Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Resolutions. . . or Are They Really Un-Resolutions?



  • A year-long resolution is too easy for me to mentally shove into "next month", so I will start each morning with a resolution for the day.
  • It would be a good idea to think about this daily resolution as I drink my morning cup of espresso. Maybe that's a key to forming a new habit-- tie it to the coattails of an already ingrained habit!
  • Exercising and eating better, those classic New Year's resolutions, really ought to be on my daily list, too. These are the ones that I'm so good at mentally shoving into "tomorrow" or "next week" or "starting on the first day of next month". For a while after I had the kids, I really tried hard to eat right, lift weights, and jog. . . and then almost three years ago, I fell off the wagon big time! It started with the excuse that it was just too hot and humid outside, then it was too cold, yada, yada, yada, until here I am almost 42 and feeling rotten. You know what? That has to change, so right now I am going to save this post and go use that elliptical exercise thingie. . . be back in a few minutes! No sense promising you I'll go do twenty or thirty minutes, but even 5 minutes will be more than I have been doing, ya know? *****Okay, I'm back. I did 7 minutes, got off to check the clock, went back for 4 more minutes. I guess maybe there's a reason Nike's "Just Do It" catchphrase was such a hit once upon a time, huh?
  • Once a packrat, probably always a packrat, but I will try to limit the amount of new stuff I accumulate. Glass can come in the door, of course. A new t-shirt once in a while, that's okay. Library books, those are a good thing, so I'll limit the books I buy.
  • Recycle and reuse more! I promise not to dig in your trash can for aluminum cans or bottles (nope, I'm not the one who actually does this; this is just a way of saying I won't be quite as bossy about it as some people), but I will do more of it myself. I prefer reusing things, I really do, but that tends to feed my packrat tendencies. . . so more effort shall go into the recycling part this year :)
  • The inner soul resolutions, well, those I intend to take day by day. I really wanted to talk about those in this post, but my writing muse isn't feeling very eloquent today. . .there's so much to delve into when it comes to working on yourself, isn't there? One thing I'm learning is that learning is a lifelong process. Nobody suddenly turns 40 and instantly knows the secret to life. I've heard it won't happen at 50 or 60, either :)
  • Water, gotta drink more water and less Diet Coke.
Well, that's a start, isn't it? Happy New Year, everyone!

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