Happy 2017 to my fellow readers, friends, and family! I know it's been nearly a month since my last post, but I thought I would update all of you on my thoughts about the transition into the new year.
Here are some of my highlights from 2016...
-I graduated from undergrad, yay! I didn't reach my goal of a 3.6 GPA, but I was super close (3.56) and graduated cum laude anyways.
-In June, I traveled to 9 different countries around Europe with my brother. My experiences abroad were unforgettable and left me with an everlasting desire to travel (even though my bank account will disagree with me).
-I ran not one, but two half marathons over the summer. I beat my first time by nearly 16 minutes....It's a good feeling to know I can run a sub 2-hour half marathon.
-I also started graduate school for history. Within my first semester, I learned so much and read... so...much. 17 books. I only have 14 books for this upcoming semester, so things are looking good.
If I were to sum up 2016, I'd say it was the best year of my life. 2017 will be a year of new beginnings and new memories. The most important goal for 2017 is for me to stay in shape and keep eating as clean as possible. Processed foods and added sugars will also be on my "do not eat" list for this year. I hope to stay aligned with the paleo lifestyle as much as possible. I really like paleo over other diets, like whole 30, because it's less restrictive. I'm not about dieting and restricting for a certain amount of time, I'm ultimately trying to fully change my eating habits to eat cleaner, non processed, and all natural foods. Over the last month or so, I've cut out most dairy, with the exception of a splash of heavy cream in my coffee. I haven't noticed any changes like most people do (clearer skin, less acne, etc), but I do miss cheese..... Unlike traditional paleo eaters, I will continue to eat potatoes, but I found that rice and lentils make my stomach literally want to explode!! Rice is oh..so..good.. but not when it makes my stomach cramp up. Lately I've been learning the importance of consumer consciousness. It's super important to be conscious of the things you buy, where they are sourced from, and what they are made out of, etc. Read the labels! Why would you buy something filled with ingredients you can't pronounce!? That's just crazy to me.
I've always followed paleo bloggers and instagrammers, so I think that the paleo lifestyle will be easy to accomplish. Besides eating paleo, I also want to continue working out as much as I can. It's hard to believe that my only goals for the new year are health centered, but I believe that you can accomplish anything once you've accomplished a healthy lifestyle. I've been focusing most of my workouts on weight training in order to build more muscle and shred some fat. Over the summer I did a lot of running, but over the winter I lack the motivation to do long cardio workouts...especially outside. For now, I'll stick to the weight room.
Anyways, I realized how lame of a post this is...and how it's pretty much me babbling on and on but hey, whatever. Happy new year and I wish all of you a happy and healthy journey. What are your goals for 2017? Comment below!