‘Tis in Season Challenge

To help me aid in my weight loss, I downloaded an app called Lose It!. It’s your usual food and exercise log and also taps into the “Health” app included on iOS where it records your daily steps. This app also features Challenges.

Today I joined a challenge called “‘Tis in Season”. The person who logs the most vegetables before the end of June wins. Yes, I did join late, but I feel like that will only help me get further ahead!

Because of this, I went to the store today and bought tons of veggies. I’m so excited to snack on carrots and peppers and celery and much more. I’ve already taken simple carbohydrates out of my diet and have eliminated most “unnatural” ingredients. Whatever I put in my body, 95% of the time I know exactly what is in it.

So for dinner tonight, I made salmon and mashed cauliflower. Unfortunately, I devoured it before I took a photo. Still, I’d love to share the recipe!

For the salmon, I keep it pretty simple:

Preheat ove to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Season salmon with Himalayan pink salt, cayenne pepper, dill, and lemon. I use lemon slices but lemon juice will work too.

Bake salmon for 20-25 minutes.

Mashed Cauliflower:

Cut 1 head of cauliflower into small florets. Chop as much garlic as you want, I love garlic so I used 4-5 cloves.

Boil water or stock and add florets, garlic, and rosemary. Boil until florets are fork tender.

Drain the cauliflower, return to the pan or place in a blender. Add your choice of cheese and about a tablespoon of butter. Blend, or use a hand mixer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Such a super simple, delicious, and healthy dinner! I highly recommend you try it out. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Love and peace,

Stephanie

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10 Wellness Tips from a Work in Progress

Hey all!

Whew, what a whirlwind the past few days have been!

Between trying to advance in my career, dealing with my living situation, and trying to fix my body, I’ve learned a great deal about my body and the simple things I can do to treat it right. I’d like to pass on some of the things I’ve learned, and hopefully some (or all!) can help you too!

  1. Be kind. If you’re trying to lose weight, remember that it does not happen overnight. This is a process, and if you stick with it, you will begin to see the results.
  2. Scales are neither your friend, nor your enemy. I see a lot of motivational quotes on Pinterest and Instagram about how the scale just shows a number and you should not measure your self worth by it. I agree with this, however, don’t forget that the scale can also help motivate you. If you see the number go down, the excitement, the happiness, knowing you’ve grown closer to your goal can keep you motivated to keep going, and not give up.
  3. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Do your friends want to meet up for dinner and a drink? Do you want to go? Go! Yes, there are empty calories in alcohol and probably more than you should eat at dinner, but as long as it’s not every night, don’t forget that you are a human being and you deserve nice things, good food, good drink and good company.
  4. Don’t forget about the free stuff. I may be a little spoiled with this. Here in Wilmington, we have the Cape Fear River Walk. It’s a long walk by the Cape Fear River. I did it yesterday and, even though I got caught in the rain, I walked over 10,000 steps (including my regular day to day activities). It’s free fitness. Check around your area to see if there are any local walkways or anything similar.
  5. Get rid of toxic people. They will bring you down and the stress will cause your body to go into turmoil.
  6. Laugh. Watch a funny movie. Tell jokes. Laughter has such a positive effect on your body, and it feels as good as a much needed cry.
  7. Cry. And don’t feel bad about it either. Is your heart broken? Does your job suck? Did you just have an all around bad day? Cry it out, man. It’s cathartic and it will help. Do not forget, you are human. 
  8. Find something beautiful to look at. I don’t mean “thinspiration” or any of that Pro-Anorexia nonsense. I mean something truly, naturally gorgeous. Like these I took yesterday of the Cape Fear River at sunset:IMG_0610IMG_0614IMG_0617
  9. Get angry. Feel the rage, the fire burning inside of you. Use it! If something is making you angry, screw all those people who tell you you’re being dramatic, overreacting, that you should “calm down”. F$%^ them! Take that anger and go for a run. Take it and rip up something, throw some punches at a punching bag. Break something you don’t need anymore (I threw a martini glass once when I was PISSED. It felt so good.) Get that anger out of you! (Don’t get violent. Keep it classy, people.)
  10. When all else fails, take a step back. Reevaluate what your goals are, and how you are going to get there. Start a journal, a blog, anything. But be patient, be kind, love yourself and stay positive. No matter how small the steps are, you will succeed if you do not give up.

I’m not a perfect person. I’m over emotional, a little weird, and overly romantic. I get hurt easily because my whole heart goes into everything I do. I am learning to be kind to myself, to accept myself the way I am. I’m a work in progress.

Stay updated, my friends. My new project is a book of poetry. I’m still working on my novel, but in the past few days a sudden obsession with documenting my feelings with poetry has taken over me. My goal is to write enough to self publish a book.

Above all else, be kind. Love you all!

-Stephanie

And she’s back!

Hey everyone! Oh my gosh, I’ve missed blogging so much! And so much has happened…

Let me give y’all an update. This may be a long post, but it’s important to me. Let me get my Spotify going and I’ll jump in!

When I took my hiatus, there was a lot going on in my life. And a lot of it was, well, not good. I was spiraling back down a road I never wanted to revisit. I was feeling depressed, overwhelmed, worthless…and I don’t revel in feeling that way. I needed change.

Then my boyfriend and I broke up.

We had been dating just under four years. Lately things had just been kind of…I can’t think of a word for it. After we broke up, the negative feelings began disappearing. That sounds bad, because he is not a bad person at all. But I thought about it and I realized that I have not taken any time to focus on myself in four years. And I was beginning to lose who I am. I wasn’t loving myself, I was simply living in a body and going about the motions.

Last Thursday a friend of mine took me out in his boat to Masonboro Island. As I lay there in the sand, the sun warming me and the waves lulling me to sleep, I felt a sudden change in me. A want to be better, a need to improve myself. I want to love myself and be brave, be adventurous, be the best person I know I can be, and I want to share it with others.

I was going to wait to restart this blog until my now roommate moves out in late July, but I’m tired of waiting to change my life. I have a brand new set of goals. I shouldn’t have to wait to begin to achieve them.

So this blog will serve as my record for my weight loss, my healthy recipes, my (hopefully) DIY projects I want to do, my journey to overcome my anxieties and phobias, and my life as I continue this new chapter by the sea, by the sun, and by the light.

For now, the layout of the blog will stay the same. But soon I hope to revamp and buy an actual domain name, make this stuff legit! And soon I will also figure out a blogging schedule.

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Seriously…how can you not have life changing self realizations in a spot as beautiful as this?

So I’m glad to be back! I will update again soon, and once the dust settles, more often.

Keep the peace!

-Stephanie

Detox Water and My New Friend

Hey everyone!

I finally have a chance to post about something related to health and wellness. That’s half the reason why I haven’t posted lately – I’ve been lazy and not eating right and PMSy and emotional. Ladies, you know how it is.

But I today as I was groggy at the grocery store at 7:30 AM because I didn’t have any coffee, I decided to make something that I made a long time ago and A) loved and B) don’t know why I don’t make it all the time. I’m talking, of course, about detox water.

It’s super easy to make and has a ton of health benefits. All you need is lemon, cucumber, mint leaves, and water. What can detox water do for you? Here is a short list, taken from a more extensive list at Healthy Holistic Living:

1. Hydrating: Cucumbers are mostly water, so obviously pairing them WITH water is a huge plus for your body. Water helps nutrients go where they need to go, so staying hydrated is extremely important for optimal health.

2. Relieve puffiness: the anti-inflammatory properties in cucumbers can help with this.

3. Cancer fighting: According to Healthy Holistic Living, “cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.”

4. Aids in weight loss and digestion: This water, with it’s high nutrient content and rehydrating ability, will help flush out toxins and excess water weight.

Here is the super easy instructions:

1. Slice cucumber and lemon thinly.

2. Place in pitcher with mint leaves.

3. Cover with water, chill for four hours or overnight.

And that’s it!

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Not only is it super healthy, but it looks gorgeous too.

My next project is going to be a coffee ground scrub, so look out for that post coming soon!

I also wanted to introduce my newest friend, Smokey Nemo. She’s a teeny little stray cat who followed me home from my neighbor’s apartment around the corner, and she has rarely left my porch since. So I am providing her with food, water, and a little bed while I search for someone who can take her in and get her all the care and shots and vaccinations she needs. She is sweet, loving, and fine with other animals (my dog and cat bolted onto the porch to meet her, she didn’t fight them or get scared at all!)

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If anyone in Wilmington, NC, or the surrounding areas would like to give her a home, please let me know by commenting or emailing me at beunless@gmail.com!

 

Also, I found this thing in the dumpster and had to take it home. I might be crazy, but I think it’s awesome..

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Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

One Full Week and Restaurant Review

I know I kind of posted about it a few days ago, but I wanted to do a proper “Full Week” update, plus a restaurant review. It has been one week of being completely gluten free!

I’ve definitely noticed changes. One of the biggest changes are that I no longer feel bloated. I used to feel so incredibly bloated day and night. It was uncomfortable and honestly a little damaging to my self esteem, because I felt bigger than I am. I feel like I’m finally seeing the true look of my body and I don’t feel as bad about it.

Another big change is that I haven’t felt the fatigue I was suffering from. My usual schedule is up and ready at 5:20 AM, make coffee, make breakfast for my boyfriend, get his lunch ready, send him off to work, and start working myself at 6 AM. But before, I used to start dropping off as early as 10-11 AM. This past week I have been alert and able to stay awake much longer, no naps, no afternoon coffees, etc. It’s been awesome.

Along with the less bloat, I believe I’ve lost a little weight. I didn’t start being gluten free for weight loss, but it’s definitely a plus! Right now I’m wearing a pair of jeans I could barely close a week ago.

I’m looking forward to more health benefits as I keep this going. I read that it can take a few weeks for gluten to 100% get out of my body, so I have to just be patient. I also read that there are lots of skin benefits. I have bad eczema on my hands, and I had a huge flare up right before I went gluten free. My left thumb is scaly and cracking at the moment, but I haven’t had any other fingers suffer. I’m hoping that the eczema will clear up. It will be a huge benefit for me.

Now, I’d like to talk about a restaurant Justin and I went to yesterday for a Valentine’s Day lunch. We went to Brixx Pizza in Mayfair, because they have gluten free pizzas!

I forgot that 50 Shades of Domestic Abuse came out on Friday so I didn’t anticipate the crowd, but most of the poor woman who fantasize about being abused were in groups and wanted tables, so Justin and I strolled right past them and and sat at the bar. Our bartender, Preston, was really nice and a very hard worker. We ordered a glass of wine, and looked at the menu. I ordered the Rustica pizza with the gluten free crust, and Justin had the regular Pimento Cheese pizza. I was a little sad to see that the prices on their online menu were not the same as in-store, but I’m sure they jacked them up for Valentine’s Day, which is okay. I have worked in the restaurant industry before, and it didn’t bother me too much.

My pizza was great! If you didn’t know it was gluten free, you wouldn’t even know. Prosciutto, mozzarella, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and whole cloves of garlic made me very, very happy. I didn’t try Justin’s for obvious reasons but he said his was great, although the spinach wasn’t cooked, it was more like a raw garnish, but he ate it all anyway.

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Mmmmmmm! After our wines Justin got a milk stout and I ordered a Bold Rock cider. The bill was a little steep at over $50, but the glasses of wine were probably at fault.

If I found myself in Mayfair for some reason and I was hungry, I’d stop here. But I don’t see myself making the drive anytime soon. While it was very, very good, the drive was long, the crowds were crazy, the parking lot was worse than WalMart, and it was just a little too expensive. But definitely try it if you’re in the area, it settled my need for pizza without the gluten!

I’ve got lots to do today: laundry, cleaning, and probably going to have to work a little in order to meet my deadlines. But I’m turning some creative ideas in my head as well!

Be well my friends, and I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!