Happy New Year everyone!  I hope the flip of your calendars into this new year finds you all well and in anticipation of great things to come!  I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted!  Why is it that I am 48 years old and still manage to forget that every year the holidays wipe me out???

I look forward to it all year long and then, BAM!!!  I give it my all, and truly enjoy every minute of it, but then I need a serious nap!  This year I came down with a nasty stomach bug between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Fortunately I was pretty ahead of my game in the holiday prep department.

One of the big things that I neglected was working out.  My workouts are not only important to me for staying in shape, but it is the key to my sanity!  I swear that I solve all the world’s problems (in my head at least!) while running, doing crunches or lifting weights! I’m pretty sure I only worked out twice in December, even though my Apple Watch is saying I worked out seven times.  I’m going to go with that, sounds better!  My watch makes me feel like superwoman when I DO workout, but on days that I don’t it makes me want to throw it against the wall when it reminds me that I’m ‘behind where I usually am!!’ Anyone else relate? In fact, as I’m sitting here writing this post, it’s telling me to get up and walk around.  I’m going running, I swear!!

My goal for January is going to be closing 25 or more activity rings!!  Wish me luck, I’ll need it!  As it so happens, I’m writing this blog post and putting off the treadmill, but I AM eating an apple and getting a jumpstart on my water intake for the day!  I’m so good about drinking tons of water in the warmer months but terrible about it in the winter!!!  I’ve got my big water bottle back out on the counter today and my goal is to drink at least four of them a day. Yesterday was my first day back to working out in a long time and it felt so great!!!

SWEAT = SANITY!!!

 

My to-do lists are miles long right now, as they usually are this time of year!  I have taken down all of the holiday decor and scoured the house as I took down each area.  I’m always reluctant to put away all of my beautiful decorations, but I just love the clean simplicity of getting back to basics!

 

 

 

After my workout today my plan is to take down all the wreaths on my windows and clean each window as I go, they are disgusting!!  The thought of it makes me giddy, every time the sun comes out I cringe!

My mind is spinning with ideas for new blog posts.  There is so much to look forward to and I can’t wait to get started!  I can’t wait to share tons of recipes and kitchen adventures.  I finally joined the Instant Pot club.  My sister has been hooked for months and she told my husband to buy me one for Christmas.  Made my first meal last night and I’m hooked now, too!

Chicken and dumplings

 

Next on the instant pot list is chicken tortilla soup.  I’ll let you know how that goes!

So sorry for the totally random, rambling post!  Just trying to get back in the game and get this new year rolling!  I’d love for you to share with me some of the things you are looking forward to this year.  A new workout?  A great trip? Recipes? Projects?  Scroll down and let me know!

Happy New Year!  The possibilities are endless, make it happen…

 

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