21

*Bear with me as this site is undergoing changes (long story short, I ran into complications when I cancelled my Bluehost subscription)*

(I’m channeling my inner Tumblr girl and blogging with a cup of coffee by my side next to a window watching the rain come down. Kind of cliche, right?)

I’ve been 21 for about a week now, and to be honest, nothing has really changed other than the fact that I can go buy alcohol now. I am excited to try new things that you do have to be 21 for (I’m looking at you Old Town, Skellar, and every brewery up here). I just want to be able to make the most of my time here in Fort Collins before I start the next chapter of my life.

Usually when I do one of these posts, it’s a reflection of the last year. Instead, I thought I would reflect on what’s to come, because what’s the point of looking back?

Not that 20 was bad. It was just another one of what I call the “limbo” years; the years between years of significance. And that’s not a bad thing. I can honestly say that I have grown the most in the last three years since high school. I think most people do, but I think I’ve grown more into the adult I’m supposed to become.

 

This last year, I got to the point where I didn’t like myself anymore and wanted to do something about that in order to feel more confident and better (not to mention clear up some health issues). After visiting a doctor who specializes in sports medicine and wellness, he suggested I go on the Banting Diet, which is essentially a ketogenic diet. A keto diet emphasizes low carbs and low sugar.

I’m not going to say it’s easy on this diet, because it’s not, but the results are well worth it. Since starting on it in June, I’ve lost a bunch of weight, stopped having migraines, and just felt so much better in general. Since you are essentially eating vegetables and meat, it’s forced me to be more creative and expand my food palate. A year ago, I would have never been obsessed with cali-mash (a mashed potatoes dupe made with cauliflower), zoodles (zucchini spiralized into noodles) and spaghetti squash (a great pasta substitute).

People think I’m crazy for not eating carbs. It’s not like I can’t, but rather I choose not to. I’m about halfway to my goal and I know once I get there it would have been totally worth it (I plan on writing a follow up post down the road…). It helped me a lot over the summer because the rest of my family has been doing this too, which makes it easier to stay on track. The only downside is that all of my clothes have gotten loose on me! I guess that means more shopping for me….

I have a good feeling about my 21st year. I think this will finally be the year everything comes together and I’m living my life to the fullest. I see life as containing a bunch of components that all need to be working together to be successful. I’ve been putting off my well-being for so long and focused on being successful in all other areas of my life. It’s finally the time to put the focus on my well-being and I’m so glad that I have.

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