“It’s amazing. Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” Lindsey Vonn

…and that, folks, is what is taking place inside my body right now. Positive changes that are already affecting my life after just 9 days. I mentioned a little over a week ago that I joined a health and wellness company, mainly for the products but there is also potential for making a decent chunk of change along the way. These nutraceutical products that I’ve been using for only 9 days are blowing my mind.

Now, I know yesterday’s blog post was a major downer, I was so incredibly upset (and I still am), but after I got all the crying out of my system last night…now I’m ready to get back to me. If someone in my life is so miserable that they want to take me down with them, I need to be mentally and emotionally strong enough to not allow them. Which brings me back to my new regime…

I noticed by the end of day 3 that my energy and mood were soaring — on a Monday. Mondays are the worst days in my house, my own kids don’t want to get back to the daily grind, my daycare kids aren’t ready for moms and dads to go back to work either, and I typically begin the week extremely tired from massive sleep loss. But not this last week. I wrote out a little daily schedule of when to take all my supplements and when to eat.

Guys.

GUYS!

I’m telling you, things are shifting internally already and it feels good…real good. I made no attempt to count calories, or even necessarily eat all that healthy, and I dropped 3 POUNDS last week. Just by adding in all the nutrients of which I am regularly deprived. And as mentioned before, my moods have been all over the place lately due to stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, emotional challenges in my household, and frustration over weight loss. But I’m telling you, I was shocked when I found myself maintaining a calm, peaceful demeanor when faced with my daily challenges. By Friday, when I sat back and reflected on my first week, I was almost in tears realizing that bits and pieces of the old Amie are starting to shine through again.

Another HUGE positive change is the return of my focus and memory. Most days, my short term memory is so ridiculous, it’s embarrassing. I know it all stems from how pregnancy hormones ravaged my brain 4 times over. I can get really upset thinking of the things my brain used to be care able of…breaking down the theoretical and structural analysis of an entire symphony, memorizing solos, being able to read a book quickly and not reread pages over and over because I can’t focus enough to retain the content. But I was able to stay motivated and on top of tasks all week! I thought my brain function was a lost cause, but I heading for a comeback!

Sleep. Holy shitballs, I am actually sleeping! For the first time in 17+ years, I am feeling like I am starting to get decent amounts of quality, deep sleep…and it’s only increasing each night.

Another huge help this week I have to credit my child #2. She desperately wants to work and earn money, but she is only 13. She and I made up a list of chores that I need the most help with for daycare; she had been coming straight home from school every day and going straight to work in all the things I struggle to get done. She has been an absolute life saver and I am incredibly thankful for what she’s doing. Being able to wake up each morning and start the day with the entire house already 100% clean is alleviating an enormous load of stress from daycare.

I think a good song to sum up all these beautiful new twists abs turns to my health is Pharrell’s “Brand New”. I know I mentioned it before during my 30-day song challenge, but go have a listen, it’s such an upbeat, positive, happy song — and it is GREAT for the workout playlist!

G’night y’all!

~~ Amie

Author: lifedeathdieting

My story is the same as most women, all was fine with my health, weight and body -- until I had kids. My metabolism is nearly non-existent, it seems I have to put in 10X more effort as anyone else to loose even 1 pound (yet, I can gain weight almost instantly if I allow myself even a single cheat day), I'm embarrassed to say how many different diets I've tried and bombed, and most days the motivation simply isn't there. I have even met much resistance with people in my life, dieting and loosing weight is such a common topic, I think it is often minimized just because so many people talk about it everyday. Friends and family always brush it off like its something I can do if I just stop whining about it and just do it -- but I can't, I've learned over the last 17 years that it is far more complicated than "just doing it." Exercising is difficult with all the loose skin and fat that sags on my abdomen...but I need to exercise to get all that fat off...but many exercises I can't do because the fat and skin are in the way...it's a loose-loose at the moment. But there is a new dawn on the weight loss horizon, I have finally begin to drop some weight, and I am slowly figuring out where my buggaboos are hiding within my mind and my diet. I am sharing this journey to chronicle the successes and failures on my return to health.

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