CURRENTLY // December 2017 Plus an #exercisecountdown recap

I’m currently writing by the light of the Christmas tree and dreading taking it down tomorrow.

Christmas was so fun, and the break was so needed. We hosted my mom and dad for the holiday, and it was great. We ate, drank, puzzled, and watched movies (The Preacher’s Wife, Muppet Christmas Carol, Krampus). The puzzle is a project that will follow me into the new year, but I am determined to finish it soon. Maybe New Year’s Day?

INSPIRED BY //

I have gotten such sweet messages from people who read my Intentions post, and it is making my heart so full. I write all of this stuff for you people, and to hear from readers and friends that my content is helping them in some way is the VERYBESTEVER.

My intentions for 2018 are inspiring me, as well. It feels so so so exciting to go into the new year with an action plan. I have my daily, weekly, and monthly intentions mapped out (both in my Intentions post and on my Powersheets). In addition to that, I made a phone background with my basic goals for each day as a reminder. Read each and every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes. Write each and every day, working on one project or another. Sweat every single day, full stop. Connect with my husband each day, even when life is super busy (which it always is). Breathe: take a minute to relax, sit, and just be for a few minutes each day.

ALSO, if you’re having a hard time getting into the spirit of the new year, or just like getting kicked in the butt a little, watch this video from my girl, Rachel Hollis. It’s quick, inspiring, and features two cameos by yours truly. ♥️

EXERCISING //

Starting NOW, I’m swapping the “watching” category for EXERCISING. I never watch T.V. anymore, so I was struggling to find things to share. This switch is coming at a perfect time because I have a LOT to say.

Today is the last day of #exercisecountdown, and, as long as I don’t miss my afternoon at the gym (which I WON’T), I’ll have made it. 35 workouts, right through the busiest part of the year. I got up hella early; I worked out in weird hotel gyms; I washed pile after pile of sweaty exercise clothes. I tried some new stuff ⬆️, but mainly stuck to my tried and trues: running, spin, pilates, and baby weights. 

My initial goal was 90 workouts, as part of the last 90 days challenge. And I did alright. But I did not exercise each of those 90 days. And, honestly, I think it was because it was someone else’s challenge, not my own. Once I committed to my own 35-day #exercisecountdown, I did it. Every. Single. Day.

So, right here and now, I’m committing to a 100-day streak. I will exercise each and every day from Jan. 1 through April 10. This means I’ll need to exercise through staycations, vacations, and on days where I just don’t feel like it. And workouts 95-99 will be in L.A. during Rise, so you ladies will need to keep me accountable❣️

(My friend Kristen at @dineanddishfreestyle is documenting her own 100-day #exercisecountdown journey, if you want to follow along!)

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My friend @caitlinmwallace is so close to completing her #exercisecountdown challenge where she has committed to doing some form of exercise for 90 days straight, no matter what. I love this as a motivating project so I’m going to do it too but for 100 days. So starting 2 days ago (friends there is no reason to wait until January 1st) I’m doing my own workout challenge where I have to do some sort of deliberate movement for at least 30 minutes everyday for 100 days. It will be challenging but I know making this public will keep me on track! I can’t wait to accomplish this goal! Thanks @caitlinmwallace for the inspiration. #100dayworkoutchallenge #bujo #bujospread #bulletjournal #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgoals #wwsisterhood

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When I committed to my own #ExerciseCountdown in November, my mindset shifted. Working out became part of the day, just as important as brushing my teeth or eating lunch. The roadblocks to making time to exercise became less important, because they just couldn’t get in my way. I was going to exercise every day, circumstances be damned. 90% of the time, this means exercising first thing. All of my toiletries stay in a go-bag now because I get ready at the gym five days a week. I leave a pile of clean socks, leggings, and sports bras on the guest room bed because putting them away seems pointless. My hair is always sweaty.

What I’m saying is: making exercise a priority is hard. It is. It’s making decisions that aren’t fun, and waking up early, and showering at the gym, and keeping spare deodorant at your desk just in case you somehow leave the house without deodorant. But I can do it, and so can you.

EATING AND DRINKING //

The past couple of years, I’ve started January with a Whole 30. Since we’re eating vegan at home now, I can’t do that. Not really. I basically only eat legumes, so no Whole 30 for me. 

A gem of a salad my mom made for Christmas dinner.

I thought about doing a couple different cleanse-oriented diets for January, but I ultimately decided not to. I think I’m even going to scale back on my #dailygrain mentality (where I only ate grains once each day). Honestly, I miss oatmeal, and I found myself reaching for potato chips because they aren’t a grain, and I could eat them without “cheating.” 🙈  That is not healthy or smart or a good way to treat my body. Yes, I should eat fewer grains as a rule. They make me feel sluggish, which is the opposite of how food should make you feel. But making rules about how I eat them didn’t work. I was thinking of grains as “bad,” which is just a shitty way to think about food, and not a lesson I want to pass on to a daughter some day. Food isn’t bad or good or evil or whatever, and it’s so damaging to put food into those categories.

Instead of making strict food rules for myself, I need to find something that feels more sustainable. #dailygrain was never intended to be a full-time plan, and I treated it like a temporary fix. Not a good idea, ever. Diets don’t work long-term because they’re designed for the short term. So, in 2018, I’m going to focus on vegetables, snacking on plants before I reach for peanut butter-stuffed pretzels. And I’m going to lean on my “worth it” principle. A Dunkin donut is probably not worth it, but a LaMar’s donut?! Totally worth it.

Those guidelines feel sustainable, actionable, and good. There will definitely be days where I don’t eat a single green thing, but there won’t be weeks where that’s true. And the weeks matter way more than the days.


🥂 Happy, happy new year to all of you readers! I am so thankful to those of you that follow along faithfully. Interacting on here and Instagram brings me a lot of joy, and I do my very best to reply to every comment and message. If you want to chat about anything — living fruitfully in 2018, Kardashian Konsipiracies, best mac and cheese recipes, book recommendations — I’ve got you! Comment here or message me on Insta. See ya next year!! 🥂

What was the best part of your December? Are you cleansing your way through January? Are you going to join me on exercise countdown part 2? 

Caitlin

Caitlin

Hi, I’m Caitlin! Thanks for reading. If you're new, here's a little about me: I'm a writer, editor, eater, and reader living in the Kansas City area. When I'm not working my 9-to-5, I'm cooking without a recipe, exploring the city, and probably procrastinating. I start from scratch each morning: progress is way more important to me than perfection.

Connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, and subscribe to The Fruitful Blog for tips on intentional living, meal planning, and more.
Caitlin

Author: Caitlin

Hi, I’m Caitlin! Thanks for reading. If you're new, here's a little about me: I'm a writer, editor, eater, and reader living in the Kansas City area. When I'm not working my 9-to-5, I'm cooking without a recipe, exploring the city, and probably procrastinating. I start from scratch each morning: progress is way more important to me than perfection. Connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, and subscribe to The Fruitful Blog for tips on intentional living, meal planning, and more.

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