Submitted by Hillary on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 2:25am.

Wow, I can’t quite believe how long it has been since I posted here.  A perfect storm of work stuff, family stuff and the holidays combined to take over my life, but now my life is returning to normal. 

I’ve come up with a bunch of resolutions for the new year.   Actually, I have two lists, because I am a list-making fool, but I’m not going to bore you with both of them.  This is my fitness-centered list, although I can see that I need to make an exception to that and put “write in Diet Channel blog more regularly” at the top of the list.  So, we’ll make that #1.  Here’s the rest of the list:

2.  Be soda free until my birthday, March 8th.  Soda is particularly bad for me as a diabetic, although really, it is bad for everyone.  I’ve been seriously overloaded time-wise for the last couple of weeks,and I’ve been very bad about my soda consumption, justifying it to myself because I wanted the caffeine. 

3.  Get back to bringing healthy lunches to work with me instead of trying to find healthy stuff when I run out in the middle of the day. 

4. Eat more veggies at meals.  That may sound like an odd resolution for a vegetarian, but I really think I need to be sure I’m adding more vegetables to the rest of the food I eat.

5. Eat fewer convenience foods.  I know processed foods aren’t as healthy as the ones you make from scratch.  The problem is that they are just so much easier and quicker, and I don’t always have a lot of time.

6. Try new forms of exercise – a spinning class, a kick boxing class, maybe some new videos to do at home.

7. Boost my running stamina and speed.  I’m getting better, but I still have a lot of room for improvement.

8. Make sure I snack smart.  I still tend to prefer the carb filled snacks, when I should be trying to work more protein into my diet.

9. Really focus on lowering my bad cholesterol and raising my good cholesterol.  My triglycerides look good, but my bad cholesterol could go lower.  And my good cholesterol should be higher.  So, more nuts, avocados, olive and canola oils and flaxseed for me.  Plus I need to pay closer attention to my daily fat intake for a while.  I sure hope all the running is helping, too!

10. No baking, takeout or other culinary treats until I bake something for John’s birthday in mid-February.  Six weeks of being really, really good should not be hard to do. 

So, ten resolutions for 2007.  I don’t think that any of them are unreasonable or unattainable.