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Overhaul Prep

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This is the most difficult part. Jumping in after the holidays, the time off, the cuddles, the sleeping in, the forgetting what day it is, the not worrying about the budget.

If only that time could last forever, right?

Well, reality says no and instead of fighting it, I’m doing my best to get to work on blogging through this health overhaul thing.

How about we do a ‘what I imagined would happen,’ vs. ‘what actually happened.

Imagined: receive Practical Paleo at or around Christmas and begin reading, meal planning, cross referencing. Wake up January 1st refreshed and ready to kick 2016 in it’s teeth; feeling new, feeling inspired, feeling ready to start chipping away at those goals.

Reality: still waiting on Practical Paleo, extended holiday festivities until this afternoon (meaning: doing whatever the hell we wanted on the first day of the year, hiking the second, and finally saying – ok, I guess we have to, today) spent about an hour and a half looking up paleo recipes online. Spent 30 more minutes compiling a grocery list. Went to three different grocery stores to find all the random flours I need in my cabinet to make the good stuff. Came home stressed, had a few mini ‘why am I doing this again?’ ‘this is so difficult!!’ and ‘why is this so expensive?!’ breakdowns. Then remembered I promised myself I would figure this out. The figuring out is always the hardest, but then you know – ya know? So I decided anything worth understanding is worth a little bit of trouble. And health is important! I refuse to let society decide my priorities for me.

I’ve accepted I cannot approach this having it all together. I need to make the effort I can and keep perfecting throughout the year. This is why we are starting with food, so I have twelve months to keep honing in on optimal health for myself and my family. It will get better.

So –

Sunday posts will be dedicated to showing you what is up this week as far as dinners and some snacks. Maybe you’d like to try some of the meals we are tasting this week? I’ll reference some resources below, but won’t post recipes due to copyright. Everything this week is paleo, dairy free, gluten free.

  • Monday – broccoli chicken casserole
  • Tuesday – maple glazed salmon
  • Wednesday – paleo italian chicken fingers
  • Thursday – turkey chili
  • Friday – leftovers
  • Saturday – date night (will be determined during Friday planning)
  • Sunday – breakfast foods (will be determined during Friday planning)

a few other items on the menu: breakfast coconut pecan bars, fluffy paleo pancakes, pumpkin pie cupcakes, avocado egg salad, grilled chicken pineapple salad

Resources:

grassfedgirl.com, mommayoungathome.com, tastesoflizzyt.com, theroastedroot.net, naturallyloriel.com, and lexiscleankitchen.com

ps. I don’t have my new website ready either, but it is on the way! Stay tuned!

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10 Tips to Prep for Another Year

For fun, I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to prep for the new year. Maybe you will check off one per day, maybe you’ll tackle three or four following the days after Christmas. Either way, I’ll be working through the list myself and plan to share! 

10. Clean your house – if you’ve been in one of my fit groups, you know this is on the list. As humans we want to compile and compile when all we really need to do is CLEAN and manage (and be thankful for) what we already have.

9. Give away all that you can, put some things up for sale – think about all those who need what you have stuffed in the back of the cabinet or in the corner over there. If you haven’t used it in a year and don’t foresee using it soon, give. it. away. On the other hand, our economy functions when our belongings have worth, so go ahead and list that CD on ebay, craigslist, or Facebook.

8. Organize – after purging, organize what is left. This order will set your mind right to concur all that is ahead of you.

7. Organize your closet – because you see it every day. Take an hour or two to purge, give away, sell what is lost in your closet. Organize it in a functional way. Light a candle. Take a deep breath. You’ll be thankful you did this.

6. Plan your needs and budget for 2016 – Nigel and I have been budgeting since the beginning of our marriage. Our budget helped us know when to say yes and when to say no. We’ve paid off all debt (cars, school loans, random CC) because we determined our budget and stuck with it throughout these first five years. Now is the perfect time to figure out how much money you need, how much you want, and what you will do to earn it.

5. Set new goals! – setting goals is my favorite 😀 Don’t be the person who never set a goal because you’re afraid you won’t reach it. Set it anyway. Most goals I have set, I haven’t reached, however, when I reflect on these goals I’m always learning and setting new limits going forward. Push yourself. You’re worth it!

4. Management plan – setting goals is actually the easy part. You’ll want to set up a plan to break goals down into smaller goals and then into daily habits. See point #3, and figure out a way to track your habits.

3. Daily habits – have you read The Compound Effect? In it, Darren Hardy talks about habit tracking, because 90% of what we do is habit. So have you thought about your habits lately? Are they setting you up for success or destruction? Base your habits on the person you would have to be to reach the goals you set. Habits are the bridge from goal setting to actual achievement.

2. Reflect on 2015 – the year isn’t over and I know you experienced so much. Don’t leave it in haste. Take time to reflect on all the good and some of the sour. Be thankful for all your moments because they led you here, ready to welcome in another year.

  1. CELEBRATE! – what good is hard work without celebration? With up, comes down, with sunshine, rain, and after prepping for the new year and reflecting on the old, take time to CELEBRATE this life you are living! And if you aren’t going out with friends, I hope you are able to have a five minute dance party in your living room!
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