pushing the reset button


Hello all!

It looks like this is not only my first post of 2014, it’s also my first post since the move. In case you’re wondering what that means, I made the transition from blogger to wordpress last year, but never really posted after I officially moved. Granted, the old address is still up because people still visit the site. However, I just wanted a fresh start. Relocating seemed to be the answer.

As with most new year resolutions, mine revolve around health. However, instead of creating an unattainable list of resolutions, I decided that I would keep it simple. This year, I’m focusing on the following:

A consistent yoga practice. As I get older, I’m finding that my body needs something like yoga for consistency. With that, I decided that I would take the plunge and try out Bikram Yoga. Don’t ask me why I decided to do this. One day, it occurred to me and before you know it, I’m online purchasing a Groupon to Bikram Yoga Tempe.

Movement. In my post CrossFit life, I have reached a point where I no longer feel guilty for not doing CrossFit. Though my ass isn’t quite as hard and my thighs aren’t as massive, and I’m not part of the popular cult club, I can proudly say that yes, there is life after CrossFit. The downside is I have been trying to find some type of exercise that suits me. (Sorry. I think I have just outgrown CrossFit.) With that, I’m simply focusing on more movement. I have a FitBit and a lifetime supply of at-home videos that I use on most days. No fuss, no muss.

Cooking at home. I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit of a junk food junkie. As I approach the 40+ club, my body processes food differently. This year, I’m going to focus on cooking more. I have built up a lovely collection of awesome kitchen tools and I have a stack of recipes I’d like to try. Though I like to cook with paleo sensibilities, I’m not going to be a total hard ass about it. For me, eating real food and eliminating processed foods is okay.

That’s pretty much it. I can’t say that I have a long list of stringent goals. Ultimately, I am aiming for consistency. That’s it. Some other goals I have are to maintain a steady writing practice. Unfortunately, among the goals I have set out for myself, this is the one I’m failing at. Note to self: logging in a daily photo does NOT constitute a daily writing practice.

The other goal I have, and it’s kind of silly, is to care less about what I look like in photos. Specifically, I’m trying to make it a point to take more photos makeup-less. This is my answer to my dislike of social media. Again, it’s silly. But I was inspired by this clip:

So how are you using the new year to reset? Please post to comments:)

Celebrating EVERY body,

the fierce fathlete

5 thoughts on “pushing the reset button

  1. such sad statistics. 😦

    on another note, i think MHP looks even younger without makeup! wow! i’ve been going without makeup as much as possible because i’ve become a little paranoid about the stuff that’s in my makeup. does philosophy make the best makeup, without cancer-causing compounds and lead, etc.? my big issue is that i need a makeup that actually matches my skin tone but that also isn’t poisonous.

    my new year goals are almost exactly like yours, including the writing (which for me is about finally working on the diss again). here’s to a healthy, more pared-down 2014!

    • Hi Gladys!

      Yes. I was disappointed seeing MHP with no makeup. He skin is absolutely perfect. I hate her! Haha! I kid”)

      I’ve been having skin issues since moving to Phoenix, so I use Bare Minerals for foundation. My esthetician recommends it. They have lots of colors, so finding one shouldn’t be an issue. Philosophy just came out with new foundation, which I haven’t tried yet.

      • i used to wear bare minerals all the time (remember?) but i don’t like to use powders anymore b/c it dries out my skin, especially here in the high desert. but i’ll check them out again to see if they now have a creamy pressed powder or liquid. i’ll also look at philosophy. there’s actually an Ulta in town, can you believe it? lol.

          • it’s been a while but i wanted to report back! i finally bought the philosophy makeup earlier this month. i went to Ulta and asked about both philosophy and bare minerals and how i could get something that wouldn’t dry out my skin and the sales associate immediately took me to philosophy’s new liquid makeup. i tried two and ended up with the hydrating formula with spf 30. it’s less coverage than the other type i tried but i didn’t want to look made up; just wanted to do some color correction. the spf was a major plus. i don’t use it everyday but it’s far better than the neutrogena “clear skin” i was using which ironically made me break out.

            the only thing that i thought was weird was that philosophy doesn’t have a finishing powder to pair with the foundation. i bought a calvin klein pressed powder (suggested by the sales associate) which also has spf. so far so good. no breakouts due to the new makeup. i’ve been using PCA Skin to keep my acne in check. i just hope it’s not poisonous.

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