2020 Happiness Project Weeks 46-50

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

I have been busy and have fallen behind with these posts! It’s now or never, we better catch up while we can because the new year will be here soon!

It was so nice to visit this beautiful garden for the first time in months!

November was a good month. I continued to challenge myself mentally and physically and it really felt great. After spending more time than ever staying home and social distancing we decided to mask up and explore a little.

I am so thankful that we live in a place with so much natural beauty!

I have been working hard on my health and weightloss goals and at the beginning of November I started the “Get Shredded 21 Day Challenge.” It was a bit of an investment and worth every cent!

The 21 Day Get Shredded Challenge includes:

  • A 21 day workout plan that utilizes bodyweight. This means that you don’t need a gym membership or any equipment!
  • 21 day nutrition plan. The food is so nourishing and keeps me energized!
  • Bonus Motivational System. There are daily motivational videos to keep you inspired and actively working towards your goals. Think of it as a daily strategy session.
  • Weekly nutrition plan grocery list. This was super helpful and a lady who is doing the challenge with me suggested ordering curbside pick-up from the grocery store. That was a total game-changer!
  • Nutrition substitution guidelines. Because sometimes you just feel like eating “something different.” There is so much variety which I love.
  • Results tracker worksheet
  • Access to private Facebook group.
  • Priority email support

I started this challenge on November 17th and just completed my 1st round today! I lost 9 lbs, but the most thrilling part of this whole experience is the fact that when I started my waist was 38 inches and now it is 34.5 inches. I have lost a total of 20 lbs since the end of August!

It has honestly taken me over a week to write this post. I had it open as another window and keep procrastinating. This one may not be beautiful, but it will feel so good to get it done!

By the middle of the month my focus shifted almost completely to my health and weightloss journey. I have still been coding and studying, but not on a daily basis. I am going to try to get back on track.

The week of Thanksgiving was rough. I was reminded of my accident that happened when I was 19. I was thrown off of a horse and landed on my neck. I was experiencing more neck pain that week so we tried talking with a lawyer about it and he said that if I had filed and started the process 7 years ago, I might have had a case, but now it was too late. I felt so crushed and defeated not so much for this specific outcome, but because I was sad that I didn’t respect myself enough back then to ask for help when I really needed it.

The evening of the call with that lawyer I got violently ill with migraines and had to throw up. I was reminded that for years after my accident this is how everyday felt for me. It made me feel even more angry that I put up with it and suffered. I guess I thought that time and prayer would heal me. It does heal, but if I had to do it over again, I wish I would have never gotten on that horse. Sometimes I also think that my life might have been better if I had never gone to school in Wyoming, but I just need to move forward and let go of those regrets. I did make some wonderful friends along the way.

Here are some of my more recent blog posts:

That week was full of so much sorrow and I really had a lot to process. I was touched by the fact that our tenants invited us to join them for Thanksgiving with their Mom. Because I am still very paranoid about the virus and want to continue to social distance we didn’t end up going. They were super sweet and made us a delicious Thanksgiving plate!

It was so picture perfect and tasted even more delicious!


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing.”

-George Bernard Shaw

  • Be lighthearted. Running and focusing on my own goals helped me to feel a lot more lighthearted.
  • Use good manners.
  • Give positive reviews.
  • Find an area of refuge. I found it in running and within myself.
  • Honor and respect yourself and others.

Once that Thanksgiving week passed things started looking up again. I am proud of the fact that I continued to stick with my nutrition plan and workouts. I also ran 5-6 times each week. Having something to focus on helped me to get through my sadness. I also upped the self-care too with the help of my man.

Look at this beautiful bath he made for me!
One evening I got out much later for my 1 hour run and I got to enjoy the most gorgeous sunset right from our road.
My penpal Jessica always sends me the sweetest surprises with her letters!


“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.”

-Dee Hock

December has been a wonderful month too! I have continued with my workouts and completed that first round of my 21 day challenge. Right now I am on day 3 of round 2! I really have been struggling with nutrition this time around. I definitely need to drink more water and I have decided to set the boundary of eating all of my meals by 8 pm.

On another note, last Friday I ran over a half-marathon distance without stopping for the first time in my life!!!

That morning I was feeling kind of grumpy and my tummy was a little sore, but I set my mind and heart on the goal then followed through. It was so empowering and brought me great joy to know that I can do it!

I am learning and growing so much through this journey and I am excited to keep going and keep growing.

What is new and exciting in your world and what have you been up to lately? Comment below to reconnect. It has been too long, friends!

❤ Alana

2 thoughts on “2020 Happiness Project Weeks 46-50

  1. Beautiful post, my friend. I am very excited to prepare for a beautiful new year, by ending this one on a positive note of self love and self worth. 💗

    1. Thank you, my gorgeous friend! What a beautiful intention for the end of this year. I am with you. Let’s love ourselves because we are worth-it!!! I hope the rest of this year will be full of joy and blessings and may the New Year be even brighter! Love ya girl!

      ❤ Alana

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