12 Changes: January Wrap-Up


I can’t believe that the first month of 12 Changes is already over! It feels like just last week everything was being organized to get started, and here I am getting ready to start adding new goals to the ones I’ve already accomplished!

Here’s what January looked like for me: 

This month was all about starting the New Year with better eating habits. I was tired of going to sleep every night feeling like I had eaten too much BAD stuff for me; I just wanted to feel good about myself again and I wanted to make healthy living a part of my LIFE, not just something I worked on for a short period of time.

That’s why I chose January for health. It was really important to me to start this year off the RIGHT way, and with a healthier lifestyle from Day One, I knew the rest of my changes would be natural additions to Big Number One.

My goals for January

1. Go one month without junk food

I did pretty good on this one. I’m definitely considering it *done* because I realized that I’m not the kind of person who can cut entire things out of my diet for so long. I mean, I know it’s just one month, but junk food (or refined sugars in general) are such a HUGE part of everything I eat, I think my body would have just gone into serious withdrawal if I cut it out entirely, so suddenly. I know some people are able to do this, but that’s just not me, and I’ve accepted that.

That being said, halfway through January I re-committed myself to trying much harder at cutting it out more significantly from my diet, and I succeeded. I had a few *cheat days* which I am 100% okay with, but junk food is becoming a thing of the past for me. Now, when I treat myself, I try to do it in little amounts because too much crappy food makes me feel REALLY gross. My body no longer processes it as well as it used to, and for me that is a great thing. It means there are big changes happening!

2. Start taking vitamins

Done! I took vitamins every other day because the ones my mom bought are extra strength and I didn’t want to over-do it. I also talked to my brother about multi-vitamins and he thinks they’re useless, but I’m still not sure. I usually take his advice on health things because he is such a healthy person (and often the one to help me when I’m trying to improve my own health) so I’d like to do more research about vitamins before I make this a permanent habit. I don’t know if I’m the kind of person who NEEDS them or not, but for this month I made sure to take them often to see if I noticed a difference in myself.

I can’t say that I see a HUGE difference because of vitamin-taking; I know that other aspects of my healthy-eating have contributed to me losing weight, having better complexion and overall a healthier glow to me, but I really don’t know if vitamins helped at all. Does anyone know anything about vitamin-taking? 

3. Try vegetarianism for one week 

Success! I just completed two weeks of almost complete vegetarianism. I did one full week with no meat, cold-cuts, or fish, and at the end of my first week I had chicken (which I didn’t enjoy at all because I didn’t want to eat it, but had to at a public dinner). Since then I’ve fully incorporated fish back into my diet, but I haven’t had any other major meats in a meal. I did help make a soup with my SIL with a real chicken broth base and bits of turkey/chicken in it, which I’ve now eaten twice. It’s a little bit of extra protein in my diet which I am fully okay with.

The point wasn’t to stay vegetarian after my first week, but I honestly had SO much fun with it. It forced me to cook different meals, print out recipes, and try out vegetables I don’t normally buy. I’ve made several dates with my awesome sister-in-law who’s a great cook, and she’s shown me how to make some great veggie recipes. Now that I’ve seen how much fun it can be to make meat just an occasional meal, I’m fully prepared to continue NOT eating it. I used to eat meat 4-6 times a week and I now realize how overwhelming that was for my body.

4. Keep a food diary

I did NOT do this one. I started for my first week/week and a half, but I had no good way of keep track of what I was eating… Not to mention I cheated a lot and didn’t want to write it down, ha! The point of this goal for me wasn’t to keep track of calories because I don’t want to do that, I just wanted to see what I was eating every day. I debated starting at the halfway point in January but decided against it… So I guess I purposely didn’t complete this goal.

I’m debating whether I want to try to do this in February. I think I might- I bought a really cool food diary to help me keep track of my food AND my exercise, and that is something I’m interested in doing.


Overall, I’m really happy with how this month turned out! I’m 100% ready to get started on Month Two and start tracking my progress with new goals. I accomplished some things in January that I really didn’t know I had in me, and I’m excited to continue making healthy eating a long-term lifestyle change.

How did your resolutions go in January? If you’re taking part in 12 Changes, how was Month One for you?


8 responses »

  1. You did so much better than me this month. This is such an inspirational post for me to read because I feel like I’m falling back to old habits, especially in the past few days.

    I think it’s awesome how just one week of being vegetarian has morphed into an entirely new lifestyle for you that you want to KEEP doing it! That’s amazing. 🙂

  2. You did fantastic, if I may say so. Since I didn’t do that great myself this first month of 2012, it’s inspiring to see how much you accomplished (well, you had more goals than I did, too.) I personally do take a multi-vitamin and don’t think that even if it doesn’t help that much, it can’t hurt either. 😉 (I am known to have iron- deficiency and low magnesium, so I definitely think it will help to take a supplement).

    On to more things in Feburary 🙂

  3. So awesome to hear how your January went. As a registered dietitian, I take a multivitamin and extra vitamin d everyday. I analyzed a week of my own food intake and even with a fairly healthy diet, there were vitamins and minerals I was lacking so that is my reasoning on taking a multivitamin. One designed for women under 50 should be great for you. I view it as an insurance policy: there’s not enough fat soluble vitamins in a normal multivitamin to cause you harm and any excess water soluble vitamins you take, you will just pee out. Hopefully this helps 🙂

  4. Those are great goals! They are very doable too and only for a certain time. Some people say something like from now on I won’t eat junk food or something crazy and it’s just not doable. I like your goals.

  5. I found that the only way I could keep a food diary was to do it on my phone because I don’t go anywhere without it! No way I coul ‘forget’ things then!

    You did so well this month! Loved reading all your vegetarianism posts – keep up the good work 🙂

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