A New Year With New Goals

Wow!

I can’t believe 2019 is already here. Every year seems to pass more quickly than the last, and December ALWAYS gets me. Thanksgiving to the New Year is gone before you know it. It’s the best time of the year, and I hate that I feel like I’m rushing everywhere and can hardly enjoy it!

I’m not usually the type for making New Year’s Resolutions, but there is something about a new year that feels like a fresh new start. 2018 was an awesome year for me. I spent most of it planning my wedding, which led to me sitting around for hours, being a stress eater, and working 24/7 to pay for all the expenses a wedding brings! I had some pretty bad habits in my opinion.

So, with this being a new year, I’m looking for a new start! I’m starting some new habits and setting some new goals for myself. Some of these are only temporary until I reach my goal, and others will be things that I want to stick to throughout the year.

For the LONGEST time, I have told myself that I am going to put in the hard work to get the body I have always wanted. Every single year I have given up half way through. I have taken so many years, seeing what diet and work out plan is best for my body. I have gone through fasted workout, keto diets, HIIT exercises, extremely low calorie diets… I could go ALL DAY! They have been fun experiments to see how the body reacts to different types of diet and exercise.

At the end of the day, consistency is key. My goal is to be in the gym 5 – 6 days a week – no excuses. Not because it’s a punishment for me to lose weight, but because I always feel better once I go. I feel re-energized and sleep comes so much easier for me. I really don’t care if weight loss isn’t happening, as long as my body changes and I am healthier!

I bought a journal to write everything in – meals, workouts, supplements, and weight. I’m know it will keep me accountable AND consistent. I know most people have the same goal come January 1st, as my gym is absolutely packed at all hours of the day, but I think it’s a great thing!

There are SO many things that I am wanting to implement into the new year. Firstly, I want to ditch the processed foods. A couple of months ago, my doctor told me I had SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). I experienced a lot of painful bloating, or stomach pain in general after eating for the longest time before figuring this out. Even though chips and pretzels taste so good, I have found that they don’t sit too well with me and I need to limit my consumption of them.

I also want to implement some sort of vegan meals into my diet. My husband is an absolute meataholic, so he might hate me after a little while, but who says I have to cook all his meals? Haha! We already have gotten rid of dairy from our diets (and how I miss it.. believe me), so getting rid of the meat a couple of times a week shouldn’t be too hard!

My last goal is to drink a gallon of water a day, or at least somewhere around that. Realistically, this won’t be possible every single day, since we all have lives to live and can’t be in the bathroom five times an hour, but I am going to implement this every day I spend around my home.

This beet juice blend is my favorite healthy drink EVER! SO GOOD!

For most of my life, I have been a pretty shy person. I’m usually TERRIBLE is social settings because I get extremely anxious and try to pretend I’m not. I’ve always dreamed of being the person who can talk to anyone and carry a lengthy conversation, but I just can’t be that person. It’s funny to think about, but even asking someone a question is really hard for me! I start thinking “What if that’s a dumb question to ask” or “What if I’m prying and they don’t want to talk about what I”m asking?”. I am genuinely curious about other people and their lives, but my social issues get the best of me!

This year I want to go out, make more friends, and be in social situations that make me uncomfortable. Who actually desires to be uncomfortable? Weird people like me, I guess! I’ve found in those new settings, I grow the most! It’s honestly going to be quite a difficult thing for me, as I’m 26 years old and have done the same thing for years!

How I have desired to TRAVEL! Oh my.. since I was a little girl I always wanted to go places and do things. Growing up, our family vacations were to Six Flags in St. Louis, and the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. I never really knew what was outside of corn and bean fields. Also – the internet was rare, and who had time for dial up and looking at travel pictures anyway? I never got to experience true mountains until I was 20 years old, and now I can’t to get out there and see everything I can.

I want this year to be my most adventurous yet. Now that I’m situated in Montana, I can drive to so many scenic places and I’m planning on experiencing it all. I also could get really adventurous and travel to Europe later this year. I’m trying to plan everything out right now to see if it’s even logical for my husband and me right now!

Talk about getting out of my comfort zone. Starting this blog terrified me. Even posting here terrifies me! I know that the more I do it, the more comfortable I will feel with it, and the more creative I will be. I really want to write two to three posts and week – updating you with goals, healthy recipes, workouts, and life. I want to connect with all the awesome people out there in the world, and I’m hoping this will allow me to do so. I have a calendar of future blog posts, ideas, and things to keep me on track! I can’t wait!

Here’s to a new year and new goals!

What are some personal goals you have for this new year?

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