Breaking Bad Eating Habits One Meal at a Time

Today I feel like I have a real reason to celebrate (and not just because it’s Friday!!). These past three weeks I have really been focusing on my eating habits.

Now that I feel like I have a good workout routine in place, I am shifting my focus and working on what I’m putting in my body. It hasn’t been easy, but it has felt GOOD! I’ve replaced burgers with protein shakes, buttery popcorn with veggies, and have reduced my portions to a more reasonable size. I feel more motivation than ever to stay on track with my meals, and I’m feeling awesome on the inside and out!!

Obviously none of this happened overnight. In the beginning, it took some work to ignore those unhealthy cravings and stick to my plan, but the more I continued to make those smart choices, the easier it got. I’m not quite sure at what point I overcame the temptation and starting feeling like my choices were getting a bit easier, but I do know that now there is no going back!

With that being said, I’m far from perfect and have allowed myself some cheat meals. We just wrapped up #Stampede week in #yyc and I attended some events where I let myself cheat a little. But that’s 100% OKAY with me and I’m not beating myself up over it. I still live that 80/20 lifestyle (click here to read about it) and am continuously trying to build a balanced lifestyle that is realistically maintainable.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while being on the 80/20 plan is having a cheat meal rather than a cheat day makes a huge difference! I find it’s harder to recover or get back on track after a whole day of poor choices, and I often let it totally distract me from my goals. That’s why this time around, if I know I’m going to be going out and indulging a bit more, I plan my day and make sure every other meal/snack that day is extra healthy.

Because let’s be honest…I don’t want to miss out on Stampeding (or life in general) just because I’m afraid I’ll eat something I’m not supposed to. I’m enjoying life and all it has to offer AND working towards accomplishing my fitness goals…just working on the whole BALANCE part 🙂

Happy Friday!! XoXo

Celebrating Small Victories: Finding My WHY & Creating Better Habits

It’s Fridaaaaaaay people!!! I could not be more excited for the weekend and am ready for some much needed down time 🙂 which will most likely be spent catching up on housework and errands in all honesty. Adulting is hard. But it definitely feels good to be back and blogging again 🙂

It’s been some time since my last fitness post, and since then I have had some major ups and downs. I was on track with my workouts for a bit but, as per usual, life got in the way and I fell out of a routine. I had a really hard time jumping back into it and did the whole “I’ll start next week” thing for as long as I could. But I am happy to say that as of June 1st, I am back on a schedule and have officially reached my two week mark of my 30 day challenge!

This morning during my very first early morning workout EVER, I started thinking about what has been driving me to keep working. And as I reached the 20 minute mark of my 30 minute cardio session, it came to me… I LOVE the way I feel during and after a workout. Not only do I get a little energy boost, but I feel like it changes my whole attitude about everything. I catch myself talking myself up instead of talking negatively which is HUGE for me, and I get a crazy amount of satisfaction from pushing myself and actually hitting those goals. In this moment of realization, I found my why.

Before, working out was all about trying to lose weight to keep up with unrealistic standards…AND quite honestly, to be as skinny as possible for my wedding day. But NOW, the driving force behind all of my motivation is how I FEEL when I complete a workout. I don’t even know how much weight I’ve lost since starting my 30 day challenge, but I do know how I feel and that’s what is starting to matter the most to me! In fact, I even look forward to going to the gym now, whereas before it was more of a chore to get my butt over there.

So now that I have my why, it’s time to work on being more intentional with my goals and to start building better habits. I feel so confident that I will be able to continue this routine far past the wedding. All I have to do is remember why I started, and to use that as my motivation to keep working.

Find your WHY and let it guide you towards all of your goals! Sometimes it doesn’t come easy and takes some work to figure out what your own driving force is, BUT once you do, everything seems to come a little easier. I am feeling so proud of myself for making it this far, but more importantly, excited to continue on with this LIFESTYLE.

XOXO

 

 

 

 

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Tips on Managing Anxiety

Happy Friday my friends!

The last few weeks have been really stressful (I won’t blame all of it on wedding planning but it has definitely been a huge factor), and I have noticed my anxiety building more and more each day. So while I’ve been trying to regain control, I’ve been reminding myself over and over that my mental health is just as important, if not more important than my physical health. But before I get too ahead of myself, here is a bit of a back story for those who are new to the blog 🙂

Back in 2013, I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and mild depression. I spent years on mind-numbing medication, trying to get back to a state of “normality”, and even longer trying to come to terms with the “new me”. Today, I can proudly say I no longer take medication, and have been using more natural ways to curb my anxiety. A lot of my success comes from working on being more active, drinking less alcohol (I used to drink almost every day of the week as a coping mechanism) and overall just taking better care of my body. I also have a great support system at home and have developed our own lingo for when I’m starting to feel an anxiety attack coming on, so that D can help me regain control of my thoughts and talk it out.

Long story short, I am very thankful to be where I am today. With that being said, it’s not as easy to control as it may sound. In fact, the more stressed I become, the more I feel myself losing control of my mind. I still have panic attacks, I still let my anxieties take over, and sometimes I forget everything I know and give in to my irrational thoughts. So, in honour of #FitnessFriday, I decided to take a break from talking about physical fitness, and share some tips on managing mental health!

pexels-photo-709805.jpegCommunication is Key

I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the love and support my family and significant other show me on a day-to-day basis. And as much as my anxiety can cripple me sometimes, it can be just as difficult for those around me. That’s why it is so important to create an open and honest flow of communication with the people who spend the most time with you.

My fiance and I have started to develop key words or phrases for me to say when I am slipping back into an attack, just so that he knows what’s happening and is prepared to do some damage control. It’s taken us two years to get to this point, and even though getting here wasn’t exactly smooth, it was worth it. Just having someone try to understand what you’re going through when you start to battle your own mind is helpful in so many ways and is even a little comforting to know you’re not alone. So as hard as it may be, be honest with “your person” about what you’re going through because contrary to the belief that we “have to go through this on our own because no one understands what it’s like”, we really don’t if we just give them a chance to try and help.

Know When To Take A Time Out

Sometimes life can be overwhelming, so it’s important to recognize any signs or red flags that your body may send you. For me, when I feel unusually tired, or if I notice myself getting stressed out a little easier than usual, that’s my signal to take a time out and have some “me” time. If I don’t, and I continue pushing my boundaries, I eventually find myself in the middle of one gigantic panic attack.

In the beginning, I used to HATE taking “time outs” because it made me feel like I couldn’t handle doing life like everyone else. At times, it even made me feel weak. But the truth is, I’m NOT like everyone else. I have a mental disorder that I have to deal with, and if I don’t acknowledge that and take time to care for myself, things can quickly fall apart. Give yourself the love and self-care you deserve and don’t feel guilty or ashamed about doing it!

Acknowledge & Acceptance

The hardest thing about being diagnosed with a mental disorder is all of a sudden feeling like you’re different than everyone else. Like I said before, I used to view myself as weak, or incapable and that made everything so much worse for me. At times, my anxiety can be very crippling – I’ve missed out on family Christmas parties, birthdays, baby showers, weddings, etc. because of it. But the best thing I ever did for myself was acknowledge the new path I was going down, and accept that it is and always will be a part of me, no matter how hard I wish it away.

Constantly comparing myself to what my idea of normal was, was only hurting me more and creating more anxiety for myself. Once you learn to accept who you are, anxiety and all, life gets a little easier. You’ll stop trying to be like everyone else and will learn how to be better equipped to manage your anxiety. You’ll even find your “new normal”, which is all we ever really want.

Nowadays I’m super open about my struggles and victories regarding anxiety, but I remember what it was like when I felt isolated or ashamed because of it, so I keep an open door policy – if any of my readers ever need to vent or want to share their stories, I am always here!!

Until next time friends 🙂

 

 

Have Your Cake…And Eat It Too – Living an 80/20 Lifestyle

Happy Friday my loves! It’s been a long week of wedding planning, gym sessions, and working and I am sooo ready for the weekend to begin!

Lately, I’ve really been focusing on where I see myself in 6 months (HOLY CRAP I JUST REALIZED I’M GETTING MARRIED IN 6 MONTHS!!!!), what kind of shape I want to be in for the wedding, and what I have to do to reach those goals. But I’ve also been thinking a lot about what setbacks I continue to face throughout this journey and that is the much anticipated WEEKEND!

Now I love the weekend just as much as anybody, BUT I have realized that it tends to break up my routine and can sometimes bring up a whole lot of temptation! I am less inclined to work out on weekends, and more often than not, I find myself breaking away from meal plans and over-indulging. So I am learning how to be more intentional with my goals and sticking to a plan on weekends.

With that being said…I have also been thinking about how I can realistically accomplish my goals and still enjoy life at the same time. And the answer to that, my friends, is BALANCE and MODERATION.

Yup. I said it. You can have your cake and eat it too. Literally. Because sticking to a strict diet and workout regime is cool and all, but I’m not willing to give up going out with my friends for some champagne every now and then…and when I feel like treating myself to a burger, I’m just going to do it! Because being miserable is not going to help me get to where I want to be, but rather make me feel like giving up completely!

Instead, I have been sticking to the 80/20 plan and it’s as easy as it sounds. 80% of the time (Monday-Friday), I do my best to stick to those healthy choices and hit all my workouts. 20% of the time, (Saturday and Sunday) I let loose a little bit and enjoy my time with family and friends. It has made this process a whole lot easier, because I no longer feel like I’m depriving myself of those guilty pleasures….and I no longer feel guilty when I DO decide to eat something that maybe doesn’t necessarily fit into my plan.

Why? Because I’m human and life shouldn’t be lived with restrictions and limitations. I don’t want to look back on 2018 and feel like I missed out on all those delicious and fun dinner parties because I was afraid my friends would make food that was going to make me burst out of my wedding dress. It’s so easy to get caught up in looking your best, when really it should be about FEELING your best. I know I feel my best when I accomplish everything I set out to do, whether it’s eating healthy, exercising daily, or spending quality time with the people I love the most…no matter what, I’m not going to let an occasional slip-up make me feel guilty – I am going to live my life to the fullest, do my workouts, then go have a glass of champagne with my friends just for the hell of it.

As long as I stay within reason, balance and moderation are going to be the two major reasons why I succeed in this journey. Just watch 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing FITNESS FRIDAYS!

Good morning everyone! I am so excited to announce FITNESS FRIDAYS are now a thing here on My Champagne Diaries!! Even though it has nothing to do with drinking champagne (does anything I write about relate?), I have decided it’s a part of my life so why not write about it. It’s also going to be a good way for me to track of my progress as I work towards that #WEDDINGBOD lol!

Every week, starting next FRIDAY, I’ll be sharing my favourite workouts (and my not-so favourite), weigh-ins, helpful tips, and the ups and downs of my neverending fitness journey. I can’t wait to start sharing what I’ve been working on!

XoXo