I got away the last week to Tahoe and Napa. (My friend took this pic of our feet on a snowy beach.) It was good to be away if only for a short time.
After the craziness of this fast Christmas season, I finally am taking a few minutes to reflect, take a darn breath and think about the coming year...
First, I got myself a datebook. I still love having a paper one, if only to have a document of the year gone by. I think it's fun to stash pretty notes and keepsakes in it as I go too. I do have a calendar on my phone, but it's comforting to have something to look at on paper of the upcoming month/week.
The house is cleared and my mind is too. After the usual holiday indulgences, I need to start fresh....
One thing I do not do is get into the whole resolution madness. Like a diet, or any new 'plan,' it's just so easy to fail and then go down a negative route. Plus I don't really believe extreme changes to your diet are good for the body.
It's still winter and you should be kind to yourself, change as you go by making healthy habits that become part of your life. Those are easier and slower to implement, but will ultimately stick.
Instead of dieting, eat more veggies and greens, lessen sugars, and indulgences like breads and cheeses. Try to cook at home. Basically trying to eat cleaner and being more active are all good things though less radical, but easier done and can make you feel better each day of the new year! Smart choices, not radical changes will make you succeed with this.
Go slow, finish the books you didn't have time to, watch the birds, take walks and hikes, daydream, indulge in a few naps by the fire and enjoy this part of winter! Ease yourself into 2015 and take stock, be grateful, look at the big picture, and try to live in the moment.
That is what I hope I can do for the New Year!
(Disclaimer: this plan may not help you lose 10 pounds in January. ;) Love yourself and be healthy. Quick results aren't as good as long term ones!)