I love the first couple days of a new year – so full of possibilities, yeah?
My New Year’s was fabulous, and spent on the 102nd street transverse in Central Park cheering on runners and passing them sparkling cider during the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run.
I needed this volunteer shift in order to qualify for guaranteed entry into the 2011 NYC Marathon (nothin’ like waiting till the last minute!), but was a little iffy about participating.
What if it’s cold? What if I’m too exhausted? What if I can’t find a cab home? The annoying voice in my head asked.
Sometimes I shy away from trying new things because this voice (the one that LOVES routine and predictability) convinces me not to.
Luckily, I managed to quiet the voice, and the fact that I really want to run the marathon again this year got my butt out the door and to the park by 10:00 p.m. for my shift (ehm, maybe this is past my usual bedtime…).
It was a great experience, and much more memorable than ringing in 2011 while already in my second REM cycle 🙂
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but one of my goals is to be a bit more flexible with my schedule and to give new things a try every once in a while. Because we rarely regret trying new things, but can always regret not trying them, right?
Even though I woke up on 1/1/11 slightly sleep deprived, I couldn’t wait to get out the door for 10.75 miles in a balmy 40 degree Central Park.
I had wanted to make it 11 miles, but I was tired, yo (all about flexibility, remember?).
Refueling was some Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls and Oats with cinnamon, blueberries and almond milk.
It has been great to finally relax without having to worry about schoolwork, so I read the paper and put together a new floor lamp scored at Target.
Lunch was some Greek yogurt, mixed berries (frozen & thawed), walnuts, honey and a little peanut butter
I don’t know if it was the tourists around Union Square during a trip to Whole Foods or sleep deprivation, but I was feelin’ crankypants in the afternoon and actually took a nap.
Dinner was a new, easy favorite I’ve been making lately – grilled cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers with roasted sweet potato served over greens with balsamic vinegar and topped with goat cheese.
The warm veggies melt the goat cheese and it is just divine!
I also baked a delicious treat for dessert – stay tuned for details…
Question: Do you shy away from change and trying new things?