Thinking Out Loud ; Surprise Trip?!

Happy happy Friday everyone! I know I’m a day late (sorry Amanda!) to the party, but yesterday I just needed a day to myself away from all the technology. Ya feel me? I’m not so good on the intros, and I have a lot jumbling (don’t you like that word? :D) around in my mind, so let’s commence to the thoughts!

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1. Yesterday I found out that I will be taking a four day trip to North Carolina in July! You guys, I have been wanting to go there for YEARS. My mom (out of nowhere) popped the question if I wanted to go with her in the middle of July. I was in shock at first, but then I immediately yelled yes. I mean, who wouldn’t? ūüėČ So far, we’ve planned on hitting the malls and the beach. We’re a bit stuck on what else to do, so if you know any good attractions, please leave suggestions in the comments below! ^_^

2. I have been rocking the el natural look for the past few weeks. I haven’t been feeling makeup lately so I just decided that I’m gonna be a natural babe from now on. So far, I’m liking it!#selfie #loveyourself #idontknowwhyimusinghashtags

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3. I want to thank those who gave me kind words on my post from Monday. It truly means a whole lot to me. ‚̧

4. Remember waaaaaaaaaaay back in January when I was hit by a car and had a fractured neck and spine? Well, lately I have been building up my strength in the gym and I have been hitting PRs (WITH NO PAIN) left and right. They may not seem big for some people, but for me? Heck yeah do I get excited about it! ūüėÄ

5. I have been eating ALL.THE.FOOD. lately. Seriously, with the amount of activity I have been doing, I have been eating around 2500+ calories and I’m still leaning down and building up my strength. WAT. I’m not complaining though. I have been enjoying all the food and all the strength that has come from the food. EAT ALL THE CARBS. ūüėÄ

6. I have been hooked on crime shows on Netflix recently. You know the channel called ID? (Sorry, Amanda. I know you don’t watch much tv.) Well, I have found some shows that are on that channel and they have been on nonstop. #sorrynotsorry #thereIgowiththehashtagsagain

7. Is it just me or is the weeks flying by faster than the speed of life? Just yesterday it felt like the beginning of June and now we are approaching July. Man oh man..

 

8. Speaking of July, I am excited about the Fourth of July fireworks and BBQ. You already know it will be hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, and sparklers galore!

 

9. The one thing I’m not excited about though? This Arizona heat! It’s going to reach 113 degrees F next week. *GULP* O.O

 

10. Avocado is love. That is all.

I hope everyone has an amazing day and an amazing weekend! ‚̧

 

-Where do you want to travel to?

-What are your favorite shows to watch?

-Makeup or no makeup?

-What’s your absolute favorite food?

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Reassembling My Life

Over the course of the past few weeks I have had a lot of time to think. Since school has been out for vacation, I have had a lot of free time. With that free time came the time to really evaluate all aspects of my life. For some time now, I have not been feeling 100% myself. Partially I knew it was because of all the stress I brought upon myself with school, but there was another aspect that I only recently discovered.

 

If you have read my blog for some time now, you know that I have face multiple eating disorders ranging from anorexia, to binging, to overexercising and under eating, to restrictions, to body image, so on and so fourth. I had this ideal image in my head of the “perfect life.” That life mainly revolved around how I looked (how I really wanted to look). You already guessed it.. the skinny girl with the abs, the tight tush, bleach blonde hair, tan skin; the “perfect” image. I would thrive for that with restrictions and beating myself up if I felt as if I didn’t work hard enough. It was only about a year ago that I decided to let go of that image and follow the path to recovery. Recovery was a hell of a journey, and I am still even on that journey. In my head I still configure calories and macros. I thrive to burn the most calories, because now, I eat a lot of food. Food to fuel my body for all that I do. It’s a process. I do freak out sometimes, but hey, that is all apart of the process.

 

I also recently lost a few dear friends, because they were bringing upon unnecessary negative energy into my life. I made a promise to myself to live a life full of happiness and optimism. It really hurt to let them go, but in all honesty, I needed to in order to make myself happy. I tried to lift them up, but it just was not enough. A huge toll on my heart also took place not too long ago, but like I said, it was for the best. I have shed tears throughout the past few days, my heart does ache, but I know that it was better for both of us. Not every relationship in your life is going to work out. I’m sorry, but it’s just the truth.

 

Among my teenage years, I’ve carried burden after burden on my back. I have brought upon stress into my life that I didn’t need. I listened to others and let their emotions be the motive to what I did. I lost myself while trying to please others. I’ve made mistakes. I have messed up, a lot. I am not perfect. I am nowhere near perfect. I struggle with day to day things. With all of my mistakes, I have learned so many new lessons. So many lessons that I apply to my everyday life so that I do not make the same mistake again. I’ve gone through trial and error with eating, exercise, learning, relationships, etc. It’s how I’ve grown into who I am today.

 

After much analyzing and over viewing, I found that I have this big perception and plan of how my life is suppose to go. By now, I planned to of had a good steady job, a car, my license, a whole lot of money saved up, outstanding relationships, etc. You know what? I’ll admit that I do not have most of that. Primarily because it isn’t the right time for me. I have been through so many other things that I needed to focus on first. Those focuses have regarded health, education, family, and myself. I had so many ambitious plans that I set my eye on. I only focused on how I wasn’t achieving those goals rather than looking right in front of me and realizing what I have accomplished already.

 

I made a promise to myself to live a life in the now. A life where I focus on what will improve my life rather than dwell on what hasn’t already happened. I am choosing happiness. I am choosing self improvement. I am choosing optimism. I am choosing to take control of my life. I have big plans ahead of me, but I have also laid out a plan for the steps along the way. Greatness is to come and I am ready to¬†take the step in the right direction.

 

 

-No questions today.. just your thoughts.

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Thinking Out Loud ; 6/5

I’m gonna take a risk and skip an intro and go straight to the thoughts! I hope that’s okay, Amanda. ūüôā

 

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1. Man oh man have I been loving being on vacation! I have never felt so stress free in such a long time! Enjoying the days going to the gym, having more time to cook, spending more time with friends and family, swimming, watching movies.. this is the life. I’m surprised I haven’t turned into a lazy bum. I’ve actually been quite motivated and more active. No complaints here though!

2. Every night I have been having a combination of three different cereals and a tortilla with peanut butter. It sounds like a strange combo, but it is honestly really good. It fills me up and I go to bed with a happy tummy.

3. With the move, I was only able to do at home workouts, because the gym I was signed up too was too far to get too. Well, I was finally able to join and new gym, and I love it! It has some equipment I have never tried before, so trying them out is fun! Definitely makes the workouts more fun.

4. I have no doubt that I will get addicted to Netflix over vacation. Slowly but surely my days have been filled with watching movies on Netflix.

5. Every day I have been biking around 6 miles in the morning. It gives me a time to myself to just think and clear my mind. I’m happy that I am able to ride my bike again. I haven’t rode it since the accident back in January. o.o

6. Recently, I lost someone that is really close too me. I mean extremely close.. I’m still feeling it in my heart, but I just want to let you know that it is okay to cry. I have been crying lately, because I don’t want to hold back the tears. It’s not good to hold in your emotions.. Just just have to feel what you feel.

7. I have been having my craving for frozen yogurt again.. oh my. I blame the hot weather. ūüėČ

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8. I have also been craving the grilled chicken burger with avocado and sweet potato fries I mentioned yesterday.

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9. I have been chugging water like it’s nobody’s business. Arizona’s heat is no joke. I even started carrying around a gallon jug. o.o

10. I really need to update my playlist for the gym. Any suggestions on some songs that could help motivate me? I’d really appreciate it!

 

I hope everyone has an amazing day! ‚̧

 

-What have you been craving lately?

-What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

-What do you listen to when you workout?

-What are some of your random thoughts?

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WIAW – SO.MUCH.GOODNESS.

Happy happy Wednesday everyone!

I’m safe to say that summer vacation has officially set in (already), because I am already forgetting what day of the week it is. Haha, oops. ūüėČ I’ve had more time to spend in the kitchen, and my taste buds are surely thanking me for it. Yes, some of my eats may seem similar, but hey, if it isn’t broken, you can’t fix it. I have been craving all things cool and breakfasty. (Apparently breakfasty isn’t a word.. I think it should be.) You can sense a theme with this weeks eats.

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On to the eats!

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Grilled turkey dogs, roasted sweet potato, and veggies.

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Wrap (pictured below), apple slices, strawberries, and carrots.

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Tacos with a salad.

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Pancake fail made into a bowl cake topped with cottage cheese and blueberries, scrambled egg whites with spinach and onion topped with hot sauce, strawberries, carrots, and watermelon.

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Grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and sweet potato fries.

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Turkey burgrer, egg roll, and veggies.

Turkey avocado blt and cookie from Paradise Bakery.

Pork chop, broccolini, roasted peppers and onions, and potatoes from Macaroni Grill.

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My favorite smoothie.

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Bowl cake topped with greek yogurt, baked sweet potato, egg white scramble with spinach and onion topped with hot sauce, turkey, and veggies.

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Smoked turkey sandwich with a cookie from Paradise Bakery.

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Wrap, apple slices, watermelon, cottage cheese, carrots, and strawberries.

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My usual wrap on spinach, turkey, egg, avocado, and hot sauce.

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Seasoned chicken, mashed sweet potato, and green beans.

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Vanilla blueberry pie oats with peanut butter and coffee.

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Apple pie oats with peanut butter and coffee.

Whew, so many good eats! I hope you have an amazing day filled with delicious food. ‚̧

-What do you crave in the summer?

-What’s your favorite breakfast?

-What have you been recently eating?

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Hiking In Arizona

I have to say that I am pretty lucky to live in a city where I have access to go hiking so close to me. Though I may not live straight on the mountain, I am only 10 minutes away from my favorite trail. Phoenix is one of the few cities that have access to hiking in the city. If you ask me, that sounds pretty legit. Not only do you get to get the perfect view of two cities, you also get to experience a breath taking sunset and meet people who share the same passion for hiking as you.

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Yes, I am a sweaty out of breath mess along the way, but nothing feels better than reaching the top of the mountain. To know you climbed the mountains and made it to the top. I even threw my hands up in victory when reaching the top. Yes, I am the girl who does that. ūüôā If you get there at the right time in the morning, you get to see the sunrise over another set of mountains, and if you get there at the right time at night, you get to see the sky light up with different shades of blues, purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows. BLISS.

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On the trail, you get to meet different people. You get to hear different stories. You get to know strangers on a level where you feel as if you have known them your whole life. I know that may sound weird, but once you experience it, you’ll get what I mean. The good vibes sent from hikers going up and down just give me this big surge of motivation. It makes me smile every time someone tells me “Happy trails.”

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In the Summer, temperatures rise up into the 100s and the trail does become a challenge. I faced this yesterday. It was hard, I was a sweaty mess, I was out of breath, but once I reached the top, I felt invincible. I chose to go on another path for a change. I did want to stop about half way through, but my friend and the other hikers cheered me on. I’m glad they did, because I felt happy beyond words once I reached the top.

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If you ever get the chance to come to Arizona, I highly recommend hiking the trails in Phoenix. It may get tough, but quite honestly, reaching the top is one of the most rewarding feelings.

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I plan on going hiking a lot this Summer with friends. I find it much more intimate and a time where I can really just talk to them and get close to them.

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One of my goals in life is to climb the Hollywood sign mountain. That will be something to remember.

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-Do you like hiking?

-Have you ever been to Arizona?

-Where is your favorite place to hike?

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