You may recall that I mentioned a couple of posts ago that last year, I toyed with the idea of "intentions" rather than resolutions for New Year's. I've been sick since the day before New Year's Eve, so I haven't spent a lot of time on thinking about it, but there are a some of things I already know I want to try.
First, I was reading a blog the other day (God forbid I remember which one), where the blogger said that she was in fact making resolutions, but only a month at a time, and her January resolution was to lose weight, and declutter her closet. That got me to thinking, and I recalled that when I first started this blog, I vowed to take baby steps to reach my health and fitness goals, so that - theoretically at least - they would be more manageable. It all worked pretty well, so I want to try that. So one of my intentions for this year is to try and lose 2 pounds a month - and preferably, not the same 2 pounds each time! This strikes me as a reasonable, doable, intention.
Then today, I was thinking that when I feel better (oh please let it be soon!), I should try to plan ahead with meals a little bit better. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning - oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon, and sometimes slivered almonds, along with a side of fruit if at all possible in the cold months; cold cereal with a side of fruit the rest of the year - so breakfast is not really an issue. Cooking dinner is something I share with my husband (he cooks one night, I cook the next), so I want to try and fix one dish at least twice a month ahead for the next week during January.
Then there is lunch. I usually take my lunch, since a) I don't want to go broke, and 2) deciding what I want can take the better part of my lunch hour. But as much as I wish it were, it's usually not anything I think too far ahead about. PB&J is a favorite, but sometimes I just want something different. So my other intention for January is to plan my lunches, and where possible, fix the ingredients ahead of time. Even if it's just a list that says something like: Monday - PB&J. Tuesday - cheese and crackers. Wednesday - soup. You get the picture.
This seems as if it could actually work. But at least if it becomes undoable/a failure/whatever, I can re-think things for February.
I'll keep you posted. :-)