Yesterday Bobby and I went to visit some good friends out in Dumbo (Brooklyn) for a nice brunch. Afterwards we headed over to the Brooklyn Ikea. Got a few things…
^^ Ringskar Kitchen Faucet (with pullout spout). ^^
Last time I was at Ikea (in Paramus, NJ) they were out of this so I have been meaning to go back and grab one when it came in stock.
^^ Apelskar sink faucet (for the bathroom). ^^
I also got these cute holiday lights (below) and put them in my downstairs hallway, which was sorely lacking in light. Love them.
I was just browsing through last year’s posts and I came across my 2012 new year’s resolutions. Here is how I did last year (crossed out means I did not do it; bold means I did):
Ditch diet soda (and artificial sweeteners in general). –> I did not ditch diet soda, but that is certainly the only artificial sweetener that came my way. I don’t eat Splenda, Equal, etc… I do use stevia. I know I need to work on this more. I have already had some diet soda in 2013 so… should cut down.
Eat less. (Makes you live longer.) –> I didn’t do this either, but it worked in my favor to cure my PCOS.
- Go to a yoga class 2-3 times a week. –> I’m pretty sure I did this one! If not exactly 2-3 times a week consistently, it probably evened out to 2-3 times a week.
- Get out for a 20 minute walk every day.
Take a friend or family member. –> I took walks, but most of the time not with friends or family. I actually have a 10 minute walk to and from the subway every day, so this was completed without much effort.
No eating or snacking after dinner. –> Nope! Need to work on this still.
- Eat breakfast daily. –> Success!
- Cut back on caffeine (1 cup a day!). –> Success! I think there were a few days that I may have had 1.5 or 2 cups, but this was very rare.
Eat less grains and sugars. –> This is a half and half success – which I guess is not a success! I don’t remember how many grains and sugars I was eating in 2011 so it’s hard to judge if I ate more or less.
- Eat more organic and local food. –> Success! I joined a CSA near my apartment.
- Eat more salads. –> I think I ate about the same number? Not sure. I definitely ate good, local, organic food, and up until I didn’t have a kitchen I was eating a lot of veggies. I’ll call it a win.
Only have dessert once a week (but make it good). –> Definitely did not pull through on this, especially during the holidays.
Do 5 sun salutations each morning when you wake up. –> I didn’t do this, but I did do a lot of yoga.
Looks like I got 6 / 12. Exactly half – I’ll take it!
I actually had more resolutions – the ones above were just my food & fitness ones. The more mental ones were:
- Read more – a book a week? (Or at least 30 minutes a day, if the book is too long to read in a week.) –> I definitely read more! I don’t think it was a book a week but it was a lot. Maybe this year a goal will be to keep track of what I’ve read.
- Hang out with friends twice a week. –> I think I failed at this exact goal… however, I did definitely spend more time with friends and family in 2012 than I did in 2011 – so I’m calling it a win.
- Laugh often. –> Laughed often 2012 was a good year.
Go to the movies, a concert, or another kind of show – 3-4 times a month. –> Eek – no, definitely not. Perhaps once every other month.
- Stay hungry. Stay foolish. –> I made a huge decision last year to go back to my old job. I am so happy with that choice.
- Join a credit union. (Going “local” for finances.) –> I didn’t do this, but I did join Simple.
Track your spending and then find a way to save $100 each month (that’s just $25 a week, less than $5 a day). –> I didn’t do this and we definitely spent more than we should have this year due to home expenses and the renovation taking way longer than we thought.
Meditate for 5 minutes a day. –> I did this sporadically. I should do it more this year.
- Go out on a date once a week with the husband. (
Get dressed up!) –> Didn’t get dressed up but did go on lots of dates this year.
- Give away old or unused clothes. (Or any other items you’re not using.) –> Ohhhhh yeah! Major success. Donated so much to the thrift shop (and can deduct it from taxes!)
Donate time to charity. –> No
- Organize one area or room of your home each week. –> I did this without even thinking about it. I just love organizing.
Mental & life resolutions –> 7.5 / 12. I think that is pretty good too!
I made a lot of goals last year in the hopes that half of them would stick. And more than half of them did.
How did you do on your 2012 goals/resolutions/whatevers?
meal of the day #1 – february 6
This was breakfast/brunch yesterday. I cooked up 4 eggs in bacon fat with onions and chopped Brussels sprouts (split between me and the hubs, I think he got about 2/3 of it), a cup of Irish oatmeal (he got more of this as well), nitrate/nitrite-free bacon (this is the “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s – it’s cheaper than the regular strips, but made of the same natural stuff – we split-ish, Bobby probably got a little more), and steamed kabocha squash (I took all the squash).
Back in January I laid out some goals for myself for this year. I decided to take them one at a time, a month at a time – seemed more reasonable than doing 12398438 goals at once. My initial goals for January were:
- Food – Cut the artificial sweeteners completely
- Life – Read a book for 30 minutes a day.
january goals – update
Now, I don’t think I completely succeeded at either one, but I did make good progress. I think I read 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week for all of January, so I will call that a win. Nice! I’m still not finished with the book I got for Christmas (Bill Bryson’s Made In America), but I’m almost done. I think I want to add fiction novels to the mix in February because I tend to get distracted when I’m only reading non-fiction.
I went in and out on the artificial sweeteners one. One day I would be adamant about not having Diet Cherry Pepsi; other days I caved. I’m guessing this was a 50% fail rate. So it needs work. One thing I noticed was that I tended to use the excuse, “I’ll have this soda instead of that cookie my coworker brought in,” but then I would end up having the soda AND the cookie! So that is not valid, not valid at all.
I didn’t have a good way of tracking these goals – so I will do that for my February ones.
february goals – food and life
- Food #1 – ditch diet soda (continued).
- Food #2 – no snacks 2 hours before bedtime (eep hard for me).
- Life #1 – keep reading 30 minutes a day; add fiction books.
- Life #2 – go to sleep by 11:00pm 5 nights a week (eep this is also a killer).
- (*general – track these in Google Calendar or a Google Doc – tbd*)
There is another thing I’m going to do in February but I don’t want to include it as a goal, because I don’t want to have more than 4 goals hanging over my head. It is to post one meal a day (see above) for the rest of the month. February is a short month so I only have 24 meals to post, including today. I have been taking lots of meal photos because of that Eatery app I mentioned.
Do you have any February goals? How are your new year’s resolutions working out?
P.S. Woohoo Giants! Who were you rooting for? I brought this large plate of veggies and hummus to a super bowl party last night and they were a big hit. The favorites were baby carrots and the peppers.
i made this stir-fry for lunch yesterday (tuesday, 1/24):
i decided to bring my lunch to work this week. i work at a big bank and we do have a cafeteria, but to be honest – it’s not that healthy, and after 3 months of the same old slop, i needed a change! this stirfry is made up of:
- broccoli + broccoli stalk (don’t throw that part out – it’s great if you saute it)
- red pepper
- can of tuna
- frozen corn
- fresh cilantro
- garlic + chili powder
- cooked in bacon fat (i save this each time i make bacon)
i had a sesame bagel alongside the stirfry. i’m really into bagels this week.
i also vowed to bring breakfast. i don’t usually like to drink my calories, but i have found several drinks to be quite delicious as of late, in particular:
this is siggi’s probiotic drinkable non-fat yogurt in plain. i also bought the strawberry but i haven’t tried that yet. i don’t like siggi’s greek yogurt (insanely thick) but i did find this drinkable yogurt to have a good consistency (not too thick, not too thin) and flavor. i added some cinnamon to mine before drinking up. only 45 calories in this bottle which leaves plenty of room for other breakfast goodies like no-sugar scones.
resolutions update: i’m going in and out with the diet soda thing. i figure, if drinking a diet soda will keep me from snacking on something sugary – probably better to go with the soda. but it depends on the day. as for reading, i’m still plugging along on my book. it’s a slow read, not because it’s boring, but because i really want to absorb every detail. but i have been reading every day. it’s almost february so i need to figure out what my february resolutions will be. i have some ideas.
what do you put in stirfrys? do you drink your calories or save them for chewing?