Right. New Year. We have work to do.
I’m not a big believer in resolutions, but I do believe in the power of habit, and I, uh… haven’t been sticking to my new health habits lately…
So I have work to do. And today’s the day. My work starts with a sweep through my house to transform it from a place of flour and sugar and icing to a place of greens and light proteins and smoothies. A place where the day starts with exercise and a good breakfast…
Somehow these two essentials have slipped entirely away from my routine as I fretted and freaked over finishing gifts, writing cards, and over-scheduling.
But it was a good holiday. Not so sad as last year. Quiet, dear, and good. And though sweet and floury things found their way into our home, and we did enjoy them, it’s time to put it all aside. Move on toward longer days, light, spring.
I figured that out last night when neither acid reflux nor night sweats would let me sleep a wink. Funny how things dawn on you while you’re waiting for dawn.
I KNOW that killing the sugar from my diet and getting exercise will put those symptoms away immediately and help me deal with all the fun that comes with pushing 50. If only knowing it down to my bones counted a little toward DOING it.
But it really doesn’t.
So I’m making a new post-holiday list. On my way home I will hit the grocery store to:
1. Stock up on fresh and frozen veggies, and buy a big bin of baby lettuce.
2. Grab up chicken breasts and fish, fish, fish for freezing and fast grilling on tired evenings.
3. Grab cans of tuna and beans for low-fat, clean protein sources.
4. Grab unflavored yogurt and frozen raspberries and blueberries and strawberries (unsweetened) for morning smoothies. (I already ordered my favorite Designer Whey French Vanilla protein powder to add to that smoothie.
5. Grab nuts and dried fruit and old-fashioned oats for quick bowls of meuslix when I have time for something more than a smoothie.
6. Get string cheese and apples — my quick-grab breakfast when I can’t even put the smoothies together.
Armed with all of the right foods, the next step is to have a nice dinner. And when I’m full and strong and rested, I will grab a large garbage bag, and without remorse or guilt, I will pitch all the sugar and flour snacks, all the empty calories and terrible temptations from the house.
And tomorrow morning I reaquaint myself with my gym. It’s there… I’m reasonably certain it’s there, where I left it back in November…
Oh it’s not easy to get back to our habits, but if we don’t climb back on the bus now, we might not do it.
That’s my list. What’s yours? Do tell, won’t you?