Resolutions for a Healthy New Year


If you know us at Green Mountain, you know we’re not into the usual New Year’s Resolutions. They just too full of the old way of looking at healthy living, healthy eating, healthy weights, taking care of ourselves. Actually, the old way is not about those things really at all; it’s more about diets. Consider this ditty we posted previously in a FitBriefing that best describes how we encourage looking at the coming year.

Important: Read through to the ‘after’ part or you’ll get the wrong message!


‘Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse!

The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste
at the holiday parties have gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales, there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber)

I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared,
the gravies and sauces, and beef nicely rared,
the wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese,
and the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself, in my husband’s old shirt,
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
“You can spend the winter disguised as a man!”

So away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip!
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
‘til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick.
I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won’t have hot biscuits, or cornbread, or pie;
I’ll munch on a carrot, and quietly cry!

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore –
but isn’t that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good DIET!!!!!!!!!


Hey, what am I thinking? That’s really old hat!
A ‘dieting’ mind-set will just make me fat.

So away with restriction! I’ll eat what I want.
I’ll start when I’m hungry and stop when I’m not.

May all my friends join me in this state of mind.
For then we’ll be happy,creative,and kind.

Wishing a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

4 responses to “Resolutions for a Healthy New Year”

  1. Sarah says:

    I love that poem…this is what I’m definitly going to concentrate on come Jan – NO DIETS AT ALL!!!

  2. marsha says:

    you go, girl!!

  3. Jillian says:

    Beautiful poem and “Spot ON”. Diets just make us fat, sensible eating is the way to go! Nice post

  4. Deborah Morgan says:

    I love that little poem! So cute and so true. Eat what I want start when I’m hungry and stop when I’m not. Such a simple thing and so important. Gets us in tune with our bodies needs and keeps the deprivations gremlins from sneaking in. I work a lot with my clients to get them to tune into their appetites and understand their hungry full signals. This is such a fun way of reinforcing that idea. Thank you.

About the Author

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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