Hey! Happy New Year! How was your holiday? What did you get up to?
We had a great time. It was just us on the 25th and I made my Christmas usual – Nigerian fried rice with oven roasted turkey. Mmmmmm. Then we went to my god mother’s for dinner which was lovely. She always has lots of family and friends around, and I’ve caught up with them every year which makes up for my own family not living here with me. After the catch up, one of her nieces sent me a picture from Christmas three years ago where she was carrying my 4 year old who was only a toddler then. The photo really hit me because while I enjoyed the end of year meet-ups I’d subconsciously passed them off as just something that was nice to do during the holidays without realising that we were doing life together – this was my family. Amazing.
New Year Resolutions. Did you bother making any this year? A friend put up a post on Facebook saying that everyone had given up on making new year resolutions since they are still running behind on 2014’s. LOL. Anyway, I’m not sure mine are resolutions – I prefer to call them my themes or goals for the year and you’ll find a couple of my posts this year featuring my themes for the year because I try to make my blog flow from my life – where I am now.
My theme for this year is UNAFRAID. I want to let go of fear that holds me back. I want to go on an adventure to do those things I’ve been too scared to do before. With God in control, I never needed to fear. So I’m learning to trust Him intentionally this year and become UNAFRAID.
I also want to keep up with my health goals but I don’t want them to rule me. I want to learn to love my body – it’s imperfections – the marks that childbirth left – the reminders that I’m a mom- the jiggles – I want to love them while I’m on the journey to my goal weight. I am never going to be the way I was before I had three gorgeous human beings. I’m making peace with the fact that I don’t need to be perfect like before (was I ever perfect to begin with?), I just want to be healthy. However, if I don’t learn to be happy now and flourish even though my body is not how I want it to be, I may never be happy because I may not achieve what I imagine I want to achieve. Imaginations do not match reality many times. I will achieve my goal weight, but the wrinkles and jiggles might still be there and in fact, with this thing called ageing I can be sure more wrinkles will appear over time.
So my health goals are –
- Sticking to serving sizes for different food groups, replacing biscuits (my downfall) with healthy home-baked goods and healthy snacks
- Not letting food rule me. I want to overcome the FOMO (fear of missing out) on treats. I don’t have to taste everything in a party or at work morning tea. Or even at home.
- Committing to 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week even if it’s just a brisk walk.
- Loving myself on the journey. Taking it easy and being kind to myself.
- Asking God for help all the way.
Here’s an info-graphic I created with 6 ways to fit in a 30 minute workout into a busy schedule. It’s possible babe.
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Seeking to unveil the beautiful rhythms of love, hope and grace enshrouded in the mundane dailiness of the human condition and the spaces we inhabit