Renovation & Renewal: Month One - Relationships

I can't tell you how excited I am to share this week's post with you.  

One of the areas of my life that I value above all others is my relationships. Two in particular mean the world to me. My relationship with my daughter Alyssa. And my relationship with my wonderful spouse Ross.

London, Ontario Photographer Rebecca Nash and Family

 

These two people form the foundation to my entire life and without their love and support I would cease to be the person I am.

 

The problem is...I've been so busy and stressed that I've taken them for granted. I've failed to nurture these relationships the way I know I should. I am not proud of this fact. While I've lost balance in many areas of my life, this is the area where it pains me most to admit my own failures, but, until I admit those failures I cannot move forward.

 

Starting this month, I'm taking action to make sure these most prized people in my life feel my love and support at all times. This means committing to three major things.

 

1) A monthly date night where Ross and I can get away from the phones, the computers and the distractions of our daily lives to connect, enjoy each others company, and create happy memories that help us through the tough times.

 

2) A nightly reading time and monthly date night (or day) with my daughter Alyssa. A time everyday where she has my undivided attention as we snuggle up close and share an adventure with the characters in our books. Plus a day when we create the itinerary for the two of us to spend dedicated time together doing the things we love.

 

3) At least one family day per month when the three of us share a day of fun and family time. It can be playing board games on the living room floor, chasing butterflies through the butterfly conservatory, playing in the park, or going on a new adventure. As long as we share the experience together!

 

What commitments have you made to value your relationships with those your treasure most?Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Renovation & Renewal: Month One - Health

This is where we get all the ugly stuff out there. Here goes... I have been eating crap (take out, chocolate, chips, highly processed foods, cookies, baked goods, and more!) without any form of moderation.

I haven't been in the gym in a year for a real workout.

Here's my before picture ( It's actually from week 3 because I forgot to take a before :S - I can't believe I'm actually putting this out there)

This is me on Jan 21st - down 2" of my waist, 1" off my hips, & 3lbs

Four weeks ago I began this journey in earnest. I'm trying to remember that little changes can bring big results. My goals for the next month are... 1) No Chocolate (other than chocolate protein powder cause it's the only one I have) 2) No Take Out or Fast Food 3) Meal Plan - Shop By The Plan - Stick to the plan 4) Prep meals ahead of time for convenience 5) Add more fruits and veggies to everyday 6) Carry water everywhere 7) Pilates Everyday for Strength & Calming (20 Mins) 8) Workout 4+ days per week - Mon & Weds is 1 hour Zumba, Tues & Thurs is Strength Training Curcuit...more on Fri & Sat whenever possible 9) Put away the scale & tape measure. Measure with the way I feel, and the way my clothes fit with weight and measurements only once per week at most!

 

After 4 weeks I achieved some results including - More Energy - 4+ Fruits & Veggies Per Day - Lost 6lbs - Down 4.5 total inches (3.5 inches waist, 1 inch hips, 0 inches bust) - Sleeping and Waking at a regular time daily

Here's my One Month Progress Photos....

This is me on Dec 30th - down 3.5" off my waist, 1" off my hips, & 6lbs since Jan 1st

I can't wait to see the results next month! What changes have you made in 2013 so far?

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                             

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Renovation & Renewal in 2013

It's a new year, and at the beginning of the year I knew this was going to be a year of change. One of the biggest things I wanted to change was my body. No this isn't about poor me I'm fat. This is about the way I feel (though losing weight always feels good too).  

Looking back just a few years ago, I felt different. I woke up energized and ready for the day. I felt optimistic, strong, healthy. I drove my friends and co-workers crazy (in the best sort of way) with my tireless energy and optimism. I slept soundly every night.

 

Now, a few short years later...I have trouble getting out of bed. I feel slugish all day long. I lack the energy and enthusiasm most days that was a cornerstone of who I was. I suffer from frequent headaches and an additional 20 some odd pounds of laziness and junk food around my midsection. I sleep poorly at night.

 

As I type this I am reminded of just how much of a difference there is. Many things have happened during these years. I met and fell in love with an amazing man who has supported me and my beautiful daughter. I bought my own house, and then sold it to share a home with my boyfriend as a family. I began my own business. So many wonderful things.

 

However, there is always the downs also...my business did not thrive as quickly as I had hoped. My spouse received a layoff notice. I started part-time work on the side. I stopped working out. I stopped my healthier eating habits. I was hit with health issues. Stress became an even more significant part of both mine and my families daily life.

 

There are some things I cannot change, but there are many things I can.

 

This year it's time for renovation and renewal of so many areas of my life including my health (healthy eating & fitness), my business (new focused direction & renewed passion), my home (my sanctuary of family), and my relationships (with my daughter, my spouse, and myself).

 

Join me as I share my journey in all these areas with both my triumphs and my failures and the realizations I know will come along the way.

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.