If you are a long time reader, you will probably remember our Month of No Sugar last year. Essentially and few of the kids and myself dropped all processed sugar for the month of January. It was a complete success from the stand point of finishing the challenge. I made it, easily and didn’t particularly crave sugar…It was a failure from any other standpoint. I didn’t feel any better (or different for that matter) I didn’t lose any weight and I didn’t have more energy. I did find some new favorite sugar-free foods though.
Last year I was struggling with health issues (adenomyosis and fatigue) both of which are still present and problematic. Finding myself in the exact position I was in last year, I decided on a new challenge. This January I am cutting out refined sugar (I will use honey and maple syrup sparingly) and refined wheat. My goal is to “reset” my taste buds, eat a little healthier, feel better and lose weight. In the past I have found cutting out refined wheat a great way to lose weight and it has the amazing side benefit (for me) of taking away any cravings for sweets. I am not worried about gluten, per se, more the unhealthy carbs in the refined wheat and products made with it.
It’s the new year…so lets talk about goals. Back in 2014 I set the goal to improve my food photography. I tried staging a few photos and putting effort in to making my food photos look nice…and they still sucked. Last December, after returning home from BlogHer Pro (where I shared a room with a talented food photographer) I can home and purchased some vinyl backdrops and a maco lens.
This is a photo I took in 2014 when I was working hard and trying to stage my food photos. Um, yeah. It’s absolutely horrible.
Here is my 2015 attempt at the same meal. The difference? I added a backdrop, made sure I had adequate light and used my macro lens. While the goal took a little longer than I hoped, I would say I accomplished what I wanted.
My goals for 2016 are:
Finish my book proposal and find a publisher.
I am hoping to get this finished this month. A lofty goal, but this has been taking way too long!
Grow my photography business.
I have a goal to book 2 births one other session each month.
Make a plan; follow the plan. I tend to be very scattered when I work (whether housework, writing or photography). I jump from one task to the next, with no particular rhyme or reason…Its like I hear “squirrel!” every 17.8 seconds. So this year when it comes to blogging, writing and promoting my business (and any computer related work) I plan to write out a list of tasks and work on accomplishing them. Maybe even in order, but I really want to break the habit of constantly jumping from one thing to the next…
Spend more time outdoors.
Increase my energy and feel better.
Have you set any goals for yourself in 2016? Feel free to share them here.