January 3, 2012

They Were Resolute

I’ve always felt that required resolutions for the New Year were a little bit silly. After all, we can resolve to change things we don’t like in our lives at any time.  However, that has never stopped me from making them. I actually enjoy the period of reflection and a feeling of a clean slate. This year I have a few specific goals that fall under a few overarching aims. In other words, they are separated into WHAT I want to accomplish and HOW I am going to get there. Some of the “HOWS” overlap

Lead a healthier lifestyle. I want to do this, of course, for me, but also to set a good example for my daughter.

I would like to lose 30 lbs. Ideally, I would like to have lost it by the end of June. One of Chris’ best friends is getting married. Their wedding will be beautiful. Chris is going to be all James Bond in his tux and I want to look good standing next to him. I want to be that couple that people look at and say, “Wow! They sure haven’t let themselves go as parents!” Both Chris and I joined Weight Watchers, and have made a commitment to each other to eat healthy meals, take lunch from home and exercise at least 3-4 times a week. If I can lose 30 lbs I will be back at my wedding weight!

Try and switch to as many green household products as possible. I truly believe eliminating as many chemicals as possible is a step on the way to being healthier.

Avoid processed foods as much as possible and eat vegetarian at least once a week.

DRINK.MORE.WATER. This is so easy and I fail so badly at it. I’d also like to put drink less coffee on this list, but you and I both know that’s not going to happen, right?

Take my freakin’ Acid Reflux/GERD medication on a regular daily basis. NOT.THAT.HARD. I can do this.

Daily vitamin. Duh.

Spend more time outside.

Cut my salt consumption.  Really that should read, ditch the salt obsession. I pink puffy heart salt, y’all. LOVE IT!!! I’ve always had low blood pressure, but since both my mom and dad were recently diagnosed with hypertension, it’s time for me to ditch the salt. Sigh. I’ll miss it.

Tame the Tension (By this I mean I want to create a less stressed, me and household)

Find a happy middle between the person I feel like I used to be and the mom I am now. Get my hair cut and colored regularly, wear more fashionable and less frumpy clothes. Remember that, while yes I am a mom, it’s not all that I am. I am also a wife who wants to look good for her husband. That part of me is important too and it is time to get her back.

I have a husband who is amazing and is always willing to help by taking the baby so I can have time to get my hair cut and colored, get a manicure, go do a little shopping or even just have an hour to soak in the bubble bath with a good book. All I have to do is ask him. He isn’t a mind reader, so he won’t push me to take some time for myself until I have already reached the breaking point. I need to do a better job at telling him when I need a bit of time.

Be aware of when Chris needs some guy time and push him to take it. His first instinct is to do for Evie and me. He needs to take time for himself also.

Spend more time with my dogs and cats. They have been misbehaving a lot lately and I think it is because they want attention. I have not been paying a whole lot of attention to them lately and since they are acting up most of the attention that they get is me yelling at them. This causes stress and puts me in a bad mood. I think if I just spend a little more time with each of them, it’ll really help.

Get plenty of sleep, exercise and water.

Read more.

I have a kindle. There is a huge lending library available AND a ton of free books available. There is no excuse for me not to read more in my down time.

I would also like to start reading to Evie more. We read to her every day but more educational activities and reading could definitely be incorporated!

{What are your resolutions?}