We’re a little over halfway through the first month of 2018. More importantly, we’re a little over halfway through my Whole30! I’ve spent most of this month trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays — getting my laundry schedule back on track, making regular full-blown grocery shopping trips, etc. I’m sure we’re all in that boat.
Lately I’m …
Sipping: Over the holidays I tried two new beers, both funky and delicious! The first was a Kombucha beer from Unity Vibration. I picked up the Raspberry flavor on a whim during a trip to Whole Foods and I really enjoyed it, but beware that it is truly very Kombucha-y. The second was Chai High from Avery Brewing, which I had at an Indian restaurant alongside a vegetarian kofta. It was delicious, just a little spicy and warm.
Watching: My boyfriend and I are working our way back through the TV show Psych. We started watching the show a few years ago when it was on Netflix and fell in love with it’s goofy nerdiness — we were so sad when it was removed! After watching Psych: The Movie in December, we went looking for a way to watch the show again. Good news for all you Amazon Prime members: all of the seasons live there now!
Wearing: I recently ordered this nightgown from Target. (Shout out to my sister! I copied her again with this purchase.) It is so cozy and so soft — I’m trying to transition from frumpy, old, over-sized t-shirts to cuter pajamas without sacrificing comfort, and this gown is doing the trick.
Trying: Morning workouts! This month has been all about that 5 AM wake-up call. I’m working on a list of tips and tricks that are helping to make it possible for me, which I’ll be sharing soon.
Y’all, I’m tired. It could be all kinds of things: maybe my Whole30, maybe my recent switch to mostly morning workouts, maybe I’m still readjusting to it no longer being Christmastime. Whatever it is, I’m tired, so things have been pretty quiet around here lately. But there has been a bit of fun since Christmas!
While I was home for the holidays, I got in lots of kitty snuggles. At one point, baby girl set up shop on my lap for more than an hour!
My boyfriend and I decided to gift each other a date this year for Christmas, instead of things. After the New Year, we threw it back to a few Christmases ago when he took me to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the Night Lights. I just love going — it’s fun and festive every time! It was very cold when we went this year, so the crowds weren’t bad and it really felt like holiday outing.
The rest my time has been all about meal planning, catching up at work, and going to bed early enough to make it to 6 AM workout classes! Oh, and daydreaming about naps.
I’m not Whole30-ing to recover from a holiday binge. To be honest, I don’t feel like I did too much mindless overeating and over-drinking during the holidays. I do, however, feel like I propped up my diet on easy, quick, and mindless meals. Actually, I feel like I’ve been doing that for months — just trying to get myself fed, not really thinking about my food. So the start of this year just felt like the right time to take on another Whole30, to listen to my body, and to commit to making better food choices throughout the year.
This will be my third full Whole30 rodeo. My first was successful, my second was not. And there was a little Whole15 somewhere in between those two. I’m ready and I know what to do, but I’m also still trying to get myself organized.
This time around, I want to focus on trying recipes instead of eating the same thing over and over again because I’m in a rut with what’s compliant. So far I’ve tried The Real Food Dietitians recipe for Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken — it is yummy, super-easy, and really versatile! And my sister and I had the Greek-Style Meatball Salad from the new Whole30 Fast & Easy cookbook last night before yoga. (The flavors of the dressing weren’t really my thing, but somehow it had never occurred to me to make Whole30 meatballs! I had the leftover meatballs with scrambled eggs this morning and it was a good move.)
To keep me inspired, and you too if you’re Whole30-ing with me, here’s a little bit of food porn and meal ideas …
As always, I feel like I could use a vacation to recover from my vacation. Things have been non-stop around here. I did all kinds of Christmas celebrating, a little birthday celebrating, and I had friends in town to celebrate the new year. It’s been fun to hang out, catch up, and eat all kinds of celebratory foods — pastry-wrapped baked brie, anyone? — but now I’m ready to refocus and reset.
Instead of overdoing it this year with 52 things to accomplish, I’m downsizing my list and keeping it limited to 18 things. My overarching goal this year is to have/pursue/cultivate fewer, better things and it only seemed fitting for my list of goals to follow that approach.
I’ve included my list below and will be sharing updates as I go. I’ll keep my 18 Things in 2018 page up to date and linked to any relevant posts. Let me know if you’re doing anything similar this year — I’d love to follow along!
Harder, better, faster, stronger …
Run before lunch on WFH days.
Train for a 5K.
Train for a 10K.
Perform five pull-ups.
Successfully complete a Whole30.
Trying to act like I’m cultured …
Try five new restaurants.
Cook one new recipe each month.
Read two books each month.
Learn more about manual camera controls.
Finish watching all of the movies in dad’s “must see” box.
Business-y things …
Review and update digital security.
Update professional portfolio, head shot, etc.
Reorganize and update personal filing system.
To help keep the apartment in check …
Perform an apartment deep clean each month.
Perform a full closet clean-up/out.
Perform a full office clean-up/out.
Perform a full toiletry clean-up/out.
I hope you all had the merriest Christmas! Now we’re just around the corner from 2018.
I know I’m not the only one who feels like this year went by faster than any other year. I also know I’m not the only one who feels like it was jam-packed, personally and politically and culturally and all the other ways. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little tired and a little ready for the reset that a new year provides, even if it’s just through an arbitrary turning of the calendar pages. It was a year, but 2017 was good to me.
I also tried to post a bit more regularly around here, which was new for me. So just in case you’re new around here and or have missed some of my many posts, the stats have spoken and these are my top posts for 2017: