So here's the thing, I'm not really one to make a New Years resolution and I'm just gonna go ahead and say the real reason...if you know me it won't come as a HUGE surprise but what might surprise you is why I wonder on a daily basis why my youngest daughter is like this. I don't like being put in a box, doing whatever everyone else is doing or.....being told exactly what to do. There I said it. The fist step is admitting I have a problem. This is no joke, I have serious issues people. When I tried to do the "read through the bible" in a year I was fine until about day 5 and then I started freaking out like, "What else am I missing? Could I be reading something different?" The whole scripture that had to follow the date drove me nuts! Don't worry though, God is working on me ha!
So now that you know my issues (only scratching the surface trust me on this), I will say I DO like to look back over the year and think about how God can use me more, change my heart to love Him more, what I can do better as a wife, mother, friend, servant. And because I am daily fighting to be healthier as I live with RA I would say I consider my health and how I can improve my overall pain level with better eating and exercise. I already bike, swim at the college and walk but I really wanted to work on my flexibility and range of motion more so I don't lose any more range of motion. I figured I could manage going to one or two "structured" classes a week as long as I could hop on my mountain bike and be free whenever I wanted the rest of the week. There's just something about going down hill with the wind in your face and nobody talking to you, no phones, just the cool air in your face and having to focus on riding is great therapy for me. I joined a Pilates class where you use the Reformer table and also a Burn at the Barr ballet type class. So hard! So crazy, crazy hard but so good! I mean like have to soak in the tub, rub bio freeze all over my body and can't lift my arms above my head for a day kind of good...it'll get easier right? :)
I also wanted to be more purposeful about having my meals planned for the week and the recipes magnet to the front of the fridge by Monday morning so that I am doing more clean cooking/eating. Plus my kids are old enough and willing to jump in and start dinner when they know what the plan is for the night. They both enjoy cooking and our youngest especially has this crazy ability to know what spices are needed to improve something. Here is what we are cooking this week:
Day 1-Chicken lettuce wraps with avocado and rosemary roasted red potatoes as a side. www.dearcrissy.com
Day 2- Cilantro Lime Chicken with zoodles and avocado
Day 3- Turkey Chili and Gluten free cornbread
Day 4-Roasted veggie and black bean tacos with quinoa as a side
Day 5- Slow cooker chicken noodle soup
So there it is, my non resolution to eat as good as possible, dive into Gods word each morning wherever He may lead and exercise with fun abandon. Oh and to have joy in all things because God tells me to...see, not totally hopeless ha!