Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Resolutions Update

We're heading fast and furiously toward March so I thought it would be a good time to evaluate my progress on my resolutions.

1. Read and work the exercises in The 4-Day Win.

I dusted the book off and I'm about 8 chapters in. It's got some good information in it and it's quite funny. I got a bit ADD when two books I put a hold on came available at the library so I switched over and almost finished The Volumetrics Eating Plan by Barbara Rolls, PhD. This is a very good book, it's pretty close to the changes I've made to my eating habits. If you haven't read it, it's definitely worth picking up. The other book is The Flat Belly Diet by Liz Vaccariello. I became interested in this reading this book when I read about it in Prevention mag. It stresses the importance of eating monounsaturated fatty acids for healthy and weight loss. I'm going to read a bit more of The 4-Day Win and then get into the flat belly book. Watch this space for upcoming book reviews.

2. Get out my Yoga book and start practicing.

I've made it up to day 3. Woohoo! It's a start but it needs work. I definitely have to work for some consistency with my fitness plan. I haven't figured that out yet, but it's in the forefront of my mind these days.

3. Learn to make homemade vegetable stock. Try new, healthy recipes and make over old favorites to fit my healthy life.

I've not made the stock yet, but I found a fantastic recipe in the Bittman book on making vegetable stock. He roasts his veggies before making them into stock and I love that idea. I love to cook and I'm still trying new, healthy recipes. I think I have the food thing down pretty well and I'm going to keep cooking up delicious and nutritious things. It's the only way to go.

4. Eat a more plant based diet.

I picked up a copy of Vegetarian Times (if you haven't noticed, I'm a total magazine addict) and tried a couple of recipes. Rob didn't notice that we weren't eating meat on those nights so it's a great start to eating a bit less meat. I'm cooking a vegetarian Indian meal (palak paneer and dal and perhaps chickpea curry) on Saturday night that I'm really looking forward to. I also bought a used copy of The Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home which I'm going to delve into in the coming weeks. I recently joined a CSA, I pick up my first order tomorrow. I'll post a review with some links after I try out some of the goodies.


  1. Are you keeping a daily food/exercise journal? If not, it can be a very useful tool. If so, you're on the right track.

    Jonathan Aluzas

  2. Thank you for the advice. I do keep a fitness/sleep. As far as food journaling goes, that's more trapping than liberating. It's not a strategy that has ever worked for me.