2016…the year of fresh fruits and vegetables

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I began the day after Christmas.  In anticipation for the new year I pulled out my favorite water-glass.  I made a silent pledge to myself that I would drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day.  It’s a good thing for me because I try to chug an entire glass if I’m tempted to mindlessly cheat.  I can meet that minimum easily as I’m tempted often.  I had already started working out but I still needed to go through my work out apparel and weed out any old running bras and shoes.  That done I focused on my overall nourishment for the year.  That mammoth jug of Coquitos I made, rich and thick with coconut milk AND cream??  I sent James off with it to a New Years Eve party.  I actually threw out some of the chocolates given to me.  That REALLY hurt.  Most painful was this.  One and three-quarters pounds of crispy, salty paradise in the form of BBQ potato chips.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph give me strength!  But out they went, into the garbage.

I mean it! You're outta here!
I mean it. You’re outta here!

In 2016 I will celebrate, or at least try to, a milestone birthday.  I’m not particularly looking forward to it.  I know people say, “Oh, it’s just a number!”.  “Oh, shut up.” is what I think when I hear that.  However, I am committed to this as the year of kindness, acceptance and tolerance.  Not only towards others but to myself as well.  I’m not going to fret over my blog or insta numbers.  I will write and post when and what makes me happy.  Nor will I allow myself to get all twisted up when a family member sneaks a taste of something I’m cooking or baking.  Glasses left about the house?  Big deal.  Toast crumbs on the kitchen floor?  Who cares!  Dirty feet on the bed?  It’s just sand.

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This is the year of gentleness.  And happiness.  So as I approach the birthday which is on the other side of my salad days, I choose graciousness, affection and goodwill.  I will take care of my body and my soul.  And do my best to take care of those around me.  It doesn’t mean no more “cheesy-wheezies”, as my father calls any food or drink that’s bad for you.  Of course there will be cheesy-wheezies!  But as my mother used to say, “Everything in moderation including moderation”.  For me that breaks down to one small glass of wine but only if I want it.  I don’t have to have it.  So if I don’t feel like wine I’ll stick to my water and not let the vino become a habit.  I’ll still post a festive cake or decadent drink but I’ll keep those at arm’s length.  In other words, I’ll gift them to neighbors.  So far so good.  When I informed Jimmy of my aspirations he reacted without thinking, CLAPPED HIS HANDS and cried happily, “Oh boy!”.  As he often says, “It’s so nice when you’re nice.”  And it is.  Happy New Year y’all!

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This is what was for breakfast.  It’s a new day!  Bring out the goat cheese, avocado and a few thin slices of toasted whole grain bread.  A spritz of fresh lemon juice and a quick scattering of red pepper flakes along side your favorite fruit completes breakfast or lunch.  Use your imagination and be creative.  No recipe needed.

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