Happy New Year! That’s what I’ve been saying for the past two days…and I’m sure I’ll say it and hear it a few more thousand times when I return back to work today from the holiday break. I’m sure it will also quickly be followed with “What are your New Year’s resolutions for this year?” And my reply will be “None.”
Now it’s not what you think. I do believe in resolutions. I’ve made many over my lifetime and I’ve even managed to stick to a few of them! However, resolutions – at least to me – always seem to be temporary and usually only for one very specific period of time. I’m turning 40 (YIKES!) in 2012 and think it’s time to do something a little more permanent, so instead of making resolutions, I am going to work this year on making two lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle Change # 1 – Get serious about my health & fitness
Last year over the course of the first six months of the year, I managed to tame the battle of the bulge and lost 30 lbs. However, over the last six months, I’ve been a naughty girl. I mistakenly thought I had the metabolisim of a teenager (which sadly actually vanished two decades ago) and gained 20 of those pounds back. The hubs is totally on board with me here, we started a new meal routine — planned out our meals, will eat lots of veggies and less fat & our biggest sin, no more easy weekend fast food lunches with the kidlets. I will also be moving a lot more, whether it’s walking the dog, taking the kidlets to the park or playing “Dance, Dance Revolution” on our XBox Kinect. I will not sit back and be lazy! (Who knew playing video games would one day be my exercise) My daughter is a bundle of energy, she’s constantly on the go. I have a hard time keeping up now, and can only imagine trying to keep up with her as we both get older…so I need to get myself in shape pronto!
Lifestyle Change # 2 – Enjoy Life More
My kidlets are only going to be this little once. Right now all they want is to be with mommy & daddy — to play with, to cuddle with, to talk to, to sing with. My friends with teenagers and those that have sent their kids off to college always tell me to enjoy this time with them now, while I’m still the center of their universe, because all to quickly they grow up and mommy will start to take a back seat to their friends. I guess that means that I also need to curb my obsession to have everything “be perfect” beacuse in trying to achieve that perfection I’m causing myself tons of stress and not enjoying life. I just need to “go with it.” Is my son going to care if his Cars t-shirt is ironed perfectly instead of having a wrinkle or two? No, he doesn’t. And as long as his t-shirt is clean and my son is happy, I shouldn’t care either. I also vow to put down my Blackberry and iPad and not obessively check my Twitter feed, Facebook page or this blog (I can totally hear my hubs laughing as he reads this one, but you’ll see, I will!). I also need to not let myself get upset over or stressed out about work. I need to keep in mind that it’s a job, not my life – my life is my family!
There are only two changes, but I think they are pretty major and impact many areas of my life. I think that tracking Lifestyle Change #1 will be easy, the scale doesn’t lie. If I’m not moving and eating healthy, I won’t lose weight. I will know whether I’m succeeding or not. Tracking Lifestyle Change #2 will be a little more difficult. There aren’t clear-cut benchmarks to hit and I’m not 100% sure how to determine if I’m cutting the mustard on that one. But I’ll figure it out. There’s probably even another blog post in there somewhere….
Have you planned on making any changes in your life this year?? Do tell…..