Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project: #51

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

The theme of this past week was: depression.  I had the usual seasonal depression, but was also depressed by all of the big changes in my life.  Sometimes big changes help me snap out of depression, but this time around it feels like I dove right in.

My life feels like it has changed drastically.  You have probably noticed that this has been an ongoing theme in my recent blog posts.  I was soaring high for awhile and now I am in a valley.  I had to move and return my transportation and that has made it convenient since my car is still in Maine.  I think the uncertainty of “what comes next” is what is getting me down.

Thankfully, I have had angels in my life carrying me along the way.  My friend April read one of my posts and picked me up 3 times this week to take COMMIT dance fitness classes.  This is so helpful because I have been unable to get to the gym and go to my usual zumba classes.  I honestly did not feel like going anywhere or doing anything, but sometimes we need to do the things that we want to do the least.

Another cause of stress in my life has been the fear of gaining weight and going back to where I was.  I have worked so hard to get to where I am now and I have this deep fear that I will go back.  I was doing such a great job with intermittent fasting, cutting out sugar, and staying very active and lately I have not been able to maintain most of those healthy habits.  It freaks me out because I feel like I am losing control.

Overall, I think the cold weather is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining.  I often wonder, “How did I ever manage to stay active in the winter before?”  The answer is that I did not.  I would just hibernate, get by, and watch my waistline expand as I made big plans to lose weight “next year.”

The solution that I have come up with is to go to a sunny place in the winter time.  Thankfully, I am set up to do this.  I feel a move coming up in the very near future.

“Can I run away to somewhere beautiful where nobody knows my name?”




  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Set Goals.
  • Dream BIG.
  • Sleep at night.
  • Get an early start.
  • Let go of everything that doesn’t bring you Joy.

December has been so full of ups and downs that I can hardly keep up, but that is okay.  In less than a week it will be January.

This week’s “Beautiful Pic” ❤

How was your week?  Please comment below to tell me all about it!

Be Real.  Be True.  Be You.

❤ Alana

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