Happy thinking out loud Thursday!
Even though Monday was a holiday for most it wasn’t for me, which has me seriously dragging this week. For some reason each day has felt like the longest day ever – and it’s still only Thursday! Time to put my big girl panties on and strap in – Friday is almost here!
Alright, let’s get random.
1 I’ve been doing pretty well without coffee since giving it up. I really had only planned on staying off of it for two weeks, which still might happen, however I think I might add it back in a few times per week instead of daily.
In it’s place I have been using Dandy Blend and have also been making plenty of matcha lattes!
eggs, mixed berries, matcha latte & Wella Bar
Which pretty much means that my almond milk consumption has skyrocketed. While Dandy Blend is delicious, I have to use far more than the recommended teaspoon in order to achieve that rich, bold flavor that I crave so much. I drink my coffee black – I expect my coffee substitute to be able to match that! I’m still playing around with it though. While I know it’ll never be coffee, it does make for a pretty good substitute.
2 I know I’ve been pretty vague on my reasoning behind giving up coffee, so I figured now was as good a time as any to clue you guys in. Besides seeing if it has any positive effect on my skin, the real reason I gave up coffee was to see if it had any effects on my hormones. Guys – I haven’t had a period in months [and no, not preggo]. I actually was on birth control for quite some time for some other hormonal issues, however I stopped taking it last December when Ninja and I started talking about starting a family. Well, we kind of can’t do that if I’m not having my period!
I haven’t gone to a doctor yet [I know, shame on me] but at this point I don’t really think they will do anything but put me back on the pill. So, I’ve just decided to experiment and see how things go.
3 I can finally say that I’ve jumped on board the kombucha train! Ok, so not really. A co-worker of mine actually gave me this kombucha last week to try and even though I was hesitant, the stuff is pretty freaking good!
Not good enough for me to fork over $5 a bottle though.
Guys, I’m cheap. Like, really cheap. In fact, it’s one of Ninja’s favorite things about me [nope, not kidding]. And though I do realize the benefits behind kombucha I just don’t see myself purchasing it on a regular basis. Maybe every now and then when I catch it on sale!
4 The weather is finally dipping below the 100s here, however I still find myself turning to yogurt bowls and smoothies for my lunches and snacks.
This combination has literally been on repeat for me this week. So. Freaking. Delicious.
Thankfully the weather has decided to dip into the 90s this week with promises of the 80s this weekend. Finally!
5 As much as I preach positivity and focusing on the bigger picture, I have to admit that I’ve been struggling a bit this week. Maybe it’s my hormones [see #2] but for the past few days I’ve just been in a really bad funk. My attitude has been wonky, my workouts have sucked and that little ED bastard is trying to crawl out of the dark hole I’ve kicked it in. I’m hanging on by a thread if I’m being honest, which is why I turned to Jesus yesterday to help clear my head and center myself.
Dandy Blend latte with almond milk & Vital Proteins Collagen
With so much hate, discontent and tragedy all around the world right now, I’m just struggling to find hope some days. There are just so few good people out there and it makes me worry for my siblings. What will the world do to them? How can I protect them? What will their future look like?
And then of course there have been a few triggers this week that have tested me mentally in regards to recovery and my workouts haven’t been the best, so there have been a few moments that I have had to make a conscious effort not to lose myself. Some days I just get tired of constantly having to check myself. It’s like one minute I’m doing so well and the next minute I get side-swiped and am laying flat on my back wondering what the heck just happened.
Thankfully I have a God who is bigger than it all and even on those days that I’m not doing my best, I know that the God of the universe is in control of it all. All I can do is keep my head up and my feet moving – I know that I’m blessed beyond measure!
Have you ever struggled with hormonal issues?
What do you do when you find yourself in a funk?