A New Beginning

By: Joseph Lee

Happy New Year!!! A new beginning is here with the arrival of 2015. As expected, the New Year comes in tow a new set of New Year resolutions. We compile these resolutions like a shopping list or limit them to an item or two. Still, though, accomplishing even one of our New Year resolution can still be a daunting task. We all start at the same place– telling ourselves that this year is different. We all have goals of wanting to save or earn more money. Even going to the gym at the crack of dawn to trim down that waistline, coupled with starting a new diet regiment, seems to be a yearly favorite. Whether its laziness or complacency, we all seem better at creating an excuse than spending the time to achieve our new resolution. The question is: How can we seriously take hold of our new goals and not lose sight of them?

First: I suggest making a promise to yourself at the outset, where your resolution is a promise to yourself and not a whimsical wish. Ask yourself this: would you ever to break a promise? Not likely. We don’t make promises easily, and in most instances, we usually make promises that we can keep. Applying this same principle to yourself, you will less likely break the promise you make to yourself at the beginning of 2015. So, promise yourself to lose weight, save money, spend more time with family and friends – this year is about keeping your promise to yourself. If you begin to sway from fulfilling your promise, take these tips to help you along the way:

Write down your promise and keep it close. Visualizing your resolution is not enough, you must write out your resolutions in clear and unambiguous terms. Like an iron clad contract that leaves nothing up to interpretation, your goals should be easily understandable and agreeable, keeping you bounded to your promise. Also, keep it near and remind yourself of what your goal is daily.

Create realistic, achievable goals. Set proper expectations and not grand delusions because that’s exactly what will happen when you set unrealistic, far fetching goals. Success occurs one step at a time, and treat accomplishing your goal as a marathon, not a sprint. For instance, if your goal is to lose a few pounds, try taking the stairs as an alternative to the elevator. In other words, begin walking around a block before you run that 10k marathon.

Be relentless. You will fail at your new resolution if you approach it half-heartedly. Constantly do something every day that brings you that much closer in reaching your goal. Take a step a day, even if it’s a tiny one.

Attitude determines altitude! Of particular significance is your attitude; your attitude steers you towards achieving your goal in 2015, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the process is vital. Ignore the naysayers and doubters. Enjoy your glory once you fulfill that promise to yourself.

Garlic Prime Rib

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Servings: 15


  • 1 (10 pound) prime rib roast
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme


  1. Place the roast in a roasting pan w ith the fatty side up. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Spread the mixture over the fatty layer of the roast, and let the roast sit out until it is at room temperature, no longer than 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  3. Bake the roast for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), and continue roasting for an additional 60 to 75 minutes. The internal temperature of the roast should be at 135 degrees F (57 degrees C) for medium rare.
  4. Allow the roast to rest for 10 or 15 minutes before carving so the meat can retain its juices.

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