Saturday, December 31, 2011
The year in review and the year ahead
(Yes, my daughter and I are hugging giant chickens. It just had to be done.)
Food in 2011 was awesome! One of the biggest things we did was purchase a freezer. We can stock up when things are on sale (BOGO Gardein for the win), cook ahead for quick meals, and keep fruit and veggies at the ready no matter how the vegetable bin looks.
New cookbooks were added to my collection and I've been giddy. Decadent goodness from Vegan Diner sits along side Radiance 4 Life, Eat to Live, Happy Herbivore's books, The 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart, Get Healthy, Go Vegan, and Appetite for Reduction. I've been cooking a lot more, reduced my sugar intake, and eat out less.
I've also changed my mindset somewhat. While the scale may not move as much as I'd like, I've noticed major changes in my body. Three weeks ago I bought a pair of size 20 jeans. Two days ago, those jeans were falling off of me, but the scale stayed the same. Not long ago I'd be upset about the scale, but now I celebrate the clothing size. The weight loss will follow the size change.
And it's easy to change how I think about my body when I can look at how far I've come even with the pain. Remember this? I do, and I still cringe when I look at it. But that was August, and the chicken-hugging pic is from yesterday. I knew it would be a full body shot and I didn't care. Scratch that, I wanted it to be a full body shot. I had no fear of it. That is huge for me.
I think 2011 is ending on a positive note and am so excited about 2012. Why be exited about the year when something scared the Mayans into ending their calendar? Well, I'm not a Mayan and have plans. Both the daughter and I are graduating in 2012, and those big days will be celebrated. I'll hit the big 4-3 and tackle my first big race since my high school track and field days. The year will kick off on a fantastic vegan note (and another PCRM 21 Day Vegan Kickstart will start on January 2) and the weather in town will be lovely.
I'm sitting here with a silly grin, blogging and smiling at hubby on the desktop ad listening to the kids game in their rooms. I am a happy wahm this New Year's Eve and hope that you are happy, too.
For the last time in 2011, peace.