Starting the new year off right

Recipes

It’s 2013. Where in the world did 2012 go? So many great things have happened this year in my life. I graduated from college- that was a long time coming. I accepted a full-time ‘big-girl’ job. I took an awesome road trip with friends. I started to get into shape and eat and be healthier. I survived the shock of being bossless. And now the year is over, unto new and greater things. Usually I don’t feel the difference from one year to another- from December 31st to January 1st, but this year it really does feel like a new beginning and I’m excited.

So what’s a new year without a New Year’s Resolution. I always make the same one every year- ya know the same one that just about everyone makes, the same one that just about everyone doesn’t stick to and the same one that I never stick to. Time to make a change. This year I feel confident that I will stick to it. My resolution this year is to hit my goal weight, which I’m going to keep a secret for now. Since I started shaping myself up in June, I’ve put a good dent in that goal but I still have some ways to go. I’ll admit that I’ve slacked the past few weeks, its hard with the holidays and all but its a new year. I’m cracking down on the gym again and doing some better meal planning. I’ll thank my gym, even though they give out free pizza every first monday of the month- which is just mean and I struggle to resist everytime, but they were open today so I was able to hit the ground running- no pun intended =)

I’d like to hit my goal by July 8th, which is one year from the day I started getting healthier but really, I’m hoping to be there sooner. Either way I have potentially 2 weddings this year that I want to be ready for. Wish me luck!

So to start off the new year meal planning I made some delicious chicken tonight and portioned out dinners for the next 4 nights- makes things so easy. My dinner tonight: Bruschetta Chicken

bruschetta chicken

Ingredients:

a basket of cherry tomatoes
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
basil
chicken
balsamic glaze

1. Add sliced tomatoes, chopped basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil to a bowl and marinate for at least 2 hours.

2. Place whole chicken breasts into a baking dish and spoon the marinated mixture overtop, then drizzle with the balsamic glaze.

3. Bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

I made brown rice and a mixed steamer veggie as sides and I now have dinner for the next few nights. And it didn’t even take much effort- its a very simple recipe.

I also decided to plan my workouts a little better because I feel like a hit a bit of a plateau the past few months. Another thing I resolve to do is do something about all the pins I pin. Aka actually cook some of the recipes and actually do some of the exercises. So I’m going to sort through everything I’ve pinned onto my Discipline board and make some workout plans for myself. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’ll throw another resolution out there too- post a little more often..? I hate to make promises I can’t keep but I’ll try.

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