It’s January 1, 2015 and I hereby make the following resolution: there will be no New Year’s weight loss resolutions on hungry poodle this year. None. Nada.
Why? Because resolutions don’t work. You know how it goes: on the first day of the year you resolve to change all of your bad habits in one fell swoop, and then you slowly backslide into February. By the month of March your gym membership card lies at the bottom of your bag, crumpled and covered with crumbs. And you just can’t find the time to attend Weight Watcher meetings.
Probably the best we can do is to follow Plato’s sage advice: “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” I’m no philosopher, but what I think Plato means is this: it’s fine to think about making changes, but at some point you have to act.
My first healthy act for 2015 was to make this chili recipe from epicurious.com. There are lots of chili recipes on hungry poodle but today I’ve decided to begin adding even more vegetables to my food.
This chili has the regular suspects: ground beef and kidney beans, but it also contains carrots, bell peppers, onions and even potatoes. Potatoes!
I’m not going to post the recipe because I didn’t follow it anyway (you can take a look at it by clicking the link above). I didn’t add the chili sauce it called for and I only used one pound of ground beef instead of two. It was still amazingly good chili.
The important thing is to begin! Make your own favorite chili recipe and add a few extra veggies, even unlikely ones.
Look, you don’t want to add another whole year of missed opportunities to your personal health roster, so don’t make big promises to yourself. Don’t try to change everything all at once. What you can do is to begin with one small change, like adding potatoes and carrots to chili.
As Nike says, Just Do It.