New year, new me? Or rather, new year, same me – warts, IBS ‘n all. Yeah…that’s more like it!
Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s great to look ahead to the new year with a positive mindset, personal goals and anticipation of what it’ll bring, but I also think resolutions can be dangerous as they can trick us into thinking we HAVE to change or improve ourselves. Whereas actually, we’re fine just as we are – right here, right now (that’s something that’s been instilled into me this year thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh). In the media-driven world we live in, there’s already enough pressure to be, act or look a certain way, the LAST thing needed is further pressure – now that’s just silly.
Having said that, I think it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the year and focus on the highs. This year has been a blur – a good blur, but a blur. I’m going to sound old when I say this but time really does seem to speed up the older you get! Anyway, onto some of my highs:
Lemon drizzle cake
Starting off with a wild one! I began the year with a lemon drizzle cake recipe. Adapted from a family recipe it was a tasty and zingy way to start 2016. Cake should always be celebrated.
I started yoga again and I’m so glad I did. The difference I feel after doing it..! While I don’t attend the same class now, I’ve continued with it from the comfort of my living room through the power of YouTube. I whip my mat out whenever I like, choose a yoga video and get in the zone. Brett Larkin’s videos are great – she’s done a whole range and you can always find one to suit your body/mood.
I was lucky enough to go on a number of travel ventures including Fuerteventura, Lisbon and Luxembourg. Bring on more of the same in 2017 (including a trip to Toronto and New York – eeeep!)
My blog underwent a big transition from ‘FODMAP Journey’ to ‘all about the balance’. I knew it was time for a change as so much had changed and I felt it was no longer reflective of my circumstances. ‘FODMAP Journey’ was a way of documenting my ‘journey’ as a low-FODMAPer and as we all know the low-FODMAP diet is not a forever diet, so inevitably, I reached a point where my focus had shifted – cue ‘all about the balance’.
I’m so pleased with the new look and the new direction of blogging – incorporating all things balance 🙂 I’m also pleased it’s done because the transition was a slight technological nightmare. Bloomin’ technology – can’t live with it, can’t live without it.
Becoming more mindful
I’ve enjoyed incorporating more mindful ways into my everyday life, including learning the basics of knitting. I’m currently on the way to completing my first ever jumper. Yes cue the granny emoji if you like 😉 I happen to love it.
I also attended my first mindfulness event which was really interesting. I think becoming more mindful is a gradual process – it doesn’t happen overnight. But I look forward to continuing with a mindful approach in 2017 and seeing how it develops.
Completing a 10km run
This was a biggy for me. I’ve loved my running throughout 2016 – short runs make such a difference to my IBS symptoms and how I feel generally. In September I ran the Stratford 10km. Although the second 10km run I’ve done, there was a big gap between the first and second and I was slightly apprehensive about how it would go. But I listened to my body, took it in my stride, and was thrilled to pass the finish line (in under an hour!)
Being my own body detective
I’ve recently had a bit of a breakthrough in terms of learning more about my symptoms. I guess it goes to show that you really are your own body’s detective and no-one knows you better than, well – you! More on this in 2017.
New Year resolutions?
I’m removing all stress and pressure of new year resolutions by simply not setting them. Instead, I’d like to propose a little goal that everyone can aim for – to be kinder to ourselves! That might seem like a simple one, but it’s so easy to forget to do! So there – if you have one goal for 2017, let it be that one.
Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017 and always remember to trust your gut!
See you on the other side.