Happy New Year! My word(s) for the year....
Saturday, January 04, 2020
Happy New Year! How has the year started for you? The year has started out well, but still we are anticipating loss of a family member in the next days. Our faith will hold us during this time.
What I want to blog about is my word(s) for the year and why they are important. And other things that have been on my mind.
One of the things that have been circulating for the last few years is setting a word or words to define your year. Well, I started out with 7 or more words, but I think they have been distilled down to one. Even though I have settled on one, the rest will be part of the one.
The seven words are: joy, acceptance, renewal, slow (living), intentional, simple, faith and I could add others. As I thought about what I want for the year, the word intentional seemed to sum it up. I want to be intentional in my life, my faith, my fitness, everything!
I do the 5% Challenges every season. That is part of my doing my fitness in an intentional way. I have accountability there. I do my exercise and tracking, and there are other challenges to help me reach my goals. Check out the Winter 2020 5% Challenge team. You can find it on my list of teams.
Being intentional, I will also focus on my food choices. My eating has gone downhill. I lost my focus. I have been thinking about getting back on track. I still do WW (Weight Watchers) and have chosen the Purple Plan. I liked Freestyle (Blue) for the focus on making better choices. Even though they want you to eat your points, I focus my eating around the zero point foods and then use points for things like sauces or special foods. I've been following some of the discussion about the new plans and the pros and cons. I've settled on my own "plan". I like a whole foods, clean eating lifestyle. I eat mostly plant based with some protein that is focused on poultry, fish and eggs. I eat some dairy. The rest is the beans I eat and other plant based foods. Our family does enjoy beef and pork on a limited basis.
I like the Whole 30 concept, but I do Whole 30 with my own adaptation. It comes from my early years at Sparkpeople when I was coming off of a strict South Beach Diet Program. I was gaining weight on the low carb approach that was popular because it made me binge. So, I took South Beach Phase 2 and called potatoes/starchy vegetables a limited vegetable and added limited low carb/whole grain/high fiber carbs. I lost 30 lbs. I like Whole 30 for the same reason I like Purple Plan. I can add potatoes and starchy vegetables. With Whole 30 the focus is on protein and vegetables and fruit. So, I use the concept, except I allow beans and some dairy as part of my protein. I am eliminating sugar (except for dark chocolate), gluten/grains for a time, and not eating those snack foods that give me so much trouble. I am tracking on Itrackbites to keep track of how much I am eating both with calories and points. I focus on zero point foods as much as I can. Eventually, I want to add back some limited whole grains.
Another food area is my meal prepping. I will work at continuing to meal prep, so I am eating well at work since I eat both lunch and supper at work.
My exercise is another area that I am getting back on with. I get very focused and obsessed with my steps. I can't stand not getting my steps. There are times I will go really high and times I struggle to get 10,000 steps with my schedule. Around Thanksgiving I got sick and didn't exercise for about a week. I found I could be okay with not getting my steps. Then with December and Christmas I struggled with my steps. So, by New Years, I wasn't getting steps and exercising. My averages went down. I decided it was okay to get those averages down. I am now working on maintaining and building up slowly. One of the things that has gotten me thinking is some reading I am doing about over exercising and the problems it can cause. So, I am working at getting healthy and making this something I can do and is sustainable. Sustainable is another word I am wanting to focus on in my life choices. Also, I want to add things like strength training, which doesn't always give me steps.
I also want to be intentional in my life. I am in an educational process that is challenging me emotionally, professionally, and spiritually. I have some struggles that I am working through in the area of what I would like to be doing and what I am doing. I'm working on that. But, I am also looking at my life overall and wanting to live my best life now. Which fits with being intentional. I have spent too much time being focused on the future, when I would lose the weight, or the next season, or the next phase. I think it's important to live our lives in the here and now.
That is all for this blog. I have another one I will put up shortly.
Have a great New Year! How are you living out your best life today?