Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year to You! 2014 Here We Come.

Hello! How are all of you? Long time no contact!

Apologies in advance, this is a bit of a self indulgent blog post. As 2013 wraps up, I find myself feeling more relaxed than I have in years. It's allowed me to have a peace and clarity that I haven't had in a while, and will probably come to an abrupt end once I return home from sunny Marco Island, FL, but I'm enjoying it while it's here.

Most importantly, I want to wish you the happiest of New Years and all great things for 2014.

I've had some fun this week fooling around with Instagram and a bunch of apps that make Instagram even more cool than it already is. If you decide to watch this "video" (it's less than a minute and a half), imagine the song Black Bird by the Beatles playing in the background. It's not usable because of copyright laws, but it's what I would have chosen as the soundtrack to my year.

I have been enjoying the most relaxing vacation I have ever had, and boy did I need it!

But of course the one thing that never stops is my cooking. I've adapted our rental condo's kitchen into Healthy Girl's Kitchen and spent the entire vacation cooking recipes out of Happy Herbivore's new Light and Lean Cookbook. The upside is Lindsay Nixon's recipes are the absolute fastest and easiest plant based recipes around. The downside is that I miss a lot of the nutrient dense food that I have come to crave, and Lindsay's recipes focus more on convenience items like whole wheat noodles, white whole wheat flour, onion powder and garlic powder. For a vacation, I'll take it, but I'm also ready to get back to some Eat to Live Cookbook goodness!

Probably the most memorable recipe to come out of Light and Lean so far is this chocolate cake with an icing made from sweet potatoes, dates and cocoa (I had to add some maple syrup to mask the sweet potato taste) that my kids are LOVING. It came just at the right time because my daughter's ninth birthday is on New Year's Day.

I've also spent a considerable amount of time just reflecting on 2013. I know I've mentioned this on HGK before, but it's been a really rough year for me. I'm looking forward to putting it behind me and welcoming 2014. I've recommitted myself to working my way through The Beck Diet Solution and continuing working on the Shrink Yourself program. With the personal stress that this year brought, I really lost sight of taking care of myself first and foremost. I'd even stopped working out midyear, due to a foot injury (anyone out there with Plantar Fasciitis?) which is the worst thing that I could possibly do for my health, and I realize that I need to place my own needs above all else and get back to yoga immediately.

Before I leave you I want to share one more thing--a great video on the power of New Year's resolutions. I know they seem like a bunch of hooey, but I can only tell you that from my experience, I agree with everything in this video:

See you again real soon and again, have the most wonderful of new years!


What are your thoughts as one year comes to a close and another year begins?
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