Happy New Year!
We had a great holiday, but it’s good to be back into a routine. The kids were driving me a little batty towards the end, as I’m sure I was driving them batty. They were excited to get back to school; even little Maggie smiled and waved when I dropped her off at daycare. I was worried that we would have to start all over with her after two weeks off, but I was, thankfully, wrong.
My favourite thing about starting a fresh, new year is all the great magazine articles, TV shows and news segments about living a healthier lifestyle. Seriously, I eat this kind of stuff up. The funny thing is that most of the information is not news to me, but serves as a fun little refresher course and motivation to try to do better.
Discovery Health had a couple of shows that I watched and saved to watch again. My favourite was The Truth About Food: How to be Slim. This is one of a BBC series of six shows about how food affects your body and it was excellent. The biggest thing that I took away from this show was that including low-fat dairy in your diet will allow your body to turn more fat to waste than a diet that excludes dairy. This goes against what a lot of diet plans advocate (most notably, the wicked Gillian from You Are What You Eat).
I did make two New Years Resolutions this year. The first is to take better care of my skin. I`m not getting any younger, and my skin is giving away my age. I know that 90% of the problem is that I am dehydrated. I KNOW I should be drinking 2 litres of water a day, but I don`t. I KNOW that if I cut down on sugary foods, I can avoid my ever-present rash, but I don`t. I KNOW that slapping body lotion on my face is probably not wise, but I do it anyway. So, I have started to incorporate more water into my day, I have said no thanks to candy and I actually bought some face cream.
The second is to be more regular with my exercise. I have the perfect workout just steps from my front door (a staircase up an escarpment with 336 steps) and I intend to make better use of it. I`ve resigned myself to the fact that I am just not a gym person – I need to be able to work out on a moment`s notice, whenever I can squeeze it into my day. Hopefully the end result will be a smaller butt (I measured and it is a full 10 inches bigger than my waist – 10 inches!), but at the very least it will be good for my heart.
I hope you all had a great holiday. Over the next few days, I hope to catch up on some of what I have missed out there in the blog world. I feel like I have been away forever!