Transformation Tuesday

Hey Ya’ll! I know it has been a while since my last post, but life has been a little hectic lately and I’ve been busy living it. What have I been up to? Well, geeze thanks for asking, you’re so sweet (LOL)! I’ve been working, making new friends, reconnecting with lifelong friends, traveling, and working out. Don’t fall out of your chair, yes, I said working out! At the beginning of the year I wrote a post and shared with everyone what my goals were for 2017, and so far, I have stayed true to myself and these goals. It hasn’t been easy, but I have been making the best effort to get my body into a better place than it was a few months ago.

So, before you roll your eyes and say oh great another fitness junky… STOP! I am FAR from being a fitness junky, in fact, I still roll my eyes at eating healthy and spending time in the gym, but I put one foot in front of the other and try my best. At the beginning of March, I got on the scale at the office where I work and saw a number that almost made me pass out! I am not exaggerating when I say I gained close to 20lbs after I moved to Kentucky. I know that I am not a big person, so yes, I realize that I’m not “fat”, but I didn’t feel good in my own skin and that’s a problem. I decided it was time to make a change and I got on track with a healthy sustainable diet and I got back in the gym.

After a couple of months of meal prepping my lunches for work and working out at the gym I decided to try something that was a little extreme for me. I am going to Vegas at the end of this week with some of my close girlfriends and I wanted to slim down a little more to feel confident walking around in my bikini at pool parties. So, at the beginning of May what did I do, I took the plunge and completed the Whole30 diet! What is the Whole30 diet you ask? Well its easier for me to tell you what I couldn’t eat or include in my diet than it is for me to tell you what I did eat. The Whole30 diet excludes grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and any processed foods from your diet for 30 days. How did I survive, and not kill anyone? Let’s just say it’s a miracle, but I felt great at the end of the month!

I am not a certified nutritionist, or personal trainer. I am just an average, sarcastic, 28-year-old female who cracks herself up while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I still indulge in cheeseburgers, pizza, and plenty of booze… so by all means I am NOT perfect. I am proud of myself though, I accomplished a short-term goal while setting the foundation for a long-term lifestyle change. I am down 10lbs and fit in clothes better now than I did when I bought them a couple of years ago. If any of my girlfriends are reading this, thank you for all your support and encouragement along the way, I couldn’t have done it with-out each of your texts, positive words, and threats holding me accountable (LOL)!

Xoxo,
Nicole

P.S- if you are looking to try the Whole30 diet the website I used for all my meal planning and recipes is paleoglutenfree.com

P.S.S- I didn’t take any before pictures because I wasn’t happy with where my body was, but here are some pictures of my journey/progress.

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Kentucky Livin… California Dreamin

Every time I have had someone ask where I am from in the last 4 months I have answered honestly with California, and it is instantly followed with confused looks and an over exaggerated “HOW DID YOU END UP IN KENTUCKY?!” response. I never really understood why people made such a big deal of it until the last week and a half. I AM COMPLETELY FROZEN! I am not exaggerating either. The coldest it has been back home is what low 50’s? Yeah well as I am writing this it is currently 15 degrees. This morning I showed an act of true love for Cody (my dog for those who don’t know) when I had to run outside in 13 degree weather barefoot, in sweatpants with only a t-shirt on to open our back door that connects the screened in porch and backyard to let him out to pee because the door that is usually open was closed. To give you some perspective incase you are curious what 15 degree weather is like, I wore wool socks with my UGGS today, and I was still chilled. I now understand why people take tropical vacations in the middle of winter. Incase you can’t tell already, I absolutely 100 percent miss California winters.

I promise I really enjoy Kentucky, but people in Kentucky drive COMPLETELY different than people in California. An upside to driving in Kentucky is that the speed limits are higher here than back in the bay area. The interstate speed limit is 70, and most in town driving is 45-55. HOWEVER, with this people either drive 10 above the speed limit and make you feel like you are driving like a slow poke on the interstate, or they drive 10 below and make you crazy driving in town. Another thing people are notorious for here in Kentucky is running red lights. Not only does one car run a red light, but that car plus the two other cars behind it run the red light. NEVER proceed through an intersection with a green light with out counting to 5.

HAHA.. I was going to start writing about the stuff I enjoy about Kentucky, but I still miss a few things. I miss my favorite food places. In-n- Out, there are literally ZERO words that can tell you how much I miss it. Dutch Bros Coffee, yeah I’d probably kill someone for a mocha freeze or an iced white mocha. I am NOT kidding. I miss good Mexican food, street tacos, and even Murillos (only people back home will understand why). I REALLY miss going directly to the source for my favorite champagne and all of the views, and enjoying a bottle of champagne with best friends. Aside from all of that, I miss all of my friends. This is the time of year I am missing all of the holidays, birthdays, and family functions. I am incredibly lucky to have the support system I have though, I love all of you guys so much!

Now onto the bright side of Kentucky! I have met some great people so far. I have made friends with some down to earth people who have not only introduced me to a local pizza place (I have a serious weakness for good pizza), good beer, ALE- 8 (one of the best sodas ever) and bourbon, but they have accepted me with open arms and haven’t judged me for who I am and which is one out of place Californian. 2016 has been filled with so much change and so many challenges, and I can’t wait to put it behind me, but 2017 is filled with so many opportunities. I have so many great places to visit all with in driving distance. I have the next 8 months to actually LIVE my life and enjoy all that I can before I start another new chapter (I will share more later). One of my best friends, Michelle, is coming to visit at the beginning of the New Year and I can’t wait! SO EXCITED! Another one of my best friends is moving only 4.5 hours away from me and it will be so great to be close to someone from back home. Every day Kentucky starts to feel more and more like home. I know all of that sounds cheesy, cliché, or overly optimistic, but all of that beats anxiety and negativity every time. I hope you enjoyed this one, and I didn’t offend any Kentucky natives in the process.

Xoxo,

Nicole

Confidence Is Key

Confidence by definition is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. When you think of someone you find attractive, how high on the list of traits does confidence rank? In my opinion, a high level of confidence can easily rank in the top five attractive qualities someone can posses. So, why am I writing about confidence? I am usually a fairly confident person and I know what I am capable of, but ever since I’ve started making significant changes in my life I feel like I’ve lost some of my confidence along the way. I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and it challenged me to remember the confident person I feel like I’ve lost touch with.

If you are struggling with your confidence, or doubting your confidence level, first remember you aren’t the only one who feels this way. Second make a list of some of your best qualities. Some of your best qualities could be your personal style, health/fitness/body image, intelligence level or education, work ethic, compassion for people. Third, BELIEVE in yourself, no matter what! Don’t ever let anyone or anything take your confidence from you, be brave and stand strong.

For the longest time my career generated my confidence because of all that I had accomplished. I know this may sound crazy to some people, but stepping away from my profession led to my struggle with my confidence. Now that it has been a couple of months since I have left that part of my life in the past, I am able to use my ability to make a life changing decision as a new source of my confidence. If I can make the decision to start over and leave behind everything I have accomplished for a new future, I need to remember to believe in myself.

Even on your worst day, don’t forget what you are capable of!
-Nicole