"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
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January 2, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

I didn't actually mean to make a New Year's resolution this year. It simply happened that, around this time, I decided to try to get rid of the extra 20 pounds I gained after I quit smoking.  One of my coping strategies when I quit was to eat bag after bag of Jolly Ranchers and Dum Dum lollipops. Not the best coping strategy but I probably couldn't have quit without doing it so it's really not a big deal. And I quit the candy a few months ago.

My New Year's Resolution isn't actually to lose x number of pounds. I'm simply going to cut out as much refined sugar as I can. White bread, pasta, rice, and, of course, sweets. At first, I was going to do the paleo diet but I realized that would cut out greek yogurt and cottage cheese, two fantastic sources of protein that I really like and are actually healthy. So, it's paleo with the addition of dairy and no meat. Eggs, nuts, some dairy products, fruits, and vegetables are all allowed.

And I made a second resolution to exercise 5-6 times a week. If I stick to both resolutions, I should lose pounds or inches. If I don't, I won't angst over it. I'll look over the numbers at the end of the month and start calorie-counting if I'm not seeing any progress.

Normally, I wouldn't even blog about this sort of thing but I came across this idea on Facebook
to take a picture of everything you eat. If you really hate those Instagrammers and Tweeters who post pictures of their food, you may want to run from this blog now. :-D 'Cause I'm jumping onto that bandwagon.

I missed a few items because I didn't decide to do this until later in the day. A Boca Chick'n Patty sandwich (with mayo and the forbidden white bread. :-p), 2 more eggs, and more carrots.

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