New year, new me, right?
Ha! Ha! Ha!
But I think I can handle these resolutions.
- Waste less food. I throw away an embarrassing amount of food. If anyone has any tips for this, please share. I can solve part of this with some thinking and research. But my ulcerative colitis, IBS, and fibromyalgia cause very weird, very real food issues, making me waste food too. My stomach hates food reheated in a microwave. I can taste food packaging and taste smells from stores, like for real; Costco meat tastes like plastic and what the inside of the store smells like. I can taste the difference between a bag of On The Border tortilla chips purchased at Walmart versus one purchased at Winn-Dixie or Rouses. If I eat food that’s been open for longer than a day, like a bag of chips or chicken stock, I’ll end up curled up in a ball of pain in my bed until the pain passes. Unless we order in, I cook every night, sometimes three different meals because why should Goose and Little Thing suffer? Is there an affordable meat delivery service that I’m unaware of? (And I’d love to eat less meat, but my body tolerates it. I can’t handle most protein alternatives.) Should I shop more frequently so things don’t go bad? I know wasting less food is going to be challenging with all my bizarre issues, but I’m really going to try.
- Hold my family more accountable for helping with household chores. I let them get away with it. I shouldn’t because feminism and shit. Look at this mind-boggling statistic from The National Science Foundation: “husbands create an extra seven hours a week of housework for wives, but wives save husbands from about an hour of housework a week.” WTF???? (Mind you, the data here is a little dated). It’s pretty damn obvious that women spend more time than men doing housework every day, but if you need proof, Today.com shared this tidbit from this study that confirms that “Women do 2 more hours of housework daily than men.” Again. WTF??? Little Thing is old enough to make her own lunch before going to school instead of watching her iPad after I wake her up. She’s still too short to reach several cabinets and hang up her own clothes, but I can definitely make her sweep up every night after dinner.
- Start working out again. I have serious foot problems that have prevented me from truly working out for a couple of years. I love yoga, but how do you do yoga when you can’t even walk barefoot around the house anymore? I tried to get back into it before Christmas break, and icing my feet after and massaging them out with a rolling pin helped, but it wasn’t a panacea. Would yoga shoes help? I go for walks around the neighborhood and would like to jog, but if you see me walking around the neighborhood, it’s not in a true tennis shoe. Vionics have worked wonders for me, but both their tennis shoes and inserts don’t–at least for me. If anyone knows of an exceptional orthopedic tennis shoe that I should try, please let me know.
What are your resolutions friends?