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! 😆
– 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 😉 ). 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 😀
– 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 😉
– 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? 😀 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! 😀
1/2 pear + 1/2 persimmon
TJ’s roasted almonds pack
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 😀 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 😉