Successes in 2013

Before moving full throttle into 2014, I’m taking the time to remember all the good that was 2013. This past year was nowhere near as busy as 2012 but in many ways, it was just as useful. This year was just the breath of fresh air that I needed.

This year I pushed myself more in the kitchen and am now happy to say that I enjoy cooking more than I ever thought possible. I hope to carry this accomplishment over into 2014 and for the rest of my life. Read more about the story of my cooking past at my blogging pal, Krystal’s Fear Confessions series.

A big part of my 2013 goal was to stop the stress cycle I would get caught up in waaaaay too frequently. My Stress Free Project helped me to focus on this goal. Although I didn’t post as much as I thought I would on this topic, it did help! When I encountered my stress demons I thought of it as an opportunity for growth. Being more aware of myself helped me to better enjoy traveling, stay on top of it during the holiday season and find a better way to structure my weekends.

My initial goal with exercise was to clear my head and eliminate anxiety. Once I started to feel stronger and regain my flexibility I was hooked! I enjoyed taking group exercise classes, attending yoga and running in 2013. On days where I was able to work out, I felt a great sense of accomplishment that lasted for the rest of the day.

During this year I have been paying attention to how food makes me feel.¬†With increased strength and the motivation of living more actively, correcting my diet became a priority. I have learned what foods make me feel the best and when I can treat myself. Finding that balance hasn’t been the easiest. I’m nowhere near perfect but in the course of 2013 I have learned to love more healthy diet staples. I have found that when I make good food choices the food seems to taste better, no matter if it’s a salad or pizza.

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