So far, so mediocre

I’ve spent a little bit of time this morning reading other people’s blogs and true to form most have been about their New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone likes to have a game plan this time of year and I’m no exception. I’m not sure if I really want to change or if it’s just something to entertain me now that all the Christmas decorations are down.

I tend to rebel against traditional New Year’s resolutions. For example, I might secretly want to lose 5 pounds, but saying it out loud would be too big of a commitment for me, and would also make you question why I’m eating a large Philly Steak sandwich and drinking chocolate milk while I type this.

But I do know what I want my resolutions to be this year. And even though it’s only the second day of January, I can tell you how this is going. It’s pretty mediocre.

I want to be able to run at least 2 miles. I had already reached that goal in November, and then one day it rained, and the next day I was too tired, and the next day it was too cold. There was that one day that a dog chased me and I almost had a heart attack while running. So yeah, I need to start over. I was planning to start today, but it’s really cold out. Really. It’s freezing! (Loss).

My other goal was to only work for myself from here on out in life. Having done it both ways, I can tell you: this is the only fun way to work. This was such a huge goal of mine in the Fall, that I made it the password on my old computer. Specifically: WorkForMe2012. So now you have the password and you can access all my old files. Luckily, I have already reached this goal, so I can officially knock off one of my resolutions ahead of time. (Win).

A big goal of mine this year is to drink more water and less alcohol. As in, no alcohol on week days. I know. Believe me, I know. Crazy talk. Nothing like setting myself up for extreme failure. So yesterday I was really on top of that–until about 9 p.m. when I had a beer. As the cool, refreshing liquid soothed my throat (what do you mean water can do that, too?), I decided to amend my resolution to only drinking ONE alcoholic beverage per day. That seems fair, I think. (Oh, okay. Loss.)

Finally, now that I make my own time, one of my biggest goals is to focus more on my family. If working outside the house taught me anything, it’s that it is not congruent with being there for my family. I totally dropped the ball last year. This year I will listen to my kids, play games with them, make healthy dinners, actually look at their school papers and not just toss them in a rush, go on adventures with them instead of looking at the photos John sends me….you get the picture. I’m going to be there.  (That’s a big win).

So there you have it. I’m not promising any amazing transformations here. It’s only January 2nd, but I think I can tell how this is going to go: You win some, you lose some.

Side goals (the unachievable and completely ridiculous kind): 

Sew my own curtains

Eat more fruits and vegetables

Become a super model

Shave my legs every day

Replace all the ratty furniture with new stuff

Clean out the garage

Trick someone else into planning our class reunion


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  1. Linda

    Yeah, shaving legs every day is TOTALLY not EVER going to happen at my house. On the other hand, I have not had a Diet Coke for 5 weeks now…just water, wine and beer… the trifecta of a balanced lifestyle (for me, that is).