So what do you think about resolutions? Since the new year has started, the topic is everywhere. I have read about how to make and keep them, about not calling them resolutions, and that you should start by making the change into a very small step and build from there.
Do resolutions work for you?
When I think of new year 's resolutions, I think of people making broad statements like "I am going to eat healthier" or "I am going to lose weight." I know that those are too all encompassing and the don't have the narrow focus that you would need to really change behavior.
I think that I have confessed to you before that it seems that whenever I set a specific goal - I will lose 20 pounds by March 1 - that it is the surest way to sabotage myself. I suck at goal attainment. I don't know why. I don't want to suck at goal attainment but I do.
Are you thinking that I need a shrink? Yea, that is possible but it isn't going to happen - at least not right now.
It is also supposed to help that you confess your goal to the world so that you will be too embarrassed not to succeed. That doesn't work either.
So how am I - and you, my friend - going to make the changes that need to be made in life?
Let's pick one thing. How about - I am going to cook one new recipe every two weeks. I will then share the recipe with you. It gives me something new and different and gives me something to share with you. See, I am thinking about you!
How do I go about doing this?
Step 1 - Find a new recipe
A. Look in cookbooks with recipes adjusted for those with diabetes
B. Look in the magazines that I get with recipes and see if they will work
C. Look on-line - Pinterest is a great source
there are numerous sites with recipes for diabetics.
Step 2 - Edit recipes for ease of preparation and ability to find ingredients
Step 3 - Put recipe on our schedule for the week
Step 4 - Put all the ingredients on shopping list
Step 5 - Actually make the recipe
Step 6 - Critique - note changes that might improve the taste or wad up recipe into a ball and drop kick it
Step 7 - Share with you.
Is it just me or does this seem like a lot of work? I know, it is worth the effort. I think that part of the problem is that I don't like to make food that doesn't taste good and when you try a recipe, you just don't know how it will work out. I don't think it is a fear of failure as much as a fear of wasting time and money.
I need to get over it.
So, how about if we make that a resolution for the year. I will pass on to you a recipe every few weeks. I hate to commit too much because if my every other week recipe stinks, I am not passing it on. (Did I ever tell you about the cauliflower recipe that was supposed to replace mashed potatoes? Oh, what an utter smelly failure!)
Does that sound fair to you? I will make sure that the recipe has the nutritional information. Could you use some easy new recipes?
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Thanks for reading!