Posted in celebration, exercise, Health, new year

New Year New Me? Not Really, but 2017 is going to be great anyway.

I have lots of aspirations for 2017. I love a good tradition. It might be the anthropologist in me. I love the ritual of making resolutions and mapping out a New Year. I revel in the newness of it all. I think of each New Year as a freshly tilled garden, full of possibilities. I build my vision around my hopes however lofty. Inevitably weeds will grow and insects will eat the leaves of my prized plants, but that juicy August tomato will be worth all of the hassle. It’s the same with my New Year goals. I experience challenges and setbacks but as the year draws to a close and I look back at all that I have accomplished I feel pretty amazing.

Ok. Let’s get back to my New Year plans. I kicked off this morning by doing a little re-tidying inspired by Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (affiliate link) I told you about last month in my post. It’s my way to make room for all of the hopes I have for 2017. A trip or two to Goodwill always makes me feel lighter. I actually think getting rid of clutter helps me think more clearly. Perhaps I will look into the science of that someday.

The second action step I took this morning was to order materials to help prepare me for my Health Coach Certification. Yay me! I am so excited about it I can hardly stand it. I firmly believe this step will have a profound impact on my health, my family’s health and possibly your health. Maybe we should work together to help you meet your goals? Think about it. You have some time. I won’t be certified for a few months. If you are interested in hearing more about my dream or want to support me, go here.

My third step this morning was to come to you to share all of my goals. I don’t make resolutions per say. I like the word “goals” because it feels more proactive. There is some disagreement about whether publicly sharing one’s goals is the correct action, but I find that making my goals public gives me some extra incentive to follow through.

So here they are: January detox (gluten-free, sugar free and alcohol free). I wrote a while ago in The secret is out about excluding gluten from my diet and having what appeared to me to be a number of positive impacts. I am going to repeat the no-gluten experiment this month and see if I can replicate my results. I have also written about my experience with refined sugar and cutting it out in Sugar is everywhere . It’s time to try that again as well. Lastly, I am going to go alcohol free for January too. I don’t drink a ton. The picture shown above is actually of me enjoying a non-alcoholic beer (FYI: They aren’t half bad). I have noticed over the past few months that even one drink can derail my efforts to eat healthy and exercise the following day. I am not willing to make that compromise anymore. So, bye-bye beer, wine and all other booze (for January anyway). **Side note: I may have a cheat day when The Gluten and Dairy Free Wildcat Walks Down the Aisle AKA My cousin that I wrote about in My cousin Kate and the novelty of night running.

My other 2017 goals include: self-publish a children’s book (This is already in the works and it’s going to be awesome), have a regular mediation practice (5x/week 10min each time), and have a regular strength training (min 2x each week) routine.

How about you? What are your 2017 resolutions or goals?  How are you going to move closer to your health vision?

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Posted in celebration, Health

Happy birthday month to me

Yep. I said birthday month! I honestly think the best way to have an awesome birthday is to celebrate it yourself. I do this a few ways. I talk incessantly about my upcoming birthday, I buy myself presents and throw myself parties. Yes, I really do this for all of October.

Of course this goes against our cultural norm, we are taught to wait for people to sing us happy birthday and buy us the perfect present. That doesn’t work for me for two reasons. One, I find being sung to exceedingly awkward and two, no one knows better what presents that I want than me.

All right, so maybe this seems a little bit selfish but consider that being a little self-focused is exactly what we need, particularly as it relates to health. I was reflecting on my tendency to buy myself a present or ten during October and what that might sound like to other people. What you should know is, celebrating myself briefly each year brings me a lot of joy, so I don’t feel bad about it and I am going to keep doing it.

My point is, putting one’s  needs and health first might seem selfish but realistically it’s the most important gift we can give to ourselves and to our family.

So, happy birthday month to me and I hope you give yourself a gift this month for the fun of it. (You can do it as practice for your birthday month). Maybe it’s a tiny chocolate brownie or maybe it’s a walk in the gorgeous fall weather, maybe it’s a little of both. I will let you decide.

As always, I would love to hear from you! Message me here and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Posted in bocce ball, celebration, corn hole, eating, exercise, holidays

Boom! Boom! Boom! Keepin’ it healthy on holidays

Happy fourth everyone! I hope you have amazing plans today. Here in the south it looks like we are gonna be grilling in the rain. Oh well, I like to view new experiences as adventures. At least that is the attitude I am hoping to keep today- even under my umbrella.

Holidays are always a little tricky when it comes to health. The Fourth of July isn’t usually as difficult as the barrage of holiday madness in the fall and winter but red, white and blue treats will certainly make their appearance today.

You know from my other posts that I try to keep what I eat on the healthy side of things but have no shame when it comes to the occasional delicious indulgence. The Fourth will be no different. I won’t eat the “crack” cookies with tons of artificial dyes that will surely be available, but I will have a scoop (or two) of homemade potato salad without any hesitation. Our hamburgers are organic grass fed beef but the chips and salsa aren’t. Health isn’t about perfection for me it’s about making the best out of options available and truly taking the time to celebrate life, love, and for one day a year our beloved country.

In addition to food challenges I also find exercise can be difficult to accomplish on on holidays. Commitments and preparation can take a lot of my time on days of celebration. I think this is where creativity and a willingness to get out of my comfort zone come in handy.

I find that family walks after mealtimes can be a fun way to work in a little activity while spending time with loved ones. Also, I think summer holidays are a great time to get involved in yard games. Corn hole and bocce ball are games I am terrible at but willing to play for the movement and fun of sharing time with family. Finally, if I find myself needing to move then I find the kids. Volunteering to watch the little ones or joining games of the bigger ones will certainly keep me out of my seat.

I hope today you soak in every moment of celebration, fireworks and freedom my friends! I know I will.

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