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End of 2012; Beginning of 2013

2 Jan

Wedding Joy

I’m so grateful for 2012 — what a great year for me and my family! I had so many wonderful experiences (including traveling, getting a new job, getting married and having the most amazing honeymoon), and I learned a lot. I hosted parties, I took a few risks, I cooked new food, I got ALMOST DOWN TO GOAL WEIGHT, I messed up, I made mistakes, I fell in love even more every day — and I lived.

To ring in the new year, we invited some friends over and I cooked a ton of food… friends, food and lots of laughter meakes of an excellent New Year’s Eve celebration, in my book. I cannot wait to move to a larger place to entertain even more loved ones!

2013 should be even better than 2012 (I know, is it even possible?). I am a huge fan of resolutions, as I have usually been able to stick to them in recent years (if not for the entire year, than at least for most of the year). I also am OBSESSED with list making. I guess instead of pressuring myself to follow these “resolutions” (after all, human will is ever-changing, and when I “resolve” to do something, it is hard to stick with it for an entire year and not feel like a failure when I mess up one day), I will try to view these as aspirations for a healthier 2013.

I’ve divided these goals into physical, mental and spiritual goals for the next year:

* run a 5k (I tried to do this last year, and I never finished the Couch-to-5k program)
* get down to my goal weight
* try to workout 3 times a week
* try more recipes and cook more food (this is vague because I’m not sure how I want to accomplish this… meatless monday again? trying a new recipe every week?)
* no soda AGAIN! Got into bad habits after my honeymoon… for shame!

* finish grad school applications
* read a few classic books or books that really make me think — rereading doesn’t count either (I’m a huge reader, but I usually read for entertainment, and not necessarily for knowledge)
* STOP THE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK… I internally (and externally to my husband, I must say) bash myself and my looks a lot. This isn’t healthy and isn’t something I want to teach my stepchildren.

* meditate more
* read out of my daily spiritual meditation book every morning

And last, but not least — I would like to update this blog more. I know, I really say it all the time, but I get discouraged when I stop tracking and start eating everything in sight (ahem, most of the last few months).

I hope everyone had a joyous new year, and I hope you all are ready for 2013 and all of the new adventures!


New Year’s Resolutions

6 Jan

I generally procrastinate… a lot.

For example, starting this blog has been maybe 6 months of contemplation, followed by one late night of signing up for this website name, finished by (after several days of lack of attention) finally publishing something.  Typically, I enjoy the pressure of tight deadlines and the feeling in my gut that tells me that I’m about to fail — right before I barely succeed.  It’s like a superhero waiting until the last possible moment to swoop down and save the damsel. Or something.

Anyway, I was pretty convinced that I wouldn’t set New Year’s Resolutions until at least February.  Historically, I put it off until I settle on the old standby of trying to get healthy and lose weight (as do 90% of Americans). 

This year, I surprisingly have a few new resolutions that aided in the creation of this blog.  They are, as follows:

  • Eat less processed foods — including no artificial sweeteners (farewell, Diet Coke in the staff fridge that I can see from my office! We shared many lovely 2pm crashes together…).
  • Travel extensively on the best trip of my life to date (See? I’m cheating here! Procrastinator and Lazybones… I am in the midst of honeymoon planning, so this is basically on my list so that I can feel good about accomplishing something, even if I do absolutely nothing else.).
  • End the year with no credit card debt (I don’t have any now, and post-wedding and honeymoon, I’d like to not have any).
  • Try to cook a new recipe once a week. And maybe take some nifty pictures to post on this blog.
  • Stick with WeightWatchers and drop some weight!
  • Try new things that take me out of my comfort zone, ideally once a month.


I’ve been told that I talk about food differently than most of my friends.  I think I’m sort of obsessed (which is probably why most of my goals in life are always somehow connected to food).  I hope that this blog can be a good way to think primarily about food — my love of it, my struggles with it, my cooking of it, my eating of it —  but also maybe about some other tidbits of life.  Like planning a cheap-o wedding and a glorious carb-loaded honeymoon in Italy and Paris.  And maybe this blog can be about becoming a fabulous vixen — because at the heart of it all, I think I picture a vixen as being able to do things effortlessly.  To me, this means that a vixen probably procrastinates.  And I’m extraordinarily fabulous when it comes to that particular skill.