Monday, January 7, 2008

Well, hello there!

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!


Jess said...

I feel like you've been away forever, too! Welcome back! And I think those are good resolutions.

Welcome to our World said...

Yeah you are back and with good goals!

My sister who is 10 yrs old then me told me to take care of skin back when I was like 10 and she was 20. I thought it was so lame back when I was young but once I started doing it I noticed such a huge difference I wished I had done it for life!

GL with the resolutions!

Artemisia said...

Woo woo! You are back! Yippee!!

Oh, man! I wish I could get the BBC channels. I am such an anglophile; I love the BBC. I try to feel satisfied with the BBC World news on PBS, but in truth that is just not enough BBC.

Good luck with your 2008 goals!

Tessie said...

Yay! You are back! I saw that BBC thing too, except it was online. I bet those of you who don't get BBC could find it there.

I eat SO much dairy. Seriously. It's gross.

I love this time of year too! Yay! While you were gone I demanded everyone write about their health kicks!

bananafana said...

welcome back! now I wish I had BBC channels . . . let me know how your face lotion works out. my skin is hating me as well . . .

Family Adventure said...

Hey, Lori! Missed you! Hope you had a good break. Your resolutions are bang on. I should adopt them for myself. Especially the exercise bit AND the saying no to candy. Not so good at either one of those at the moment :(


JMC said...

Glad you're back! My problem is I watch those healthier lifestyle shows while eating a bowl of ice cream. :)

Misty said...

Oh man, I saw that BBC show with that Gillian lady? She is freaking scar-ry. Thanks to her, I will never ever EVER eat a hot dog again. Or feed one to my family.

Also, she had a lady have a colon cleanse ON TV! OMG, us Yanks just aren't ready for this.

Nowheymama said...

Welcome back!

It's a dairy-free diet for us, I'm afraid.... ;)

Banana said...

Woo Hoo! Welcome back.

I feel like this year, more than ever, there are soooo many programs about diets. And not all of them good. But I love to watch them all - scoff at the ridiculous ones and learn from the good ones.