Shifts (Dean Dwyer talks about shifts), process changes, priorities, and habit changes probably describe the change over time. I'll probably stay away from the word "resolution".
I kept building on what worked and went from there, as much as I could.
****TOP Shift ***1. My emotional/ binge eating is solidly in remission. I consider it remission. I'll have this the rest of my life. My end goal is to keep it in remission for as long as possible, so I can live the life I was meant to live.
Years of emotional/binge eating: 40 years!!!
Time it took to address and stop: May 2011 to May 2013. Almost 2 years
Methods: Abstaining from wheat and sugar, and most processed foods.
The key shift this year: abstaining from dairy, nuts, snack bars and eating 3X per day instead of 5 (no snacking unless it was for pure fuel)
Tools: Used Medifast (starting abstinence, weight loss) with a transfer to 95% Paleo for long term weight maintenance, a support group, a few support people, Whole30, and a low carb challenge and a walking challenge. (my blog shows my progression)
Barriers to work around: I had one of the hardest years emotionally for the last 10 years. I didn't blog about it, but the death of friends and family members hit close to home.
Best moves: Going dairy free in January (Whole30) and going nut free (Low-Carb challenge), then a walking challenge (June 2013) impacted me the most. Food was most of it. Walking and support kept me functioning in a sane, food sober world the whole year.
|Calm waters and riding those waves|
2. Shifting Jr. Family member to a more Primal template: This is her change, but it was my goal to align the family food purchasing, preparation, and meals this year, as much as possible. For our long term health as a family. Eating well and staying well will impact the family emotional, physical and financial health in many ways. It's part of me being a parent and teaching my daughter, also. Now that I have MY shift together, I can effect the family.
Methods: choosing family friendly recipes, having my daughter make her OWN choices.
Tools: Kitchen cooking equipment, Sarah Fragoso's cookbooks, some beef recipes from George the Civilized Cave man
Barriers to work around: time management and changing habits
Best moves: Going to the farmer's market and Trader Joe's together, regularly. Having sandwiches "protein style"- AKA no bun = many more flavors
There may or may not be a guest post or two from my daughter this year.
|New Cookbook and offer of "time" instead of money-empty coin purse!|
3. Sharing my photos:
Shift: I went from taking lots of photos on walks but never really doing anything with them. Walking and taking photos is a certain form of meditation for me. I'll stop, get into what I'm photographing and spend lots of time in what some call "flow". It's part of de-stressing and relaxing. So it's part of weight maintenance.
Methods: Instagram (my account is here), great place to share and see other great photos from people living or visiting the same area. It's also a great way to see photos from all over the world.
Tools: My beat up Cannon Powershot SX500 IS, my iPhone, and my underwater point and shoot Fuji XP for tide pools, and my MacBook Air. I'm not going to cure my Mac addition any time soon.
Barriers to work around: Really just prioritizing walking and time management
Best moves: Bringing a camera with me everywhere I go, being on the look out for cool animals, plants, patterns and other things to photograph. Keeps me connected to the earth. Sounds woo-woo, but good for my emotional health. Making time to walk every day is also key.
Best moves: Committing to the time required to walk and photograph. Wearing a pedometer so I can track movement vs standing still and shooting photos.
|La Jolla Cove, Dec 2013|
Onward for 2014! I can't control or plan everything, but I can take good actions and make great choices. Here's to safe travels and smooth shifts and some clarity in 2014. We are worth it!