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New Year's Resolutions

Sunday, January 03, 2016

I'm a fresh start kind of a girl. I love mornings- it's the start of a new day that I get to create, any way I want to; I love Sundays- a new week brings new opportunities and challenges, and I LOVE New Year's. I love the fresh slate of the new year. Last years' difficulties are behind me and I get to completely start over. With the New Year, brings new resolutions.
For the first time in probably ever, I am not making a resolution related to weight or fitness. I made my New Year's Resolution last fall and I am happy to say that I am already moving in the right direction and there is nothing I need to change right now. I am doing a good job (for the most part) eating healthy and mindfully. Mindfully is really the key here as it is ok for me to not eat healthy sometimes, as long as it is a mindful and deliberate choice on my part.

As far as fitness goes, that is already a work in progress, as well. An ankle problem has sidelined me from running and pretty much all cardio right now, but that is ok because I am slowly working my way back. I had surgery to correct the problem and I am recovering and healing and hope to get started with the rehab for it next week. I should be hitting the streets in March or April (but may actually get to do an elliptical or stationery bike in the next couple of weeks- Woohoo!!).

So what are my resolutions for the year? You can't have a New Year without resolutions and a goal for some kind of personal improvement. Well, I do have a couple. First off, I want to learn to be still. I am a big believer in the benefits of meditation however just cannot seem to conquer it. I am not a still person. I have never been able to do yoga because I just cringe at the mind/body aspect of it. Not sure I want my mind to be connected to my body.... I'm pretty sure the two would probably just fight anyway. I'm ok with doing the sleep meditations, that should count for something, right? Put the headphones in, fall right asleep so you don't have to listen to the annoying, soothing voices. Brilliant plan, right? But to listen to a meditation while I am actually intending to stay awake? Ewww, I think I would rather scratch my own eyes out. But the fact is that more and more research is showing the positive benefits (and I am a science-based kind of girl), and I do really believe it is a powerful tool. So I am going to take a stab at it. I have also bought some coloring books because the research also shows that both have the same benefits (am thinking coloring is like the ADHD form of mediation?). I have another 4-8 weeks off of work so I clearly have the time.....

My other resolution is related to friendships. Working full time and raising two involved and active boys has pretty much limited my circle of friends to coworkers and other parents with kids sharing the same interests as mine (and can I tell you that baseball parents are just bat**** crazy??). This has not been a bad thing as I clearly have many things in common with these friends (don"t say it!) and many of them have become very dear friends to me, but it has resulted in my neglecting my other friends, the ones I do not cross paths with unless I make an effort to do so. These are the friends that I might send a quick text to now and then, or maybe not talk to them for years, but they remain my friends because of the past that we have shared. These are the friendships I am intending to rekindle, and make a priority. My kids are busy but they are also getting older (with one going off to college next year!) so I can carve out some time to do some of the things I have done with them before- having lunch, going shopping, running 5 and 10Ks, etc. I am looking forward to catching up with these people.

It all comes down to making myself a little more of a priority. The immediate needs of my kids will always come first (until of course they have morphed into self-sufficient and decent human beings that hopefully stay out of prison) because that is what I signed up for when I spawned them, but this the right time to take advantage of the fact that they are starting to have lives of their own and to "do my thing", as well. Oh yeah, and hang out with my husband sometimes and pretend we don't have kids.

Happy New Year and good luck with your New Year's resolutions emoticon
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    I can definitely see you are motivated and ready to head for success this 2016 year! ...... Best wishes for An ankle fully healed ......... (I had to go easy does it w/ injuries) as to have no set backs) .......... emoticon (and sorry to come on so late to read your blog) ........
    1950 days ago
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    Hope the ankle heals soon. I the meantime have not considered chair exercise. Yes it's cardio too and not as easy as you'd think. My friend has a hip problem preventing her from standing fo long spells and goes to a local class. I thought oh text a dawdle and joined her once. Couldn't move next day and had struggled to keep up at the class too.
    1957 days ago
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    I sincerely enjoyed reading this -- emoticon for sharing! Being still is one of my specialties ... may you discover the richness therein.
    1957 days ago
    Great blog and great resolutions:-) Glad to hear you are doing so well with your eating. That is really important, especially when you are laid up, like you have been. And you still have such a great attitude! I definitely tend to get really negative when I have a injury, which helps NOTHING! I think you can make all of those resolutions happen. Great job! emoticon emoticon
    1958 days ago
    Enjoyed reading your blog and am rooting for you as you continue to heal and make progress on your resolutions. And I look forward to hearing the woohoos when you can get on the elliptical!
    1958 days ago
    The new you comes out in this blog--always ending up on a positive note is the way to win the race.

    Have we been on the same team before. I know I know you from a previous challenge, just not sure which one. Love your positive attitude.

    Your ideas of where you need change and will make change are good ones. Lots of good wishes on making this challenge the best ever.

    I'll be back for the spring challenge--just can't do it right now.

    Jen emoticon
    1958 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    I can see from this blog that you will achieve your goals for 2016
    1958 days ago
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    I really enjoyed reading this blog. I certainly relate to many things that you mentioned in it. Meditation is hard for me. I can't stay focused. Your goals are great. We are works in progress and it takes time. Every single day can be a new start if need be. Eventually, we will get it mostly right. Progress, not perfection!!! emoticon
    1958 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Nice blog. Funny and insightful. It starts with thinking about and knowing what you need and will be healthy for you, on all levels. What impresses me is that you have really thought through all the areas you want to change. And..... your resolutions are not written so much as goals, but things you value and you want more of in your life. Makes sense. And it seems to make 'resolutions' more realistic and manageable. emoticon
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    Happy new year to you as well! It's great that you are already putting a dent into your resolutions. I hope that your ankle continues to heal and you can go full steam ahead.

    It's always a balancing act with a young family but it sounds as if you know what you need to do. Go for it!
    1958 days ago
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