Healthy and Sane

2010 resolutions

January 2nd, 2010 · 21 Comments · 20 minute meals, chicken, Cooking Light, Italian, pasta, sandwich, snacks

It’s that time of the year (or am I actually behind?) – the holidays are over, I am a few pounds heavier than I’d like to be and am rethinking how this year can be better. I’ve been struggling to some extent with weight “issues” since I was a teenager and for the last few years, I’ve been vowing that this needs to change, making some progress but never actually “getting there.” I took yesterday off from blogging in an attempt to avoid making empty promises (as I nursed a food hangover with no desire to move off my couch), but today with an awesome workout under my belt and some cleaner food, I think my mind is much more clear. This year I AM going to find that balance! I am not going to get obsessed with crazy diets and extreme challenges. I am going to lose the holiday weight, learn about nutrition in order to optimize my running performance, while including lots of treats and dinners out with my husband, friends and family, guilt-free. This I guess will serve as my segue into the 2010 resolutions post…

Become truly Healthy and Sane (have we seen this one before?) – yes it’s an ongoing goal and will be my goal until this statement truly represents who I am. I’ve made a lot of progress with intuitive eating in 2009 and I think this will help me in 2010. I’ve learned that I can maintain my weight without calorie counting, if I just listen to my body, so that’s what I plan on bringing back later in 2010 and mastering ! [I am still taking on calorie counting to jump start my weight loss for the year.]

– Run two half-marathons (and finish them!) – I never thought I’d need to say this last part but I’ve been humbled by my last half-marathon. I am not giving up. I’ve learned very valuable lessons and this year will be my year. Why 2? Because I can’t wait to run another one again, so I already signed up for the Run to Remember on May 30, 2010… and then I need to finish the BAA half in October 2010. Watch out, I’m going to kill it! πŸ˜†

Read more books. With work, working out, blogging, blog reading, cooking, eating out, shopping, etc. reading has moved waaay down the list of things to do. I’m going to be mindful of this and would like to read at least 12 books in 2010 (cookbooks don’t count πŸ˜‰ ). I hope I can’t do this! :)

Stay on top of general news and industry news. I am going to be taking more responsibility at work this year, so I need to get sharper. I’ll try to read the news for at least 30 minutes in the morning, while finishing my breakfast coffee πŸ˜€

– Finish the year debt free. Adam and I are really good with money. We used to pay our credit card balances in full every month and never purchase anything unless we know we can afford it. We also got used to going out and not really worry about money because our savings account has served as a comfortable cushion. Well in 2009 we bought a condo and are now starting a major kitchen remodel. These 2 things are not only wiping out our savings accounts, but we are also borrowing more money from my parents. I hope that by the end of the year, with savings, we’ll be able to repay my parents in full. This will take effort but I think this this makes it the perfect New Year’s resolution. Don’t worry, you’ll still see meals out and restaurant reviews. We can’t lock ourselves in the house for too long πŸ˜‰

– Put more effort into my outfits. When I like what I’m wearing, my hair is blown out and I feel put-together, it makes the whole day so much better (even work seems more fun)! I’m going to try preparing my outfits the day before to avoid just grabbing random stuff and feeling frumpy.

– Improve my cooking skills. I’d like to take some cooking classes during 2010 and maybe build confidence for creating some of my own recipes.

– Continue improving this blog. I clearly spend a lot of time writing this blog, so why not make it the best it can be? πŸ˜€ Constructive feedback is always welcome.

Now let’s see what I ate today…


Holey Donuts jumbo cinnamon bun (I wanted simple carbs yet a good amount of calories before my morning boot camp class)



[366 calories with coffee]


TJ’s whole grain flaxseed wrap with tzatziki, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes and roasted brussels sprouts


Mmm, what a lunch! Hearty, healthy, delicious! πŸ˜€


[316 calories]


1/2 pear + 1/2 persimmon


[74 calories]

TJ’s roasted almonds pack


[220 calories]

TJ’s whole wheat Tuscan pane with Samira’s homemade baba ganoush and avocado with lime juice


I will take this snack over dessert most days (and I did today). Yup, that good!


Dinner was another fabulous home cooked indulgent tasting meal. I followed this recipe for straw and hay alfredo with roasted asparagus, using 100% whole wheat spaghetti instead of half and half.


The alfredo sauce was really delicious (cheesy and creamy!) and the whole pasta had a great nutty bite to it. It was a good portion that tasted much more caloric than it really was. I think it would be even more fantastic with some fresh pasta.


A 5 oz of Vitiano 2007 cabernet/merlot/sangiovese blend completed this Saturday night dinner perfectly (the wine was nothing special but it had a very relaxing affect :) ).

[~405 calories, incl. wine]

Total calories consumed today: ~1510 πŸ˜€ I feel super satisfied! I wish every day was this easy.

I’m off to relax with my hubby. Did you make New Year’s resolutions for 2010? They seem to be quite popular in the blog world. I’m clearly a fan πŸ˜‰

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21 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - katie

    great eats girl!! you will dominate your goals.
    are those cinna buns worth ordering? they sure look GOOD!!

  • #2 - Erin

    I like your resolution about being more put together — even on days when I feel like crap, it’s amazing what putting on a nice outfit and doing my hair can do. Suddenly, my mood improves, I feel more attractive and the day takes on a brighter outlook.

  • #3 - Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Love your goals for the year! I’d like to run a 1/2 marathon too!

    The cinnamon rolls look incredible!

  • #4 - Shannon

    sounds very do-able :) i need to read that book in your snack picture!! and two others i have about tri training… should put those up there instead of more from the library!

    some fun food-related books i’ve enjoyed recently: bread alone, a homemade life, and spiced

  • #5 - Shannon

    ps- i’m having the same worries about the cookies, but I figured I can save a few of each kind and bring the rest to work if it’s not looking good!

  • #6 - Tiffany

    Reading (both books and the news) always helps me get outside my own head for a while. It does great things for my mood and helps me relax; plus, I get the added benefit of taking knowledge away from an enjoyable hobby.

    I spend half an hour every morning before work with a cup of coffee and Channel 7/CNN. We’re sort of involved at this point ;P

    And I always think you look great and polished, but I totally understand how good a nice outfit can make a person feel.

  • #7 - Michal

    I love all of your goals. I think I just may be adding number one to my list too. I want to become happy and sane without obsessing or getting hung on up numbers.

  • #8 - Jena

    Great goals and delicious eats!!!

  • #9 - Jess

    Great goals! I’m right there with you on the inuitive eating, I was looking at what you ate and how you stayed within your calorie range and was pleasantly surprised – you totally ate some yummy stuff so you weren’t feeling deprived and miserable BUT you didn’t go overboard. That’s what it should be about, not eating celery sticks and water all day, right πŸ˜‰ I’m with you on the half too – hoping to run my first one in Sept, eep! Cheers to 2010!

  • #10 - Molly

    I am sore in such a good way!

    Love your goals- looks like the makings of a great year.

  • #11 - Elina

    Katie- I love the cinnamon buns (the blueberry kind is my favorite)! They are gigantic and are less than 1/3 the calories of the cinnabon buns. They sell 100 calorie minis too. The last time we ordered Holey Donuts it was all cinnamon buns – they are way better than the donuts!

    Erin – yeah, I think it’s something that is so easy to overlook but makes a huge difference. I hope I can keep this up :)

    Shannon – thanks for the book suggestions! I’ll make sure to add them to my library list. Oh, and I really hope to be able to part with all those delicious cookies. We’ll see, maybe some of them could be frozen πŸ˜•

    Tiffany – yeah, I am really bad at staying up on the news. That’s a really good routine you’ve got there! And thanks for the compliment πŸ˜€

    Michal – I think this is the goal of all goals. Everything else after that is just details πŸ˜‰

    Jess – amen! Healthy food does not need to be boring and clean food is usually lower in calories, so it really works out!

    Molly – I’m am SO sore! The run at the gym today possibly helped… or not. It hurts to sit down. πŸ˜†

  • #12 - Good Taste. Healthy Me

    These resolutions rock! I love them. I definitely have to start putting my clothes out the night before too. If I feel frumpy it has a major impact on my confidence for the day!

  • #13 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Happy New Year, Elina!
    I like your resolution list because it is so detailed. I have not done one yet for 2010. Guess I better get on that. Oops. A lot of our resolutions are similar…my outfits definitely need some help, for one! πŸ˜‰

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  • #15 - sister inna

    my favorite resolution for this year is — pushups every day (pre morning shower).
    i want to look and FEEL strong this year πŸ˜‰

  • #16 - KellyB

    Love your list, I think I’ll just copy it (removing the running bit of course – I’ll replace it with “Workout – since I don’t do that at all”)

    Some great books I’ve read or listened to (i’m big into saving Audio books on my ipod since I drive alot) Those who save us by Jenna Blum, The Book Thief, People of the Book by Geraladine Brooks, All the Twilight Books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

  • #17 - RunToTheFinish

    I’m sticking with my monthly challenges because I can’t do big 12 month things… I always get lost along the way. I think we are all continually getting healthier so nothing wrong with seeing that goal again!

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  • #19 - Ally

    I hear ya on #1! Good on you for having a general health goal, not a weight loss goal. Getting caught up in numbers and scales is no fun. Let’s focus on muscles and munchies!

  • #20 - Nicci@NiftyEats

    Great Resolutions/ Goals for the new year. I think I need to read more books too. I was gifter 2 for the Holidays and there calling my name .

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