An Attitude of Gratitude

These past few weeks have trying to say the least. At home, dealing with a pre-teen child who thinks the rules don’t apply to him. At work, with an ever-increasing workload and seemingly endless amount lately of rude patients. It’s frustrating and I get angry. But I read in my personal development this week about having an attitude of gratitude.

When we are in a pissy mood, down and just want to complain, remembering the things you are grateful for can be uplifting. I usually take time in the morning to journal and always write a list of five things I am grateful for. I’ve been through a lot this past year and remembering gratitude shifts my perspective back to what matters most. It’s so easy to complain about what we lack.

Five things I am grateful for: Having a car, Having a job, Having a place to live, My son and Family, and my boyfriend. Those may seem like trivial things to be grateful for. But I was homeless last year for several months, without my own vehicle, job, and a place to live. I could easily be thrown back into that life at any moment if I lost my job.

What things are you grateful for? Do you shift your mindset to positive thoughts when you are feeling pissy or down?

 

It’s a Nutrition Plan…Not a diet.

I hate the word diet. It is such a limiting word. I prefer the word nutrition, which brings up an image of health and longevity.  I started my nutrition plan a couple of months ago and wonder why I waited for this all my life!

It’s so simple to follow and I feel so much more energy. No supplements, cleanses, or shakes are required. Just water and veggies most are the requirements. That’s it.

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I was so used to feeling deprived on other plans. Remember Slim Fast? Having to drink that cup full of chalky  nasty? I tried Weight Watchers, counting points, counting calories, measuring my food. I even tried portion controlling cookies into baggies, but then ended up eating 5 bags in one sitting! I also have tried Adkins and Keto, losing weight, but then gaining it back.

The plan I am currently on is so sustainable, and flexible. Drink at least half your weight in ounces of water daily. More water=more weight loss. Also, style your plate to eat veggies most. In fact, you can eat as much non starchy veggies as you wish. I have found that I am #obsessed with cauliflower rice. That stuff is incredibly versatile. Try to substitute cauliflower rice instead of regular rice in your next recipe and your mind will be blown.

I also love this plan, because recipes are incredibly easy and don’t involve tons of ingredients. Veggies are so versatile, you can eat them any way you like on this plan. (Just don’t eat fried veggies all the time).

But my ultimate favorite part of this plan is that not only have I lost weight, I also feel incredibly healthy. My hair and skin are in great shape. I have more energy. The incredible simplicity of this plan is great!  And if you want to have dessert, eat it!

Then name of the plan is 2B mindset. If you are interested in learning more about this, just let me know. What nutrition plans do you follow, or have tried in the past? I am curious to see what others have tried, failed, or had immense long-lasting success.

When You Feel a Mental Block

My mind has been so unsettled lately. I started this blog off strong, but then I just sort of ran out of steam. What’s the deal? Well, I think it may be due to being mentally overwhelmed. I have spent the last few weeks researching blogging, trying to get followers, how to write good content. It was like information overload. Then I can’t write. The words don’t seem to come out.

I love google, and being able to find information on about anything for free. But at the same time, all this information is overwhelming to process. Then I get stuck in the comparison game, especially when visiting other blogs, Facebook or instagram. I have to remember that this blog is a newbie, it’s not going to be perfect at first. I’m not going to be completely consistent in posting new content. My pictures and layout may suck.

Truth be told, this past year has been a whirlwind of emotions and conflict, and I think that now I am finally settling down, it is time to process everything. My migraines have returned. Stress and anxiety over other issues I have swept to the side are resurfacing. I feel something shifting in me. The move to Florida was more than a change in physical location. It was a change in mindset. It has caused me to question who I am and who I want to become.

To help with handling all of this change, I started listening to self-development podcasts. I started praying again. I started seeing a therapist. I started listening to how my body was responding physically and took steps to get my health on track. When you go so long ignoring yourself both physically and mentally, trying to make things better seems like an uphill battle. I tell myself, “You have to take things one day, one thing at a time.” Nothing successful happens overnight. The situation you may be in right now is not going to last forever.

I really want to stress and share how important self-care is during a time like this. Just a few minutes out of the day to sit and chill out. Leave the phone in the other room and just relax. Take a shower, and drink some coffee. Pretty soon, the mental block starts to lessen. That weight on your heart starts to free up and you can write again.

What things do you do when you are feeling a mental block?