Habit 1: Nibbling late at night. This is probably the absolute worst of my habits, okay maybe not the worst.... #3 is actually the absolute worst but this one is pretty darn bad. When the kids would go to sleep, I always felt this sense of freedom, and on the come down of all the emotions that would happen during the day, instead of dealing with them or talking it out, I would munch. And munch. And munch. And munch. So instead of munching, and because I never give up on a challenge, I now either wind down by reading books and articles, listening to podcasts or talking and reconnecting
Habit 2: The ever growing bloating balloon. Obviously the never ending nibbling would have an affect on me. By morning I would have this "tight" feeling in my belly. I was great at hiding it. or maybe not and I thought I did. But I was always feeling bloated and stuffed, not unlike an over-filled turkey on thanksgiving.
Habit 3: Coffee / Diet Coke / Fake Sugar!!! This is it! This is my worst habit and the worst for me. I was so fucking addicted (yes, that addicted) to fake sugar I would put it everywhere. In my coffee, in my tea, in my plain greek yogurt. It would be in 80-85% of my meals. What a horrible habit! Especially since I should know better being in the field I
constantly study (fitness and well being) and it has been linked to cancer in rats. Do I really need to purposely put more junk in my body after the beating it takes all day from our environment? Why don't I just smoke a pack of cigarettes a day? It took a bit of creativity but the caffeine / fake sugar habit did go ... oolong tea anyone?
Habit 4: Not Sleeping at night. I was having such a hard time sleeping at night. I would wake up every couple of hours in
the middle of the night and be absolutely exhausted by the morning.
Habit 5: The Walking Zombie. Because of my lack of sleep, I would begrudgingly wake up in the morning utterly exhausted, as if I hadn't slept at all. And well, I guess it's because I didn't. I would have the most difficult time concentrating during the day just doing teh simple things like being a mom / wife / employee.
Habit 6: Being Impatient!!!! Okay so as a fiery person to begin with being impatient isn't unlike me but it was going from impatient to downright crazy pretty fast. I didn't even want to be near people anymore. I just want to drop off kids (stay
in the car), pick up kids (stay in the car), shop in the neighbourhoods where no one would be, work in my hidden office and stay inside. I made being a homebody bad to homebodies.
Habit 7: Losing my Lust for Life. I am a very passionate person. Everything I do, I do hard. Work, play, fitness, sing..... I didn't say well but I do ;) But for the last few months, probably because of habits 1-6, I was losing my lust to live a life of passion and love and experience. I was happy just doing my daily life "chores" and not changing one bit, this coming from a person who would swing off of 10 story buildings just for the sheer thrill of it.
This past week something has changed tahnks to my 30 day challenge - I challenge I started just for myself and just to feel better about myself, I've been going outside, reconnecting with people, walking to the park, playing basketball with
my kids, sleeping, waking up with a bounce, a fucking bounce. I couldn't believe it myself, it was nuts! I've been going out to meet new people and connect with new people daily. My energy levels are insane! INSANE!!!!!
I have been happier and getting back to the things that I love. I have definitely been more patient with my kids and because of that they have been more patient and helpful with each other, funny how that happens! Yesterday was day 6 and I got out and started playing basketball with my kids. Do I know how to play basketball? Nope. Am i good at it? God No! But I got out there with them and it was great. They are better than I am but we were laughing and jumping and being together. We then came home and started trampolining. Energy!!!!
Oh and for those of you super curious on any weight drop, yes there was 7 pound fat loss drop in 5 days. Am I happy? Sure I am, but it comes in a close second (very close second) to the abundance of energy, the solid sleep and the amazing feeling I am discovering on a daily basis.
Looking forward to a Fantastic Energy Filled Week!!
Live From the Inside Out!
Progress picturess coming soon