ARE YOU READY FOR 2011!!!!

I really love this time of year, there's just something so refreshing about a NEW year. It's a time to take a look at our lives and ask ourselves,  Is THIS where I want to be? If not, then What do I need to DO to get to where I want to be? 
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It's important to be grateful and content with our lives and where we're at, but we also need to continue to better ourselves with each passing year.  I think one of the biggest mistakes we make when making our new years resolutions, is forgetting to see all that we HAVE accomplished. A lot of times we get discouraged because we haven't stuck to our goals as perfectly as we had planned. First of all, there is NO such thing as perfect. Don't beat yourselves up over eating that piece of chocolate cake when you vowed you'd cut out all junk food this year. Don't throw in the towel, give yourself some credit and try again tomorrow.
One of the most popular new years resolution is to LOSE WEIGHT, don't we all know it.  The market for weight loss products and services was worth nearly $121 billion in 2009 and it only continues to increase.  Although I have not ever been overweight, I, like most women, have struggled tremendously with body image. I tried everything under the sun to lose weight, including starving myself which didn't ever last very long. I was an emotional eater so starving myself just made me MORE anxious and in the end I would binge. Which then of course led me to the idea of purging, and to be completely honest, I tried and tried but could not make myself throw up, sorry for the graphic details. I guess my gag reflexes are pretty strong. Of course I'm glad that I wasn't able to throw up because that could have led to a major eating disorder I'm sure.
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It wasn't until my mission in Germany where I finally began to love my body the way it was, even 25 pounds heavier. I was able to get to a better place emotionally and I wasn't so obsessed with the way I looked.  I started enjoying food on a healthier level mentally and emotionally. I quit beating myself up each time I indulged in all the yummy food and chocolate Germany had to offer. I noticed I started eating slower and took the time to enjoy what I was eating more and in turn I would eat less.
Overcoming poor body image and loving your body is the first step for an overall healthier life. When I first did a cleanse it wasn't to lose weight, it was simply to better my health, and when the weight started coming off it was just an added bonus.  I'm not saying I've got it all figured out and now I NEVER struggle with poor body image, it's an ongoing battle, especially after having kids. I'm still learning to love my body, saggy skin and all. I think this is something women will constantly have to work on. We need those simple reminders that, looks aren't everything, our HEALTH is what we need to be concerned about.
I try to make healthier choices where I can, but I also enjoy a nice juicy hamburger or a some chocolate chip cookies once in a while. Oh, and by the way, I found some YUMMY organic candy bars recently you'll have to try. They are called Angell candy bars, my favorite is the snow angel, it's white chocolate with a creamy coconut center. You can find them on Amazon, Snow Angell Organic Candy Bar 12-Pack

Okay so anyway, back to new years resolutions. I recently told you about my new goals for trying out all the things on my bucket list.  Each month I'm choosing a different item from the list to help me focus on improving my talents and developing new skills. November was to write a song, still in the works, I'm coming back to this one for sure.  December was to brush up on my German so I was reading Twilight, watching DVD's, and reading my scriptures ALL in German.  January is going to be my month to learn more about photography. I don't want to become a professional photographer, I just want to learn how to take better pictures with my camera I got not too long ago. I plan to share what I'm learning too, for all you beginners out there.

Well I hope you are all finding the motivation to make this year the best one yet!!! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy New Year!!!!!!

By the way, if you haven't entered my giveaway yet, be sure to check it out. I'm giving away one of my planners with 3 complete months of meal plans and grocery lists. Ends January 5th.


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15 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I had no idea you spoke German! Very cool.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Good call. I feel the same. When we do it for ourselves, in our mind, it is much more organic and inclined to work. We can fight our body and heads for years, trying to force it to do something, or work within our minds and feel better.

scrapwordsmom said...

I love that you are choosing one thing a month. That is a great idea...one I may copy!!:)

Have a Happy New Year! I still haven't made a decision about Isagenix. Everyone here is doing it though...like all my friends have invited me to different talks about it. I don't know. I will let you know if I do, Crystal!!

Tylaine said...

Crystal you are so Awesome!!!
What great goals!! and you seem so motivated.....can I have some of that :)
P.S. Did you get my email about the GNO?

Real Life Reslers said...

wonderful inspiring words! I needed to hear a lot of that post! I still can't believe it's almost 2011. Happy New Year!

Verena said...

Very good post, Crystal! You are so good! Reading in english helped me a lot to improve my english. I have to admit one of my goals for the new year is to loose more weight. And what you said about eating slower makes you eat less. This is so true. Paul McKenna is talking about it in his book,too. This is how I lost 15 Kilos. Hopefully Isagenics will start in Germany soon! Crystal, you are a very beautiful woman! I love your blog!
Have a wonderful start with your cute family into the new year!!!

Hug´s,
Verena

Chaplain Donna said...

Happy New Year Crystal! I do not have a bucket list but I definitely have some goals for 2011. One of the most important goals is eating healthy, I do not want to diet. I want to feel better and take care of my body. I am looking forward to sharing 2011 with you and your wonderful blog!

Amanda said...

I love the one thing a month. I try to do this too. I NEVER focus on a "resolution". But I like to pick things to better myself in. Another fun thing I sometimes do is choose a theme for the year, like organization and choose something each month based on the theme ;)

Happy New Year, sweet friend!!

Kristy said...

Here's what I want for 2011:

More energy and confidence. I will do things that make me feel that way.

Happy New Year's to you!

Lindsay said...

I love this time a of year too! So refreshing to start a new year with new goals. I have a pretty big list I"m working on. I like your bucket list, i'm gonna have to copy that idea :).

carma said...

wanted to stop by to wish you a wonderful 2011 with your gorgeous family!! BTW, the picture of that guy looking in the mirror is a hoot and the sentiments could not be more true :D

Jenn Erickson said...

Yeah, doesn't that comic just say it all? Beautiful post Crystal -- your intelligent, balanced, and healthy resolutions are an inspiration. I wish you a wonderful 2011, and look forward to continuing to enjoy your blog and writing. Best, Jenn

NatureGirl said...

Sound like great goals. Hope you have a wonderful 2011...you deserve it!

Auf wiedersehen...

Scha&Andi said...

hmmm i am going to have to try those bars. you are amazing and i love you. i love your blog. it's a breath of fresh air. i am so proud of you! 8)

He & Me + 3 said...

That is my goal for the year...to take better pictures and to think out of the box with photography. We shall see. I just love photography so much. I hope to develop my photography skills this year.

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