Wednesday, January 19, 2011

When a blogger is away...

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

This winter I took a hiatus from blogging. I was uninspired to write and I pressured myself into thinking that I HAD to write something on here. It was a vicious cycle, so I decided to shut the blog down for the winter. Over the break I have came to the realization that this blog is for me, its purpose is to make me happy. I shouldn't feel like I have to live up to any one's expectations but my own :) I created this blog as an outlet for me to begin with, so why would I want to change that.

So here we are into the middle of January 2011! With most new years everyone sets out resolutions. I usually don't make any because I think that I could make resolutions to "change" something in my life anytime of the year and stick to it. This year, well last year, particularly December 1st, I decided that I needed to jump start my weight loss and get into shape. Yes the dreaded "lose weight, tone up" resolution. To be honest even though I eat healthy it was easy to go over my daily calories and just maintain my weight. I joined and started tracking my food and exercise. I've been at it since December 1st and so far have lost 12 inches from my chest-waist-hips and altogether 17lbs. I'm really happy with the results and am determined to continue.

One of my very best friend's Caleb and I hiking in cold December weather!

I'm trying to eat about 75-80% raw, clean food a day. That 20-25% that isn't raw are made up of things like cooked vegetables, yogurt, oatmeal, grains (multi grain bread, wraps, shredded wheat), warm soups, protein shakes, and on occasion a salmon fillet. Sometimes my daily food intake is more raw than other days, but it all depends. What makes me happy about this is that I feel really great and not deprived. I also have money in my wallet. I was having some financial issues in terms of funding a really high raw lifestyle for my whole family especially in the winter. I'm pretty confident in saying that once the summer harvest hits we will be able to spend and consume more fresh, clean food.

This blog will continue to be about fresh healthy food, but also continue to be about my journey towards becoming a heathier, happier me.



The Raw Butterfly said...

Hi Maggie, welcome back! And a huge congrats on the new years resolution, sounds like you're doing amazingly!! xxx

Maggie said...

Thank hun I appreciate it :) Hope you are doing well and enjoying the new year! :)

bitt said...

welcome back! congtrats on doing so well on raw.

Maggie said...

Thanks Bitt :) Hope all is well with you :)

Elle ( said...

So glad to see you are back! I think it is a little funny that we both take our breaks together. LOL. December was quite a month for my family, to say the least.

Now that I have my new computer, I'm back blogging again.

I'm having a really tough time with my eating, even eating (gasp!) hamburgers this week! My cravings are pretty much out of control, but I'd like to attribute that to hormones.

Great to hear from you!

Maggie said...

Elle- You weren't kidding hunny, this winter has been a quite a month for your family. Just been catching up on you blog :) Make sure you do eat and if the hormones are telling you hamburgers well hunny you eat a hamburger lol :)

It is funny how we have and do so much a like! Heck, we even gave our son's the same name lol! I just realized it reading your Matthew's birth story :)

LittleMissBaker said...

I had the same thing for a bit on my blog, thinking I have to do this. I realized I only should do it when I feel happy about doing it.

Maggie said...

Dini-Yes take a break from it if you need too :) I figured winter was a good time for me because of the holidays. If you start feeling burnt out or worried about what to post, just remember the blog is for you, post whatever you want and that will make you a happier blogger :)