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    The New Year and Last Menu Plan of 2012

    Today is December 30, 2012.  Only 2 more days until the new year.  Many people choose this time for new beginnings, whether it be a new diet, new workout plan or home organization schedule.  Often times it is only a few weeks before the frustration sets in because things aren’t going the way we envisioned them going.  A dear friend shared this on her Facebook page the other day and it really resonated with me.

    There’s nothing to begin, you are already doing it. There’s no new year, new you. You are good enough, worth enough, loved enough just as you are. Treat yourself like it.

    Each new year I come up with resolutions.  New ways I am going to do this or that.  The more I look back at how I approached each new year in the past, the more I realize that I wasn’t being fair to myself.  It was as if I was telling myself that what I had been doing wasn’t enough (good enough, whatever enough).  It doesn’t matter what the specific thing was – diet, exercise, keeping the house clean and organized, whatever.  Placing unrealistic expectations on my shoulders each January 1st may have felt exhilarating the first few days or weeks, but those feelings of newness and exhilaration soon faded to feelings of inadequacy and failure.

    I will not be treating myself like that this year.  Nope.  I deserve better.

    I will trust my body, my mind and my soul to lead me down the right path.  I will do what feels right.

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    Saturday runs in the snow with friends

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    Special times with family

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    Menu Plan

    Sunday – Italian grilled chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli and salad

    Monday – Take-Out – New Year’s Eve

    Tuesday – Taco Tuesday, black beans, corn and salad

    Wednesday – Baked Ziti and salad

    Thursday – Inside out burgers, steak fries, zucchini and salad

    Friday – Mom’s here for birthday celebration

    Saturday – Date Night!


    Week in Review

    Gluten-Free Rolo Pretzel Delights

    Gluten-Free at Dunkin’ Donuts?

    Review: Annie’s Microwavable Mac & Cheese

    Review: MacroBar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip <—-One of my favorite new-to-me bars!

    Review: Crunchmaster Cheezy and Grammy Crisps <—-Inexpensive, kid-friendly gluten-free crackers!

    How do you spend your snow days?  We make cookies!

    Have you checked out the Diva Coupon Book yet? <—Discount code included in post!


    How do you feel about resolutions?

    Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?

    What are you looking forward to most in 2013?

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