Last week, I attended a pop-up party celebrating the music of Michael Jackson. I needed to release the stress and frustration of the week. When I arrived at the venue, the bass immediately soothed my muscles and I started feeling better.
Ever have one of those moments when you hear a song and it speaks to your current state of mind? Well, this happened as soon as “Off the Wall” came on. Check it out below.
The song is powerful, if you listen to the lyrics. Life has its stressful moments and you may feel like the burden is too heavy to carry. Instead of stressing yourself out about the burden, just live your life. Preferably off the wall.
It’s been a very, very long time since my last update (see here and here for my other updates) and I’m truly sorry. Life happened and here it is, mid-June and I’m just getting around to giving you an update on my lifestyle journey.
*hangs head in shame*
On January 16, 2015, I got on the scale weighed 160.6 pounds. Not quite my goal of 160 pounds, but close enough for me.
In addition, my stomach is smaller, which translates into inches lost, which translates into all of my jeans (yes, including the skinny jeans) being baggy. Pretty awesome right? Anyway, there’s more.
I held steady at 160.6 pounds until May 21, 2015, when I dropped down to 159.4 pounds. I couldn’t tell you the last time I weighed in the 150s. Yes, it’s been that long. Right now, I’m holding steady between 158.6 and 158.8 pounds. While I’m not as obsessive about my wellness goals as I have been in the past, there are a few things that are helping me continue to be successful.
Keeping my sugar addiction at bay is still my #1 priority. Since it’s so sweet, I don’t need to use a lot of it to sweeten my tea. It’s also great to use for sore throats. Raw honey also has a lot of antioxidants and vitamins, making it a great ingredient for a facial mask.
Don’t Fight Sleep
There are nights when my body is wide awake, however, my mind is ready to count sheep. In the past, I would just stay awake working and/or watching TV. By the time I would go to sleep, I would only get 3-4 hours of sleep. That’s not enough time for my body to rest and rejuvenate itself. After being extremely tired and occasionally sick, I understood the importance of getting a good night’s rest.
For those nights where I can’t fall asleep, I have a cup of tea that promotes sleep. After a couple sips, my body relaxes, and my eyelids get heavy. Light’s out! Oh, and if you want another suggestion for falling asleep, try tart cherry juice.
I read somewhere that drinking tart cherry juice is beneficial as a sleep aid. I finally brought a container of it to see if the claims where true. I drink half a glass right before I go to bed and sleep like a baby. It doesn’t taste as bad as you think it would, but the benefits definitely outweigh the taste.
Treats are Treats
I stopped keeping juices and candy in my house. If I want something sweet, I’ll have a glass of Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, an Outshine fruit bar, or a small mug of Talenti gelato. Those are my 3 favorite ways to indulge.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this update. The key thing I’ve learned as I continue on this journey is that any sort of change must begin with the mind first. If you can get the mind on board, the body will follow. Remember to take care of yourself.
I hear this all the time. However, after seeing Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair, the phrase really resonated with me. Reading her story was a reminder that you have to live the life you want to live, regardless of what anyone has to say.
Society wants to define you and tell you how to live your life according to its expectations. There are so many people in my life who aren’t living their full potential. Why? Because they’re too consumed with what someone will think of them. Ridiculous.
I spent a lot of years not doing the things I wanted to do. I missed so many opportunities because I cared about the opinions of others and not my own wants and dreams. Not a day goes by that I don’t kick myself in the ass for wasting so much time.
Enough is enough. Life is entirely too damn short for us to walk around basing decisions on what others may think about it. Those folks don’t pay my bills, so why give their thoughts so much power?
Sometimes you have to let go of the people and things that don’t contribute positivity to your life. We all deserve to be happy doing the things that we want to do, regardless of what others think.
Remember, life is short. Live accordingly.
Everyone has something to say about everything. insert deep sigh here What’s funny about opinions is that half of the time, people will offer their opinions without you asking for them. It’s beyond annoying.
Asking someone for their opinion to make sure your thought process is on track is one thing. I do that all the time to make sure I’m not operating on emotion only. What I don’t want to do is to take those opinions and make them my decision. Rarely does that go well.
When you know better, you do better. That is all.