Ahhhh....January. A New Month, A New Day and a New YEAR!!!! I love the new year. The disappointments and failures of the previous year fade into the anals of time, while the endless possibilities of what lies ahead welcome you to plan and dream without prejudice. Usually by this time of the new year, I have a list of how many pounds I want to lose, how many dollars I want to pay off and how clean I want to get my house. All in measurable, unrealistic, numeric goals. This year, I am not planning on setting myself up for failure. Don't get me wrong, I still want to be skinny, debt free and living in an immaculate house, but I am starting to learn that those things are not how I want to measure my success or failures. Life is a process and what we learn and become along the way is what holds true value.
This year, I simply want to love and care for myself and my family better than I ever have before. For so long I have just survived, barely making it to the weekend, the next break or the end of the school year. Just squeaking out the door to make it to work, church or the store on time. I am ready to thrive. To embrace what matters and really, really love my family.
There are several areas that my husband and I have really felt needed some adjustments. Our diet being a main one. I am not going on a diet. Although I am considerably overweight, I am also 3 and a half months pregnant with my second baby and don't have the desire or nerves to diet. We also have an almost 2 year old at home and his cute little self doesn't need to diet either. However, there are some things that we have gotten slack with. Fried foods, refined sugars and flours, eating out. Those are all coming to an end. Going back to loving and caring for myself and my family, we need to change the way we eat. I love the blog 100 days of real food. My husband went to high school with the guy whose wife started the blog. That is the reason he started reading it originally and I started reading it because he started reading it.
They really have some good ideas about eliminating unhealthy, processed foods and replacing it with nurturing, real foods. We are going to start with their 10 day challenge, and go from there, hopefully make it all the way to 100 days of nurturing, wholesome, vitamin rich eating. I can't wait to see how great I will feel when its all said and done. Right now (although pregnant) I am tired, cranky, and sickly feeling and its not just the pregnancy, I have felt this way for years.
We will be following a modified version of their plan. We have monetary restrictions and can't afford to throw everything out of our cabinets just because it has more than 5 ingredients. We have purchased a lot of organic, healthy items that are full of different seeds, grains and a number of other approved ingredients. That will be our main compromise. Also, gmos are stealthy little critters. We are going to eat what we have in our cabinets, and slowly replace them with non-gmos. Those are very concerning to me, but we will have to take baby steps on this. One example is our corn masa- my son is gluten intolerant, so I like to make corn tortillas. We will use up what we have and replace it with something better. Our improved way of eating will start tomorrow. I am also working on decluttering and organizing or home. I will be blogging about both of those things in the future. Also, I pieced together several recipes for homemade laundry detergent and came up with our perfect mix, I will let you know exactly how I did it later this week! Take care, happy new year and here's to your dreams for what lies ahead!