Healthy and Happy!

Who else is enjoying some beautiful weather today? It’s sunny, it’s warm, and there is a pleasant wind blowing. So we decided to make today the day for our second bike ride of the year. Four miles!! I admit, my legs already hurt. But I’m hoping that soon four miles will seem like nothing. Eating healthy has been pretty easy, I already loved veggies and have been finding more and more tasty ways to eat them. I’ve always loved fruit as well, so when I crave something sweet it’s just as satisfying to grab some natural goodness like pineapple, berries, or a banana as it would be to grab that snickers bar. Probably even more so actually because it’s a choice that I can feel good about. Adding in the exercise though has not been quite as easy. I get to move a lot at the greenhouse where I work, but actual workouts haven’t been happening nearly enough. So this bike ride today was a pretty big deal for me, and I’m feeling pretty positive about it!

It’s going on three weeks now since I’ve decided to start living healthier, and I feel better than I have in a very long time. The support, encouragement, and advice I’ve gotten has been amazing. It’s good to know I have people that care and want to see me succeed and be the best me that I can be. I’ve also been making sure to help myself. I have set alarms to go off on my phone for times I should be getting a snack and checking my blood. Each alarm is labeled with a simple little note to remind me to keep going, smile, that I’m amazing, and other things like that. I also write myself the same kind of notes and leave them places I know I will see them. I got myself some nifty measuring spoons to help with meal prepping and portion control. Those are also getting happy messages and fun decorations scribbled all over their handles. And what I’m probably most excited about is the book I’ve made to keep track of what I’ve eaten and those nutrients, my workouts, whether I’ve met my daily goals, and my water intake. I designed the pages myself, cut every one of them out, punched all the wholes, and made the cover and back. I have diligently filled it out every day since its completion. It’s kind of silly how much pride I have in it, but that pride definitely inspires the motivation to use it. (book featured in all its glory in the picture :))

I know this post is pretty short, and is for the most part me rambling, but stay tuned! I’ve got some ideas rattling around in my head that are sure to excite and amaze! Coming to you soon from the mind of a newly healthy, happy, and positive Ashley: Apple cider vinegar, it’s benefits and the best ways to drink it (as well as the not so great ways to drink it), some fun craft ideas and how to do them, some healthy foods and why they should be household staples, and some yummy recipes! If you have any other ideas that you would like to see here feel free to shout them out in the comments!!

Hope everyone is has a great week!!


So I Started a Blog.

What makes you happy? I mean completely, genuinely happy. What makes you go to bed at night feeling content, and like you’re already excited to wake up and start tomorrow? What makes you feel like you’re proud of yourself? What gives you that awesome feeling of confidence? What makes you feel accomplished, intelligent, talented, courageous, motivated, grateful, healthy, positive, yadda yadda yadda?

Hi, I’m Ashley, and I’ve been asking myself these kinds of questions a lot lately, and along with these kinds of questions come others, like what makes me unhappy? Disappointed? Afraid? Now I’ve started thinking, how can I change those things? What can I do so I can be the happiest, healthiest, most positive person that I am capable of being?

The answers that I’ve come up with so far have been leading to some pretty big changes in my life. I’ve started eating healthier this past week, which is a huge deal for me because I’m a diabetic, and food affects me in so many ways. “Eating healthier” means not only making better choices when choosing what I eat, but also counting and keeping track of the calories, carbs, fiber, and protein in the foods that I choose.  I keep a food journal now to document everything. I’m doing the meal planning and prepping every week. I am pretty sure I’ve eaten more vegetables this week then I have in the last couple months, (not that I mind that part, I love veggies!).

I have also started trying to get into an exercise routine. For five days a week I make sure to move something for at least a half hour. I usually hurt after that thirty minutes, but it’s that good kind of hurt that means progress.

Another important element I’m beginning to tackle is my state of mind. I’m making strong efforts throughout the day to remember things like: think before speaking, complain less, compliment people, smile, express gratitude, stop and breathe, appreciate what I have, think positive. I remind myself that I can learn from my mistakes and move on, rather than beat myself up over them. I tell people I love that I love them, and why. I try to always be honest. I fill my head with positivity and joy and let it radiate into my words and actions.

Basically, I want to improve my life. Myself. Where I’m at now isn’t necessarily bad, but I have made a lot of choices that I do regret. Choices that have cost me a lot in the area of my physical and mental health. I know that I can be better. I know I can be more than what I am now. I know I can be above average, above content. I can be happy, healthy, and positive. I can be euphoric.

This blog is something that I’ve been interested in trying to do for a long time, and with all of these new happenings in my life I thought “why not do this now too?” I want to be able to share with others what inspires me to improve myself, and hopefully help other people move in a happy direction. I’ll be sharing all sorts of things that make me feel good, like recipes, craft ideas, (and the results for both of these) quotes, motivation, work outs, as well as things like my progress, personal stories, and thoughts that dance around in my head. So here we go!

Let me introduce myself here…

Hello, my name is Ashley, and if you’re curious about getting to know me a little, read on folks!

I suppose I’ll start by telling you that I’m a diabetic and a vegetarian. I think these are probably two of the most interesting things about me. I am often asked “what do you eat?” Food. I eat food. Just not meat. And I count the carbs in my food so that I can inject the insulin I take to enjoy it. Simple 🙂 How many of you know that Mr. Rodgers (remember him?) was also a vegetarian?  His reason? “I don’t want to eat anything that has a mother.” I love this statement so much, it’s just so sweet. Like him, I gave up meat for ethical reasons, It’s been nearly nine years now, and the only things I sometimes miss are real pepperoni and ham sandwiches.

When I’m not at work, eating, or hanging out with my family and friends, I spend most of my free time doing things like reading, writing, cooking, various crafts, attempting to grow beautiful flowers and things I can dine on, going on long walks, and making lists.I know that last one is weird, but what can I say? It relaxes me. Occasionally I paint, and when weather permits, you can find me camping, playing around on some beach or other, or laying in the sunshine. I love vibrant colors, animals (any and all of them), both warm sunshine and warm rain, as well as thunderstorms, and good food.