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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…

On Finding Balance

In January, I tend to see a lot of posts on social media that fall into one of two categories: The first are the traditional new year’s resolutions about “New Year, New Me,” fad diets, and exercise goals. The second, increasingly common message is one of body positivity and self love. Considering the fact that I am embarking on a wellness journey of my own, I’ve struggled with where to place myself in this dichotomy. Does changing my eating habits, trying to lose weight and get in shape mean that I don’t love myself? Does it mean that I’m telling others that they’re unworthy of being loved as they are? Unworthy of taking up space in this world? Age 11, shortly after my struggle with body image began. My relationship with food and with my body has always been a complicated one. When I was 11 years old, I developed…

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…

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