20.10. Relaunch {Jan. 3 to Jan. 9}

Every new year begins with new resolutions of determination. My resolutions are the same every year. I relaunch my body into a solid running machine. And, my mental state goes from trying to be holiday bright to genuinely happy. Envisioning the feeling of a runner’s high encourages me to run nine miles a week. All my body requires is 30 to 40 minutes a day of extensive physical action. If I do it now, I’ll be a happy young lady in her 90s going on 25-years old (actually, I think 35 is another perfect age, but I digress from the main topic).

Every January starts off as a challenge. My running starts in the gym because of the cold air. Besides the interior sweaty smells, running on a treadmill is akin to a hamster playing on a the wheel going no where. When early mornings start the days with 50°C in the spring, I return outside for a refreshing run toward the rising sun that will briefly warm the rest of the day. Running into the summer months with a svelte body, I sweat out impurities in soaring temperatures. Besides weight control, I run to maintain a healthy mental state of being. My thinking becomes more rational and positive. A runner’s high enables me to fly high above any problem. Around September, I gradually stop running in favor of eating fall’s starchy sweets. By November my mental high plummets into negativity. The holiday buoys my sinking mentality with a few extra pounds, in exchange for my favorite treats. And, every new year, I gradually return the extra weight and allow my thoughts to climb back into a runner’s high. 20.10. Relaunch. Now.

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Roasted Vegetable Tomato Sauce over Pasta

Roasted Vegetable Tomato Sauce over Penne Pasta

In an effort to control our weight, we’re trying to eat dinner earlier in the day. After a couple hours of freelance work, I started grocery shopping at 4:30 p.m. to purchase a few vegetables and wine. Prepping dinner started close to 6:00 p.m. The evening’s schedule was to fix dinner, go to the gym for 30 minutes, return home to take a shower, reheat dinner and end the day with a glass of red wine. In reality, an Argentinian bottle of red wine was opened at 7:00 p.m., the coat was hung for the night and we sat down to a bowl of garlicky, roasted vegetable sauce over penne pasta. Lesson learned for the day: go grocery shopping earlier. This is a sauce that tastes better the next day when the flavors marinate over night.

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2010′s New Year’s Dinner for Two: Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables, Brazilian Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas over Brown Rice

2010's New Year's Dinner for Two: Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables, Brazilian Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas over Brown Rice

Happy twenty-ten! My New Year’s meal was spent with good friends celebrating Kwanzaa while eating black-eyed peas mixed with couscous, collard greens, baked chicken, lasagna, and other delicious pot luck dishes. We started the evening by giving thanks to our ancestors (Ashay!) and honoring our community elder. Our hostess asked her guests to bring two pieces of fruit. We brought her a pineapple and a banana.

The next day, I slept in a few more extra hours and started making our New Year’s dinner: baked chicken with roasted root vegetables, black-eyed peas over brown rice, Brazilian collard greens, and a sparkling wine that was (…ahem) too sweet! Continue reading 2010′s New Year’s Dinner for Two: Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables, Brazilian Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas over Brown Rice