March is Gary's birthday month, which he will spend focused on his favorite activity: working. That means I have time to work on my new resolutions.
Usually at New Years I resolve to lose one hundred pounds or plod on the treadmill thirty minutes a day. Neither of these makes me feel good. I think the trick to resolutions is to resolve to make yourself feel good.
I did find out something surprising when I was cleaning out the basement. I'd come home tired, and most days I just flopped down on the couch. However, on some days the basement had something that had to be done, so I catered to the basement instead of my butt and I felt more energetic after.
It makes no sense. It goes completely against the spoon theory. Of course, I'm sure that's because I'm just tired, not experiencing neurological fatigue. If it's summer and fatigue hits I'm sure I'll be absorbed by the mattress and drool like always.
I tested it out with Gary a few times this week, and on the days he went to the basement with me and we put together shelves we experienced more energy instead of less. We even ended up going to the in-laws and shoveling snow.
So, move more when I am tired is resolution number one. Only if it makes me feel less tired, though, and is productive. I can tell you, I do not feel energized after half an hour on the treadmill. The garage begs to be cleaned out, though.
And of course, eat more when I am hungry is resolution number two. And what I need to eat more of are vegetables. I hate to say it, but the only place I eat vegetables is at work. If it's dinner, if the vegetables aren't part of the entree, they don't get made. If I'm working at home I don't get veggies, I just keep ladling carbs into my maw, and that doesn't feel good at the end of the day.
I do have one good spinach-filled recipe, and I made some cream of broccoli soup (YES IT IS VEGETABLES), but aside from that and chopped salad, I haven't any favorite recipes chock full of vegetables. (I don't know why, but I don't call bell peppers and artichokes vegetables. Are they? What about carrots? Do they count? I don't even know.) I need some good field-tested recipes involving veggies.
My last resolution for March: keep up with the goats. Goats sing Bon Jovi. The goat thing doesn't seem to end!