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Getting Back on Track | Health and Wellness for Me

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September 11, 2017

Life lately has been absolute insanity… between work travel for Jeff and myself, hectic school days and getting back into the routine of a set schedule, gone on the weekends, planning for our upcoming home reno and move, well — you get the jist. Suffice to say, my workouts, health and wellness, and diet have taken a backseat for the past month and it’s crazy to see how much it affects me.. my attitude, sleep, eating habits, stress levels and anxiety, basically everything is out of whack and I promised myself it was time to change.

I think this world of blogging and social media can be challenging at times, but it’s also a great way to reflect… what works in my life, when I’m happiest, and when I need a swift kick in the a$$ to get motivated and back to making it work! This time, I am vowing to try to set aside time for myself… genuine time for ME so that I can tackle goals for my health and fitness as well as ways to stay better balanced.

As of last week, I started working out early in the mornings again and I can already tell a difference in my productivity, my stress levels and my ability to start the day out right. I’m trying to make it there three days a week, so it’s an attainable goal… let’s face it, I’m not going every single day so I’ll start there and see what happens.

I had some peeps asking me about my daily schedule so I hope to assemble an updated “day in the life” type post soon so you can see how my days are structured. Let me know if you have any specific questions you want me to be sure to answer ;).

 Luxe Cut Out Pose Top | Criss Cross Sweatshirt | Heather Stripe Capris |Mid Rise Salutation Capri

And yes, I decided that with a new fitness focus, it was time to invest in some new workout wear because it had been AWHILE since I purchased true athletic gear… above are a few of the new fitness-related items I snagged! P.S. the grey and black tops are SOOOOO comfy = I might need to stock up in ALL the colors.

Another prime example… during the past six months, I read ONE measly book [so so bad]. It was pure laziness and because I would always find a way to spend my free time elsewhere at night — browsing the internet, catching up on social media, etc, and it’s been a hobby I desperately missed. Just in the past two weeks, I’ve read three books and I am sleeping better and enjoying that quiet hour with a good book before I hit the hay. Small change, yes, but it’s getting me back on track. Here are the ones I read and I’d highly recommend ALL of them… easy, quick reads that all have that suspense, thriller aspect that I LOVE.

Any other must-reads you’ve loved lately??? Always up to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

Into the Water | I Let You Go | Behind Closed Doors 

I’ve also started menu planning again [using this paper version I bought online]. It’s a simple thing that I’ve started completing on Sundays, that way it cuts down on time spent at the grocery store, aimlessly figuring out what to make for dinner on any given day. I’m working the crock pot magic 1-2 times a week and then assembling other dinner options for other evenings, and then when our days are rushed, we usually try to grab a fast casual option.
And then there is my “diet” AKA counting calories and eating everything in moderation. I am SO amazed by some of you out there and your tenacity to follow strict diets, etc… but this gal likes to wine and dine so for  me, it’s all about balance. If I let myself have a doughnut for breakfast with my babies, I’ll probably follow it up with lighter options the rest of the day.

I keep telling myself, small changes add up to BIG results! Hope your Monday is GREAT.

P.S. praying for all of our coastal friends…we are thinking of you and are ready to help with the aftermath of Irma.

  1. Sydney says:

    THis is so important! I am focusing on getting back into my healthy routine this year!

  2. Nicole Green says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re taking self care off the back burner and making your me time a priority! Definitely going to check out these books!

  3. I am always on the lookout for new cute workout gear. Those pants are just too cute! Sticking to a schedule has helped me a lot on my workout routine.

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. Lauren says:

    Love this! I’ve been trying to stick to some healthier lifestyle changes too.

    Xx,

    Lauren | http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

  5. I need some new books to read! I’ll have to check these out!

  6. Shira says:

    I don’t believe in counting calories and eliminating food groups but I’m all about balance and exercise!

  7. Steph says:

    This is a great post. Our life has been crazy lately too and I am ready for a break. I need to just pick up a good book.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

  8. Katie Ann says:

    I really needed to read this tonight, Natasha! My health and wellness have taken a backseat for sure and I, too, can see how it’s affecting my day-to-day. So hard to stay motivated sometimes. You’ve inspired me to get back on track!

    xo
    Katie Ann
    http://www.the-holly-tree.com

  9. Lauren says:

    I would like to start working out in the mornings but I’m always so tired. Maybe if I went to bed a little earlier I could try this. I feel like my day would be SO much more productive. Love this post!
    xx
    Lauren

  10. Ashley DTKAustin says:

    I need to get on the ball too and start getting back in shape and eating healthier. Life just always seems to get in the way!

  11. Allison Bosch says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I live in Kansas City and am going to be visiting Nashville for 3 days (this Thursday-Sunday), and would love your recommendations! Restaurants, bars, music, boutique shopping.

    Thanks in advance!! 🙂

    • natashamassey@gmail.com says:

      Restaurants: 5th and Taylor, Caviar and Bananas, Proper Bagel, Bartaco, Edley’s BBQ, Moto
      Bars/Music: Tootsie’s, Bluebird, Legend’s, Rippys, Bar Lines, Patterson House
      Boutiques/Shopping: Downtown Franklin, Hillsboro Village/21st Avenue, The Hill Center at Green Hills

      Hope this helps!

  12. Kelly says:

    I desperately need to get my sh*t together and start prioritizing self care and working within a set schedule. I took the Enneagram over the weekend and it just reaffirmed my suspicions that I need to start with practicing self-discipline with food & exercise so that can color throughout my life in all areas. It’s a struggle particularly because I’m breastfeeding so I’m eating more than normal (and not gaining weight); it’s reinforcing terrible habits and not helping me healthwise. Ugh!

  13. Self care is so important! Great read! XO

    Jamaria | throughjamseyes.com

  14. Amanda Kruse says:

    This is a great post! I really need to start eating healthier.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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