Here we are, closing in on another year. The other day I reflected on this year’s resolutions and the closest I got to the martial arts studio was driving by it several times a week. On the plus side of the resolution list, my circle of friends has increased and other relationships have found a deeper level.
The eternal resolution of losing weight? CHECK. May I say, finally! But that reflection led me to a greater awareness of a lifestyle shift. Over the years, there have been several. In 2003 I weighed 167 pounds. That’s when I began walking. I was 150 by the time I got married and limited dairy in my diet. Now, aiming for the 120 mark, and the size I wore when I met my husband, I realized the greatest shift I’ve made since 2011 was banishing the soy products from my diet and switching to coconut milk.
The change has been more than just weight loss. Last December my periods were all over the board, sometimes as long as 60 days between cycles. Was I pregnant? Perimenopausal? The painful breast cysts I’ve had on and off for years flared up with a vengeance. Something was wrong.
Ever listen to your intuition? Mine told me to give up the soy creamer in my morning coffee. I did, and by April my cycle was back on schedule, “the girls” (boobs) felt fine, and, even now, I just feel better overall.
So it made me wonder if other women out there have had similar experiences. My soy-to-coconut lifestyle shift made me think about 2013 resolutions. While I drink very little soda pop overall, I’m wondering if I could give it up TOTALLY for a year? What would the result be come January 2014?