Eat More Chocolate

I realized today that in the midst of all this moving craziness, I never sat down to think about my resolutions for the new year. I am a big fan of resolutions. They used to depress me, and like most people, I’d give up on them within a month. I think the problem was that I was too focused on the negative, e.g. “lose weight,” “eat healthy,” etc.. Starting last year, I decided that rather than focus on the things I want to change about myself, I would focus on the things I want to enhance.

I've read that most resolutions last about 2 weeks. This could also be called the January 14th menu.

I’ve read that most resolutions last about 2 weeks. This could also be called the “January 14th Special.”

My 2012 Resolutions:

1. Start a blog
2. Make more art
3. Eat more quality chocolate

I will tell you my friends, I kept true to those resolutions all year. I started Three Blind Wives in February. In fact, I think it was when I announced my resolutions on facebook that Lindsay first suggested we start a blog together. See, you gotta put stuff out there.

I did indeed eat more quality chocolate, which I thought would be more profound. The idea is that while chocolate is good, good chocolate is better. I’d like to think that in eating more quality chocolate, I ate less of the cheap stuff. Yeah, it didn’t work out that way. I just ate a crapload of chocolate.

Now that's customer service!

If I lived in Vermont, I would shop there. Especially if I was on a diet. I’d be all, “Husband, I think we need a new chair. I’m going to go look for one at Wendell’s.” Then we’d get there, and I’d be like, “Oh. . . What’s this? Chocolate? What a coincidence. Might as well have a little piece. It’s free.”

I made more art last year than probably any year of my life. I actually had a break through in October with my arts and crafts in that I overcame my fear of failure. I wrote more about that in my post about the lamp that made me realize I was capable of literally anything! Okay, that was a hyperbolic statement, and I may or may not have been high on prescription pain killers (after surgery) when I had that epiphany, but that doesn’t make it any less significant.

The $8 lamp that made me realize I was capable of literally anything! (That was hyperbole, but it really was a symbolic moment.)

The $8 lamp that I bought specifically to spruce up, then stared at it for 3 years before working up the nerve to tackle it.

This year I decided to keep with the positive theme. Only this time, I’m taking the advice of Dr. Oz and making my resolutions more specific. He says that the more specific your resolutions are, the more likely you are to keep them.

My 2013 Resolutions:

1. Wear more red
2. Write (and finish) a feature length screenplay
3. Run a 5K race with Jeff (my husband) and Max (my 11 yr old)

The first is easy. I just colored my hair red, I got some new red shoes, and I’m on the search for the perfect red lipstick. I’ve never worn red lipstick before, so this is very exciting for me. I’m deciding between Mac Red, and Lime Crime Retrofuturist, in case you were wondering. I am open to suggestions on that one.

As for the screenplay, I’ve already got a solid start on two scripts. I just have to carve out the time to work on them, and conquer the voice in the back of my head telling me I can’t do it. Maybe I should keep the lamp nearby for inspiration. <wink>

I’ve already signed the three of us up for a local Memorial Day 5K race, and we are YMCA members, so we can use the childcare and train there. Jeff and Max are on board, and we are starting the Couch to 5K plan today, so #3 is in the bag. I mean, so long as the three of us don’t enable each other. Truth be told, we were supposed to start the running plan on Wednesday, but instead we stayed home, and. . . I made fried chicken and coleslaw. <blush> I’ll, um, keep you updated on that one.

Replace "smoking pot" with "eating fried chicken" or "eating a bunch of chocolate," and. . . Guilty!

Replace “smoking pot” with “eating fried chicken” or “eating a bunch of chocolate,” and. . . Guilty!

Speaking of chocolate, I wanted to share another funny meme I came across. Scroll through. It’s worth it.

chocolate-power

What are your resolutions for 2013? It’s not too late to make or change yours. Are you with me on the keeping it positive? If you made yours on January 1st, did you survive the 2 week trip-up? Please share in the comments.

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I set my goals similar ways. I’m excited to hear how your goals go, especially the 5K!

I made the 5k goal also–I found that a specific goal like that helps me with the broader goal of “lose weight and work out more.” I’m thinking of adding the eat more chocolate resolution though.

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4 thoughts on “Eat More Chocolate

  1. Love it, love all of it! My 2012 resolutions are a) gain skills. I have specifics, but don’t want to bore anyone 😀 I am on track so far, though! Ish. And… to become morbidly obese. I read a hilarious article on someone who gave up on ‘losing weight’ resolutions and resolved to become obese, and lost weight without trying. I added ‘and be happy’ to mine, because otherwise I’d just eat pasta and hit the obese goal in 2 weeks and have full-blown IBS. Sigh. As it is, I’m not dieting or miserable, but I’ve lost about 3kg in 3 weeks. Funny ol’ thing, the human brain. 😉

    • It is a funny thing! I started a post last year called “Why I Will Never Diet Again,” and I keep coming back to it, but I want to make sure it is coming from a place of confidence, and that it’s genuine. I don’t want to write something that, if I were to lose 80 lbs and keep it off for 10 years, that I’d be ashamed of, you know? Like, I wouldn’t want to go back and say, “Omg, I was in such denial,” or something. I think I need to just trust myself and finish writing it. Maybe it will help me process some things. I think your “and be happy” addendum is key. 😉

  2. I’m also rocking the resolution to run a 5K. I have my sights set on the Color Run in April. The couch to 5K plan seems easy, but it’s not. That being said, it can totally be done. Last night I thought I was going to die while running, (I’ve never been into sports or any kind of running prior to this) but I pushed through. When I finished my workout, I was so proud of myself… but immediately started dreading having to do it all over again over the weekend. But then I thought, I have already accomplished it once, I CAN do it again. It’s all about making yourself do it… because trust me, if I can do it (trying to become a runner at 30, almost 31, years old) anyone can. Plus I learned the runner’s high is a legit thing.

    • No! Don’t tell me it’s not easy! Just kidding. Going from severely out of shape to running 3 miles doesn’t sound very easy, but I’m glad to hear it’s doable. I used to be really athletic, but I NEVER liked running. I hope you’re right and the runner’s high really is a legit thing. I mean, I read Born to Run, and I believe it is for those people who run a 100 miles, or even marathon runners, but I don’t see myself ever developing a love of running. Other forms of exercise, yes. Running, no. (I hope future “Me” reads this and laughs just as she’s about to go run her 10th full marathon. =D

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