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Happy Friday, Friends!

I have decided that Friday is going to be my random ramblings post. This is also a good time to reflect on the busy week and share whatever-is-on-my-mind if you care to read 🙂 Call this my Friday Diary, whatever.

This has been one busy week… how about for anyone else? My big girl job as an Accountant has been super busy this week, but I much rather be busy, so no complaints there. The days have flown by. Maybe one day I’ll explain my day job….it’s in shipping, and NO, not FedEx or UPS. In other words, nerd by day, Zumba & blog obsessed by night.

Some reflective thoughts:

I am at a really good place in my life. At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), you learn that how you feel and what you eat stems from so many other parts of your life, called Primary Food, which is compromised of four things: Relationships, Spirituality, Career, and Physical Activity. IIN explains that when all these things are in sync, we are our best self and take the best care of ourselves, and with that comes eating well, too. How many of us totally eat junk or over-eat to the point of feeling sick when something else is completely off in our lives? I plead the 5th. No, just kidding, I have fallen into that more times than I care to admit.

Before studying at IIN, I never realized how greatly other things in my life impacted something that seemed so simple – my food choices and my self-esteem.  From 2009 to 2011, I was doing Accounting at a job that I really didn’t like in Boston. I never realized how much it affected every other aspect of my life. I was just bored and completely unfulfilled, on top of that moving to Massachusetts for all the wrong reasons, which was just the icing on the cake. I completely lacked self-confidence and self-esteem. When I finally asked myself, “Eva, what is it that you want to do?” I had an ah-ha moment. Number 1, I did not want to be in Boston. Number 2, I want to pursue Fitness and Nutrition. Number 3, I wanted #2 to be part-time, and find an Accounting job that I was better suited for. Seriously, when I put my mind to something, I make it happen.

Decide what to be and go be it. 

Maybe it’s the stubborn Taurus in me, but I do not take no for an answer. I lined up a job back in CT within 2 weeks, I moved, I aggressively started teaching Zumba®, and my world went from what felt dark and un-motivating,  to the best I have ever felt in my 28 years. This was all a result of getting my primary foods in line. With this came better fueling my body and taking care of myself; I put myself first….SHOCKING! I never knew how to do that before. People used to tell me, “Eva, you can’t love someone else unless you love yourself”. I thought I was going to punch someone in the face if I heard that one more time. But now, 100%, it is the absolute truth. Because I am finally happy with ME, I am not only more fun to be around, but I have a lot more to give my friends, family, and significant other. I also just respect people more, if that even makes sense.

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Everyday I wake up and honestly want someone to pinch me. Do I really get paid to have a day job I love, and a night-time job I am head over heels in love with?  Do I have a great family and friends? I totally want to write a book on my life; I was adopted and it’s just a cool story. Do I really deserve my boyfriend? I couldn’t be happier and in an extremely healthy relationship. This took me a long time to get to this place and several down and dark periods and many break-ups, but who doesn’t have that? I wanted to share this because if I can get here, so can everyone else struggling with anything in their life. Change IS possible, and change IS a good thing. You just have to make it happen. 

That wraps up Friday Diary, friends. Who struggles with Primary Food? How have you overcome it? What things in your life are you grateful for?

Some favorite things this week: 

  • Trader Joe’s popcorn! I love their individual bags. Only 130 calories and much less sodium than any other brand of popcorn I’ve seen.  I added some olive oil spray and nutritional yeast to it.. YUM!
  • I have also been loving morning “shakes” before I go to work made with almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and some whey protein. This morning I added some of that powdered PB… YUM.. perfect “hold-me-over” until I get to work and I can make my big oat bran breakfast.

Made via the Magic Bullet. I think this thing sucks, to be honest. Totally need a new blender.

  • Blackened Chicken Salad – can’t leave out my salad 🙂 This was at work Thursday. We all know I love my spicy food!

Last but not least… tomorrow I basically have an all day party that revolves around food and alcohol. Like I said yesterday, sometimes I am good with this and sometimes I’m not. I am setting a goal for myself: to drink water throughout the day and in between drinks. I know if I do that, the alcohol inhibitions will not get to me and Eva will not feel like an oompa loompa come night’s end. The worst thing ever to me is a food hangover; almost worse than an alcohol hangover. Anyone agree?

What is everyone up to this weekend? How do you survive all day parties?  

Have a great weekend!