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Day 557: The State of the Kasey, Part II

Monday, January 05, 2015

So where to go from here?

Most of you know my thoughts on New Year's Resolutions*: it's a good opportunity to focus on behaviors you want to change, a time to reflect on what's worked - or not worked - in the past, and to draw up some goals you want to aim for in the coming year.

*Hereinafter NYR.

There are a lot of pro-and-con articles about "Why you should--" or "Why you shouldn't--" list some resolutions. Personally, I figure whether I call them resolutions, or challenges, or goals, makes no never-mind. Devising resolutions puts me in a good frame of mind as I scan the landscape of a new year.

Just as there are so many articles about doing them / not doing them, so too are there scads of articles about HOW to develop some resolutions. You're familliar with the SMART goals concept? I think a similar approach for NYR is a sound idea, so I try to do them that way.

Think of an outline, the kind you learned in elementary school (thank you, Mrs Boyle). You have maybe five main categories, and under each you list supporting subheadings, and under each of those (if necessary) you list more details. I see resolutions as the main categories in my map for the year.

Before I set them out, a note: ol' Rabbie Burns had it right when he said "The best laid plans o'mice and men [oft go astray]..." As do those of Sparklers of all sorts. I've had it amply demonstrated to me over the last year just how astray things can go, even when you have contingency and back-up plans in place.

All we can do is the best we can do from where we are, right?

1) Fitness: first, getting back to the gym. I have certain targets I want to achieve, especially in the area of strength training. New this year, anticipating that it will be another year divided between the US and the UK, I'm working on developing a more portable plan that ultimately won't be as "gym reliant" as last year's was.

2) Diet: that went so far off-track last year as to be a dot on the horizon. Getting back on track now is good; staying on track this year is better. To that end, just like the fitness I'm working on a (lifelong) nutritional plan that I can follow regardless of where I travel. I'm also revamping some of my vitamin / mineral / supplement requirements. It's been a while since I looked them over, and a refresher is always good even if nothing changes. But I suspect the vitamin-D will require a bit of an overhaul, so - we shall see.

3) Physical health: ay, caramba! It's become a disaster, as I've missed checks for hypertension, stopped charting daily blood-glucose readings, and bounced between healthy eating and non-healthy eating. The goal is to improve my health this year, and of course Resolutions #1 and #2 will help me get there. I'm setting a couple of number targets (blood pressure, blood sugar) as well.

4) Mental / emotional health: living the stress-free existence - if only! I'm working on setting up a routine that will include some techniques for mini-R&R sessions (meditation, anyone?). This category might in some ways belong at the top of the list, as progress here will color and boost fitness, diet, and over health.

5) The Fun Stuff: if I'm overreaching anywhere, it's here. I've got several irons in the fire, everything from taking a class to adding more genealogy research to volunteer work - and there, in the distance, at the end of the year, what's that I see? Why, MOUSE EARS!

To paraphrase a poet somewhat later than Burns "A [person's] reach should exceed [their] grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!
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    You know, I can read all kinds of articles and books, then I come here and get good, solid, doable advice. I think the only person setting me back is myself! Time to work on that. You have a lot going on, smart to make a plan!
    2252 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Forward march. Here's to a great 2015.
    2252 days ago
    You are so right - January is a great time to reflect and renew your focus. I think your list is well balanced and detailed, and I appreciate that it emphasizes cultivating good habits. Looks like a roadmap to success to me!
    2252 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your reflections. I want it to be the fun stuff all the time but must deal with the seemingly abstract notion that I may possibly be killing myself whilst having fun. Hence back to the gym and the legumes; back to the salads and sit-ups; back to the discipling and the diet.

    Good luck to you!
    2252 days ago
    I couldn't agree more, .....

    I do the best I can with what I have to do it with !!!

    Every year my goals are the same; live healthier than last year, stay positive, be kind to others and have faith in God's plan for me.

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    2252 days ago
    What's a heaven for, indeed! Best wishes and motivational vibes headed your way as you reach for those goals. One step at a time, Kasey! emoticon emoticon
    2252 days ago
    There's that saying: "fail to plan, plan to fail". You've definitely got a great plan in place for 2015 that covers the five major areas of a healthy and happy lifestyle! Often I focus on the first three and when time allows, the last two, which are just as important. I look forward to reading your Mouse Ears experience blog later this year. Seize this day...and seize this year! emoticon
    2252 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2015 6:43:42 AM
    I definitely like the "Mouse Ears" as a goal!
    2252 days ago
    New Years Resolves are important to me. Last year (2014) I met all five of my resolves. This year I intend to do the same. Like you , this year, I am making broad resolves that incorporate a variety of behaviors. At the risk of making unmeasurable goals,, I am trying to define the direction I want to take and the destination I want to reach. With great difficultly I narrowed 9 goals down to 4. I'm finding that in terms of exercise I have to ease into it as my body is not ready to support anything extreme. My diet? Eat to Live by Dr Joel Fuhrnan....so far have lost 18 lbs on this plan...It is not a diet,....it is "for the rest of my life" manner of eating. One day at a time. I also have some spiritual goals like Bible reading, Memorization and prayer times. Last year I read the whole Bible in one year....so I know I can do it.
    Good luck with your plans for 2015/
    2252 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I like your dot on the horizon analogy..Same her,BUT I am walking now and going towards that horizon..
    2252 days ago
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