My one resolution for the new year.

Welcome 2015!!!! I took a little blogging hiatus over the holidays to just relax and enjoy my family. We had an amazing, blessed Christmas. We celebrated…maybe a little too much. 😉 Now it’s time to look forward and start the new year fresh! I’m only making one new year resolution this year, to Lighten Up. I plan to do this in a number of ways:

1. Lighten Up a few pounds. I think this is everyone’s resolution at some point but I don’t want to say “lose weight”. I really just want to lighten up the few holiday pounds of fat and work on gaining lean muscle mass. I plan to do this by “Eating Clean in 2015!” Ha. I know…corny…but the rhyme cracks me up. I’m getting back on the clean eating band wagon. If I can focus on clean eating 80% of the time I think I’ll be in good shape. This means no dairy, no sugar (ack!) and limited wheat (only unprocessed) products. This is a very lean protein and veggie/fruit heavy diet. I felt amazing when I did this in November and dropped some significant weight.


2. Lighten Up my pace. I am still struggling with finding my running mojo. I’m hoping once we get past the holidays I can get back to a routine where I can incorporate running more. Baby Z-peat is now old enough where I can take him to the gym and use the gym daycare for an hour or so. I plan to start using it in the mornings while Little Z is in pre-school and try and log a few miles and workouts. And if weather is permitting I’ll break out The Beast (double jogging stroller) and start run/walking again. I know that consistency is the key to getting my running fitness back and getting my speed back up.

wpid-20141206_092053-1-1.jpg3. Lighten Up the clutter. We have managed to accumulate a massive amount of crap over the years. It is time to purge, purge, purge. We started cleaning out a couple of closets over the break and managed to fill several garbage bags for the trash and several boxes for donation. It feels so good to reduce the junk and get it out of the house. I plan to tackle one closet and room at a time and just obliterate the junk and organize. Get ready to work Mr. label maker!


One closet down! Gotta love plastic bins, bins, bins!!

4. Just Lighten Up. I need to lighten up the negativity and self-doubt. I need to not take things so seriously. I need to enjoy life’s little moments more. This one is difficult. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others and then be wracked with self-doubt, especially in this age of social media where everyone posts EVERYTHING. I need to remember to run my own race, at my own pace, in my own time. My situation is my situation. I need to find my own way and be proud of my accomplishments big and small. So for starters here’s one accomplishment that I’m super proud of: this little guy!

wpid-20141225_080835.jpgWhat are some of your resolutions for 2015??

Monday Motivation – DietBet Update

For today’s Monday Motivation post I’m posting an update on my DietBet outcome. If you remember, about four weeks ago I joined a DietBet group where I had to lose 4% of my body weight in 28 days or I would lose my $25 input.


Well, I’m happy to report that I CRUSHED it! I not only met my diet bet goal but lost an additional 5 lbs! I am officially below my pre-baby weight!! Whoohooo!!


And let me tell you that 99% of it was just eating the right things. I didn’t track my calories, I didn’t exercise like crazy. I have a newborn.


In fact, I was sick for 2 weeks of it and couldn’t exercise much at all due to a nasty chest cold. The key for me was eating clean. No dairy, no alcohol, no sugar and only unprocessed wheat in small portions. And I even cheated a bit with the sugar. I am totally addicted to my Starbucks and these bad boys. A single Reese’s in the freezer is like crack to me.


But by eating veggie heavy meals with lean protein I was able to drop the weight and then some. A sample of my day would be:

Breakfast: Coffee (with coconut milk creamer), and a protein shake using my Nutribullet. I would fill it full of berries (low sugar fruit) and spinach and a scoop of protein power and chia seeds.


Mid-morning snack: a handful of raw almonds.

Lunch: A salad loaded with all colors of vegetables and lean ground turkey taco meat. I would season it with organic evoo and balsamic vinegar or raspberry wine vinegar.


Mid-afternoon snack: Hummus with gluten free crackers (I really like the Nut-thins) or a Starbucks run.

Dinner: Paleo chicken soup. Basically just chicken noodle soup without all the noodles.


Late evening snack: An apple with natural almond butter and usually a frozen Reese’s . 🙂

And lots and lots and lots of water throughout the day. Seriously. Lots.

I never felt hungry and ate as much as I wanted. The hardest part for me was the late night snacking. I would always crave sugar the worst then. The small frozen Reese’s seemed to satisfy and keep those cravings in check.

I really do feel great eating this way. I think I’ll keep up with the clean eating in moderation AFTER Thanksgiving. I plan to go a bit crazy Thanksgiving day. Sorry, but I LOVE my Thanksgiving indulgences. It only comes once a year. It’s my little reward.