The next chapter

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First off, I have lost 30 lbs! I know what your thinking.. Scales can’t measure kindness, how clean your car is, or even cellulite between your thighs, but this is steps in the right direction people! I have gone down significantly in BMI from a starting point of 31.9 (obese) to 27.8 (now just “overweight”). Weight wise I am half way to my goal weight which has been determined by being in the “normal” BMI section for being 5’11.

If I can give anyone advice it is to truly start eating better. 90% of this weight loss is due to a mound of raw fruits & vegetables, Ezekiel bread, nuts, the occasional bit of lean meat.. Love yourself enough to make these things start tasting good. They make a world of a difference to one’s appearance & overall feeling. Cravings for chocolate have completely diminished aside from the occasional ice cream replaced with a strong love for garlic.

The struggle is real but it is so worth it. This is no thinspo blog. This is real life and I want to continue to improve the quality of my life.

For me, cleaning up my diet is seriously easier than “working out.” I walk a lot, floated around in a pool a bunch this summer. However, I want to learn to love fitness again. Some loves need to be reignited and this one is it. With a combination of healthy eating & movement.. I am determined to be at my goal of 170 by the end of the year, December 31st.

Feel free to share your journey with me, as I continue to share mine.
Lots of love
xoxox 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

goals for the day:

1. continue cooking out of smitten kitchen cookbook. 
thus far i’ve made:
grapefruit olive oil pound cake 
vinegar slaw with cucumbers & dill
today is: mushroom bourguignon (bring it on)
2. fix my iphone/find my other camera (miss posting pictures)
3. major straighten up house
4. pull myself together (hair & manicure)
5. juice fast for the day
6. finally get around to weeding the garden
7. sort through closet

i am feeling ambitious & fearless today. also, miley cyrus’s we can’t stop will probably keep fueling my day. no shame in my game. 😉 sending you lots of love & energy, xn