Friday, December 30, 2011

A Toast to the New Year

Paradise
The Riviera Maya was outstanding and much needed. A week full of indulgence: drinks, fresh food, afternoon snoozes, intimate time with the love of my life while being entertained and soaking up the sun.

It was incredibly simple to stay on the Primal diet with the variety of food they offer. I had fresh fish every day, tons of delicious vegetables and fruits - smoothies were frequent and often. Drink of choice: Disaronno on the rocks (9 carbs/oz). Desserts were divine. They fired up fruit (peach and banana) flamb├ęs and Mayan coffee for our table. If you ever visit the Palace resorts, you must try the Mayan coffee - fantastic!

*Picture is view from our concierge suite.

2011
This was a hard year:

I worked very hard at a job that I wasn't appreciated or respected. Not going to go into much detail here as I'm in a better place now.

Mark and I got a puppy...we had no idea what we were getting into, but we wouldn't change a thing. I love my little gremlin Gizmo.

I found the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and it has changed me for the better. I used to get so angry at myself for abusing my body the way I did. Binging on junk, not exercising and just taking my health for granted. Getting pissed off at anyone that cared enough to say something to me. I didn't know how to fix it and I didn't know where to look. Thanks to my friends we stumbled onto Paleo and I haven't looked back.

Looking forward to 2012
I'm writing this before a holiday weekend. Everyone who hasn't taken today off is in a cheerful mood. I'm currently working at my Dream Job - succeeding through the grueling interview process from November when I had 6 interviews for 2 different positions.

*Dream Job = Administrative Services Specialist, managing existing programs and centers (related to physician training, healthcare and research) and launching new ones for the University. I don't supervise anyone and I don't want to (last position I did that and found out I'd rather manage myself).*

By God's grace, and a good measure of my own, I managed to secure this wonderful opportunity that has huge growth potential have an amazing and supportive supervisor - we are a great team.

Paleo/Primal
I plan on staying on the Paleo/Primal bandwagon and proving my doctor wrong ("Everyone that does that diet quits after a year and gains it all back"). Not to mention all of the other obvious benefits that I've already repeated in other posts.

I hope to keep blogging as often as I can. November and December have been a whirlwind between going through the interview process, exiting a position/training others, taking on a new positions/getting training from others, not knowing what I'm doing in the new position (getting more comfortable everyday), going to Mexico, going to Chicago for my Birthday and the holidays with friends and family.

This new position seems like it will keep me pretty busy and challenge me every day so I will blog updates/tips/recipes/answer email questions when I can.

I hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2012. Let's reign in the New Year right: Paleo/Primal style.

Health, wealth and happiness to all.
Krista