My Whole30 is Tainted

Body Image, Body Positviity, Cooking, Increase, Marriage, Whole30

So the past few days have been difficult. The hardest thing to overcome was the fact that I broke my Whole30. Broke, but not quit! Unfortunately this past weekend I ate something that made me very sick, I couldn’t keep anything down. So, I didn’t know what else to eat besides toast. So I had a piece of toast. I don’t know how far off this threw my progress, but it was an executive decision.

Okay I am literally laughing over here because 14 days ago it wouldn’t have been such a big deal that I ate one piece of bread because I was seriously averaging like four pieces a day. So, I am definitely learning– one thing being that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. The Whole30 can be stressful as heck! Reading all the labels, meal prepping and explaining over and over to others (and yourself) why you’re doing this. Not to mention how you are physically reacting to the whole thing.

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Chicken, carrots, potatoes, onions and peas– YUM!

What I am trying to say is, I know that one piece of bread is against the rules, but I don’t care. My intentions were good, I wasn’t rewarding myself or giving into a craving (unless you count wanting to not throw up as a reward).

Some goals that I have had are conquering platefuls of cookies (as in saying no to them); conquering cravings, which sometimes seems like it’s 24/7; having great conversations with people about health and how the food they eat affects their bodies, one lady has even got the Whole30 book herself; and finding new recipes that I actually really love. Also, my skin is much clearer and my stomach is getting flatter.

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C ya cookies

MAJOR shout out to my husband. He helps me tame my sugar dragon, and any other dragon that I might have. He is definitely my number one supporter. He kinda has to do this Whole30 thing too since I cook all the meals. Hehe.

Thanks for reading!

Naming My Year

Body Positviity, Faith, Increase, Marriage, Positivity

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Of course I have to make a New Years post, not because it is simply the New Year but because I truly believe God has a lot in store for me in 2017. My church, LifeStone church in the South Side of Pittsburgh, does a special New Years Eve service. The service is called the “Name Your Year” service. This was the first one I got to attend because in the past I was always on Christmas break. Needless to say, it was inspiring.

In order to help us name our year my pastor asked us to answer four questions:

  1. What are you believing God for in 2017?
  2. What biblical promises are you standing on in 2017?
  3. What personal changes are you asking God to help you make this coming year?
  4. What word or phrase describes God’s work for you in 2017?

I want to lay out my answers. Mostly because it is a good way for me to visualize things, and because with someone else reading this I am being held accountable.

  • I am believing in God for a couple things in 2017:
    • An increase in finances, letting go of worry.
    • A successful relocation somewhere that is closer to family.
    • An increase of my sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem.
    • An increase of God within my marriage.
  • As for the biblical promises, I have already been circling a few verses that connect to this. But I think it’s important to highlight them again.
    • Finances: “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
    • Relocation: There are multiple stories of relocation in the Bible. So I’m going to find one that I can really connect with and go from there. Possibly starting with the story of Jacob to Egypt, then reading up further on Moses.
    • Self-worth: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
    • Marriage: God has such a special design and purpose for marriage (read Genesis 2), so that seems like a good starting place. This is a topic that takes two, so it’s hard for me to state scripture, or what I will and won’t do because my husband plays a big role in this part as well.
  • Personally, I want to be more disciplined in my time with God, my time in the gym and my diet. I will most definitely need the Lord’s help for this. I want to live a truly God first life. I believe that and discipline are very interconnected.
  • At first I thought my phrase for 2017 would be “God first”, however after praying about it, I felt as if the Holy Spirit was putting the word “Increase” on my heart. So there you have it!

Here is to letting go and letting God. It’s cheesy, but it’s true. I don’t have the energy or time anymore to always be in control. But I know that as soon as I let go, God is going to start the changes– I need this.

Lastly, as an effort to focus more on my relationship with God and myself, I am taking a step away from social. I’ve deleted Snapchat and deactivated my Facebook. I don’t know what this means for my doTERRA business plan, but God will help me figure it out. I want to begin to be more introspective, so focusing on my blog more will do that.

What are you changing this year? I’d love to know!

 

Limited Resources

doTERRA, Faith, Marriage
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Me on the streets of Old San Juan during our honeymoon!

What I’m Diffusing: 3 drops Holiday Joy, 1 drop Peace.

What is in the Crock Pot: Apple Crisp, recipe here.


I have and most likely always will be a planner. I plan out my meals, my workouts, my day to day, etc.

So, of course I have always had this pretty detailed life plan. Here it was: graduate high school, then go to college, then get a job in my field and get married. I guess no one really told me that’s what I had to do, but no one told me that it wasn’t either. I don’t regret my decision to go to college and all that, it made me who I am today. However, no one really warns you of the after.

When I graduated from Duquesne I was sure that I did not want to work a 9-5. I was about to get married and was honestly terrified of the mundane-ness of it all. I felt as if I would be tied down. Also, the job hunt wasn’t proving successful at all which was not good considering I had a wedding, honeymoon, an apartment, and utilities to pay for. For the first time ever I didn’t have a step by step plan. I took what jobs I could find, 2 part time marketing jobs. Marketing, not public relations for those of you reading who may not know– there is a difference. I told myself it was only temporary, until after the wedding.

So, for the summer I tackled my jobs the best I could. But I was stressed, I was tired, and I felt so worn down. Then the weekend of my wedding and my honeymoon came, the end was here! When we returned from our honeymoon I was too afraid to quit my jobs, I couldn’t take that leap. For those couple of months after I became so unhappy but I didn’t even realize it– my patient, loving and caring husband did. It was supposed to be the happiest time of our lives, but I was no longer the woman he had just married. It was scary.

So I quit.

I quit.

I quit.

Omg, did I really quit?

I decided to change my whole situation. I took a part time job at Chelsea Collective, a local women’s apparel store. I’m working a part time retail position. That wasn’t in my life plan. But you know what? I’m happier. I’m working on my plan, which brings me to my next point of limited resources.

There is so much I want to do, so much that my husband and I want to do. However, right now it feels like we have limited resources. My husband has taught me to dream big, pray bigger and to never lose your passions. I want to travel, I want to help people, I want to grow my dōTERRA business, I want to do something with health and fitness. All this with a million little things in between.

A lot of this I cannot do right now because I have limited resources. To be honest, there are days when I feel stuck or like I’m doing this all wrong. But I’m not, I know I’m not. How?  Because I am happy, I have God, I have the man I love by my side and I have the support from the people I need it from.

So, all I am trying to say is this– it’s okay to not plan, it’s okay to not to what is expected of you. I think I actually encourage this. You may not feel as stable as you always thought, but you will feel like yourself. You will feel like you are doing what matters most.

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!