Making Changes (for the better)

I just got home from doing a workout called, The Bar Method, at this cute little studio. I went with one of my friends, who is a receptionist there, and your first class is free :D. It’s SUCH a good workout, I loved it! Seriously my legs and butt are hating me right now. Anyways, I just thought I would fill you guys in on the positive changes that I’ve been making in my life.

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Post-workout meal(before I rolled it up): Yes, I know that this looks unappetizing, but it was actually really good. (whole wheat tortilla, light life vegetarian crumbles, spinach, swiss cheese, red peppers, avocado, and taco sauce)

Change #1: Remember how I mentioned that I took a class about happiness with my mom? One of the things that I said I was going to change in order to be happier was make more of an effort to see my friends. For the past year or so, staying at home was just so much easier when it came to making “healthy” decisions, so that’s what I would do. But lately I realized (thank goodness) that I actually miss my friends. I miss doing things that aren’t planned. I miss being spontaneous. I miss eating at random restaurants, ones that I didn’t google beforehand to check the calorie count. I think I’m heading in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my time alone and quiet time (AKA my Sudoku time–yeah, I’m weird), but luckily there’s enough time for both.

ImageChange #2: I stopped tracking my calories!!!! I used to use this website that tracked everything, like everything from calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber to vitamin A and Iron consumption. This is a biggie for me. It’s been tough, and I have to admit that I find myself trying to calculate my calorie intake in my head, but I’m loosening up as the days go by. For the past year and a half, I have counted pretty much every calorie. It was so exhausting. I would eat when I wasn’t hungry or not eat even if  I was hungry so as not to surpass or be under my calories that I allowed myself. If I was low on say, vitamin C, I would make myself eat an orange or something, in order to get all my numbers to be in the correct range. It is so freeing to not track nutrients. I am learning how to actually listen to my body to determine whether or not I need to eat.

Change #3: I let myself indulge if I want to! I’ve started eating dark chocolate pretty much every day, because I love it SOOO much. I get 90% Cocoa Lindt chocolate, which is amazing! The first time I had it I thought it had zero taste, but honestly I can’t get enough of it now.

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Have you ever realized that you were in need of change? Ever made any changes that are similar to mine?

The pursuit of happiness

I would certainly not classify myself as unhappy. I am the type of girl that almost constantly has a smile on her face. I enjoy the little things in life. Even with that being said, I definitely could be happier. Last week my Mom and I went to a class entitled, “The Practice of Happiness for Health and Well-being”. I mentioned in my About me section that I am trying to let loose and not be so rigid with my eating rules. I would choose to stay home over going out with friends because that could lead to uncertain, unplanned and potentially unhealthy foods (the horror!). If I just stay home, I would be able to control and predetermine every morsel that goes in my body and will be able to eat every three hours to keep my metabolism going. I recently realized that my thinking/attitude was way off, and that I needed to change. I can’t just shut my friends out because I’m scared of eating, say, a slice of pizza.

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This was the title of the class & description

The class my mom and I took could not have happened at a better time in my life. In this class we talked about certain things that make us happy. Things like family, pets, meditation, reading, and yoga were mentioned. It was a really interesting class, but the most interesting part was when we had to say what our future intentions were in order for us to be happier. I immediately knew what to write: I need to make an effort to see my friends more, and let go of trying to eat “perfectly” all the time.

I have been trying. For example, yesterday I spent the day at the beach with a friend, and then at night I went to see “The Lucky One” (I thought it was so good!) with a different friend. It really feels good to spend time with my friends, I have missed the adventures and shenanigans that we get into. Obviously this doesn’t mean that my problems have automatically gone away, but I think this is a healthy step back to normalcy.

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Subway eaten at the beach– Lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and avocado on wheat. It was so stuffed it couldn’t even close, just the way I like my sandwiches 😉

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Ignore my mane blowing in my face–the wind was crazy.

Oh and just to clarify, I do not, by any means, think eating healthily is bad. I think it is great and eating healthy foods is one of the best things you can do for you body. BUT, when it becomes an obsession and you cut out foods that you used to love, or change your life just so you can eat healthily, or constantly think about food and when/what you’re eating next then it seems to be an issue.

What are some things that YOU can do to make yourself happier? Has anyone else experienced anything like what I’m going through?

It’s been a long time comin’…

Well first off, my name is Shelby. I’m 19, and am a community college student in Los Angeles (born and raised). I am an undecided major, trying to decide between Pre-med and nutritional sciences. I am a proud vegetarian and have been since I was in the eighth grade (5 years). I know, I know writing (and reading) introductions is always awkward, so I apologize. But, bear with me while I get this blog started up.

Don’t make fun of my socks

I have been reading nutrition and healthy living blogs since last Fall and never thought of making one myself. That is until my mom told me that I should. I told her, “No one would want to read about my life”. I still think I’m right, but hey, there’s no harm in trying.

(I love my cat way too much)

Anyways, I love food because it’s so good. But, I also hate food because it’s so good. Thus, sometimes I eat way too much of it. I am trying to figure out how to become less neurotic about what I eat, and am learning to let myself indulge and not feel guilty. (Hello eating peanut butter by the spoonful!) I need to learn that my life will go on if I eat a slice of cake. I am still learning so join me while I try to let go of eating for perfection and start eating to live and enjoy.

Do any of you have a love-hate relationship with food? Do you feel guilty when you let yourself indulge in a food that is not particularly “healthy”?