Do you find making new year’s resolutions is easy? I do. Sticking to them is the hard part. I’m happy to report, a week into 2015 and, so far, I’ve been keeping new year resolutions. Some of them are easy, peasy, others require more discipline.
This year I’ve drank about 448 ounces of water. My goal is to drink about 64 ounces per day. It’s a challenge, what goes in must come out. It feels like I’ve spent more time in the bathroom in 2015 then I had in all of 2014. To keep my brain from freezing, I’m challenging myself this year to do more puzzles, We have tons, and tons of them. It took only four days, and on Tuesday, I finished my first 1,000 piece puzzle. To prevent brittle bones, I’m determined to weight lift three times per week throughout the year. Strength training has been proven to prevent bone loss. Happy to report I’ve been staying on schedule.
Shedding the pounds:
With the app Paper Karma I’ve already successfully unsubscribed from ten pieces of junk mail since New Year’s Day. If I keep up the pace, I’ll get rid of more than 365 pieces of mail clutter by the end of the year! I feel lighter already.
I’ve made 2015 the year I start eating sustainable fish. It’s one of several food goals for the year. I was inspired after hearing the Whole Foods Market fishmongers speak at Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Food Day event this past October. The event educated me even more about the importance of eating sustainable foods, and also motivated me to eat less meat again (I was a vegetarian for a few years before having breast cancer).
I have to confess we had meat for dinner on Monday evening! But on Sunday I cooked up fish tacos, using sustainable wild caught cod filets I purchased at Whole Foods Market…on sale for $8.99 per pound. It was a scrumptious and equally affordable dinner. Tuesday evening, we had home-made vegetable pizza, using organic pizza crust and organic broccoli (from Wegmans) as a topping. Wednesday was Tinkyada gluten free pasta with sundried tomatoes, feta, and olives.
The images plastered on the Internet last year of all of the plastic trash floating in our oceans, and washed ashore really sickened me. So, plastic surgery is one of my premiere 2015 resolutions, where I intend to drastically reduce our purchases of items packaged in plastic. And baby, it ain’t easy! This is proving to be my most challenging new year’s resolution.
At the grocery store on Sunday, I traded in my English cucumbers (which I was addicted to) for regular old seedy, cucumbers. English cucumbers, no matter where they’re sold, for some insane reason are wrapped in plastic. I simply won’t buy them anymore. Goodbye grape tomatoes in plastic containers and hello vine-ripe tomatoes on the stem. Mushrooms, I bought the loose ones and used my reusable Debbie Meyer produce bags. Did the same for our red delicious apples.
The most difficult plastic surgery I will undergo this year is giving up my BJ’s Wholesale Club membership after belonging for more than a decade. Through the years I have relished watching BJ’s introduce Earth Pride, an affordable and delicious line of USDA certified organic food and biodegradable paper products made from recycled paper. But these past few months, the excessive packaging of many products my family buys there has been weighing heavy on my conscious. Items boxed up within boxes, or stuff individually wrapped in plastic then bundled together in a bigger plastic package. All of it creates and inordinate, unnecessary amount of trash, some of which is not recyclable. After discussing it with my husband and family, we’ve agreed to Let It Go, Let It Go, We can’t Hold it back anymore. It’s adieu BJ’s.