I never do New Year's resolutions. I used to resolve to exercise more, watch less TV, eat less, whatever, but by day four I was typically laying across the couch entranced in a Real World marathon, hands and mouth sticky from my second box of Crunch-n-Munch.
I've never been able to keep my resolutions, so I gave up trying.
But this year is going to be different. I have a plan.
I've realized over the years that if I'm going to make any change in my life it has to start with what I believe. If I don't believe something to be true then my heart won't be in it and I won't change my habits for the long-term. And I have no self-control. So this year's resolutions will be about changing what I believe.
I love junk food, I love Cherry Pepsi, and I love fast-food, particularly McDonald's. McDonald's holds a special place in my heart. It's nostalgic, quick, cheap, keeps me sane with their Playplaces, and tastes stinking AWESOME. But it's bad for me.
But, is it really that bad?
I'm going to attempt to make myself believe that yes, it is indeed bad for me, as are sugar and processed foods.
My 2013 goals:
- Eat healthier (less sugar and processed foods)
- Exercise two to three times per week.
- Lose 10 pounds by committing to the previous two goals.
Here's what I'm going to do:
1. Don't start on January 1st. Forget that crap. I'll still be celebrating. Exercising and throwing out all my Christmas candy is not a celebration. I'll continue to lay on the couch and gorge myself with salted coconut bark until it's all gone. I will make sure it's all gone by January 7th. January 7th marks the first full week of the new year. That's when I'll start.
2. Begin reading the book Get The Sugar Out by January 7th. This books shares of the horrors of sugar and the benefits of eliminating it. It changed my thinking for a while when I read it over a year ago. I forgot the horrors and I'm back to eating copious amounts of chocolate every night and Happy Meals once a week. I need to read it again to remind me why I should stay away from it.
3. Watch Super Size Me, the week of January 14th. I need to spread out my life changes, so I'll wait until the following week to remind myself of the perils of fast-food. This movie kept me away from McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants for three months. Then I forgot what was so bad about fast-food. I need another reminder. Click here to watch it now for free.
Steve hasn't watched this movie because he's heard it's extreme and unbalanced (plus he'd rather watch The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or some other manly movie I don't care to watch for a fifth time). While I understand that all of these documentaries appear to lean toward one side, they helped me stop eating junk...and that's my goal, so I'll keep watching them until someone can show me that fast-food, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup are good for me.
4. Read Fast Food Nation (or watch the documentary) in February. I haven't read this yet, but it's popular and if it will entertain me and turn me away from Taco Bell, I'll read it.
5. Watch Food Inc. in March. I watched it before. Again, forgot some of what they said.
6. Find 10 quick and easy go-to breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that don't taste like crap. I have about five right now, but I need more because we're getting tired of eating the same old thing every week. Did you hear me whine right there? If you have any suggestions, leave a link to the recipe in the comments.
7. Join the Y. My gym closed over Thanksgiving break and I've had no place to work-out except my basement. I can't work out when my kids are playing around me, worrying I'll be hit by a Nerf bullet or a flying Barbie. And while my main reason for visiting the gym is for the childcare and quiet time, my body appreciates a stroll on the treadmill.
If I start backsliding (which I will around March...or January 10th), I'll...
Watch Fresh - I've never seen this, but I hear it's like Food, Inc.
Watch King Corn - It got me away from high-fructose corn syrup.
So, this is my plan.
Note: I've come a long way from two years ago when we were eating Pop-Tarts and Lucky Charms for breakfast and McDonald's at least twice a week. And I don't judge others for doing this (well, maybe a little), if that's what you eat. I love those foods - like love those foods. But eating them makes me feel gross and gain weight and it'll make you do the same thing.
What are you New Year's resolutions and how are you planning to keep them? Tell us in the comments.
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