2018 Goals and Thoughts
Hi Everyone! I can’t believe how long it has been and for that I apologize. I spent January taking a step back and regrouping a bit in every aspect of my life. We had so much going on in December with the move to our new house and the holidays that a small mental break is exactly what I needed. I have also been a smidge ashamed to admit that I did not participate in a food or alcohol eliminating January (GASP!).
Typically every January just like so many people, I always make a resolution to exercise more and eat clean, but I am happy to report that this year I just did not feel out of control leading up to January 1st. My lovely trainer has been keeping me in line so I didn’t stray from my workouts and the move kept us so busy that there was very little time to indulge. Instead, I used this January 1st to search for a more meaningful resolution and kind of just stumbled on the thought to unplug a little a relax. The wedding planning is definitely picking up and I just needed a breather from everything. I used this month to get my priorities in line and really focus on what is important to me. So here is what I came up with:
Putting the cell phone and being present with Paul - this is something the both of us have always said we can work on, but it’s easier said than done. Our families are far away and sometimes the only time we can connect with everyone is after work and that’s ok! But other times we are playing games, browsing social media, etc and just not taking in quality time together. We are both guilty of letting life get too busy and losing sight of the amazing things right in front of us - like our little family.
Setting aside strict time for For The Kale Of It - I have to admit, while I love the blog so much it does get overwhelming at times. I also am super intimidated by this amazing community because I want my connect to be high quality like everything I see from my favorite bloggers. February we are going to see a lot of new content here on For The Kale Of It and I think it will be much more of a reflection of me. Expect some fitness tips, food freedom, simple quick meals and even some home projects. I am really excited to let you all into my life a bit more than I have in the past and I think 2018 is going to be a really exciting year for the blog!
Food Freedom - I mentioned this will be coming to the blog and it is something I have been practicing in January and absolutely loving. I am listening to my body and surprisingly have actually been eating cleaner than I normally do. I have worked hard to eliminate the guilt I tend to feel around certain foods and finding that I actually am not craving them as much. I didn’t realize how stressful eating became for me until I took a step back and really took a hard look at the situation. Flexibility didn’t even exist when it came to eating and it was really not an enjoyable way to live. I want to be able to go out with friends or Paul and not beat myself up. I am happy to report I have gotten to this place and I am so excited to share my experience with you all.
Listening to my body - I am on a workout regimen through my trainer and I could not be happier with it, but I found I was really stressing myself out on the days I did not see her. I am now using the approach of listening to my body and working out to find relief not to punish myself because I ate those cheese and crackers or drank that glass of wine. Have you ever heard yourself snap at someone and thought “oh my god”? Well that happened to be a few times and I realized holy cow I need to find a way to decompress. I always thought it would be yoga for me, but I am slowly getting into running and hitting the pavement to melt away all of my woes. A huge plus has been that this is great time with the dog and I love that my stress reliever allows me to give him some attention at the end of the day.
Focusing on friends - There is something about weddings that make you take a step back to reflect just how much you appreciate all of your friends. As we get closer and closer to our big day I am experiencing this so much and trying very hard to stay present in all of my friends lives whether it be a call, text or hanging out. Not all of my friends live nearby so I am really reminding myself to check in and see how their lives are going because I want to know, and long distance relationships unfortunately can be a bit harder. These relationships are so important to me and I want to give my all to making sure they know how much they mean to me.
Phew that was a lot. I know this was a long post, but I really felt it was important to share with you all. So many people speak up about resolutions in January, but I wanted to check in at the end of the month because none of these things are going to stop for me come February 1. The only thing January 1st did for me was allow me to see things a little clearer, but none of this is a fad or something I will let slip. I hope this helps all of you and I would love to hear some of your resolutions for the year! Let’s make 2018 the best one yet :)