I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I think one of the reasons people tend to stray from their resolutions after a short period of time is because of the intimidation of having to make such a big change and sticking to it long-term. The mindset of doing something differently than “last year” puts too much pressure on people. I think we should set more attainable goals. Instead of last year and this year, we should focus on yesterday and today. It’s much easier mentally to change something from yesterday and take it one step at a time, than to risk taking a giant leap forward only to eventually go back to our old ways. Also, positive changes are something we should strive for constantly, not just once a year!
Now that I feel like I’ve rambled enough, I’m going to share a few changes I’m making in my life.
If I do happen to make a New Year’s Resolution, I try to make it a short-term goal because I know I can stick to it. Permanent changes? They never happen for me.
I have a full marathon coming up in April, so there are some dietary changes I’ve wanted to make to help me stay focused and healthy throughout training. I was tempted to make these changes last week, but I knew that New Year’s Eve meant making unhealthy choices in light of ringing in the New Year, so I figured it would be best to wait until after.
So, here we go! Until after my marathon, I will abstain from:
- refined sugars
I know what you may be thinking–dairy?! Since when can she have dairy? When I started reintroducing foods after the Paleo Diet, I found that I could have dairy (!!!!!) and that nightshades were my main trigger food for Hidradenitis. So why would I give these things up again if I can have them? Well, while I was on the Paleo Diet I felt much more energized and efficient, and I’d like to tap into that mindset again. I have felt so lethargic and unmotivated for the past month or so (holiday season, anyone?)–these three types of food/drink seemed to affect me most negatively when I reintroduced them, so they must be the culprits! To clarify: by “negatively,” I don’t mean that they caused any disease-related problems. I just mean that my body loved getting rid of these foods and wasn’t too happy when they became part of my diet again.
I am SO excited about purchasing a domain name and developing a vision for my blog. I look forward to blogging more regularly about my eating/running/life adventures. If you haven’t already, check out my newly created facebook page!
Happy New Year!!