Currently . . . Feb. 2016

Good morning/afternoon/evening loves! ❤

I am slowly making my way into blogging again (by slow I mean a tortoise trying to walk through peanut butter slow!). It feels good to write everything out again and connect with the bloggers I used to read every single day! I typed up this post just before I have to head to class while sipping on some hazelnut coffee… mmmm. ❤ Today marks 1 year 4 months with the love of my life which even makes today that much more special. ❤ January was a good month for me, but February is already turning out to be even better!  mI thought I would share some currently’s, and hope to see what you are currently into as well! Without further ado…

 

Currently Reading . . . Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

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Currently Listening to . . . We Found Love – Rihanna

Current Non-Guilty Pleasure . . . Napping, napping, and even more napping

Current Nail Color . . . Nude

Currently Drinking . . . Arizona Green Tea Zero

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Currently Eating . . . Power Crunch Salted Caramel Energy Bars

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Current Obsession . . . Sharp eyeliner wings 😉

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Currently Wishing . . . to go back to Disneyland

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Currently Needing . . . some cute dresses for the warmer weather

Current Bane of Existence . . . stress overload 😦

Current Indulgence . . . Make-up ❤

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Current Procrastination . . . Making more videos…

Current Confession . . . I’m really bad at taking my fish oil pills everyday…

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Current Blessing . . . I am getting more hours at work!

Current Excitement . . . I just started my first week of a 90-day challenge to kick start my fitness journey again!

Current Mood . . . Motivated af. 😀

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Current Workout . . . Fast paced treadmill walking after lifting weights

Current Link . . . https://www.youtube.com/user/LaurDIY (literally obsessed <3)

Current App . . . Instagram!

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-What are you currently indulging in?

-What are you currently excited for?

-What is your current blessing?

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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. 🙂 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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Twitter -> @xolovenatalie

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E-mail -> lovenataliemarie@gmail.com

The Journey Takes Patience

When I first started the journey to a healthier lifestyle, I didn’t realize how much patience it was going to take. The time we live in right now is focused on having things in the now. In the beginning, I wanted it to take as less time as possible to drop the pounds. I will admit it, I had some unrealistic goals in the beginning. Hearing how some people dropped 5 pounds in a week made me want to have that happen every single week.

At first, it was going that way, because I worked my booty off. ( I say that both literally and figuratively. ) When I came to a plateau, I became made at myself, because I thought I was not working hard enough. I would punish myself, because I thought I was giving up on myself, when in reality, I was going beyond what I should have done. I followed every “diet rule” there was out there. I would not eat past 6, I never touched anything that was considered a “dirty food,” I gave everyone a hard time when they would cook, I would over work myself. That worked for a little bit, but then I came to another plateau.

 

Being the naive girl I was, I thought that little to no eating would help me reach my “goal weight.” I was to the point where I would not even exceed 500 calories. Yes, you read that number right. I would burn off every calorie I inhaled. I was so fatigued, but I thought it was worth it. When I saw that number drop, I was “happy.” I destroyed my body. I destroyed it in so many ways. I completely messed up my hormones, some of my organs almost failed, I now have really fragile bones, I lost my period for 2 years, I lost hair by the chunks, I was depressed and that led to some tragic results.

 

 

While in recovery, I realized that the process was going to take time. In the beginning, I was too stubborn to face that fact. I wanted results as fast as I could get them. I put my health at such great risk, but I was too gullible to do research on my own.

 

What I realize now, is that this journey is going to take time, patience, and persistence. In recovery, I followed a macro plan, because I was advised to in order to make sure that I was eating enough and getting enough nutrients to my body. Seeing the number rise in calories and weight scared me at first. I’m not going to lie, I felt like falling back into my old ways, but I was starting to actually look alive again. I was not as pale, I was not as boney, I was not always so tired, my hair was not falling out, and I was feeling happier. I stopped exercising for a while, because I needed my body to recover. I would go on walks, but that was about it. In that time, I did my research. I found that it will take time to build strength. I found the proper way to nourish my body as well as my soul. I found ways to help with journey; Primarily they were through social media websites and WordPress blogs.

 

 

I am still recovering from the damage that has been done, but I have obtained so much knowledge over the past few years. I nourish my body with foods that are good for my body, that give me energy, that make me feel good, and I also eat food that is good for my soul. I workout, because I now love to it. It is not a form of feeling like a burden. It’s my therapy, it’s my passion, it is what I love to do. I have a better relationship with my friends and family. I don’t hold back when asked to go out. I don’t decline going to restaurants or to a get together. I am so much more happier now.

 

Every day is a new step along in the journey. I learn new things about myself every day. Times do get tough, but I keep my head up and push on through. Bad times do not last forever. They are just a bump in the road that can be recovered from. If you’re on the journey now, just remember that there will be trial and error. There will be times when life gets tough. Just know that you are doing good for yourself, it is about balance, and it will all be worth it no matter what. ❤

 

 

-No questions… Just your thoughts.

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Connect with me!

Instagram -> @myhealthlyjourney

Twitter -> @xolovenatalie

Pinterest -> @xolovenatalie

E-mail -> lovenataliemarie@gmail.com