New Year’s resolutions have never been part of my life. It all seems like such a waste of time. I never thought I would make a genuine definitely-gonna-keep-this resolution.
However, this year I made one–actually a slew of them, all related–but not because the year has slipped from 2014 to 2015. I did it for these reasons (and I apologize in advance for boring medical info):
- My dad is recovering from an aortic dissection–without surgery, surgical skill, and good luck, this has fatal consequences
- My mother had several stents put in her heart when she was 70
- My DNA health report lists a lot of possible potential coronary type problems
- I have the teeny tiniest circulatory channels (blood drawing nightmare stories abound in my memory banks)
- My doctor is rechecking my cholesterol the 3rd week of January
- I’ve been letting my health slide during the mad rush to get a book draft done for Stanford
- I eat too much cheese
In light of all that, guess what my resolution is?!
Yup, to work on my health! These are some of the ways (nothing radical here–after all, I want this to work):
- Veggies at least 3 times a day
- Veggies prepared in new healthy ways
- Keep both spinach and kale in the house at the same time–and use it
- Fruit–try to “gut it” at least once a day (I know, I know, but fruit creeps me out with its bruises, hidden bugs, and sudden rotting)
- Never more than one soda a day and try to skip it sometimes
- Walk every day (and buy one of those step counting technogizmos)
- Stationery bike at least 4x a week (because of my recovered foot I am not allowed pressure on the foot as in running, dancing, etc)
- Learn to use the elliptical already . . . (this exists in my own house!!)
- Keep up the other exercise
- Limit cheese to one serving a day
- Limit chicken and fish to 1-2 servings a day (I don’t eat other meat and am not a big fan of chicken either, for ethical reasons)
- Try some new things, such as almond butter
- Figure out a healthy and flavorful way to get my breakfast protein (I am a person who needs warm protein-rich food for breakfast and can’t eat cereal, etc.)
- Forget the truffle instead of dessert idea. I looked at the nutritional guide on the package. 26% of my daily fat allowance in one of those little balls!
Any other ideas, folks? Nothing too crazy, please ;).
Oops, and champagne (note: champagne is fruit so all is well) contains zero fat, so I can add that to my diet!!! Happy New Year!