Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Now that the insanity of Christmas has (barely) passed us by, many people immediately turn to thoughts of what they want to resolve to do --or not do--in the new year.  I know many of us probably resolve to do the same things many other people resolve to do...they want to lose weight, exercise more, fit into those jeans from high school, whatever.  That's all well and good, but how are you going to get there? What are you going to do for yourself to get you to that goal?

I challenge all of you to come up with at least one resolution, AND a way to get there.  I'll start:

1) I resolve to do yoga at least three times a week.  IN order to do this, I'll schedule it into my day, likely Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, in order to avoid conflicts with school providing excuses not to.  I will transfer my yoga audio instructions to my ipod so that they are clearly heard and easily accessed, and I will make sure my yoga dvds are accessible and in the appropriate cases.

2) I resolve to eat less refined sugar. I will limit myself to 1 treat a day, the way I did while living in Europe (the time of my most effective weight loss), and I will remove sodas from my diet. Again.  I will switch to drinking water and natural fruit juices in their place.

By breaking them down into managable parts, I've lost a lot of the daunting fear that comes with these kinds of resolutions.  What do you resolve for 2011?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

'Tis the Season

The semester's over. I'm relieved. The grades are rolling in and are, so far, all A's. (Woo) I did a lot of baking yesterday, for my mother. She's feeling better after round five of chemo, but she had a deadline to hit (Saturday), and not a lot of energy to hit it, so I stepped in to help.  I found myself quite surprised by the amount of cookies I didn't want to eat. I'm usually nibbling left, right, and center, but not this year. Well. I did nibble some dough...

I find it fascinating, because two days ago, my now ex-boyfriend decided to be a complete and utter asshole and tell me that he just wanted to be "Casual", based on things like I don't keep my house spotless (I have a dog, two cats, and a six year old, work, and go to school, OF COURSE IT'S NOT SPOTLESS, WTF.), that I have cats (don't get me started), and because I'm going to school, which is, in his opinion, not taking care of my child because it means I'm not working full time or fully financially stable.

I'll let that sink in for a moment.

Yes, he actually said that it bothered him that I was having financial troubles because I was chosing to go to school instead of working full time.  Now...there's a million problems with that, but we'll stick with the basics here: 1) my job WONT LET ME WORK FULL TIME, 2) going to school IS taking care of my son and 3) he's clean, he's fed, he has clothes, and a roof over his head. FUCK YOU.

So all that shit went down, and then I baked. And I didn't binge.  I didn't binge the night before, when he pulled that crap, I didn't binge while baking, and I still haven't binged.  I'm really fucking proud of myself for that.

How's your holidays looking so far, Weather Watchers?