I QUIT ALCOHOL FOR 30 DAYS AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED...
Let me start by saying I did not set out to do this. I simply decided I wanted to spend a weekend not hungover and actually feel good, be well-rested, and be PRODUCTIVE! And let's face it I am not my 22 year old self anymore. I CAN roll out of bed hungover and head to a spin class but I am absolutely miserable every step of the way when I make that choice. One weekend turned into two, which turned into three, and then I was like I am getting so much done, I am actually meeting up with and following thru with plans with friends and coffee dates, and I am just obsessed with how I feel. And the sense of accomplishment made it beyond worth it. Now let's take a look at the past 30 days!
SPENT TIME IN MY KITCHEN & FED MY BODY WITH WHOLE FOODS.
I LOVE to COOK! I really do. My goal for the month was to feed my body with as many whole foods as possible. From spaghetti squash, to stuffed avocados, green smoothies, sweet potato nachos, bell pepper nachos, cauliflower pizza, and my latest obsession homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls with avocado, better beans, cauliflower rice, roasted chicken, lettuce, vegan cheese, green salsa, and sweet potato. SOOOO many yummy goods. I ate A LOT this month! An apple a day, a banana a day, a green smoothie... I couldn't get enough whole foods. No calorie counting, no weighing myself, just the same old food journaling and feeling guilt-free along the way. P.S. I am eating In-And-Out as I type this....and not the usual Protein Style (aka lettuce wrapped burger)...BALANCE BABY!
EXPLORED MORE FITNESS STUDIOS.
Playlist Yoga. Speedplay. Aura Cycle. Soul Cycle. Platefit. Pilates Platinum. And of course my home studio Orangetheory. My BODY LOVED the switch up and variety! And did I mention all the awesome instructors and people I met at these studios?!?!?!
SPENT QUALITY TIME WITH MY TRUE AUTHENTIC SELF.
I blogged. I binged and watched a 7 and a half hour OJ Simpson Documentary on Hulu. I read multiple books and articles. I sweat for hours in an infrared sauna. I hiked. I meditated. I laid on the beach and counted my blessings. I replied to and acknowledged any and all comments and messages on all social media platforms. I responded to LinkedIn messages and personal emails. I answered phone calls. I listened to voicemails. I got caught up with life.
CONNECTED WITH FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, & MY NETWORK ON A MORE PERSONAL LEVEL.
I felt like there were A LOT of friends I needed to "catch up" with. I felt like my co-workers were tired and burnt out from award season and needed a pick-me-up. I felt like there were a lot of people in my network helping me socially and with my fitness visions but these were people I had only known thru email and had never met face-to-face. So what did I do about it? I MADE PLANS. I invited and took friends to events, I had deep, honest conversations over the phone and out for lunch and coffee, I invited an IU alumni who had been messaging me for quite some time to a Fashion Police Taping, I organized a Soul Cycle Ride for my co-workers, I helped a friend and became her make-up model for a night, and I finally put a face to those names that had been helping me on my fitness journey.
EXCELLED AT MY JOB.
At the beginning of the year I was promoted to an Associate Producer on Fashion Police at E! Entertainment. This is something I worked very very hard for the past 3 years. I finally felt like a producer because I am one! My co-worker and I went to Tommy Hilfiger's first ever LA Fashion Show and we interviewed Tommy, several of the models, filmed our own footage, ran the Fashion Police Instagram, and killed it during this award season. From Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Grammys, New York Fashion Week, to the Oscars. We kicked fricken ASS and produced the hell out of our show! This was my 3rd Award Season in the books and I couldn't be prouder.
12 books by the end of the year... Cake Walk! I finished Anna Kendrick's book "Scrappy Little Nobody". I started reading "You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life". Finishing up "Miracles Now" by Gabby Bernstein. And the list goes on and on and I can't get enough! So much more rewarding than Netflix and chilling I PROMISE.
PLANNED TO DO EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO DO
Another trip to New York? It is happening. That play I have been dying to see starring Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito? It is happening. Checking out new Orangetheory locations in Chicago and NY. Yup it's happening. Meeting up with the study abroad friend I haven't seen in 5 years? Yup. Making up for lost time with a good friend? Mhm. Beauty and The Beast opening night in Chicago? You bet ya! Planning the next fitness event. Duh! Spending time with the friends and family I have been missing so much. HELL YEAH. IT IS ALL HAPPENING AND I AM ESTATIC!
EXPERIENCED MY TRUE EMOTIONS.
You ever go out, get super drunk, and end up a total emotional wreck? Yeah well that has happened to me and it is not fun! And to be completely honest I was going thru some stuff this past month and I didn't want to express my emotions by hitting a bottle of tequila. Instead, I talked to family and friends. I laughed, I cried, umm I balled... many times. But I needed to experience these emotions on a real sober level so I could work thru them rationally and move on with my life. I needed to do this rather than cry and complain drunkingly for a night and act like the problem was never there and just allow it to vanish the next morning. I turned to my journal. I wrote it down. I meditated and let go of the negative vibes. Moving on...
GOT REALLY REALLY CREATIVE.
New ideas were hitting me left and right. Almost every time I got in my car for a drive longer than 20 minutes some sort of idea came to mind. New blog post ideas, new fitness event ideas, collaboration ideas, social media ideas, ideas for Fashion Police. So much creativity flowing thru my brain. Really exciting things coming everyone's way. Tune in!
MET ONE OF MY IDOLS.
GABBY BERNSTEIN. I read her book "The Universe Has Your Back" when I was on my vegan yoga retreat in Costa Rica last October. This book changed my life in so many ways. It made me look at life so differently. This woman taught me how to manifest the things and people I desire in life and to be the best, highest, most authentic version of myself. I laughed just as much as I cried at her event in LA. It was truly amazing to hear this woman speak and be in a room with 400 people as she led us in meditation. I vow to see this woman at every event she hosts in LA as long as I am here. The Universe has my back and so does she.
BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER THRU FITNESS.
Okay, so honestly this was a really big deal for me. I spent almost a month organizing a Soul Cycle Ride for my co-workers at E! Entertainment. I wanted it to be more than just a fitness class. I wanted it to really inspire and kick start these individual's fitness journeys! I got fitness apps, studios, and health food & drink companies involved! It was a lot of networking, meet ups, emails, and organizing. I loved every minute of it and realized this is something I am set out to continue to do. I am beyond passionate about continuing to organize fitness events and bring people of all ages together thru health and fitness.
FELT AND LOOKED REALLY FUCKING GOOD.
I bet at least half of you are wondering why I haven't made mention of the difference I noticed on the scale? The answer is simple. I don't know if I lost weight or not and I honestly don't give an F. I can't tell you when I weighed myself last and this is why. I LOVED how I felt and I LOVED how I looked. Honestly, I may have put on 10 pounds and I guess what I don't know won't hurt me right? I started to see my abs show, my smile became brighter, my mind and body felt stronger, no one or nothing could break my confidence or stop my driven self. I felt on top of the world, as I fricken should! I just went 30+ days without a sip of alcohol! Now... not going to lie... all of these things amazed me and I am so happy and proud I did it, and now I know what I am capable of...but this girl is ready for a tequila sunrise, and a good, happy night out! Fitbrit is coming to a bar near you! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO FIT FRIENDS,