In January I joined my favorite autoimmune warrior, Meg McGrane, in a quest to feel my best in 2014. I abandoned resolutions and wrote a list of un-resolutions – the things that make me feel my best in an effort to do more of what I already know works for me.  It was liberating to release the pressure of traditional resolutions and I felt empowered to move forward.  How’s it going?


I Feel Best When I:

  1. Drink a lot of water – Water has become my non-negotiable.  It may seem so simple but drinking enough water has always been a struggle for me.  Now I am sure to get all of my water in – no matter what.  Sometimes I forget to drink during the day so I’ll be gulping water before bed.  Yes, then I wake up in the middle of the night, but I know that if I skip water one day I can quickly slide back into not drinking any water.
  2. Have green smoothies for breakfast – This one is right up there with water.  The only days I’ve missed my morning green smoothie have been travel days.  One morning without my smoothie and it’s all that I can think about.  It feels fabulous to flood my system with superfoods, greens, and nutrients first thing in the morning.  And it makes me happy leaving a smoothie in the fridge for Andrew to grab on his way to work.
  3. Meditate each day – There is a lot of room for improvement here.  I started out strong and was meditating at least once a day for several months.  And then I missed one day which snowballed.  Lately I’ve been turning to meditation to pull myself out of a stressful moment but it hasn’t been a daily practice.  I know that daily meditation makes me calmer, happier, more energized, and a better version of myself.  I am committing to a daily practice because it’s just as important as water in my life!
  4. Unplug and read…an actual book – I’ve read my weight in wellness and spirituality books this year.  My focus for the rest of the year is to read more fiction.
  5. Practice radical self-forgiveness – Self-forgiveness is becoming easier and easier by the day.  And it’s powerful.  I can slowly feel my perfectionist shell breaking away.  I no longer take myself out of the game for being “bad” and allow myself to spiral into the rabbit-hole of negative self-talk.
  6. Do yoga several times a week – Yoga and meditation go hand-in-hand for me.  I started off strong and lately my mat has been collecting dust.  I allowed myself to use life as an excuse for sitting on the couch instead of moving my body.
  7. Stop grains and ‘cheats’ (you know…”just one bite”…) Okay, it’s time to get real.  This item has been haunting me since I wrote it.  This was my “resolution” item on the list.  It was something that I know that I “should” do but that I really don’t want to do.  I know that grains are not my friend.  They make me feel bloated, heavy, itchy, and uncomfortable in my own body.  I know that without grains I feel vibrant.  I know this.  And yet, with the exception of the Whole 30 I completed earlier this year, I’ve been all grains, all the time.  Until I’m fully ready to commit to kicking the grains, it’s just not going to happen.
  8. Spend quality time with Andrew and Scout – This is a big one.  Andrew and I have been so busy at work that it’s been a challenge to find quality time together that isn’t spent doing the daily activities of life.  I am looking forward to a fun and light summer with Andrew – beach trips, lobsters, coconut ice cream, and a more relaxed pace.
  9. Take my supplements – Taking my supplements is finally just routine.  I don’t have to think about it anymore.  I eat, sleep, breathe, and take my supplements.  Setting an alarm has been the key to success here.  I recommend that you set an alarm for any new routine that you are trying to establish.
  10. Get more sleep – FINALLY!  Sleep is everything.  Even if I am doing everything else on this list, lack of sleep negates it all.  I’ve used an alarm here too.  I sent an alarm at night to signal that it’s time to wind down and get ready for bed.  I’ve been getting 8 full hours of sleep on the nights when I don’t have to go into the office.  This is a first for me.  I’m still struggling on the nights before going into the office but fortunately, that is only three nights a week.  I am going to keep plugging away until I’m sleeping the full night before going to work.
  11. Keep my home, car, and office free of clutter – Hmm.  Not so much.  I’ve been accumulating more and more clutter and it definitely makes me feel scattered.  I’m moving offices next week and I am committing to keeping my new office clutter-free.  And after this post hits your inbox I will be going upstairs to spend some QT cleaning up my closet and the piles of clean laundry I have stationed throughout the bedroom.
  12. Drink herbal tea – I’m 11 months off coffee!!!  I absolutely love herbal teas.  My favorite combination is dandelion (amazing for detoxing your liver) with mint and ginger.  This is my go-to for aiding in digestion and detoxing my body.
  13. Spend time cooking healthy meals – I think I’ve cooked more meals in the past six months than the rest of my life combined.  I have gained confidence in the kitchen and truly enjoy preparing healthy meals for me and Andrew.
  14. Limit my sugar intake (even the “good” stuff – raw honey, maple syrup, and bananas) – Sugar.  It’s everywhere in everything.  I am off refined sugar (amazing!) but still have raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, and bananas.  And I feel good about that.  I’ve gone without any sugar several times during cleanses and Whole 30s and don’t notice any negative side effects when I reintroduce it back.  Bananas are my friend and they aren’t going anywhere.

 For the rest of the year I plan to focus on:

  1. Meditate each day
  2. Do yoga several times a week
  3. Spend quality time with Andrew and Scout
  4. Measure my success by how much fun I’m having (I just added this to the list!)

Did you make resolutions or un-resolutions this year?  How’s it going?  What goals do you have for the rest of 2014?