Monday, December 26, 2011

New Years Intentions

Hello everyone! I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you (like me) are a good 5lbs heavier ;) The turkey dinner at my place was a great success. I think all 18 of us had a great time and enjoyed some wonderful food.

It feels kind of funny that Christmas is already over….all that lead-up and it’s over so soon. I had a really nice time, but it has just flown by so fast. I wonder if it was just this year in particular, or if its just going to get faster and faster. I don’t think that’s possible….But even though Christmas is over, we still have New Years Eve to look forward to.

Towards the end of each year, I do enjoy reflecting upon the prior year and assessing what has been good and what could use a little improvement. A wise lady (and a hell of a baker) I met recently shared her version of her “New Years Resolutions” with me. I really liked it and would like to pass it on to you.

In her household, she decides to focus the year on a theme (happens to be baking/cooking often). All throughout that year, she tries variations of her theme, slowly perfecting it with all the practice she has put into it. For example, this year has been “pies” and a year before that was “pasta” from scratch! Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

The whole point of this (and why I love it) is to shift the focus away from “I hate myself" and I want to change this part of me that I hate, to something that is much more positive. Of course there is nothing at all wrong with wanting to lose weight, stop smoking, whatever…but instead we could re-frame these intentions more positively as:

-learning to love eating more vegetables and healthy foods by taking a couple of cooking classes
-deciding to enroll in some exercise classes you have wanted to try for a long time now (like zumba or yoga)
-taking better care of your body and becoming more aware of all the great things it does

You get the picture. Sure, the goal might still be the same, but the way you look at it is different. And if that is different, then your journey HAS to be different.

I don’t think I am any different than anybody else when it comes to wanting to lose a little weight or exercise more as part of a New Year’s Resolution, so I am planning on taking my own advice and re-framing a couple of my own goals this year, so that the outlook on it is a more positive one.

I also plan on “theme-ing up” my year, by choosing an area in cooking or baking that I think would be fun to focus on. I have a couple of ideas, and I would love to share them with you in a few days.

Wishing everyone a relaxing Boxing Day and more precious moments with close friends and family.


P.S. Yeah right...who am I kidding? If you're a mom, you'll be cleaning the house, going through old toys and putting them in boxes to make room for all the new toys the kids were spoiled with. Not to mention, putting all of the new toys together; recycling the boxes and paper they came in; and making turkey soup from the bones of last night's turkey ;) Hopefully there's some wine left.

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