A new year always signals the start of new opportunities. Sure, the first day of January isn't all that different from the last day of December or the second day of May or any other day of the year, but for some reason, January 1st seems like the perfect time to kick bad habits and start good ones. As with previous years, I've vowed to exercise more and eat better. Each year, I improve a little bit, so maybe in another ten or fifteen years, I'll finally reach my goal.
This year, I'm more focused than usual on how I want to change my eating habits. I tend to eat a healthy breakfast and fairly decent lunch or dinner, but I'm seriously lacking in one respect: fruits and vegetables. I eat hardly any. Sure, I cook casseroles with peas mixed in or soup with carrots and celery, but that's only a few times a week, not every day. The old recommendation from the experts was to eat five servings a day of either fruits or vegetables, and now they've decided five isn't nearly enough. Up to thirteen servings is needed to get all those vitamins and minerals that provide optimal health. Thirteen? Eek! How can I possibly get that many servings into a single day?
Maybe the next time I'm at the grocery store, I should stop and study the vegetables piled up high on their stands or laid out in rows for easy grabbing, instead of shoving the cart straight past on my way to the cheese section. Maybe I should stop rushing through the side dish sections in my cooking magazines and actually study the recipes. I might find one I like. It's time to change priorities. Man cannot live on protein and starches alone (well, technically he can, but it's not always a good idea).
And what about that pesky exercise? Will this be the year I finally reach five days a week? I started out with a bang this year, exercising two days in a row, eager to stay on track. But then I was sore on the third day and decided to skip working out until I felt better. Now, here I sit on the couch, covered in a nice warm blanket, and exercising seems like the least appealing thing in the world. But I will fight the laziness! I will rise up and do some stretches! In a while. After my TV show's over. And then it's back to keeping my resolutions!