It Is a New Year – But Don’t Panic

It‘s Thursday, January 2nd.

I had a fabulous Christmas.  Mom came for a week-long visit from Warsaw, I cooked all traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and then I cooked much more for over 30 of our Polish friends, who came caroling on “The Second Day of Christmas”.  We had a great farewell dinner for Mom on Sunday.  On New Year’s Eve we went out with a few friends (I had a wild boar rack with truffled potatoes – yummy!).  And we finished the season on New Year’s Day with a roasted duck dinner with our son.  I also had a chance to open a few bottles of wine that awaited such an occasion.

Today is the usual first day of the rest of this year: I feel tired, sluggish, a touch bloated…and I desperately need to move, to shed a few pounds, to get my energy back.  I’m starting a list of all the good things I need to do, and the bad ones that I have to cut out of my life.  The list gets long: I pause and remember what has worked for me in the past.

Here are my New Year rules:

  1. Don’t panic: just break the goals down into workable pieces; day by day, step by step.
  2. Don’t feel guilty: I truly enjoyed the celebration, the company, the roasted duck, the wine.  I am so fortunate to have family and friends who came to my house and enjoyed my company – why should I feel guilty?
  3. Don’t jump into any drastic diets: just go back to my regular healthy eating. Introduce a little more good grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruit.
  4. Limit fats: especially after all the wine; the liver could use a little break.
  5. Don’t jump into “Olympic trials” mode with my workouts: just go back to regular routine.

And one more note about the wine.  There is much being written about the pros and cons of a glass of wine a day – especially the red.  I like wine and really enjoy a glass of good chardonnay in the evening. But it can get tricky.  Just count the calories: approx. 150 per glass – and sometimes it’s not just one glass.  If you multiply it by 7 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year, you will easily consume 50,000-60,000 empty sugar calories this year.  I could live on that many calories for over a month – if they were real nutritious calories, that is.  Yikes!  It’s just a thought, not a resolution.

Have a Happy and Healthy 2014!


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