A new year. It’s that time when when people start mulling over fresh ideas, new starts, and motivation levels are at their peak. I suppose when we’re so focused on our future, the prospect of a clean slate or a “new year”, brings bounds of potential.
I’m as guilty as the rest! I don’t really do new years “resolutions”, but I definitely have my little piece of paper which outlines all the things I want to see, do, and change this year. I say “paper” quite loosely as we do live in an age of technology. A virtual checklist would be more fitting, and for reasons unbeknownst to me, it gives me some purpose in this life.
So let’s talk about this tall order list of mine! I’m sure you’re laughing at just the thought of my goals, but believe it or not, I feel really good about accomplishing them. Hold me to that, will you? Talk about accountability!
I’m not sure if you all have heard of the Ketogenic Diet, but it really seems to work for me. In short, NO, it’s not the Atkins Diet, but it IS low carb and the primary source nutrients comes from high fat and moderate protein. Mix this with some intermittent fasting (16 hours fast, 8 hour eating window) and BAM, weight loss. Of course, it’s so much more complicated than that, but hopefully you get the idea. If you’re curious, there is tons of research and information on the web, check it out! Now, some people do “dirty” keto which is basically eating bacon wrapped cheese with a triple stacked burger on the side. Now, of course, this gets the job done when it comes to minimizing carbs, but you lose out on all that nutrient rich goodness and much needed potassium found in foods such as spinach. “Clean” keto on the other hand includes eating a lot of healthy veggies where, sure, you may get more carbs, but you also get a ton of fiber which means those carbs don’t count against you. THIS is what I’m doing. I feel like a million bucks since starting, but I’m sure I’ll have some monstrous stories to tell come February!
Keto Zuppa Toscana
Yes, fifty pounds (or more). This one has been a long time coming. Last year, I had big numbers in my sights, but fell WAY shy of my goal. I had lost about 15-20lbs, but by the end of the year, it was a total of about 10 (counting all gains and losses). All I can say is that it isn’t lack of effort. I mean, I get a ton of exercise, I don’t eat that bad, and I have an active job. I think my body hates bread and simple carbohydrates, although my taste buds love them! So, keto it is as an experiment to help me kick start my weight loss and reach my goals.
Speaking of exercise! Here are some of January’s activities!
January has been a great month for hiking due to the lack of rain, snow, and ice. I’ve been able to get in a ton of bike rides, a few hikes, and one snowshoe outing!
It was a beautiful day for a hike up with a group of women to see the horses (near Polecat). I can’t remember exactly how far we hiked that day (maybe 5 miles?) but here are some photos from the day.
Not long after, I was invited to do some snowshoeing with some friends up near Bogus Basin. What a great trail! Thanks for leading Marie.
The last adventure of the month was another long bike ride with a pit stop at my favorite park. It was a little foggy that morning which made for some cool, dreary, winter photos!
And that sums up January’s adventures. Despite the cold, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to an Idaho winter. I can take the cold, as long as I can still get out and be active. The hardest part about this time of year is being cooped up in the house for too long! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a gentle winter.
Ah, yes, I’m finally going to touch on this seemingly far fetched goal of mine…the dream of indefinite travel. It’s sort of a teaser because I’m really not going to say much just quite yet. Eric and I have some “ideas” stewing. You’ll have to stay tuned for the unveiling of our latest plan. All I can say is that indefinite travel is a stretch because it will obviously not be FOREVER, but we are for sure on the cusp of some extended travel. My three year wait is so…so…close to becoming our reality!
I just wanted to thank you all for reading this months blog and I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave comments, start a discussion, or just say hi!
Until next time friends.