I finished the Whole30!

I did it! Thirty days – and only two or three slips (all of those were for peanut butter), so I’m very proud of myself! The experience was great and I have felt wonderful, even in the last two days I have noticed that I’m feeling tired or out of it and I know it must be because of the sugar that’s back in my system – time to fix that, right?

I lost a total of eight pounds – this is less than I wanted but I know that I ate way too much fruit in comparison to everything else. During the month of December I was eating clean but not quite up to the Whole30 standards (especially with the holidays), but I’ve lost a total of twenty pounds since November! This is something I am very, very proud of. I have also begun running and my good friend Niki is going to the gym with me two or three times a week and creating a work out plan for me (she’s a college swimmer and is having SO much fun getting me into shape). I’ve been sore but it’s worth it!

I’m planning on sticking basically to the Whole30 guidelines now – so I guess we would say a paleo diet. Dairy isn’t doing well for me and neither is gluten, so I think that’s the best decision! My mom and sister are continuing to do this with me, and I’m enlisting a good friend at school to try out the Whole30 – handing her my copy of It Starts With Food tonight!

I hope that everyone here is doing well and any goals that you made at the beginning of the year will continue to be met!

xoxo Alexandria

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today

marks fifteen days successfully following the Whole30 and my first week back on campus this year.

things I’m excited about:

  • actually maintaining the Whole30 guidelines on a college campus and in a college cafeteria
  • my classes. they’re going to be great this semester
  • eating dried fruit. I had never been a fan but these days I cannot get enough
  • February 2, when I will be going to notjustcoffee and getting a latte
  • the fact that I have nothing to do on Monday
  • my friends
  • finishing the show Friends (one season left!)

the Whole30 has been difficult but as I’ve gotten more and more into it, it has become easier. I don’t have to think twice about denying sweets or things I usually would accept in a moment, and I don’t miss bread at all or feel like I’m missing out on anything (except for chocolate and lattes). this leads me to believe that I will be able to continue with this lifestyle on a less strict scale in the future. I feel better about myself, I feel healthier, and others have noticed as well. mainly I am proud of myself and my accomplishments over the last fifteen days. if you have any questions about Whole30 or have participated yourself, please talk to me! I’d love it.

xoxo, Alexandria

ps I love Ross and Rachel with my whole heart

okay, 2015

here’s my list for 2015, or let’s just say second semester:

  • learn to play the guitar (I took beginning guitar last spring for my art credit, but sadly I didn’t devote the practice time and subsequently learned very very little) and sing more
  • read books! I don’t do this at school, but I know I need to take time simply to myself and that reading is the best way
  • pick a church and become involved – probably with the youth group!
  • stop drinking soda (I have a bad bad bad coke zero addiction)
  • do a Whole30 (starting at the beginning of January) and afterwards, maintain a 90% paleo diet (unless if I don’t feel as good after as I think I’m going to. but I feel like I’m gonna wanna stick with it, based off of what I have learned so far)
  • more activity – I am devoting myself to either working out at a class at my school gym, running (shockingly, I really enjoy running once I get back into the groove), or simply a long walk outside around school (the neighborhood is gorgeous – one of the best in NC)
  • memorize a Bible verse every week – my knowledge from my Christian school upbringing is fading fast
  • keep up a steady devotion – with a partner (Niki wants to so it’s going to work out well for us)
  • continue to pray for everyone in my life and write it down – thinking through my prayers for my family, close friends, and personal situations and writing them always gives me a lot of peace and it is really, really great to go back to my prayers from weeks or months past and reflect on what happened and where my heart was when I prayed that prayer
  • finally, BE NICE TO PEOPLE. I am typically considered a very very nice person and 90% of the time, that is the adjective used to describe me. this, I think has resulted in me sometimes being kind simply because it’s expected of me at this point – not because my heart is in it as much as it should be

wisdom teeth, movies, and whole30 thoughts

and let’s just say it’s not my favorite experience ever. my face hurts but I’m eating lots of smoothies (yes, I said eating..because apparently straws aren’t allowed so I have to use a spoon. this is so strange), and I’m about to start my second movie of the day: “What If”, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan (side note – she’s in a movie called “In Your Eyes” or something on netflix and it is SO GOOD! I highly recommend you watch it, I just did the other day and it was a treat, one of those great netflix finds).

I just haven’t written anything in a bit and wanted to say hello – so hi, things are good, I’m home from school so I am watching a lot of movies and reading a lot of books and my Bible has made it’s way back onto my priorities list (and staying there, do not worry). I’ve begun working on my list of things that are officially changing this semester, and building a support system fro those things. I’ll be writing about all of those next time, probably today or tomorrow so I hope you’re pumped!!!!! (I love how I write this like a have a huge amount of people following my life when in reality I’m lucky if one person other than myself looks at it, but it’s nice to feel like someone is listening).

my number one thing that’s starting in 2014 is the whole30 – so if you’ve ever done it, know someone who has, or already follow a paleo-esque diet, TALK TO ME! I’ve begun reading the book and I think that this change is 100% exactly what I need in my life, and I intend to start it and stick with it. reading the book is already changing the way I think about food and I haven’t even started yet – I have hardly any desire to eat crap just based on what I’m learning, and I feel like a month of paleo is going to change things up for me.

so that’s all I have at the moment, I’m not very good at thought out and fancy blog posts, probably why I’ll never be a famous blogger. but if you enjoy my ramblings stick around and we will have so much fun together. I’m going to start my second movie so bye!!!!!

xoxo alexandria

45 Questions To Guarantee You’ll Never Have A Boring Date Again

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I have a secret game that I play in every conversation I have. Until now, no one knew about it… but I’m about to dish the deets. 😉

I try to get every person I interact with to say, Wow. That’s a great question… at least once in our conversation.

To win at this game, I have to stay super present and plugged in to who I’m chatting with so I can artfully select a question that pushes them to lean into an area of their brain they don’t normally hang out in. To turn a flashlight on in the halls of their head and search for an answer to a question they never imagined they’d have to answer.

It’s fascinating watching them dig deeper into who they are. To experience them introspectively retreat for a few moments and rummage through their noggin’ for the…

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the change-iest change of all the changes

Hello for the third time today! (I promise this is the last one for the day)

I’m writing this post to talk about some big changes that are about to happen, starting tomorrow. After much deliberation and many, many carbs eaten over the Thanksgiving break, my good friend Baylee and I have come to a conclusion: we need to change our lives a bit. This semester has been a hard one, and while everyone has their ways to deal with stress, ours has been stress eating. This has, sadly, begun to show. So we discussing very often over break the concept of a lifestyle change and we think it will be good for us.

Starting tomorrow (and yes I have eaten a lot of yummy things today to say goodbye for now), we will be saying goodbye to the grand amount of carbs we usually eat. We’re going to focus on being healthy and learning how to be healthy throughout the month of December, as well as beginning to excursive again, and beginning in January we will do the Whole30, which is a thirty day pale diet with some great (scary) rules. So that’s what happening.

We need a hobby, and becoming health nuts or gym rats or whatever the terms are is going to be a fun hobby for us to enjoy (most of the time) .. (some of the time). I cannot wait to see how this goes and throughout this I would so, so appreciate encouragement and prayer from my friends here. I’ll be giving updates, don’t worry!

Have a wonderful remainder of your Sunday, I hope it’s beautiful and that your week is blessed!

Alexandria

thanks

this Thanksgiving was a good, good time. it was spent with a lot of family and a lot of friends. I made some decisions this week that I’ll be talking about in one of my next posts, but this post is just to say:

I have a wonderful family. I, at times, lose sight of that in the midst of craziness and expectations and everything else that comes with family, but mine is great.

I also have a fantastic group of friends. the people I have met at school have changed my life more than I ever thought was possible

this great support system is going to be needed in the upcoming future and I am so thankful for them.

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my best friend, Baylee

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my little sister, Tess

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my whole family

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it was a good week.

patience

Patience is a difficult thing for everyone, I think. We all want what the person beside us has and we want it now. We don’t want to wait for our chickfila, we don’t want to sit at a stop light, and we don’t want to wait for many other things (things that are more serious than chicken sandwiches and traffic lights).

I’m struggling with wanting to grow up. This season of my life is very hard and I would love more than anything to fall asleep on my couch and wake up, twenty-three, in a house with a husband and a puppy or a baby or if I’m feeling crazy, both. I want to get to that stage of my life because lately I’m struggling with knowing if it’s all going to work out in the end. I worry that I’m never going to find my person and that I’m going to be in a weird limbo forever. I worry that I will never figure out if a teacher is truly what I’m supposed to be. I worry for my friends, that they will be okay in the end too, and all I want these days is just to know that it’s all going to be okay. 

And that’s so difficult to do. I, we, should be enjoying our days right now. I’m in college and I shouldn’t worry about these things, but I think we go through seasons where we think too much about the future in an effort to not think about the now and then it all goes crazy.

Here’s what’s great, though: putting it in God’s hands. Not even putting it in God’s hands, but reminding yourself, grasping the fact that it’s all going to work out in the end because the Lord made this world and made me and all of the people in my life and he cares for us and he has a beautiful plan written out for us. He knows the end of our stories, just like He knows the middle and the beginning and even this crappy phase I call the third semester of college. It gets better than that because He doesn’t just know, He made it happen and He is in charge of our stories.

So I’m going to stop worrying about who I’m going to marry and where I’m going to go and what I’m going to do and I’m going to stop worrying about who my friends are going to marry and where they’re going to go and what they’re going to do. I’m going to remind myself that it’s going to be okay and the Lord has a plan and it’s much much much more wonderful than what I have in mind, much better than waking up on the couch at twenty-three with a husband and puppy and baby.

The Lord is good, so good. He has it in his hands and it’s going to work out. I’m just going to keep praying and remembering that there’s a reason for everything, a time for everything, and maybe this is the time of struggle.