New Seasons

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Boy, it’s been awhile since I’ve written here! I have lacked motivation to write. I originally started this blog to document my weight loss journey, and while I still desperately want to release some excess weight, I have found my priorities shift over the past couple years.

When I first started this blog, I thought I knew it all. All the tricks of the trade. But the more I learn, the more I realize I actually have no idea what I’m doing. What works for me might not necessarily work for you, and if we’re being honest, I don’t even know what works for me yet! I’ll just keep searching and learning and hope that someday I’ll get it all figured out, and if I can be a source of encouragement to someone else, then I will consider myself successful.

I don’t really have a plan for this post. I just felt a need to write. About my journey, priorities, hopes and dreams. My priorities have shifted over the past few years. It is no longer just about the number on the scale, and I’m not living each week to see that number go down at my weekly weigh-in. Not for lack of wanting to be thinner, or for lack of a desire to shed excess physical and emotional weight, but out of understanding that these things take time to be done in a healthy, sustainable way.  It’s now about preparing a week’s worth of healthy, nourishing meals on a budget. It’s about getting good sleep, taking long walks, and having inspiring conversations. It’s about learning, playing, and cultivating friendships. Balancing hormones. Spending time with Jesus. Holding on to hope and joy. And being at peace with the fact that, try as I might to be in control, most things are out of my hands, and it’s much more fun to just relax and see what comes.

So that’s where I’m at right now. The last 6 months have been a wild ride for me, a new home, new work, and new community turning my life upside down and testing my mettle. I have been forced to rest, and forced to sit with myself and examine who I am, but I have also been presented with countless opportunities to start working on growing into the woman I want to be. It’s been an adventure – full of miracles, challenges, new friends and family, and new ways of doing life, and I can’t wait to see where the journey will take me next.

My dream for this blog is to be vulnerable, to share my struggles and victories with you, and to encourage you to be a conqueror in your life. To share what I’m learning and experimenting with so that maybe it can be useful to you. And to connect. Because how much more fun could life be if we did it together?

And now for a bit about my latest experiments…..

Daysy:

I started charting my cycles with Daysy several months ago after dealing with extremely low energy and feeling “wired and tired” at night for several months. I approached this as an observation. I would see where I was at, and how I could tweak things. I also had an extensive hormone panel done at the same time which revealed some cortisol imbalances (nothing way off, but definitely improvements to be made). I have suspected Hypothyroidism, but I’m waiting to test for that, because I am already experiencing a huge increase in energy and vitality just through tweaking a few lifestyle factors.

I absolutely love my Daysy. She sits in my nightstand drawer, and checking in with her each morning forces me to observe where I am in my cycle. If she’s flashing green with the purple bar, I know I’m nearing the end of my Luteal phase and shouldn’t take myself too seriously. Or maybe just retreat to my bed with dark chocolate and a movie. Or have a bit of grace with myself if I’m feeling famished for no good reason. I was also able to learn through Daysy that my BBT (Basal Body Temperature) is on the low side, which I have been able to slowly raise, but I’m still working on that.

For more information on Daysy, visit http://www.usa.daysy.me

For more information on raising metabolism and BBT, check out Matt Stone at http://www.180degreehealth.com

Coming from a history of dieting and trying “all the things”, I have a hard time applying everything Matt Stone teaches, but a lot of it makes sense, and just incorporating a few foods I avoided like the plague into my diet (fruit and oats, and occasionally rice), and being ok with resting when I need it has raised my average BBT by 1 degree.

Supplements:

I’ve been taking a small handful of supplements, just to make sure I’m covering my bases. Vitamin D and K2, a prenatal (always, for hair, skin, and nails!), Dr. Becky Campbell’s Adrenal Support, New Chapter Zyflamend for inflammation, and 2 capsules of Royal Maca. If you’re feeling low on energy, try Maca. Seriously. I also recently started taking liquid iodine to support the Thyroid, and I like to take Natural Calm at night, but sometimes it takes me awhile to buy it again when I run out, so I’m not super consistent with that. In February I’ll be trying out a new prenatal, and also incorporating a women’s Probiotic, so we’ll see how that goes!

Lifestyle and Exercise:

Since my move to Napa, I’ve had to re-discover what works for me fitness-wise. I was in a groove with my personal trainer and group fitness classes at my gym back home, but for some reason I was hesitant to join a gym here in Napa. I’ve tried just going for walks, CrossFit, streaming Lekfit online, home workouts, and taking ballroom dance lessons, but I was not able to be consistent with any of those. CrossFit felt like way too much for me and where I’m at right now, and everything else didn’t feel like it gave me a good enough workout. So, I joined a gym, and I love it. The group classes, the community atmosphere, and use of a sauna. Ohhhh the sauna! I also try to get outside for a good hike as often as I can. So, if I have any advice to give on fitness, just find what you love, and get moving. Don’t force yourself to do something that doesn’t feel right just because everyone else says it’s the best thing in the world. You’ll know when you’ve found what’s right for you 🙂

I think that’s enough for now. I wish you hot tea and beautiful books on this stormy Sunday, a successful and blessed week ahead, and a marvelous February, bursting with love and joy! I’d love to connect, so feel free to join my private Facebook group Cupcakes and Conquerors, or follow me on IG where I like to share my cooking and adventures.

XOXO

Mandie

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