Did you know that studies show a 92% failure rate when it comes to New Years Resolutions??
One of the main problems with resolutions is that people anticipate perfection on the very first day of January.
That’s not how it works.
Successful resolutions take time. They’re tweaked, they’re perfected. They go up, they go down, they get hidden, they pop out. It takes a good year or so to make most of them work.
You wouldn’t give up on your entire running regimen after deciding one day that you didn’t feel much like running, would you? Would you?
(For the record, I love making New Years Resolutions and am notorious for creating lists and lists of goals and ideas.)
My 2012 New Years Resolutions:
- Become a more mindful eater.
- Start a workout journal and run injury free in 2012!!
- Begin a prayer/study journal.
- Cook my way through the “Clean Eating Cookbook.”
- Spend <$180 a week on groceries (not including paper products!)
- Frequent Starbucks once or less a month (eeps!)
- Begin taking CEU’s to maintain Registered Dietitian status.
- Read at least 2 scientific journals a week.
- Begin Master’s program.
- Read 12 or more books in 1 year (without buying any!)
- Enhance my photography skills.
- Let go, Let God.
Phew. That’s a lot. The good news is that they’re totally achievable. While I plan on keeping all of them in the back of my head, I really want to focus on one a month.
I also want to introduce a new series for the month of January…”31 Days of Healthy Living.”
Simply Simmered Shrimp
My parents, sister, brother-in-law and I had a very low-key New Year’s Eve party at my house last night. It was lovely and perfect and very much me.
Unfortunately, I don’t like the traditionally served Chinese food.
Fortunately, I love shrimp.
I threw together a very simple dish of simmered shrimp with tomatoes, spinach, garlic, white whine and a dollop of feta cheese. The meal was completed with a hunk of bread from Panera for dipping purposes. Perfect.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced
- 28-oz. can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic seasoning (or plain, if unavailable); liquid drained
- 2-3 large handfuls of baby spinach
- splash of white wine (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 12 oz. cooked shrimp, tails removed
- feta cheese (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add diced tomatoes, spinach, white wine and red pepper flakes. Bring to a light boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until spinach is wilted.
- Add cooked shrimp, lower heat, and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Place in bowls, top with feta cheese, and serve with bread for dunking. ENJOY! 😀