ultimate goals and they also really keep me positive because all of this change is a lot to get used to! One of my ultimate goals is to be able to be out in a bikini and feel really confident in myself this summer; I haven’t felt like that since I was probably a sophomore in High School, lol. So bear with me, this is going to be a long hard road but I’m really determined to crush this 🙂
I can’t believe it’s already December, where did this year go? I think I blinked back in January and here we are! Thanksgiving blew by, Christmas is now only a few weeks away with New Years not far behind. For me December is by far the best month of the whole year (besides August because that’s my birth month of course). All the Christmas trees & lights go up, all the families come together to celebrate and the rain comes to top it all off; I just love it all so much! Also, this is the first year I’ve actually lived in the middle of town and get to enjoy all the decorations everyone will be putting up this week💖
Not to mention the fact that I have way more clothes for winter weather than I do for summer weather (it’s a million times easier to warm up than it is to cool down). Especially scarves, I honestly have more than I know what to do with! But I always see them in stores and can’t resist the colors / patterns I find. They’re definitely my winter weakness, along with boots & booties!! Layering up in the winter has to be the happiest thing in the world to me; you can’t cuddle up by the Xmas tree w/ hot cocoa, cuddles & movies in the summer time! I mean, you probably could but you know what I mean.
Anyways, 2016 was easily the best year I’ve had since I was little. I was blessed with the best man I’ve ever been with, we were able to move out on our own & I finally got out of the job that was making me miserable for so long and moved up to something 100x better. This year was truly great for me, and my life improved 100%; I went from a nervous anxious wreck to an actual human being living with her SO and working an actual 8-5 job! Amazing things can happen in only a year, so don’t ever give up!
The Holidays are upon us, and I can’t even explain to you how much joy, excitement and stress I have bottled up inside me right now. There’s only one week exactly until Thanksgiving is here with all the yummy food and family time! And only one week and one day until I can decorate my house for CHRISTMAS (if it were socially acceptable I would totally already have it done by now)!! But the one thing that always plagues my holiday season is stressing out over money; every single year this happens to me. I feel like I don’t get to fully enjoy my holiday until Christmas Eve when all my shopping is done, the bills are paid and I’m giving people their gifts and looking at the smiles on their faces (which, by the way, is the only good part about all of the stress). Money is something that I’ve always been constantly stressed out about, and I don’t know how not to be. My whole life is lived on a budget (yes, I understand that that’s usually how your 20’s go) and I feel that I budget pretty well, but it would be so nice to be able to buy the things I actually want to get for the people I love AND be able to pay all my bills, rather than having to buy a cheaper alternative. Now, I know that family doesn’t really care about the gift itself rather than the thought that you’ve put into it, but I would really love to be able to give them all the things they deserve and more without having to worry about whether or not I’ll be able to buy groceries when I’m finished.
For some of you, it might not be raining on this awesome day of the year so you all get to go out and have your Halloween fun (lucky) while we here in Cali are being rained in so the kids can barely go trick or treat. When I was little it was so much fun, such a game and of course CANDY TRADES!!! Now, there are those daring families out walking around already taking their little ones to enjoy the tricks and treats, but sadly most parents don’t see the value in it anymore; and those are the ones I feel bad for. As much as I love the rain, I just wish tonight it would stop for this one night, so that everyone could enjoy the festivities!