30 Days of Structure - 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The veins of the leaf are a complex structure which look even more effective when white.:

Are you all feeling like you need a reset? I am. Not just in the traditional "this is a New Year and I need to get healthy type of way" but in general. I personally had some big changes in 2016 and if you've been here long you know Amy and big changes kinda don't like each other very much. In fact, we don't get along. I tend to go kicking and screaming and sometimes crying into the great unknown that is change. Lucky for me most of my big changes this year came with a fair amount of warning. This is huge and the blessing in it is not lost on me. Just for the record they still fucking sucked though. Knowing what is coming makes dealing with the actual train wreck just a bit more tolerable. So let's recap my top 5  in case you don't know me or you gave up on me because I have taken big blogging breaks this year.

  1. I had this job that I loved that was supposed to be a 3 year gig that ended unexpectedly.
  2. I had this person that was kind of one of my favorite persons for a year that unexpectedly just wasn't my person anymore.
  3. When my gig ended I thought I would have another one lined up and not skip a beat, instead I was unemployed for 6 weeks... again. In the summer... hello binge watching, eating and drinking bender.
  4. I took a new position that has been possibly the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life and I have struggled with whether or not it was the right career move. Finally now, I am almost certain it was.
  5. I started out strong this year with health and fitness but have gotten off track somewhere along the way. I mean I really took a huge step backward at least in my own mind. 
So that's all in the past and it's time to get ready to kick off a whole new year. I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to. But I don't feel very good right now mostly because I am not taking care of myself like I should be. As most of you know for the last 2 years I have done a Whole30 in January along with the rest of the world of Whole30-ers. The first one was really hard but I lost 20 lbs and gained some huge insight into my personal demons. The second was much easier and I lost an additional 14 lbs and learned even more about how food triggers and affects me. One of the coolest side effects, if you will, of Whole30 is that you sort of adopt this whole new life for 30 days. It really forces you to do everything just a bit differently because, whether you realize it or not, food is a huge part of most of our lives. When you change what and how you eat a lot of other things change too. And it's positive change I can assure you. So that's where I am now, ready to get back to it on Jan. 2nd and KILL it for the 3rd time.

Along with Whole30 I would really like to get back to my regular routine for exercise which for me is tennis and some HIIT training type of workouts on a regular basis. And yoga, I really want to try some yoga this year. This is all going to be the biggest challenge yet for me because of the demands of my job. But, like I said I feel like shit so I need to do it. And I swear, the best side effect of Whole30 is it just spills over into other parts of your life and you get more disciplined, you get shit done, you check it all off the list. You focus like never before. You regain control and structure. I don't know why but you just do. I crave structure.

Having said all of that, Nadine and I are planning a little link up, check in keep each other honest kind of thing for January. So... if you want to maybe take 30 days and regroup, reset, re-whatever you need you can join us. More on that later. 

But for now, thanks for stopping by.


  1. It's so easy to get off track . . . why is it so hard to get back to the straight and narrow with the healthy eating and exercise?! I can totally relate to you and plan to kick of January with a bang as well! We got this girl!

  2. yes girl; I've read your blog throughout the years and although you faced some challenges, you SLAYED IT and now are standing at the top. i love that. you are a single mom of 3 and when you were looking for a job (actually, I think this happened to you twice), you didn't even unravel or show how much you were probably nervous/scared. had that been me, I would have come part at the seams but you rolled with it, struggled through it yet kept it together.....THAT IS STRENGTH. YOU GO GIRL. Because of that, of who you are and how real you are (or seem, since we've never met IRL!), of all the bloggers I read, you're one blog (and person) whom I look forward to reading and no matter how big of a (blog) break you take, the thought of taking you off my feed doesn't even cross my mind (while there are others to which I give the boot without a second thought and DGAF).

    Ok, no more mushy sappy stuff. the holidays turn me into a big pussy and i swear i'm not a weird stalker bitch.

    can't wait for the linkup! i'm also looking forward to getting back to my regular eating and exercise habits. the holidays is when i'm forced to take gym breaks because they have the audacity to close on christmas eve/day/boxing day. #rude. LOL.

  3. I NEED to get into some type of workout routine. Part of me thinks I'd like to give Whole30 another shot but I know if I do it won't be until I move into my own place.

  4. I took a major step back in the second half of the year health/exercise-wise. I need to get it going again.

  5. I am so ready to get back on track in January with you!! You know, after I indulge in literally everything this weekend. Haha! We are so going to kick 2017's ass right out the gate though!!!

  6. I am doing another round of Whole 30 starting January 2nd too! Maybe we can help each other out, plus I am looking forward to your link up!