#NewYearNewMe

I’ve seen the hashtag above trending quite a bit this year, and it had me thinking. I actually really like who I am, so I don’t want a new me, but maybe just an upgrade, like Tifa 2.0! As you may have read here, I am on a health and wellness journey. I am a few days into the New Year and so far and it is definitely a journey full of delays, cancellations, and layovers.

I will be honest, I finally ran on Monday for the first time in 2017 in Nashville. The main reason is it’s just too stinken cold and I hate the winter (and of course I’m lazy). Run on a treadmill you suggest? Well, that bores the living daylights out of me (but I think I’m going to have to do it eventually, I have a race around the corner). I did talk to one of my bestfriend’s step-dad a few days ago, and he gave me the motivation I need to get back at it after the snow melts (I’m in Nashville for a few days, and it snowed… so nope on the running). One thing I do need to take up is weight training which I will start when I get back to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia).

For eating healthy, it’s a process. I’m currently on vacation, and Nashville has really tasty food; IT’S HARD! PLUS, you can’t say no to Chick-fil-a on a road trip… you just can’t! I think my approach will be working on gradually eliminating foods I know that are bad for me (ex. corn, wheat, refined sugar and cow dairy). So for the rest of January, I will try not to do dairy (I’m lactose intolerant, I shouldn’t be eating cheese… it doesn’t love me like I love it). I find that eliminating foods one at a time is easier than going cold turkey. With this being said, I need to cook more; I don’t like cooking, and if I do it’s for survival reasons only.

I am enjoying using the essential oils. I am currently incorporating them into my beauty routine and loving the results (I’m starting to see my acne scars fade). My other favorite is diffusing them in my room at night (mainly a blend of Frankincense, lavender, and Breathe by DoTerra). I’m still learning about them, so the jury is still out, and I’ll keep you posted!

I will say this, being healthy and listening to your body is not easy! If you are on a health journey, let me know how it is going (as I’m typing this, all I want is sugar)!

With love,

Tifa

End of year fitness blues!

If you’ve been reading my Weekly Revelations or follow me on Instagram, you know that I am training for a marathon. I’m using the Higdon Marathon training plan (Novice 1) to help keep me on track. I was super motivated until I hit December and it got super cold, windy, rainy, and gross. As of now I am two whole weeks behind on my training  (As in I haven’t moved). I blame it on cold weather, Christmas cookies, jalapeño chips, and Gossip Girl on Netflix. There is just something about the holiday season that tends to put my workouts in a slump (please let me know if you agree). One thing I have learned during this slump is browsing fitness pins and healthy recipes on Pinterest does not equate to healthy living.

Last Thursday, December 22nd I finally mustered up the courage and went out running. In my naïve mind I thought I could bust out a quick six miles after two weeks of inactivity; well I was wrong! I huffed and puffed my way through three miles (THREE MILES PEOPLE… two weeks prior I was running ten). I can’t believe I did this to myself, and I will try my best to remain active because this was no fun. My legs felt like lead (probably from the cookie pounds I have gained) and my butt found its jiggle back (I worked so hard to get some resemblance of firmness). It’s crazy how it takes so long to get to a certain level of fitness, but then take TWO WEEKS OFF and your body goes into negative fitness (rolling my eyes). But do not despair, January 1st is around the corner!

With this all being said, I would like you all to come with my on a lifestyle change adventure (I feel diets are temporary). For the Health and Wellness posts, I will be writing about:

  1. My marathon training (or the lack there of): I’ll let you know what’s working and what’s not working for me as I train throughout the winter with a wonky ankle (I hate winter).
  2. Attempts to healthy eating (good thing the white fudge Oreos are a seasonal treat, and even though I ate five boxes, I’m still craving them): For those who know me well, I don’t like cooking. This part will take every ounce of courage because I can’t stand being in the kitchen (unless I’m eating).
  3. Implementing essential oils into my routine (I used to work at LUSH, which introduced me to natual body products, and want to move towards more natural products and DIYs): I’ve heard of people who swear by essential oils as a remedies, and I’m not a huge fan of pharmaceuticals and chemical filled beauty products (except NyQuil, Zyrtec and Benedryl, these are also great for long international flights… goodnight), and I’m trying to be more cautious about what I put on and in my body. My goal is to be able to make what I use (I can’t wait to make my own deodorant). As a disclaimer, if you are sick, or need open heart surgery, please see a doctor; I wouldn’t advise rubbing lavender on your heart and feeling better.

So if you’re suffering from the end of year fitness blues as I am, don’t worry, I do not think you are alone (cause I’m suffering too). Any messages of encouragement, tips, and/or tricks are highly appreciated. Let the fund of a new year begin (le sigh).

With love,

Tifa