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I loved this quote from the January 2011 SELF magazine. I aim to live my life this way, and I hope that you all will, too. It’s overstated, but life is not a dress rehearsal…

Be Fearless
If you make only one resolution this year, let it be to live boldly. You control the moment: Rather than cautiously test the water, dive straight into life with freeing abandon. Imagine the person you want to be and the life you want to live, then simply commit to them. Believe in yourself. Embrace your beauty. Discover a new passion. And whatever you do, wherever you go, don’t be afraid to make a splash.

(in memory of Robert from college who passed shortly before Christmas, and Mark, a regular band sub, who passed last week)

We made it through the first week! How are your goals holding up? I’ve been doing great eating my 5-a-day!

Here are a few great posts I’ve found over the course of my surfing this week…

Benny The Irish Polyglot writes a great guest post at Location 180 about Sticking To New Year’s Resolutions. I especially love this: have something that you can feel proud of TODAY. Set a goal for yourself that you can accomplish soon! (What’s yours? I have a semi-secret business I’m working on… launching with a client before the end of the month!)

If you want to get started with yoga but don’t know how or where, More Than A Stretch offers a link with 10 free yoga videos for beginners.

Kate from Eat The Damn Cake talks about guilt.

A brilliant idea from Pride and Vegudice: if you use your blender or food processor to make homemade nut butter, don’tcha hate leaving the dregs behind that you can’t scrape out? Well… here’s a solution: add some yummy stuff and turn it into a shake! Waste no more!

May you have a happy, healthy beginning of 2011! Keep after those goals!

I’ve been stymied, recently, by “what do you want out of life” and “what are your goals in life” articles. That’s a big question, right? My first kneejerk response is easy: I want to nourish my body and exercise regularly, but that’s merely a means to an end. There’s a big picture in life—there are lots of fun things out there—and we have so many choices, sometimes it’s hard to choose when asked what we want to do. Heck, I still am not entirely sure what I want to be when I grow up.

So, it struck me earlier today to reframe the question, and it’s made it easier to decide on at least the smaller level. I have a hard time dealing with the status quo (why be like everyone else?) and feel constant need for change, so even if my tweak is a small one, I feel like it’s a step in the right direction.

My reframing is this: instead of “what do I want out of life”, ask “what would I change in my life” or “what am I dissatisfied with in my life”. And then, figure out how it could be changed. This could clearly work on so many levels:

  • If you’re dissatisfied with your weight, start exercising and/or improve your eating habits.
  • If you’re dissatisfied with the amount of sleep you get, try watching ½ hour less TV and put that time toward shut-eye instead.
  • If you’re dissatisfied with your bank account, cut back on little things (cook less meat at home, which has led me to discover great lentil recipes; don’t drink fancy coffees; use your library rather than buying books; you get the picture)
  • If you’re dissatisfied with your relationship with your significant other, ask yourself: when was the last time the two of you sat down and had a serious, non-confrontational chat?
  • And so on.

    No, it is not easy. But you’ll find it to be personally rewarding (and occasionally financially rewarding). I recently was feeling in a social slump (regular friends, I love you guys! don’t worry!) and joined a choral group in which I knew no one. Took a risk, went to that first rehearsal almost a month ago, and sang in two fantastic Christmas shows with them last night. I figured in the worst case, if I hated the first rehearsal, I only lost one night. But these ladies are fantastic, and I see myself developing long-term friendships.

    So, what does it hurt to take a small risk, or to create minor, temporary discomfort in your life to create BIG, REWARDING change??!?! I guarantee you’ll love the results.

    What kind of changes have you all made recently? Do it, do it!!!

Do you have a fear of fire? Pepper-phobia? Wasabi-weary?

These condiments want to help you! They want to be your friends. When used in small amounts, you can start developing a casual relationship. You see, if you have an otherwise-boring soup, casserole, or… frankly anything, you can liven it up with a tiny bit of heat—with minimal calorie expenditure!

I developed habits when I was young to use butter and cheese on any item that needed more flavor. But the thing is, you need an awful lot of butter to flavor your pile of otherwise-dreary baked potato. (Calories! Fat! Aieeee!!!) What if, instead, you used a tiny bit of butter, a minced garlic clove (ohhhh, heaven), and a tiny pinch of hot pepper flakes? We’re talkin’ flavor!

OK. If you stopped reading there because you would “never” buy or use hot pepper flakes… gimme a chance. Please. You’re not dumping on the whole container, or even a teaspoon! When I started adding just a pinch of them to my dishes, it added such a small amount of heat that I couldn’t even identify what the new addition was. I didn’t even notice any heat! I just noticed that the flavor was perkier, and I liked it.

So, aside from any health benefits you attain from eating hot peppers alone, I encourage you to try some heat. Buy a container of hot pepper flakes or, if you prefer, a bottle of hot pepper sauce to keep in your fridge. (Both will last a long time.) The next time you make something like a soup or chili, do me a favor and add half a pinch of flakes—just the amount you can hold between the tips of your index finger and thumb. Let this simmer along with the rest of the ingredients. You may be less tempted to add mounds of cheese to your serving.

And this all equates to calorie and fat savings, in the end!

I’d love to hear all about anyone overcoming their fear of spice! One baby-step at a time!

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