Happy Wednesday! This is the first What I Ate Wednesday of 2017. I kind of love that the 300th installation of this weekly food diary-esque series occurs in the first week of a new year. I also kind of love this meme I saw floating around over the weekend:


 2016 was an intense year, and I basically had zero motivation to do anything crazy for New Years Eve. I traveled to South Carolina to relax for a few days with my parents over the long weekend.

I woke up at three a.m. on Friday morning to get to the airport for my early flight. Because security was weirdly speedy, I had an hour-and-a-half to kill, so I walked around the terminal and treated myself to a nice breakfast (egg white omelet and salad).


Once I’d arrived at my destination, I took a quick shower to rinse the stale plane energy off. Rather than interrupt my day with a nap, I like to keep myself busy when I’m that sleep-deprived, so my mom and I ran some errands and did a little shopping at Target before enjoying lunch at a local barbecue place. We shared some “riblets” to start and then had salads, which came with a choice of smoked meat on top. The server recommended the pulled chicken, and I was so happy I tried it. It was so good! I crave meat like crazy when I’m tired, so this hit the spot.


I love that my mom is into yoga now too, because earlier in the week she’d scoped out a great studio and bought a pass so we could go to more classes together. The power yoga class we went to helped me feel like a functional not-tired human again. I started to fade by dinnertime, though, so I was more than ready to eat and call it a day when we finally sat down to eat with my dad around 7:30. The meal was worth the wait, though. I ended up eating a local fish called sheepshead (something my dad said, once upon a time, you would just throw back if you caught one) that was served over spaghetti squash in a white port sauce with ginger and radishes—wow!


I slept reeeeally well that night.

New Years Eve itself was also pretty mellow—mostly just enjoyed spending time with my family and not taking a ton of photos. We had dinner with a few of their friends at a local restaurant and kissed 2016 goodbye with a bourbon toast.


I’m curious to see what the new year brings. Did you set any resolutions? Check out my tips for making them stick. On Sunday, I was also talking about what my goals are for the new year—and some healthy recipes to help you hit the reset button.

How did you welcome 2017? 

To see more WIAW, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons or visit hosts Laura and Arman‘s blogs.



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