Hello there! Once again, it's been a few months since you last heard from me. That's okay though. I have never been consistent with my blog and don't see anything wrong with that. I prefer Instagram posts and stories. But today I wanted to catch up with you as if we were having brunch together. By the way, have you started meeting up with friends yet? I feel like everyone is doing their own thing this year and kind of making those decisions on their own when it comes to covid. I've met with a few friends for brunch/dinner and it is SO nice to get out and be social. And don't you just love those friends who you can catch up with like you never spent any time apart? Those are the best. Let's pretend that's us right now. So, hi friend. How are you? I am great! I have so much to tell you! Like, list of ~15 things to tell you... so grab your coffee!
The past month or so has been huge for me, and especially this past week. I finally went to see an allergist and had some testing done, only to find out I am allergic to just about everything from dust and molds to trees and basically the air around me. But thankfully I started taking medication for it, and I feel like a new person! I also went back to the orthodontist to get some repairs and new retainers that I had literally been putting off for years. And just this morning I made two other doctor appointments that I had been putting off. So here is your reminder to take care of yourself and make those appointments! I have also been treating myself to a few purchases. I never used to buy clothes, bags, or shoes for myself because I honestly just hated spending the money. But recently I have realized that just adding a few pieces to my wardrobe that I truly love helps with my self confidence, and makes fashion fun for me again! If you've been around for a long time then you know I used to have a fashion blog in high school, A CEW of Style. Don't ask about the name. Anyway, I LOVED fashion. I mean seriously, I was the fashion QUEEN (kind of). But as I started college and gained the freshman **, I lost a lot of my self confidence and strayed away from my love for fashion. And not everything I have gotten has been fashion related. I have also invested in new skincare, and even changed my phone case that I hav had since spring 2017. I have just been craving newness. But I did want to share a few of the things I have been loving with you, and details on these will be in my next blog post!
It's okay to invest in yourself sometimes. We all deserve a little treat! Anyway, I have had the past week off from work, and it has honestly been so refreshing. If you know anything about my job you know that I only work part time, so I'm not working everyday anyway, but there was just something about this week that was so rejuvenating. I think I'm just finalizing some little things here and there to prepare me for big changes that I hope to make soon. I have been on the hunt for a full time job for a while, but I am getting very serious about it now. I love what I do, but obviously need something full time, and I'm just ready for that next step and a change in my life. So to prepare for that next step I have set some goals for myself. I have really been focusing on my health this week, and have made it a goal to lose 25 pounds by the end of the year. I KNOW that I can do it. I have 83 days left. I am tired of complaining and talking the talk without walking the walk and just throwing myself into my health journey. I saw a quote the other night that said, "Stop talking about what you're going to do. Just do it.", and wow I needed to hear that so badly. So the next day, Monday, October 5th, I went all in. I decided to start a new Beachbody workout program, and truly focus on changing my eating habits. *Insert "and it went like..." Tik Tok song:
Breakfast- Plain greek yogurt with strawberries, coconut shreds, cacao nibs, Purely Elizabeth chocolate seasalt + probiotics granola, coffee, water (I hate yogurt. I hate fruit for breakfast. I like warm/savory breakfasts, not cold/sweet so this was hard for me but necessary for my health/stomach issues)
Workout- Day 1 (cardio) BOD 21-Day Fix Real Time
Lunch- The last of my Trader Joe's chicken and cilantro wontons and veggie fried rice. *Goal of mine: use what I have, don't waste*
Snack- Trader Joe's This Apple Walked into a Bar
Dinner- Turkey sausage, broccoli, yellow squash, green bell peppers, mashed potatoes
Breakfast- Exact same yogurt bowl, I liked it better this time.
Lunch- Leftovers from last night
Snack- Apple bar and a few pretzels
Dinner- Tomato soup and grilled cheese
Breakfast- Yogurt bowl with 1/2 large banana, almond butter, cinnamon, granola, cacao nibs, coconut shreds (much better than strawberry one)
Lunch- Tazikis grilled shrimp feast (grilled shrimp with greek salad and a side) grilled veggies on side. BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE. I raved about it on IG stories.
Dinner- I didn't eat until 11pm. Frozen chicken nuggets. Don't want to talk about it. Didn't go over my calorie limit for the day so IT'S FINE I'M FINE.
Breakfast- Dunkin iced coffee, hashbrowns, and pumpkin doughnut. I had never been and wanted to try! Everything was great but wouldn't get the hashbrowns again. Not worth it. Doughnut was delish but a treat.
Lunch- Y'ALL. Another DELISH lunch! Morning Star Veggie Prime Grillers veggie burger on a lettuce bun with ketchup. Was amazing. I will definitely be having that for lunch tomorrow.
Dinner- Turkey sausage and yellow squash. Proud of myself for no bread/potato. Big win for me and I actually genuinely enjoyed my meal.
So, Changes are being made! Did you see daily bread or chocolate candy/cookies in there? Nope! I'm honestly very proud of myself. The only stomach issues I have had this week were after the Dunkin. Coincidence? This is why I'm trying to eat at home! My biggest goal has been to KNOW what I am going to eat and have things planned out, otherwise I eat whatever I want without thinking, or overeat.
Anyway, today I rested from working out. I worked out the past 3 days and just didn't feel like it today, but I'm ready to get back to it tomorrow! That's one thing I dislike about Beachbody, it plans for you to workout 7 days a week, which is a lot in my opinion. I think it's GREAT because it helps you build a habit of working out, but it puts pressure on you and make you feel like you failed if you miss a day. Oh well, I'm not a failure because I met MY personal goal. I spent the day doing some much needed cleaning and decluttering. Like... matching socks up, organizing my closet, and minimizing my decor. I feel so refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes my way! Which kind of brings me to the next thing I want to talk about...
Yesterday I binged the new Netflix show, Emily in Paris. I really loved it. Yes it's cheesy, yes some things don't make sense like saying she got retweeted on Instagram??? but it was honestly super inspiring to me. Think woman gets spur of the moment job opportunity, packs up and moves to Paris within the first 5 minutes of episode one, makes friends immediately, wears designer dresses on the daily... you get the gist. My life is literally 100% absolutely positively NOTHING like Emily Cooper's, but I have become so independent lately, and often dream about what it would be like to move away to a city and essentially start a new life. But then I remember this is America and people are mean and scary, so let's put a pause on that. However, I have been really into Brooke Miccio's vlogs lately. She lives in NYC, works as an influencer and Youtuber, goes on cute coffee shop dates by day and charcuterie/wine dinners with friends by night, and is overall fun to watch. I'm living through her right now for sure.
So, if you can't tell, I'm craving some big changes in my life. I think change is good and necessary for us to grow. I used to hate change, but I'm 23 now and there comes a time when you just can't be living the same life you lived in college (same small town, parents house, etc.). It's time to grow! Not sure if that's part of my enneagram 6 personality or not. You will have to fill me in on all that. I recently learned I'm a 6 and need to do some more research! Basically all I know right now is I'm an anxious person, but I definitely did not need some number tied to me to know that. Anyway, I've been super active on Instagram lately. I really hope you're following me over there! It's so fun for me. I love being creative, taking pictures, editing them, and sharing things I think are beneficial. You requested to see my face more and get more personal, so here we are! I mean, not my face, but this post is pretty personal if you ask me. But I'm so happy we got to catch up, friend. I gotta go, but next time you'll have to tell me how YOU have been 😉
See you later!