Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

I know a lot of people have been complaining about how bad of a year 2016 has been.  For the most part I have to agree.  The low part of the year for my family was when my husband went on strike for more than 40 days.  We lost our healthcare during that time and had no income.  We, still haven't fully recovered.  Last month my mom ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and some other issues (at one point I was worried she might not make it.)  Thankfully, she is doing better,  though not 100% yet.  But, there were also highlights; my oldest daughter graduated high school and started college, my son got accepted to and is attending a gifted middle school, and my youngest daughter (that is selective mute) said "trick or treat" to each person that gave her candy, she even said "thank you" or "Happy Halloween."  This is the first year she has ever done that!  Talk about proud!  She still isn't talking at school, but I will take the small victories.

So, there is a lot of hope that 2017 will be a better year.  I don't generally make New Year's resolutions, and don't have much willpower to keep up with them.  However, there are two things that I would like to do this year.

First, I saw on Facebook a really great idea: you take an empty jar and each week write down something good that happened and put it in the jar.  On New Years Eve read them all to look back on all of the good things that happened.  This has the making of an awesome tradition that I would love for my kids to continue when they are older!  I picked up my jar today along with a pack of half sized index cards and Sharpie pens, for writing down all of my family's good moments throughout the year!

And: Be healthier!  I talk about this all of the time, but never really do anything to change.  I have a family history of diabetes.  I am overweight and have high blood pressure since giving birth to my youngest daughter (8 and a half years ago.)  Really, 8 years?!  What am I waiting for?  A problem I have is that I don't see myself as overweight.  I was always 'skinny' growing up and could eat anything.  I never got back to that size since having my oldest, almost 19 years ago.  But, this is the heaviest I've been.  So, I need to move more and eat less junk food!  I want to be healthier for myself, my husband, but most of all for my kids.  My youngest is super active and loves running, all of the time.  I want to be able to run around with her, she deserves it!  My son is overweight.  He deserves seeing that it is possible to turn your health around. I don't want him going into his teen years with serious health issues that are sure to come if we don't change.

My husband has recently started a ketogenic diet.  He's eating very little carbs and filling up with protein and fats.  The reason he began that diet is because he discovered that he had reactive hypoglycemia.  After eating things like pasta or rice he would get very tired and out of it.  I never thought he would be able to survive without carbs, but he is doing it!  He hasn't had much weight loss yet, which is discouraging him.  I remind him that the reason he started the diet was because of how he felt after eating carbs.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do as far as my diet, but I do know that moving more is the key to being healthier.  My husband has given me courage that I can do this because if he can stop eating carbs then I can stop eating junk!

Do you have a New Years Resolution?  Share with me in the comments below!

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