You can’t move a muscle on the internet right now without stumbling across list after list of resolutions for the New Year. I’m completely up for that and love a good nosey into everyone else’s plans for the year. I’m a big fan of resolutions – a chance to start afresh, to identify a goal, to know where I’m (trying) to head.
And if I like a good nosey, there’s every chance that you do too – so here’s a peak at my resolutions for 2016 …
I’ve got a few general ‘life’ resolutions –
- Read more fiction
- Move more – I’ve slipped into the habit of only exercising twice a week, so 2016 will see me hitting four times a week again. Convenience is king for me so there’ll be no gym memberships, just working out at home at the start of the day.
- Be in bed (lights out) by 10.30pm – I have spectacularly failed on this one for the first 10 days of January, so I’m questioning whether I have a hope in hell of achieving this. In my defence, there were extenuating circumstances – an excellent three part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s, ‘And Then There Were None’ to catch up on (one of #1 teenage son’s favourite reads too, it turns out) plus the much anticipated new ‘Luther‘. I have to admit that I completely didn’t understand the latter, but then neither did the reviewer in The Guardian. Phew. But we were in agreement that just watching Luther … well … being Luther for a couple of hours is time well spent. And he can rock a tatty old overcoat like a pro.
And then of course, there’s a whole raft of food resolutions –
- Tackle breakfast for the children – We’ve been through all sorts, but I’m still struggling to nail an easy, nutritious breakfast (or two) that all three children will wolf down and which will keep them going until snack time. And after watching ‘That Sugar Film‘ on the flight back from Australia, they are all at least a bit more focussed on cutting the sugar as well. A tiny bit that is.
- Eat lunch every day – This is one for me. I make packed lunches every day for the children and for my lovely husband, but I know that unless I have something ready and waiting for me in the fridge come lunch time, I’ll just not get round to it. And then by late afternoon I’m in pieces or I’ve snacked on something that I shouldn’t have. Must try harder.
- Get better at school packed lunches – Three objectives here … less sugar (specifically watching out for those foods that are branded as healthy and it turns out they’re not), more nutritious and filling (especially for starving teenagers) and less costly.
- Get cleverer at snacks for starving teenagers – They eat a lot … there’s no denying it. And when they’re doing hours and hours of sport too, they eat even more. We go through SO MANY crunchy bars each week, that it’s obscene. And they’re expensive. Expensive AND they contain more sugar than is good when you are eating so many of them. So I want to get cleverer at alternative options – but alternative options where I’m not spending hours in the kitchen.
- Embrace the slow cooker – You know by now that I wouldn’t exactly call myself a devotee, but I keep returning to the fact that it makes sense to get this working for us. This WILL be the year of more successes than just No Fuss Chicken Stock, Red Lentil and Bacon Slowcooker Soup and Slowcooker Spanish Pork.
- Eat less carbs – For me and my lovely husband, a love of food alongside a busy life has meant that our weight has crept up a little. Eating less carbs (because you body looks for fat to burn when there’s not many carbs around to go for) is working for us both, so we plan to do more of this.
- Get the family cooking – Our teenagers will continue to tackle dinner every now and then … we all love that … but in addition, I want to get the whole family involved. Not all the time and not all at once though. Too many cooks and all that …
These 7 food resolutions are going to form the broad structure for my blog posts this year.Click to tweet
There’ll be other things in between as well, but these are the topics that I’ll be revisiting as we journey through 2016 together.
Does that sound good? What are your 2016 resolutions? Maybe ‘Subscribe to that GREAT food blog ‘marmalade and me” is on your list, so here’s a box to help you tick that one off with no drama!
We’d all love to have a nosey through your list of resolutions too, so do post a comment below or you can chat on my Facebook page.