2010…As easy as 1-2-3

January 1st, 2010

Today’s workout was more than just a feeble attempt to jump-start the year with 500 fewer calories. It ended up being an epiphany.

I was on my Arc Trainer, attempting to work off last night’s four pounds of brie and two gallons of champagne. My daughter was bundled up on the couch in front of me, watching her favorite show. At that moment when Ernie was singing to Bert about his favorite number, I realized something. I’m moving to Sesame Street.

OK, maybe I’m not moving there. I don’t think I have enough striped cheery sweaters. And the cracks in the sidewalks would mess with my heels. But I’m at least going to adopt some of its residents’ ways of thinking. Enter 2010—the year of the sunny days sweepin’ the clouds away.

Count Von Count

I will count my blessings. Each and every single one. Beyond the obvious things (my child, my pets, my home, my job), it’s the real accomplishment to find the beauty in the ugly, the good in the bad. Of course I’m thankful for my husband. But to be thankful for his snore (the upside of which is that he’s there with me), that’s the stuff I need to work on.

Cookie Monster

I will stop stressing over everything I eat. Will my next post be about how I downed an entire coconut cream pie? No. (But that would be heavenly, wouldn’t it?) Eating healthy is a part of my life. It’s who I am. Besides I’ve accumulated entirely too many skinny jeans and leggings to stop now. But calorie-counting comes with penalty. As I pile on the chocolate mousse, so do I pile on the guilt. I’ve decided that a reward is due—the occasional guilt-free calorie-fest. I deserve a friggin’ cookie.


I will relax. Drawer won’t open. Calm down. Something spills. Don’t flip out. In the colorful 2D world of Elmo, he teaches us that a giggle (and not the kind that prefaces a blood-curdling scream signaling you have now lost your shit) can get you through most scenarios. My husband once said he wished he could take the Elmo approach at work.


I will go to the ballet more. The museum. Trunk shows. You know, cultural things. Ok, maybe trunk shows aren’t cultural. But you get the point. I want to see more beautiful things.


I will continue to find the time to pamper myself. Because really, Bert. Wax those brows, would you?

If I can follow my plan, I think 2010’s going to be A-OK.

Editor’s Note: Today’s new year’s resolutions have been brought to you by the letter E and the number 6.

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15 Responses to “2010…As easy as 1-2-3”

  1. Brilliant! I love Cookie Monster!! Counting my blessing is sometimes hard, but it is SOO important! The other night when my 4 year old climbed into my bed waking me up (for the 20th night in a row), I was tempted to bring out the sleep-deprived mean mommy. But I just snuggled her close and stroked her hair, and I was thankful she was there with me.

    Very wise words, Cheryl!

  2. Hollee says:

    Not only do I love the message, but the analogies are spot on. I think I may steal this for my legal reasoning class. I’m focusing on the Elmo aspect personally — not easy for a recovering Type-A:) -H

  3. So cute. Love this, especially “I deserve a friggin’ cookie.”

    Thanks for tweeting the link!

  4. Lia says:

    I love this…… You even told me “how to get” there!

  5. I love it!! Perfect way to relate…especially with those of us that grew up on Sesame Street and now have young uns watching it =0)

  6. Jodi says:

    This is so fabulous and funny. These are terrific reminders to keep throughout the New Year (I think I’ll just print it out and keep it by my desk!). I’ve always loved Sesame Street – as a child and as a mom – and your spot on observations make it clear why. . . life-long lessons from Muppets.

  7. Peggy says:

    Perfect! I needed that! Thanks! I’m feeling a bit like Bert these days with my eyebrows.

  8. kerry says:

    love the idea!! I could only wish I could follow through with some of them!

  9. Boston Mamas says:

    Yes, positive – a great way to move through 2010!

  10. Shy says:

    It’s hard to choose one! I think I’ll make like Elmo and try to relax more…right now, it’s so go! go! go!

  11. Cheryl what a great idea. As a mental health therapist I’m always looking for “user-friendly” ways for people to make positive changes in their lives … and of course I seek out the same for myself. You’ve found a great one! I’ll be recommending your website to others.

    Regards ~ Judy

  12. Gilda Horgan says:

    Sounds like a great plan, Cheryl. Hope you and your family have “sunny days” year round.


  13. Cheryl says:

    thanks for all your great comments! Glad I could give you a little New Year’s thought in a fun way. I appreciate your support as I get my word out there with Easy Peasy. Please tell your friends, visit often and let me know if there are any topics you want me to cover. Happy 2010!

  14. What a wonderful and positive approach to the year! :)

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