My greatest accomplishement this year.

2012 was a big year for me. A year of amazing growth – and incredible weight loss. I lost nearly fifty pounds in 2012. I cut gluten out of my diet. And I managed to do pushups. Many even. This one is by far my greatest accomplishement. (I think it will be the greatest accomplishement of the decade!)

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from July….

In mid-April I decided to cut gluten out of my diet when ‘something had to give’ (it was absolutely not to loose weight.). I was hoping it would help with some of my issues, but i didn’t realize exactly how life changing it would be. I also thought ‘I have to try this…’ never thinking that by doing so I could be kissing wheat goodbye for life. but this is what I did. Starting so close to my birthday seemed a little crazy — I like cake. a lot. but I still managed to get a cheesecake and a quinoa chocolate cake! Shortly after I started this new lifestyle I told my sister who promptly said ‘whatever you do – don’t tell anybody.’ which at first I thought was crazy. I wanted to scream from the rooftops how MUCH BETTER I FELT. but I didn’t. She was right. so many people try to ‘push’ their ways onto others — and the last thing I wanted to do was this. Plus, I’ve lost weight before – gained some back with life + pregnancies and such — and I didn’t want to say ‘hey look at me, I lost 10lbs’ to possibly gain 15lbs back in the following weeks… Anyways, as time passed I realized that I would never be shouting this from the rooftops. because it’s hard. Actually, it’s not really hard to NOT eat it — what’s hard for ME is how ‘difficult’ I’ve become. It’s nearly impossible for me to eat out. Potlucks are challenging. and knowing that it’s a LIFEstyle that I’m going to adopt for LIFE — has sent me mourning what used to be. I LOVED bread. Thankfully, as soon as I fully eliminated wheat from my diet I have not missed it one bit. By cutting wheat I’ve also managed, almost accidently, to cut sugar very easily out of my diet — and if you ever knew me – you’d think i’m kidding. that it had to be excrutiating or something — because well, I love sugar. more than bread. But i can now go without both without caring at all. I knew my life was forever changed when I realized that if my mom brought my favorite brownies over I wouldn’t care that I couldn’t have some. for real.

All this to say that no, I wouldn’t shout it from the rooftop. I think that it’s a lifestyle choice that while much easier to accomodate in 2013 than even 10 years ago i’m sure, it’s not one I would have adopted if my body had allowed me to continue eating wheat. I’d MUCH rather be that person that isn’t picky, that eats just about everything and can do on little planning. This method, not so much. But my body is functioning soooo much better — and that’s worth all the planning and ‘pickiness’ that comes with it.

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(I don’t think i have anything more recent other than instagram self portraits!

I’ve also been working out… I started doing kettlebell and body weight workouts the same week I cut gluten. I’ve since increased the workouts to 2-3 times a week. I also ran my first official 5k race in September, and will attempt (on little training. oops) to run my first 10k in the snow in 3 weeks. Winter is a much better running season for me.

I’ve also succesfully returned to my art this fall. it’s been a series of learning experiences — but I’m very much looking forward to what 2013 will offer…

And you? have you sat and thought of your best accomplishements this year? I will hopefully be back shortly with my word for 2013. it’s going to be a big year for our family.

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