1. Whole 30 was not the success I was hoping for. There is nothing wrong with the program, I just could not manage it. It was too strict and limiting for me, I wanted everything that I could not have. (No potatoes and no cheese makes Jenn something, something.) I think I am going to switch to a lighter approach to Paleo. Still basing my diet on meat and veg I will give myself permission to have non-paleo foods once a week. I will not do a whole day or even a whole meal, just an item that I want as long as it is not processed, from a box or a bag. If I want it, I have to make it myself. This should help to keep me from slipping too much and will still make my "treat" much healthier than most SAD treats.
2. I had a great Christmas at home with the man that I love. The Lineman gifted me with a mountain dulcimer a while back as part of my Christmas present. I love it and have enjoyed learning to make music on it. He also gave me a little pink (!!!!!) iPod Shuffle. I love listening to podcasts like Adventures in Odyssey and News from Lake Wobegon. I have been downloading them on my computer and listening to them in the office, but this little beauty means that I can take it with me! When I am cleaning rooms, doing laundry, whatever else, I can be listening to the soothing voice of Garrison Keillor or getting motivated and scolded by Jillian Michaels. :D
I also received tons of books that have been on my list for a while now! I can't wait to dig into them. I got my favorite guilty pleasure of Redken All Soft hair products (don't judge) from The Lineman's mom along with lots of other great little goodies! We got several new Wii games and movies to enjoy together. The Lineman used his gift cards to get some music stuff for his guitars. (I used mine for books of course!) We were very blessed this year, and made out like little bandits in the gift receiving department. As for giving this year we did a lot of gift cards. We are so far from home that we thought it would be easier to let everyone decide what they wanted for themselves. It is not our favorite way to gift but it is practical.
3. And now for the New Year! I will not be making resolutions this year. It seems like every year I get so bogged down in trying to keep my resolutions that it becomes a chore that feels to big to conquer and I give up. I have had a few successes but not many considering how many I have made in my 32 years on this earth. So this year it will be Challenges. I will be Challenging myself to accomplish little things throughout the year. Some will be daily Challenges and some will be weekly. None of them will be about Weight loss. I can only fall for the same trap so many times before I understand that it is indeed a trap! There will be Challenges that will help me get and stay healthy but weight is a tertiary benefit. Not something I am aiming for but something that may happen as a side effect to the other things I am working on.
I want to get a little closer to my dreams and goals this year. I need to have a plan. This is something that I will be working on.
love and encourage each other,