Healthy and Happy in 2018

Caroline Kraddick pink headband

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2018. 2017 was a great year but it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There was a lot of work.

Last year I started off really focused on my new lifestyle change. But being focused wasn’t really enough. As much as I wanted to embrace my new healthy lifestyle, it didn’t just happen. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Well, it took a lot longer than that. Honestly, it wasn’t until the last few months that it really clicked. And now that it has, I’m all in!

I’ve slowly become “that person”. The person that says, “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!” For most of 2017, “lifestyle” was a word I used but it kind of went in one ear and out the other. Then it clicked.

Going on vacation helped me realize that I really am living this new lifestyle change. I didn’t go completely overboard eating the “wrong” thing and instead of sleeping in after one too many glasses of wine, I wanted to go work out. I’m really seeing how much better I feel and the change it’s made in me.

Now that it’s January and all the holiday celebrations are over, I want to get completely back on track. And since I didn’t go wild over the holidays, I’m not completely starting over. I’m just picking up where I left off.

First up, Dry January! Dry January is something I do every year and while it may sound difficult (no alcohol for an entire month), it’s really not that hard! Even with the best of intentions, most of us splurge a little over the holidays and Dry January as kind of a re-set. It allows me to wean myself off the whirlwind of social events and settle back into my regular routine.

Next up, The Bone Broth Challenge. My plan was to do Whole 30 for the entire month of January but I’m traveling at the end of the month and it can be tough to follow 100% when you’re away from home, so I opted to do The Bone Broth Challenge instead.

Now, before I give you the details, let me just say that I am NOT a nutritionist or dietician or any kind of expert. I’m a girl who uses Google. So, if you have any questions, consult Google 😉 … or your medical professional!

Okay, the Bone Broth Challenge. It’s 21 days long and it’s basically 5 days of eating Paleo (which I was mostly doing anyway) and then 2 days of fasting with nothing but bone broth. I know it won’t be easy, but it’s only 21 days. It’s not a diet or a long-term eating plan. The purpose is to help your body detox a bit and help you get back to where you were before the holidays.

Planning. Planning is a big part of this lifestyle because being unprepared can throw everything off. Things like meal planning and prepping food ahead of time are super helpful, especially on days when I’m crazy busy. I try to schedule my workouts so that I can’t use the excuse of “not having time”. And accountability! Working out with a friend is always more fun, plus they’ll call you on it if you try to bail!

The last thing is to just stick with it! Even if you get a little off track or start feeling like you want to quit. Stay with it! In the beginning, we’re all gung-ho when all of social media is preaching “New You, New Me”. But, in a few weeks when people start falling off, don’t be one of them. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time.

I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing though social media and I want to hear how things are going for you too. Tell me what’s working and what’s not, and we can all do this together!

Healthy and Happy in 2018!



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