I’m Not Dead.

I have no excuses.  I’ve been lazy – such a slacker Sharon!  I just wanted to report that I am not dead.  I’m going to give you a quick overview of what I’ve been up to then leave a special treat from YouTube P!NK’s song “I’m Not Dead” and the lyrics below. Enjoy!

So I’m almost done with my Whole30 Program. Finishing up Day 29 to be exact.

Positive thoughts:

  • Looking in the mirror my face seems to be less pudgy. lol
  • My arms are a little more defined (still flabby but I know if I start working out they’ll be toned soon especially if I keep eating right at least 90% of the time)
  • My jeans/shorts no longer require me to lay on the bed to zip up and my buttons aren’t threatening to pop out on me
  • I like wearing tank tops again as they are not showing my “rolls” as much. haha
  • My boobs are smaller (which is fantastic because I can wear my old bras again)
  • My abdominal area is starting to take shape (again, if I keep eating right and start working out I know I can maintain/improve this area)
  • My hair seems longer?  I will have to take an after photo and compare haha
  • As for my butt… well, I need to hit the stairs and squats to improve that area!

My favorite part of the Whole30 is not having the same mentality like “hmm… what should I eat?” but it’s more like “OH MY GOD it’s almost MEAL 2 and I haven’t cooked my chicken yet!” lol  Seriously, I mean, I’ve always LOVED food but now it’s more like a priority and I’m really starting to think of my meals as… what would give me the nutrients I need to get through until my next meal?  As opposed to “hmm.. what sounds good?” I mean, the fact that my food have been DELICIOUS is absolutely a bonus.  I don’t want to be a zombie any more and just go for the latest appetizing commercial on TV where flavor is OVERKILL and nutrition is compromised.

I’ve gotten so used to throwing my simple meals together… I’m kind of afraid of the next step: the reintroduction.  I’ve got the basic idea of how it’s supposed to work… reintroduce myself to “regular foods” but in increments with specific groups (e.g. legumes, grain, dairy, etc).  I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of scared it’s like meeting someone for the first time – not really sure what to expect. haha

I know that everyone is different and that your plan of a reintroduction may not be the same as mine just like how I may react to certain foods while you don’t.  I read that if I don’t particularly like a certain type of food then I probably shouldn’t even touch it again (e.g. red/kidney/pinto beans).  What I’m really looking forward to is Tiramisu, chocolate glazed donut, ice cream, mushroom cheese burger, and 1lbs. The Boiling Crab Shrimp. (Not at the same time or even day of course). I haven’t created a game plan yet and I SHOULD.  In fact, I made a pact with myself that I am to keep eating like I’m still on the whole 30 until I get a solid plan down for the reintroduction phase.  I don’t want my 30 days of good food to go to waste. It’s time to get intuned with my body and learn what it doesn’t/does like.

A bunch of other stuff is going on but you know what… I’m going to leave those for other entries. 😉

Without further ado…

Lyrics:

I’m Not Dead
BY: P!NK

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

There’s all these cracks, crack of sunlight
Crack in the mirror, on your lips
It’s the moment of a sunset Friday
When our conversations twist

It’s the fifth day of ice on a new tattoo
But the ice should be on our heads
We only spun the wheel to catch ourselves
So we weren’t left for death

And I was never looking for approval from anyone but you
And though this journey is over, I’ll go back if you ask me to

I’m not dead just floating
Right between the ink of your tattoo
In the belly of the beast we turned into

I’m not scared just changing
Right beyond the cigarette and the devilish smile
You’re my crack of sunlight

You can do the math a thousand ways
But you can’t erase the facts
That others come and others go
But you always come back

I’m a winter flower underground
Always thirsty for summer rain
And just like the change of seasons
I know you’ll be back again

I’m not dead just floating
Underneath the ink of my tattoo
I’ve tried to hide my scars from you

I’m not scared just changing
Right beyond the cigarette and the devilish smile
You’re my crack of sunlight, oh

I’m not dead just yet

I’m not dead I’m just floating
Doesn’t matter where I’m going, I’ll find you
(I’m not scared at all)

Underneath the cuts and bruises
Finally gained what no one loses, I’ll find you
(I will find you)

I’m not dead just floating
I’m not scared just changing
You’re my crack of sunlight, yeah

Songwriters
Moore, Alecia B / Mann, Billy

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Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Top 10 Break Up Songs

Here is my list of the best breakup songs.  I don’t mean the sad lovey dovey type songs like Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” or ‘N Sync’s “Gone” no I am talking about the songs that say “THANK YOU for getting out of my life” or “Oh yeah I’m doing so much better now that you’re gone” type songs.

10. We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

9. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

8. Don’t Want You Back – Backstreet Boys

7. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette

6. The Sign – Ace of Base

5. It’s Not Right But it’s ok – Whitney Houston

4. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey – Cole Swindell

3. Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake

2. You’ll Think of Me – Keith Urban

1. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Sam Smith – Singer/Songwriter

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I love Sam Smith’s album “In The Lonely Hour.” It’s been a long time since I’ve found a music EP that I can listen to from start to finish and not feel like I have to skip any tracks. After listening to this album I realized that this guy has quite a few hits on the radio. Which must be a lot because I barely listen to the radio and I hear him almost every time I do.

I decided to look him up on Spotify after deciding that I need to listen to the track “I’m Not The Only One” because I simply could not get it out of my head. I found the album and decided to just play the whole thing and I just fell in love. I listen to it at least once from start to finish at least twice every two weeks while running errands or just cleaning the apartment. His track “I’m Not The Only One” is my favorite song by him. It’s so catchy and easy to sing along to. I will hook you guys up and embed the song via YouTube here for your enjoyment.

I want to take this opportunity talk about Sam Smith and John Legend’s rendition of the track “Lay Me Down”. I think this song is absolutely beautiful and sad. They re-released this song for the benefit of Red Nose Day and all the proceeds went to the charity which helps children and young people who are living in poverty.

I was pretty blown away that this guy is only 23 years old. (He was born in 1992!) I think I will forever consider those who were born close to 2000 as young. He was born in London, England. With that being said yes he has that awesome British accent. Check out this interview with Sam Smith talking about his album.

I like how they briefly talk about vision boards which touches the concept of The Secret. If you’re not familiar with that… well, I will cover that in another blog post because it deserves it. It’s a book and a documentary, I highly recommend both so check it out when you can!

So anyway, what do you think of Sam Smith and his music?