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:
- Don’t panic: just break the goals down into workable pieces; day by day, step by step.
- 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?
- 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.
- Limit fats: especially after all the wine; the liver could use a little break.
- 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!