January Accomplishments & February Ambitions
Is it just me, or did anyone else really enjoy the month of January? The holiday chaos finally died down and life began to get back on a normal schedule! Call me crazy, but I like a little bit more routine than December provided. This past month I really enjoyed not having to do something or be somewhere every single weekend.
Another great thing about January is that it was the first month of the new year (obviously, I know) but what a perfect time to reflect, set goals, and improve the quality of one’s life, right?
As many of you know, Jon and I have been taking part in a Paleo challenge throughout all of January (We did it!!). As a first time dieter, it has been such an eye-opening experience with many highs and lows. I thought the best way to share these highs and lows would be in an eye-pleasing chart:
- One of the best benefits of going Paleo has been the addition of new go-to recipes and first time use of ingredients. In other words, our culinary repertoire grew by leaps and bounds! For example, I had never cooked with coconut/almond flour, coconut oil, dates, almond/cashew butter, or coconut milk before and now I plan to still incorporate every single one of those ingredients in the future.
- Even though I had mentioned before that a Paleo lifestyle isn’t cheap, dollar for dollar, Jon believes we actually saved money by going Paleo. Although our grocery bill was higher (we averaged $80-100/person per week vs. $60-80/person per week), this increased cost was offset by not going out to eat and not buying “extras” like cookies and beer. I’m not totally convinced that we saved but I do think we broke even and considering the health benefits, I can’t complain about that!
- If you decide you’re ready for a diet/lifestyle change, you have to be fully committed. You can’t “kind of” or “mostly” do it because it’s too easy to slip up – Trust me, there are a million temptations. I’m sure you’ve heard this before but if you’re going to diet, it makes all the difference in the world if you have a diet buddy going through the same stuff you are. Jon truly kept me motivated and we both pushed each other to complete our challenge successfully.
- Overall, I’m really happy we pursued and completed this Paleo challenge. Not only was it beneficial to our health, but it was also a test of willpower and discipline. I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a little more of both. We would both like to thank all of you that have provided words of encouragement, inspiring stories, and helpful recipes – believe it or not, you helped contribute to our success!
Going forward, Jon and I hope to maintain a 75-80% Paleo-friendly lifestyle (C’mon, we can’t give up cheese and cupcakes for the rest of our lives! ;)). Since I’ve received such positive feedback throughout our challenge and some of you have lamented that my Paleo Updates are ending, I’ve decided to continue sharing some Paleo Updates and recipes… especially to let you know how we feel about re-incorporating foods that may not Paleo-approved. Additionally, Jon and I plan to repeat our strict month of Paleo 2-3 more times later this year so there will be plenty of updates and recipes on the horizon!
So, after such a challenging goal in January, what do I have planned for February? Quite honestly, nothing too elaborate (whew!).
- Share at least 5 more Paleo-friendly recipes.
- Try a Paleo-approved pizza crust.
- Indulge and share a really indulgent recipe that is completely not Paleo!
Okay, how it’s your turn… Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions/Goals you’d like to share? Do any of you have any plans to diet in the near future? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂