10 Quotes To Keep Going

Welcome back Loves!! So, I’ve always been the type of person who just absolutely LOVES quotes! I could spend hours looking them up. And thanks to Pinterest, that has happened on many occasions. I often find myself connecting with quotes because I simply can not find the right words to explain how I feel sometimes. Don’t you just hate that? You really want to express how you feel, but the words just won’t come out?

• With struggling with Depression and especially Anxiety, I would constantly be looking up quotes to help me keep going. Family and Friends would give me advice or encouraging words, but I would always find myself looking up Motivational Quotes or Strength and Faith Quotes and it would really really help me.

So down below, I am going to share with you all 10 of my favorite quotes that has helped me to keep going. I hope that whoever is reading this will be able to use these as daily reminders when things get though. Because trust me they will, but you CAN and WILL get through it.

10. This is so true. Just the littlest step can lead you in the direction towards something greater. 9. Even if you don’t believe in God, Life will always work it’s self out. You just have to HOLD ON and you will see everything fall into place.

8. Sometimes when things are just NOT working in our favor, we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Sometimes we are the ones who need to make the change for things to get better.

7. Now this one is a GOOD one. We can not and I repeat can not let our troubles break us. No matter how hard it gets, you have to remember life still goes on so things will change. Don’t let these troubles define you. Stay strong.

6. This quote here I’ve had for YEARS. It’s really all about just making small changes and really everything will fall into place.

5. Oh yes, be gentle with yourself! I would often beat myself up because I would feel like I was losing control of everything. Just be gentle with yourself, you really are doing the BEST you can.

4. Yes. Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful. I always thought I had to change who I was because of some struggles I had to go through. But those struggles are apart of me. Apart of MY story. They made me WHO I am. So, I’m my own kind of beautiful.

3. Storms really don’t last forever. If you told me this years ago, I’d laugh. I would tell you “Yeah right, things will NEVER get better”. Guess what? They DO.

2. I don’t think anyone is ever really “broken”. So even when you feel broken, just remember “You grow through what you go through”. So no matter what, you can still light up the world.

1. YOU ARE ENOUGH. No matter what happens. No matter what life throws at you, you are enough. There is no one else on this earth like YOU. The world NEEDS you. Please always remember YOU are enough!

28 Things I’ve Learned In Life!!

Hi everyone!!! If you’ve been following me on my Instagram, you know I’ve had some things going on that needed my attention. That is why I haven’t been around lately. But with that being said, I AM BACK!! I’ve truly missed being here so here I am!

I did make a few changes, so let me tell you about them and then I’ll jump into my topic for today!

  • My name new on Instagram is “Mallory’s Thoughts”. You can find me with @mallorys_thoughts

  • For right now I’ll be ONLY be posting on Wednesdays. In the near future I’ll go back to Sunday’s and Wednesday’s.

So while I was gone I celebrated my 28th Birthday on June 4th! In my short 28 years I have learned a lot and I know I’ll learn more but I wanted to share what I’ve learned thus far!

  1. Life will NEVER go as planned. Growing up I had a painted picture in my mind of how my life was going to go. Boy was I wrong! But hey that’s ok! I’ve been through a lot that has taught me so much!
  2. When they say time goes faster as you get older, they are RIGHT! It really does. And I know it will only continue to do so.
  3. NEVER take loved ones for granted. Because once they are gone, they are gone.
  4. Pay attention in school! And also don’t take those days for granted because when those days are gone, you’ll miss them.
  5. There are many moments in life you’ll never get an apology. Accept that you won’t and just move on. You’ll be HAPPIER.
  6. Life truly does go on. Time waits for no one.
  7. START chasing and working towards your dreams as soon as you can. Don’t wait or put it off. Go and start NOW!
  8. Happiness truly comes from WITHIN. Things and people will add to your happiness but true happiness comes from within yourself.
  9. People can become so unreliable. Make sure you don’t solely rely on them but that you rely on YOURSELF.
  10. Don’t live IN fear. If you do that, you’ll miss so much of life.
  11. STOP and actually smell the roses. Don’t let small things pass you by.
  12. Not everyone will GIVE you support. Make sure you have enough confidence in yourself to make things happen and not let THEM stop your dreams.
  13. The world is a cruel cruel PLACE. Make sure you are the change you want to see in the world.
  14. There is going to be many scary and questionable times in life. Just HANG ON, because there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it WILL be ok!
  15. People are going to hurt you. And it sucks. But don’t let that DEFINE YOU. Instead embrace it and grow from it.
  16. Make sure your mental health is a PRIORITY. If you need a day to just focus on you, take it.
  17. Not everyone will UNDERSTAND you. And guess what!? That’s perfectly ok. Your life is your own story. You’re leaving behind a legacy everyday.
  18. Family is EVERYTHING. But just remember, not all family is blood related.
  19. Don’t let ANYONE control YOUR life. It’s yours and they have their own.
  20. You can not CHANGE someone. They will be who they want to be. Just focus on what you need to change for yourself. As the joke goes.. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”
  21. You don’t need a HUGE group of friends. Just a few close ones. They make a world of difference.
  22. Your taste buds and style actually DO change as you get older. My mom use to tell me that and I never believed her until I started liking BROCCOLI and some floral designs.
  23. If people make fun of you, there is something wrong with THEM. It’s not you!
  24. If you’re not happy with something, YOU have to make the change. It won’t just change on its own. ( This was a tough lesson for me)
  25. Speaking of change. Change is HARD but it’s going to happen. Just remember to go with the flow. You’ll adapt.
  26. Learn to love YOURSELF first. It actually does make a HUGE difference. You really do gotta love yourself first before you can love anyone else. ( This use to drive me crazy when people told me this. I never believed it till now)
  27. The more you learn and try NEW things, the more you’ll actually discover who you really are. And you might actually surprise yourself.
  28. Last but not least. This is actually my favorite one…

Never give up on the little girl inside your heart

Fitness Update #3.. Mind Over Matter.

I have one word to describe this week. WOW!!! 

I made it through the first week of SWEAT by Kayla Itsines! This week was defiantly a challenge.  I had my fair shares of ups and downs. Of wanting to quit and give up. I learned a few things however during this week one.

  1. I am capable of more than what I think.
  2. That it’s not going to go PERFECT to the T, but it’s ok that it doesn’t.
  3. My results will differ from other people in the SWEAT community.
  4.  It takes time and patience.

On Monday, the first day I was suppose to work out my legs. I did. But I quickly started to beat myself up because I couldn’t do all the exercises perfectly. And I couldn’t do all the reps either. I started to feel very nauseas and I thought for sure I was going to be sick. But most of all my ribs started really hurting me. (For those of you who don’t know, back in Oct/Nov I fractured a couple ribs when I was really sick with my lung). I felt so discouraged. I wanted to cry. I felt like a failure because I couldn’t even finish day ONE. I started to regret my decision of purchasing this program.

I laid on my Yoga mat literally talking to myself. Talking out loud how much of a mistake a made. How much I was a failure. Then it hit me. I was able to do more than the day before. The day before and many days before hand I wasn’t even exercising. But the little I was able to accomplish, was more than I ever did before. I immediately snapped out of it. I had already made PROGRESS.   I needed to be MORE proud of myself. And I was. I knew I could keep going. Even though others were able to finish it 100% on day one, it was perfectly ok that I couldn’t. As long as I kept trying and moving.

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So even though I wasn’t able to eat all of my meals that was planned, I was still able to make healthy choices to get food. I was able to finish all of my exercises this week which makes me so happy. I honestly thought it was going to be a breeze jumping back into working out. I use to do it all the time back in the day, and I was a runner so I thought for sure it would be a piece of cake. I was wrong. A lot has happened to my body since then and it is taking me a little longer. And guess what?! THAT IS PERFECTLY OKAY as long as I keep trying and pushing myself. I need to have patience with myself and take it one day at a time. I was beating myself up because I would see other people’s  “Transformation Pictures” and I would start to doubt myself and think I wasn’t going to get to that point because I wasn’t able to complete all the exercises to a T.  Even though I had to modify a couple workouts because I have a bad back, I made sure I kept moving and I was able to do it.unnamed.jpg

So I am excited to say…… I worked out for 6 days STRAIGHT and it felt SO SO good. Don’t mind my goofy picture I took Saturday after I finished my 6th workout. I was so happy. I was on cloud 9 and just so proud of myself. I am so glad I didn’t give up and that I kept pushing myself. I still have a long road in front of me to get to the point of where I want to be. So now onto WEEK TWO!!

 

 

 

 

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Keep Moving Forward

If I told you how many times I have started to write this blog and then erased it, you’d be surprised. I had a few ideas to talk about, but I kept coming back to one certain topic. “Giving up”. How many of us at some point in our life’s just wanted to give up?  We felt like no matter what we did it just wasn’t getting us anywhere? That you couldn’t catch a break because one thing after another kept happening to you? That you kept putting good out into the world only to receive more negative? I HAVE! 

Life can sometimes beat you up like the wind does on a windy day. Where you are doing everything in your power to hold on, to plant your feet and to ride out that wind. After all is said and done, everything is just a mess. Do you give up when that happens or do you just brush yourself off (fix your hair haha) and keep moving forward?

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There has been many times in my life where I just felt like I was caught in one big wind storm. Nothing was going right no matter how hard I tried. Toxic people kept coming into my life that just wouldn’t help and they would knock me off course and I wouldn’t know how to get back on the right course. As that kept happening I just felt like I was drowning.

It is such a scary feeling when you just want to give up. When I was younger and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I just wanted to give up. I had so much going on at the time, and now I had to deal with that? It just became too overwhelming and I wanted to just give up. I did NOT care at all what I did or what life was going to bring me. At that point I figured my life was screwed up either way forever that there was no point in going out and trying to find happiness or to even fight the fight of crawling out of the dark hole I was in. I just did not care. Period.

However that’s when I came across the movie “Meet The Robinsons” (You’ll find out more about that movie in my last post “My Favorite 13 Movies) In the entire movie one sentence really stood out to me, “Keep Moving Forward”. I realized that no matter what happens in my life , I just have to keep moving forward because eventually I could get to my happy place. And I did which took YEARS. All I had to do was keep going.

So my advice to you, is Keep Moving Forward. No matter how hard it gets, no matter how challenging this life and world can get, I PROMISE you it does get better. It might not get better right at this very moment but it will. Don’t give up. Hang on. Hold on tight. Fight for it. Fight for that happy ending because it will come.  I would never imagine my life where it is right now a few years ago. If you told me I would of laughed. But I am so glad I didn’t give up because I wouldn’t of learned the things I’ve been taught. And most importantly I wouldn’t of learned who I really am. Hang on, I promise its worth it.

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Fitness Update #2……I joined what?!

Hi everyone! It’s time for another update. This week has been a interesting week when it comes to my fitness. But I will go ahead and just start from the beginning with my assessment I received on Tuesday April 10th at Youfit.

Talk about EYE OPENER!!! 

I went in being SO nervous. Honestly I felt even embarrassed. I have noticed changes of course when it comes to me wearing my clothes but it really ALL becomes reality when you see the numbers. I’m sure some of you would say don’t focus on the numbers, But this is honestly the most I have EVER weighed.  So after checking my weight and also my Body fat %, I became very stressed out. I felt my depression trying to creep in. I felt completely defeated. I felt as if it was WAY too late to make a change. I felt that I had to accept that my body will always be like this now. I promise you I’m not trying to be “over dramatic” but I’ve always been someone who struggles with my confidence and body image. So it was just a bad combination that night. When I left the gym I had to run to the store. I picked up some produce and also some chocolate. That is my go to thing. I was just feeling so depressed and defeated.

142fb9d91b0a914f0a7b1499d7ffa1e8Through following other people on Instagram, I’ve known for awhile now about a fitness program. Its through a app called “SWEAT” and it’s by Kayla Itsines. I’ve heard and seen from others how much its helped them. So I went ahead and reached out to some of those people and I decided that this could possibly work for ME. Going with the app would of actually been cheaper for me in the long run than paying for a Personal Trainer. Also this app would work for me especially when my stomach problems flair up. If I went with a Personal Trainer I could actually lose those sessions that I paid for if I can’t show up. With my stomach issues the way they are, I have NO idea when exactly it will flair. So I have learned in my life to think way ahead for the “Just in case”.


So the VERY next day, I took the next step and signed up for the Program. This program plans out all of your workouts, Gives you meal ideas along with a grocery list as well. There is also a forum where you can post messages if you have any questions and also be able to reach out to others who are doing this too. There were a few different programs to choose from. Since I need to lose some weight, I choose the program that would help me do that. And once I achieve that, I have other programs to choose from on this app that I would be able to do. Its all included.  Now I am the type of person that if I’m going to start something NEW it has to be on a Monday. To me Mondays are FRESH starts. ACS-0044.JPG Ironically, It showed me that my Program would start MONDAY (April 16th)! I was so excited. I went out and purchased this book of hers, to help me with more meal plans since I do have to watch what I eat with my stomach. Now if anyone knows me, they know I DONT cook!! HAHA. Its true. So if I EVER get a cookbook, It needs to be fun like with bright colors, big pictures, EASY and I mean EASY recipes. I get very overwhelmed when it comes to cookbooks and recipes.  (Just ask my Mom haha)

I start the program tomorrow, but just from exploring the app, purchasing this book I really feel like this program was made for ME and works for MY needs. Even if there is a day I can’t make it to the gym, I can do some of the exercises at home. I literally have no reason NOT to work out.


17cdc5af915c91e441d235c712d4e094So like I mentioned, the app has all your workouts planned for you each day each week. Her book is also the same way. It has a week by week day by day meal plan for you. It’s SIMPLE and that’s exactly what I need. So I sat down and planned out my meals for the week and made a grocery list of what I needed. Then my Mom and I sat down and went through it and eliminated things we already had. After doing that I went to my local health food store “Sprouts” and went to shopping. I had things on my list that I never had before and some things I’ve never even heard of before. It became like a scavenger hunt and I had SO MUCH FUN! I felt a level of excitement and happiness I’ve never really felt before. I was actually already feeling proud of myself for the progress I was making there. I was able to find everything I needed and I got everything pretty much completely organic.  Now the next biggest task I’d have to face was “Meal Prepping” for the week.

SHOUT OUT to my Mom for literally helping me do this. We spent most of the day today in the kitchen Meal Prepping. A few times I was feeling overwhelmed but she was patient with me and we made it happen.

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This is just some of the things that I bought. My shopping cart was SO colorful I loved it. So much of what I bought was Clean, Organic and just wholesome food. I even had to buy “Fish Sauce”! I didn’t even know that existed till finding this book. I’m super excited to try it though!

 

One of the things we made were these “Spinach & Feta Egg Muffins” for breakfast. I need something light in the mornings because if I eat too soon after I wake up, It will mess with my stomach. Also I needed something that was easy and quick to grab if I was short on time. Most of my breakfasts wilACS-0045.JPGl be either smoothies or something like this that is quick and easy to grab. It was extremely easy to make, however it took us 2 times to get it right. First time we made it, I only put the spinach and Feta on the bottom and didn’t mix it in. Also the recipe asked for large eggs and I had small eggs, so I didn’t use enough egg and it was dry. I kept telling my Mom I was going to remake it. I don’t think she believed me until I grabbed everything out again and was like I HAVE to get this right! Just trying again made me happy because beforehand I would of just given up and said forget it. But second time around we mixed in the spinach and feta and one extra egg. And let me tell you, its SO delicious!! This is one of my favorites so far.

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Also in her book, She covers desserts. Now I have a HUGE sweet tooth so I gotta have my desserts! Haha. So today My Mom and I made two different ones. Lemon Pie Bliss Balls and Choc-Mint Bliss Balls. Each had only about four ingredients and are SO healthy. Honestly the Chocolate ones taste like Thin Mints. I don’t like really like lemon flavored things or coconut but I have to say, they were AMAZING. So good! I could eat the whole plate if I wanted to. And the nice thing about these desserts, Is that I didn’t feel so guilty eating them. They are so healthy that it doesn’t give you that guilty feeling. Also one of the really nice things about this book, is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare or to actually make the recipes. Its so quick, easy, and so simple! Its really like its made for ME!

ACS-0048.JPGI’m really excited to keep going with the meal prepping and also trying out all sorts of new food. Also its a whole other journey I’m on trying to learn to cook and to figure out what exactly works for me in the kitchen. All I know so far is that I need to have patience with myself, and to realize that it won’t all change over night. Not my weight, not my cooking, nothing. It will take time, and that is perfectly ok.


Also I gotta be honest with you guys with TWO things. On Friday night, I went out with one of my Good Friends to a movie. I decided I was going to get a Coke. I just wanted to try it again and see if I would even like it. I barely had ANY of it. It didn’t taste good what so ever and the little amount I DID drink, made my heart feel like it was going to explode. I did not like how it made me feel. Its safe to say that I’m 99.9% sure my coke drinking days are OVER!!

Also, I hate admitting this but I told you all that I was going to be completely real with you guys. I’ve slacked off with my 21 day Planking Challenge. Ahhhh! It drives me crazy that I slacked off with doing that. BUT I decided that I’m going to try again starting tomorrow. Just remember to keep trying no matter what. I had a friend of mine ask me if I was still doing it. I told him “No but that I was going to just start over and that at first if you don’t succeed to just try again. And that I wasn’t going to just quit”. That’s something that I hope everyone remembers…. Just keep trying!!

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Top 13 Favorite Movies!!!

So I created a post on Facebook letting YOU decide what my next post would be. “Favorite Movie”s won, So listed below are my TOP 13 FAVORITE MOVIES!!! I’m very much a movie person, so there are a TON that I love. But these take the cake!

 #13 “The Other Boleyn Girl

There is just something about this movie that I really love. I’m just sure if its the history behind it or what but I love this movie. If you haven’t seen this movie ever, Id watch it and see what you think. (I’ve actually watched this back to back before hehe)

 

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#12 “Indiana Jones”

I’m not sure if this is cheating, But I love ALL these movies. This one however I find funny with Sean Connery. I love these movies because of the adventure behind them but also the history. I could watch these movies over and over. These movies really suck you in and make you feel like you are on an adventure with them. And of course give you a few good laughs when you get in tough situations haha. But Indiana Jones ALWAYS gets out of those!!! movie8.jpg


# 11 “Night At The Museum”

I guess I’m going to cheat again because I love ALL of these movies also. I think it’s safe to say I do like movies that cover some history. I love the idea of this movie. Its very unique. Creative. That’s the word I’m thinking of. I just love it and I feel like the world could learn from this movie. In this movie there is all walks of life but they have to come TOGETHER to fight off the evil. The unity. Its something the world needs right now.Other than that, it’s funny. And who doesn’t love Robin Williams?

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#10 “The Grinch”

The The The Grinchhhhh!! Sorry I had to. If you’ve seen this movie then you would understand. This is actually a Family favorite of ours. My family will quote this movie year round. Not only does it give a special message, but its so funny! Jim Carrey does such a GREAT job at being the Grinch. They could NEVER remake this movie to be just as good as this one!! And honestly I could probably watch this at any point in the year. Its just that good!

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#9 “Hocus Pocus”

This movie has a special place in my heart. It’s another Family favorite. My Grandma and Aunt had this movies recorded on VHS. And every Halloween us girls would “sneak” the movie home to our house. Eventually we realized that our Grandma and Aunt knew we would take it off the shelve. But we would continue to “sneak” it. When we were younger we always talked about making sure OUR children would watch it to keep the tradition going every fall season. Years later and that tradition keeps going. I just can’t wait to share that with my kids when that time comes.

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#8 “Robin Hood Men In Tights”

Well, another Family favorite. This movie will NEVER get old. I could watch this over and over if I had to. It’s just so hilarious. I LOVE Mel Brook’s version. I also love that he makes appearances in all of his movies. Watching this movie, I can quote it word for word. If you ever need a GOOD laugh this is one to watch!!  movie4


 

#7 “Twister”

Anyone who REALLY knows ME, knows this is one of my ALL time favs!!! I could also quote this movie word for word. Interesting fact: When the tornados in the movie was doing its thang, they actually used CAMELS to make the noise. How cool is that?! I always thought that it was really cool. I think its super cool to be a storm chaser. Would I do it? ABSOULELTY!!!  IF I was promised I would be ok!! HAHA. Also, Robin Hood makes a appearance in this movie! 😉  twister


 

#6  “The Mummy”

Now again, if anyone TRULY knows me, they know I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! I love all of them really, but this one is my fav! I love learning about Ancient Egypt ( I know I know again with the history) But this makes me feel like I’m there. I have read and I own easily 30+ books on Ancient Egypt and I love seeing the Mythology come to play in this movie.

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#5 “Inside Out”

So normally it takes ALOT for movies to make me emotional. This one got me. Especially with Bing Bong. With being someone who battles with depression, this movie for ME helped explain what it can be like in my head sometimes. All these emotions running at ONCE and feeling all sorts of things. And I love the message it shares about how you can’t have Joy without Sadness and vise versa.  If you have never seen this, I suggest you go and watch it! Oh and grab a box of tissues!movie5


#4  “Meet The Robinsons”

“Keep moving forward” Is the BEST line out of the whole movie. I saw this movie at a tough time in my life. And yes this one made me cry to. I was at a time in my life where I didn’t feel like I belonged and I was afraid of what the future would hold. I could relate to the main character so well. He didn’t feel like he belong and he felt like his dreams would never come true. He was taught to “Keep moving forward” because you never know what the future will bring and that you never know WHO is placed in your life to help you get through it. movieee


#3 “Down Periscope”

If you haven’t seen this movie, you are MISSING OUT! This movie is HILAROUS. It’s another movie I can quote literally word for word. It’s my Dad’s and I’s favorite movie we always enjoy to watch together. This movie makes me laugh so hard. I remember almost 10 years ago now, I had my appendix removed. I decided to watch this movie to cheer me up. WRONG IDEA! I had to get my mom to turn it off so I wouldn’t pop any stiches or staples. Its just super funny. Go watch it!

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#2 “Coco”

Where do I start? I’m very much a family person. Family will always come first. This movie really expressed the importance of family. I honestly didn’t want to see this movie. But I figured I’d give it a try. And I’m FOREVER glad I did. It made me think about my family members who have passed and gone on before me. Made me think of family members who I grew up loving and was close to who have passed away. Honestly just thinking about this movie right NOW is making me get choked up. I CAN’T wait for the day I get to be reunited with my ancestors. movie10.jpg


#1 “The Greatest Showman” 

So as 2017 was coming to a end, I was SO excited for what 2018 was going to bring. I was finally able to put some things in my life in the PAST and I was actually going into a NEW year really truly happy. On New Year’s day I ended up going to see this movie (Because Jumanji was sold out) with my Dad. Now I’m going to get really raw here. Before the movie started, I said a prayer in my mind that this movie would help me with going into 2018. That I would be inspired by this movie, and that if there was something I NEEDED to learn from this movie that I would feel it in my heart. I felt like this WHOLE movie was a answered prayer. However when the song “This Is Me” played, I knew my Heavenly Father REALLY answered my prayer. I KNEW this movie was going to play a huge role in my life. And sure enough it has. Its not ironic that I saw this movie on NEW  YEAR’S DAY. I truly feel like it was all meant to be. In fact the moment I walked out of the theater, I downloaded the soundtrack on my Spotify. I ended up seeing this movie 3 times in theater. I’ve NEVER done that before but I’m so glad I did. I promise I’m not just on the bandwagon with this movie. Just like how “Meet The Robinsons” changed my life, this movie has now done the same. It has also showed me how far I’ve come. To the point of where I didn’t feel like I belonged and having such a hard time moving forward. To where I am NOW. To where I’m happy and FINALLY chasing my dreams.movie9

 

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FITNESS UPDATE #1

Alright guys, Its time for my VERY first fitness update…..

This life style change is really hard. For some reason I sorta thought it would be easier but I quickly realized this will take some time haha. Something I keep telling myself is that …..

“A little progress each day adds up to big results”

Over this past week, I went and signed up at the gym. img-7705.jpgOn Tuesday April 10th I’ll actually go and get a health assessment done with Youfit. That is where I’ll go in and get weighed, measured, and be able to share with a trainer my fitness goals. They will then give me workout routines that would work for me and my specific goals I want to reach. FYI when you go in and sign up with Youfit, they offer this HOUR free assessment. I highly recommend you take advantage of this because they really give you a clean slate to start from. Ill share more info in my next update with what I learn from my assessment. Wish me luck!!!

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Also EVERYBODY knows how much I love drinking coke. However today marks 6 days free of ALL SODA!!! I am so proud of myself for making it this far without any soda. I know there will be days I will eventually drink “Ginger Ale” due to my stomach problems because that helps me a lot with my nausea but other than that I won’t be drinking soda like I was. I have had a little bit of a headache the past couple days but nothing crazy. And oh I have felt SO fatigue!! I think that is because my body is trying to adapt to this new healthy change.

I have been drinking at least 2 liters of  water a day! I’ve been getting the Fiji water. I made a goal for myself to finish at least one of these bottles before I leave work everyday which is normally around 4:30/5. Whenever I do finish one, I instantly refill it and then I will push myself to finish THAT bottle before I go to bed. Over the days of doing this, It has become easier to finish my first bottle way before its time to leave. I remember on the first day telling my coworker I feel like I’m going to explode because of how much IMG-7703water I’ve been drinking. He said my body would get use to it. I didn’t believe him. But hey guess what?! Like day three it became easier. He was right!

On days I was really wanting something to quench my thirst, I picked up this sparkling ICE water. I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve barely had ONE and it is WAY too sweet for me, and also the carbonation is too much. So really its hard for me to finish, but its a GREAT go-to if you want something to quench that thirst!

 

Years ago, I cut chicken from my diet to see if it would help my digestion pracs-0009.jpgoblems. It did and I noticed a ton of differences. I lasted about a month because lets face it, Who could stay away from Chick-Fil-A? I was currently only eating Chicken and Fish because over 10 years ago I had cut red meat and all other meats out of my diet because my stomach could simply NOT digest it. I’ve always been a fan of sea food, but to take chicken away just seemed to be too much. However back in January of 2018, I decided to take chicken away again and see if I would of receive the same results. And I DID! So I haven’t had chicken since January and I only miss it because of Chick-Fil-A haha. So with that I wanted to find something I could take in my lunches that would be healthier. I can’t eat a lot of food at once because of my Gastroparesis so I needed to find something small and quick to grab because I like my food convenient hahaha!  One day when I was shopping at Publix, I came across these tuna packs. Now I’ve never been a fan of tuna, but the “Sun Dried Tomato & Basil” caught my eye. So I grabbed one and was prepared to hate it. NOPE, I was quickly addicted. So I went back and grabbed the other 2 flavors and quickly fell in love. I know people say I wouldn’t get enough protein because I’m not eating chicken, But with eating these tuna packs I’m getting protein from other resources like beans. So go and find these, I PROMISE you wont be disappointed!

So I did go out and get a few things for home incase I couldn’t make it to the gym one day. I was able to find the Yoga Mat and Dumbbells at my local Walmart and they weren’t expensive at all. I found the Jump Rope at Target. ( Gotta love Target!) These things are so simple to get, inexpensive and great to use at home to work out if you are unable to make it to the gym. You can look up fitness videos on YouTube, magazines, and even buy some on DVD if you can. The gym isn’t always for everyone. For me I feel like iimg-7700.jpgt makes me feel more accountable and when I am there, there is NO excuses to why I cant work out. Sometimes at home I can get distracted and not do a work out. But at the gym there is no reason why I can’t. It is also nice to be able to go with somebody who can push you when you want to quit. I’m lucky enough to be able to go with my Brother In Law. Over this past week, I only went to the gym once. Ill be honest. But when I went my Brother In Law was so patient with me as we worked out and he showed me how to do certain things on the machines. He also pushed me and at times when I didn’t think I could do it, he encouraged me and well didn’t let me give him ANY excuses. We got the job done, and I’m super excited to go back tomorrow! Even though I only went once this past week, I did go on a couple walks in my neighborhood. And my Cousin and I are doing a 21 day planking challenge! Ill post details about that on my FB page!

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I also went out and bought new work out clothes. Many things were not fitting right and also I get more excited to work out with getting a new outfit! You can go anywhere for decent priced work out clothes but I went to Target and picked up these items. I needed new work out pants and because I am so short and I do have some curves these fit perfectly! Also while looking in the mirror, I didn’t feel self-conscious. I felt comfortable and ready to get out there. That is so important when you are getting clothes to work out in. Get whatever makes you feel good!

 

Things I’ve learned this week:

  • If getting a new outfit inspires you to get out there and exercise, Spend that extra money and go get one!
  • If you are a grazer like me, (someone who always snacks) Make sure you have plenty of healthy snack options. Like I mentioned before, I like my food convenient. That is just how my brain works. So I wanted to be able to just quickly grab my snack.  I have had to pay extra for the convenience, but it works for ME if that makes sense. So if you can, spend extra if that works for YOU. Your body will thank you for that. ( I will also be making a separate post on healthy snacks)
  • Create a “Work out Playlist” I personally have Spotify. All of my music is divided into categorizes or moods. (Yes I’m weird, but I LOVE my music). So make a Work out play list to get you pumped when working out. Its so easy to just click on that playlist and get working out!
  • Have a good support system. I have my family behind me and a couple friends who continue to encourage me. Also my co-worker! He will make comments at work when he sees me eating my healthy snacks or refiling my water to “keep it up”!
  •  Also the BIGGEST thing I’ve learned this week, is that this will take time. You wont see a difference over night. But that is ok, just keep going and most importantly to keep your head UP. As I said before….

 

                           “A little progress each day adds up to big results”