At the end of the calendar year, most of us think about the year ahead and form goals of some sort for ourselves along the lines of lifestyle, career, diet, etc. What Paleo-style goals did you make for yourself, and are you sticking to your plans? Perhaps you have discovered that your goal was unrealistic...did you give up, or create a modified version that is more down to earth?
My main goals for this year were; to go to at least one yoga class per week, which I have made happen about fifty percent of the time, and that's many times the number of classes I was going to, so I'm modifying my goal to twice per month...secondly, I am striving to get more sleep, specifically to be in bed by eleven. Most nights I have been, leaving me less likely to need to sleep excessively on the weekend to catch up...I also aimed to continue striving for a cure to migraine, and have recently begun a TCM protocol that I have high hopes for. The protocol addresses thyroid dysfunction, spleen dysfunction, and helps with vasodilation as I have vasoconstriction issues.
Publicly stating goals can really help us to give the extra effort required to make changes in our lives.
~I also want to add that it is my ongoing goal to continue striving to live a life that is in alignment with my inner world.
Definitely, I'm sticking to my dairy-free program. My stomach's much happier without cream and cheese, even if I haven't lost any weight yet (last time I did this I lost about 10 pounds -- oh well).
But the bigger thing I'm working on this year is contacting old friends and establishing new friendships. I'm not really a lone wolf, but I do let relationships slide when I get busy or tired, and it's been occurring to me that lifelong connections with other people are part of our human heritage -- a part that modern life often disrupts.
So I guess this is the year I take the leap into being more committed to "Paleo," or at least honoring the evolutionary framework that I've often said is so important. I've got the dietary angle down fairly well for myself (although who knows what further tweaks lie ahead), and the sunlight/Vitamin D thing has been pretty close to miraculous. Now I'm looking at the rest of my life, starting with rebuilding my "tribe."
I do-overed, is that a word?, my Whole60. There wasn't much to change but I eliminated just a few things, one of them being pineapple - drooling right now thinking of it, and saw some great results. Lost a teeny bit of weight, which I didn't need to, but it was the right amount to completely lean up and I got to really see what all my months of hard work at CF and lifting have done for me. Pretty fascinating!
So I will continue to tinker, which I love to do, with my food just to see what I can eke out with the nutrients, amounts, combinations. I was asked to do some CF competitions this year so I need and want to be at optimum levels.
I've been able to keep to decent sleep, no electronics at least an hour before bed, the goal was two but so many silly animal videos and so little time! (kidding) (maybe), and lower my caffeine level. The sleep was a big one.
I also went back to my old promise to myself to learn something new each month and so far I've learned how to pick locks, 1-3-5 pins, and how to make an on the fly tourniquet when you cut the tip of your thumb off. Only two months in.. what shall I do next?!?
I challenged myself to continue ancestral eating in a sensible mode that produces slow but steady loss of excess fat. It's more important to me to stabilize and keep the fat I've already lost off than to rapidly lose the remaining 25-30 lbs. It would be nice to approach my goal some time this summer, but as long as I feel great and don't back-slide it won't be stressful if I don't.
I decided I would monitor progress at the beginning of each month, measuring my waist and hips and taking a "mug shot" photo for comparisons over time.
I decided to dial back my exercise to a BBS model. 1x/week all out effort. Doing this to reduce overuse injury. I have a bad habit my past five years of exercise. Tend to push myself way to hard as if I'm still trying to compete at some sort of elite athletic level. This has led to cycles of injury followed by time off followed by restart. This time around my goal is to continue a sustainable exercise program. So far so good....9 weeks straight, getting stronger each week and no injuries!
My resolution was to hold more firm to paleo / primal in general. Following the archevore template, I quit smoking. When with a friend I might partake, but that's rare, and nothing like the daily habit i had.
I've also tried to exercise more, including a lot of exercises I can do in my apartment (like the phantom chair against a wall) Telling myself I would do them daily turned out to be a bit foolish, but I hold steady at a few times a week with the goal of increasing.
I also made the resolution to cook more, which had the result I was hoping for: more strict paleo/primal meals, but usually only two meals a day. Even without my simple exercises I've noticed an improvement in my body and my moods.
All that said, there is always room for improvement -- like getting rid of my stuff, wearing more sustainable fabrics, going to bed earlier, or using less electronics.
I resolved to live a more natural life, save money by being less lazy and doing more for myself, be outside more.
So far, I'm doing pretty good. I have made fresh yogurt (yes, all by myself) and have started a water kefir that I recently invested in. My thought process here is to get rid of the probiotic pills I currently take and replace with the REAL, natural stuff in these two "foods".
I also have a vat of homemade body wash stewing at home right now. The recipe was easy to find on google, and I've started looking for other things I can make on my own with cheep ingredients that are more natural. My next project: homemade shampoo, bug spray, and deodorant.
I've been doing heavy research for a garden this summer (as part of my plan to get outside more), and have a lot of enthusiasm, which has bled over to my two little munchkins. My husband is even getting involved.
I think I'm on track to be quite successful and productive this year :)
I'm going to take this opportunity to admit, I utterly failed at my January Whole30 that I promised myself. I didn't even come close; by day five I was binge drinking.
Honestly, I'm going through a rough period right now. I'm keeping my eating 80% on track, but I'm drinking too much, and when I don't succumb to that, sugar usually has it's way with me. The occasional (once a month?) dose of gluten also has psychological impacts on me that last a week or two at the least.
I'm maintaining at 6'6" 190lb or so, but I have a couple lbs of remaining subcutaneous fat I could stand to lose, and lots that I could stand to gain if I could quit consciously stalling my progress.
Good question, in that: no one physically present in my life is holding me accountable for my success. I wish they were, honestly.
I had made a quasi new years resolution that I thought was a good idea but it backfired. I had resolved to add a pound of raw veggies to my diet, every day, at a minimum for nutrient density.
A week in, felt FANTASTIC!
After that week, I stopped pooping.
So I backed off on that resolution.
My other plans involve getting much more active. I'm losing weight while relatively sedentary on a fairly rigid Paleo 1.0 template, and it's coming off fairly well (to the tune of 10lbs or so a month), but this is more to improve my conditioning and get me ready for the 2013 highland games season.