It seems like I’ve been making slightly different versions of the same New Year’s resolutions every year for my whole life. The top one usually involves some kind of diet, which lasts for a week or two if I’m lucky. Then I happen to catch a whiff of something delicious and fattening like fresh pizza out of the oven, and, simple as that, the diet is over. Same goes with exercise. I’ll be good and get up early for a few days to go running, then one morning I’ll be tired, and then the next, then I’m hitting snooze again and dreaming of donuts. Why the need for this depressing ritual?
Well, I’m doing it again. My husband and I are planning to do a one-month cleanse to start off the New Year. We did it a couple years ago with amazing results, but didn’t quite last the whole month. No dairy, no sugar, no wheat, no processed foods, and yes, our skin was glowing and we lost lots of weight. But it was mildly painful to feel deprived of so many delicious things. So we cheated. And cheated some more. Then it was back to normal in no time.
This year, instead of focusing on what we can’t have, I want to focus on what we can. Instead of the no’s, I want to focus on the yes’s of the cleanse: all the beautiful and energy-packed organic fruits and vegetables, and….well, I guess that’s it. But I’m going to feel and look great! I also want to think of my other resolutions as gifts to myself. Like making more time to write–that’s a GET to do, not a HAVE to do. Funny how easy it is to turn something you love into a chore. Let’s see, what else…Getting more sleep–that will be enjoyable and make me feel good.
This year has gone so well, I’m excited for the next one. Bring it on!
What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?