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There is something about starting a new year that makes us feel that we have the potential to be who we want to be and to do what we want to do. Every year I feel compelled to make a list of New Years Resolutions. Number One each year is “lose weight!” Also high on the list is “exercise more.” Some years I am not as specific about my intentions and simply write, “take better care of myself.”

So after so many years of making promises to myself at the beginning of the year only to end the year feeling that I have not accomlshed my goal, why do I keep doing it? Why do I start each year with a list of things that I want to accomplish, attain, achieve? Is it because I am forever the optimist? Is it just the result of a compulsive habit? Well, I admit to being optimistic and compulsive at times, but I think there is more to it than that.

When I was a practicing psychologist I noticed that there was an important difference between my patients who were able to make important and healthy changes to their lives and those who said that they wanted to make changes but never seemed to be able to get there. The difference was something we can call INTENTION. I realized that when people said that they hoped things would get better, it rarely happened. I noticed that when people said they would try to make things better in their lives, I would often get a lot of reasons (excuses?) why they were not as uccessful as they wanted to be.  But when someone told me that they intended to do what was neccessary to change their life, I knew they meant business and that they were likely to accomplish something.

I know that I cannot accomplish everything that I intend to accomplish. Many challanges are more difficult or more complicated than we understand at first. And that brings me to the 20 lb struggle. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far but also a little disappointed that I haven’t done even better. For me, my biggest obstacle to weight loss and fitness seems to be that I get distracted, lose focus, and act unconsciously. I also get tired, lose enthusiasm, and take the easy way rather than the healthy way.

Chefs de France at Epcot

But sometimes I make a conscious choice to be impulsive  and to indulge myself, if only for  limited amount of  time. So from December 22 to January 6 I have been feasting and enjoying, knowing full well that there would be  price to pay when life got back to “normal.”

My daughter, Amy and I spent a full day at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park. We had been there many years ago and were looking forward to the exhibits,but most of all the food in the the International Village.  We made reservations for lunch in France at “Chefs de France.”   A tip for travelers: It is a good idea to make reservations for Disney restaurants in advance. We saw hundreds of people being turned away because they thought they could just stop by at the spur of the moment.

The French restaurant more than met our expectations as we enjoyed our onion soup, rosemary chicken and, of course dessert (crème puffs fills with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with a heavenly chocolate sauce). We also  made reservations for dinner in Morocco.

Dessert at Chefs d France

The Moroccan restaurant was a total disappointment.  The menu seemed more Middle-Eastern oriented than Moroccan and the falafel was so hard that even the waiter had to admit that “they are like stones, aren’t they?” A tip for travelers: AVOID Restaurant Marrakesh at the Morocco Pavillion.

After our visit to Epcot Amy and I joined up with the rest of the family and we all enjoyed a very special New Year’s Eve on New Smyrna Beach.

It was wonderful and now it is time to get back on track.  The 20 lb struggle continues.

Snickers wishes all of you a happy and healthy new year!


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After 19 weeks of the 20 lb struggle eating healthy is becoming a way of  life. So hooray for me! But I’m not all the way there quite yet.  I still have 4 lbs. to go.  I have been able to navigate through the dangerous waters of X-mas parties, family gatherings and going out with friends. I accomplished my goal for the week.  I held my own and didn’t let my eating get out of control.  I haven’t lost any weight this week, but then, I didn’t really expect to.  The good news is that I didn’t GAIN any.

With  X-mas safely behind me I now face the daunting challenge of New Year’s Eve! It’s going to be more difficult than you think.  Tomorrow I will be going to Orlando to meet my daughter, Amy, at Gaylord Palms Hotel. We will spend two nights in luxury in the hotel  and a full day at Disney’s Epcot where we look forward to dining at Chefs de France, a casual restaurant nestled under the Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion. Yum!  I hope all the walking around the theme park will help us to work off the calories that will be comsumed there.

Then we will travel about 40 minutes northeast to stay with my daughter, Laura, and her family until January 3rd. If you are a regular reader of this blog you probably already know about Laura. She is a professional party planner who is somehow able to make every meal and occassion sparkle with creativity and deliciousness. No matter how much I try, the magic that she cooks up is just about impossible to resist.

Whenever I visit them, my grandchildren insist that I go on Wii Fit which is a Nintendo game that uses a balance board to calculate your weight and body mass index. The first time I used it about a year ago, I was shocked and dismayed to see that the game placed me smack in the middle of the “overweight” category, just below “obese.” The last time I visited them I showed vast improvement. I was still in the  “overweight” category, but only three pounds from “normal weight.”

If you think that weighing in at Weight Watchers is stressful, you should see me when I have to weigh in with Wii Fit. I usually try to weigh in as soon as I get there, before the effects of all the good cooking by Laura and Rick can be felt. Five days of temptation will clearly test my will-power. So I have a back-up plan, just in case.  Just like millions of others who want to start the New Year on the right foot, I plan to reinvigorate my diet and exercise regimes.

For everything there is a season.  There is a time to enjoy good food and family.  There is a time to get serious and get in shape. I intend to do both, just not at the same time.

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