Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project 2.0 Week #43


Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

These fall months are clipping along much more swiftly than I expected.  By next Sunday it will already be November.  This was a great week for me and it feels like everything is swiftly improving.  I mean things were never bad, my mind just feels a lot more content and at ease and I am thankful for that.  I think I was sad and depressed because I was clinging to the past and who I was before.  This week I really started to warmly embrace there here and now and appreciate who I am today.

I was mostly clinging to last fall because I had made such great strides with my weightloss journey and it felt like I was surrounded by friends.  I was clinging to it because I conveniently forgot about how much I was struggling with my health.  A year ago, I was intermittent fasting, eating keto, lifting weights, taking zumba or dance classes nearly every day, and running at least once a week.  I was getting very lean and thin.  What I have forgotten in the midst of clinging to that past is that I basically broke down.  I got really sick and had to get an emergency surgery.  I was hardly eating for several weeks in November and that probably also caused me to lose weight.  Once I recovered, I became addicted to being thin and added in a daily power walk to my already strenuous regime.  It was as if I thought I had to keep doing more and more in order to get results.  I did get results and they were lovely, but I do not think I got them in the healthiest way.

Now fast forward to now (a year later) and I gained some of that weight back, but I have also had major life changes.  I moved 3 times since last fall and I started getting my period again after not having it for 3 years.  That has been a huge adjustment and it blows my mind a little how much our hormones can affect our emotions.  Even though I am not as thin as I was a year ago, I think I am healthier mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  Of course I am still a work in progress, but I am thankful to be here right now.

I think this was early November
I think this was at my thinnest point last year.  This was actually closer to December.

I have also decided that I am going to add more pictures to these weekly posts.  Traditionally, I have been doing just 1 weekly be-YOU-tiful pic thinking that I would do more picture rich posts throughout the week, but my weeks have been so busy that I do not always get to write many posts.  So I will illustrate these posts more and I think it will hopefully make them more interesting.

In last week’s post I told you about how we went garage saling with the intention of finding a grill and guess what?  We found that grill!  It was also such a beautiful sunny day.

Last Monday we decided to splurge and we finally got some comfy furniture!  For the last year we have been surviving off of folding tables and chairs and foam beds off of amazon.  It has worked well since we have been moving so much, but now that we plan on settling here hopefully for a while, we decided to start investing in furniture and decorating our home.  To make it feel more like home.


The funny thing about Monday is that it was super productive and fun.  We took our trash to the dump then got Mexican food for lunch.  After that we went to town and found our furniture then got it all set up.  I finally sat down to relax when our power went out.  I guess that’s life…  It turned out that a tree fell down on a power line on our road.  From there I felt absolutely awful (like death) I was super sensitive to light and sound and super dizzy.  I had to lie down for hours and could barely even move.  Thankfully I recovered and was able to enjoy the new cozy corner, but that was just awful.  I think that I was hungover and dehydrated.  The night before we had a few shots of Grey Goose with some blueberry vanilla goat cheese.  I just cannot party like I am in my early 20’s anymore.  That’s okay.

One of my favorite things about living in the tropics is being able to eat all the deliciously fresh, tropical fruit!  This week my partner got in touch with some people who are growing fruit in our neighborhood.  They delivered all of this fruit to our door for just $30.  The crazy thing is that just the day before we had spent $65 on fruit from Island Naturals.  Just one single Rollinia (the yellow spiky fruit) usually costs $17.  This was a killer deal and I was thrilled.  We also made a little fruit box for our renters and left it by their door.

We got more soft lighting for the house and some big, fluffy body pillows.  We also got new pajama pants and it has made life even more amazing!  Our neighbors (renters) talked about wanting to come over and have beers with us (ever since last Sunday), but they rescheduled 4 times this week so it kind of makes me wonder if they really want to come over.  I hope they do eventually.  It would be fun to socialize.  I know they are busy they.  They have a 5 and 6 year old.

Before I forget…  Here are my posts from this week.  Check them out:

Nothing like some soft lighting and some new pajama pants.

I have been reading every night before bed and it has been so relaxing.


“There has to be that zeal to do something new and surprise yourself and audiences.  You have to stay true to your craft, and that should never be sidelined.”

-Yami Gautam

  • Hone in Focus.  I have been very focused on stressing less and it is making a good difference.  I am a lot more chill and more productive.
  • Examine True Rules.  These big questions are kind of scary and can be overwhelming, but I am doing my best to face them bravely.
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways.  Yes.
  • Learn how to knit.  No.

Even thought I can hardly believe it, it is already time to start thinking about my November goals.  My focus for this next month is respect.  Here goes.


“When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are.  When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.”

-Thomas S. Morison

  • Use good manners.
  • Give positive reviews.
  • Offer a helping hand.
  • Honor and respect yourself.
  • Honor and respect others.

How was your week?  Did you dress up and do fun things for Halloween?  Comment below to share!

Here is my weekly Be-YOU-tiful pic ❤

This is the least festive I have ever been for Halloween and I am okay with that.  Last Halloween was festive enough to last for years so I am good with that.  I hope this will be a wonderful week for you my friends!  Thanks for catching up with me.  Until next time…

❤ Alana

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