Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that it was well spent with family, friends and mountains of comfort food. We had days full of Christmas parties and time with Turkey’s family and mine. I drank a lot of coffee and eggnog, watched a lot of movies, lounged around all cozy in my fleece pants and we even ventured out into the cold and went camping for a few days.

Turkey & I don’t exchange gifts with each other; we share our money so we decided a few years ago we would either go on a vacation for an experience or invest in something large we need, like a home project or new appliance.

Some years however, we will each just buy ourselves something we want and call it Christmas. So, for my Christmas this year I decided I wanted a new camera, as I want to learn more about photography and make it a hobby I can also integrate into my blogging and social media. I ended up going with a Canon RebelT6. I read that it is a great starter DSLR and I’ve been having lots of fun with it! Here’s a few photos from our winter break and our camping trip this weekend.(For Christmas, my parents got me a new pair of trail runners I have had my heart set on for months! Altra Lone Peak 3.5s. I wore them right out of the box and hiked 9 miles in them. I really like them! I think I will order an extra pair to have as backup.)

We had a great and needed break; we cleaned and decluttered our house, made some outlines and plans for our 2018; for our health and for our finances. We spent the last week off together doing those things, camping, hiking and finally last night, lazily rang in the bitter cold New Year with M & C. We were home in bed by 12:45. Zzz.

So today I bring you this post, the expected and generic “Resolution Post”- in which I am going to share a few changes and goals for this year; personal and for my blog!

First – I would like to make an oath to post 3 times a month, 4 if I can!

Second – On October 24th, I changed my way of eating to LCHF (low carb high fat) or Keto. In that time frame (Yes! We survived Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Christmas and New Years and continued to maintain and lose!) I have lost 22lbs and a ton of inches. I would like to lose a total of 50lbs by April, which means I have 28 left to go. I would like to make Keto and Keto backpacking a topic here a couple times a month, since I am comfortably adjusted to this way of eating now and am confident that I will maintain this change in my diet.

I have yet to backpack with this lifestyle change, so please bear with me as I “trial and error” what and how to pack some good Keto food for backpacking trips to fit my needs! I have definitely noticed my dayhiking energy is superb being fat adapted.

Third – We are absolutely Keto for ourselves and our health, but we also made the change to prepare for our large goal this summer: to hike the Mt. Whitney trail and summit the mountain. (Photo credit: Matthew McPherson; via Facebook Mt. Whitney group.)

Matthew’s Instagram. Thanks for letting me use your stunning photo!

Turkey and I are still planning for the JMT next summer (2019) with my beloved Midwest Mountain Chicks girls, but decided for our five year anniversary this year we are taking 2 weeks off and driving to California to celebrate on top of the US. This hike is my dream.

I know it will be grueling and difficult and scary. We may experience altitude sickness and not make it to the top at all. We could have bad weather keeping us from the summit. We could possibly not even get a permit. There are many underlying factors that could cause this 22 mile round trip hike to go wrong, and I’m not going to let my body be one of them. I absolutely have control over that aspect and I want to be strong and move swiftly instead of struggling when I know I could have helped it. If things do not work out the way we want them to, and we don’t get up there, that’s ok. I’m not going to get discouraged. Nature is nature and if I learned anything last year; it’s going to do what it wants.

So, follow this journey if you wish! It’s my most exciting yet. (#fitforwhit2018!) Even if we can’t make our dream happen due to circumstances out of our control, I’ll know that we did everything we could on our end, and that’s something to be proud of! Either way we will be adventuring in the Sierra and spending more time in Yosemite and that alone is enough to temporarily satisfy my hunger for that beautiful mountain range.

2017 was my favorite year of my life. I made it that way; I worked for it and the payback was incredible. You get what you give, and I choose to make 2018 the same if not better. Roping the positivity in and hanging on to it! It’s going to be a ride.

Best wishes to you all, make your year worth it!

J

8 Comments on “Happy New Year!

  1. I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for you! I agree, you get what you give, I worked to make 2017 the best year of my life too.

  2. I am new to the Midwest Mt. Chicks group – can I ask what is the JMT in summer ’19? Glad I found your blog!

    • Hi Paula!! A few of us are planning and prepping for a month on the 211 mile John Muir Trail in the Sierra for July or August 2019!! If you think you’d be interested let me know, we have a private Facebook group to keep in touch! Even if you’d like to just take a peek and see if you’d be interested feel free to PM me on Facebook (Jen Glasgow Potts) and I can add you! =)

  3. Ooh I love my Altra Lone Peaks! Glad you like them so far 🙂 I hope you get to hike Mt. Whitney then – that sounds like a great way to celebrate your anniversary! Happy New Year!

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