I’m not big on resolutions. I suppose I subconsciously make a “lose weight’ resolution every year… or week, really. But that’s never really happened (except in 20 pound chunks here and there – which I quickly put back on with some bonus pounds), so I’m vowing not to make that resolution again (and again and again). I did feel a sort of head-nodding relief when I read Tara Parker-Pope’s recent article in the NYTimes Magazine, “The Fat Trap”. An interesting read. It helped me feel at least a little bit validated that perhaps what I’ve always felt about my own weight struggles are true – that in order for me to lose and maintain that loss, I have to eat much less than other people my size and exercise twice as much. It doesn’t seem fair, and I’ve said as much to my doctor, but it seems to be true. My Mama Pajama was right, “Life isn’t fair.”
(Aside: as I’ve gotten older, I’ve pretty much figured out that my mom was right about most things. Even about wearing comfortable underwear. So annoying.)
So this year I’m going to make some resolutions that are easier to keep – things that are sort of on my to-do list anyway.
1. Use up bath products. I know this seems silly, but honestly, I have a lot of half-used, and still good hair products, shampoos, lotions, and the like. I am going to first clean house (see my Exorcist Needed post) and throw away all of my self tanning products because I finally realized after 12 years that I am not meant to be tan, and I am not dedicated enough to slather/spray/goop myself every morning or every other morning to become so. I am then going to throw away anything that has made it through 3 moves (aka anything over 7 years old – yuck). And then, I’m going to knock those bottles down one by one! I am not looking forward to having to use up the “Scrunch Spray” I bought when I thought that enough goop could make my straight hair “wavy”, but resolutions aren’t supposed to be easy.
2. Freeze something. Baby is coming in 10 weeks. I am going to plan a few menus, and cook up a storm. When Mr. Pickle Pumpkin was born I didn’t eat enough, and I didn’t eat well. It is a little thing I can do to take care of myself when Baby Plum arrives. Plus, I was lucky enough to receive a perfectly sized little chest freezer for Christmas from my parents. Please, no comments on my extreme level of excitement relative to receiving a freezer for Christmas. The lameness factor is not lost on me, just let me revel in my little icy joy. Great posts on prepping a freezer for a new baby can be found on Annie’s Eats and elephantitas alegres. I’ll be using some of their recipes for sure!
3. Make something. I have a lovely sewing machine. I have fabric, and all sorts of sewing accessories. I am capable of following directions. I am in desperate need of a creative outlet. AND I have a Home Ec teacher for a mother, and she is always just a phone call away. I’m going to make something. Perhaps starting with something simple, like little decorated cloth diapers for my sister. They are made by sewing a piece of ribbon onto the diaper. Straight lines. That’s it. I have a degree from the Ivy League, I should be able to handle straight lines. Should. Expect more posts on my sewing adventures…
4. Read something. I have a toddler, a full time job, and will be welcoming a baby in 10 weeks. I’m not under the illusion that I’ll be crossing a bunch of to-read books off of my list. What I would like to do, however, is always have a book going. It may be that I read only one book in 2012 – one. slow. page. at. a. time. But I love to read, and books are good for me. So that is resolution number 4.