2020 Happiness Project Week #3

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Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

This week may not have been as fun as last week, but it was still a good week.  Last Sunday I started my 21 Day Bone Broth experiment which was inspired by Dr. Kellyann.  I decided that Sundays and Wednesdays would be my bone broth mini fast days and I successfully made it through both bone broth days.  The first day was probably the most challenging, but having delicious home-made bone broth and drinking lots of water helped.

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This was last Sunday on Day #1/21

Another major change I made is drinking my coffee black with the exception of one day this last week when I had some almond milk with my coffee.  This plan urges us to cut out refined sugar with the exception of a small serving of fruit with breakfast.  This even includes sweeteners like stevia.

On top of everything else, I decided to take a break from social media.  I am kind of back on instagram after being off for 5 days, but am still off of facebook and am trying to spend more time in the real world.

I spent more time in the kitchen this week than I probably have in years.  I think the most challenging part about it is constantly keeping the dishes washed and ready for the next use.  Having the instant pot has made things much easier and has helped me to save a lot of time and propane.  I am glad we decided to invest.  I still need to try the air fryer feature!

I made another batch of bone broth on Tuesday night and was delighted by the gel-like consistency the next morning.  My partner and I have been feeling really good and are enjoying the bone broth.  I would be remiss to leave out the fact that our moods were inflammatory this week and that comes with facing challenges and making big, lifestyle changes.  We were both grumpy (especially me the day after my first bone broth mini-fast) and we took time to talk about it and work through it.  Make sure that if you are making big lifestyle changes that you communicate with your loved ones so that they can support and cheer you on.

Here are my blog posts from this past week:

It was a decent week post-wise.  I also did my workouts, but I definitely dragged a little more and felt more tired throughout the day.  Again, this is to be expected with the major changes I have made.  Changes like NOT getting that 2nd cup of coffee pumped with cream and sweetener.  Changes that take more willpower than the casual day-to-day decisions.

JANUARY: TAKE ACTION

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.”

-Zig Ziglar

  • Create a morning routine and an evening ritual.  I still had a decent morning routine.  My evening ritual has consisted of reading and trying to get the dishes done before heading to bed.
  • Write daily morning pages.  Yes, but there were a couple of days where I did not write a whole 3 pages.  Quality not quantity?
  • Break up with refined sugar. This has not been the easiest break up.  In fact, my vacation from social media has been easier.  Sugar made a few appearances this week.  I had a tiny bit of vanilla in my coffee on Thursday with the almond milk.  My partner also made us buttermilk pancakes with manuka honey a few days, and last night I had some coconut chips.  This one is crucial, but a work in progress.
  • #100daysofcode  This one fell on the wayside this week since I was in the kitchen most of the time, but I managed to do 1 hr of code this week so I am on Day #10.  Last week I was on Day #9.  It is a tiny bit of progress and I WILL TAKE IT!
  • Follow a workout program.  Yes!  I have managed to stick with this one.  I am currently on Day #29 of my 90 day program.   I also started doing yoga again.

By the time we meet again for our weekly catch-up session, it will be February so let’s take a look at our February goals.

FEBRUARY: HAVE FAITH

“Your future is as bright as your faith.”

-Anonymous

  • Count your blessings.
  • Start before you are ready.
  • Actively build your confidence.
  • Believe in miracles.
  • Believe in yourself.

I am glad that these will be my areas of focus this next month.  Weightloss and getting healthy is a mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing experience.  I spent lots of time throughout the 2nd half of this week feeling sad and questioning myself and my ability to get healthy.

This week has not been flawless by the nutrition plan’s standard.  Dr. Kellyann even suggested that if we get off track it is okay, but we should start over from Day #1 and try again.  That is kind of my usual style, but I don’t think it is appropriate this time around because it encourages the over-critical fanatic in me.  I already have a tendency to over criticize and punish myself.  I felt myself doing it last night and I don’t want to condone or reward this behavior.  I will just keep moving forward and if I slip here or there I will take note of how it affects my body and the way that I feel, but I am not going to get hung up on it.  This will take practice and it will be good for me.

We went swimming at the beach on Wednesday.  It was another grumpy day (being the day after a bone broth fast day), but I am so glad that we were able to pull things together for a walk around coconut island followed by a relaxing salty swim in the ocean.  We didn’t stay for a long time, but it was more than long enough.

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It was a beautiful sunny day for a walk
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I love beach days
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Lots of people were at the beach
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One of my favorite places
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Healing for the soul ❤

When we got home from the beach, Christopher made me a relaxing peppermint epsom salt foot bath to enjoy while I relaxed with a book and a mug of warm bone broth.  It was wonderful.

Overall, it was a good week, but I am looking forward to this next week even more.  How was your week and what are your plans for this new week?  Please comment below!

I hope you will have a wonderful week, My Dear Darling Friends!

❤ Alana

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