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New Year’s Resolutions Progress Report

It’s time to do my New Year’s Resolutions progress report. At the beginning of 2017, I made a promise to myself to stick to a few realistic New Year’s Resolutions for at least 21 days to build a good habit.

Well, that didn’t work out too well. However, there is hope yet!

Delayed First Date With the Treadmill

My first date with the treadmill was delayed by about two weeks. Life just got in the way of that blossoming relationship. I’m happy to report, that the treadmill and I are happily getting reacquainted. I’m also doing a bit of cheating on the side with the stationary bike for that added cardio.

The post-workout high is a fantastic feeling, however, the sore muscles the next day are reminder of how out of shape I am.

I keep reminding myself – no pain, no gain!

Saying Hello to Smaller Portions

Just as I was delayed with the first time on the treadmill, it was equally as hard to let go of eating large portions of food. I LOVE FOOD.

However, I can now say that as of week three we’re focusing on healthier food choices. And yes, the portions are getting smaller.

New Year's Resolutions progress report

We’ve been munching on this “Power Salad” mixed with chicken, avocado, spinach, corn, toasted pine nuts, crumbled feta and a Greek vinaigrette.

We’re also making it fun by trying out recipes we find on Facebook. Not the super-high-in-calorie delicious-looking recipes, but quick and easy to prepare salads and dishes that use fresh ingredients. There are several fantastic Facebook pages dedicated to posting videos and photos of recipes that we follow:

Give them a follow!

Acknowledging Happiness

Driving home from work one day, I thought about whether I was aware of the happy things in my life lately. My initial answer was no. I was feeling like I’m in a funk.

Nobody is happy when they have to switch from sleeping in during the Holidays to early morning wake-ups to get to work.

Throw in a growing baby and you have a recipe for the January blues. It’s also turned out to be a month from hell with our baby boy teething. He’s waking us up in the middle of the night and having a tough time falling asleep. This means that Mommy and Daddy are Zombie Parents. Once we’ve accomplished the mammoth task of getting him off to dreamland again, we’re wide awake.

The next day we’re not only sleepy but also super grumpy. We should just change our last name to Grumps.

However, we’re also starting to talk about things that make us happy. Our little guy is at the super-funny stage of growth. He’s a little clown and when he smiles, our grumpy hearts melt.

We’re also a bit more happier due to our daily workouts. That post-workout feeling that you get has started to kick in and it makes us happier people.

Success: No Stress

The house may be a tad on the messy side, but I’m definitely less stressed out these days. So we don’t have the time to vacuum the whole house. Nor do we have the energy to do all the laundry in one day. Dishes may pile up temporarily in the sink, but they will eventually get washed or loaded into the dishwasher.

If you skipped the section on happiness, you know why I’ve decided to not sweat the small stuff. We’re half-asleep most of the time! For the sake of my sanity, I’ve decided to turn off the Polish worry gene and only prioritize key things: making sure we get some sleep; baby is fed and clothed; the main walkways in the house are clear and the garbage is cleared.

There’s always tomorrow.

Keeping at it!

That’s it for my New Year’s Resolutions progress report. I can say that making small, realistic resolutions and not putting too much pressure on myself works for me. Overall, I am keeping to my resolutions.

Thinking about resolutions further, I think I should have made this one for 2017:

If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am. – Cyril Cusack

Are you keeping to your New Year’s Resolutions? What’s working for you? 

Power salad - so delicious for light dinner.

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