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Reflection

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It’s been 10 months since I started this journey of wellness. When I started I was at my lowest. I had gained so much weight because I would eat for happiness. I couldn’t wait to get home and fill up my snack plate and turn on a movie. I would eat until I couldn’t move and then feel miserable for eating so much, go to sleep, wake up, go to work and repeat. It was like a scene from Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray.

I wanted to wake up and be done with the cycle of destruction. It had been going on for 4 years, but nothing seemed to stick. I was so miserable and it exuded out of me. I was sad, but could never cry, so instead I would be angry at everyone who loved me and that I loved. I didn’t feel worthy.

It was a dark place to be in.

Today is brighter. I have been putting in the work that is required to love myself.  I feel lighter in my soul and happier with life. I have lost 41 pounds and counting. The weight is so much more than fat lost; it is also pounds of regret, angry and sadness. A metamorphism to a better version of myself, the one I lost somewhere along this beautiful life.

People ask me how did I lose the weight and stay committed this time. What was different? My response is that it started with the birth of a new life, pure love and hope. I took a step forward and made the commitment to “Be Kind to Myself” and believed that the rest would follow.

And the rest did follow. I found and I am still finding love for myself, gratitude, growth and love for my body and life. I found peace and forgiveness for myself. I’m still a work in progress; I will always be a work in progress. I look forward to putting in the work, spreading kindness to others and being a better me for myself and this world.

Life is beautiful embrace it and experience it .

Live your best life in everything that you do.

XO

Alexandrea

 

 

The Power of Re-directing Your Thoughts Hello Again!

Hello There!

Some of you may have already noticed that my blog disappeared last week. To keep it short, I was redesigning the template and my posts didn’t save.

I was crushed for a quick moment. Then I took a deep breath in and exhaled. I started to immediately re-direct my thoughts. I started to ask myself what this situation is trying to teaching me. Instead of thinking and saying; why is this happening to me?

I have been putting in the miles to be more positive and being kind to myself. Usually something like this would lead me to giving up. This includes other things outside of writing and podcasting. A bump in the road use to de-rail me. I would over-eat and instead of just moving on, I would give up. I would miss a workout and just quit any future workouts.

Positive thinking and re-directing your thoughts is powerful. The more you do it the easier it becomes. When you ask yourself; what is the situation trying to teach me? Instead of why does this always happen to me, you’re setting yourself up for success in whatever goals you’re working towards to accomplish.

So, what did I learn from this frustrating bump in my lifestyle blogging?

I had wanted to change up a few things in my blog, but I was not making the moves to do it. I believe now that I lost the blog posts because the universe knew I needed a push. Over the past year I have grown a lot. I have gained a lot of confidence, focus and grace. But I was also staying comfortable. Now I have been pushed to step out and not color in the lines and be me in everything that I do.

I encourage you to practice this type of thinking.

Here are a few things to help you start and an example: (Remember practicing consistently will make it a regular thing.)

1.   Stop and breathe. Pause and breathe and re gather your thoughts. Don’t panic.

2.   Ask - What is this trying to teach me?

3.   Now that you asked the question, listen very carefully to what comes out of that question.

4.   Mediate on it. However that looks for you. Everyone meditates differently.

5.   Put what you have learned into action.

 

Example:

1.   Over ate unhealthy foods at night- What can I learn from this? I have learned a few things that I can put into action, so if I want to snack at night I will do it healthier and smarter. Find other things to do besides late night snacking. Set myself up for success, by having low calories yummy snacks in the house. Grab a cup of tea or take a hot bath.

I hope this has given you the push and some ideas on how to re-direct your thinking to be more positive!

Be kind to yourself!

XO

Alexandra Reina