Friday, January 1, 2010

Resolutions and Renewals

Happy New Year! It's 2010, not only a whole new year but a whole new decade. A clean slate to put down old demons, face new challenges and conquer them! Like last year, I'm going to mark my resolutions and renewals here so I can track my progress as 2010 unfolds.


1. Clean out and organize my office!
I pride myself on my organizational skills, I can't live in a house that is untidy and disorganized. I don't know how I allowed the office has become a dumping ground for every bit of paper and chachki that didn't have a home anywhere else. I'm going to strip it naked, keep the essentials and chuck the rest. Rob is going to make new shelves in the closet for me. I'm also going to tidy under the bathroom cupboards, but that's not nearly as bad as the office.

2. Read The New Rules for Lifting for Women and work the program.
I'm going to complete the book and get going on the program. I want to build muscle this year which will help me burn fat and help me reach my goal. I'd love to get to 150 pounds to see how I look and feel at that weight, but since I'm not hanging it all on scale numbers, I'd love to be a med-large in tops and a size 10 jeans. I will outline my lifting plan and progress here. I'm nervous and excited!

3. Count my blessings more often.
Like everyone else, I get caught up in bitching about small things and dwell on negative thoughts sometimes. This is one bad habit I want to conquer this year. I'm so fortunate in so many ways that I have absolutely no reason to feel sorry for myself, especially when there are so many people out there struggling. I'm going to focus on the positive, count my blessings and pass that attitude on to others whenever I can.


1. Renew my commitment to living this healthy lifestyle.
Taking care of my health truly is a lifelong commitment. I never want to lose sight of that. While I will never make a New Year's resolution that that effect ever again, I think it's a great idea to renew that commitment every so often.

2. Eat colorful at every meal!
Vegetables are beautiful and delicious, I'm going to make sure our plates look like a colorful work of art at mealtime.

3. Continue to deal with stressors in a non-food way.

Food is glorious and cooking is my favorite hobby and my passion but food isn't a drug, it isn't a companion, it isn't a therapist and eating isn't something to do just for the sake of doing it. It took me a long time to learn how to use food in a healthy way and I'm going to continue to do so. I'm going to keep listening to my body. If it needs food, then it will get the most delicious and nutritious of things in the appropriate amounts. If it needs a hug, love or something else, then I will figure out what that is and provide it.

What are your goals, what are you hoping to accomplish in 2010?


  1. Andra, wow, that really sounds great. It's so easy to think only of the things we want, I think it does us a lot of good to be thankful for what we already have and for what we've already accomplished. Also, I am glad you are staying committed to being healthy in 2010! I know you can get down to 150. Vegetables are awesome! I cannot wait for farmer's markets to open up again! (Even though that's not until May.) It's good that you learned that sometimes you use food in a way it's not intended. That way you can stop it. Good luck in the New Year!

  2. Awesome! I hadn't heard of that book and I was thinking about some new Strength Training skills for the new year. I'm bored with my routine!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I'm in desperate need for weight lose motivation. I haven't been on scale for 1 month and I'm not exercising. In need of a chubby friend who will help me. I'm a woman, teacher and I have a daughter and husband. Italian and love to eat. Eating fills a void in my life!