Carpe diem

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“Dear normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you in quest for a more rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I can, for it may not always be so. One day I will dig my nails into the earth, or bury my head into a pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want more than all the world, your return”

– beautiful words, unknown source.
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Don’t sweat the small stuff

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image: pinterest

Often I must remind myself “Natalia, do not sweat the small stuff.” Being very sensitive, I have easily been guilted, upset, and sometimes even taken advantage of.. But this is no more. I must learn to stand up for myself. I must learn to seek criticism and not fear it, like I often am guilty of doing. If I stop taking everything so personally, I may realize that certain comments can actually be used to propel us in a better direction. From day to day, I chose to release the worry from my heart and give it up to God; one bit at a time. I truly believe that I will be guided to the path I am meant to be on. I choose to trust and let go, even in the uncertainty.. Xo N

Change, mistakes & moving forward.

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So I think like 1-2 posts that I loved accidentally got deleted. I just want to clarify with myself & anyone else reading this that I am not perfect. I stray from my initial goals and challenges sometimes, but the most important part for me is to keep going, to persevere, to establish better habits.
Yesterday I had a bit of a cheat day, that is if you think 3 corn dogs & an ice cream cone “a little bit” of a cheat day. It was a bit of a disaster but I got it out of my system & now I can continue onward. Besides healthy eating I need to get this body moving again. What exercises do you do & consider fun? This summer I’ve been “swimming” and walking some, but as they say abs are really made in the kitchen & I can definitely attest to that statement. That’s more or less how I’ve lost nearly 30 lbs now. I used to be big into running, doing cross country for 7 years but I kinda fell out of all healthy practices during my intense college studies. Now that that’s done I want to refocus on myself & focus on the new changes, like the quote above mentions. That’s all for now. Two more shifts until I have a beautiful weekend w my family & love.

Xo N

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We are approaching the 200 mark quickly! Yesterday I spent the whole day with children at a water park, and despite the whole day without food, I was able to sustain myself until arriving home. I am slowly transitioning in a few cooked things however, including quinoa & hummus from time to time. I need more ways to sneak in vegetables and that may be two excellent ways. I think next week (starting Friday) I will do one cooked meal and the rest raw perhaps roasted veggies of sorts. Found this way interesting Facebook group a while back called “raw til 4” I may try to adapt some of their beliefs here just bc after all is said and done i do love cooking. Progress picture up soon. Xoxo N

Day 1 recap

Bc I said I’d be totally real today I:
– drank a ton of watermelon mint juice
– ate an avocado+siracha+pepitas
– raspberries
And then!!! Went to a party & ate a few handfuls of salt+pepper kettle chips & 3 starburst candies, 2 marshmallows & a Hershey’s chocolate bar ( really need to figure out eating when I’m out) oh well, more good than bad today so I am happy. I will figure it out one step at a time… Xo N

August challenge!

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So I think it may be a Pisces thing, or a March 9th thing, but this girl loves extremes. I know, I know save the drama for your mama… and moderation has been thrown completely out the window in some senses, but there’s something exciting about doing something 100% and not turning back. I haven’t done a month long challenge in a while, and despite it being August 2nd already, it doesn’t mean there isn’t 30 days in this month still! After all, we got til August 31st this time around.
Here are some ideas of friends that I have come across (that may infact inspire you as well):

1. go green for the month (no car)
2. no shopping for a year (we got to start small on this one… maybe 1 week at a time, or 1 month at a time if you’re anything like me)
3. drink more water daily – X oz.
4. write more words (20k for a certain lovely friend)

I was very excited to sift through my facebook newsfeed to see all these exciting things people are doing. As for me, today beginning at 10 am, i will try my hardest to stick to a 100% raw diet, and stay off the interwebs as much as possible. People are out there accomplishing things, finding themselves, and guess what? They’re probably not spending hours upon hours looking @ facebook from their iphone.

Time to juice a massive watermelon:))

Xo N