We’ve seen how I did last year.Â Let’s see how many I can accomplish this year.
1.Â Lacto-vegetarian Tuesdays
Vegetarian or vegan diet is nothing new to this Buddhist. However, the most I’ve ever done was 2 days a week of loosely vegan diet during Catholic lent of back in high school.Â That was tough too since there was no soy milk or tofu available in nearby grocery stores like there are today.Â In college, I started back on vegetarian on Tuesdays, the day of my birth.Â You know, one day a week of not taking any lives.Â My mom encouraged me to do that as herself had altogether given up eating beef (aka killing of large animals) many years before.Â But then, I found myself eating mostly fries, mac and cheese, cheese pizza, and cheese sandwiches–grilled or otherwise, on those days.Â Eventually, I gave up.
I still don’t have the will power to give up beef like my mom did, and now my oldest brother does (I think…?).Â But lacto vegetarian (vegetarian with dairy product but no eggs) on Tuesdays (and even vegan if I’m mindful enough) can totally come back now that I have more resources to get healthy vegetarian foods and motivation/discipline to do it.Â Mommy, this one’s for you.
2.Â Â One hour of piano/guitar/singing, twice a month
Once a week of music shouldn’t be too hard.Â I mean, I tried last year.Â But realistically, with all of my obligations and TV habit, twice a month is a good point to start. Heh.
3.Â Â Keep up with Italian
I started it. I’d better keep it up!
4.Â Work out at least once a week
I have come to realize that my fitness goal wasn’t aligned with my life’s goal.Â I was pushing working out on myself to “get in shape”. What’s the point of getting in shape if my eating habit still involves Del Taco?Â However, working out so that my metabolism is high so that I am able to consume more calories, now THAT aligns with my culinary exploration.Â I came to this little epiphany as I discussed my fitness habit with a colleague, walking up the hill from a big lunch at Bottega Louie.
Exercise so I can eat more.Â Now that’s a goal I can get behind.
5.Â Read at least one book a month
Last year I got to 10 out of 12.Â This year, 12 and up is to aim for!
6.Â Finish reading the magazines as they arrive
The only magazine I finish in a timely manner is Entertainment Weekly, being a pop culture fiend that I am.Â SELF gets relocated to the bathroom the day it arrives and it does get well read.Â Food & Wine and WIRED tend to get backlogged.Â I mean, I still have at least 5 of 2008-2009 F&W in the cabinet I have to sift through! This is why I recently canceled my subscriptions to Rachael Ray and Real Simple.
7.Â Do my household paperwork on early day from the office
I have put it on the calendar every month that I come home early from those board meeting days.Â Last year, after 3 months, I haven’t followed through with that at all.Â Oh god, that reminds me…ARRRRGH PAPER WORK AVALANCHE!!!!
8. Eat breakfast everyday
Another realization about how my body works came very clearly to me during my week in Bangkok over Thanksgiving.Â I had proper breakfast everyday.Â As in Thai style breakfast of, well, rice and whatever was left from dinner the night before.Â I felt great all day and even with all the food I stuffed myself with during the trip, I actually might have lost a couple of pounds.Â I guess my spoiled little self has been programmed to have proper breakfast since, well, birth.Â I mean, when you grew up with a nanny and then a maid, neither one would let you out the door without at least an egg or a scoop of rice in you.
Here in the US, I don’t always eat breakfast.Â First of all, I’m never hungry the moment I wake up.Â So if I don’t eat before I leave the house, I usually try to find something to eat at the office…which turned out to be either a cup of coffee or tea and some Goldfish crackers, and not much else.Â Not any more.Â I’m going to do better with packing breakfast as well as lunch from now on.Â Well, I’ll try at least.
9.Â Take a crack at NaNoWriMo
November is usually the crazy month for me.Â But I would like to participate in the National Novel Writing Month this year anyway!Â I mean, I think maybe I could cheat and started the ground works in August. Or something.
10. Keep up with What’s Working
I’m doing brilliantly with saving on little things I started last year.Â A weekly Starbucks latte and non-brownbag lunch work out very well.Â Then again, most of my lunch-out would make for 2 lunches anyway.
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