New Years Resolutions

Good morning!I should probably be getting a little nostalgic at the end of this year (the world is supposed to end sometime next December, right?) but the whirlwind that was 2011 I’m more excited than ever at the prospect of a fresh start.  I spent nine months of last year in Iraq, then came home and had to hit the ground running in pretty much every way imaginable–at work, at home, for my health, and to keep my sanity.  Nobody really thinks or wants to believe that coming home is so hard, and for some people it’s the hardest part.I’m not the most patient person in the world, which is why I had such a hard time at first when everything wasn’t perfect the second I stepped off the plane, but life is slowly returning to “normal” one day at a time.  With that being said, this New Years’ is more important to me at a personal level than ever before because I can officially put a lot of not-so-happy memories behind me and move forward into a very busy and exciting time with the ones I love the most.  (I won’t get into the details right now, but The Man and I have a lot of Big Thingson our plates this year!)I didn’t make any Resolutions last year because of where I was and the fact that I really didn’t have enough control over anything that was going on to make any substantial “changes.”  (Also, I was so bitter that I refused to either celebrate or acknowledge any holidays the entire year…don’t judge).  So this year, I have a list of goals for the coming year…some of which are probably a long time coming:

-Finish my Master’s degree
-Run another Spartan Race
-Take steps to live cleaner and more sustainably
-Take a real vacation
-Increase strength and meet my fitness goals
-Improve quality of recovery periods (PWO nutrition, stretching, etc)
-Expand my recipe collection and culinary repertoire
-Redecorate the house
-Unplug…make a point to read more, play more games, and have “family meals” and “quiet time”
-Spend more time with family



**The Man’s only resolution is to be less awesome because that’s the only thing he does to excess.

How about you?  Are you making any New Years’ Resolutions?

On that note, tomorrow is the first day of my Whole30!  Whether you’re going all out or are just trying to eat healthier in general, here is a quick roundup of Whole30-approved recipes to inspire this week’s meal plan:

Lemon Dill Salmon
Tasty Breakfast Egg Loaves
Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries
Paleo Sausage Spaghetti Squash Bake
Sundried Tomato Pesto Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Rounds
Bacon-Crusted Quiche (from yours truly!)
Fried Eggplant and Zucchini Noodle Lasagna

As if it weren’t enough with a vast majority of the Paleo blogoshpere taking part in or sponsoring some kind of New Years’ Paleo challenge or Whole30, Chowstalker is only accepting Whole30-approved recipes this month.  Get excited!  There are some extremely talented chefs out there, so a Whole30 might just be an excuse to get cooking and eat better than you every have before!

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