Tales From A Hungry Life

January 13, 2016


by Maria Schulz


Happy New Year! Yes, it’s probably getting a little late to wish everyone this, but I’m just wrapping my head around the fact that it’s 2016. That number looks SO WEIRD to me. I remember being a kid and thinking that the year 2000 was so far away. Now, the year 2000 seems far away again, but only because it’s in my rearview mirror. Remember the hysteria caused by Y2K? Good times.

This being January, it’s time to consider how we want to reframe our future, as opposed to letting it all hang out come December holiday time. Yes folks, it’s time to talk about resolutions.

Wait…don’t run away. It’s not that bad! Here are the usual suspects when it comes to the most popular resolutions on people’s lists:


It’s go time

  1. Lose weight
  2. Eat right
  3. Go to the gym
  4. Spend more time with family
  5. Cut down on stress
  6. Learn something new
  7. Volunteer
  8. Cut back on alcohol
  9. Stop smoking
  10. Travel and see the world

Some of these are easy for me. Spending time with family and traveling anywhere comes as naturally to me as breathing, and smoking was never my vice. I love learning new things (or at least trying), I’m always happy to volunteer, and I don’t really like the taste of alcohol. Plus, who doesn’t want to cut down on stress?

augustus gloop

But…it’s the gym/weight/eating thing that gets me. I know I should go to the gym, but there are days I just feel like putting on a snuggly and going to sleep. Of course, they frown on that at work, so I am conscious far more often than I’d like. By the time I get home from work, I don’t want to go back out again. What I would like to do is eat chocolate chip cookie dough while laying on the couch and binge-watching stand-up comedy routines, Jeopardy!, and The Office re-runs.


I’ll just lay here

However, since I don’t want to look like Jabba the Hut by 2017, I will not lay around until they have to cut a wall down from my house in order to get me out. I’ve been looking up inspirational quotes to keep me motivated. Here are some of them:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” –Ghandi

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”—Anonymous

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”—Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


You tell ’em, Liz

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and get yourself together.”—Liz Taylor

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Do one thing that scares you every day.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” –Colin Powell

ralph-waldo-emerson quote

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”—Albert Einstein


Here are some of my own quotes:

“I hate change almost as much as change hates me.”

“Why don’t you stop whining and just shut up.”

“Dreams are like the popular kids in middle school who smiled at you but never let you sit at their table during lunch period.”

“What the hell am I doing on the ocean trying to sail during a fx!c@ng storm!!!”


“Where’s my resolution list from 2000? I can probably use the same one.”

“Forget about yesterday…you’re living in the past, man.”

“Did they take The Office off channel 5? I got scared there for a minute.”

“When did sarcasm go out of style?”

“You are right. I should stop laughing at you.”

“Resolutions are for those of us who aren’t perfect. Good luck with yours.”


salmon swimming upstream

Keep swimming

Poached Salmon with Champagne Sauce

I liked this recipe because it looks easy, and Food Network included it for New Year’s  because they said: “swimming ahead and never looking back, fish symbolize hope.”

So, what are your resolutions? What’s your favorite inspiring quote? What are your own personal words to live by? Please leave a comment. Thanks, and Happy New Year.



  1. Thank you! I lie waking up to the rankings of a like-minded soul against the establishment. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Lorraine Dobnack-Tucci — January 13, 2016 @ 8:07 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Lorraine! When I wrote this, I doubted anyone except my Dad would comment. Thanks for making my day–and for following my blog!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — January 13, 2016 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  2. I liked your Blog especially because I do the top 10 resolutions every year with some tweaks of course. The first two I always embark on. I want to eat and lose weight. I exercise every-time I wake up during the day. I walk to the refrigerator. I have tried to spend more time with my family but every-time I actively try they suddenly can’t be found. Think this should send me a message? Duh! Cut down on stress? I have no stress however I give plenty. When I give I let go so this can’t have any meaning for me. Since everything old is new again I have already learned something new. You get my drift don’t you? I do Volunteer and that is one of the places I leave stress or so some of the Nuns seem to think so. Okay no more rubbing alcohol but really I don’t see the benefit. Stop smoking. I keep thinking of The Adams Family. I only wish I could smoke like them. However I think we do have a Cousin Itt. I hate the travelling idea unless the stop and frisk is done by a young Gina Lollobrigida.. But with my luck the Hulk would probably do a strip search. Not that there is anything wrong with that! Your Blogs are always thought provoking.

    Comment by bglou — January 13, 2016 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  3. Ok, my favorite quote is,” if you want something you will find a way, if you don’t you will find an excuse”. Now here’s the problem with that: I can use it to not eat and say if you want to be skinny you will find a way. Then I think if I want that brownie I can also find a way.

    Comment by Suzanne — January 13, 2016 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

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