So, last year I blogged about how I was gonna lose my much-hated extra weight and look like Evangeline Lilly, a post complete with a very professional-looking (wink, wink) Photoshopped pic.
Yeah. That didn’t happen.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying, though. Promise.
I started reading the low-carb lit about 3 years ago. It makes a lot of sense, and its promoters are very convincing, but here’s the thing: for me, it didn’t work.
I would lose a little weight, but always gained it back. “They” say you don’t have to worry about calories if you keep your carbs low, but I suspect that only works if you have quite a bit of weight to lose, or are having blood sugar issues (like being pre-diabetic or something).
I am healthy as the proverbial horse, take no medication and am within a healthy weight range on every chart I’ve ever seen. So I think, for me, cutting calories is the only way. And frankly I’m tired of obsessing over macro-nutrient percentages and grams of carbs and grams of protein and should I try lower carbs and am I ketogenic and blah blah blah. I can’t take it anymore. I just wanna eat the food.
Seriously. When you don’t want to drink milk because it’s “too sugary” and think carrots have too many carbs and you don’t want to buy bananas or grapes for your kids because oh no! they’re so high in fructose and you freak out at the sight of someone eating bread, it’s time.to.step.a.way.
So. Carbs are back for 2014.
(Welcome back, carbs.)
I am trying a new diet though. (I know. You’re shocked.)
It’s very simple. It’s called Alternate Day Fasting or (in the new book by Krista Varady) the Every Other Day Diet. Basically, you do a modified fast every other day – 500 calories. The alternate day you eat normally. I won’t go into it all here, but I like the simplicity of it and I’m ready to give it a try. (There’s also a very interesting documentary about this concept of modified fasting – Google the BBC documentary Eat, Fast, and Live Longer if you want to learn more.)
And now that I’ve gotten all that off my chest, the resolutions, in no particular order:
Resolution #1: Weight loss. I think you saw that coming. I’m so predictable. Can’t help it. Every Other Day Diet, lead the way.
Resolution #2: Yoga. I enjoy yoga way more than weight training, so I’m looking to yoga to improve strength and flexibility (I have roughly…none) this year. The gym on base offers classes (for free! score!) plus there are bunches of free yoga videos on Amazon Prime. I really want to learn to do a handstand, so I’m working on that.
Resolution #3: Running. My first goal here is to run 30 minutes without stopping. I still alternate running and walking, but I’m getting there. I don’t want to set any other massive goals until I accomplish this first one.
Resolution #4: Bible reading. Last year I resolved to read through the entire Bible. I made it about half way through. I’ve thought about this a lot during the past couple of months, when it became clear that I was going to fail. I knew I could kinda let my eyes skim over the pages and mark the boxes and say I finished, but is that really how I want to read the Bible? I could resign myself to starting over this year, try again and try harder, but then I would just end up reading the same things that I did manage to read in 2013. So I decided to give myself a little grace here. I’m going to continue on where I left off and enlarge this goal to give myself 2 years to read through the Bible. I’m using the ESV Study Bible plan on You Version.
I also plan to read through the New Testament with the kids, using a plan called 5x5x5. You read one chapter a day, 5 days a week.
Resolution #5 : Reading list. While making reading lists for the kids, for school, I decided to make one for myself. I read a good bit, but for the past few years I have read tons of doctrine (as we transitioned to a different denomination and I had a lot of exploring and learning to do) and as we have seen, TONS of health/diet/fitness books. I see two problems: first of all, I’m going deep in only two areas and there’s so much out there to read and learn! I need to read more fiction to balance out my non-fiction tendencies, so I hope that making a list will help with that. Also, someone asked me what doctrine books I had read and I stood there like a fool, unable to remember anything I’d read! Maybe a more organized approach will help me keep track of what I have read. My general goals in choosing books for the list were to read several of the classics (fiction) and to expand into other areas of non-fiction – focusing particularly on history and biography this year.
Resolution #6: Music. I need to be more proactive about doing music. In grad school I regularly practiced 4-5 hours a day. And now I don’t even play every day. I never thought that could happen — that I could go days without sitting down to play. I say sadly that I used to be a pianist. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I want to practice regularly again. Practicing makes me feel like me, it resurrects that part of me that got buried by the demands of keeping a house and raising kids. Therefore, I am resolving to learn (and memorize!) a Bach Gigue that I played in college. Hopefully I will learn several pieces this year, but I’ll choose one at a time.
So there you have it. My goals for a better Melanie in 2014!
What are your resolutions?