2018 so far.

We are 4 months into the year and I thought I would take a look at how my goals are going so far. You can find my full post hereBut I’ll summarize a bit and go over it.

So some resolutions include:

  1. get into hiking
  2. re-starting a yoga practice
  3. meditating daily
  4. journaling daily
  5. listen to my motivational podcast 3x/week

So hiking hasn’t happened yet, Canada + winter = not desirable. And apparently even though it’s April, the weather is still pretending it’s January so that’s cool too. I actually have been doing a ton of yoga! Not daily but pretty damn close. I do as little as a quick stretch/flow for 5 minutes or bang out a class for 60 minutes. It seriously zens me and I love it. It can be challenging, but I feel like that’s the point – pushing new limits while staying composed. Meditating hasn’t been daily, but definitely at least 3x a week. I am trying to remember to do it more often, it always makes me feel better and like I can accomplish anything. I’m also really getting into learning about manifestation and some ways to go about that. Journaling has just been a no-go. I don’t find it as therapeutic as some, and I feel silly doing it – so I pretty much don’t. Lastly, I am obsessed with podcasts! My top favourites include: Oprah’s Soul Sunday, Lavendaire, Self-helpless, and the Health Code. I 100% recommend all of them.

As for specific goals, I feel like I am crushing it quite honestly. I am down 12 pounds and counting, I have lost just over 2 inches on my hips, and 3 inches on my waist. I’m feeling a lot better, and I’m up to drinking 3L of water a day which is about 101 oz. I am almost done my second last semester and that’s my last semester of classes, my final semester is all in the field, so I’m on track to graduate + get my nursing license.

Trust me, it is not all rainbows though. But it is nice to remind myself that I am in fact working hard and achieving things. I’ve had a bad couple of days emotionally and am just trying to push through this last week of school. I have 1 exam next Tuesday, and 3 on Wednesday. I just gotta keep going.

If you are struggling with anything, look at what you have already done, or on track to do. Keep pushing. You got this.

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Life update.

Hellooo!

So I’ve been in the thick of it with school and balancing life. It’s all just pretty much school lately. Been I’ve been on a self love, self care, health journey too – which is pretty rad. Some days are really hard and some days it feels easy.

I’ve lost about 10 pounds, and lost more inches then I thought I could! But recently I’ve made the decision to skip the scale. It’s always been this thing with me where I either have a good day or meh day depending on my weigh in – and if I know I’ve been off the wagon – I dread it. So am I really going to give this object that kind of power ? The answer is no.

I’ve really gotten into my yoga practice too again which I’ve been loving! I don’t have the strength I used to but I’m working on that. I’m in the process of relearning and gaining strength for the crow pose and a headstand. It’s hard but I am addicted.

As for beauty, I have a couple new favs which I’ll be reviewing as soon as I have a chance to really sit down. Some bb creams and some cheap and high end face serums!

As for now my plan is to scroll through blogs and catch up, light a candle, and soak in my tub with some lavender Epsom salt.

Hope you guys have an amazing morning/day/night xo

Adulting and Other Things

Helloo out there. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. But life has been a bit hectic. I’m in my second last semester of nursing, and between class and placements, things have been a little tough.

I still love nursing and am so passionate, but it’s so time consuming and takes a lot of brain power and physical exertion. My classes are challenging but I feel like I’m genuinely learning so much.

I’ve also lost 5 pounds! I joined weight watchers a couple of weeks ago and have increased my daily activity. I even feel better. I’ve also been mediating again and occasionally even through in a bit of yoga. It’s quite nice and I’m working on balance of self care, career, and living.

My moods have been up and down and sideways. But it’s balancing out again. A couple weeks back I had a major up swing and felt on top of the world. And then of course following I had a major fall, and dealt with my depression side. However I made it out and am feeling a lot better.

Life gives us so many obstacles to overcome even when following our chosen path. And I guess that’s half the experience, seeing your true strength.

We are all capable of so much.

Treading Water and Health

So I have been in the full throttle of being a student and an adult. Although I’m very lucky because I still live at home and am being supported through my education – so I am a full time student and not working – let me repeat, I am very lucky.

I am a nursing student, and it takes a lot of time, energy and effort. I have been treading water with my health (physical and mental) and the point is just not to drown. I know this sounds a little dramatic but those who deal with or care for someone with mental health issues will understand. My bipolar does not define me, but it is a part of me. And it is something that is triggered easily by stress and bad health habits (like stressing over studying and not sleeping, or copious amounts of caffeine, etc). So I’m treading water until summer comes again and I can fully focus on my health.

I also deal with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Long story short, my hormones tend to mess with me and that doesn’t help the already fluctuating moods and my proneness to weight gain (+medication weight gain) and struggle to take it back off. I was diagnosed when I was 14 years old and am now 23, and have never really focused on it or dealt with it. So I am doing my research into things to help me.

I used to manage it well before being engulfed by post-secondary education, but I am determined to get back there.

I’ve also started to take a heap load of vitamins to help with overall health and problem specific issues.

So here are some things I’m doing [I am not a doctor and cannot give advice in such – this is just what I’m doing for me]: 

Vitamins –

  • vitamin D
    • there are some studies that show it can help with depression and mood fluctuations, especially with the seasons changing
  • multivitamin for women
    • general overall health
  • probiotic
    • this helps with stomach/intestine bacteria, it helps the body process foods and eliminates bloating pain, discomfort, can help with heartburn (I have GERD) and just overall improves the gut
  • magnesium
    • helps with such a variety of things but I’m taking it for migraines, mood swings, and pms symptoms,
  • evening primrose oil
    • this is to help with the PCOS, I’m still new to it but I’ve heard it can help with hormone fluctuations and therefore possibly east cystic pain
  • folic acid
    • this is for the mental health, its been shown in bipolar to help with both down swings and up swings
  • omega-3
    • this is also for the mental health and overall brain health, helping with moods

I also started drinking lemon water with apple cider vinegar in the mornings with my breakfast and coffee, its supposed to help with weight loss, digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, and helps heart health.

Other than that I am trying to eliminate processed food (so things like white bread), which I know I won’t completely rid of, but I am trying to cut down.

The next step is introducing exercise again, but thats a work in progress.

Until next time!

 

30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 3

Ok so I’m genuinely surprised how hard this is to remember to make time for myself to do about 20 minutes worth of self care in my entire day. But it is such an amazing feeling as I do this list and that I am learning not to judge good or bad reports on my ability to accomplish but that it is something I am successful at because I am trying.

My picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

The rundown:

Meditation – I started a 15 minute guided one, and managed about 3 minutes until my distraction was pulled by people around. So far this is my biggest opportunity for growth.

Grateful for – 1. dinner with my boyfriend 2. liking my mom 3. bubble baths

TED talk – This fell through today, but I watched Youtube videos on healthy habits and routines, which was just as lovely.

Yoga – I managed to go a little bit longer and a little bit deeper into my stretches! It felt really nice with my music going, and a lot of deep breathing. I will definitely get back there.

30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 2

So yesterday was day 2 of my challenge. You can find my previous post outlining what I’m doing here. I would say yesterday was semi-successful.

My picks again were:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

The rundown:

Meditation – I did not manage to get to it.

Grateful for – 1. my decent health 2. the ability to drive 3. personal phone calls

TED talk – I watched a 10 minute ‘inspiration’ on my TED app (All it takes is 10 mindful minutes) about meditation. He was a great speaker and it was really interesting. Totally captivated me.

Yoga – I’m still gentle due to being post-surgery, and my dogs really wanted to be apart of it. So my down dog became “tackle the owner” but it was nice to stretch and still ease myself back into it.

30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 1

I have been loving Pinterest and searching different self-care and self-love routines. I found a 30 day challenge with a list of over 100 ideas for small self-care acts and you are supposed to integrate a couple into your everyday. So I’m going to give it a go.

My Picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

 

So I will do these everyday, and post my struggles and successes for each for 30 days.

Meditation – I have dogs and they are needy, but I love them and even with the distraction I managed 5 minutes. It makes me totally refocused and happy.

Grateful for – 1. my dogs 2. garden fresh tomatoes 3. family time

TED talk – I watched a 3 minute inspiration on my TED app, it makes me smile and think but I had a hard time absorbing it

Yoga – I’m about 1.5 weeks post surgery so it was a very gentle, restorative flow with minimal movement but enough to stretch it out