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2013 Journey to Lean Begins: The Year of the “Vegivore”

For the McKinnons, 2012 was a year of change, as you can see in our annual Christmas letter (or maybe I should say “tri-annual,” as it’s been a few years since we actually mailed one out). With all that change, we were pretty busy…and with that busyness, we added on a few extra pounds around our waistlines, so I’m hoping that 2013 is a year to lean out again.

Goals for 2013: 

  • Keep count of calories, fitness, and water intake using LiveStrong.com’s My Plate app.
  • No pop, soda, soft drink…whatever you call it!
  • Drink between 64 and 128 oz. of water each day! (This does not included coffee or caffeinated tea intakes, for the record.)
  • Walk or run a 5K five times each week! (A 5K is only 3.1 miles, so it’s not as huge as it might sound.)
  • Do weight-bearing exercise and/or yoga three times each week in addition to the walking!
  • Limit sugars, and when I do have them, make sure they’re either raw cane sugar or local honey!
  • Continue to eat as much all-natural and organic foods as possible.
  • Eat three healthful meals, full of vegetables and fruits, and only snack when I’m actually hungry!

There’s a new term floating around the Food Blog strata: “Vegivore.” That’s right! You’ve heard of vegetarians and vegans, you’ve heard of the famous omnivore who enjoys it all. Well, the vegivore enjoys everything too, while focusing on plant-based foods. And this year, I’m jumping on the bandwagon with Michael Pollan and eating “mostly plants.”

It doesn’t mean I’m eliminating meats or dairy or grains, but I am going to make sure that the majority of my plate is covered with plant-based foods first. I started a “Plant-Based Foodie” board on Pinterest.com. Feel free to check it out. It’s got some really colorful, nutritious recipe ideas–from Vegetarian Taco Salad to Sweet Potato Burgers to Cheesy Quinoa Bites (okay, so the cheese isn’t plant-based, but it’s still yummy in small quantities!) We’ve also started experimenting with different curry dishes and egg roll recipes! The possibilities are endless!

Also, I’m going to hide the “Workout Log” and “Bible Reading Log” pages from the site for now, as I’ll be updating you on those things in regular blog posts. While these pages were helpful in their infancy, they quickly became just one more thing to update. So, in an effort to simplify, I’m eliminating them for now. I hope you won’t miss them too much.

I’m excited to start this journey anew, with a fresh perspective during this New Year! Won’t you join me?!

Happy New Year – 2012 Resolutions and Retrospection on 2011 Goals

Every year, I try to take some time at the beginning of the year and reflect on what God’s done, what He’s taught me through the year, how I failed and succeeded, and how I can improve for the next year.

Let’s start with last year’s resolutions. Overall, I did fairly well, especially the first half of the year. Unfortunately, the last quarter of the year seemed to jump out and surprise me (like it seems to every year), so I have some similar resolutions this year.

2011 Goals:

  • live a simpler, calmer life – Overall, we did pretty well on this; still learning to say no to pet projects and social activities.
  • read my Bible more – I always start well on this goal and then have spurts throughout the year depending on the “busy seasons” (see #1), so this one is back on the list.
  • share the gospel with more people – I actually did see growth in this area; the more I got excited about the Bible, the more it poured out of my heart and into my daily conversations, but I never want to stop growing in this area.
  • walk 3 miles as many days as possible – Once again, I started the year well, and had healthful spurts throughout the year, but exercise definitely needs to become more of a priority this year (I still want to do strength training, Pilates and Yoga as well).
  • get to sleep earlier – FAIL: definitely trying for this one again this year.
  • less coffee and more water – WIN, though I still want to continue to drink more water. Oh, did I mention I’m actually drinking my coffee black most days now!? Who would’ve thought!?
  • eat well – WIN, and am determined to continue this throughout the rest of my life!
  • get certified as an A.C.E. Personal Trainer – FAIL: this is definitely a goal for 2012.
  • read more watch less – a continual goal, and though I can say I read more this year than last year, I’m not sure I did so well at the less TV watching part of this goal, so we’ll keep trying.budget and save – this one was challenging because the first few months of 2011, Bryan was unemployed, but he did find a job in the spring and we actually have been able to build up some savings again.

2012 Resolved:

  • Be Still. 
    • Seek God More Passionately. This means reading my Bible more, praying more, and sharing God with others more. I want to saturate myself in the Word, reading it with the energy I would pick up a great novel I wanted to finish and not just crossing off a checklist item. I also want to make praying for my husband Bryan more of a priority.
    • Learn to Say No. I want to learn to be still, to be less busy, to rest more, and fully enjoy the life God has provided me. That means not saying, “Sure,” every time someone asks me to do something I enjoy or feel obligated to do; it means saying, “Let me check with Bryan and get back with you. When do you need an answer?” and actually checking with Bryan before committing to anything, especially when it involves both of us. And it means saying no to watching “just one more episode” before bedtime, or reading “one more chapter,” or checking Facebook “one more time” (as if anything’s changed in 15 minutes that can’t wait for the morning). It means taking tips from my laid back husband and attempt to be less of an “over-achiever,” as he calls me.
    • Read More and Watch Less. I want to always be reading 1 educational book and 1 book for enjoyment at all times. And I want to make sure that the time I spend watching TV is less than the time I spend reading each day.
  • Be Healthy.
    • Eat More Plants. I’ve read lots of books and blogs and articles and watched numerous documentaries this year, including the most recent “Forks Over Knives,” and have decided that for the first 12 weeks of 2012, I am going to try to follow The China Study diet. That means eating a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet: lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, no refined sugars or highly processed products, and only 5% of my calories can come from animal products or byproducts (meat, fish, dairy, etc.) – which is about 100 calories per day or 700 calories per week and still allows for appropriate levels of B12, etc.
    • Move More. For the next 12 weeks, my goal is to exercise (walk, yoga, or strength train) for no less than 30 minutes 4 days per week. The end goal is to be exercising for no less than 60 minutes 6 days per week by the end of 2012.
    • Sleep Properly. I want to be in bed by 9 or 10 PM as often as possible, so I can get at least 7 or 8 hours of solid sleep and be up by 6 AM at the latest each day.

In other news, 2011 wasn’t exactly what we thought it would be, but it was exactly what God had planned. The house did not sell, so we took it off the market. We would still like to sell, but we’re waiting for a clearer direction from God. Bryan started working as a security guard in late February or early March, which means adjusting to opposite sleep/work schedules. And he’s considering going back to school, so we’re likely going to have to adjust to a whole new life schedule soon. I did not complete my ACE certification, but I did start blogging for Milk and Honey Organics in exchange for “free” produce each week, which has really helped the budget. In more exciting news, we’re up to 10 nieces and nephews now (soon to be 11)! And my brother got engaged to the lovely Lissa, so we’re looking forward to a trip to NYC and a wedding in 2012.

Well, that’s the year in review with a glimpse ahead. Happy New Year and don’t forget to share your resolutions on the GiveAway post for a chance to win a free cookbook!

Happy New Year!

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New Years is a good time to look back over the last year and set goals for the new one. I look back and see some things I’d like to do better this coming year. I’m hesitant to write them out because it seems like if I tell other people my goals, I’m less likely to do them. So I’m posing them with a “Let’s see…” phrase instead of as an “I will…” statement.

Things I’d like to do this year:

  1. Let’s see if I can live a simpler, calmer life and resist the temptation to busy myself and fret over things I can’t change this year.
  2. Let’s see how many days I can read my Bible this year.
  3. Let’s see if I can share the gospel with more people this year (to do this, I have to make the gospel more of a priority in my own life: see #2).
  4. Let’s see how many days I can walk 3 miles this year (I still want to do strength training, Pilates and Yoga as well).
  5. Let’s see if I can get to sleep earlier and get up earlier this year.
  6. Let’s see if I can do with less coffee and more water this year (I won’t eliminate coffee because I believe there are some health benefits to the beverage in moderation, but I do need to drink more water).
  7. Let’s see if I can eat well this year (sub-goals of this would be to see if I can limit dessert to only once a week at most, not drink soda, stick primarily to the outside aisle of the grocery store, concentrating on produce and fresh, all-natural meats and eggs, limit dairy products other than yogurt, and reduce my intake of items that contain gluten).
  8. Let’s see if I can get certified as an A.C.E. Personal Trainer this year (my study materials arrived this week!).
  9. Let’s see if I can read more books and watch less TV this year.
  10. Let’s see if I can live on a tight budget and still save this year.

Finally, I wanted to share a prayer that has been hanging in our house since I was a little girl, The Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

“Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.”

–Reinhold Niebuhr

New Year’s Resolutions (Jan. 5, 2010)

It’s that time of year again. Many of us see January 1st as a clean slate, a good day to start making the changes we’ve been putting off or to get back on the wagon.

My resolutions for 2010 are as follows:
1. Buy and consume more fresh and organic food options and fewer (if any) processed foods.
2. Drop our monthly food budget to $250/month (including dining out). I know this will be tough, but I think it is possible. It might just take a little more time to plan and prepare meals. Granted, we only have 2 people in our family at this point, so it’s not as hard as when you’re paying for extra mouths.
3. Lose 5-15 lbs. by eating 1250-1550 calories each day, walking 3-5 miles at least 4 days per week, and doing yoga at least 30 minutes 3 days per week.

To determine your healthy calorie count, check out this website: http://www.ahealthyme.com. Under their “Cool Tools” section is a “Calorie Need Calculator” along with several other helpful tools.

Remember to make rest and water intake priorities too. Your body doesn’t know how to function if you don’t treat it right. So, if you make no other resolutions this year, remember to eat right, get enough rest, exercise and drink plenty of water.

Have a happy & healthy year!
Melissa