Fun Things To Read On A Friday

Say Hello To The Weekend

It’s Friday! Time to kick back and relax.

It’s the first weekend of the year, how are you spending it, folks? I don’t have a single thing on the agenda (well except to avoid thinking about all the wine I am NOT drinking and some more meal prep) and I am quite looking forward to it.

For those of you doing the Whole 30 — good luck to you on your first weekend! And to those of you NOT doing the Whole 30, I rounded up a number of non-nutrition challenge related links so that everyone has something to read today. Hooray!

* I bought one of these Incredible Year Workbooks last year and you know what? I had an INCREDIBLE YEAR. Obviously I bought one again this year. And a second one for my mama. Highly Recommend.

*I read two things that made me cry on the internet this week.
(I KNOW!) (It was an emotional week.) The first was this post on CrossFit Lisbeth that just gave me a great dose of perspective. I’m trying to keep an eye on the mindless complaining I do (I probably can’t give it up completely, I am human after all) but man this was a powerful reminder.

*The second thing was this post called I Am Plus Size from Stephanie over at Radical Hateloss. It is such a great piece that reminded me again that losing weight is rarely about the things you give up, and so much more about the things you gain when your mindset changes. Definitely worth a read if you have any weight loss goals on your agenda this year.

*Speaking of goals, I read so many great lists of resolutions and seasonally appropriate pieces of inspiration this week. In the end I wanted to share How To See The Barrier To Reaching Your Goals because I think a huge part to success is getting comfortable with failing. And I want all of you all to be successful in 2013 — however you define that. But that’s the key, I think. Defining what you want. It doesn’t have to be an arbitrary list of things to do, it can be a word or a feeling that will a giant banner sign that you have arrived. SUCCESS: YOU ARE HERE.

*All of this talk of putting goals out there, reminded me of Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly. (Maybe you remember me mentioning it briefly last year?) These ideas of fear and vulnerability are all swirling at the surface during this time of year because the majority of us have some fear and judgment tied to failing. I wanted to mention that book because I think the start of a new year is a GREAT time to read it. But also, if you don’t have time to dig into a whole book right now, check out this post about why we don’t do the things we know we should do. Such a great reminder that instead of beating yourself about all the things you coulda woulda shoulda done last year, just let go of the fear and resolve to DO them now.

*If Menu Planning is one of those things you resolved to do, check out my good friend and half marathon buddySarah’s approach to meal planning. This is the Anti-Planning Guide to Meal Planning, and she has delicious dinner on the table nightly. I mean, have you seen her Instagram feed? Good stuff!

*Maybe you resolved to blog more (or blog your Whole 30 experience?) If so, check out Blog Maven’s 12 Best Time Management Tips for Bloggers. Blogging can be a full time job! It’s nice to hear how other folks fit it all in.

*Maybe you resolved to get your nutrition in check this year.
Or to check out all this Paleo business, eh? If so, check out 4 Great Ways Paleo Plan Can Help You With Your New Years Resolutions. Paleo Plan is an awesome site full of resources, and I had the pleasure of getting to meet Neely while I was in Colorado this year and she is totally worth showing some love! Plus, she just started CrossFitting and I loved her review of the whole experience.

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Is that enough reading material for the day? Man, so much good stuff on the internet this week! Have a link to share? Did anything move you, inform you, or get you super motivated to start the year off right? Share…pretty please? Have a great weekend you all!

(Whole 30ers: I’ll be back tomorrow with a round up of fun Whole 30 Food Inspiration from Instagram and Twitter (remember to tag yours with #hwisc if you want to be included) and a new meal plan on Sunday. Keep up the good food work this weekend!)

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