I haven’t made official New Year’s resolutions in a few years. I figured I got most of them out of the way when I was 12. There was a lot of “believing in myself, being a good friend to myself, etc.” All very good and true and useful. What more do I need?
So I’m keeping it simple. And not publishing this until tomorrow when the buzz from the entire glass of wine I drank with delicious dinner has worn off. The home page to this website declares that I’m a fantastic cook — and it is true. I love food.
- Reduce my sugar intake.
- Increase my exercise.
How will I accomplish these resolutions?
Reduce sugar intake
I don’t honestly eat a lot of added sugar. I cook from scratch. I don’t eat a ton of desserts. Sometimes I’ll cook desserts — usually for monthly family dinners. But they get eaten by people other than me. I have a portion. Or two.
I don’t eat candy. Chocolate gives me headaches (I know, what a life, right?). Sugar makes me cranky.
And yet I know I’m still consuming too much.
So, what does this mean?
- Less sugar in my tea (1/2 tsp perhaps?)
- Less cups of tea in my day (green tea with honey instead)
- Less desserts, even homemade
- Use sweeteners that don’t affect me as much — agave and honey, applesauce and bananas in baked dishes
- Generally eat less refined carbohydrates, which can be tricky on a gluten-free diet, as a lot of gluten-free stuff seems very starchy and white
- Eat more protein (this could be a resolution in itself)
Aaagggggh. OK. I can do this.
I’ve got a treadmill desk set up in the basement downstairs. Essentially, it’s a computer monitor mounted on the wall, with a wooden board over the treadmill handles where the keyboard and mouse go. It’s cool. It works. I can spend 1-2 hours on there going at 2.5 mph working away.
But it is in the dark, windowless (finished) basement.
And I should probably get some aerobic exercise.
- Create treadmill desk in my bright, airy upstairs office.
- Go running 3 mornings a week after dropping the kids off at school.
- Take a yoga or NIA class 2 mornings a week. I have an unused Groupon that expired, oh, last February.
My body needs movement. And I clearly need to burn calories and up my metabolism. It’s not going to start burning higher on its own.
So there you go.
Oh wait, I did make resolutions this year
I thought I’d blogged my 12-year-old resolutions once, but I think I used them in a church sermon. While searching for them, however, I came across the resolutions I made at the beginning of April.
How did they fare?
- This year the fruit will grow – yes, it did. We got apples this year. Maybe next year plums and pears as well?
- I will spend more time in the garden – um, maybe. It’s hard to quantify that one.
- I will keep running – hmm….I did for a while. Then I got laid off and it rudely interrupted my whole exercise routine. See resolutions for 2014, though.
- My back will be strong – Yes! My back has been awesome!
- I will ride my bike – Well, no. I have excuses, though. It does a weird tugging thing when I brake.
- The kids will ride their bikes and progress beyond flailing and training wheels – Ahahahahah. No. We went sledding, though.
- I will pick the lettuce before it goes bitter – Yes. What lettuce that I planted that grew, yes.
- I will make jam – Oh, so much jam! Everyone got jam for Christmas.
- I will gently address the past emotional trauma that’s still holding on – working on it.
- I will play more music – Yep. 🙂 very happy about that.
- I will cultivate cheerfulness – I think so. Not always, but generally.
- I will love my family well – I certainly loved them a lot. Did I do it well? Not always. But there’s a lot of love going around this house.