…and a happy new year!

lightsDepending on the year, what kind of mood I’m in and where I’m at in my life, I will likely have a different opinion on New Year’s resolutions. There have been years where I deem resolutions entirely unrealistic and unnecessary. But this year, I’m all about the fresh new start.  I’m feeling the need for some healthier habits again. I think—no, actually I’m sure that pregnancy threw me off my healthy game this year. There were many times I’d just order in because I was too exhausted to cook and that even continued until after Juliette was born. Though recently, Bob and I have decreased our meat consumption considerably, so we’re heading on the right path. Our hard rule is no meat Monday through Thursday. If you’ve been following my Pinterest food board closely, you might notice I’m bookmarking more vegan dishes because I’m also trying to limit our dairy intake by incorporating more plant-based fats like nuts, seeds and avocados into our foods.

I think the hard part of this resolution will be the exercising. I’ve never been very active and lately the only workout I get is walking and simultaneously rocking Jules around the house when I’m trying to get her to nap. All attempts to exercise in past years have failed. I took up running for about a week. Hated that. I signed up for a year’s membership at Planet Fitness.That quickly got old. I even did a little bit of prenatal yoga, which bored me to tears. This time, I’ll take up running again. I know! But since Bob is joining me, I’m hoping that we will hold eachother accountable. If it turns out I still hate running—and, let’s be honest, I’m expecting it—then so be it. I’ll try something else.

(Of course, since my surgery is scheduled for the middle of January, I’ll be taking it easy for those first few weeks.)

Whenever I’ve made a health-related resolution in the past, it’s been just for that—my health. But this year, my other intention is to lose some of this baby weight. I actually don’t mind having some extra thickness around the butt, hips and thighs, but the gut I could do without. There’s also the matter of only fitting into 4 pairs of pants and a few tops. I never realized how tight some of my clothing is until I couldn’t fit into them anymore! As much as I’d love a whole new wardrobe, it’ll be healthier and less expensive to just lose weight instead.

Now onto more pressing matters. Do you have any exciting plans for New Year’s Eve? Bob and I are going out to dinner at Alobar in Long Island City, while his mother spends time with Jules. Then we’ll be back home to celebrate the new year from our couch with another friend. We’ll probably watch some Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Should be pretty thrilling stuff.

I honestly love our “boring” New Year’s plans :)

Happy new year! See you in 2016!

 

6 responses to “…and a happy new year!”

  1. rooth says:

    Happiest new year to you and your family! Healthy habits are never too late to stop (or restart) and I’m wishing you a happy and healthy 2016

  2. Angela says:

    I am glad you plan on doing exercise. It can be a pain but it makes us feel so wonderful afterwords! We passed New Years with my husband’s family. We had a nice dinner than watched tv. Not too glamarous but so fun. Wishing you and your family a great 2016!! Of course good health above all things!

    • Jillian says:

      I think New Year’s is much better spent at home. It’s just such a pain to be out and about (not to mention, costly) and most people just really want to spend it with their loved ones anyway. Here’s to our low-key New Year’s night!

  3. Sophie says:

    Yay to more vegetarian lifestyle!! :-) Me & my hubby are also eating more veggies and fruits. I just love the taste of veggies, nuts, fruits too much and the feeling afterwards. I love smoothies and avocados in particular. I’m sure that your baby girl will benefit from your healthy eating lifestyle as well. Happy & healthy new year to you & your family~!^^

  4. Ashley says:

    I’ve also been laying off the meat, due to two bouts of food poisoning after eating pork (here in NYC and D.C). I just got turned off from meat. Do share some of those recipes in this space! I’d like to try them out :)

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