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How I Did: January’s Health and Fitness Goals

And just like that, the month of January is over! What?! It’s hard to believe it’s only been 31 days since I laid out my health and fitness goals for the month. Part of the purpose of this blog was to hold myself accountable to the monthly goals I set, so I thought it would be good to do a check in of how things went. Eating Clean: This was pretty much the only goal I was able to stick to 100%, and it’s the goal I feel most confident about going forward. Will I detour along the way for ice cream and pasta? I’m sure. But will I generally stick to cooking whole, nutritious food at home? Definitely. Both Dave and I have been loving cooking more and bringing a homemade lunch into work each day. I also always forget how much I love sitting down to an actual breakfast…

January: Mid-Month Check In

Earlier this week, we passed the halfway mark for January. This means that I’m a little over halfway through my health and wellness goals for the month. I figured it would be a good time to check in on how I’m doing. This month, I pledged to: Eat Clean: So far, this has been the easiest goal to stick to. I love to cook, and so even though I’ve removed a few items (temporarily) from my diet, it’s felt like a creative exercise rather than a challenge. It has required a bit more planning and organization to make sure that we have healthy snacks in the house, but realistically, Dave and I already wrote grocery lists together each week. This has helped to minimize our impulse buying in the snack aisle. One of the ways my dietary goals have differed from a true Whole30 or Paleo diet is that I’m doing my…

January Focus: Health & Wellness

This year, I’m shaking up my traditional “New Year’s Resolutions.” As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be choosing a different aspect of my life to focus on for each month of 2019. I tend to have an “instant gratification,” “all or nothing,” “if I fail once, what’s the use in trying?” attitude when it comes to these types of things, and so I’m hoping that implementing some structure in my goals will set me up for success. I can do anything for 30 days, right? And ideally, having a small area of focus each month will enable me to build healthy habits that will build on each other throughout the year. Like many people, one of my main goals in the new year is to be healthier. It’s cliche, but it’s true. Last year, I started off 2018 with a 28 day fitness program coupled with a not-quite-Paleo…

Word of the Year: Cultivate

Each year, I select a word to guide me through the upcoming 52 weeks. In the past, my words have focused solely on what I’d like to change or how I thought I should be. While I will always strive to grow as a person, I felt that this mindset prevented me from recognizing what I was already doing right– the things I should do more of. This year, I needed a shift in mindset. My 2019 word of the year is “cultivate.” cultivate (verb): 1. try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill)2. apply oneself to improving or developing (one’s mind or manners)3. break up (soil) in preparation for sowing or planting Just as a farmer selects seeds from his best crops to plant in the new year, I hope to nurture the good which already exists within me, too. But, in instances where I fall short, I hope…

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