Well, 2012 is over with. And I can honestly say – good riddance! 2012 and I didn’t get along well at all. We clashed more than two sisters sharing a closet. (If you’ve ever shared a room with your sister, you know what I’m talking about.)
With 2013 now in place, it’s time to start thinking about changes. I’m not talking resolutions, since the very nature of a resolution seems to induce an immediate urge to break it. I’m talking goals for the new year – what do you want to accomplish? For me, this is the year to do some things I’ve been putting off. There are some big changes in store for this girl. Some are kinda scary, but will be worth the risk, should they work out.
Diet – So one of the things I’m changing is my diet strategy. I’m still working with some experts on my thyroid and adrenal issues, but I’ve done some personal experiments that have been enlightening. I’ve always felt that quality of the food you eat is more important than the quantity. I still believe quality is important, but I’m also learning that if you eat the correct foods, you have less appetite, which leads to eating less - essentially fewer calories. When I consume a higher-fat (more satiating), lower-carb meal, I find I don’t need near as much food AND I stay fuller longer. So increasing my fat has helped me need less food to carry me through the day. I’m not purposely restricting my calories, but it’s turning out that way. And when I do this, I notice the weight loss is a bit easier. So for this girl, calories certainly seem to play a role. I realize some gals my size and eat a lot of low-carb food and still lose. They obviously have a better metabolism than I do. Or maybe they aren’t hypothyroid and struggle with high cortisol. I can’t claim to know all the answers for anyone. All I can do is say “here’s what seems to work for me” and then go about my day. So I’m going to start watching where my calories land, while sticking to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and will report in when I can. I’ve also got a new exercise plan in place that is realistic and fits into my crazy schedule. Pair these changes with my medications and supplements, and I expect to see changes for the better.
This Blog – I’ll be upfront. I used to really enjoy blogging. It was a joy to share, gripe, laugh, cry, celebrate… you name it. In the last couple of years the joy has slowly disappeared. One of my goals for this year is to spend more time doing the things I love, and spend less times on things that aren’t inspiring, are negative, or don’t truly make me happy. More than once in the past year, I’ve considered walking away. I’ve wondered if my usefulness in the LC community has fizzled out, especially since these past few years have been a personal struggle for me in many ways. But in the end, I’m finding that people still come here for recipes, and other posts, that seem to be helpful, even if they aren’t as frequent as they used to be. As long as there is something here people find use for, I’ll be around. So I’m not walking away, but I can’t say I know where this blog fits in with my future plans. I’ll try to keep things updated and post progress reports, news, recipes, etc. as often as I can. But I refuse to put pressure on myself, which will hopefully help restore some of the joy I once felt. I hope that makes sense.
Accomplishments – This year I have big plans for my photography and writing endeavors. These will take some time, but I believe it will be worth the patience and hard work. And if I fail, well hey, I tried, right? As these progress, I’ll try to update here as well. Some you may be interested in, others not so much. I’ll let you decide what to read and what to ignore.
Over all, my goal for 2013 is to be happy, no matter what I’m doing. That may mean adjusting my expectations, attitude, and even associations as the year progresses. I’ll be spending more time with my family, hopefully less time on the computer, and taking care of me in the best way I know how. While I may not be around as often as I’d like, I sure hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey in 2013. And please feel free to share your goals and dreams for the coming year. I always love to hear from readers. :)