KEEPING MYSELF ACCOUNTABLE along this journey…

Amber's 2019 Wellness Journey... come along!
 
 

You can read a wee bit on WHY I started this journey, here…

But for those who are ALL caught up, let’s move on + dive into the goods, the bads and the ugly!

  • Week of Jan 20th: NOURISH BOWLS

    • Non-Scale Victories

      • Focusing on my PLATE instead of calories provided me with such release and energy!

      • Sleeping more soundly

      • Gut health is getting back on track

      • Being more present with Gillies as I’m utilizing my business hours more appropriately (my time is 4am-8am, which I’m able to rise + shine because I’m sleeping better)

      • Started a self-care routine… hope to keep it going!

    • Scale Budges

      • Lost 3 pounds this week most likely due to inflammation and stress relief… because we are FINALLY home after an epic family road trip back South to visit family + eating REAL food again!

    • Improvements could be made: drinking more water throughout the day, for some reason, I slacked twice this week which is unlike me.

  • Week of Jan 27th: CHARCOAL IS MY FAVE BEAUTY INGREDIENT

    • Non-Scale Victories

      • My water intake was on point… insert: choir singing in rejoice! With my water intake on point, I felt more energized throughout the week plus I noticed my skin wasn’t dry and itchy!

      • Gut health was on track, no obvious bloating or cramps noted.

      • I truly focused on self-care… invested in a good dry brush as well as purchased a few other goodies which you’ll see later (once they have been tested)

      • We celebrated my late sister’s birthday with chocolate chip cookies and I enjoyed two cookies (twice- hashtag: real life), however, I didn’t feel guilty. I didn’t associate NEGATIVE emotions with eating the cookies. I just ate them joyfully knowing it was a treat and if I wanted more, I could have it. By switching this mindset, I felt more in control with my eating and didn’t feel the need to eat EVERY. SINGLE. COOKIE!

        • This is absolutely HUGE for me!

    • Scale Budges

      • Lost 1 pound this week… I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was hoping for more movement; however, it is moving in the RIGHT direction and, well, that’s it.

  • Week of February 3rd: SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUTS LIKE A BOSS

    • Non-Scale Victories

      • Well. The whole household got a cause of an “upper respiratory bug” which was no fun; however, this mama was only down for ONE day… when it hit everyone else for 4-5 days!

      • I focused hard this week on hydration as well as getting good quality sleep which I know helped me kick the cold’s tooshie.

      • Joined in on a “nutritional webinar” where a medical physician talked about dietary recommendations and lifestyle habits for optimal brain health… and I was super happy to know that what he discussed WE teach in our NO BRAINERS community! I took a few notes on statistics… but this made my heart so HAPPY! Go NO BRAINERS!

    • Scale Budges

      • The scale didn’t budge at all… which I should be happy about because I know my workouts were not as “intense” this week due to the “COLD OF 2019” which swept through our house.

        • sounds ominous doesn’t it… the COLD OF 2019! HA! I crack myself up sometimes.

  • Week of February 10th: WHY I STILL HAVE CHOCOLATE

    • Non-Scale Victories

      • I kicked the nasty upper respiratory tract bug the Gillies picked up… FAST! It had me feeling out of sorts for three days but I only lost steam on day two… by day three, I was back to my old self just not as pippy. Is that a word, pippy?

      • My water intake was ON POINT… this makes me happy because I know my body needs it and when I stress or get distracted with LIFE, it’s the FIRST thing I skimp out on!

      • My plates made me so ridiculously happy this week… even with the Valentine’s Day holiday in the middle of the week, we made homemade sugar cookies (for the Gillies) and then healthier options for the hubster + I! PLUS, when we went out for brunch over the weekend… I asked for a kale salad instead of the traditional roasted potatoes with my omelette. Sure, the waiter looked at me like I had three heads… but I was super happy with my choice + the fact the chef added sautéed mushrooms on top of the kale salad.

      • I fit into a pair of pants so much easier than I did last week… let’s just all recognize how that in itself is a GOOD THING! Plus, I made it a habit to wear BUTTON/ZIP pants at least three times a week… for accountability. (and if you know me, you know I LIVE in scrub pants!)

    • Scale Budges

      • Well. I’m super impressed the scale budged this week… because I struggled with sleep this week. HARD! The hubster was on-call this week and had many “middle of the night” calls into work which wake me up. Plus, the Gillies had a few nights where they would wake up needing extra snuggles around 2-4am. However… the scale budged and I am down a full pound from last week.

      • TOTAL LOSS: 5 Pounds (will take full measurements with next week’s weigh-in and photo session)!

  • Week of February 17th: Focusing on Self Care with Herbal Tea Baths

    • Non-Scale Victories

      • This week was huge for my business and I’ll be honest I had to set some pretty tight “personal” rules for myself… unplug from social media, turn off the TV and not binge the newest Netflix series

      • My water intake was on-point… however, I noticed I took a hard hit on my sleep this week - blame it on the hubster’s on-call schedule, the fact our littles had to use the potty in the middle of the night a few times or the fact our geriatric dog wakes me up at 2:15am for her own potty break. I’ll need to focus my attention here next week… get back on track with sleep!

      • Our family has a once-a-week dining out experience and this time I didn’t choose something like a soup and salad but really embraced the new restaurant in this new city we traveled to that day! Huge mental shift for me!

      • I was able to fit into a pair of jeans from college… let’s all take a moment to gasp in shock!!!

    • Scale Budges

      • The scale didn’t budge this week… which is no surprise to me; however, it can affect ya mentally — am I right? However, I have to remember… my body composition is changing. I may be losing inches and gaining muscle… the scale is just a number and not to worry. The key is I am feeling better and clothes are fitting better… the rest will fall into place naturally.

  • Week of February 24th: When Stress Slips You Back Into Old Habits

    • Non-Scale Victories

      • This week, I’m sharing a real and vulnerable post about what happens when stress slips you back into old, unhealthy habits… good things about this:

        • REALIZED IT SOON… within a week, so I didn’t continue down the negative spiral.

        • Able to take action NOW… and I know what to do, plus I have an amazing supportive community (and hubster) to keep me going strong!

    • Scale Budges

      • Raw honesty: gained every. single. pound back. Self-care matters… self-care matters.

  • Week of March 3rd: coming soon…

 

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