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Happy New Year: Here We Go Again (with the to-do lists)

It's hard to believe that there are less than two days in 2012.  It's time for me to succumb to a hackneyed and lame period of self reflection. I can't help it. There is nothing unique about my annual list of health and fitness goals or my to-do lists (read more! smile more! don't lose another phone! learn a language!)  

With all of that being said, here I go again. 

The very pretty Linda & Harriett 2013 Quilt Calendar.

The very pretty Linda & Harriett 2013 Quilt Calendar.

1) I'm going to buy a new calendar. 

Why? Because it's pretty and it's January so the timing is right. The Quilt Calendar by Linda & Harriet features hand screen printed months inspired by traditional quilt covers.  The idea is that you can trim and frame the patterns once the month has passed. 

2) I AM going to read more.  

I am going to pay more attention to my Goodreads account. I'd like to read a book a month. More on this adventure in the days ahead.  

3) I Am Going To Eat Better:  The Cleanse vs. The Clean Up or Both.  

Bon Appetit's 2012 Food Lovers Cleanse: Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp

Bon Appetit's 2012 Food Lovers Cleanse: Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp

Every year I ask myself: "Should I do a cleanse?"  Then I do some research and my head just about explodes. The high cost combined with drinking green juice for days on end just doesn't appeal to me. Recently there have been  more sensible approaches to the "cleanse" concept. Eating "clean" would be a more accurate description.  A good options for do-it-yourselfers is Bon Appetit's 2012 Food Lover's Cleanse. For locals, Green & Tonic offers a variety of "nutrient dense" foods and cleanse programs.  It's a good option for take-out or delivery in a pinch.   

3) I'm Going To Move More (in a variety of different ways).

Breathing: Exhale Spa

The Core Fusion Body. (Not mine. In case you were confused)

The Core Fusion Body. (Not mine. In case you were confused)

The new-ish Exhale Spa in Stamford, CT is a beautiful place to go if you have to work out. They are the masterminds behind the butt-tightening Core Fusion classes. Like most people I struggle with the commitment and cost of a gym and as a parent of small children, have no free time. Thankfully, Exhale let's you purchase classes one at a time or in packages with a small discount.   

Note: If you don't live near an Exhale near you can purchase their workouts on video

Sweating: Soul Cycle

I'm a very finicky spin class attendee.  My pet peeves include: instructors who talk (shout) too much, instructors who sing (yes--I've had a singing instructor), people who sit in front and do their own thing,  people who sit anywhere and talk to their friends (or text). I am eager to try Soul Cycle when it opens in Greenwich because according to this, these things are strictly forbidden. My friends who go regularly in Manhattan swear by it.  

Walking More and Get Bossed Around by the Internet:  Fitbit for iPhone

The Fitbit App on an iPhone. 

The Fitbit App on an iPhone. 

The Fitbit app for iPhone is a food journal, pedometer and cheerleader all rolled into one.  Depending on how you use it, I think it can also be your life coach and best friend (I kid--but you can sync up with friends via the app). The app is free but in order to maximize the power that is Fitbit, you need to purchase one of their trackers ($60-$100). The trackers are pedometers, can measure BMI, track sleep, stairs climbed, calories burned, water intake, caloric intake...

Really, really good:)

Really, really good:)

So there you have it.  My list is long but doable.

The fact that I wrote this entire piece while eating Phin & Phebes Vanilla Cinnamon Ice Cream from the carton does not bother me one bit (it's ridiculously good).  Everything in moderation, right?

A Very Slick Gatsby Courtesy of Baz, Jay

5 Big Coffee Table Books

5 Big Coffee Table Books

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