Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project: #43

I woke up this morning not wanting to do a damn thing so I slept in and thankfully there is no class on Mondays.  Do you ever feel that way?  This happens to me when the seasons change, I can hear the rain, and the days become colder and shorter.  Fall is my favorite month, but right around this time I get a little stuck.  I feel stressed and I do not think that I really need to be and even that feels stressful.

Let’s talk about something good, shall we?!?!

I did intermittent fasting for an entire week and noticed that I felt a little out of it and struggled to sleep on some nights.  I expect that there will be an adjustment period and I am planning to stick with it.  I have decided to drop the melatonin at night and add 1 cup of coffee in the morning that will hopefully help me feel more focused.

I am also trying out a keto way of eating.  I did some good food prepping yesterday and am looking forward to this week although yesterday was not a true keto day because I had that last slice of ono banana bread that my mom made.  I just did not have the heart to let it go to waste.

I feel so unmotivated to work out, but I have worked out consistently for the last 5 weeks and I do not want to quit right now.  I am making progress and want to continue growing stronger.

This past week really was quite BLAH, so I am not going to go into the details.  My highlight of the week was Friday when we had our Zumba 80’s party.  I was feeling so depressed that I almost didn’t even go, but I am glad that I decided to “suit up,” put on some fun 80’s makeup and go for it!

I am worried.  The last thing I want to do is lose all the progress I have made just because I feel a certain way.  I know that feelings are very powerful and they matter, but I also need to remember that feelings are temporary and they change.

This time of year is historically a struggle for me and I feel myself falling into that same pattern.  I am going to change that pattern this year.  This is a new decade of my life and I have the power to change it.  I think I need to be more disciplined.  This discipline will help me work towards my goals even when my motivation breaks down.



  • Hone in Focus.  I am trying, but it has been hard.  Hopefully a cup of coffee a day will help!
  • Examine True Rules.  
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways.  Again, it has been hard for me to concentrate, but I think the fact that I am dancing and exercising more is stimulating my mind in  positive way!

I cannot believe that this is already the final week of October.  It is time to start thinking about those November goals!



  • Use good manners.
  • Respect your body, heart, soul, and mind.
  • Give positive reviews.
  • Offer a helping hand.
  • Honor and respect others.

I am reading a very well-written yet triggering book for my class.  It goes over the mistreatment of women in the workplace especially immigrants, janitors, and farm workers.  I have probably read over a dozen cases of sexual assault and it is heartbreaking and brings me back to a sad, low, place.

I feel like overall, this week is off to a rocky start, but I don’t want to carry this depressing vibe with me the entire week so I am going to try to shake it off in Zumba class this morning.  I will try when I would rather cry.  And smile even if it simply means turning the corners of my lips up.

I am super proud of this pic of me on stage at our Zumba Dance party!  We all had a blast dancing together!  ❤

What do you do when you feel like your week is off to a bad start?  Please comment below to share!

Be Real.  Be True.  Be-YOU-tifully YOU.

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

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