New Year, New Me?

January 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm 5 comments

There’s something about having your birthday coincide with New Year’s that makes resolutions seem almost necessary. A new year, another year older. All at once. I’ve never been good at resolutions. The “keeping them” part that is. But, now in my 40’s, with life glancing by faster than a shooting star, I’m giving resolutions another shot.

We rang in the New Year along with 80 or so of Danny’s family members in Destrehan, Louisiana at the plantation his uncle owns, Ormond. Uncle Johnny always puts on a grand fireworks display at midnight, after a dinner of seafood gumbo and jambalaya and night of mingling and dancing.

We’ve been visiting family here in Louisiana for almost two weeks and the eating has been non-stop. I always allow myself to over-indulge when we visit because the food is so good, and because, well, that’s what you do here. You eat. It’s all about the food: gumbo, etouffee, Po’ Boys, jambalaya, Po’ Boys, muffaletas, red beans and rice, pralines, beignets and more Po’ Boys. To visit New Orleans on a diet would be a sin.

It’s all a great set-up for my first resolution:

#1 Eat healthy.

This of course, is to commence as soon as we leave Louisiana. On Tuesday.

My second resolution falls in line with the first:

#2 Exercise.

Fortunately, I was recently gifted a Nintendo Wii Fit Plus at a launch party hosted by friends and bloggers, Amber of and Aimee at What a Christmas present! Thanks Amber and Aimee, and of course, Nintendo! I have no excuse now to not squeeze a workout into my day.

#3 Read more.

I’m ashamed to admit, I didn’t finish one book last year. Started more than a few; never finished. My goal is to finish two. Gotta set the bar low and work my way up!

#4 Pray more.

Because we all need more prayer, right? I’ll be starting with this one every day; praying that I keep all my other resolutions!

Happy New Year, everyone!

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim Davis  |  January 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I always enjoy your blogs Chris

    • 2. Mama Bird  |  January 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Kim. Kiim & Steve’s lifestyle diet couldn’t have come along at a better time!

  • 3. Mike Byrnes  |  January 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Not one book last year?! You are breaking this librarian’s heart.

    • 4. Mama Bird  |  January 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      Ugh. I was afraid to tell you my secret, Mike. But, it’s out now. So ashamed. But, Danny makes up for me at 1 book a week, right? 😉

  • 5. liz  |  January 25, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I’m resolved to not hold all my stress in my shoulders. Or lift my baby the wrong way. : )


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