Look at the calendar-it is crazy to realize we are already at the end of January. With each new year, it is customary to make resolutions. Silly little requirements we place on ourselves to try and make our lives better, our health better or to just let go of bad habits. But in all honesty, as you approach February, how are you doing on your resolution? I can tell you how mine is going…terrible! Ugh, each day I get up and say to myself:
“Self, you can do this. Eat better, work out more…yell at the kids less…do more yoga.”
By the end of the day, not only have I devoured a package of dark chocolate (that is supposed to be good for you, right?), I have also missed a work-out because my son wouldn’t nap and then had a scream-fest with my 6-year-old daughter on why we don’t disrespect mommy and daddy with words. Ah, another day and another failure of the resolutions.
So here is my idea on resolutions. Simply don’t make them. It just automatically sets you up for failure! What I have discovered over the years, after long conversations with my girlfriends, is to set realistic goals. Goals that you can master one tiny step at a time. Not many people do very well going cold-turkey, right? So if your vice is soda, cut out one soda for the week. The next week, cut out another, and so forth. Gradually you will reach your ultimate goal of giving it up. All too often we are pressured to fit into a perfect mold, a cookie-cutter shape. But usually the real beauty we miss (especially women) is that we are all unique. So why do we want to conform to one set standard?
All too often I am just as guilty as the next Jane Doe in feeling I should be thinner, have less wrinkles or drink more juices. I could write hours and hours on this topic, but I don’t want to bore you when I am just getting started on blogging. I am sure this item will come up again and again in later posts. So stay tuned, or send me some comments and we can chat.
And because I think every new year deserves a new wine-here is my wine tip for the day. For those of you determined to give up desserts, you may not want to leave out cherry pie. Okay, not an actual pie, but a delicious, fruity California Pinot Noir with the name “Cherry Pie.” It is a wine to drink alone, with poultry or any kind of red meat. Try it and you will immediately fall in love with a different kind if “pie!”
Until next time, cheers!