Hey everyone!

Took a really unexpected break from this blog, turns out it was much needed and figured I should start 2017 off strong by opening up about what has been going on!

The last month has been insane! I decided in November to STOP tracking my macros simply because I found myself still feeling deprived of certain foods. There were afew other reasons that you can read about here if you are interested. My workouts were getting boring and I was losing motivation fast. It was time for a change and of course, I chose the most hectic part of the year to do that (YAY ME FOR MAKING SMRT DECISIONS).

Between the baby showers, business trips, moving house, In-laws visiting, Christmas and New Years it was a very busy time of year. All of those events as we know, are surrounded by the most delicious, comforting and calorie loaded foods and when everybody keeps saying “‘Tis the Season” it is nearly impossible (for me anyway) to hold back from indulging in ALL of the festive treats.

With all of that being said, I don’t have any regrets. My pants don’t fit right now, but they will.

This photo was taken on one of the only days I worked out, maybe I am crazy but I think I look healthier, happier and overall better than in some of the photos I took when I was eating “clean” and working out 6 days a week.

I had such an amazing month with so many good people and SO much good food. I wasn’t feeling stressed about when my next meal will be or how long I have to wait until I can eat again. I didn’t log a single thing that I ate in Myfitnesspal and I have found that food is even tasting different (better) because I am mindfully enjoying it instead of consuming it just to “fuel” my body and to hit a number by the end of the day (IIFYM).

One of the biggest breakthroughs for me is that I feel inspired and motivated to get back into regularly working out and sometimes I think a break (from anything) ignites that passion back into us. Sure, over this last month I had my days where I felt like all my arm blasting, leg day and cardio workouts had gone down the drain but the reality is, as I prepare to get back into my normal routine for 2017 my body will take care of itself.

I plan to consume nutrient dense foods, load my bowl with fresh vegetables and eat a ton of delicious fruit. If I am craving something sweet, I will enjoy it (in moderation). If I am craving something salty, I will enjoy it (in moderation). Moderation is key and life is just too damn short to not enjoy the foods we LOVE! Why shouldn’t I eat this delicious burger? Why can’t I make this paleo coconut cake and eat half of it? The answer is, I can.

My hope for those of you who are still reading, is this brings you some relief. The relief to forgive yourself if you are saying unkind words in your head. The relief to indulge and enjoy life. The relief of no longer obsessing over things that just simply should not and do not matter. I hope that if you are reading this, you can smile and become your biggest cheerleader again.

You can be happy EVEN if you feel like you have a long way to go in achieving your goals. That is why they are goals because they don’t happen instantly. They take time. Enjoy the ride. 

Stay Strong. Be the fire.

@dunnebells_

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