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