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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Objectives and recommitments…don’t call them resolutions…

So, 2014 – here we are. 365 (well, 364 at this point…) days of a new year ahead of us, a blank slate for us to write our next story. If 2011 was about our wedding and 2012 was about overwhelming sadness and loss, 2013 was about healing. What can 2014 possibly hold? I have no idea except I have a feeling it’s going to be great!

I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. In past years, I’ve stayed away from the Y or my Weight Watchers meetings during the first month until things got back to “normal”. Cynical? Yeah, probably. Oh well. As the craziness of the holiday season carried on though, I started thinking about getting my life back to my own version of normal. When my body starts craving salads, I’ve probably gone a bit overboard on the cookies.

So, what are my objectives, goals, and recommitments of 2014? So glad you asked! Let’s start with food…doesn’t it always? S and I began 2013 with a full on commitment to our gym’s paleo challenge. I painstakingly separated everything in the pantry and refrigerator and tried out all sorts of new recipes. You know what – it was awesome! We ate such yummy food and had amazing amounts of energy – and S stopped snoring! Our workouts were better and we got stronger. And then to top it off – we won the challenge!

Over the course of the rest of the year, we ate paleo much of the time. The siren call of beer and bread (and cheese) was sometimes simply too much to resist though. Last summer, we started ordering PaleoRx meals (looooove them!) to make it easier to stay on track. Yes, it was a little pricey but worth it to not have to think about dinner after a late evening WOD. When we started traveling more in September and then through the holidays though, we’ve been less than stellar and “clean” in our eating.

So the first recommitment is to get back to clean eating. See? It’s not a resolution – been there, done that, ready to do it again. I’m actually excited to go grocery shopping and break out my Well Fed cookbook (and buy Well Fed 2!). Melissa Joulwan is BRILLIANT at making paleo accessible and delicious. She even put together a week 1 food plan and shopping list together to make it easier to get started. Check it out here! It’s a full-on Whole30 plan that I’ll be supplementing with some occasional paleo treats. I would have a mutiny from S if I tried to make him go that strict.

I think that's enough for today. Tomorrow – Crossfit goals!

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