2011 Resolutions

I’ve been thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions over the past few days.  Last year I did set some goals, but I think they were a bit vague; so this year I am setting some specific aspirations in my quest to live a healthified life—not only in eating healthy and exercising, but also in my emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and interpersonal aspects of living a life of wellness.

Although I try to eat the right things, do cardiovascular exercises, and strength train, I sometimes get down on myself like I am not being my best self.  So here is a list containing my aspirations for 2011.

1. Pray Daily. I listen to the Christian music station daily; however, I do not always pray for guidance, strength, and peace like I may actually need in aspects of life.  Also, being raised Catholic, I went to mass every Sunday growing up.  As an adult I have gone through phases where I attend and then one Sunday just don’t feel like going.  In general, I feel more spiritual and better about life when I go to church.  So if praying means silent prayer throughout the day, attending church on Sundays, or singing God’s prayer as I listen to music, that is what I’ll strive to do. Hopefully, I can convince my husband to join me at mass once a month.

2. Monthly Date Night with Chris. Being in a relationship is no easy task.  I think making time devoted to each other is of top importance in a relationship or else you fall into a rut of becoming more like roommates.  I’ve been there and it is no fun.  Quality time, communication, and physical touch are of the utmost importance in having a successful relationship. 

3. Take a Nutrition Course.  My fascination with nutrition has grown over the past year and I want to learn.  I am going to look for some online courses that I might take this semester.  After the course I want to reevaluate where I am at and see if this is a career path I may want to pursue more in depth.

4. Take a Photography Class.  Starting the blog, my interest in photography has grown.  I take way too many pictures of each meal trying to capture an appealing photo.  Often that leads to cold food, but it is fun to me.  I am in search of a local beginner photography class.  Now, I only have a Sony Cybershot camera, so that may determine whether or not I will be a suitable candidate to participate. 

5. Read At Least 5 Books This Year.  I enjoy reading; however, I often find myself falling asleep into my first few pages.  On the other hand, I have all summer off of work, so I can make time to read.  I want to incorporate fictional and non-fictional works into my reading time.  I have seen some recommendations around blog world, so I may pick up one of those to start.

6. De-clutter My House.  Living in a nearly 1,200 square foot home it is almost impossible to store everything that my husband and I own.  When I bring something new home, it makes me cringe to have to find a place to put it.  I am certainly no hoarder, but I do have a hard time parting with my belongings even if I haven’t used it in years. 

So there you have it!  Those are my goals for the year, 2011!  It’s on paper the web for the world to see; I need to get started ASAP! 😉

Just in case you’re here to see what I’ve been noshing on the past couple days, let’s look back on yesterday.

Breakfast

Green Smoothie in a Bowl with Hot TeaDSC01523 Whey vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, soy milk, oatmeal, spinach + granola and almond butter on top

Lunch

DSC01530 Leftovers from New Year’s DayDSC01533 Dinner

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Pasta  Dish made with spinach, garlic, olive oil, white wine, rice wine vinegar, shrimp, and provolone cheese, Chinese red pepper, salt, black pepper.  I did not write down the recipe, but the husband loved it!

Snack

Chris wanted dessert so I made a batch of peanut butter cookies following this recipe with a couple exceptions.  I halved the entire recipe and got out 30 cookies, and I also subbed Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread for the butter.  Instead of crunchy peanut butter, I used creamy.  Oh, and I cooked them at 350* for 14 minutes after freezing the dough for 20 minutes.

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If anyone has any suggestions related to my resolutions, please advise!  Thanks! 🙂

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