Happy New Year! 🙂 The new 2017 Low Carb Challenge has officially kicked off. You can click here for the challenge details, and join in anytime if you haven’t already.
It’s so exciting to be kicking off a New Year with you!
2016 was an amazing year of personal transformation for me personally, and I’m really excited about my goals for the year ahead. 🙂
Speaking of, I shared this on my Facebook Page this morning, and thought you’d really enjoy it too. 🙂
I really enjoyed the weekend of celebration, thinking back over what I achieved in 2016… and looking ahead at what I most want to accomplish in 2017. In many ways I am extremely proud of what I did over the last year, but I was also happy to see the year come to an end – making way for a FRESH start on so many things. 🙂
I spent the weekend making my annual trip to North Carolina to ring in the New Year with my favorite band: The Avett Brothers!
It was an AMAZING concert (as usual!) and I had a FABULOUS time.
Here’s a video from the concert. You’ll love it even if you’re not a fan. 😉
I’ll share my entire New Year’s Eve day and night with you, and I’ll also share some photos of me from the trip – and how I feel about those. 😛
I got on the road early on Saturday to head to Charlotte, NC from middle Tennessee. It’s only about a 6 hour drive, including a beautiful drive over the mountains.
I had my low carb breakfast on the road: just 3 sausage patties and 3 round fried eggs from McDonald’s. That’s exactly how I ordered it, and it was around $5.
Of course I brought plenty of coffee along for the road trip. 🙂
My Contigo travel mugs keep my coffee HOT for hours. Mine has autoseal too, so it’s spill proof. A must-have on any road trip for coffee lovers. 😉
I had a late breakfast actually, and I was planning to have a big dinner before the concert, so I just had a quick snack later in the trip to get me by.
I was on my way to the Bojangles’ Coliseum in NC (the concert venue) so I decided to stop at a Bojangles’ on the way. 🙂
I discovered their Roasted Chicken Bites are only 4 carbs for 5 pieces! They were spicy, tender and delicious. Mmmm!
They also have a Roasted Chicken Bites Salad on the menu. 😉 There’s no sauce on them, just a Cajun rub. Perfect! This was in Gaffney, South Carolina:
I checked into my hotel and got ready for the concert…
I wasn’t 100% happy with my dress…
It’s a size SMALL from American Eagle. I’ve been shopping there for YEARS and have worn a size XL since I started shopping there (until this past year).
Anyway, it wasn’t very fitted or flattering around the middle (sort of boxy), but I think it was meant to be that way – as a swing style dress. 😉
It was super comfortable at least, which was important for hours of dancing! 😀
The Bojangles’ Coliseum has a restaurant, so I was planning to have a nice dinner there before the concert – but unfortunately it was closed. Go figure.
They also would not let us back out (NO re-entry!). They were super rude about it too. 😛 WORST VENUE EVER – seriously.
That mean I had to make do with low carb eats from the concession stands, which was fine – I just needed something on my stomach to go with my rum & diet coke, and my Michelob Ultra beers. 😉
The concert was AWESOME! 🙂
And that’s a (zero carb) rum & diet coke in-hand, lol:
I danced for hours! 🙂
I got in some solid Fitbit steps dancing into the new year too. 😉 What a great concert!!
Not having a big meal like I planned, and a few more drinks than I intended (2 big shots of rum & 2 tall Mich Ultra’s), I definitely needed a bite to eat after the show.
You know, around 2am when everything was closed – lol.
Fortunately I had grabbed some low carb snacks from a gas station on my way in, and had those in my room:
After a fabulous night and a solid sleep, I got up and had terrible hotel coffee (ack! lol) and hit the road to head back to Tennessee.
I stopped in Gastonia, NC at the Sakura Japanese Restaurant and ordered a LARGE glass of ice water and a steamy hot bowl of miso soup.
A great way to rehydrate after a night of drinking. 😉
I also had some Spicy Baked Scallops at the Sakura Japanese & Sushi restaurant.
Those were delicious!! 🙂
Here’s a photo of me at the Brown Mountain Overlook while crossing back over the mountain into Tennessee, on my way to see my daughter in Johnson City before heading home:
I am NOT happy with how I look in that picture. And I’m not talking about my goofy socks w/flip flops. 😛 haha. That favorite Avett Brothers t-shirt was a gift from my best friend Tawnya… and used to look SO good on me. Like most of my other favorite clothes, it just hangs off of me now.
That picture is just hard for me to look at. I look too skinny. 🙄 Ack…
I do miss my figure. A lot. Not just my chest (lol) but ALL of it – the hips, the curves. Ugh. Here’s another photo taken on the way to the concert the day before, where I was also dressed funny (haha, it was a “90’s theme joke”):
Feel free to laugh at both outfits. I can be a real goofball. 😉 lol
You can’t really tell it in the picture above, but that skirt was literally falling off of me. And it’s BRAND NEW, or I bought it just a few months ago at least – and this is the first time I’ve worn it. I actually GAVE IT AWAY on the drive home. 😛
I’m not really sure what size I ended the year in…
I’ll guess somewhere between a 4 and 6, closer to a 6 probably.
My size 8’s are pretty loose on me now, and I did manage to *squeeze* into a pair of size TWO shorts a friend gave me last week.
I am 43 YEARS OLD, ya’ll! I do NOT want to be stick skinny, or “sick thin” at my age.
I haven’t been intentionally trying to lose more weight. My weight has stayed the same the last few weeks actually, but my shape and my size is obviously changing.
All I’m doing is continuing to eat a healthy ketogenic low carb diet – because it FEELS great, and keeps me out of chronic pain.
My big goal for 2017 is to continue toning, which I got a GREAT start on in 2016, and to build attractive muscle / tone. I’m not sure what else to do? Anyway, the last thing I want is to go off the other end of the “negative body image” spectrum – from too big, to too thin – or to get back in a head spin over my body image.
I think the key is to gain muscle weight and… dress better!! 😛 🙂
I hope your New Year started off as fabulous as mine did!
I am so looking forward to the year ahead with you, and us continuing to work on our goals together. Here’s to becoming out happiest, healthiest selves this year!! 🙂 *cheers*
Your turn… I would love to hear YOUR goals/thoughts!
p.s. I got an amazing deal on my concert tickets and my hotel using Ebates! Oh, and on the cute red retro heels too. 😉 Ebates cashback rocks!!
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